Black Magic M-66 is the exciting futuristic
adventure of Sybel, a freelance video journalist who becomes
involved in a dangerous military fiasco when two top-secret
military android assassins, know as M-66 units, are lost in a
heavy storm. It triggers a series of events that will change three
One of the deadly M-66 units has a mission to
eliminate Ferris, the granddaughter of its creator. Time is
running out as Sybel faces the deadly M-66 android in an epic
battle to save Ferris.
Directed by: Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell
and Appleseed) and Hiroyuki Kitakubo (Blood: The Last Vampire).
Original Story, Screenplay and Storyboard: Masamune Shirow.
Character Design and Production Design: Hiroyuki Kitakubo.
Animation Design: Keisuke Okiura. Animation Director: Keisuke
Okiura. Music Director: Yasunori Honda
• Region 1 encoding (US
and Canada only)
• Color, Animated, Dolby
• Character bios
• Manga catalog & previews
• Web links
KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None
that I know of
I remember reading
Masamune Shirow's manga "ORION" many, many years ago and
I just had to find any anime based on his work.
Well, the first video
I watched by Shirow was "Black Magic M66" and now it's
released on DVD.
Watching this anime
brought back a lot of memories because it is the first Shirow
anime to be on DVD. The plot is almost like the movie
"Terminator" in a way but it's simple. Military
going after two killer robots who have been implanted with the
wrong chip by the scientists to go after the head scientist's
daughter. Have no fear, Sybel - the non-fearing reporter and
her partner is there.
The anime is
definitely 80's and somehow you think of "Dirty Pair" or
other anime popular during that time.
As for the DVD, the
original anime I purchased was from US Renditions and now with
Manga Entertainment you get a chance to watch it in English via
Digital 5.1. During the anime, I kept backtracking to
compare the original Japanese 2.0 sound to the Digital 5.1.
You will hear some engine revs but not as much explosive sounds
that I would expect via 5.1. Sometimes at some areas I felt
that the 2.0 sound was almost similar to the 5.1.
Entertainment has been known for their good English dub
work. But this time, the dub work sounds similar to the dub
work of other anime companies during that time...cheesy.
As for special
features, there is a character bio and cool promotions for Manga
Entertainment and other cool DVD's from Palm Entertainment.
There is no series
after "Black Magic M66", it's only a one-episode anime
OAV. You really have to be a big fan of Masamune Shirow to
buy this anime. At 48 minutes, this OAV may be too short for
some and too expensive for some.
All in all, a good
anime to pass over time. A definite rental!
THE MOVIE: C+
THE DVD EXTRAS: C+
THE DVD OVERALL: C+
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