Lightning Trap: Leina & Laika

OVA (1 ep x 27 min)
1990
1.941 out of 5 from 99 votes
Rank #11,869

In present day Tokyo, traveling has never been more comfortable than aboard the Lightning L808, Japan's new luxury passenger plane. One day, on what seemed to be a routine flight, Haruka Leina and the plane's passengers were unaware of the mysterious and top secret cargo brought aboard, which attracted the attention of international terrorists set on obtaining it. Now, with a dangerous hostage situation at hand, only special agent Laika Strange and brave Leina may be able to save the passengers, and keep the deadly cargo from falling into the wrong hands...

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sothis
6

StoryNow, I'll freely admit that I've never seen anything anime that was related to a plane hijacking. So just for that, Lightning Trap should get some credit for originality. That being said, I didn't think it was presented in a very pleasing manner. First of all, the whole hijacking part, made watching it seem like a single episode of some sort of cop show. But then the whole "very dangerous super weapon/monsters" thing comes into play, and I feel detracted from the hijacking story. Choose one or the other, don't combine both! Because of the awkward combination of the two (with the weapon not being explained nearly enough, and only surfacing towards the end of the 45 minute OVA), this made for an equally as awkward viewing. So, while Lightning Trap does have a somewhat unique premise, it still lacks as far as the cohesion of both plots, and how well the characters fit together (see the characters section below). AnimationThe visuals are definitely not a highlight of Lightning Trap. With character designs and scenery very reminiscent of the 80s time period when this probably was made, it doesn't make for a very eye catching experience. Character designs have the trademark 80s pointed faces, with sometimes huge bangs and flat hair (mullet style, almost!), large oval eyes that look almost alien-like in appearance, etc. Nothing to scream about with the colors, either, with shades ranging from light lavender to dark orangish red (yikes), and everything in between. Skin color was especially ghost-like. I should say that some 80s/early 90s animation still manages to be impressive, despite the character designs. I think what made Lightning Trap so average was the combination of poor colors that weren't solid and vivid, and the strange character designs, even for that era. No CG was used at all. SoundFairly standard 80s "metal" music, sounding cheesy and old. This generally surfaced during the tense or fight/action scenes (not so many of these in the show). Quite a lot of the time, airplane noises or nothing dominated the sound waves. In general, nothing fantastic to rave about, although nothing horrible as well. Voice acting seemed to fit well with the roles. CharactersGenerally for 1-2 episode OVAs, I try to not judge on development, more on how well the characters fit their roles. And I must say, this was a failing point on all levels. First of all, as could be expected, there was NO character development. But even a step beyond that, we literally know NOTHING about the two main characters, except that one of them is a special agent. Well, and the fact that both are female. But seriously, there is nothing else we know about them, which makes them exceptionally shallow as characters. In addition, I felt their roles were really... weak. It just didn't feel right having two main characters, because neither of them really did much. If anything, the special agent character should have been the leading role, but because of the title, you assume there are in fact two roles. Granted, there is another character who ends up helping out to some extent, but not enough to be in the title, I think. I don't know, it's hard to explain, I just felt that the characters' roles were weak and thin, and uninspiring. OverallLightning Trap, while unique in its premise (with the hijacking, not the super weapon), still manages to disappoint. The animation is sub-par, the characters are paper thin, and the the story, once it gets to the weapon, is nothing to scream about. The rewatchability of this would be quite low -- I'd have no desire to watch it again. There just wasn't anything about it which stood out or made it anything more than what it is -- an average OVA. So, watch it if you'd like to see a good hijacking flick, which definitely IS unique for anime. Besides that, except it to be a very shallow, mindless watch, because you wont get any satisfaction from the characters, or any sort of depth on any level.

RvLohengramm
6.5

Intro My Name is Strange... Laika Strange, special agent. Agent Motoko Kusanagi, Agent Deunnan Knute, Agent Aika Tsumeragi. Agent Laika Strange could have been in the hall of fame of female special Agents if her pilot would have lead to a 13 episodes saga, but is not the case. Agent Laika Strange will be in our hearts thanks to this only and single 27 min pilot. I agree with 99% of Sothis review and score. I disagree with Sothis points in music, to me it was very good and diverse for only a 27 min OVA, see music part. Characters Agent Laika Strange: special agent, with lot of guns combat training. Leina Haruka: a student, and second main character. Ryo: a kid, that by luck he was usefull a little. Kotani: captain pilot of the plane. Tamura: captain co-pilot. Nami: friend of Leinna Blue May group: the terrorist group, I dont know the names probably they appear in the japanese credits. Plot The Ligthining L808 (thats the name of the special plane, see the tittle reference to the plane, I am so glad about it, ok, ok nevermind) is transporting a secret artifact (named BIBLE) from Japan to Paris. Many bussinesman and a school group is flying aboard that plane. And Laika Strange is on board. But the terrorist group of Blue May takes the control of the plane. Music Intro is slow jazz that morph slow rock. There is melodic rock with a bit of jazz influence, trumpet. Then there is retro wave rock with classic influence, reminds me Saint Seiya. Retro rock guitar focus. There is a romantic song with female singer in a relaxing moment. And ending is rock, jazz influenced with a sax and female singer.  Animation We have to compare with similar animes from that era wich are Dragon Ball Z (1989) and Bubbluegum Crash (1991), animation could be better, but we cant ask much more.  Critic +) I would re-watch it, mostly because the music is nice to hear, and I saw this twice. +) Few gun combat but good. And Agent Laika Strange you will be remembered. -) Why transport an important artifcaft with civilians, and no military guards? that was the worst mistake. -) Leina is no an agent, as the tittle can misslead, as Sothis pointed. -) Everything was going classic and then the "artifact" turns to be bubblegum crash influenced, more like to much sci fi and cyberpunk. Rate 3/5 fair and square.

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