BLACK MAGIC M-66 
DISTRIB. COMPANY:  MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
Directed by: Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed) and Hiroyuki Kitakubo
RATED:  Probably for mature audiences

DURATION: 48 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

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 lives forever....

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


DVD EXTRAS:

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

 


DVD REVIEW:

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.  

Also, Manga 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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