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Silent Service [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Sink the YAMATO! 17 April 2003
By Manfred Zeichmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you like submarine movies like the German DAS BOOT or THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER you will undoubetly enjoy this anime.
The story revolves around a secret US-Japanese joint venture: the first Japanese nuclear submarine. On the U-boat's first mission captain KAIEDA and his crew start a mutiny and arrest the US liaison officer. The renegades rename their vessel YAMATO after a famous Japanese World War II battleship. Captain KAIEDA has an agenda of his own (namely achieving world peace by bluffing the USA into believing that the YAMATO is armed with nuclear missiles) and soon Japan and the United States are on the brink of war...
SILENT SERVICE moves at breakneck speed and is actionfilled from start to finish. More naval battles than in the second World War! Okay, okay, I admit I am exaggerating here, but it is amazing how much naval action (and story!) is crammed in the film's 100 minutes running time. The film also succeeds in creating quite a tension in the scenes which are common to submarine movies: officers listening anxiously to their sonar, vessels trying to out-manouvre one another, depth charges attacks, crash dives. The military hardware on display appears to be depicted accurately. I also liked the main character, captain KAIEDA, who is a righteous man and an excellent naval officer with nerves of steel.
While it did not bother me, I am aware that some US viewers may dislike the "the Americans can't be trusted" message of the film, evident not only in the overall storyline, but in some details as well (e.g. the American president before attending an international summit reads a "Japan Re-occupation Plan").
Don't let this put you off!
In my view most anime suffer from their usual sci-fi settings with aliens and mechs, so a more realistic and mature japanimation feature is always welcome, even more so when it concerns a war toppic. If you are a military buff, you'll like this one.
Unfortunately the DVD is rather weak on the extra side. There is a rather pointless "meet the characters" - feature and a multiple angle option for the end credits sequence, where you can switch between Japanese and English end titles with your remote control (I recommend to stay with the original). There are also some trailers, of which I liked VIRGIN FLEET best.
The optional English subtitles are easy on the eyes and free of misspellings. There is an English audio track, too.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing naval thriller with dubious premise 20 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is one of the better non-TV-series anime OAVs I've recently seen, mostly for its accurate and authentic use of the naval weapons shown here.
This OAV can best be described as an anime version of The Hunt For Red October, but it has a highly implausible plot which is the premise for the whole OAV. The best way to describe it would be as nationalist anti-American sentiment for Japan's return back to a pre-World-War-II military dictatorship, and a rogue nuclear submarine, dubbed as the Sea Bat but renamed as the Yamato, would lead the way. Highly unlikely, don't know if it's one man's opinion or shared by a nation, but it isn't the strength of this DVD.
The cool factor on this DVD has to do with the naval battles shown here and the surprising accuracy of the proper existing naval weapons depicted here. Unlike most anime where lots of weapons are created from the imaginations of the creators, all of the weapons shown here exist in real-life, except for the prototype super-sub Yamato, which is fabricated here.
When the US Navy hunts down the Yamato, they don't improperly show F-14 Tomcat or F-18 Hornet fighters try to attack a submarine, as a Hollywood film would inaccurately do to shown the sleekest aircraft on screen. Here, P-3 Orions are used for surveillance, and S-3 Vikings (the only submarine hunting airplanes in the US Navy) and Kamen Seasprite helicopters are shown launching torpedoes into the water, as it might happen in the real Navy.
The use of AEGIS cruisers and destroyers, armed with Harpoon anti-ship missiles, 5" cannons, and ASROC anti-sub torpedoes, while defending with Phalanx Vulcan cannons, are all existing weapons in the US Navy, and they are depicted here with surprising accuracy, even with the terminology being used correctly.
If you like submarine movies like The Hunt For Red October or Crimson Tide, you'll appreciate some of the genius tactical moves by the Yamato sub commander here, once you get past the highly dubious political plot of the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
one of the best animes ever! 11 May 2013
By mike 67 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you watched that show on ABC "lost cause" or whatever about the ballistic missile sub who declares itself a independent nation well. it ripped from this I saw this on VHS when I was 9-10 totally got me into the military genere of anime. too bad they didnt make it into a miniseries I would of watched them all. but yes defiantly worth the watch.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
anime and 1930s Japanese militarism 11 Jan 2008
By sci-fi fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is a terrific teaching tool concerning "how" Japanese militarists and sympathetic politicians began their war with China in the early 1930s that eventually blossomed into WW2: Step 1 - senior government ministers and miltiary officers want to change the status quo in some way (conquer China in the 1930s, eliminate US dominance in SILENT SERVICE) but not be held responsible if the action fails. Step 2 - impressive but radicalized miliary officers are found that will cause a crisis when commanded and they are appointed by these officials to appropriate military commands (Col Tsuji and others in China, Capt Kaieda to the SEABAT in the film). Since these officers are selected for their politics, their promotions are not understood by their peers (note the Captain's friend's reaction in the film). Step 3 - the crisis is created (the Shanghai incident and others, the seizure of the SEABAT in the film). Step 4 - the defenders of the status quo (the West in the 1930s, the US in the film) complain about the crisis but take no effective action to stop it for internal political reasons (the West in the 1930s not wanting to go to war to defend China, the US in the film agonizing over non-existant nuclear weapons). Step 5 - seeing this lack of response, the govt and military officials demand that Japan defer to the superior judgement of the junior officers. Step 6 - when faced by the righteous Japanese, the status quo defenders are revealed as "paper tigers" and back down. Step 7 - the govt/military officials accomplish their objectives.

Although anti-US sentiments and "let the young people do what they want because their hearts are in the right place" plot lines have been used in anime many times before (PATLABOR 2, GHOST IN A SHELL 2nd GIG, SPRIGGAN, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, KONPEKI NO KANTAI, etc), it is more extreme in this film. It would be interesting to find out if the film makers intended this to ba an allegory on historic Japanese militarism or not.
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Japanese equivalent of extreme right wing paranoia. 30 Aug 2007
By Nathan Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A convoluted mess with a plot that takes you on a submarine ride to nowhere. Silent Service is Japanese right wing propoganda given form in anime.

A rogue Japanese Captain and his merry band of nameless, faceless scene filler steal a nuclear submarine intended as a joint military project between the Japanese and the US. The US government is slightly miffed over the idea of a rogue nuclear submarine falling in to the hands of a man who's just crazy enough to declare the sub its own sovereign nation, and sends the US 7th fleet to hunt down the "Seabat."

What follows is 90 minutes of mind numbing talking heads, interspersed with hilariously stupid Americans doing equally stupid things, and an utterly anti-climactic, non-ending.

The dumb Americans and their high-jinks are the sole reason I gave this drek two stars. US Submarine crews go barging into traps so obvious you'd swear Captain W. Coyote was at the helm. The US 7th Fleet launches wave after wave of missles and torpedoes at Japanese ships, nearly all of which are blown out of the sky by the outnumbered, outgunned, but completely wooden, er, I mean stoic Japanese.

The Yanks, on the other hand, can't shoot down two missles to save their amusingly large noses, and hundreds of the round-eyed barbarians sink to the briney deep.

Silent Service is a story of the triumph of Japanese spirit over filthy foreigners. But pay heed to the final words of the blonde haired, blue eyed, large nosed US President: "We still have enough nukes to kill everyone on the planet."

Or something like that. I was reaching for the eject button.
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