BLACK HEAVEN vol. 1 (ROCK BOTTOM)(2000)
MOVIE COMPANY: PIONEER
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
CAST:
N/A
TYPE OF MOVIE: Comedy, Sci-fi, Adventure
DURATION: 2 hours / Around 30 minutes per episode.

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Hard Rock Saves Space!! Life can crush your dreams. Oji is a middle-management drone whose only grip on sanity, in the drudgery of his corporate lifestyle, are the few shreds of hope surrounding his past life as the amazing guitarist of Black Heaven, a heavy metal band that almost made it. In his bleakest moment, the magic of performing is restored to him when a beautiful mysterious woman informs him that only his special sound can save the universe from an evil alien invasion.


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated
Photo Gallery and creditless op/ed.

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

What can I say but this anime has really caught my attention. First, it revolves around music and electric guitars and second, it's very humorous and fun to watch.

Unfortunately, the first maybe what pushes people away from watching this anime. Like "Macross 7", an anime theme revolving around a musician who can play really well to defeat the bad guys is enough to turn anime fans away. Also, the anime is of course using some digital technology that may turn hard core purists off.

Fortunately, I enjoy music and I associate with a few whose lives revolve around their electric guitar, so I'm a bit biased towards this anime.

The anime revolves around an former popular electric guitarist Oji Tanaka who now is married, has a child and is a businessman. He hates how his life is going and all that he has to remember his life is his flying V (electric guitar) which his wife is trying to get rid of.

Oji Tanaka misses his life but knows he must go on to the next level of his wife despite him not enjoying it. That is until people from space try to look for this former electric guitarist and are in need of his talented music skills to defeat the enemies in outer space. Sounds weird. I know but throw in a trio of bumbly, sexy female trouble makers and sexy secretary Layla Yuki (disguised as a secretary but from outerspace) and the jealous wife and curious kid, "Black Heaven" is an anime that is just pure fun to watch.

The DVD comes with four episodes. I didn't watch the dubbed English version but the Japanese with English subtitles was a a blast to watch. The DVD also comes with the creditless OP/ED theme and a photo gallery.

Give this DVD a chance. If you love music and electric guitars, you will especially enjoy this anime.

THE ANIME:  B+
THE DVD EXTRAS:  B+
THE DVD OVERALL:  B+

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