Posted on 3 December 2010 with categories: Armored Trooper Votoms - Phantom Arc, OVA Impressions



And with this, we’ve reached the end of Gen-ei Hen. And I have to say that it left with one heck of a cliff-hanger. It’s not like this episode didn’t provide closure to the whole OVA: it was a great ending. But I’m just so curious as to what’s going to happen next. Before that will happen though, there still are two spin-off movies in the way.

Beyond progressing the story, the entire Gen-Ei hen was meant to bring all of major Votoms installments together, so it’s very fitting for this final episode to bring Wiseman back. It’s interesting how he had this kind of back-up server ready, that may not have been able to rule the world like he did for the past 3000 years, but was enough in order to prepare a proper successor for his legacy, one who could even surpass Chirico in terms of intrigue.

The politics were also a bit interesting this episode: Gilgamesh and Balalant were too scared and didn’t do anything, while the Church did send the pope to Wiseman, yet in the end he just got killed as a bit of an aftermath to the Brilliant Heretic. It’s still very good to see what happened to him in the years that followed that OVA though.

Now, all that’s left is the three movies. What I’m hoping for the first two movies is that they’ll be good standalone stories, that at the same time flesh out the universe of Votoms. The third one however is by far the movie I’m looking forward to the most: Chirico and the Child of God have been picked up from outer space by what I guess to be Balalant forces. What is the point of the Child of God for Chirico? That’s going to be the central question to that movie, but beyond that I’m also clueless.

This episode also partially explains the promo art for the upcoming movie, and what Vanilla and Cocona’s children are doing there. It’s clear that they had no part in the Gen-Ei Hen, and yet they’re supposed to play such a big part during the “Alone Again” movie. Speaking of which: how does that title make sense? Chirico was alone anyway after what happened at the end of the Brilliant Heretic. At the moment he finally has company again that could replace Fyana (the Child of God), he’s about to meet those six children (who I’m also pretty interested in, by the way), so how is that title going to relate to what’s going to happen?

Still, the biggest mystery of the Alone Again Promo Art isn’t answered yet: what’s someone who’s supposed to be dead doing there?
OVA Episode Rating: 8,5/10

3 Responses

  1. Souther says:

    Actually, everything I’ve read, seen or heard about Alone Again indicates it’s supposed to happen before Phantom Arc and after Shining Heresy / Brilliant Heretic. That also seems to be how most Votoms fans on 4chan and elsewhere are interpreting it.

    In other words, if that’s the case it’s absolutely unlikely that the cliffhanger will be resolved in Alone Again. That is, at least, unless they include some flashforwards.

    The two other productions are spin-offs that might be good on their own, but since they almost certainly won’t involve Chirico I’m not hoping for too much.

  2. dorne says:

    And yet, I think fresh takes would be a good idea. I think even Takahashi acknowledges the need for innovation.

  3. Lightning-Blade says:

    Speaking of which, are those two new upcoming series/ova’s that were shown at the Votoms festival and are finally coming out pretty soon totally stand alone works in the franchise?

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:44 AM)
    There is gently some random junk data among the symbolism, since aa primary function of the dream is after all memory garbage collection.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:44 AM)
    Dreams about exes, can’t say those have been positive, most dreams like that involve evasion and antagonism, mostly evasion.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:44 AM)
    @K-Off: weird thing is, the feeling of “love” persisted for a while after I woke. Which is why I’m fairly sure it was caused by endorphins.
    Have you never been scared or happy in a dream?
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:44 AM)
    As for romance, my first experience was in junior high school? But as an adult, my last relationship ended about 2 1/2 years ago. I don’t have love in the airy or passionate sense; it’s more about mutual interest in each another.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:39 AM)
    @Raggers I’ve had my share of dreams about exes and shit, but I never recalled feeling any emotion, both during and after the dream.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:38 AM)
    @Emma: I find that in dreams, only the immediate object of my attention has any tangibility. Everything else is more a construct that I am aware exists, like the bed (that I cannot see) currently behind me. So if the blind were able to make a 3D construct in their minds, it could be that focusing on it would let them “see”, or feel like they are seeing since they know where everything in their dream is.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:37 AM)
    I think the first time I experienced attraction was a fluffy feeling, the second time the woman showed me her picture and it was like a jump scare/shock of what the fuck, it hit me like a huge surprise.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:34 AM)
    An odd one I can recall was, this entity called a group of people to a house and gassed it with some kind of mist, made them start seeing living corpse and the thing appeared before the person who was left alive, it was some kind of clock…thing.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:33 AM)
    The weirdest thing though that I’ve experienced has to be love. As in the “fuzzy warm feeling from being with someone” kind of love. I’ve never experienced it myself so it must’ve been influenced by how I’ve seen it portrayed, but I reckon my body still produced whatever endorphins cause it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:29 AM)
    Interestingly enough, in certain cases I hear that the blind can see their dreams.

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