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Vandread: Ultimate Collection - Classic [DVD] [Import]
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The story begins with the launch of a Taraak (male) converted battleship running into a Mejere (female) pirate ship; in the confusion the oldest part of the Taraak ship is abandoned, but its attempted destruction by the men results in a whole series of Paxsis Pragma controlled incidents: three men are left behind, the pirate ship and the old core are fused together, one Taraak mecha and three Mejere fighters are "modified", and the lot of them are wormholed far enough away from home to face a long journey back. In the process the three men: a skilled doctor and engineer, a cowardly helmsman and navigator, and a heroic idiot of a mecha pilot are gradually worked into the crew by Mejerens out of necessity and with reason enough to doubt the lies taught them by a government they do not trust, having become criminals in the first place in order to survive their own government's stupidity. What follows are bizarrely alternating scenes of wacky comedy and deadly seriousness. It is kind of like every anime you've ever seen: lots of drama and stress over having no sex with each other; the difference is that these characters don't know why there is all that drama and stress in the first place!
Defects? Well, the regular animation is nothing to write home about, and the computer animation is blatantly obvious, both signs of its age. In addition while the motivations of the central villains make a certain kind of sense, the motivations of many of the lesser, unintentional villains who did so much to create the situation make no sense at all. In addition the main hero is something of a blithering idiot, faithfully supported by the long-suffering ditz of a main heroine, who take up too much attention in contrast to far more interesting secondary characters.
Finally, while the inclusion of the two season summarizing OVA's, but subtitled only, on disc 5 might seem a useless excess, there is method to the madness because the extra effort to explain the main plot in the much shorter OVA's clears away much (though not all) of the confusion left from watching the TV series. For once at least it is definitely worth watching both. One might only wish for an English version of Vandread: The Extra Stage, a light novel containing several stories that extend past the ending of this series.
This series, in my eyes, is one that mixes all of the popular genres into a two-season anime that easily shows many of the popular themes right off the bat. Men and women are on different planets in the near [or is it far?] future, and after a long time apart, a small trio of men end up as the captives of a pirate spaceship filled with women... and hilarity definitely ensues. Okay, so the main situation may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm sure that you'll find one or two characters within the large cast [of mostly women] to personally grow fond of. Many of the major characters are given some good character development with some backstory, and some even manage to take me by surprise once the series dove into Second Stage. I'll admit that I ended up admiring once-annoying characters by the end of the series. There are moments of funny, heartwarming, and maybe even some tearjerker moments too - something that any fan will love.
This complete set is absolutely a great deal for both the first season and Second Stage, as well as for the two never-before-released OVAs. I was disappointed to see that the OVAs were nothing but condensed recaps of each season, but I did like the little additional scenes of filler that didn't make it into the series. The fact that the OVAs only had subtitles was also disappointing, but I didn't mind it much; I enjoyed both the English dub and the subbed versions of the series.
In the end and overall, "Vandread" is definitely worth many more viewings and a permanent spot in one's anime collection with this set!
The plot I think is quite good, with those of Earth attempting to sustain themselves by harvesting the bodies of other humans. But, the drawback is that of the hero himself, as his overall relationship with his "vanguard" and that of the women of the series is all too cliched and really drowns out much needed drama. As well, this anime was made well back when computer graphics were in the infancy for anime, so battles and the units themselves look a little outdated compared to now.
But, in all honesty, I enjoyed the series with all its problems and found the final three episodes to really draw the series to a very good conclusion.
Not so much a MUST BUY, but it is entertaining to watch...