"The destiny of mankind rests on black wings." That's the riveting statement shown on the back of our newly purchased DVD. Doesn't it make you want to scream for all the drama dripping from those words? Okay, so I'm kind of ripping on Earthian... you'll see why in a minute.
Earthian is about the Angel faction, the Lucifer faction, and all of the "earthians" struggling to understand each other and their planets. That's the basic plotline. However, we get drug into the story of two specific angels, Kagetsuya and Chihaya. They are from the Angel Planet of "Eden" and their purpose for decending to Earth is to study the "earthians," ie: the humans. Kagetsuya is an angel with white wings, and he is there to try to investigate the negative side of the humans. He's set on the fact that humans are bad things. Chihaya on the other hand, is your typical caring feminine guy. He investigates the positive side of humans, gets really emotional, and always ends up getting him and his partner into trouble (usually because he pops wings in front of people, and they are BLACK! What angel has BLACK wings? DUN DUN DUN!!!!)
However, Chihaya has issues of his own to solve. As I just sarcastically stated, he has black wings. No angel has black wings unless he is converting to a Lucifer and, angels that convert to Lucifers end up being horribly ill. Kagetsuya KNOWS that Chihaya isn't sick... but there is no other explanation for his funky wings.
Now, aside from these issues, the story revolves around two different time periods. It took me a while to understand this, so gtry to stay with me. After the first two episodes of "watching" the humans, the last two episodes take place (well, duh!). These revolve around the judgement the angels give mankind, which I will not tell you, because we are trying our best not to be spoilers! The statement from the DVD box makes sense after you watch the movie. Okay, to some people it will. To those who didn't follow the choppy storyline, it won't.
Now my opinion comes in. You know the plotline. Humans need to be judged by angels. The angels sometimees become tainted by the human's effects... all angsty and stuff. It's actually a really cool plotline, and I always enjoy watching people sprout wings outta nowhere. It's fun ^_^ But this OVA series is made of four episodes, whereas the manga it was based off of had MANY MANY more issues. In other words, we are missing tons of events, and even some main characters. As a result, the story gets INCREDIBLY choppy, rushed, and hard to follow despite its un-confusingness (was THAT un-confusing?? ^_-) So I don't really recommend this OVA series to people. Read the manga or something, because in this, you don't really get to know the characters well, and everything happens so quickly you don't really have time to comprehend WHAT just occured.
And if you still want to see this, beware that there are several yaoi (guy/guy relationships) in it. Third episode. I won't say between who, but it isn't very hard to guess. No one really gets naked, but they make out and grunt and things of the sort. There's naked men AFTER that, though. You see full nudity, but shadows are conveniently placed in front of no-no areas to prevent the viewer from falling over (probably from surprise that an anime showed naked GUYS for once) from shock or something. There's some swearing, although not severe, and some references to christ and the devil. Yup, there's blood and gore, too, but it's noting TOO serious.
4/5 It's good overall, but just too choppy.
4/5 Yeah, you got to know them somewhat, but lots tended to appear out of nowhere and say that they knew another character from many years ago, and suddenly everything's all dramatic/buddy-buddy. No. I don't like that. We have to hear the story, get to know the character a bit before we can feel SO attached to them, right? You wanna know who I really liked? (No? Well, too bad!) I liked CLIFF! HE WAS COOOOOOOL!
5/5 It was deep, I'll admit that.
4/5 It was all really cheesy and there wasn't any I enjoyed incredibly.
4/5 There was one yaoi (gay guys) scene, and references to it throughout.
3/5 People were naked a lot. There were males AND females, and no detail was shown, although the nudity was full most of the time ^_^
3/5 Blood and things getting ripped off, but it wasn't all that bad. People got shot, too. And blown up. Fun.
5/5 Very well done on the last two episodes, not that great on the first two. But it was pretty good (overall) for the time it was made, which was 1989.
4/5 Swearing, not much to be of a bother.
4/5 I liked it okay. It wasn't that great, and it wasn't bad either. It was just an okay type of thing. I think that it would have been much better with a little more character development and if there were some episodes building up to what the angels decision in episode three was.
Totals: 40/50, it was alright. Not one I'd highly recommend, but if you want to see some yaoi, enjoy the choppily inserted five second scene in episode three.
"Embrace the passion and tragedy that is Earthian". OH MY GOD. That is so incredibly cheeeeeeseyyyyyy. Yet another winner, picked by ME. I cannot pick the really good ones. (why? WHYYYYYYYYYYYY?) Now that I'm done whining. . . we follow around two angels from the planet of Eden. Their names are "Kagetsuya" and "Chihaya". (long enough names? And no, there are NO nicknames. We never EVER call Kagetsuya anything BUT Kagetsuya. That is very irritating to type. So I will call him K. That's easy. Maybe) So anyway, Kagetsuya and Chihaya are judging people. K is calling them bad and evil scum, dumb people. whatnot. Chihaya is calling them passionate and wonderful. I say I don't care, but that's me. Kagettsuya is usually all stoic and pretty, and Chihaya is all girly and whiny. Okay. maybe not, but he does cry a lot and he does tend to run away and bawl and meet people, get involved. Problem arises there. Chihaya could avoid about 90% of his problems if he kept those stinkin black wings in. But NO! Oh well. I guess the story wouldn't have progressed much if Chihaya wasn't so. . . emotional.
So, as Kagetsuya is being all stoic and trying to FIND Chihaya, the story goes s follows. If Kagetsuya can find more stinky humans than Chihaya non-stinky, then Earth is all gone. IF, and only IF, Chihaya can find more non-stinky, then Earth is saved, along with the Earthians. Halfway through, (the beginning of Episode three) the decision is made, and there are a ton of flashback scenes that never happened that only manga readers would recognize. They tell us the decision, and what the angels did. In any case, they are still on Earth, and they are running about in some building. THIS TAKES PLACE QUITE A WHILE AFTER THE END OF EPISODE TWO. Thought I'd tell you that, because it didn't dawn on me for QUITE a while.
Now, what did I think of Earthian? I really DID like it. I thought it had a very unique storyline that would have been very interesting if it had not been so incredibly choppy. I mean, it was BAD. The choppiness was so bad that sometimes, you couldn't tell if the DVD was just screwed up, they forgot to animate a few scenes, it was a flashback, or that awful choppiness again! In my opinion, Earthian was not at all offending. But then again, I like yaoi/shonen ai. So of COURSE I'm not going to be offended. I also barely thought of the minor nudity (wait a minute . . . MINOR?). In any case, there was some yaoi/shonen ai. (see terminology if you don't know what that is) One really nice-looking guy was nude. That was funny. I laughed at him. There were some scenes that I think were supposed to be angsty and dramatic, but I laughed. I bet the manga is so much better. I'd have to say my favorite scene was the five-second scene in episode three. Funny stuff right there. Chihaya did some pretty funny things. I laughed at him, too. Aya and Miyagi (were THOSE their names? Can't remember. . . no development) were pretty funny, too. I don't think any of those scenes were supposed to be. . .
5/5 Very unique and good, but so choppy!
5/5 Good enough on Chihaya and Kagetsuya, but anybody else, it was like they hadn't even been there. (except for naked man. You remembered him)
5/5 It was DEEP, but it wasn't focused on the DEEEP. focused on the two main guys and their dramatic carings and whatnot.
4/5 Really cheesy and sometimes it was just annoying.
4/5 Some guys playing on a bed, and it wasn't Scrabble! They didn't have any pants on, but they had shirts. And nothing else. It was really funny, because they were losing those, too!
4/5 Nothing serious, but there was a naked man floating around, but you never saw anything serious. On anybody.
3/5 In any case, when violence happened, they'd bleed and all, but it kindof looked like posies were placed stratigically. There was some really serious injuries.
5/5 In the beginning, it was kindof bad. But it got much better in the last two episodes.
4/5 Yeah, some swearing.
5/5 If it hadn't been so choppy, this probably would have been one of my favorites. It was really, really good, but it was REALLY over-chopped. Sometimes, you couldn't even tell what was going on.
Totals: 44/50, or
TOTALS PUT TOGETHER: 42/50.
***We have this series professionally owned, uncut, and on DVD. We only REALLY bought it because Comic Junction wasn't going to get in the last two tapes.***
|Original Creator:||Yun Kouga|
|Licensed by:||Anime Works|
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PG-13 (blood and gore, some nudity, and mature situations, although not explicit)
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Earthian is a four-part OAV series which revolves mostly around yaoi (guy/guy) relationships to keep it going. It gets really cheesy, choppy, and confusing. It's recommended for the girls who like shoujo stories, and the bad yaoi relationships. Other than that, it isn't something we really think everyone needs rush out and see. See it subbed and NOT dubbed, okay? That's kind of a given, but Anime Works/Media-Blasters did the dubbing, and they always choose the cheesiest voices.