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  • Actors: Kurumi Mamiya, Junko Minigawa, Yuko Ohshima
  • Directors: Makoto Kobayashi
  • Format: Animated, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cornerstone
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058OA382
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,203 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As a result of a drastic of environment and an unknown contamination, in the year 2012, every male on the face of the earth dies out in a short space of time. Most of the remaining females perish after fighting in a world war over their territory. The only survivors are the 20,000 women in the Shinjuku area. People are huddles together in this corner of the planet, which has turned in to an ocean of trees. Within this small, all-female world, humankind divides in to two groups. One group accepts their fate to perish and decides to give up their lives to pleasure. The other group strives to create their own future through the powre of science. It's the beginning of an intense battle between these two forces over "ICE" samples, said to be the only hope for mankind.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JD Georgeson on 14 Dec. 2011
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ICE is an odd speculative fiction story about a world in which all men are dead due to some disaster that also irrevocably alters the word's ecosystems. In practice the plot is utter nonsense and the various scenes explaining it are strung together without any regard for pacing or continuity. It also features the gimmick of having a number of its voice cast all be members of Idol grow AKB48, which seems to be more about marketing than anything else, although none of the idols are objectively bad voice actors, most of the performances are forgettable at worst and endearingly lame at best. Looking even slightly deeply into the plot reveals a number of flaws, so it's best you don't think about that. However, despite all this, I can't bring myself to hate ICE. It's crazy in a rather unique way, with its half-jellyfish eyeball-licking lesbian hedonists, people who scream hysterically at the sight of a male baby, and nonsensical society. I enjoyed it even though it clearly wasn't any good, so you might too.
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By Richard Mills on 4 Jan. 2012
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An interesting story, its spoken in Japanese and subtitled in English, which suits me well. The story can be a bit dificult to follow if you are not concentrating on it. I will be watching it again.
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By Richard Mills on 4 April 2013
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This DVD has a rather unusual plot and the story keeps you thinking all the way to the end. I have watched it twice so far and will be watching it again.
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ICE Felt A Bit Cold 29 May 2012
By E. Lee Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Science fiction and anime are a match made (mostly) in cinema heaven, but I'll have to admit to being at a loss for words over much of what transpired in ICE. It's the future (or maybe it ain't). There's a queen (or maybe she's just a dictator), and there are these fancy female police officers (or maybe they're samurai warriors). It all feels like it's supposed to be really important or culturally relevant, but given the tale's structure I'm at a loss to tell you anything definitive about it ... other than the fact that it all felt a bit cold.

A drastic calamity in Earth's environment somehow causes every male on Earth to die. For reasons not quite explained, the remaining women go to war - it appears to have all been territorial issues - and, not unlike SyFy's recent update of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, the human population is down to the quintuple digits. The survivors break into two primary factions - one driven to live out their days in pleasure, one driven to stop our inevitable extinction - and now a full-scale war begins ... as I said, for reasons that are never quite clear.

ICE appears to be a story about nihilism and a society's desire to manifestly destroy itself. I say this principally because the disc's packaging hints at it as well does one key scene from the film: a male infant appears mysteriously in a museum, and the human response is (confusingly) to kill it. And kill it they do! With a super powered machine gun! Why they did it remains a bit of a mystery, though I suspect there may've been another nefarious element at play here; however, if it was, it escaped my understanding entirely.

Don't get me wrong: much of ICE looks good - certainly the way any respectable anime would - and there are a handful of folks here I believe I'm supposed to care about. Rulers and soldiers and small, plumb girls who ride motorcycles and seem to have some magical, mystical powers derived from only God knows where. I just didn't care for them - mostly because their world launches out of nowhere - like a bizarre dream - with little explanation or follow-up of circumstance. The audience jumps from, say, 2012 into the future, and it all happens with little to no explanation. Additionally, the narrative is broken into chapters (three, I believe), which function like a three-act play, but the story never quite recovered from that opening sequences to the point where I felt comfortable in knowing what was transpiring. It all feels like this was adapted from a larger work - maybe it was, though I've been unable to find anything specific online - and I'm wondering if that may be the cause. Come the conclusion, I'm given a plausible explanation for the events I witnessed, but, again, I found myself left with a big `so what' of indifference. If the context for what I saw was that important, it might've been better to have provided it up front instead of after 90 minutes of confusion.

ICE is a production from E-Net Frontier, Eleven Arts, Seminal Films, AAA (Acteurs Auteurs Associes), and Cine du Monde. DVD distribution is being handled by Seminal Films. It looks and sounds all well and good, though the disc comes with minimal special features.

RECOMMENDED only for serious fans of anime. While plenty went on here, I have to admit to being lost through an awful lot of it. A few characters were compelling enough to keep me hanging on, but, all-in-all, I'm not entirely certain if all of it was a dream, an alternate reality, or a time travel quick trip. In fairness, some of this may've been lost in translation (I've seen this happen more than a few times with animes given inadequate subtitling), but, without enough special features to point me in the right direction, I'm only left with a best-educated guess.

In the interests of fairness, I'm pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Seminal Films provided me with a DVD screener copy of ICE for the expressed purposes of completing this review.
Apocalyptic anime 31 May 2013
By EdM - Published on Amazon.com
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This anime film strives hard to hammer the point to the viewer that mankind was responsible for his own demise. It really goes over this over and over until one comes away with that fact rather then the quality of the story itself. The film has high quality animation but the plot sometimes gets lost in favor of the writers wanting too many subplots that are not resolved by the films end. The story- in 2012 a Russian space station falls to Earth and was carrying a biological agent that ends up killing off billions. Males are more susceptible to the virus and chaos envelops the world. North America is devastated by a nuclear disaster and the remnants of the US navy try to take over Tokyo. The Japanese defeat the invaders and decides on isolation from the global chaos. Many years later the last man dies leaving a population solely of women living in the Tokyo region. (20,000 is the pop.) Now the film really starts and within the first hour the viewer knows the faction of the Guardsmen (the SDF of the future) want to preserve the race somehow but the Kisunaragi (the nobility) want the human race to face extinction as humans have had their time. The rodan like creatures in one scene have no interest in eating humans because we are now poison to all wildlife due to the ecological corruption in our bodies. ICE refers to the biological agent that may allow humanity to survive past the current (and last) generation. The concept has its merits but the application in the film will have many viewers wondering why the writers had to make the story so disjointed rather than have the story more straight forward. Looking at the film one wishes that the story had more overall flow rather than having to piece it together.
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