Complete Collection - 4 discs
325 mins. - 13 episodes
Japanese/English Audio - English Subtitles
Director - Iida Umanosuke
Studio - Bandai Visual
Synopsis: It's been 14 years since the catastrophic environmental disaster called "The Hammer of Eden" flooded 90% of the Earth's surface and killed over 6 billion people. Mankind perseveres and has rebuilt a global civilization comprised of island nations. Leaders from these surviving political states have gathered to discuss the establishment of a new United Nations under proposed chairwoman Aoi. The negotiations have been less than successful as larger nations with deeper resources demand veto power.
|Seriously, what happened here? I need to know!|
Overwhelming forces are on their trail and the two must work together in order to save the world's hope for a fragile peace. What secret does Freedom hold which could tilt the delicate balance of power in the world and why is Aoi hiding it?
Pros: Quality animation and production values (Bandai Visual doesn't fool around), good use of CG, highly accurate portrayal of naval vehicles, distinct character designs, some amusing moments, cool extra where they sail a motorized model of the Ulysses in a swimming pool - damn fine looking model, the ostrich was pretty funny
Cons: Environmental disaster "The Hammer of Eden" is never explained, I didn't really dig Keel's character design, comedy deflates the serious nature of the story (too goofy for the subject matter), especially Captain Gould - the guy was a hardcore submarine captain yet he had this jovial side which appeared constantly (quite a contradiction and completely on purpose), ending with Keel and Teen was unsatisfying
|This man does not look jovial and should really wear an eyepatch|
The story tries to be funny and endearing, but ends up diluting its potential to make a lasting impression. It's still a decent show and I mostly enjoyed watching it (let's be honest - you're not going to find too many submarine anime out there), but it just didn't quite iron out.
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