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Big Wars (1993)

Daisenki (original title)
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In the future, war rages on Mars. Captain Akuh and his crew are on a top-secret mission to destroy an enemy warship when an officer is stricken with an alien mind control plague. As the ... See full summary »


(as Issei Kume),


(novel), (as Kazumi Koide)



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Director: Kôichi Mashimo
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Complete credited cast:
Hideyuki Tanaka ...
Captain Akuh (voice)
Hiroko Emori ...
Yuzuru Fujimoto ...
Shinya Ôtaki ...
Ikuya Sawaki ...
Kôji Tsujitani ...
J. Doruton (voice)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ...
Yumi Tôma ...
Dr. Lee (voice)
Masaharu Satô ...
Hirohiko Kakegawa ...
Isshin Chiba ...
Operator (voice)
Omi Minami ...
Michiko Neya ...
Michitaka Kobayashi ...
(voice) (as Sanshiro Nitta)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon Becker ...
Lieutenant Darsa Keligan (voice)


In the future, war rages on Mars. Captain Akuh and his crew are on a top-secret mission to destroy an enemy warship when an officer is stricken with an alien mind control plague. As the plague spreads, inciting madness and treason, Akuh must complete his mission, annihilate the alien battleship, and save the fate of the human race at all costs. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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14 October 1998 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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14 July 2015 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This movie is very good, especially compared to other similar-themed anime made during the same era. It has much more 'realism,' in spite of the sci-fi scenario, and less goofiness like stare-downs and people flying through the air and remaining motionless at the same time.

In a way, it's more like a regular war / action / spy movie all wrapped into one and published in anime format. You get terrorism, mind-control, secret agents, an alien race that refer to themselves as 'gods' and claims to be mankind's clreators, quite convincing alien technology ship and aircraft action, close combat including power-armor, a traumatized hero and more. The story, however, is pretty straight-forward and not confusing in a bad way, as in many other anime.

What I like most about it is how the movie's creators very effectively gave it an epic feel, as if it were part of something bigger. The references to the past are well-done, well-tied into the story and makes the viewer long for more. It could well have been made into a Daisenki universe anime trilogy plus an ova series. Actually, after watching it, I googled if there were something like that, sadly it turns out there is only the movie.

One could argue that the movie does not have the production standards to warrant a score of 9, but I think that this actually adds to its charm. If you like serious sci-fi military-themed anime and don't mind or actually appreciate the 80's / early 90's feel, then give this one a view.

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