Tekkaman Blade II – Review

Tekkaman Blade II

Directed by Hideki Tonokatsu
(Urban Vision)
by Jason Carr

Anime fans across North America are rapidly shelling out hard currency for the second set of eagerly-awaited videos in the Tekkaman Saga. Following the first Tekkaman Blade series (which aired, incidentally, on UPN in the early ’90s), Blade II picks up with the training of three new Tekkamen Space Knights, the Earth’s only defense against the invading Radham Tekkamen. The videos, three in all with two 30-minute episodes each, surpass their predecessors in almost every respect. The story line is intricate and twisted with numerous hidden longings amongst the characters that blossom into heartfelt pain and sympathy as love is scorned or abandoned. The characters are real – exploring emotions, battling their own realizations, and attempting to exorcise their inner demons. The fluid animation is expertly crafted, beautiful to watch, and captivating, which only adds more incentive to pop in the next tape and hit play. So go out and pick up all three tapes before they become as popular as “BubbleGum Crisis” and beat your friends to the punch. You won’t regret it.

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