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LD Anime HARMAGEDON 1983 Akira Katsuhiro Otomo Japanese w/SubT US Manga Laserdisc [ID2232CT]

LD Anime HARMAGEDON 1983 Akira Katsuhiro Otomo Japanese w/SubT US Manga Laserdisc [ID2232CT]

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Laserdisc Title: "HARMAGEDON"
Edition: Fullscreen Edition (Double-Disc Set)
Directed By: Rintaro
Starring: Toru Furuya, Mami Koyama, Masako Ikeda, Keiko Han
Special Features: ---Original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles---
Production / Year: 1983 Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co. Ltd
Running Time: 131 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digital Sound, Dolby Surround, Stereo, CX Encoded
Video Format: NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: UNRATED - Parental discretion advised
Distributed By: Image Entertainment
Catalog / Spine Number: ID2232CT

IMPORTANT: This is a 12-inch Diameter Laserdisc, which is NOT the same as DVD and cannot be played on a DVD player!

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Excellent - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any
Jacket: Very Good - Original outer plastic shrink wrap still partially intact, although there are small splits middle of top and left spines


A Transylvanian princess, a Japanese high school student and a 2000 year old warrior are selected to be part of a small force of powerful psionic warriors assembled to be the defenders of Earth against a nihilistic alien entity bent on pure total cosmic destruction.

I enjoyed this film emensely. Its a great science fiction story from Kazumu Hirai's very long and fabled series of Genma Wars novels. The direction from Rintaro in this film is excelent and visionary. Katsuhiro Otomo's character designs also give this film a nice touch. Hamragedon is the americanized name though. Its real name is The Battle With Genma (or perhaps simply Genma Wars). This film was highly influential in Japan, especially for its realism, and it is considered a landmark among many otaku and those in the industry. The anime tv series Genma Wars is also based on the same novels (and manga by Shotaro Ishinomori), which I also liked dispite extremely low budgeted animation. If only that series had the animation and direction of this film.

The visual images are pretty darn good (especially in the imagination sense) for anime of the period. Enough so that I chased down this movie years later so that I could finally see it in a subtitled (preferred) form later and understand the story.

The story does have many weaknesses, as previously described, which can make the movie a miss for some folks and indeed some expository pieces can be painful in the dubbed version. However some parallels can be drawn to the classic Seven Samurai style plot, and can be enjoyed as an adventure story rather than endured and studied as a piece of critical work.

That is certainly an unfortunate thing, since better developed and written, this could have been as good as Akira, since some of the same kinds of elements are there. But seen as a movie that did set the stage for movie's such as Akira, it does have it's place.


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