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Starship Troopers (1988)
"Uchû no senshi" (original title)

Video  -  Animation | Action | Drama  -  1988 (Japan)
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Mysterious monstrous alien creatures attack Earth's colonies. This six-part OVA focuses on Juan "Johnnie" Rico who joins the army because of Carmen, a girl he likes, his days in boot camps, his losses and Earth's first counterattack.

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Johnny Rico (voice)
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Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
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Episode 01 "Johnnie" follows Juan "Johnnie" Rico who's just graduated and is secretly in love with his fellow graduate student Carmencita "Carmen" Ibañez. Both she and his best friend, computer wiz Carl, decide to join the military, so he follows in their footsteps wishing to meet Carmen again. Being the heir to a successful family food business, this naturally upsets his parents, especially his mother who even slaps him. A day later, the government officials announce what has already been speculated for a while, that something has attacked the space colonies on the outer planets and that a war has begun, but they claim that the situation is under control and do not disclose who or what the attackers are. Episode 02 "Hendrick" follows Johnnie's ruff time at the boot camp on Earth. His biggest problem becomes controlling the clunky robotic-looking armored battle suit that all infantrymen wear in combat. His fellow recruit Hendrick has a fallout with their tough Sergent and eventually ... Written by Anonymous

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The powered armor makes it all worthwhile. Much better than the movie.
16 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert A. Heinlein's classic novel Starship Troopers has been messed around with in recent years, in everything to Paul Verhoeven's 1997 film to a TV series, to a number of games. But none of these, so to speak, has really captured the spirit of his novel. The games are usually unrelated, the TV series was more of a spin off, and the less said about Verhoeven's film, the better. Little do most know, however, that in Japan, an animated adaptation had already been done, released the year of Heinlein's death. And, believe it or not, despite its differences, this 6-part animated series is, plot-wise, the most faithful adaptation of Heinlein's classic.

The most obvious plus to this series is the presence of the powered armor exoskeletons, something we were deprived of in Verhoeven's film. Like the book, the series focuses more on the characters and their relationships than on action and space travel, though we see a fair amount of each. While events happen differently than in the book, the feel of the book's plot is present. Rico and Carmen have a romantic entanglement, but it's only slightly more touched upon than in the book. While some may believe the dialogue and character interaction to be a bit inferior to the book (it gets a bit of the anime treatment, but what did you expect?), but it's far superior to the film. Heinlein's political views are merely excised, as opposed to the film, where they are reversed. The big payoff of the series, however, is the climatic battle on Klendathu between the troopers and the bugs/aliens, which features the kind of action from the powered armor suits we would have like to have seen in a film version.

Overall, I enjoyed this series because I wanted to see a vision closer to that of Heinlein. And I think they did pretty well with this. If you can find this series, give it a look.


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