The main hype of "Blue Submarine No. 6", as far as I can tell, is the animation is glorious. Good animation, people say, and ground breaking at the time.
Well when I saw it all I could see was good animation. But good animation can't carry a series, that's why you have anime fanboys that run around saying indiscriminantly, "Well animation was good but storyline sucked." I'm not a fanboy, but seriously...the animation was good, and the storyline stunk.
We open with the world at a higher level because a mad scientist destroyed the ice caps and raised a navy of mutant fish-people. Sure, why not? The humans plan to launch an attack on their arctic base, but the fish navy catches them completely by surprise and attacks them a la Pearl Harbor. Huh? Wait a minute...don't they still have RADAR in the future? In fact, since its the future, wouldn't they have BETTER radar than we do now? Did the ocean's level drown out satellites too? Any way, our main hero - the cliche, unwilling type - gets seperated and hangs around with a fishgirl atop a whale as he blabs his life history. Five minutes later we're watching a pack of whales get killed like we're not supposed to care.
The finale of this series' problems comes when we watch the sharkman villain get struck by two tomahawk missiles...then comes back as if that was nothing. I was half expecting him to say in a British accent, "I got better!"
The series suffers from some other troubles. There's the classic anime cliche of introducing a character and then killing them off five minutes later, or worse yet cutting to a dramatic death scene of a character we've never seen before. In fact, so many of these characters are just archetypes or undeveloped that I really didn't care who wins or loses.
Overall, a big disappointment.