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Densetsu Kyojin Ideon: Hatsudō-hen
Ideon: Be Invoked serves as an alternate retelling to the final several episodes of the TV anime when it was abruptly cancelled the year prior before Sunrise could wrap up the anime's plot. The film serves to wrap up events in the escalating conflict between the human crew of the Ideon and the alien Buff Clan.|
Be Invoked starts where the TV anime left off in depicting Karala's confrontation with her father before the Ideon's power surges upward in response to the hostility between both factions. From then on, the film doesn't let up in showing how these hostilities result in an all-out final conflict between the Ideon crew and Buff Clan. The film is well regarded by mecha anime fans for being the high point of Tomino's "Kill Em All" moniker and it definitely shows with the high kill count seen throughout this film as not all characters are safe from suffering a violent death in the ensuing final conflict of this series. While I won't spoil how things ultimately conclude with Be Invoked, I will say that the ending is rather fitting considering how events had escalated and is a poignant showing of the ultimate consequences of war. The impact of the film is reduced somewhat in that the limited depth on the Buff Clan had me caring less for how things pan out with them. But I would at least say the film is a large improvement over how the TV series concluded.
Visually, Be Invoked is a considerable improvement over the TV anime with its more cleaner details and fluid animation. This helps make the action scenes more engaging to see in the conflict between the Ideon and the Buff Clan with action sequences including gun fights and mecha action with both sides. A number of the character designs are still a product of their time such as with Cosmo's afro and the attire of the Buff Clan, but I suppose this is to be expected from an early 80s anime.
Overall, I would say Be Invoked made for a more satisfying conclusion to Ideon than its TV anime, and I can certainly see where it served as inspiration for later mecha titles like Evangelion with the chaos that ensued throughout the film. If you seen the Ideon TV anime and are looking for a more proper conclusion to the series, Be Invoked is as fitting as you will get out of Ideon.
Last updated Friday, July 20 2018. Created Friday, July 20 2018.