Gall Force 2: Destruction

Considering how much I despised the first Gall Force movie (partially due to the horrible dubbing, mind you), I surprised myself by renting the sequel. There are a lot of Gall Force fans, so who knows? Maybe I missed something the first time 'round. Mind you, after watching this clunker I merely reaffirmed my opinion of this series. Let's start from the top: the characters. Two of the characters from the first movie stick around for the second, Lufy and Catty (well, actually it's not the real Catty, but that's not overly important). I didn't like Lufy in Eternal Story primarily because of her arrogance, but for some reason that trait was removed from her here. However, that just left her empty and, well, pretty dull. Catty, and pretty much the rest of the characters, are all similarly devoid of any depth and personality, and this makes for a ho-hum cast of heroes. And then there's the plot. Or at least something which tries to resemble a plot. Many years after the crew of the Starleaf met their fate, the body of Lufy is found floating in space. She is awakened and discovers that the Solnoid/Paranoid war is continuing (I still don't know why they're fighting). So Lufy rejoins her Solnoid allies and begins waging war anew. Initially, the viewer is treated to a few outer space battle scenes and I ended up actually wondering where this was going, since there isn't much of a back story to work from. The story, however, eventually decides to mimic the end of Star Wars. You see, there's this thing which bears striking resemblance to the Death Star (cleverly dubbed a "Planet Destroyer") which is going to blow the $#@$ out of everything if the heroes don't, *gasp*, destroy it in time. Uh-huh. Now I did rate this movie a half-point higher than it's predecessor, but only because there was no hideous English voice-acting to irritate me. It's also worth pointing out that the art was good, and there were some half-decent battle scenes. However, most of the action (particularly at the end) was poorly done, and even the most exciting moments couldn't overcome the anemic characters and plot. My advice is to save your money and leave this one on the shelf. The Verdict: * 1/2 (very poor)

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