Moments after an atomic bomb falls over Hiroshima, a secret Japanese submarine sails into battle against its American counterpart, and both are lost to history. Some fifty years later, a special UN task force sent to investigate unusual phenomena in Antarctica is threatened by a mysterious black cylinder.
Directed by: Kazuyoshi Katayama
. Starring: Junko Iwao
, Kikuko Inoue
, Tomokazu Seki
, Isshin Chiba
, Kazuhiko Inoue
, Kazuya Ichijou
, Kiyoyuki Yanada
, Kouji Ochiai
, Kouji Shimizu
, Rin Mizuhara
, Shinsuke Chikaishi
, Takehiro Murozono
, Tetsuro Sagawa
. Music by: Masamichi Amano
1963's Toho movie Atragon was a messy scifi that I struggled to get through, so how did the animated OVA fare over 30yrs later?
Based on the Kaitei Gunkan novels I can't say whether this or the Toho movie was more loyal to the source material as I haven't read it. The fact that the two are so drastically different however makes me think that fans will likely not have been happy with at least one.
It tells the story of a civilization that lives within the earth, they have risen up with advanced technology to take the fight to the "Surface dwellers" and this 2 part OVA is an all out war between the two factions.
It looks like an early Manga, it sounds just plain awful and though the action is flashy and frantic the whole thing comes across very un-engaging and somehow quite boring.
I see the appeal, I just didn't appreciate it for myself.
Review by Platypuschow from the Internet Movie Database.