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Kurogane Communications Vol. 1: Wasteland Paradise (1998)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anime Works
Genre: Anime, Science Fiction Anime
Running Time: 120 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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In the ruins of Japan, Haruka lives with no recollection of what happened to her or her parents. Found by five robots, she finds a new life with them as the last human on Earth. Her only friends are the naive android Spike, the intelligence robot Cleric and the mysterious warrior Angela. They are joined by Trigger, a tiny combat robot, and Reeves, the meanest looking machine ever to wear a frilly pink apron. Together, they protect Haruka from the legions of war robots that are still being produced in automated factories.

GreenCine Member Reviews

The end of the world as we (can't) know it by JLind April 22, 2005 - 9:54 PM PDT
If I would describe what I think of this series so far, not having finished watching the first disc, I would say I'm not disappointed with the way a story like this could go. The premise is that a girl is "supposedly" the last remaining human on earth, which has been taken over by a myriad of robots, big and small, mean and nice. When I think of a plotline such as this I think, okay girl wakes up from some sort of cryogenic sleep with the only memories of her parents shown as evidence that they had something to do with allowing her to live in the grim future under the care of semi-sentient robots. There exist many dangers in her lonely world, but also many things to explore and discover. The first few episodes capture that sense of discovery in a thrilling yet subtle way, with beautifully drawn apocalyptic backdrops and a concise rundown of each of her robotic caretaker's personalities. I hope the story delves deeper into some type of mission the main character must carry out in order to determine her own fate and the fate of humanity. It has definitely captured my interest so far.

"Last Survivor" plus "Robots in Love" by Calafragious July 18, 2004 - 8:37 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This review covers the entire three-disk series. "Kurogane Communications" tells the story of Haruko, a darling middle school-age girl, living with some cute-as-a-button robots (and a couple of rather creepy ones) in a world that could only be described as an existential hell. It's hard to summarize the strange mix of cuteness and horror that characterizes this show; about halfway through I decided to save my sanity by just assuming that the production team really didn't think through all the implications of what they were putting on the screen.

Anyway, the show has great production values and the animation looks stellar. The character designs are in the "cute" style reminiscent of "Geobreeders" or something by Satoshi Urushihara. The story is nothing great, and consists mostly of anime cliches with some unsettling weirdness thrown in, but I watched it through without disappointment. However, this is definitely a show for the sentimental -- with scenes of kids crying for their dead mothers, robots hugging each other, and so on. The story gets more serious in the second and third disks.

The show comes in half-length installments; I assume it was originally broadcast as part of some kind of variety show in Japan. There are a few scenes of robots being shot, gray robot blood splashing around and a little red human blood, along with a few bare breasts, but nothing too overtly violent or outrageous. Despite the show's kid-friendly appearance, some of the scenes have a creepy or culturally inappropriate quality to them, so parents may want to preview it.

Call me a sucker for this kind of stuff, but I liked the show. If you're trying to learn Japanese, definitely listen to the Japanese language track; the characters speak very clearly and use less jargon than I usually hear in anime.

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(Average 6.61)
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