Posted by psgels on 27 February 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews



Now, I am writing this review as a fan of the Votoms Franchise. If this movie had not been part of it, I probably would have rated it higher, but only slightly.

The reason I’m saying this is because of the following: I became a fan of Votoms because of the alternative it provided to your average cheesy and angsty giant robot series. Where series like Gundam and its ilk were full of angst and cheesy morals, it provided a mature storytelling that took both itself and its characters seriously, going beyond characters screaming and yelling melodramatically. And really, I’m all for going into different directions with your franchise, but Case;Irvine does everything that Votoms avoided so well.

In Votoms, the fact that people die in a war was taken for granted. That’s what allowed it to pull so much interesting drama. Case;Irvine meanwhile is all about “war is bad”, “thou shalt not kill”, “oh, I’m the villain so I kill people for no reason at all muaha” and “ooh, I killed many innocent people in the past. I’m very angsty now! And this just goes on and on. You remember that little girl in the promo art? Her entire point in this movie is to angst and remind the lead character of how he shouldn’t fight. This is not Votoms at all. Heck, it’s even too cheesy to be like Gundam.

I’m also am not kidding about that villain, by the way. Case;Irvine could have been at least a decent angst movie if it wasn’t for this guy. While the lead character still had his scenes in which he doesn’t angst, this guy absolutely doesn’t. He’s consistently yelling, sprouting cheesy morals and looking for a fight with the lead character. This guy is completely overacting for the sake of overacting. To make matters even worse, Votoms also stood out in the way that it didn’t have any custom built mechas besides slight upgrades or colour changes. This guy then comes out of nowhere and mounts these gigantic hands to his own mecha, making it look completely silly in the more realistic setting of Votoms. The entire final battle (which takes up a lot of the time of this movie) is reduced to this really boring angst-fest in which the umpth strange robot has to be taken care of.

The sole salvation of this movie is the music. It’s perfect, and really atmospheric and does a truly excellent job of building up the atmosphere. But seriously. Please let Finder and Koei Futatabi not be so ridiculously angsty. Or heck. This wasn’t even angst, this was downright emo.

Storytelling: 6/10 – It’s definitely different from the usual Votoms. However, instead of experimenting with a unique new style, it got turned into a generic super robot movie.
Characters: 5/10 – Pathetic villain, way too much angst and none of the characters make any impact at all.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Awesome soundtrack. The animation is there… but not really remarkable in any way.
Setting: 5/10 – Destroys some of the the core aspects of Votoms. Not good.

Suggestions:
Mobile Police Patlabor WXIII (an example of how to correctly get a movie to take on new characters and a new direction).
The Wings of Honneamise
Jin Roh – The Wolf Brigade

5 Responses

  1. Souther says:

    In contrast to your excessive generosity with other titles, this time I’d say you’re incredibly and unnecessarily harsh with a simple 50-minute OVA.

    It’s not particularly great but you’re completely out of line by pretending this is a “Super Robot” show. No, not even the last fight can be properly described as such.

    As for the angst…there was a valid reason for it on the main character’s side (psychological trauma because of a past event) and the villain was far more crazy than angsty. Which isn’t original, no, but you’re acting like if it were some sort of disease or sin against the franchise (there have been crazy characters in Votoms before).

    Finally, it’s worth mentioning that there are other Votoms fans out in the world -including probably the one person who most deserves that title (Tim Eldred)- who don’t agree with your closed-minded approach.

  2. yajyaj says:

    well i have to agree, i really love the votoms shows, but this one? i did not even get the votom feeling, the music was good, i agree with that, but it did not feel like votoms at all, that was some kinda random mecha show, just that they called it votoms and added some votoms models, done

  3. Clawshrimpy. says:

    As a VOTOMS fan, I have to say, while this OVA did show a lot of promise to me (No Chirico, no awful CGI, etc.) I was actually kinda excited.

    until I saw it.

    The villain was a Char proxy. Sunrise…I love Brave/GaoGaiGar, and I love the older stuff like VOTOMS and Layzner and stuff, but, seriously, stop tryingt o make every one of your Intellectual Property a Gundam show. VOTOMS will NEVER sell as well as Gundam or Code Geass, and no amount of masked guys with three times faster red mecha and melodramatic bishonen is going to change that.

    So instead of give us a chance to have another awesome Mellowlink-like spinoff, you cop out and force Takahashi and IRVINE’s writing team to make it “Gudametic”. throw in a masked guy and make the combat move fast! and…..eliminate the entire legacy of this franchise.

    Sunrise, stop interfering with Ryosuke Takahashi and let him work his magic, it’s not enough you have Pailsen Files and the like Horrible budgets, and put GaoGaiGar Project Z on the back burner, CASE IRVINE is an insult to anyone who likes VOTOMS and prefers it over Gundam.

  4. Watcherzero says:

    I actually really liked this OVA, I was scared that it wouldnt be able to tell a complete story and make charachters you cared about in 50 minutes but it did! It had the Votoms feel especielly in the opening sequence was in a location consistent with the setting and the girl managed not to be a standard damsel in distress. My only criticism was with the final enemy AT which wasnt consistent with the setting, in fact could it even have stood up without toppling over with all that weight?

  5. Yukiharu says:

    Still can’t top the You’re only allowed to drink *my* juice jokes in Akikan. And if a gikmicmy show like this can’t hit even that mark, you know it’s in real trouble.[]

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  • Mike
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:14 PM)
    @Kaiser Takahashi was one of the first to take it out of “smut” made for men and gave the genre to girls.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 09:34 PM)
    My palette is cleansed after Legacy. I think I can make a push and finish Mirage Sessions by Monday.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:25 PM)
    Altogether there is no good explanation as to why Berserk has been on the fringes for the last 20 years. The silver lining is that it looks like things are picking up for the franchise- with a new series, two new games and frequent manga releases- so here’s hoping we get a much bigger budget for the next cour, and god willing maybe even a studio change. And I’m getting greedy, but gimme that From Software Berserk game! That would be an instant cash mine.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:18 PM)
    @Vyse: I was actually thinking of that, and the dark mature content is definitely a factor. Yet looking at what’s trending at the moment, with AoT and Kabaneri, it seems that the more violent stuff are bankable now. And it’s not like anime is stranger to adapting material that hasn’t finished yet. So I’m guessing that Miura is hard to work with probably, and maybe he’s tight about giving studios the license.
  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Because the story is so dark and so violent, its hard to cater to a middle ground audience that includes kids or maybe even adolescents.

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