Posted on 29 December 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews



I was really hoping that the second Votoms OVA, Big Battle, would be just as good as the first. But meh, this one’s just as cheesy as the title makes you suspect.

It’s quite likely that this is the worst thing that Ryousuke Takahashi has worked on. His series usually are amazing, but I have no idea what he had in mind here. While the Last Red Shoulder did a great job of creating extra background, Big Battle instead is just a silly side-story that even goes against the continuity of the series.

The bad guy is just a joke. He’s a cheesy terminator with a formulaic back-story. This guy should be the villain of an action flick, not a series as complex as Votoms. I also loved how in the TV-series, Fyana (the lead female) was much, much more than a damsel in distress. Now guess what this OVA reduces her to.

Shako’s character is ruined to a personality-less one-dimensional side-character, going completely against his motives in the TV-series. The Balalant army does things in this movie that made no sense whatsoever considering their actions in later.

The Votoms franchise has always had a lot of action, but it was always meaningful. With such a terrible story and cheesy villain who can’t stop smiling, there’s nothing about this OVA that makes it worth watching. Do yourself a favour, watch the Last Red Shoulder, skip this one. Are the rest of the Votoms OVAs like this as well? I hope not.

Storytelling: 5/10 – Pathetic. Just a meaningless action story.
Characters: 4/10 – Destroys once beloved characters by reducing them to silly one-dimensional stereotypes.
Production-Values: 7/10 – Decent, although the main villain looks incredibly stupid.
Setting: 4/10 – Doesn’t care about continuity.

5 Responses

  1. BigFire says:

    Big Battle was kind of stupid. But do make an effort on getting Red Shoulder Document: The Roots of Ambition, which shows Chirico’s induction to the Red Shoulder (the characters you saw in Last of the Red Shoulder will also are here as well). In a way, Palsen’s Files is a direct sequel to Roots of Ambition.

  2. BigFire says:

    Thus far, NO one has taken up to translate Shining Heresy, the ONLY direct sequel to the television series itself.

  3. Camario says:

    Shining Heresy is supposedly incomplete and not entirely what the director/creator originally intended, or so say the rumors. Still, I’ll watch it someday once I get far enough into Votoms.

  4. Chiarissimo says:

    Have you ever considered that maybe that cyborg was an early experiment for the technology that would later create Teitania?

    And that this episode was intended to be pure fun and action, which it was to near perfection?

    • Chiarissimo says:

      And I don’t really understand how you can say that Votoms is a complex series ; I’d say that its main quality is its simplicity. Simplicity in its construction (it never goes in a million directions at a time like a Gundam series does), simplicity in its characters (Chirico, good lord, talk about a protagonist), simplicity in its messages, in its direction (remember that sequence when Zophie follows Chirico in the desert? and all that came out of it? it’s “The Gods Must be Crazy”-level simplicity-genius).

      And here you have a short little OVA called “big battle” which provides… a big battle…
      That battle was exciting, with the main fortress constantly moving and everybody attacking it from different directions. It’s pure 80s style and action, with smooth animation, great direction (sense of location and proportion, continuity in points of view, I dare anyone to have the same kind of headache watching this OVA than from watching The Dark Knight).

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 04:09 AM)
    The whole world structure and the framework of spirituality, eyes of death perception, counterforce and whatnots are kept intentionally vague so he can have some wiggle room to bullshit and handwave plot elements as they go on. KnK was a pretty good OVA series tho and Ufotable had a big party to play in that.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:56 AM)
    Here’s some classic Nasu at work.
    http://lparchive.org/Fatestay-night/Update%2003/30-P02-034.jpg
    A f*cking security system? No, it’s a person creating a small alternate world around them from their mind. Plain and f*cking simple.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:45 AM)
    I’ve heard people criticize Nasu as “writing terrible history fanfiction” and “Like my old bad fanfiction” “When the action scenes actually happen they suck”
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:44 AM)
    @K-Off: didn’t we all.
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:44 AM)
    @Aidan: I didn’t know what they were, but “withering eyes of death perception” doesn’t really leave a whole lot up to the imagination anyway…
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:42 AM)
    @Aidan Reminds me of my English papers where I bullshitted tons of explanations to fill up a ten page report.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:39 AM)
    And the eyes of death perception. Ho Boy. He talks about how it’s not cutting but severing and bonds and blah blah blah.
    Here’s the shorthand. You cut a tree with a knife you make a small cut, cut a tree with a knife while using the eyes of death perception and the tree withers and dies. There only took one sentence to explain something that Nasu uses 10 or so paragraphs for.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:33 AM)
    Take the explanation for mana. All the man had to explain was more mana = More powerful servant. Yet he makes this comparison to ammo, guns and cannons that is just needlessly confusing.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:32 AM)
    I’ll admit though, I really do for the most part quite like the tsukihime manga and its probably the one type-moon thing I can say I consider myself a fan of.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:31 AM)
    When Nasu explains something to you, he explains it in the least understandable way possible. Then he repeats that explanation two or three times in different ways. This give the false impression that because it took effort to understand that it is deep.

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