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Vandread: V1 Enemy Engaged! (ep.1-4)

Mari Devon , Hiroyuki Yoshino , Hiroyuki Yokoyama , Kazuki Tsunoda    Unrated   DVD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars The men versus the women June 21 2002
I saw the first episode of this series at the 2002 Anime Midatlantic Conference in Virginia. I thought it was quite funny. I have finally gottne hold of the entire first season and it has gotten funnier, but it also can rip your heart out. This series really gets the audience into the characters and situations that they are in will move you to laughter or tears. In the series, the men have the upper class who are pilots and officers and a lower class who builds the equipment for thier army. You end up following a young boy from the lower group that gets stuck on a war ship and a girl training to be a warrior for the women. The men and women see themselves as aliens, but you will learn that in the past they had lived together. The series follows their journey to stop an alien race from killing off their race and their attempt to try to understand the opposit sex. If you are looking for something with amazing computer animated mecha and that will make you laugh, I think you have found it. Enjoy. Keep the faith, dEx
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4.0 out of 5 stars Animated fun with adult themes June 19 2002
Gonzo, the production company, did an excellent job on the animation. The sequences are smooth and the "CG" blends well with the "standard" animation.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boy-meets-girl space theme April 12 2002
By Joe
I like boy-meets-girl space themes with action and decent graphics, with slinky gals, occasional jiggling, people who aren't [bad], and this has them. I prefer anime where the genders mix and goofs happen and comedy occurs and sometimes there is heart break. The plot and story aren't necessarily new: Martian Successor Nadesico and a few other series have similar plot. There are pirates, transforming mecha, battles, glitzy affects, and so on just like others. But, it is told with enough original details to make it fresh (beleive me, I have watched a lot of shows, and a lot are pretty dull, so I won't say that without need).
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?)
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Vandread is a fun, unpretentious series that doesn't aim to be sophisticated. The loser hero, Hibiki, is found in many other anime shows, but this guy grows up to be a fighter. I admire this hotheaded fool for trying his best. Unlike in other boy-surrounded-by-girls shows, Hibiki eventually takes control over his predicaments. Some will find some annoying Shinji-like traits in this fellow--this show is another one catered to angry young men. Others will find the heroine, Dita, to be annoying--it depends on how much cuteness and idiocity you can tolerate. The assortment of other female cast members is among the best found in the multiple-girls anime genre.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced Anime Goodness! Feb. 27 2002
"Vandread" can be fairly easily catergorized. It's a space/mecha romantic comedy not unlike "Nadesico" or "Irresponsible Captain Tylor." However derivative it might be, don't make the mistake of thinking it's boring.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Discovery
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 more
Published on July 16 2003 by "kissfan01"
5.0 out of 5 stars Studio Gonzo does it again!
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 more
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Interstellar action and building romance
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 more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Marcus Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars COOL
I loved this anime from start to finish...and im guessin ur wonderin why its soo funny ne? Read more
Published on June 18 2002 by "demon_wolf472"
5.0 out of 5 stars Male Vs. Female
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 more
Published on April 15 2002 by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedic space romance of meeting the opposite sex 1st time!
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 more
Published on March 21 2002 by "lord-ace"
5.0 out of 5 stars sci fi hip space opera!
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 more
Published on March 16 2002 by Al Keng
5.0 out of 5 stars Vandread = pwn
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 more
Published on March 13 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Kawaii!!! (cute)
When I heard it was made by the people who released 'Blue Sub 6', I had my doubts, but I bought it anyway. And I do not regret it. And this isn't some soft adorable anime (cough. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2002 by Lloyd V. Williams
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