Gall Force: Eternal Story box cover

Info

Available on VHS and DVD from U.S. Manga Corps.
Movie
90 minutes
Science Fiction
Version I Watched: English dubbed
Objectionable Content: Brief nudity, violence

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Gall Force: Eternal Story

First off, let me state for the record that I am a science fiction fan. More importantly, I like the style of Gall Force. If I could rate this movie based on atmosphere and style, I would, but that would hardly be fair. And looking past the sci-fi exterior, Gall Force has little to offer.

The story involves two powerful enemies, the Solnoids and Paranoids (probably sounds better in Japanese than English), who are engaged in interstellar warfare. During a major battle, the crew of the Solnoid space craft, Star Leaf, barely escapes intact, but unbeknownst to them they've taken on an unexpected guest. Lost in deep space they must overcome this new threat in order to have any chance of survival.

Right off the bat, I was immediately put off by the hideous English voice acting. Characters tended to sound either annoying or boring, but never interesting. This flaw only extends the fact that most of the characters were downright *painful* to watch. Whether listening to the whiny Rumy or putting up with the arrogant Lufy, I couldn't find a single character I actually liked. Not to mention that most of them kick off before the end, and since I didn't care for any of them, their deaths had no real impact.

It took me awhile to figure out exactly what this movie was about. On the surface, it's about a war, so I figured "good guys versus bad guys", right? Well, things get a little bit more complex, and turns into something in the flavor of Alien. However, I found this didn't work, since a) I disliked most of the characters, and b) the beastie looked so hokey it wasn't even worth laughing at. Yet, things plod on. Eventually, we learn about the Solnoids and Paranoids attempting to create a new species, and things start to make a bit of sense. However, the explanations take too long before they're revealed, and I was far to bored to care at that point. And the actual ending merely left me scratching my head in confusion.

Gall Force is an older anime, and it shows visually. The background art was good, if a bit grainy, but the characters looked very plain. The space battles were poorly animated, and consisted of still shots of ships with lots of repetitive explosions.

If you're looking for a science fiction anime with an all-female crew, then go check out Sol Bianca instead. This title isn't worth any consideration.

The Verdict: * (awful)