Title:BALDR FORCE EXE Resolution
バルドフォース エグゼ レソリューション
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Notables: R1 License - FUNimation
In a future networked world, the option of existing in the virtual network world rivals the real world (or wired reality). The hacker group known as SteppenWolf have decided on one final hack-attack before disbanding and have set their sights on attacking FLAK, the UN Cyber Security Bureau’s servers. And everything went very wrong. Their leader, Nonomura Yuuya was killed in the cyberworld, and while the remaining three hackers succeed in jacking-out, they returned only to be arrested by the army. One of the STEPPENWOLF team, Soma Toru finds himself forcibly recruited into FLAK as an anti-hacking 'diver'. While working for the ‘otherside’, Toru still harbors strong resentments at those who killed Yuuya. But the ongoing battle and competing agendas between FLAK, the VSS security enterprise and the FEI DAO terrorist group appear to be converging on a single point in cyberspace.

Based on the Cyberpunk computer game by GIGA.

4 OVA Episodes (each ~30min).
Animation by Satelight.
R1 Licensed by Funimation
Episode Details 
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 7 7 5 4 4 Ggultra2764 [series:1297#1552]
(Watch-/ Avoid+)

Like a number of other video game adaptations of its ilk, Baldr Force Exe's main purpose of existence is as promotional material for its video game source material. As a result, this OVA series seemingly rushes through a good number of the major points of its plot, leaving limited time for world building and character exploration. Its premise involving a young man's complex association with reality and the wired world in a corrupt future world, while a bit cliched with its cyberpunk roots, seemed like it could have worked better if given a longer TV anime run. And while not impressive, the animation depicting activity in the wired world with mecha avatars was still decent with what was on display, especially with the havoc caused by the Leviathan virus. Still like other video game adaptations, Baldr Force Exe exists more as a promotional piece than a legitimate series thus limiting its rewatchability (and not helping matters, said video game is Japanese exclusive only).

Last updated Friday, July 13 2018. Created Friday, July 13 2018.
Watch Jan-Chan [series:1297#967]
I am going to unrate this as a Watch, because it is just it is just a quick 90min story (minus intro and credits) which just leaves too many loose ends and unanswered questions. But given that it was created as a marketing promo for a computer game, it probably works quite well in catching the attention of any one interesting in learning more about the story by having to buy the game.

Reminiscent of the story of NEO in the Matrix movie or any one of a number of those classic cyberpunk scifi novels, the main character of Souma Toru is a brooding and complex young man, who gets pushed into a corner with very few options. But just don’t expect him to just sit there quietly, while those around him attempt to manipulate and use him for their own ends.

And whenever they jump into cyberspace, they appear suited in heavily armed mecha units which they use to invade other server systems (this is the weakest link in the story). And let's not forget about the mysterious girl who seems to exist only in the net ... (have to have at least one of those ....)

"Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, a ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body."

Lawrence Person, "Notes Toward a Postcyberpunk Manifesto", first published in Nova Express issue 16 (1998), later posted to Slashdot.

Last updated Sunday, September 21 2008. Created Tuesday, November 28 2006.

Other Sites
Official Japanese OVA Series Web Site
Wikipedia entry for CYBERPUNK
Wikipedia entry for SteppenWolf (Novel)
The main character is a member of a hacker group named SteppenWolf
A good list of Cyberpunk Scifi Novels

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