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Notables: Animation - Studio Pierrot
R1 License - Discotek
R1 License - Subtitled Only
At the end of the 21st century, Earth had to confront the problem of population increases combined with shortages in resources. Development of the Moon was seen as the way to solve the situation. The Moon's mineral resources reinvigorated the Earth and brought prosperity. However, the achievement of that vision proved painful for those who'd left their home world to settle on the Moon.

One of Man's greatest dreams has become a nightmare for those who have been forced to live it out. Shun Nonomura doesn't realize it, but he's about to discover a weapon - one that can overthrow the oppressive Monopolice and bring freedom to the lunar colonists. The growing resistance movement is quick to adopt it, along with its creator, into their ranks as they rally around the mysterious alien monument known as Dallos...

Dallos was made in 1983 by Studio Pierrot, becoming world's first OVA series, although it was originally intended as a TV series. It was also the directorial debut of Oshii Mamoru, who would later go on to direct such films as Angel's Egg, the fourth Urusei Yatsura movie, and Ghost in the Shell.

Animation by Studio Pierrot.
Four OVA episodes (~30min each) (released '83~'84).

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Watch 7 7 6 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:2369#1552]
For historical significance, Dallos has a place in anime history for its status as the first OVA series ever made that paved the way for audiences to expect a media format with a series that was better quality in animation than a TV anime, less restraints on the creative process and being more lax with showing off high levels of objectionable content like sex and violence. As a stand-alone title though, it is mostly forgettable with the series focused on a clash with a tyrannical military force from Earth and a resistance movement from lunar residents fed up with the Earth's oppression of its residents. The plot is mostly formulaic with its focus on an unwilling male lead fighting for the resistance movement, the Earth military trying to maintain their influence on the moon and the discovery of a mysterious alien battleship that could hold the key for the lunar resistance's victory in their struggles. The characters are also archetypal with the typical sci-fi molds applied here like the impressionable youth, the rebel leader and the villainous leader of the enemy force. The conflict between the factions build up to a rather underwhelming and inconclusive ending that revolves around the mentioned spaceship and our young male lead trying to comprehend the fate of the lunar residents.

For an 80s anime, Dallos is quite decent with its visuals sporting a nice amount of detail for its character designs and settings, plus moments of fluid animation coming from the clashes between Earth military and lunar resistance movements. The drawing style is quite outdated to modern anime and the lining to character designs are a bit rough, but this was quite surprising quality to see during the mid-80s.

Outside of its historical significance, Dallos is a rather bland anime that is milking the typical cliches and archetypes found within a then-popular and over saturated genre of anime in a mix of sci-fi and mecha titles. It's worth a single watch, but not worth seeing any more than that.

Last updated Saturday, April 05 2014. Created Saturday, April 05 2014.

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