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Series Premise: Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder is a one-episode Original Video Animation special set in the storied Votoms universe, released on DVD on March 25, 2011. Aki Tesuno lives at the bottom of a deep crevasse, piloting an “AT” mecha as a scrap salvager. Until one day when an upper-class surface dweller comes down and hires him to find an important runaway.
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Spoiler-free set-up: In a world where the rich and elite live in shining cities on the surface, and the underprivileged live in the deep canyons far below, Aki Tesuno is little more than a rough-edged scrap salvager, deftly operating his AT mecha. One day he his visited by the rich and powerful from above, who wish to hire him to track down a missing girl who has been kidnapped and taken to down below. However, along the way Aki learns that the kidnapping is not as straightforward as it seems, and ends up chasing after her once their true motives are revealed.
My Impressions: I was a scant couple hours ago that I reviewed another Votoms OVA, titled Case;Irvine — and here I am with a second helping of “Do Not Want”. In the past year there were three different Votoms specials that were produced; “Case;Irvine” came out on DVD in February, followed by “Finder” in March, and this will be followed forthwith by “Alone Again” in April.
Anyway, much of what I said a few hours ago still stands. In short: I know very little about Votoms, but I know that this has next-to-zero to do with the regular Votoms series continuity, other than being set in the same general universe. I still dislike mecha and giant robot-related shows, so I’m going into this predisposed to not like it.
Sure enough…I don’t like it. At all. The main character, Aki, is an insufferable git, the sort of dumb-talented-lucky-brash-impulsive protagonist that is the bane of many shonen anime shows. The plot itself is quite straightforward and simple, as Aki is hired to recover a kidnapped girl, only to find the kidnapper is the good guy and the dudes who hired him are actually the bad guys, and ends up chasing them to the surface where he ends up in a Big Boss fight. But like Case;Irvine, the story itself is little more than the thin gloss that holds together the true reason for this show existing: Lots of action and fighting by Armor Trooper-“esque” robots.
Overall, I found this less enjoyable than Case;Irvine (which I did not find particularly enjoyable at all), and if you’re looking for an honest-to-god story, prepare to be disappointed. But if you’re a big-time giant robot geek and like to watch guys in mecha bashing each other to pieces, then this is right up your alley. (Although true-blue Votoms fans, understand that this is only tangentially related to the original series.)
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- If you like this, you might also like: Well, frankly, just about anything Votoms related, or maybe Dougram.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “I think VFinder is the robot anime Code Geass didn’t want to be, and this isn’t a condemnation of the many faults CG annoys us with (in terms of being a robot show); that horse is as dead as fuck and won’t be pulling carts anymore. It’s not like VFinder is noteworthy apart from specific robot fanservicey things. But for those robot fanservicey things, I wholly recommend Armored Trooper VOTOMS: VOTOMS Finder.” – Ghost Lightning
- “Votoms Finder is much better than Case;Irvine. It’s neither overly angsty or a Gundam wannabe, and even though it introduces concepts that would have been really weird in the Votoms Franchise, it also succeeds in expanding its franchise a bit. Its biggest sin is that apart from that, I don’t really have naything to praise it for. Grade: 7.25/10.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
Miscellaneous Odds and Ends left to review: Koko ni Iru, Keroro Gunsou Movie #5, Pokemon Special: Pikachu’s Really Big Day, Umi Kara no Shisha, Stitch: Zutto no Tomodachi, Sora no Otoshimono OVA, Rita et Machin, Kakko Kawaii Sengen, Shokupan Mimi, Mardock Scramble, Bleach Movie: Hell Verse