World Famous Comics: Blue Submarine No. 6 - The Movie (Toonami Version) |
| Blue Submarine No. 6 - The Movie (Toonami Version) |
|Starring: Hozumi Gôda, Kinryû Arimoto, Scott Bailey, Ali Bell, Rhonda Bellamy|
Directed By: Kôichi Chigira, Mahiro Maeda
Average Rating: see reviews
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Format: Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Items: 1
Region Code: 1
Release Date: April 17, 2001
Running Time: 100 minutes
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In the future, the rising heat has begun melting the polar ice caps. A group of ocean-dwelling creatures have seemingly declared war on Earth, led by the scientist Zorndyke. But why? Now, mankind's last hope is a state-of-the-art submarine, Blue Sub 6 and her crew as the seek to defend humanity from this new threat.
Although billed as "The Movie," this edition consists of the four episodes of the computer-animated OAV (original animation video) cut together and edited for airing on the Cartoon Network. Most of Earth's population drowned when the mad genius Zorndyke began meddling with the planet's polar alignment. The survivors cower in half-drowned cities and undersea bases, battling Zorndyke's robots and hideous mutants; Kino, a dedicated young pilot, draws Hiyami, an alienated ex-submariner, back into the war. Based on a manga by Satoru Ozawa, Blue Submarine offers lots of computer-generated effects, but little in the way of coherent plot and character development. Hayami's conversion from hard-bitten veteran to peace advocate seems improbable, as does the prospect of seeking peace with a villain responsible for 10 billion deaths. Blue Submarine will appeal primarily to hard-core computer animation fans and devotees of Water World. The Cartoon Network policy of not showing what it construes as violence further weakens the story. Hayami doesn't see his old friend Katsuma writhing in agony from Zorndyke's "beast mutation," removing much of his motivation to rejoin the submarine forces. The gigantic Musuca no longer dies in a sea stained by its own blood, eliminating the series' one genuinely poignant moment. Eliminating tobacco use produces some unintentionally comic moments: Hayami flicks his lighter and touches the flame to nothing. The four OAVs are available separately in their uncut format. Rated 13 and up: robot versus robot violence and grotesque imagery. --Charles Solomon
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