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Genre: Action/Drama
Company: ORCA/SEGA
Format: 2 OVA
Dates: 1995

Aside for having one red eye and a father who can control the wind, Luda lived the life of a normal boy… until one day, a girl with one blue eye (coincidentally enough) disturbed his peaceful existence. After murdering his father, the blue-eye Agahali and her army of mecha knights had as their next objective to kidnap Luda since he possesses the power of the wind. As Agahali is about to find out, this power is a force one does not want to wrangle with.

summary by Kjeldoran


Reviewed: 04/23/2004 by
Grade: 52% av-Kjeldoran

Highs: Action is rendered adequately; aims for a good storyline

Lows: Drama falls flat on its face; scores of plot holes; bland art and character design

This anime just went wrong in all the wrong places. Drama has been proven time and time again to only be effective if one cares about the characters. This is Landlock‘s ultimate downfall as I was left cold over whatever misfortune beleaguered our heroes. This should not come as too much of a surprise since these OVAs were solely made to complement an upcoming video game that never saw the light of day.

Mood and character background are the keys for a successful movie. The mood here is more akin to a shoddy amateur flick. With roughly-sketched character profiles, animators having more trouble drawing noses than breasts and insignificant attention to music, Landlock is a long way from being a spring of emotion. Even voice actors deliver a tawdry performance; I always expected them to burst out laughing during the big climaxes, then say: “Sorry. Can I try that again?” Then we have the storyline: a collection of clichés with hidden superpowers and “unexpected” family ties which itself does not ruin the anime, but that and innumerable plot holes make for a deadly combination. It makes it so things seem to happen whenever they are convenient, which is often indicative of lazy scriptwriters.

What saves this anime from being tossed out the window are the nicely animated action scenes with their good, steady frame rates. This does not imply the art in Landlock is anywhere near average; if a sequence of frames leave a weird impression on you, press pause and witness true sketchiness. An actual storyline, even if it bears resemblance to Swiss cheese, is a plus. Everything else just screams banality.


Landlock can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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