BLACK HEAVEN vol. 2 (SPACE TRUCKIN') (2000)
MOVIE COMPANY: PIONEER
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
CAST:
N/A
TYPE OF MOVIE: Comedy, Sci-fi, Adventure
DURATION: 80 minutes / Around 30 minutes per episode.

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Six-String Affair! Oji's love for his music has been rekindled by his frequent sessions used to activate the ultimate weapon against the invading aliens. Unfortunately, his late nights and frequent absences worry his boss and infuriate his wife who is convinced Oji is having an affair! Oji is too distracted by his music to perceive the tension, but it can only get worse - the scientists have realized that the invading aliens are getting stronger. Can Oji defeat them by himself?!


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 second volume of this DVD comes with three 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.

In the second volume, Tanaka finally learns the truth why the aliens want him to play the guitar. The storyline keeps getting better and better with each episode.

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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