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Blue Submarine No. 6 Special Edition

Cast: Unshou Ishizuka, Unshou Ishizuka, Yukana Nogami, more...
Director: Mahiro Maeda, Mahiro Maeda
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Bandai
Genre: Anime, Animation, Seafaring, Cel
Running Time: 30 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Humanity struggles for survival in a new and watery world in this animated adventure saga from Japan. Massive worldwide flooding has caused most of the world to be covered with water, and those still living on dry land find themselves locked in battle with those living on the newly expanded oceans. The crew of Blue Submarine No. 6 is trying to bring a peaceful resolution to this conflict as they confront the evil Zorndyke. Mayumi Kino, the young and idealistic pilot of No. 6, wants to recruit Tetsu Hayami for her crew, but while they share common goals, they have different ideas of how those goals should be achieved. Blue Submarine: Volume 1 - Blues was the first in an ongoing series of home videos compiling episodes from the Blue Submarine series for release in the United States. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Lots to look at, but even more to listen too by GEvans November 3, 2003 - 10:21 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I like Blue Submarine 6. The characters and most of the story are pretty shallow (as stated in one of the other reviews), there is tons of CG stuff (which I usually dislike in anime) and it's short, but despite all of that I still like it, so I'm not coming at this very objectively. The one thing I really want to add that I feel is missing from the other reviews or the GC description is that Blue Submarine 6 has one of the best Jazz soundtracks out there...period! Created by The Thrill this great Jazz/Funk soundtrack fits so naturally with what's happening on the screen it is very easy to miss it but don't or you'll miss the best thing about Blue Submarine 6.

Good study of animation history but nothing much else going for it by hneline1 July 22, 2003 - 9:30 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Blue Submarine No. 6 (Ao no Roku Go) was a breakthrough production for Studio Gonzo (Hellsing, Vandread, Yukikaze, Last Exile) as its first release and an early example of CG animation. Some of the scenes are amazingly detailed and the movement of the sea creatures is mesmerizing.

However, the story is mundane, the characters are uninteresting, and the dialog is so overly dramatic that it's laughable. Definitely watch this series as a study in animation history, especially if you're interested in Studio Gonzo, one of the hottest CG production studios in Japan right now, but there's nothing much else going for it.

Trivia Fact: Do you know why there's only one 30 minute episode per disk in the Blue Submarine series? Blue Sub was the first anime series released on DVD in the U.S., so the U.S. distributor experimented with release formats. In Japan even now, DVDs are released with one episode per disk. So the U.S. distributor tried to follow the Japanese release format and found out that U.S. consumers weren't going to buy that. Thereafter, anime series were released in multi-episode DVDs in the U.S.

A 30 minute DVD - YES - NOW I understand by larbeck May 24, 2003 - 9:05 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I rented "Blue Submarine No. 6 - The Movie (1999)". It has all four episodes on a single DVD - however it is edited by Toomami for boardcast, a few small annoying edits for the Purtians. But this is a example of what a good bit rate will do. I eat my previous words. The quality of the individual 30 minutes DVD is far superior to "The Movie" version.

Still gonna wonder if a double layered/double sided DVD could have all four and SHINE (at 18 gigs?)

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(Average 6.56)
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Anime Studios - GONZO
One of a new breed of anime production studios, GONZO executes the marriage of CG and traditional animation with tremendous energy and flair. Lots of titles, no masterpieces... we'll see when Saishuu heiki Kanojo hits Region 1.

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