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Lensman (1984)

SF Shinseiki Lensman (original title)
Kimball Kinnison, a young man from the agricultural planet Mquie and his Valerian companinon, Buscirk find a dying man with a legendary crystal lens embedded in his hand. As the man was ... See full summary »

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Kimball Kinnison (voice)
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Clarissa MacDougall (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ...
Peter Van Buskirk (voice)
Nachi Nozawa ...
Worsel (voice)
Tadashi Nakamura ...
Gary Kinnison (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata ...
Port Admiral Haynes (voice)
Seizô Katô ...
Helmuth (voice)
Kôji Yada ...
Greedle (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
LaVerne Thorndyke (voice)
Eiji Kanie ...
Narration (voice)
Yasurô Tanaka ...
Blakeslee (voice)
Shingo Kanemoto ...
Zwilnik (voice)
Masaharu Satô ...
Henry Henderson (voice)
Masashi Hironaka ...
Computer (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi ...
Operator (voice)
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Kimball Kinnison, a young man from the agricultural planet Mquie and his Valerian companinon, Buscirk find a dying man with a legendary crystal lens embedded in his hand. As the man was dying, he mysteriously passed on the Lens to Kim. With more companions to come by, Kim must find out the purpose of the Lens before the Boskone dynasty does. Written by Jenova Synthesis <mayu_roxx@hotmail.com>

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31 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Trivia

While this film was nominally based on Edward E ("Doc") Smith's "Lensman" books, significant elements of the plot have actually been lifted from DC Comics "Green Lantern", which is fitting, as "Green Lantern" pretty much bases major parts of its background and setup on the "Lensman" stories. See more »

Quotes

Buzz: Look, it's not that I don't like you. It's just that I don't like you.
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Referenced in Final Fantasy VII (1997) See more »

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LUSH SPACE OPERA
27 March 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I first saw LENSMAN on an untranslated VHS copy sometime around 1987 and it has been a favorite since. During the brief period in the early 1990's when Streamline films distributed several Japanese animated films theatrically (LENSMAN, THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 and FIST OF THE NORTH STAR) I was also fortunate to see this on the big screen, and let me tell you that the visuals are spectacular when seen in the format for which they were created. The colors and early computer graphics almost leap from the screen and I can only imagine what it would have been like had I seen this during my misspent days of doing mushrooms and going to the movies (as you can pretty well imagine, seeing ALIENS on opening night in that state was quite an experience!).

Now that DVD is conquering the home video world, I not only want to see LENSMAN get an extras-loaded release, I also want to get my hands on the companion television series that aired around the time the movie came out. It isn't listed on the IMDB, but it does exist; I have only seen one episode, and that was a poor quality untranslated copy, but it was every bit as entertaining as the feature. And it had a kickass theme song, too!


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