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Monday, April 07, 2008

DVD Watch: Robotech - The Shadow Chronicles

I wanted this to be good, I really did. I've never had an overly romantic notion of just how good the original Robotech series was, being three completely separate narratives put through the blender in what can kindly be called the early days of American publish anime.

But still, Robotech was decent and gave a flood of anime to a base which had little hope of it before. And if Shadow Chronicles does one thing right - is that it makes a story which rides on top of all these conflicting narrations not feel quite so conflicted.

Sadly, it misfires most everywhere else. The voice acting is nearly as bad as some of the lines ("You don't think these Children of the Shadow had anything to do with ... The Shadow Technology?") and honestly even the artwork is a mishmash of good or bad, in both the 2D and 3D realm of art.

So while the overarching plot might not have you beating your head for watching it - getting from plot point to plot point might. Recommend only for the fanboy at heart.

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