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Madox-01 (1987)

Metal Skin Panic Madox-01 (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi | Video 1989
Koji Kondo is a young mechanic who finds the Madox-01. He gets stuck inside the machine before he finishes reading the manual. He must now evade the government and find his girlfriend before she disappears forever.

Director:

Shinji Aramaki

Writer:

Shinji Aramaki (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yasunori Matsumoto ... Koji (voice)
Michael McGhee Michael McGhee ... Koji (UK 1995) (voice)
Scott Simpson ... Koji (US 1995) (voice)
Yôko Asagami ... Kusumoto (voice)
Nadia DeLemeny Nadia DeLemeny ... Kusumoto / Shiori (UK 1995) (voice)
Ellen Seltz Ellen Seltz ... Kusumoto (US 1995) (voice) (as Ellen Lee)
Kazuyuki Sogabe Kazuyuki Sogabe ... Kilgore (voice)
Peter Woodward ... Kilgore (UK 1995) (voice)
Zach Hanner ... Kilgore (US 1995) (voice)
Arihiro Hase ... Onose (voice)
John Stefaniuk John Stefaniuk ... Onose (UK 1995) (voice)
Shaun O'Rourke ... Onose (US 1995) (voice)
Yuriko Ishida ... Shiori (voice)
Connie Nelson Connie Nelson ... Shiori (UK 1995) (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu Michihiro Ikemizu ... Superior (voice)
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Koji Kondo is a young mechanic who finds the Madox-01. He gets stuck inside the machine before he finishes reading the manual. He must now evade the government and find his girlfriend before she disappears forever.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Pony Canyon See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There are two English dubs of Metal Skin Panic Madox-01: An Animeigo dub and a Manga UK dub. See more »

Quotes

Kilgore (US 1995): This scent, This taste, war is heaven!
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References Megazone 23 (1985) See more »

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Briefly nice, but immediately forgettable mecha-fest.
16 April 2001 | by vknSee all my reviews

This sure looks very 80's-style by now. That doesn't have to be a bad thing, and there are some elements to like in Madox-01, but unfortunately there are a number of flaws as well that just make it fall in the average category.

For starters, the video seems to have trouble deciding whether it wants to be serious or silly. The box will probably promise non-stop hilarity, which is really just a lie. Anyone expecting an all-out comedy will be badly disappointed. There are one or two chucklesome moments in the film, but they're pretty mild. As such, the only real "joke" is that a highly powerful military mecha ends up in the hands of an average joe, and he gets stuck at the commands of the machine despite himself. Granted, such a set-up has ample opportunity for comical moments, but very little of that actually happens, apart from a bit of fumbling around with the mech. It's more light-hearted than some other mecha films, but it's not of a purely comical nature such as Urusei Yatsura or the Tenchi Muyo series, for example.

Instead, it's mainly light action fluff, with a good deal of explosions, chaos, and millitary devices. The story is actually not as daft as it sounds, and works pretty well. Alas, this being just a short 45-minute OAV, it never delivers -quite- enough to really satisfy the viewer. The battle at the end is quite intense, but otherwise, this is rather thin on the ground in the action department as well as in the comedy department.

In an action romp, it doesn't matter that the characters are rather flat. And one-sided as though they may be here, they're still enjoyable to watch. It's just a shame that they don't get to do -quite- enough exciting things to give this film any kind of impact. Also, the mecha somehow seemed rather bland in design. The idea was probably to make them look more like realistic warfare engines, but it doesn't quite work. The Madox lacks any kind of spunk to it's design, it could just as well be one of those police mechs from Bubblegum Crisis. Oh sure, it's supposedly the most advanced combat tool ever made, but then again, don't they say that about each and every mecha in a Japanese film?

So, while it has a certain charm (and the music's nice), Madox-01 is pretty much entirely disposeable. There certainly is not enough in here for you to go out and buy the tape at full price, but it makes a nice rent if you want an odd hour's worth of light blasting action. But after watching it once, there's nothing more to remember about it. You might as well forget you've ever watched it.


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