Armitage III (OVA)
Plot: "The year is 2179: humans and robots have colonized Mars. A newer Third-Type robot has been designed to interact undetected in human society. That is, until a man named D'anclaude discovers their secret and starts a movement to wipe them out. Armitage is a Third-Type that works for the police with her partner Ross, and now these two must rid the planet of D'anclaude and his evil plans." (site synopsis)
Story: Ow god, even till this day i just wonder, how can short animes be better than long ones? Some of us say, "it can't be! long ones have alot more to tell, much more time to develop stuff and they present a much more complex story than the short ones" or other say "the short ones are better mainly because it doesn't need complex stuff to make it good, in other words it doesn't need a hell of an inteligent plot or a long term story to hit the top charts and to impress the audiences". I stand firm and say, yes i agree, short animes are better, and this show is already a proff of my choice. Armitage is a set of 4 OVA's (and a compilation movie, which depicts the events from the OVA's as a remastered version, however some scenes from the OVA's are not included in the Poly-Matrix movie so i strongly suggest to watch the OVA's rather than wasting time with the movie) that depicts a conflict between humans and robots. It presents a future world filled with discrimination against robots which somehow resembles to world from nowadays. The action of this show is centered on a young girl called Naomi Armitage which is a Third-Type robot, a type designed to interact undetected among the human society. The whole thing starts when she meets at the airport a man called Ross Sylibus, which hides a dark past mainly because of robots which he despise. On the same day Armitage and Sylibus meet, an attack takes place at the airport and both of them get involved in it. They learn the existance of a man called D'anclaude who apparently bears a grudge against robots and is aware of the existance of the Third-Types. Armitage and Sylibus become partners, and their objective is to locate D'anclaude and put an end to his attempts to kill robots. The question is, what would happen to Ross if he would learn that Armitage is infact a Third-Type as well, will their partnership end, or there is more to it than just that? I never expected this show to turn into a romantic story, since it gave me that sci-fi/action mood from the begining. Another question is, why Third-Types are so hated and why is D'anclaude so eager to destroy them? Are they special in any way possible or is just the decision of a madman without a reason? One thing is for sure, there is more to it than it meets the surface and for such a short show i am surprized in a positive way of how well the story was tied up. Armitage stands firm as a masterpiece among all the futuristic/cyberpunk shows i've seen so far. Oh but wait, there is more to wait, a movie sequel called Armitage III Dual Matrix exists as well! Better not spoil anything more because i will do a review about that as well.
Animation and Sound: For an anime produced in the mid 90s i was surpried to see so nice background animation quality and character design and directing, AIC studio exectuded in a perfect manner the animation of Armitage III it certainly did not dissapoint. The futuristic aspect of this show makes the sceneries seem eye-candy~ish. The animation from this show reminds me slightly of the first Ghost in the Shell movie which also aired in the mid of 90s as well. The sound also did not dissapoint as well, the soundtracks were absolutely memorable (infact i could not refrain from downloading the FLAC collection of Armitage III at how good the soundtracks were, of course combined with their respective scenes) i also came to love Hiroyuki Nanba for her soundtracks from Armitage. The voice acting as well wasn't bad since i've always been a fan of Hiroko Kasahara, voicing Naomi Armitage (Vampire Princess Miyu, Yami to Boshi to Hon no Tabibito, Samurai X or Kuran Phantom Memory).
Characters: In terms of characters it doesn't dissapoint as well. Naomi Armitage is quickly presented as a badass character, with cool entries, badass clothes/appearences and amazing fighting skills and determination to defeat those that stand in her way. Sylibus as well is well presented as robot hater which is clearly expressed on his figure. Toghether both of them were a perfect team and very well developed. The only thing is that the secondary characters are very forgetable having roles with not much importance, serving as mere catalists.
Overall: An advice for cyberpunk fans, don't waste time and watch Armitage III you really won't be dissapointed. It has a badass lead, captivating story, splendid visuals and awesome battles. As i said at the begining, this one stands firm as one of the best cyberpunk shows i ever seen, alongside GITS of course.
~Enjoy and Cya Around~
The story is focused on two cops, Ross and Armitage as they try to discover the reason behind all the chaos. At times I was under the impression that it is maybe too much influenced by Hollywood movies such as Blade Runner or AI but in the end, the story is well constructed and presented through the 4 OVA's. This is well explained with the use of the great animations. This came out in 1995 and it looks amazing for its time. The high amount of details is very impressive and you can see another anime that influenced The Matrix with the now famous green data line flowing down the visor. The faces of the characters are a little sharp and maybe needed a little polishing but that's a minor detail. The sound was awesome. Industrial and some metal riffs fit any cyberpunk anime like a glove. As far as characters go, only Armitage is worth mentioning. Ross is ok to see as the tough (yet soft on the inside) cop but Armitage is the real star of the show. She's sexy, badass and an attitude that would even make Alucard shit his pants. You don't mess around with her.
In conclusion, Armitage III is awesome. Any SF/cyberpunk anime lover should see this. Great visuals, great OST and a memorable main character bring this anime a big well deserved 10.