COMIC A7 Review - Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko

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    Soreyuke! Uchuu Senkan Yamamoto Yohko ( ‚»‚ê‚䂯I‰F’ˆíŠÍƒ„ƒ}ƒ‚ƒgEƒˆ[ƒR )
    J.C. Staff/Kadokawa Shoten/King Records, 1996-1997
    The Right Stuf International, 2001, 2003
    Rated 15+ for some violence, nudity, mature situations and strong language.

    "Get ready! GO!" - Yohko Yamamoto

    In the distant future, the forces of Terra and Ness engage in friendly battles for domination of space territories. Both sides use starships with remarkable performance and unsurpassed firepower at their disposal. A Terran engineer named Curtis Lawson has developed TA-29 - the most advanced of all the attack starships. But no one has stood to the challenge of tapping the ship's full potential - until now.

    Meet Yohko Yamamoto - a cat-eyed, 15-year-old girl in the late 20th century with a love for videogames and Japanese snacks. Because of her exceptional talent with arcade shooters, she's been recruited by Lawson to travel a thousand years into the future to pilot the TA-29. Together with Ayano Elizabeth Hakuhoin, Madoka Midoh and Momiji Kagariya, Yohko leads the Terran team against Rouge and Ness' infamous Red Snappers in this epic space adventure.

    Story: B
    Wow. I haven't had this much fun with a female-oriented sci-fi anime since Gunbuster. Yamamoto Yohko is filled with intense space action and non-stop comedy. It may not be as good as the TV series remake, but the OAV is still good clean fun.

    Animation: A-
    The character designs are great and the artwork rocks. Animation is sweet, but the second OAV is marred by some CG that doesn't match with the cel art. Nevertheless, it's very impressive.

    Soundtrack: B+
    Yamamoto Yohko has a very catch BGM and some cool theme songs like "Shake It", the first series ending theme.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko features TWO-MIX's Minami Takayama (Detective Conan, Nabiki in Ranma 1/2) as Yohko, Megumi Hayashibara (Come on! Don't tell me you don't know who she is.) as Madoka, Yuko Miyamura (Asuka in Neon Genesis Evangelion) as Ayano, Shiho Niiyama (Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, Rie in Battle Skipper) as Momiji, Masako Katsuki (Deunan in Appleseed, Sailor Neptune in Sailor Moon) as Admiral Rion, Yasunori Matsumoto (Gourry in Slayers, Kamihito in Steel Angel Kurumi) as Lawson, Sakiko Tamagawa (Natsumi in You're Under Arrest, Tachikoma in Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex) as Rouge, and Yukana Nogami (Teletha in Full Metal Panic!, Mirai in Moldiver) as Lubrum.

    As for the English dub, it doesn't compare to the Japanese dialogue at all.

    DVD Extras: C-
    The DVD contains an image gallery and English voice acting bloopers. Nothing else other than a cheap-looking DVD menu.

    The Bottom Line
    Despite a rather short story, Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko is a fun and entertaining title. Now if only The Right Stuf International would release the TV series...

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