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Lensman (1984)

SF Shinseiki Lensman (original title)
Kimball Kinnison, a young man from the agricultural planet Mquie and his Valerian companinon, Buscirk find a dying man with a legendary crystal lens embedded in his hand. As the man was ... See full summary »


Shûichi Hirokawa (as Kazuyuki Hirokawa), Yoshiaki Kawajiri


Edward E. Smith (novels) (as Edward E. 'Doc' Smith), Sôji Yoshikawa


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshio Furukawa ... Kimball Kinnison (voice)
Mami Koyama ... Clarissa MacDougall (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ... Peter Van Buskirk (voice)
Nachi Nozawa Nachi Nozawa ... Worsel (voice)
Tadashi Nakamura Tadashi Nakamura ... Gary Kinnison (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Port Admiral Haynes (voice)
Seizô Katô Seizô Katô ... Helmuth (voice)
Kôji Yada Kôji Yada ... Greedle (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... LaVerne Thorndyke (voice)
Eiji Kanie Eiji Kanie ... Narration (voice)
Yasurô Tanaka Yasurô Tanaka ... Blakeslee (voice)
Shingo Kanemoto Shingo Kanemoto ... Zwilnik (voice)
Masaharu Satô Masaharu Satô ... Henry Henderson (voice)
Masashi Hironaka Masashi Hironaka ... Computer (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi Michitaka Kobayashi ... Operator (voice)


Kimball Kinnison, a young man from the agricultural planet Mquie and his Valerian companinon, Buscirk find a dying man with a legendary crystal lens embedded in his hand. As the man was dying, he mysteriously passed on the Lens to Kim. With more companions to come by, Kim must find out the purpose of the Lens before the Boskone dynasty does. Written by Jenova Synthesis <mayu_roxx@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

31 August 1990 (USA) See more »

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Alternate Versions

Two English dubs of the movie exist. The first, made in 1987 by Harmony Gold, is cut by about 15 minutes and replaces much of the music with stock music from the Robotech movies. The second English dub, released in 1990 by Streamline Pictures, is uncut (although a new English ending credit roll replaces the original Japanese) with music and sound effects intact. See more »


References TRON (1982) See more »

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27 March 2004 | by kumanokenSee all my reviews

I first saw LENSMAN on an untranslated VHS copy sometime around 1987 and it has been a favorite since. During the brief period in the early 1990's when Streamline films distributed several Japanese animated films theatrically (LENSMAN, THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 and FIST OF THE NORTH STAR) I was also fortunate to see this on the big screen, and let me tell you that the visuals are spectacular when seen in the format for which they were created. The colors and early computer graphics almost leap from the screen and I can only imagine what it would have been like had I seen this during my misspent days of doing mushrooms and going to the movies (as you can pretty well imagine, seeing ALIENS on opening night in that state was quite an experience!).

Now that DVD is conquering the home video world, I not only want to see LENSMAN get an extras-loaded release, I also want to get my hands on the companion television series that aired around the time the movie came out. It isn't listed on the IMDB, but it does exist; I have only seen one episode, and that was a poor quality untranslated copy, but it was every bit as entertaining as the feature. And it had a kickass theme song, too!

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