Wednesday, 25 January 2012


Smell the Movies
Smell the TV

Transmitted:April 2004 - November 2004
Country of origin:Japan
Genre:Japanese animation, Sci-fi / horror themes, Super powers
Starring:Daisuke Namikawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Hitomi Nabatame
No. of seasons:2

A strange one this, which is confusing right from the start in terms of plot. It all feels a little disjointed, with conversations seeming to start half way through, and finish just as abruptly.
The plot, as far as I can figure it out, is this:
Certain people, for various reasons, die before their time. When this happens, some of them are selected and transported to a room with a bunch of other pickees. After hanging around in the room for a while, bewildered, a huge black ball appears. At this point, one of the gathered instructs them that they have to don a suit which is imbued with special powers, and go off to fight an alien(!) Thing is, they have no choice about fighting the alien, as they are transported automatically at a given point in time, at which moment the huge black ball starts counting down an hour - the time they have to dispatch the alien menace.
It's all rather odd, none of the characters are likeable in any way with no redeeming features, and it also has possibly the worst title music of any show I have ever heard - a hideous Japanese interpretation of 'jungle' - yet it is strangely compelling, and will keep you watching.
Far from the best anime out there, but still intriguing enough to recommend.

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