ADV Films, 2000 Directed by Yasunori Urata (Hellsing, Ninja Resurrection) Rated 15+ for graphic violence, sexual situations and profanity. by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/) ADV seems to have a lot of money these days. Once just a small anime distributor, the Houston, TX, company now has DVD distribution rights to sci-fi favorites like Farscape and ReBoot. Hell, they even publish Newtype USA magazine and have a 24-hour anime cable channel in the works. After a surprising success from funding the production of Burn Up W - the sequel to the anime flop, ADV Films has decided to completely produce an anime title. Based on the hit PC game, Sin tells the adventures of NYPD officer John Blade and his battles with bio-mechanical menaces lurking all over the Big Apple. Story: D Sin: The Movie tries to capture the essence of the videogame, but makes way too many shortcuts. As a result, the whole anime ends up flat. Animation: C It has some CG in it, but most of the 2D animation and artwork do not even look like anime. It looks like a Saturday Morning cartoon. Even Spawn has much better artwork. Soundtrack: B+ Very impressive orchestral score composed by Masamichi Amano (Giant Robo, Urotsukidoji) and performed by members of the Poland Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Giant Robo, Ah! My Goddess: The Movie), though it really doesn't belong here. Sub vs. Dub This is actually a bit complicated. Both English and Japanese dialogues have completely different scripts. The English voice acting is adequate, but which version has the most accurate translation? Normally, you'd say the Japanese version, but remember - Sin was American-produced. DVD Extras: B ADV crammed-up this DVD with loads of extras like interviews with the game's creators and the English voice talents, original art, etc. The Bottom Line A rather disastrous anime adaptation one should avoid. As a matter of fact, it's so bad that Neversoft, the creators of the PC game, refuse to claim any copyright to the anime.