GONZO/Fuji TV/Kadokawa Video, 2002-2003 US Distributor Pending. Directed by Keiji Gotoh (Gare Keepers, Martian Successor Nadesico). Not Rated. Contains graphic violence, slight nudity and suggestive HLA. by areaseven - http://areaseven.net/ S.C. 0328 - hundreds of years into the future, mankind has expanded its population on several terraformed planets across the galaxy. But throughout the advancement of human colonization, crime, war and economic unrest still plague many areas. To solve these problems and keep them on check, the Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT) was formed. Among their ranks are Eclair and Lumiere - two of GOTT's top agents. Don't let their age fool you - Eclair is gifted with super-physical abilities and an unusual weapon made out of her lipstick. Lumiere has hands that are capable of controlling or disarming any mechanical or electronic device within reach. Together, they are an unstoppable force to recon with in space. "Under the authority of GOTT E.S.-members, we will charge all of you as interstellar criminals. Director, I request a warrant for an arrest." Story: A- In a nutshell, Kiddy Grade is Star Wars meets Outlaw Star with a touch of shojo to it. There's a lot of wit and suspense in the storylines and the show's heroines really grow on you. Animation: A+ Damn, Eclair is so hot. Keiji Goto and Megumi Kadonosono's (Martian Successor Nadesico, Vampire Princess Miyu TV) character designs are lively and fluid, as is GONZO's overdose of digital 2D/3D eye candy. Next to Sento Yosei Yukikaze, Kiddy Grade is GONZO's best when it comes to visual quality. Soundtrack: A Shiro Hamaguchi's (Ah! My Goddess: The Movie) techno/orchestral score really sets the mood in many of the action sequences. Adding to the flavor are the upbeat opening ("Mirai no Kioku" by Yuka) and ending ("Future" by Little Viking) themes. Cast Kiddy Grade features Ryoko Nagata (Joan in Rune Soldier, Cynthia in Heat Guy J) as Eclair, Aya Hirano (Momo in Tenshi no Shippo) as Lumiere, Gou Aoba (Guin in Turn-A Gundam, Green in Brain Powered) as Armburst, Mika Doi (Misa in Macross, Houquet in Genesis Climber Mospeada) as Eclipse, Kaori Mizuhashi (Shiori in Inu-Yasha, Pepper in Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar) as Mercredi, Kikuko Inoue (Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess, Mizuho in Please Teacher!) as Alfr, Omi Minami (Hyatt in Excel Saga, Ruri in Nadesico) as Dvergr, Natsuko Kuwatani (Kanako in Love Hina Again) as Tweedle Dee, Jun Fukuyama (Toga in Chojushin Gravion, Kotaro in Angelic Layer) as Tweedle Dum, Ai Tokunaga (Vivian in Heat Guy J) as Viola, Nobuo Tobita (Camille in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Aoshima in Ah! My Goddess) as Sinistra, Hirotaka Suzuoki (Bright Noah in Mobile Suit Gundam, Kuno in Ranma 1/2) as Dextera, Akira Ishida (Kaworu in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Athrun in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED) as Anoh, Tetsu Inada as Eioh, Ikue Kimura (Ryoko in Real Bout High School) as Ricky, and Norio Wakamoto (Coach in Gunbuster, Vicious in Cowboy Bebop) as Shuvaria. The Bottom Line Undoubtedly one of GONZO's best titles, Kiddy Grade is a must-buy anime series.