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If they follow through and really do make a live-action version as planned, it could well be one of the greatest movies of all time. I'd rather a TV series, though, because there's too much for just one movie. (Let's pray they don't get Power Rangers actors for the roles.)
As a child (3 or 4 when it premiered in English), I couldn't fully appreciate the plot, character development and music. "One so young" can't perceive how Desslok is insane, not merely cruel, and how his evil has been seen in many Earth tyrants. There are further historical implications, like about radiation bombing, that you won't notice until after learning some world history. In one of the most dramatic episodes, Derek Wildstar's family discusses the Gamilon's radiation bombing (nuking). As Derek is just out of range while on the train, his parents along with their city are destroyed in another attack.
Voice acting is actually good for a "kids" show. There are scenes of pure human drama, and the voice cast pulled through so well. Certainly it's not Olivier, but it beats the pants off most movies and TV today. The characters actually grew, especially Derek Wildstar in his friendship with Venture and his coming to love Nova.
A lot of their technology was already present in science fiction. I'm not sure about a hologram room, though, which they had 13 *years* before Star Trek TNG. The parallels between the two space operas is uncanny, and I say this as a big Trek fan. The second Star Blazers season's mutinous escape is very similar to Star Trek III. And dare I point this out: Derek blamed the Captain for his brother's death, and Wesley blamed Picard for his father's death. The angry young men grow up to realize the captain is not such a bad guy, and that their loved ones died to save others.
I have a friend who dislikes anime, but he had to admit the music is superb. WHO is the woman singing the Argo cruising theme, and the male chorus for the theme song? One of my favorite clips is when Derek and the Captain shout to the Earth, "We will return!" The male chorus hums and sings "We will return, we WILL return" like something from Henry Mancini.
Voyager Entertainment didn't remaster (or minimally did) the video and sound, but the nostalgia is worth it (Amazon.com has a good price for the first season DVD box set). There are some bonus features, including a cut scene detailing the Argo's WWII history, when it was the Yamato. History repeats itself in the first season's largest battle, the denoument of Gamilon, where their entire fleet pounds the Argo.
If you enjoyed it as a child, you'll feel 20 years younger to watch it again. I know I do. I must be sappy, but I don't mind: three times I watched the penultimate episode, where one of the crew reunites with someone from the past (I don't want to spoil it too much), and three times I cried. How the tough guy's face softens as he starts to cry, and later when the person asks him, "Forgive me!" and runs off.
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