This title was anime?!!! It sure fooled me when I watched it as a kid… Anyway, this is the anime adaptation of the book “Around the World in 80 Days”.
ART & SOUND SECTION: 6/10
- Typical. Τhey will seem very simple if you haven’t been raised with old titles. So, ok, having anthropomorphic character figures is rather interesting, but they don’t have cool tattoos, weird cloths, neon glow stripes, mechanized limbs, or anything eye-catchy in general. Too normal and uninteresting in our era of emos and anti-heroes. Not that they are bad. It’s just that they are generic to the point of becoming uninteresting.
- The good part is the huge amount of different settings and music themes, which surpass in number and variety most anime titles. By traveling around the world, such a thing was expected. So, prepare to see different backgrounds and a setting-based music theme on almost every episode. From cultured European cities, to savage jungles, to barren deserts, to cheery circuses, variety is the spice of life that makes the otherwise typical detailed graphics and mediocre sounds a lot more interesting.
STORY & CHARACTER SECTION: 7/10
- I doubt there is a person who doesn’t know of Jules Verne’s fictional (but realistically applicable) story of Phileas Fogg and his bet to travel around the world in 80 days. The story is fair to the book and some events are slightly changed for a younger audience and in order for some childish action and mystery to be added for spice. The characters are more or less like in the book. The ideal gentleman Fogg, his naïve but faithful servant Paspartu, the police inspector in pursuit, the Hindu widow… and an extra villain who is a mastermind in disguise. Generally, simple minded but likable characters and a linear but nicely presented story. Actually, most names were changed in order to excuse the poetic license in various parts but the analogy remains the same.
- To tell the truth, Verne’s stories are not that great after watching a dozen or more good sci-fi anime. They are essential in order to get the basics of science fiction but are otherwise quite childishly presented. They were centuries ahead of their time but those centuries came to pass and caught up with them. And his characters are always the epitome of English royalty and get rather irritating to those of us who dislike formalities and good manners.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 4/10
Oh, I loved it when I was a kid and anime were still scarce. But now there are simply far too many series with far more multi-layered stories and characters. And I also got to watch at least 5 versions of the same story. Plus, kids and teenagers prefer more action and sex rather than childish adventures these days. Definitely obsolete today.
Hey, it’s Phileas with paws and whiskers! Like it? … No? … Ok, let’s go watch The Matrix instead.
The Jungle Book, Peter Pan no Bouken and Nils no Fushigi na Tabi. Other children’s adventure oldies, adapted from books into anime.