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Have some mixed thoughts on this one. Tide-Line Blue attempts to be both serious and comical in its focus on the carefree and lazy Keel trying to protect pregnant teen mother Isla in a post-apocalyptic world where conflict arises between the surviving nations within the New United Nations and the crew of a nuclear submarine called the Ulysses. The serious moments of the series have their moments where they effectively create compelling drama as Keel finds himself having to become more responsible to care for Isla and her child, as well as trying to ease over tensions with his twin brother Tean who serves as an Ulysses crew member. However, the comedy for the series tended to miss more in its delivery than it should and meshed rather poorly with the anime's more serious and poignant moments, especially in regards to Keel's antics. For a premise like Tide-Line Blue's, comedy and drama don't really mesh well in a series that attempts to seriously explore human developments in a post-apocalyptic world and the conflict between the New UN and Ulysses. On the plus side though, the animation for Tide Line Blue's quite solid with some engaging aquatic battle scenes that take place between the Ulysses and New UN naval forces. While Tide Line Blue does have its moments of effective storytelling, it still tries poorly to mesh drama and comedy together which creates a rather bad tonal dissonance than what the anime could have worked with.
Last updated Thursday, August 02 2018. Created Sunday, December 11 2011.
As stories go, this anime isn't bad, but it does suffer some from a serious lack of answers. The Hammer of Eden is never really explained. A bit-explaination is given, but the writers decided that what caused the problem in the first place isn't that important. Was it a natural disaster, a massive war, or a bit of both? It was difficult for me to say. Regardless, you have a post-apocalyptic world where despite all that has happened, things still remain roughly the same.
The story is pretty simple with Captain Gould seeing a military way to achieve peace and cooperation between nations and Secretary-General Aoi, who sees never-ending diplomacy as the way to go. It always amazes me how the Japanese love the U.N. and how they see it as the one thing that fixes everything, if only people would let it. Certainly, there is a fair amount of that in this anime, and a bit of anti-American feelings in the cliched view of the leader of what's left of the U.S. -- the oil baron Mister King.
But, the writers don't stop there. In what used to be China, we have another cliched character, only as an evil one of the traditional type. So the writers see evil in different forms. However, the writers don't say which solution (Aoi's or Gould's) is the correct one. Obviously there's an anti-war feeling in the anime, but I do credit the writers for seeing how the military solution can produce results, especially in light of 14-years of little to no results from the New U.N.
Isla is a puzzle character. She is designed so well to be just the sweetest, most adorable girl ever, especially with her aqua eyes and cheerful disposition. As such, she nearly steals the show everytime she appears with her little baby, whom she names Keel. The father of the child is never mentioned, nor Isla's age, though she can't be much older than 14. However, Keel acts as a surrogate father to little Keel. Clearly Keel is attracted to Isla and acts like a teenaged boy at times around her. That he would do anything for her and the baby shows his love for her. She acts more mature, but I can't help but believe that she too loves Keel a great deal and that in time, the two of them would raise baby Keel together and work to produce a baby Tean. ^_^
Another near show-stopper is the ostrich Mayuge (meaning 'eyebrows'). I swear, this bird is a tribute to Donald Duck in some ways and can be pretty darned funny when he gets on the screen.Bottom line: There's still the OAV episode to go, which was made just for the R2 DVD, but outside of that, this anime is OK for the most part with a shounen mix of action, adventure, comedy, and a shounen bit of romance which doesn't go very deep. As such, it is worth a rent.
Last updated Wednesday, January 11 2006. Created Saturday, December 31 2005.
|Official Series Web Site||http://www.tlblue.com/|
|The Official Japanese Site|
|Telecom Anime's Tideline Blue Web page (Japanese)||http://www.telecom-anime.com/tlblue/|
|Tide-Line Blue@TV Asahi (Japanese)||http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/tlblue/|