Black Magic M-66 is the exciting futuristic adventure of Sybel, a freelance video journalist who becomes involved in a dangerous military fiasco when two top-secret military android assassins, known as M-66 units, are lost... more ». One of the deadly M-66 units escapes with a mission to eliminate Ferris, the granddaughter of its creator. Time is running out as Sybel faces the deadly M-66 android in an epic battle to save Ferris.« less
Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX Reviewed on 2/25/2010...
This is a great anime, while there are times that the artwork lacks, at least it is consistent. The plot is fantastic, except only a complete moron would make the default target like this guy (though since he does seem to be a bit of a nincompoop, I guess that works too.) Voice acting is good, except I could do without the high pitched whinny girl (daughter of the inventor) I'm tired of animes that have that just to have it.
Otherwise it is superb. well done.
Masamune Shirow's Golden Touch
Brady M. Davidson | 09/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Masamune Shirow scores another home run in Black Magic: M66. This is one of his earlier and sometimes lesser known works, done in collaboration with Hiroyuki Kitakubo (Blood: The Last Vampire). Shirow is probably better known in the U.S. for Ghost in the Shell, Dominion Tank Police, and both versions of Appleseed. All of these were Manga before being brought over to the video media, and all of Shirow's titles make you think, with deep reaching social issues that transcend the animated action.
Black Magic: Mario M66 is the story of a journalist who falls into the middle of a top-secret Government experiment with robotic assassins. One robot malfunctions and goes rogue - and sets off to assassinate it's pre-programmed target. In this case, the daughter of the scientist who designed the assassins. Over the next 50 minutes, the journalist must protect the girl and uncover the secret of the assassins.
Black Magic follows Shirow's tradition of creating a strong female lead character who takes charge of the situation and does her best to save the day. Shirow's women usually breach the gender gap as Law Enforcement officers, Government agents, soldiers, and in this case a hard-nosed news woman who won't take no for an answer.
Black Magic is an excellent, if short, example of Japanese Animation. I highly recommend it's addition to your collection."
Birth of the Terminator
coopertex | CA United States | 02/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The government with the help of its engineers created the ultimate killing machine; two robots, virtually indestructible, armed with auto-defenses and very intelligent. Both robots were being shipped by secret plane, but a thunderstorm causes the plane to crash land. Both robots escape the wreckage undamaged, except that they are malfunctioning, they want to kill all humans. They end up wiping out a military platoon and killing more innocent people, until a news reporter gets involved to help stop the two robots. The character design are pudgy faced and a bit ugly, so are the robots, but the action sequences are very exciting. My biggest disappointment was the fact that BMM66 is way too short. The whole movie was so exciting that I wanted it to be longer. It is rumored that American director James Cameron, got the idea for his, Terminator movie from this anime. You too will notice the similarities when you see this anime. Violence and blood at mild levels, but nothing extreme- for teenagers and adults. I also recommend the anime called "Cyber City Oedo""
It's not that great, but it's fun
captainspankypants | 08/01/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you can find this movie used or really cheap, it's a good deal. It's not the best transfer or the deepest story, but it's got action and a cool robot that destroys things. It's a bit short, but that's okay. If it were longer, it would probably need a better story to justify sitting through the whole thing. It's a fun, old-school anime for those who want just that."
Great animation but a bit too short on story and plot.
captainspankypants | 07/06/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good "starter anime" that portrays what is possible in this genre. A decent story is brought to life through terrific animation and non-stop action. My only complaint is the length...or lack of. Rent it. Or buy it if you can find the rare combo version which packages Black Magic M-66 along with Riding Bean."