The 2nd Dimension

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Viewing Journal: Rescue Me - Mave-Chan

OAV Overview
DVD Info

Overall= C
Story = C-
Video = C
Audio = C-


Rei goes to an anime convention and ends up in a world created by the desires of anime fans. Rei doesn't know how to get back and the world starts to collapse as the convention is coming to a close. (Source: ANN)

Back in my entry on Yukikaze I said something like "I hope I don't have to wait as long for Mave-chan as I had to wait for the final episode of Yukikaze." That was about a year and a half ago. So was it worth the wait? ... Not really.

This one-episode OAV is a simple fantasy story about a boy named Rei who goes to a convention and ends up stumbling into a world that is a manifestation of fans' love of anime. The characters in this other world represent parts of a particular anime -- in this case Yukikaze -- and as the anime's popularity wains the characters of this world start to fade away. Can Rei save the world -- and the anime it represents -- from fading into total obscurity? Watch and see!

Obviously the whole thing is pretty goofy, but if you really think about it, it's kind of funny because the theme is essentially, "Please keep Yukikaze popular!"

And that is just as well because in truth, the only people who will find any real value in this show are Yukikaze fans. Sure, non-fans may be able to understand what is going on in general, but they won't get the references (ie, what the different characters are supposed to represent), which means you loose 90% of the amusement-factor. And it's not like it has mind-blowing animation or an incredibly engaging plot that might interest non-fans. Heck, even if you have seen Yukikaze, it would be hard for someone to justify forking over another ten bucks just for this one half-hour throw away episode with no significant extras. It would have been ideal if this was included on the last Yukikaze DVD as an extra (as was originally planned). That way it would have ensured that the episode reached its target audience and would have been more worthwhile. As a stand-alone DVD I can't imagine many people giving this much consideration.

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