Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Kurogane Communication - Memories of Earth|
Actors: Julie Maddalena, Kirk Thornton, Mona Marshall, Wendee Lee, Dave Mallow
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
In the near future, Earth has been devastated by an immense war. Haruka, a girl living in the ruins of Japan with five robot companions, may truly be the last person on earth. Amid the desolation and constant attacks from ... more »
A pleasant little show
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The animation and artstyle are nicely done on this show. The teenaged girl, Haruka, is living with five robots in a urban wasteland, peopled only by other (usually agressive) robots. Somehow she remains all sweetness and light, despite being the only living human that she knows of. In these eight 15-minute segments Haruka explores her surroundings, goes to a beach and makes friends with a solitary warrior-bot who distrusts humans. There's nothing too special in these two hours but it's pleasant and kid-friendly. The action usually revolves around Haruka needing to be rescued by her robot companions.
I'm curious about where this series is leading so I'm giving it four stars for its potential. This show so far, though has very simple dialogue (despite its title) and is light on the action. I will keep my fingers crossed that the second DVD is more interesting. I hope Haruka becomes a more dynamic character. But for now, it's a nice show that won't raise your blood pressure."
Kurogane Communication - a neato little anime!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why neil dunavin hates this thing, because to me, Kurogane Communication is really awesome! My thoughts on the matter:
*Takes place about 2020, according to a newspaper in the second episode.
*I might be a boy, but sometimes I get tired of "boy-centric" anime. That's why Haruka (the main character) appeals to me so much.
*Haruka is *so cute!* (Sorry, had to get that out!)
*Neil, I don't see anything of the sort that you talked about. Sure, it's got some secrets, but that's typical in anime!
Only quirk I have is that the episodes seem a bit too short for anime of its kind. Other than that, I give Kurogame Communication 2 thumbs up!"
Worth Watching, especially for Kanato!
M. Roque | Northeast USA | 01/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I can't say what it is about this show that made me enjoy watching it as much as I did, but I certainly did. First of all, Kanato is an amazing character. Not only is he cool-looking but he's got an intriguing personality and, unlike Haruka, an interesting flashback story to his youth. Beyond him alone however, the show really is just different. The episodes are short at fifteen minutes max each, but when I sat down to watch long marathons of episodes it felt good to power through the series at a good pace. The plot pacing itself is also worth investigating; Kanato doesn't even enter the show until the middle third or so after Haruka and her robot family escape the threat of a tsunami on their debris-filled city home setting. Leaving all that behind, the band sets off to hopefully find more humans for Haruka. They will find Kanato, for sure, but a lot more too along the way. The plot moves at it's own pace (somewhat inconsistent, but oddly beneficial in that what's important to the show gets extra focus time), the animation quality is satisfactory, the dubbing wasn't a problem (heads up to those who are hard-pressed sub fans though), and the overall feeling upon finishing the series is simply content and thoughtful. For fans of obscure anime, this is definitely worth looking into."
City to jungle
C. Bratz | 07/25/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The second DVD in this juvenile series continues the story of Haruka, the pre-teen girl who is apparently the sole human being left alive in the world after the great war. In this second set of eight 12-minute episodes, she and her robot companions, a mix of humanoid and non-humanoid surrogate mom and dad, brother and sister, are forced to leave their cozy ruined city home by an apparently natural disaster. They find a working aircraft to take them, and eventually end up on a jungle island where, surprise, they find at least one more human survivor.So far the heroine remains sweet, sensitive, and bland as toast. (I think the actress who does Haruka's English voice deserves kudos for a very good performance, though.) There's not a lot of plot to pick at. The side stories appeared to be poking half-heartedly at the notion whether her robot friends have emotions or souls. The introduction of a human boy near the end of this DVD may give the series some direction."