Three Important But Divisive Sci-Fi Anime Movies Added to Hulu Streaming

Two Sci-Fi Movies and a Movie Edit of a Sci-Fi OVA Now Streaming Online

Hulu has begun streaming three sci-fi movies from the likes of Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo and Ghost in the Shell's Mamuro Oshii that have never really received a consensus opinion from fans or critics.

 

Macorss II: The Movie 

The Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers, Again was a six episode OVA produced as a 10th anniversary follow-up to the the hit Super Dimension Fortress Macross, which had been localized into the first part of Robotech.  Original Macross staffers Haruhiko Mikimoto (character designer), Sukehiro Tomita (scripter) and Yasunori Honda (sound director) were on the project, but creator/mech designer Shoji Kawamori sat it out.  Though it revisited Macross' key formula of space war, idol singers and a love triangle, successful in later works like Macross Plus, Macross 7 and Macross Frontier, the OVA never connected as well as the others.  

The version being streamed is the movie edit, previously released by Manga Entertainment on VHS and DVD.

 

Speaking of controversy, you can hear localizer Trish Ledoux, once the object of plenty of fan animosity, as the voice of idol singer Wendy Ryder.

 

 

Sky Crawlers 

Mamoru Oshii's 2008 adaptation of Hiroshi Mori's sci-fi puzzle novels about young fighter pilots engaged in dogs fights that aren't associated with a conventional war.  There's a lot of dissatisfaction with anime itself and contemplation of first world problems connected to the movie, resulting in what appears to be an intentionally alienating stance.  Some found it provocative, some found it unsatisfying, some found it beautiful, and some found it both beautiful and unsatisfying.

 

Steam Boy 

Said to be the most expensive anime movie ever made, Steam Boy was Katsuhiro Otomo's 2004 follow-up to his revolutionary 1988 Akira.  Despite enormous animation efforts and dazzling effects, the movie failed to move international audience or launch the apparently intended franchise beyond two games for the Playstation 2 and PSP.

 

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