Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Starship Troopers the anime

Yes, someone really did make a Starship Troopers OVA, complete with a gnarly / radical 80s guitar soundtrack 25 years ago. Its relationship with the Heinlein novel isn't quite as loose as that of the 1997 Paul Verhoeven monstrosity. For example, while the Bugs appear to be psychic, laser-breathing tentacle monsters, the Mobile Infantry is at least suited up and bounding along in powered armor. As a bonus, the animated suits' appearance was designed by Kazutaka Miyatake, who created several of the classic mecha in the original Macross series.

If that's not enough mil-geek glory for you, someone has posted the entire six-episode OVA, starting here, on YouTube. I've never actually watched the series prior to discovering it online today at it was only released in the US on a limited run of Laser Disks, over twenty years ago.

Sorry, Portuguese subtitles only for the first episodes, and after that it's only spoken Japanese.

Not that you're missing much. The Starship Troopers OVA is mediocre at best, IMO. Still, it's been fun to skim through this long lost bit of military science fiction arcana.

Rebooting the Film Franchise? 

The film rights to the book were purchased in 2011 by Neal Moritz, who produced the Will Smith version of I am Legend along with the Fast and Furious films. His stated intent is to do a remake that hews closer to the novel, and the screen writers hired for the project were responsible for the first Thor film, all of which is promising. However, Mr. Moritz also had the misfortune to produce the recent elevator-through-the-center-of-the-Earth Total Recall remake. That money-losing flop apparently has cast doubt on the wisdom of rebooting a second Verhoeven franchise.

Which is a shame. It would be fun to see something set in the actual Heinlein universe, even if it sacrificed some (or most) of the didactic classroom scenes in favor of more action sequences. The setting is rich enough, and the combat style unique enough to pull off something along the lines of a more traditional war film, even if we don't get another co-ed military shower scene...

Not that that was cheesy or anything.

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