Techno Police 21C Anime Review
Tekunoporisu 21 C
US Release By
Sci-fi Police Action
The year is 2001 and the criminals have taken over Centinel City. The Police have lost control. The citizens are terrified... and no one can stop the madness. Even the Techno Police, a special anti-crime squad, find the situation hopeless until a wisecracking cop with an uncanny knack for out-guessing the criminals joins the force. When a powerful experimental tank is hijacked, the Techno Police and their newest recruit go to work. Equipped with an ultra-sonic and crime fighting technoids, the rookie cop sets out on a death defying high speed chase through the streets... trying to capture the crooks and trying to stay alive. But no one is aware of the awesome powers about to be unleashed.
I tried to like this movie. I tried to see past the fact that it's nearly 15 years old. I tried to ignore the fact that there wasn't a plot, the fact that the audio sucked (there isn't really any other word I can use for it), and that the characters and animation all were horrible. But if I ignored all those things, there wouldn't be a movie.
If you read the plot synopsis about the hi-jacking of the tank and you're wondering how they managed to steal a military tank, then I'm afraid you won't get the answer, because like a lot of the plot, it was left out. One moment the hi-jackers are in a semi-truck with money in it, then they're jumping off a bridge, next thing you know they're in a tank which is concealed in a stealth bomber. And the worst thing about this is, the movie doesn't have anything to redeem itself with.
Because it's a BEST Film and Video release, it's only available dubbed, and man does this dub bite! Why in God's name would you give that "wisecracking" guy (he isn't funny at all) a British accent? It sounds stupid. The animation is just plain bad, even for an '80s film. I wish they could have at least given this movie fairly good audio. Unfortunately, they didn't.
So all in all, this movie was bad. The only thing that really saved it was the fact that little kids can watch it with minimal parental guidance needed.
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Notes and Trivia
Techno Police 21C was originally intended to be a TV series, but was re-formulated as a theatrical movie for some reason.
US DVD Review
None exists as of this writing.
Fine for most ages with a bit of parental discretion.
Violence: 1 - Some very light violence.
Nudity: 0 - Everyone keeps the clothes on.
Sex/Mature Themes: 0 - Nothing.
Language: 1 - They say damn and hell one or two times.
Staff & Cast
Original Japanese Cast
(Note: Translated by AAW, so there may be errors; these are the original character names, not those used in the English dub.)
Keisuke: Yoshito Yasuhara
Kaoru: Masaru Ikeda
Elena: Kumiko Takizawa
Gorou: Kenji Utsumi
Ayabe Marionella: Naoko Kouda
Nozomi Takagi: Sato Inagaki
Scratch: Junpei Takiguchi
Blader: Ryuusuki Oobayashi
Scannie: Saeko Shimatsu
Other: Tamio Ooki
Director: Masashi Matsumoto
Art Director: Geki Katsumata
Music: Joe Hisaishi