COMIC A7 Review - Maetel Legend

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    avex mode, 2000
    U.S. Manga Corps., 2001
    Directed by Kazuyoshi Yokota (The Dog of Flanders, Cosmo Warrior Zero).
    Rated 13-Up for violence and mature situations.

    by areaseven - http://areaseven.net/

    Set years before the Galaxy Express 999 saga, Maetel Legend tells the legend of twin sisters Maetel and Emeraldas. When their planet La Metalle is thrown out of orbit, the planet's population is doomed to an eternal winter.

    In order to survive, Queen La Andromeda Prometheum undergoes mechanoid surgery and slowly loses her humanity. She orders her two daughters to become Mechanoids with the rest of the population, but they refuse. Maetel and Emeraldas must fight to survive and board the Galaxy Express 999 to warn Earth of the Mechanoid threat.

    Story: B-
    It seemed interesting at first, but the whole story got too cliché and slow-paced. It just isn't as interesting as Harlock Saga or Queen Emeraldas.

    Animation: B-
    Unlike Harlock Saga and Queen Emeraldas, Maetel Legend does not incorporate any digital 3D animation into the traditional cel art. Unfortunately, despite having some great artwork, the animation is a huge disappointment compared to the Galaxy Express 999 movies made over two decades ago.

    Soundtrack: B
    This is a disappointment. Many of Leiji Matsumoto's titles usually come with excellent soundtracks, but Maetel Legend's soundtrack, composed by Masamichi Amano (Giant Robo, Battle Royale), is rather flat with no memorable tunes. And this is coming from avex, Japan's largest record label.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Maetel Legend features Satsuki Yukino (Kagome in Inu-Yasha, Kaname in Full Metal Panic!) as Maetel, Atsuko Enomoto (Steel Angel Kurumi, Yukino in His and Her Circumstances) as Emeraldas, Keiko Han (Lalah in Mobile Suit Gundam, Luna in Sailor Moon) as Queen Andromeda, Takashi Matsuyama (Mr. Hayama in Kodomo no Omocha, Goto in Hunter X Hunter) as Hardgear, and Hosuke Akimoto as Dagar.

    As with nearly all of U.S. Manga Corps.' titles, stay away from the English dub.

    DVD Extras: C+
    Like many of Central Park Media's titles, you get a "Meet the Cast" section and some trailers. If you have a DVD-ROM, you can access more images and a screen saver.

    The Bottom Line
    The weakest of the Leiji Matsumoto titles, Maetel Legend is strictly a rental unless you're a big Galaxy Express 999 fan.

    Reference: Anime News Network
     

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