Anime Meta-Review


Babel II


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Title Info

  • seen: 1-2 of 4
  • type: OAV
  • grade: flawed
  • genre: magic_war
  • Series state: Don't intend to watch more.
  • made: 1992
  • Review created: Recently, but I didn't record the date.
  • mod: none

I was going to try and be witty, but why bother when being blunt can suffice? This anime is little more than a vehicle for high energy silly psychic battles. If you like people surrounded by glowing aura's, energy attacks and devastating collateral damage then you might like this, but normal peopple can move on at this point. The story, in the loosest sense of the word, involves a schoolboy who has mysterious dreams of the desert. Is this going to be the seeds of a mystery? nope, because almost immediately he is contacted by the bad psychics, meets the good guys, rejects the bad guys and from then on the electrified biffo starts. It turns out that he is the modern inheritor of the genetic powers and technology of an alien stranded on earth. This includes, for no logical reason whatever, a giant robot, a dragon and a black panther. In addition he inherits an alien citadel (the tower of babel) which mankind, um, didn't notice. Needless to say his awesome powers are the only hope mankind has of thwarting the power of the evil psychics, but that's okay..cause he's a magical warrior!

Everything in this anime is subservient to these action scenes. The plot is simple but still manages to have sizable holes. The dialog is likewise basic but still manages some cringeworthy moments. The female `good guy' declaring her disbelief of psychic powers after villains have escaped by jumping from building to building simply makes us doubt her sanity, rather than the `mystery' of the existence of psychics. The alien (babel I) missing his opportunity to obviate the need for this anime by simply destroying his technology rather than this complex scheme beggars the imagination. And similar mindless dialog and character actions are widespread. Of course this wouldn't be such a problem if the action wasn't hampered by fairly basic animation and a power level way off the reality scale. The action is flashy, but dull, and the rest of the anime has very little to offer. This anime is really only suitable for those desperate for a dose of super-powered action.

I thought I was being mean, but THEM go all out in this review which is a lot funnier than the anime.


Words by Andrew Shelton, Web by Ticti, Last Compile: Wed Aug 5 12:39:15 WST 2009