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Space Runaway Ideon: Be Invoked (1982)

Densetsu kyojin ideon: Hatsudou-hen (original title)
The war between the starship Solo and the extraterrestrial Buff Clan culminates in a last cataclysmic offensive against each other, and ends with the dissolution of the whole universe.

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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 Tenchi

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The series creator Yoshiyuki Tomino makes an appearance near the end of the film: he appears in a spacesuit on the Solo Ship's bridge with storyboard illustrations in his hands (fittingly, Tomino himself is killed in the film). See more »

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Excellent
17 January 2010 | by (England) – See all my reviews

**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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