A fictionalized account in four segments of the life of Japan's celebrated twentieth-century author Yukio Mishima. Three of the segments parallel events in Mishima's life with his novels (... See full summary »
A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.
The 1980s saw a boom in the production of Anime, on the big and small screens. Like live action films, they spanned pretty much every genre, but primarily ones steeped in Fantasy. Some, like 'Robotech,' have ardent fans to this day. Others however haven't had the same kind of longevity. Available under multiple titles, 'Birth' falls under the category of Science Fiction Anime. It was released in the US and UK by Harmony Gold and is pretty good for what it is.
Pros: Voice cast does a good job. Story with potential. Beautifully animated, with vivid colors. Great score. Imaginative. Flows at a good pace for the first two acts. Humor often hits the mark.
Cons: Not much plot. Mostly one dimensional characters. Pace drags a bit in the third act. Anticlimactic ending.
Final thoughts: Like many others, I grew up watching this under the title 'The World of the Talisman.' The story remains pretty much the same, but the music and dubbing are quite different in 'Birth.' That doesn't keep it from being an enjoyable watch though. People who want something closer to the other version should seek out a copy called 'Planet Busters.' Not one of the best examples of Anime, but a good place to start for beginners.
My rating: 3/5
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