Posted on 10 March 2011 with categories: OVA Impressions




Who is Takeshi Koike, and why is he directing Redline? With that question in mind, I set out to check out the other anime he directed: Trava – Fist Planet. It turned out to be a strange OVA, consisting out of four episodes of between 11 and 14 minutes long; it’s a science fiction story about two random guys having to perform some kind of survey on an unknwon planet.

It’s an OVA that’s definitely all about its graphics, and it definitely has a very skillful direction. Just about every shot in this OVA looks nice. It’s full of weird camera angles and it’s got some unique character designs that it puts to good use. There is a ton of eye candy here, and I can only imagine what Redline is going to look like when it has an actual movie budget.

As for the rest, the only other part that stands out is the dialogue. The characters bickering with each other gives them a nice charm. A lot of this OVA is just them nonchalantly insulting each other, which is enjoyable enough to last for the fifty minutes of total airtime. Beyond that though, the story is completely rushed, especially in the final episode, and the characters also all have just two or three sides to them, and nothing more. It’s enjoyable, but doesn’t do much beyond that. But who cares? The graphics and the direction make it a definite interesting watch.
OVA Episode Rating: 7,75/10

6 Responses

  1. Scamp says:

    Trava is connected to the Redline universe somehow. Not sure how, but those characters are minor characters in the Redline movie.

    Also, redline redline redline redline redline =D

  2. brianwuzhere says:

    I’m gonna watch this just off the strength of the screenshots but about Redline…is that going to be seeing a DVD release anytime soon? Cause I would really like to check that out sometime.

  3. Loz says:

    Where did you find this Psgels, I cant seem to get a hold of it?

  4. Loz says:

    @brianwuzwhere – Thanks a lot mate. :)

  5. Dan Bellucci says:

    So basically, the only things about Fist Planet Trava that stand out are the visuals and the writing?

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  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:22 AM)
    Fair enough. I disagree but I also see how you could think it’s not a big deal. Also, I just don
    ‘t like to use the word disgusting because it entails a level of judgement that I’m not comfortable with. I only think people have a right to be judgmental about actions that have victims and no one was harmed by that camel toe.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:05 AM)
    @ninja well :P this is just a general shoutbox, no need for political correctness here.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:00 AM)
    and yes, there have been bigger deals over less. my own opinion on that is that it’s excessive.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:58 AM)
    @JalapenoBagel I will admit though that disgusting was too strong of a word, I should’ve used the word squicky. It’s just squicky.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:58 AM)
    @ninjarealist anything with a fundoshi does that.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:52 AM)
    @JalapenoBagel I’ve seen people make a bigger deal out of less. How would you feel if a show depicted a male with all of his genitals basically visual from the impression in the underwear?
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:49 AM)
    @ninjarealist likely just wasn’t worth making a fuss over, but to each his own.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:19 AM)
    @JalapenoBagel In general yes. Specifically, there were a few panty shots that were…extremely form-fitting. And no, I’m not going to post screen shots. If you missed them then all the better.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:12 AM)
    @Bagel: Big fan of his artwork in general especially his designs for last exile.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 05:04 AM)
    a range murata panel at sakuracon…missed opportunity T_T.

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