Lightning Attacker Exstars Battle Skipper Tomy/Victor Entertainment, 1995 U.S. Manga Corps., 1996 Directed by Takashi Watanabe. Rated 13-up for violence and nudity. by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/) Battle Skipper was a toy line created by Tomy (the same people who brought us Zoids) in the 1990s. It consisted of wired remote-controlled robots and was a hit among kids in Japan. In 1995, Tomy collaborated with Victor Entertainment to create the anime spin-off Lightning Attacker Exstars Battle Skipper. The mecha are off-shoots of the toys, but the big twist is a nearly all-female cast. The three-episode OAV tells the adventures of St. Ignacio School for Girls' Etiquette Club, which is actually a front for the Exstars - a group of heroines piloting advanced Battle Skippers. Led by Rie and Reika, the Exstars must battle Sayaka and the school's Debutante Club in order to keep the world safe. Story: C+ It's kinda weird marketing kids' toys with a bishojo team. When you look at the anime, it's too kiddie-like to be marketed for teens and adults, while it's way too ecchi for kids. Despite the cheesiness, Battle Skipper is fun to watch. Animation: B Battle Skipper has some decent artwork and animation for an OAV of its budget. No computer-generated effects were used, but stuff like the Exstars' magical costume changes can be very eye-catching. A word of warning: Battle Skipper is not for kids because Sayaka shows some pink in the opening scene. Soundtrack: B- Pretty decent. Not as memorable as other anime titles, but good enough. Sub vs. Dub While the dub is decent, it's nothing compared to the original Japanese dialogue. Especially with Chinami Nishimura (Kiki in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team), Yuko Miyamura (Asuka in Neon Genesis Evangelion), Yuri Shiratori (Cherry in Saber Marionette J), Shiho Niiyama (Doris in Marmalade Boy), Kikuko Inoue (Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess) and Ai Orikasa (Ryoko in Tenchi Muyo!) in the voice cast. DVD Extras: C+ The DVD features a short trivia on the OAV series, plus an image gallery and two TV commercials of the original Battle Skipper toys. The Bottom Line Battle Skipper is good, but it's not for everybody. Rent it first and decide for yourself.