On another planet that is not unlike ours, a seventeen-year-old girl named Tita is the captain of the ship Cha-Cha Maru. Tita and her crew belong to a group of animal traders who capture and sell rare animals from the ocean. One day, Tita is late for a meeting, and while she is rushing to work she runs into Elize, a girl on the run from a group of strange looking men. After saving her, Tita learns that those men were after information that Elize has. If the men get this information, it would mean the end of the world. Now it’s up to Tita to stop the villains and save the planet.
summary by Keitaro
Highs: Very short; action packed; high-quality animation
Lows: Very short; terribly condensed; way too much fan service; too much is left unexplained
Over the years, Plastic Little has become a very popular OVA, and I haven’t the slightest idea why. From beginning to end, this anime is mediocre at best.
The first thing I noticed was how short Plastic Little is. This one-part OVA has a total running time of around forty-five minutes; I just had a gut feeling that it would be way too condensed and fast-paced. Almost nothing is explained. Who is this villain with the giant shoulder pads? Does anyone in this anime have a name? What planet does the story take place on? Most importantly, why do I care? Well, this anime doesn’t seem to care, either. One minute two girls meet, the next they are best friends and risking their lives for each other. It’s not just that the plot is unoriginal; it is also poorly explained. I just kept asking myself, “Huh?”. The ridiculous amounts of fan service do not exactly help. It almost felt like the director couldn’t decide whether to make an action movie or a hentai, and kept changing his mind every ten minutes.
While the majority of the cast added nothing at all to the story, I really did like the hero, Tita. Her energetic personality alone could save a boring scene. Maybe it is because the anime is so short, but I never found myself bored. There is action aplenty, and sweeping (although not particularly memorable) music to complement the more dramatic scenes. The animation is incredibly good; much better than I would expect from such a poor anime. There is even an attempt at comedy, but none of the jokes are even close to funny. The only time I so much as cracked a smile was when the ridiculous-looking super villain, Lord Gaizel, was introduced.
I can’t think of a reason to spend good money on this OVA. If you are a fan of action, look elsewhere. Plastic Little isn’t terrible, but it has been done before many times… and much better. Don’t even bother.
Plastic Little can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.