The Pros: Armitage is an action anime movie that does a solid job of creating stylish action scenes while maintaining a smooth plot and creating characters with enough depth to connect with. A good number of action anime movies normally offer plenty of style with fluid and detailed fight scenes, but lack substance in creating depth for the characters so the audience can connect with them. Armitage is an anime movie that delivers a solid storyline exploring a future where technology has advanced to the point where it is possible to create a human in the form of an android. With such advancements, this movie explores the different views of people regarding the rights of androids. This is made clear in the form of Naomi, an android with the power to procreate whom Demitrio has the desire to exploit for his own personal gains. Being an action anime movie, Armitage features fluid, detailed animation with stylish action scenes involving Naomi as she battles against Demitrio’s robots and agents. This sort of animation would be expected from an anime on a movie budget.
The Cons: Armitage does suffer some problems due to its villain and being a follow-up to the OAV series. The villain of Demitrio is your run-of-the-mill cliched villain trying to benefit for his own personal gains. While he is used to represent those against giving robots human rights, there are no redeemable qualities with his character. Also being based on the OAV, Armitage would require one to be at least somewhat familiar with the plot to the original series. While it is possible to view much of this movie as a stand-alone plot, some parts of it make reference to the original series, which will leave viewers confused over what is being seen or discussed.
Facts on the Movie:
-This movie received praise from Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn comic series.
Last updated Wednesday, January 09 2008. Created Monday, January 07 2008.
Wow! Just an absolutely stunning sequel to the original Armitage III or more accurately, the "Poly-Matrix" movie. It was so weird seeing Naomi (Ross no longer calls her "Armitage" in this one) as a housewife and baking a birthday cake no less. Yet I found it to be so freaking awsome seeing that she's become such a great wife and mother. But then when it is time for action and she puts on the trademark shade, nearly let everyone know just how much of an Armitage otaku I've become by screaming with delight! Fortunately I did contain myself, but man, it gave me chills!Naomi is the star of this movie and that's the way it should be! However, daughter Yoko comes close to being a scene stealer. She's so kawaii that you just want to give her a hug. What a little sweetheart! Ross does his part well, but sadly he can't compete against his wife and daughter! </p>
The story continues to explore some of the same issues plaguing Mars in the original title -- that of population, Mars becoming free or remaining an Earth colony, and most importantly, rights for robots. Unfortunately, the government angle was given a pass in favor of the evil guy in charge of a giant corporation. Despite this, the story was very engrossing and entertaining. There's plenty of action to boot, yet there are sweet moments showing love and tenderness. And you Julian fans rejoice -- he's in this one too.
The art and animation are outstanding. The blending of CGI into the mix makes for good animated sequences. There were a couple of shakey CG sequences (a car chase on a bridge and a helecopter crash) but otherwise, this thing felt pretty tight. The music went from the cyberpunk stuff of the original to more orchestral music. The combination manages to hit the right tone at the right time.
Bottom line: this may have been done at American request (I'm checking into that), but reguardless, it was done very well. It will find a worth spot next to my Armitage III DVD.
Last updated Saturday, November 22 2003. Created Saturday, November 22 2003.
Dual Matrix is set many years after the events of Poly-Matrix. Ross and Armitage now have a daughter named Yoko. They've changed their names and identities and are living on Mars trying to keep peaceful lives.
However, a horrible attack occurs killing several humans and robots. One of them contact Armitage before death, sending her its memories. She then quietly goes on a mission to find out just what's going on and take care of those responsible.
Naomi has changed a bit and isn't as hyper as she was the first time around. However, what she's lost in nubile cuteness over the years is more than made up for in experience. She's more of a hardcore fighter than ever before. Dual Matrix starts off somewhat slow, but quickly picks up into a very worthy sequel to the original movie.
The highlight of the movie is the ending and I assume its namesake. Naomi and Ross must survive a brutal fight against two enhanced Terminator style Armitage replicas while protecting Yoko. It's a dramatic and powerful set of scenes that will have Naomi fans beside themselves. If you liked Poly-Matrix, give this one a shot as well. You may enjoy it just as much or even more.
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Last updated Tuesday, June 24 2003. Created Tuesday, June 24 2003.