Marine Boy - Season 1 DVD Review
one of the first examples to be found in television
history of Americanized anime programming. The series was originally
as experimental short works in Japan before becoming transformed into a
length color cartoon on Japanese airwaves in the early 1960's.
series was licensed by Warner Bros and was transformed
Boy Marine (the
English translation of Kaitei
was a syndicated program and became one of the first examples of anime
audiences would discover. The series has been preserved on home-media
first time with the Warner Archive release of the debut season.
series focuses upon the title character,
Marine Boy, who is a talented young boy around the age of 15 who goes
underwater adventures and escapades while trying to protect the world
from the surprisingly large array of super-villains determined to
entire universe, working in various dastardly ways to try and thwart
Boy. He works in unison with a great organization known as the Ocean
sort of governmental protection agency fighting for an underwater
is safe and secure. This all takes place sometime in the future of the
Boy's ace super-skills continue to help
him with overcoming the baddies. He can breathe underwater with a
medicine that makes him able to swim around without any issue. He's
martial arts skills. He's able to communicate with a white dolphin, a
girl of help to everyone, and he can use the various inventions made by
father and from the brilliant (yet kooky) professor Fumble.
basic outline of each episode revolves
around something going wrong, which causes Marine Boy to try to fix
everyone underwater, and with the help of the various geniuses and
he connects with to fight the baddies. This is essentially the
structure of the
show in terms of its creative-writing and plot-structure. You don't
to break from this structure, which makes the show seem somewhat
good thing is that despite some silly,
repetitive, episode-of-the-week writing, the series is brilliantly
campy in oh
so many ways. It's difficult to say how much of this is inherent to the
original show considering there's no option to view it in the original
Japanese. However, the voice-actors seem to be having a blast with the
of the voice-actors involved with the
English production of Marine Boy also worked on the English dub
Racer, and they do their best to make the characters both funny and
likeable. This is one of the best strengths of the show.
dubbing works well, and is silly but
enjoyably so. This series has
an entirely cheesy and pulp-edge to it that makes
it feel like a serialized comic-book of the time. Ultimately, this
well into the show's creative style and it actually ends up helping the
Americanized production in feeling effectively and efficiently
show isn't brilliant television by any
means, but it's a fun series with good dubbing, some notable animation,
is beautiful in terms of character designs and overall artistry. It's
impressive example of what anime was capable of an art form even in its
stages. This is certainly something that adds to the series historical
as characters aren't as fluidly drawn as
what one would find in a modern production, for a anime series produced
early era of the art-form it's quite impressive visually and it works
within the world the series inhabits. This makes it stand out as
special. It's quite dated and the series has lots of limitations too:
feel like stocked concepts, and characters were barely developed in any
episode. Yet the humor and general likability of the show is more than
to keep things interesting if you're in the mood for a pulp
example of an early Anime. These inherent qualities help to make the
excursion seem all the more worthwhile.
frame ratio preserve the original television broadcast ratio. Much to
surprise, the series actually seems as though it has received some sort
digital clean-up or restoration before arriving on DVD from Warner
episodes have very clean animation with little in the way of print
color fluctuation, and other video-quality inconsistencies that are
with classic television releases. Certainly, some episodes still look
to be in
better condition than others, but the show at least seems to have had a
restoration. Colors are good. These transfers don't have major faults.
a satisfying presentation for an anime series made during the 60's.
2.0 mono audio doesn't disappoint.
First of all, don't expect much from it because of the standard audio
usually expect to find with classic television. Yet be prepared for its
impressive dialogue reproduction with clarity and little in the way of
and other anomalies of audio distortion. This is a generally clean and
efficient mono presentation. I wouldn't suggest expecting bass or
impresses, but that's to be expected for an entirely basic mono audio
are no extras at all.
Boy is a
example of a classic anime production becoming Americanized in the
dubbing is genuinely great and it features a lot of the same
worked with creating the dub of Speed
Racer. This is simply a silly and pulp-based underwater adventure
with basic characters and repetitive concepts, but if you want
is funny, action-packaged, and well-animated and that represent early
anime you won't be disappointed checking out this series.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.