Near the end of World War II, moments after learning of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the Ra, a super secret Japanese submarine has a fatal encounter with its American counterpart and both are lost to history. Now, some fifty years later, the descendants of the submarine officers are part a special UN task force sent to investigate the unusual phenomenon which have recently begun occurring in Antarctica. Faced with a mysterious black cylinder and the deadly rings which accompany it, the task force faces certain destruction until the re-appearance of the Ra. However, will even the Ra's awesome power be enough to stand against the invaders from inside the Earth?
When I first saw the trailers for this, I was really impressed. The art looked fantastic, neat character designs (a good realistic look) and that ship looked real cool =) After seeing it though, I'm a little disappointed. I don't think it was bad, far from it…just not quite what I was expecting. The story is rather unique, and took me a while to make sense of some of the scenes, but overall nicely done. As I said before, the animation itself is really good, and the music fits the scenes perfectly. Overall, quite good, but just short of being great. An excellent choice for a weekend of anime, not too sure about buying it though. If you do, get the movie version, as it's both episodes on one tape…and we all know how much ADV likes to charge =)
Available subtitled or dubbed through AdVision.