Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Action & Adventure, Anime & Manga, Animation
The biological combat android Iczer-1 travels to Earth. Her mission is to defend the planet from Cthuwolf invaders, but in order to power her battlesuit she needs to unite with a partner in body and mind. Nagisa is a hum... more »
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An anime classic better than I remember it!
Alexander R. Keefe | Puyallup, WA U.S.A. | 04/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow...what can I say? The animation has never looked better with this DVD transfer...the sound quality is perfect and allows one to actually hear the background score with so much clarity it isn't even funny. To me, this is one of the coolest anime I've ever seen. Many anime reviewers of this day and age can't stand it and that's only because they can't watch anything that might be more than a few years old. Well, that shouldn't be the case because this is a great anime title and has some very pulse pounding moments of high octane action and adventure. The animation does show some of it's age by some of today's standards but that's to be expected of a show this experimental made 20 years ago. This WAS one of the first OVA's after all. So, in essence, if you like action, adventure, cute girls, horror elements straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft novel and giant robots thrown in for good measure than this is the title for you. Give it a shot, keep an open mind and you'll probably enjoy this as much as I have over the years."
Great classic anime from the "old fan" days
J. Adams | Minneapols, MN | 05/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all this was the first true anime OVA I ever watched. I love this OVA series. It was the first all Japanese/no subtitles video my friend and I had imported. I remember reading ANIMAG for the translation while we watched. New fans may not appreciate Iczer-1 due to its 20 year old age, but at the time of conception, it was a take on Japanese live action done anime style. There are some "in jokes" like Camille Bidan and Fa Yuiry from Z Gundam and Tetsuo from Akira watching the landing of Delos Theta in the city. The horror side is gives you tough gory moments. Yes the girls are cute! And, yes Nagisa is annoying at times. But that is what makes it good. The sound track from Michiaki Watanabe fits in perfectly. Yes its 80's sounding, but it WAS the 80's ;)
If you have seen Iczer-3 and hated it, give Iczer-1 a chance. As Toshihiro Hirano said it in an interview : "...As far as I'm concerned, the story ends at the end of the video ...Even if we drew the designs and art seriously, there's no way there could be a legitimate sequel in the world of Iczer."
Strap on your old school and enjoy.
trashcanman | Hanford, CA United States | 09/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Fight! Iczer-One" is a solid 1985 science fiction anime about an android girl who defends the Earth from an alien invasion. At only three episodes (two 25+ minutes and a 40+ minute finale) there isn't a whole lot of depth or character development, but there is almost everything else one would enjoy from an anime from that time period. Just over a minute in, the audience is treated to two naked women kissing each other. Not for kids, then. There is also quite a bit of violence and cool imagery that calls to mind my favorite two animated titans of the era: the incomparable Vampire Hunter D and the hysterically cool Original Dirty Pair. That's mighty good company.
The plot revolves around an AI-led race called The Cthulhu who seek to claim the earth as their own by using biological weapons called Vedims who are very similar to the creature from The Thing. They possess human bodies and spread, depopulating the planet as they go. As the mysterious Iczer-1 slaughters the beasts en-masse, the invaders send their finest warriors to take her out. This includes a series of robots who can trap Iczer in an alternate dimension and record data during combat so that each series of robots is deadlier to Iczer than the last. Very cool concept. Iczer is aided by the ability to sync with a human girl, and convert her emotion to energy. F.Y.I., this sort of merging/syncing in anime is almost always a stand-in for sex so the Yuri vibe is large here. The tone is extremely dark and serious and there is plenty of violence, action, and unnecessary nudity to go around. I would also qualify this as a major influence on all-time classic Neon Genesis Evangelion as the two share quite a few similarities once the ginat robots come into play. Yes, this is a sci-fi anime: there are giant robots. This aspect of the series doesn't really do much for me, but it does produce some great moments. I figure kicka$z android girl with telepathy, teleportation, cool laser blasts, and a lightsaber to boot was enough, but nope. Mecha always win out in the end. Fair enough.
The music is one thing I really didn't care for in "Fight! Iczer-One". Cheesy as can be. I really dug the dark, brutal, heartless nature of the story...until the epilogue that is. Some ol' hippie BS, that was. The Vedims give the scenes they're in a killer horror vibe and the gore that accompanies their demise is sweet. Probably the coolest thing about the show, in fact. That the Chtulhu are portrayed as tragic and very human beings is pretty impressive as well. It's easy to have villains be evil just for the hell of it, but it's much more rewarding to flesh them out and make them sympathetic and Iczer does a great job there considering the time allotted. It's a short show, -one that could have and maybe should have been cut into a single film- but it's absolutely recommended to fans of science-fiction anime, mecha, girls kicking a$z, and dark 80's animation."
FIGHT! Iczer One!
OldSchooler | USA | 05/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Classic anime that's still enterataining to watch.If, your into old japanese cartoons this one is still a must."