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Starship Troopers (1988)

Uchû no senshi (original title)
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.


Tetsurô Amino (as Tetsuro Amino)




Credited cast:
Yasunori Matsumoto ... Johnny Rico (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ... Azuma
Kazuhiko Inoue ... Smith
Akira Kamiya ... Sgt. Zim
Yûji Mitsuya ... Carl
Shinji Ogawa Shinji Ogawa ... Emilio Rico
Rei Sakuma Rei Sakuma ... Carmen Ibanez
Kazuyuki Sogabe Kazuyuki Sogabe ... Hendrick
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Greg


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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Uchû no senshi: Bit of a let down
9 October 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

I enjoyed Starship Troopers (1997), it was one of those fantastically dumb take your brain out movies which really succeeded in entertaining. The sequels failed to live up to it however and were highly hit and miss.

What I didn't realise though was that it wasn't a Hollywood creation, not even close. It's origins go back to the late 50's where it was a book by Robert A. Heinlein, the first time it was adapted for the screen was right here in 1988. Sadly it cannot have met expectations because it had a limited release and is an extremely hard to get hold of anime!

If you're expecting something resembling the Hollywood adaptation you will be sorely disappointed. From mech suits instead of traditional grunts to an odd pink lifeform instead of bugs this a very different creature.

It tells the story of Juan "Johnie" Rico who most will know as played by Casper Van Dien and his story as he joins the military just before the alien threat kicks off and attacks earth.

It's an incredibly slow burn and focuses more on character development than action, in fact if it's action you're wanting you'll struggle to find enjoyment.

It's passable stuff but feels incomplete because of its pacing. I think it would have worked better as 30+ episode series.

What confused me was the setting/ethnicities. Wasn't this the US? Most characters look caucasian and have names like Pat, Greg and Smith! Yet they speak Japanese, it was certainly a bit of an odd choice. Why is a man called Juan Rico a blonde haired white dude exactly?

This was a minor gripe, my major one was the pacing.

Regardless it has a lot of charm, one of the best soundtracks from an anime I've ever heard and has it's moments............just not enough.

The Good:

Amazing soundtrack

I'm keen on the animation style

Great character development

The Bad:

Ethnicity/language confusion

Pacing issues

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Mechs would have made the Hollywood version better, right?!

Soldiers are scumbags apparently

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1.33 : 1
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