After the One Year War and subsequent wars with the last renmants of the Duchy of Zeon, the Earth Federation formed a special military force to prevent space colonies from revolting against... See full summary »
Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.
August 1995: Mikiya first meets Shiki in a white kimono during a snowing day. Later on, at the high school freshmen ceremony, Mikiya sees Shiki in the crowd and chases after her, ... See full summary »
July 1998: Mikiya finds a confused Fujino Asagami crouched in an alley and noticing she is suffering from pain in her abdomen. Mikiya accompanies her to his apartment where she falls asleep... See full summary »
February 1999: A new spate of ferocious murders has caught the eye of both Shiki and Daisuke, Mikiya's cousin who investigated the murders occurred in 1995. Shiki wanders the back alleys of... See full summary »
September 1998: A recent spate of unusual suicide incidents where several high school girls fell to their death, but left no suicide note and had apparently no reason to commit suicide. In ... See full summary »
For years, the crew of the Solo Ship has been at war, and on the run, from their enemies, the Buff Clan. The Solo Ship has a major weapon at their disposal: a mysterious, supernatural robot known as the Ideon. However, the Buff Clan is working on their latest weapon: the Ganda Rowa, a powerful warship that might be even more powerful than the Ideon. Meanwhile, Karala, a member of the Solo crew and a former member of the Buff Clan, discovers that she is pregnant. She believes that this child, a messiah, could put an end to the conflict between the two factions. But a side-effect is that this child makes the Ideon more powerful, and so the war tragically escalates until the only thing a war causes - doom, death and destruction - are manifested. Written by
This is a spin-off of Space Runaway Ideon (1980), which was meant to be 43 episodes long but got canceled after 39 were aired. This film is composed of the last episode aired (#39) and the remaining four episodes (#40-43). See more »
**please note, I've marked this with a spoiler warning, although I will not be mentioning exact moments or giving anything away**
The Ideon - Be Invoked, the 2nd of 2 films which wrap up the Space Opera 'SpaceRunway Ideon'. Seeing as no one has reviewed this film for IMDb other then using its star rating, I felt compelled to write something so that others would know of this Gem of an anime that sadly has gone unnoticed by western audiences.
Be Invoked is the titanic climax of the series Space Runaway Ideon, which was cut short from its initial planned amount of episodes to end abruptly on Ep.39 due to audience ratings. As as result of fan unrest, Tomino made 2 films to conclude the series, 'A Contact', a retelling of the first 38 episodes, and 'Be invoked' concluding the series from Ep.39. Usually to cancel a series would be a bad thing, and it very nearly was the case, but I'm now of the opinion this was a real blessing as it allowed Tomino to make this film. The animation, and remember it was made in 1982, is superb for its age and a clear upgrade of the animation from the rest of the series, the cells are smooth and the action looks all the more fantastic for it.
The film picks up (and ultimately replaces) ep.39, with the Solo Ship who having been turned away from Earth are pursued by its enemy, The Buff Clan. With the realisation of just what kind of power the Ideon has to unleash and facing overwhelming odds to survive, the Solo Ship and its crew prepares for its destiny.
This is an action film, a 90minute roller-coaster ride with no stop fighting, explosions and loss, showing the struggle of the Solo Ships crew against the pursuing Buff Clan, whose intention is to wipe them out. Its extremely gritty to watch, and has a very dark atmosphere and ultimately bloody with the body count on both sides mounting as it races to its conclusion.
Nearly 30years on, Space Runaway Ideon and its films are still unknown to all but Tomino fans or hardcore anime buffs. Its extremely unlikely this series will get the release to Western audiences and that's the biggest crime here. Aside from its now legendary climax, this is a film (and series) about the ever increasingly desperate lives of a band of survivors of an unprovoked attack who find themselves fighting for their very lives against their own kind and an alien enemy. Tomino is excellent at telling a story, and in this series he excels in doing just that.
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