Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gate Keepers 21 - Invader Hunters |
Actors: Wendee Lee, Sherry Lynn, Barbara Goodson, Dave Mallow, Alyss Henderson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Old enemies return... Ayane Isuzu, a high school student, also works as an invader hunter for the AEGIS Network run by the mysterious tycoon, Reiji Kageyama. Ayane attempts to recruit her classmate Miyu, but once Miyu dis... more »
Carl Cheng | Sunnyvale, CA USA | 04/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I guess most of my frustration towards this is that it only spans 6 OAV episodes, and in my opinion, didn't do any good in really answering any questions. It actually made more. In retrospect, the TV series started out with a bang but ended up disappointing me in the end and I was hoping this OAV would help to improve my image of it. It showed promise but they kept being too vague and didn't really talk about the cast of the TV series too much.Gate Keepers 21 starts out in the year 2001 where the Invaders are still very plentiful and actually set in present Tokyo. Compared to the TV series, Gate Keepers 21 is a lot darker in mood, tone, and animation than its original counterpart. The protagonist of this OAV series is Ayane Isuzu, who uses cell phones and technology to harness the power of various gate powers. She tends to stay away from using her own gate power, the Gate of the Wind (the same Gate power that belonged to Ukiya Shun of the TV series). I don't think it's too hard to guess their relation. Because of her past (which we never really find out), Ayane isolates herself and battles the Invaders alone but tried to enlist the help of Miu, a Gate of the Jump user from her school. Miu is somewhat cowardous but she has her reasons to not want to fight the Invaders. The same bad guys from the TV series are back but are headed by a mysterious blonde girl instead of Kageyama. Currently, Kageyama is actually on the side of good, heading AEGIS.Final Note: You can expect the same amazing quality of digital animation and sound. I actually did enjoy this series quite a bit. This series is more about human relationships and the feelings, doubts, and fears that people have in their minds. In that, it was really good. However, they didn't really touch up on their pasts or the 'futures' of the TV series cast. They touched it but never really went into it which made me crave more. Hopefully there will be just one more to explain the questions that have been brought up through the past two series."
Opening a Gate never looked THIS good!
Cory A. Haggerty | Oh, im here! | 11/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All of us watch anime for different reasons. Myself for hardcore action mixed with the occasional comic relief, and lets not forget the fan service!
Gate Keepers 21 is by far superior to its predecessor. The origanal Gate Keeper team went on various exploration missions in order to defeat the invaders. In Gate Keepers 21 you are brought to the 21st century where the show begins with Shun Ukiya's (the main character from GK) daughter taking on some invaders. You will soon learn that this show takes inveder hunting to a whole new level. It focuses SO much more on a relationship between the four (thats right there are only four) main Gate Keepers, with a little bit of Yukino thrown in for flavor.
The artistic quality of this show is much darker than the origanal Gate Keepers. "The invaders are no longer lifeless beings." There is going to be more in the way of beautiful action carried out by our hero Ayane. HOwever, with this digital upgrade in animation some of the invader transformations are much more graphic. I would recommend this anime to anyone who has seen the entire Gate Keeper series or anyone who may be new to the series. Just keep the kids that are under thirteen away from it due to some graphic violence, a scene where the two main girl's shirts become see through (bra only), and a few d--n's thrown in to make the moment more serious. So Enjoy the greatness that IS Gate Keepers 21!"
A new flavor on an old theme
Jeremy J. Wilson | Merced, CA USA | 05/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was shocked! I thought this would be like Vandread: Second Stage; the same story with minor changes. Instead, we're treated to new techniques, characters, and new enemies to deal with.They start with new revelations regarding what's thought of Gate Keepers' powers, Invaders' origins, and who is masterminding this new wave of corruption. To go with all that, the campy nature of the TV series is gone, and replaced with a gritty, dark feeling. Even during the daylight scenes, there is this oppressive feeling that permeates everything. It was a breath of fresh air in a stagnant plot.Overall, the odd personalities of the new Gate Keepers, mixed with the evolution of powers and abilities on both sides provide some excellent surprises. I'd reccommend this to anyone who thinks originality is bleeding from anime."