Chinmoku no Kantai
Released Year : December 18, 1995 to January 25, 1998
No of Episodes : 3
Genre : Drama,Military
Plot : During the cold war, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force jointly developed a nuclear submarine with the United States Navy. On its maiden voyage, the captain of the submarine declares the submarine to be an independent state, "Yamato."
Our Review : ART & SOUND SECTION: 7/10 [Very good for being realistic as hell.]
No weird hair colors, no wacky facial expressions, no out of place actions, no squeaky voices. The submarines and the ships are depicted in a completely realistic way. They look pretty aged and flat by today’s standards but they still do the trick.
STORY SECTION: 7/10 [Same here.]
- The story is about the crew of a new advanced nuclear submarine that refuses to follow orders that may kill hundreds of thousands of people in a possible upcoming war. It portrays how duty and justice contradict each other, based on how you view the world. The politicians on one side that seek more power, the military on the other that seeks glory and the humane crew in the middle are thrown into a philosophical debate that will seal the lives of countless people and change the world.
- I am warning you; there are no battles in it. It is about people talking and thinking and trying to emotionally convince others of their point of view. This movie is not for immature audience. As a story it is a lot more realistic and convincing than all those silly shonen and shojo we watch all the time.
- Still, besides the interesting story, the general plot is nothing much. Although whatever the characters say is interesting, the plot is quite simple and calm, without plot twists or shocking revelations to spice things a bit.
CHARACTER SECTION: 5/10 [The same things can be said about the characters.]
Although they are all quite realistic and different from one another, they are not given the time to be portrayed any further than from what we can tell based on what they say. So, they are half-good; great at present attitude, weak at past backdrop or future development.
VALUE SECTION: 7/10 [Submarines are expensive.]
Historical Value 2/3: This movie is famous for its politically centered story that makes it more realistic and mature than most anime. But is sure is not known much to the general public.
Rewatchability 1/3: It is quite boring. It has a lot of talking in it and the few action scenes are uninteresting (because they are too realistic).
Memorability 4/4: It stands out from the rest. Totally memorable.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 4/10 [Submarines are also boring.]
The story and the characters are ok but the plot is too real to be considered interesting by most otakus. Most of us watch anime, which defy reality and present things in extravagant ways. Sorry; low enjoyment. It would be more attractive as a movie with real actors.
The accused is found … GUILTY! … of being more boring than enjoyable.
AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission and Aoi Umi no Tristia Silly series, full of fan service and pointless battles with submarines.
Blue Submarine No.6 & Tide-Line Blue War dramas, with a crew of a submarine trying to stop a war. Good premise but their potential is not allowed to shine as it should.
Uchuu Kuubo Blue Noah. A less serious and more action based series with submarines.
The Hunt for the Red Octomber. A famous Hollywood movie with submarines.