Babel II OAV

Title:Babel II OAV
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Notables: KUSAO Takeshi
Life seems simple for Koichi, a young student, until he learns that he is the reincarnation of an alien protector who crashed onto the mantle of responsibility as"defender of the Earth", Koichi/Babel teams up with trio of super-powered alien companions to battle the the dark forces of an evil cult leader. The war to save humanity takes Babel from the deserts of southern Asia to the upper east side of Manhattan and ultimately to a final showdown with "the master" in a hidden base nestled in the Swiss Alps. The action is fast-paced and deadly. The fate of the world rests in the ability of this courageous youth to tame his latent psychic power and use it to defeat the enemies of mankind.
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4 episode OAV series released in 1992.
Animated by Hikari Productions
Licensed by Streamline Pictures
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Avoid 6 5 6 4 2 2 Ggultra2764 [series:2542#1552]
This was quite the sloppy mess of a title. Like another Streamline acquired title in the form of 8 Man After, Babel II is supposed to be a new take on a 1960s TV anime series and lacks its original Japanese audio track for its American video release. But while 8 Man After at least had a somewhat cohesive plot despite its many glaring issues, Babel II gets quite messy in its plot setup. The plot lacks any cohesion as it tends to jump around quite messily between different points in plot in its four episode run; has enough plot holes and inconsistencies to poke into regarding its elements and characters; and lacks any sense of logic in its plot as it mostly consists of Babel plowing his way through the members of the psychic cult which he can effortlessly plow through after sudden releases of power and if all else fails, deus ex machina is around to save Babel's hide if he is in a situation he can't get out of easily. Also don't expect much in the way of depth with Babel II's characters as Babel very quickly settles into his role as the world's savior, nearly all the members of the psychic cult are only around as generic baddies for Babel to plow through and the UN agents that tag along at points being nearly worthless in this series. And for an OAV series, Babel II's animation is below par for the quality you would expect out of the format as it looks to be on par with what you would find in TV anime titles airing during the early 90s. Even if you are a fan of the Babel series from the 60s, I strongly discourage anyone from watching this poor excuse of an OAV series as it seems cohesion and logic was tossed out the window for mindless action with this remake.

Last updated Thursday, March 29 2012. Created Thursday, March 29 2012.

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