Aura Battler Dunbine 5 – Return To Byston Well (TV Animé)
C+ Sound: B- Extras: C- Episodes: C
In one of
the weirdest Animé shows we have seen yet, Aura
Battler Dunbine has giant Godzilla-sized robot villains, persons with some
powers, and a would-be hero with a Tinkerbell knock-off following him
everywhere. Though we are picking up
later in the series, I strongly doubt this would be any less bizarre if we
began by looking at the first DVD.
Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino has
created something so genre-wacky that this must be a special-appeal work for
Animé fanatics, and then only the youngest ones. The Byston Well of the title is a medieval
world that further adds to the wacky mix of old and new, all trying to be
mythical. After reading and watching
everything, it seems to somehow fit, but it was so derivative and unconvincing
that it did not stay with me at all.
Animé is openly taking-off old Disney-styled animation and often
anything else it can absorb. In this
case, that goes overboard. The episodes
18) Flash Of Garalia
19) Battler Show
20) Bern’s Counter Attack
21) Fugitive Elmelie
pencil drawing is noticeable in the full frame 1.33 X 1 color images, from the
previous generation of Animé in style.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has some surprisingly healthy Pro Logic
surrounds considering the look of the show.
The few extras include previews for other ADV DVDs, opening and closing
credits without text and a production portfolio.
all the derivativeness, it never quite gels.
I wondered as I watched if the creators (in addition to Tomino) knew or
even liked all they were taking from. I
actually gained a further admiration for filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino
after seeing this. Some people can make
this kind of thing work, some cannot. Aura Battler Dunbine 5 is one of the
most inane train wrecks in Animé to date, so only see it if you are interested
in a show on that level.
- Nicholas Sheffo