Clash of the Bionoids
Reviewed by Joel Mathis
Rating: 7 Beans
here is a special horror in watching Clash of the Bionoids. Somewhere beneith the incomprendable plot, choppy editing, and horrible acting there was a good science fiction anime. Then the American distributers got a hold of it and cleaned it up for release as a children's film. While Macross: Do You Remember Love? (the film's original title) was created for a young audience, the filmmakers felt no need to simplify the plot for that. However, Clash of the Bionoids was changed to reflect the concept that children could not understand the story.
The film centers around the young, brash pilot Hikaru who meets his favorite singer Minmey during an attack on the spaceship/city that they live in. After saving her life, they become trapped together for several days and begin falling in love. The story of their developing relationship and the war with an alien race is in and of itself not bad, however, the way the film has been editted causes problems. On several occasions key things were not mentioned and only my knowledge of the Japanese version kept me from being completely lost. At other times a large chunk of exposition is handled at once in a clumsy manner that does not fit with the scenes that occur before and after it. The worst case of that has the two main characters out of the blue explaining the origins of the human race and then promptly forgetting what they just came up with in the next scene.
One good thing about the film is that the battle scenes still look impressive, even though they are also so choppily editted that you can not clearly understand what is happening. It is better in those cases to just sit back and watch the pretty animation and not try to connect it in a logical sequence.
It should also be mentioned that despite the editting and heavy rewrites to clean the film up for an American children's audience, there are still several things that really prevent it from being a good film for the kids. Several people die rather bloodily on camera, the editting clipped those down to just a few frames, but its still there. Also, there is a heavy sexual subtext that runs through the whole film. No one actually says or does anything beyond kiss, but its there and persistant.
Basically, this film is bad, but its not the original creator's fault. They made a good film, they just sold the English language rights to a lousy company who took the good film and made it this awful.
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