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Vandread: V1 Enemy Engaged! (ep.1-4)
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In this sophomoric sci-fi series, men and women live on separate planets (Talac and Majel) in a state of mutual hostility and ignorance. Mechanic/third-class citizen Hibiki stows away aboard the new Talac flagship and gets caught by the attacking Majel pirates. He's thrown into contact with Dirda, a girl it would be charitable to describe as ditsy--during a battle, she cries, "These guys are really bad aliens!" The women are forced to enlist the aid of Hibiki and two other male prisoners when they're attacked by unknown aliens who look like something made with a high-tech Lego set. The visuals are a jarring mixture of 3-D computer graphics, flat monochromatic artwork, and 2-D drawn animation. With its many explosions, mecha, scantily clad women, and underdog hero, Vandread is clearly aimed at adolescent boys with raging hormones, despite the male-bashing humor. Contains the first 4 of 13 episodes. Rated 13 Up: Nudity, violence, risqué humor. --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The premise is simple: men think women are evil, women think men are barbarians and untrustworthy. It's like going back to when I was in school and thought girls carried weird diseases. The interaction resulting from this makes the episodes entertaining, if not always hilarious.
After watching the episodes a few times, it became clear that the characters are being developed. Each has a personal history that slowly reveals itself and makes the interactions between them understandable. I look forward to finding out more as the series continues.
The situations are not overtly sexual in this series, but the theme is adult in nature. (One viewing of the end credits should be enough to get the idea.)
My personal view:
If you're a mature viewer that enjoys anime with flying machines and somewhat adult humor, you'll probably like this series. I'd place this series in a similar line as Tenchi and Love Hina.
Perfect? No. I am also looking for mature (not twisted nor peverted, just mature) themed anime along the lines of boy-and-girl-have-already-met-and-married-and-have-kiddies to get out of the kiddies in high-school level most are, but since most anime is intended for young kids and serial TV showing, I don't really complain that I don't find it. Series like these make the wait okay.
Nudity? Hmm, gotta look harder I guess. Haven't seen any real nudity in it. Maybe some of the reviewers haven't seen the show? (Or maybe they think of nudity as something other than really naked people?)
If only the doctor Duero and the helmsman Bart can pilot Vanguards, things will become much more interesting. As it is, only Hibiki can combine with Dreads.
Though the CG designs, a major selling point of the show, are easily overtaken by those produced by American and Canadian studios, the execution of the space fights are so fast and the camera angles are so perfect that you know this can only be done in 3D. When it comes to moving CG camera angles, Gonzo studios is the best. So, if you're unashamedly male, buy this video. If you're female and really want to understand why men are so stupid, buy this video.
The basic premise behind "Vandread" is this: men and women are now completely segregated and consider each other mortal enemies. Men procreate with men, women procreate with women... in fact, no one even remembers what it was like when they still lived together as friends and equals.
Third class citizen and resident hothead Hibiki lets himself get conned by his co-workers into stealing a type of mech he works on, called Vanguards, to prove himself as good as his boasts. Unfortunately for Hibiki, just as he is to reach his goal, the ship he's on is attacked by a band of female pirates (all of whom are babes, of course) and he's taken as a hostage along with a cool, unflappable doctor and the cowardly helmsman Bart.
Amongst their captors is the bubbly, good-hearted Dita, the bespecacled engineer Parfeit, the tough gal "Dread" leader Meia, the vixen Jura, and an assorted cast of wild personalities. (Not to mention a guy by the name of "Rat Bastard.")
As the group slowly learns to accept (and even trust) each other, they must also fight against a strange and unknown enemy bent on "harvesting" everyone.
If this sounds like a lot to swallow at once, you're right. "Vandread" is a very busy series... the high energy and breakneck pacing never slows for a minute during all 13 episodes. The comedy, drama, and romance whiz by at light speed but it never loses it's sense of fun.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This series is hilarious! After being seperated for 3 generations, men and women are coming together again for the first time, which leads to some unintentional humor on thier... Read morePublished on July 16 2003
Just as with Gatekeepers and Blue Submarine No. 6, Gonzo has picked another winner of an anime. Gorgeous girls, cute guys, awe-inspiring machinery--and that's just the cast! Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Amber
Vandread is `Lost In Space with a pich of Star Wars and Robotech (Macross)'. An interplanetary war between men and women, which the women are declared `superior'. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Marcus Smith
THIS ANIME IS SOOO FUNNY IT WILL MAKE YA WANNA ...!!!!!!
I loved this anime from start to finish...and im guessin ur wonderin why its soo funny ne? Read more
I picked this up at a store because 1.I travelled all the way, and 2.I'm not leaving without buying SOMETHING.So, this looked cool.So i bought it.The storyline is unique. Read morePublished on April 15 2002 by Al
For those of you who enjoyed Martian Successor Nadesico, think in terms of Akito like Hibiki the pilot who wanted to prove himself that he can pilot a mecha. Read morePublished on March 21 2002
my only complaint is that there are too few episodes released at a time. this is a wonderful series with great potential women vs men and yet both are faced with the fact that they... Read morePublished on March 16 2002 by Al Keng
Buy it, watch it, then wait for the rest because this series pays off. One of my favorite anime series alongside Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Hellsing, Gundam, and Evangelion. Read morePublished on March 13 2002
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