COMIC A7 Review - Battle Athletes

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    Battle Athletes
    AIC/Aeon/TV Tokyo/Pioneer LDC, 1996
    Pioneer Entertainment, 1999
    Directed by Kazuhiro Ozawa (Sorcerer Hunters, Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special).
    Rated 13-Up for violence, nudity and suggestive HLA.

    by areaseven -

    It is the year 4999 - mankind has long abandoned war in favor of intergalactic competition through athletic events. One of which is an all-female contest for the coveted "Cosmic Beauty" title.

    Akari Kanzaki has just entered the University Satellite in hopes of becoming the latest Cosmic Beauty - a title held by her mother long ago. On her first few days in the university, she meets new friends, encounters fierce rivals, and struggles to become the best of all the Battle Athletes.

    Story: C+
    This anime series would've gotten a higher grade had not been for the boring 20-minute prologue that practically has little to do with the story itself. Otherwise, the story is okay.

    Animation: B
    Animation-wise, Battle Athletes is only as good as an average Tenchi Universe episode.

    Soundtrack: B
    Takayuki Hattori supplies a decent musical score that's not as memorable as his work in Martian Successor Nadesico.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Battle Athletes features Rio Natsuki (Linna in Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Nanami in El-Hazard) as Akari, Tomoko Kawakami (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Chiriko in Fushigi Yuugi) as Kris, Akiko Yajima (Dorothy in The Big-O, Relena in Gundam Wing) as Anna, Aya Sakaguchi (Ura in El-Hazard, Elma in Macross Dynamite 7) as Tanya, Yuriko Yamaguchi (Ritsuko in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Reiko in Outlaw Star) as Lahrri, Akemi Okamura (Belldandy in Adventures of Mini-Goddess, Matsutani in Now and Then, Here and There) as Mylandah, Miki Ito (Project A-Ko, Gally in Battle Angel) as Jessie, Takeshi Igarashi as Oldman, and Miki Takahashi (Yuri in Galaxy Fraulein Yuna) as Tomoe. Additional voices by Kae Araki (Minnie May in Gunsmith Cats, Chibi Usa in Sailor Moon) and Chiharu Tezuka (Reika in Serial Experiments Lain, Jun in Melty Lancer).

    The English dub, produced by ZRO Limit Productions (Cowboy Bebop, Ah! My Goddess: The Movie), is very disappointing.

    DVD Extras: D
    For a Pioneer title, this is a disappointment. The disc only has character pics and a catalog.

    The Bottom Line
    Battle Athletes is strictly rental material. I haven't seen Battle Athletes Victory yet, but I've been told it's a much better series.

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