Brain Powerd

Title:Brain Powerd
Brain Powered
ブレンパワード
Overall:Buy
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Notables: Animation - SUNRISE
Music - KANNO Yoko
R1 License - Bandai (Defunct)
TOMINO Yoshiyuki
The organization known as Orphen is using mechas called Grand Chers to gather organic plates. But there are those who believe that Orphan's activities are destroying the Earth. The Novis Noa is out to stop Orphen from doing so by using their Brain Powered mechas against them. Then into this Battle comes Hime, an ordinary girl, who encounters an extraordinary friend! Together they become involved in a war being fought on many levels, and the competing agendas of Orphen and Novis Noa starts to show a more personal side to their conflict.

Animation by Sunrise
26 Episodes (aired in 1998)

1:44min Series Opening - YouTube Video
4+min Music Video with scenes from series - YouTube Video
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Rent 8 9 7 7 8 9 Jan-Chan [series:200#967]
26 episodes released as an English Dub by Bandai, as three DVD sets (each set has two DVDs, with 8 or 9 episodes).

Wow..this is very intense series, but it is not very friendly to the viewer. While being stunning, this series just drops the viewer into the storyline, without explaining anything, and it does not stop for all of the 26 episodes. It is only until about the 3rd or 4th episode that the viewer (sort-of) gets a sense of what is going on, and can follow along, but with each new episode, a bit more of story comes out. My only word of caution is to hang in there, and just watch and listen. Because once the story line does click-in, it will take off and offer a great sci-fi based story, with GRAND meccha battles at almost every turn.

While I don't want to give away the story line, I do want to tease enough to have you to show some measure of interest in this series (because I really do like it and think that it is worth a * watch+/rent * rating,) so I will only offer a high-level story synopsis.

An organic alien artifact has been found that has caused a lot of controversy within the scientific community. Codenamed Orphan, it has been living in deep ocean depth for thousands of years, but now it is slowly rising to the surface. Scientists have discovered that the artifact is alive, thriving on the life force energy of Earth, and they speculate that it will attempt to launch itself into space, through a process that will suck the life-force from entire Earth, and potentially leave the earth a barren planet. Two political camps have emerged; the REDEAMERS, who currently control the artifact and are nurturing its reawakening. They accept that the earth is flawed, already predestined for extinction, and believe that Orphan will permit a chosen group of humanity to survive as passengers on this starship artifact. Against them are Earths UN efforts in an organic-engine sea-ship called the Novis Noah, which has been designed to stop the Orphan from being launched. Orphans influence is generating translucent disks, which when they react, give birth to a quasi-sentient organic robotic lifeforms known as an antibodies, which can be piloted by a person. Each side has antibodies as combat units: Orphans antibodies are called Grand Cheres and Novis Noahs antibodies are called Brain Powered,and these antibodies seem to have an animosity against one another. So against a backdrop of an earth wracked by the side effects Orphans rising from the deep ocean, which is causing devastating earthquakes, volcanoes and towering tsunamis, these two forces struggle for an understanding as to true nature of Orphan and for their competing vision of humanity's future.

The series biggest weak-point are the simplistic and melodramatic motivating factors that drive most of the main characters. This series has the most work-obsessed and nurture-deficient parents of almost any series, complemented by their brood of insecure and twisted kids. And occasionally, some very silly (perhaps stupid) situations are tossed in just to keep things interesting, but whatever. These points are used only to keep the story moving as fast as possible, so it is just easiest to kick back and enjoy. And the music is oddly matched and very diverse, which I enjoy, but I can see how it might bother someone else.

If you can enjoy a very mecha story, told in a rather cryptic storyline with a bunch of bizarre main characters, then you might be able to share my joy in this series, as it twists and turns in an almost poetically fickle story line.

I will be honest with you. this is either a thumbs up or down series.. you will either like to it or not. with almost no middle ground. I have bought the entire series, so I can actually watch it several times, which is almost required. But, in any case.it is worth a strong measure of watch, as it does tell an interesting story. This series is rated PG13 with no fanservice or nudity (except for the nudity in the opening and closing credits, go figure?)

Last updated Wednesday, January 13 2010. Created Sunday, May 16 2004.
Unevaluated Nyuu-chan [series:200#122]
I can't really say much for this anime, but here goes. A friend of mine gave me the first volume of this series as a gift, so I figured I was watching it on a good recommendation. About halfway through the second episode, though, I was sound asleep. That was the effect it had on me. After that, I don't really remember many of the details about the art, design, music, story, etc... but the fact that this thing put me to sleep was enough to make me take it out of the VCR and never put it back in. I'd like to think that Tomino-san has done better work than this (namely, the original Gundam series).
As a side note, I used the money I got from selling this tape on Half.com to buy another volume of Urusei Yatsura. Take THAT, mechaphiles! Muahahahaha!

Last updated Saturday, March 31 2001. Created Saturday, March 31 2001.
Buy 7 7 9 2 8 The Coyote [series:200#64]
this anime have a very entertaining and griping story line and I have been griped by it all along. The relationships are at times a little confuseing but this really has that old school anime flavor to it a definate bye

Last updated Saturday, November 11 2000. Created Saturday, November 11 2000.
Buy 8 7 8 8 CatWoman [series:200#65]
This one is so good! It is a lot like the old anime, only the art is a 10x better! It has a GREAT plot! The chariacters are a little strang but inresting. If you don't want an anime were you have to think or one were you fell like you have to run out and buy the next one right away this is not for you...but other wise I can not think of a reson why you wouldn't want to see this anime! I have seen no nudity at all so far, but I havn't seen them all so I will keep you posted!

Last updated Wednesday, November 01 2000. Created Thursday, October 26 2000.

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