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.
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On the distant mining world of New Aries, a young colonist, Jim Marlowe, has acquired a native pet, a "roundhead" he names Willis, which can parrot speech and record visual information. As ... See full summary »
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
Disappointing, particularly if you've seen the film
The episodic version of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers plays out at a deathly slow pace, following Johnny Rico leaving his parents, the (not very attractive) girl he lusts for, and joining the mobile infantry. The aliens in the show are nothing like the barbaric bugs from the film, instead being squid-like monsters that shoot lasers out of their mouths.
Throughout watching this version, I was continually amazed at just how fruity they've managed to make the whole thing. The show is concerned mostly with the relationships between the recruits, and the aching, prolonged gazes they give each other through their battle armour visors, with 80s synth pop sometimes arriving *during* the sparse battle sequences which at last turning up in the final few episodes. In terms of construction, it owes a debt to Top Gun, sharing much in terms of pacing and content (and all that implies).
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