Armitage III Dual-Matrix
Released Year : June 25, 2002 to ????
No of Episodes : 1
Genre : Action,Adventure,Mecha,Sci-Fi
Plot : A few years after they first met, Naomi Armitage and Ross Syllabus have started a family. Despite their normal lives, they must keep their identities a secret because many people beleive that Robots do not deserve equal status with humans. Ross has an oppurtunity to abolish these ideas on Earth through a vote, but organizations in the shadows are working so that it doesn't happen. (Source: ANN)
Our Review : What Happens when a sequel loses the thread of the original story? To answer that question, you only have to look at this movie. The movie is an example of when they decide to make a sequel to a cyberpunk movie, influenced by the mainstream (IE GITS or the Matrix) and completely lose the 'punk' aspects.
The story itself is a complete reversal of the original/Polymatrix. Now, Earth (or at least a part of it) wants the Third reproduction capabilities, when the original the Earth wanted all Thirds destroyed BECAUSE of those abilities. Add in the go-nowhere/excuse subplot of the Robot Rights bill simply to get Ross and Yoko on Earth, and you get a clunky, non-cohesive story. Not to mention Yoko's eidetic memory.
The art, to be fair, is decent, but lacks the punch of the original as well. This version loses on the shading, favoring instead somewhat brighter colors. So decent, but not the best.
Going full cyber instead of cyberpunk, the music reflects the nature of the film; muted, letting the action and interaction speak for itself. The voices are well done, for the most part fitting the characters perfectly.
To be honest, the only reason this scores so high is because they didn't completely lose the elements of Ross and Naomi from the first film; they managed to retain their fighting skills, even if there are some asspulls.
In the end, i didn't enjoy this film; while okay or average, as a followup to the original it falls completely flat. This movie does not harmonize with the first at all, ignoring the tightly done story of the first and rewriting the world.