Despite the title, this is not a feature but the three-part OAV Battle Skipper (1995), which Takashi Watanabe directed before going on to Slayers. When the members of the Etiquette Club at St. Ignacio's School for Girls go... more » down the tubes--literally--they acquire the skimpy outfits they wear to pilot the unfortunately named BSs or Battle Skippers--state-of-the-art military mecha. As "Extars," the Etiquette Club members fight to eliminate evil from the world, which means the bizarre schemes of Sayaka, the nasty, super-rich president of the rival Debutante Club, and her flunky, Todo. The series was created to promote a line of robot toys from Tomy, and viewers who are willing to accept high school girls' quarrels escalating into battles involving satellite weaponry may enjoy these silly adventures. But to describe them as "slight" is flattery. Unrated; suitable for ages 14 and up: Nudity, violence, violence against women. --Charles Solomon« less
"This wasn't a movie... it was the 3 eps rolled into one tape. It kind of sucked that way too, seeing as I already owned the first two tapes. But otherwise, I love the series... it's just too bad they had to rip you off this way."
Silly Schoolgirl Superheros
Joseph L. Elkhorne | Mulgrave, Victoria AUSTRALIA | 07/11/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sayaka, president of the Debutante Club at St. Ignatio high school, intends to rule the world. She is so cute and soooooo bad.Unfortunately for her, Reika and Rie, the two officers [and initially, the only members] of the Etiquette club, have the power to thwart her plans -- the Battle Skipper combat vehicles developed by her grandfather.This anime is a comedy, however, with heaps of action and destruction thrown in -- along with "magical girl" transformations, power suits, armored vehicles, mechas, and conspiracy.As silly as Project A-ko and just as much fun as the superhero parody "Moldiver", it may not break new ground but is loads of fun, nonetheless.Attractive character designs and a colorful animation style make this one definitely eye candy. There's even a hint of a Sohryuden dragon, in my mind anyway, in a cameo role. And Sayaka's toady, Todou [heh] is such an inept bungler.Saori, one of the new students who joins the Etiquette Club, sports the weirdest hair style perhaps in all anime. LOL. The other characters have their own quirks, including the Artificial Intellegence of the Battle Skipper vehicles.My only disappointment is that the series consists of only 3 videos."
Boring beyond all belief...
Strategos | In Space above Planet Earth | 09/27/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard sometimes to describe what exactly it is that makes a show lousy. Is it mediocre dialog? Lackluster action sequences? Lifeless and uninteresting characters? So-so animation? Or how about a incredibly unoriginal clique-ridden (slapped together)plot that puts you to sleep? In other words, this anime is just plain bad, and there's nothing really to redeem it from that status. No compelling characters, no cool designs, no great music, nothing. Save your money and skip this one. There's better stuff out there."
It's Sailor Moon meets Gundam!
J. Alford | Atlanta, GA. United States | 01/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Set in the not-to-distant-future, Battle Skipper is a 3-episode OVA series(despite the fact its labeled as a "movie")that deals with the five members of the Etiquette Club in one of Japan's most prestigious schools are secretly a group of crimefighting mecha pilots called the Ex-Stars. Their main competition is the school's other club, the Debutante Club. Their leader is planning on taking over the world with her own army of mechas. So, the Ex-Stars try to foil their plans, while still keeping a decent grade average! This series was based on a Japanese toy line, but became its own unique and dynamic action comedy series. For fans of Project A-Ko or Sailor Moon, Battle Skipper is a hilarious anime with lots of great gags and a wonderful sense of fun!"
An Okay Rental
coopertex | CA United States | 12/11/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Battle Skipper is a three episode mini-series about school girls from two different clubs wage war by using mechs called Battle skippers. One club called the Etiquette Club, has five girls in its membership whom happen to be ditzy and shallow. The Etiquette Club are the the forces of good that try to save the world from: the rival club called the Debutante Club. The Debutante want to rule the world, though it is never explained how they planned to do it, they just say "some day we will rule the world". I'm pretty sure that this anime was meant to appeal to girls since it contains a magical-transformation sequence, but there are better girl shows out there, (ie...sailor moon). So whom is Battle skipper going to appeal to? The answer: no one
The artwork is dated but looks average, the animation quality is also average and the action is forgettable. The english voice-acting is as terrible as can be. The battleskipper mechs are weird looking, stumpy mechs, which actually don't look like mechs at all. In the final battle there is a spaceship shaped like a rose/flower and then it was revealed that the battles was just a "game". Why waste your time and money watching anime like this when you could be watching something else. Contains three episodes ends on episode three and never makes a comeback. Okay for teens. "