Armitage III box cover


Available on VHS and DVD from Pioneer Animation.
OAV Series: 4 episodes on 4 VHS tapes or 1 DVD
30-40 minutes per episode
Science Fiction
Version I Watched: English dubbed
Objectionable Content: Violence, brief nudity

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Armitage III

Someone unfamiliar with this series will probably be a bit confused by the title. It's actually "Armitage the third" not "Armitage three". Why "the third"? Sorry, but to answer that question would mean spoiling the plot.

The story itself takes place on Mars in the 22nd century. Humans and robots coexist together, but relations between the two groups are anything but rosy. Ross Sylibus, a detective from Earth, travels to Mars and meets up with Naomi Armitage, a spunky female cop. Ross quickly gets involved with her in a case surrounding the murders of several robots.

While I enjoyed the initial mystery in the story line, and attempting to uncover the secrets which Armitage holds, I felt the execution was a little sloppy. The detective elements had a good feel to them, but the blending of the action and story gets a little confusing, particularly around the third episode. The action scenes themselves weren't all that inspiring, either. I think a stronger focus on plot would've served this series better.

This series is very character oriented. I kind of liked Armitage once I got to know her. She's a fun character, and I was rooting for her by the end. Personally, I thought Ross's character didn't have much in the way of personality. I guess he was supposed to be a little laid-back and uncaring, but he ended up being rather boring as a result.

I also didn't care much for the "grand finale". Without spoiling anything let's just say it was your typical climactic battle, which ended up being rather ho-hum. While there were some major revelations which help explain the entire plot, I really think the action should've been completely replaced with something more story driven.

The art and animation are pretty good, with rich colors to bring out the futuristic Mars city and landscape. The voice acting was pretty average, though. Armitage's voice actor sometimes overacted, but at least she wasn't painful to listen to.

If you're a science fiction fan then you'll probably want to give this one a try. Armitage III delivers some entertainment value, but I think it could've been a lot better.

The Verdict: * * * (average)