Starship Troopers (1988) IMDb

Categorization

OVA based on a novel of great historical significance to anime, Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers (1959), which apart from treating a variety of social and civic themes—and being eerily influential among real-world US armed forces—also pioneered the motif of spaceborne infantry mechanized with humanoid exoskeletal armour. Such vehicular personal armour became the defining feature of the prosperous mecha genre.

Subject

Against his parents' wishes, a young man enlists. He does it to follow the woman he loves, but after 18 months of training, he finds himself facing the pink non-humans who, in a video the military apparently leaked in a panic, were shown turning the federate army to mush.

Commentary

Cheaply drawn and with incredibly poor musical choices. Its attraction lies in its partly faithful depiction of the mecha, apparently based on Studio Nue's design for the awesome frontispiece of the Japanese 1977 edition of the novel, in an admittedly bland war-movie setting. Unfortunately, this design does not come into its own until the final episode, and lacks several key features (nukes, shattering coffins etc.).

References here: “Cassette Girl” (2015).

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Based on the same novel:

Starship Troopers (1997) IMDb

Commentary

Where the anime was fairly faithful in its technological aspects, the Hollywood version is instead fairly faithful in some of the political aspects. It's also somewhat closer to the novel in its depiction of the enemy and paranormal powers. Although it is more faithful to the controversial politics, it is so craftily satirical that I thought it was just a typical action flick at its theatrical release. I was 14.

References here: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse (2012).

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Sequel:

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) IMDb

Commentary

Species (1995) meets the original movie with a bit of zombie flair and RTS pollution; very little quality. Given the glaring anti-Fed message, the use of the same type of music in serious scenes is particularly bad. If it hadn't been for Poledouris' great score for the first film one might have thought the franchise was haunted.

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