I tend to go for darker themed anime that has no little kids in it. It really limits what I can watch now a days, so I looked back to the past for anime I had never tried before and this anime movie was one of them. After watching it, I came to the conclusion that this is one of those shows that I will probably forget pretty quickly. That being said, I had no issue watching it to the end. The story was not bad per se, I just didn't really get into it like that but I also didn't feel compelled to turn it off or check how much more I had to watch either. The plot felt hurried in a lot of places and many things felt like they were not explained enough, mysteriousness is good and all, but when it is too mysterious it gets kinda annoying.
The animation is not bad, just old. I'd even go as far as to say that for the year it came out the animation might have been considered pretty good back them. It is a early 90's anime after all. I am no expert though.
To me the sound was the worst part of the show. The beginning song was not to my taste and much of the background music was pretty bad. The voice acting with only a couple exceptions was bad. The main girl, her extremely buff guy friend and the corporate successor man when wearing that green mask, were the ones that stood out as having the worst voice actors... The rest of them were OKAY, but not great.
The Characters were all over the place. Many of them had great potential to be good interesting characters but they all fell short of their potential given the time constraints. The black haired sort of main character girl and the sort of main character escapee terrorist guy are the only ones that developed enough for me to feel anything for, though they were really not the main characters...
Darkside - He is a character who seems interesting but we really don't get much information about him... at least not enough to satisfy my curiosity. He was sealed by Persona corporation, I get that, but we still don't understand what he is exactly or why he came back. He continually talks about renewal and saves the female main character but... why? I felt too much was left in the dark about him even by the end of the movie. What does he plan to do now? What are his goals? The only thing I thought of about him at the end of the show was wondering if in the manga they fleshed out his character more.
The Successor of Persona Corporation - I've already forgotten his name and I just watched it. His sister enjoyed torturing people... and seemed to think he didn't like her doing that. However, he did nothing about it. We don't know for sure until later that he is the guy with the green mask. When we see him at the very end get his mask broken in front of the blonde female main character, we see that they had some sort of romantic fling once upon a time, though there was no build up and so finding out didn't affect me or make the story feel any better one way or another. I felt nothing for his character.
The main character girl - She is a blonde haired delinquent of sorts. She seems to have a crush on Darkside though it seems he doesn't even really care. However, perhaps at the end of the movie when she punches the guy she sopposedly had feelings for that was a bad guy, then maybe in the manga they get more involved? I don't know. She has a gun bracelet and seems kinda slutty. Thats about all I could take from her character.
The mysterious boy - I've forgotten almost everyone's name already. This is the boy who goes to fetch Darkside from where he was sealed in the beginning. Nothing is really known about him. Is he good? Is he bad? He seems to help people when he feels like it. There is nothing else really decernable about him from the movie.
Overall: I'd say this movie may be good for those who have read and liked the manga... though I am unsure about that since I have not yet. Otherwise, the movie just kinda feels pointless. It's got a dark atmosphere and action. If you are bored. Have nothing else to really check out and are looking for something like that, you may find yourself slightly entertained for a short time if you watch this, however, you probably won't remember it afterward.
Story: so the start of the show is good but when it gets going I feel like they are just jumping all over the place and there are thing that are going on that I do not know what is going on I mean Darkside comes and goes in this show like he do not care what happens to anyone it was crazy wreid at is all
Animation: Its the good old Classic's the environment is good but not realy the best ya know, Plus there was 3 parts that I nocied where some of the Voice Actors where talking and there Characters voice where no moving but this dose not kill the show so do not get all mad and pissed of if you read this and then say I will not read it and go off and cry that a little baby in your little Anime corner FOR CRY BABY'S
Sound: so there where spot in the show where it did have a drop in the sound of the voice but not to bad, I mean you can here it but it is not like OMG I am going to die because I did not hear what Darkside or anything :O
Characters: SSSSSSSOOOOOOOOO I though that the Characters where pretty well done for this show there was alot of detail in them and I could get there expression realy good and that is what I like to see love it alot