Saber Marionette J

VHS Vol. 1

Saber Marionette J VHS 1
Saber Marionette J is one of those shows that is just good, clean fun (at this stage of the game, anyway). There are some shows that just can't be beat for slapstick humor.

The series takes place in the distant future, where mankind has reverted back to a midevil-type lifestyle, except for the fact that there are no females. Rather than having a wild land of rabid, murderous homosexual biker gangs in tight clothing (AKA Ai no Kusabi), they seem to be like what every civilization is like WITH women. The reason? A bunch of female androids known as "marionettes" that carry out every whim and desire of the guys that run things. Every nerd's fantasy.

Poverty-stricken peddler Otaru is just falling on hard times thanks to Hanagata, his "friend" (a rich jerk who keeps annoying the crud out of him), he accidentally awakens a marionette named "Lime" (who just happens to have the voice of Megumi Hayashibara... YAY!!). She's different from the other marionettes in that she not only has a will of her own, she gets mad and acts just like a real human! Then, when Otaru unwittingly unlocks another marionette named Cherry (who instantly falls in love with him), things really get complicated.

These first few episodes take their time to set up the characters and general plot of the series, so they move somewhat slowly, but hints of what's to come are all over the place. The series has its share of misses as well as hits... some of the humor is just boring. However, it's still a load of fun overall.

The English presentation is very well-done, with good translations and subtitles, although the credits look very cheap. Overall, Saber Marionette J is a great package,and makes for wonderful family entertainment.
Overall (sub) : B+

+ Fun plot, Megumi Hayashibara!
Some inane humor

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Production Info:
Director: Masami Shimoda
Masaharu Amiya
Katsumi Hasegawa
Kenichi Kanemaki
Tomofumi Nobe
Mayori Sekijima
Sumio Uetake
Akitarō Daichi
Kiichi Hadame
Naori Hiraki
Kazuyuki Honda
Takashi Ikehata
Takaaki Ishiyama
Mamoru Kanbe
Hiroshi Matsuzono
Kou Matsuzono
Yukio Nishimoto
Kiyoko Sayama
Masami Shimoda
Tetsuji Takayanagi
Katsumi Terahigashi
Tetsuya Watanabe
Ryō Yasumura
Episode Director:
Shinya Hanai
Takashi Ikehata
Ryuichi Kimura
Rei Mano
Yukio Nishimoto
Yoshinori Odaka
Kiyoko Sayama
Osamu Sekita
Masami Shimoda
Keiichi Sugiyama
Jun Takada
Tetsuya Watanabe
Ryō Yasumura
Music: Parome
Original Work:
Satoru Akahori
Tsukasa Kotobuki
Hiroshi Negishi
Original Character Design: Tsukasa Kotobuki
Character Design: Shuichi Shimamura
Art Director: Kazuo Nagai
Animation Director:
Michinori Chiba
Futoshi Higashide
Kenichi Imaizumi
Satoshi Ishino
Tomoaki Kado
Akio Kawamura
Makoto Koga
Tatsuya Oka
Shuichi Shimamura
Tsutomu Suzuki
Yoshiaki Tsubata
Akio Watanabe
Susumu Yamaguchi
Takeyuki Yanase
Sound Director: Hideyuki Tanaka
Director of Photography:
Hidetoshi Watanabe
Hikaru Yoshida
Noriko Kobayashi
Shinjiro Yokoyama

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