One of the better anime's, even if its a little short.
I remember watching the original Uchyuu No Kishi Tekkaman Blade series (or as I knew it at the time, Teknoman) when i was a kid. I was too young to understand it completely at the time, but i loved every minute of it. In the weeks leading up to Christmas i brought the entire Tekkaman Blade series and finished watching the English Dub in about a week. I am currently re-watching the series in Japanese.
Only a few days after Christmas, I came across information regarding the subject of this review: Tekkaman Blade 2, The direct-to-video, six-part sequel mini-series. From that day on, I made it my mission to obtain a copy of this anime by any means necessary. I tried Ebay (where i got the Tekkaman Blade collection from) but no luck. Many other exhaustive searches turned up zilch. However, that was soon to change.
Just today, i was browsing my local anime shop when something on the very corner of one of the racks caught my eye. I reeled in shock for a moment, and then felt a smile cross my face. I had finally found Tekkaman Blade 2. And i must say i was more than pleased with the cheap $15 price tag. So i forked out the cash and happily headed back home.
As i mentioned before, this is a mini-series. AND WHAT A MINI SERIES IT IS!!! While Tekkaman Blade 2 is not as plot-driven as its predecessor, its a very enjoyable romp and has enough action, drama and comedy to keep the viewer entertained throughout.
The characters are well thought-out and the animation is as fantastic as ever. The story centers around Yumi Francois, a 16 yr old mechanic for a new team of space Knights under the command of Aki Kisaragi (Star Summers for those who only watched the Teknoman dub) and the youngest of a trio of Tekkamen. Being a rookie, she must learn to earn her team-mates confidence and trust, and overcome her fears when she is thrust into the heat of battle.
While making an effort not to spoil anymore, i will say that Uuchyu No Kishi Tekkaman Blade and Tekkaman Blade 2 are both well worth the look-at, especially for newcomers. This is the kind of series that will show them that there was watchable anime before the kiddie-crap like Pokemon and Medabots.
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