While visually impressive and fun to watch, there's not much beneath the surface of this sci-fi anime adventure. Luda (voice of Darryl Borden) is a boy destined to inherit the Power of Wind from his father Moog. On the day of his annointing, his village is invaded by the Zul'earth forces, led by the mysterious Agahali (Ally Coyote). She murders Moog but lets Luda's sister, Ansa (Sarah Lafleur), live when she notices that she and Ansa have identical birthmarks. It's not spoiling much to say that halfway through the movie Agahali and Ansa learn what the audience figured out in the first five minutes: The two are long-separated twin sisters. Agahali realizes that the evil Lord Zanark (J.F. Searle), who raised her as his daughter, tricked her into killing her own father and joins Luda and Ansa in their quest for revenge. Captures, escapes and action sequences follow as the film builds to the final climactic battle. The animation is well done; the bases, ships and mecha are interesting and the fine details of Masamune Shirow's (GHOST IN THE SHELL) character designs stand out. The characters themselves, however, are cardboard cutouts, and it's hard to care much for them. Director Yasuhiro Matsumura does a good job with the material: The action sequences are exciting, and the flashbacks and visions are quite stylish (though a little slow-paced for some anime fans). But despite the visual flair, in the end the film never rises above the cliches of the "You-Killed-My-Father" tradition to which it so clearly belongs. The English-language voice performances are distractingly inconsistent flat one moment and over-acted the next. If you're watching on DVD, the subtitles are recommended.
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: NR
- Review: While visually impressive and fun to watch, there's not much beneath the surface of this sci-fi anime adventure. Luda (voice of Darryl Borden) is a boy destined to inherit the Power of Wind from his father Moog. On the day of his annointing, his village is… (more)