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Zone Of The Enders Z.O.E - Idolo [DVD] [2002]

Tetsuya Watanabe    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD

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Earth is threatened by a possible martian uprising when the martians are found to be testing terrifying new weapons deep in a hidden laboratory. Radium must fight against Earth's oppressive regime and at the same time hopefully pacify the martians.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the 1st ZOE game. 28 Feb 2003
By Keimar
This short animation (about 50 mins) is filled with more story than most feature-length films. It was originally released in Japan with the 1st ZOE game. The story concerns the secret development of the 1st Orbital Frame 'Idolo' by Mars, and the political and personal turmoil the test-pilot faces from the oppression from Earth, and the unknown effects of the Metatron fuel. The film has a very surprising ending and also introduces and develops the character of Viola - you can now find out why Viola was so angry at everyone in the game. Finally, the ending shot of this film will bring a big smile to those who've played ZOE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DVD. 20 Jun 2004
ZOE Idolo is a great entrance to the Zone of the Enders saga. The animation, the audio, and of course the plot; everything is superb. If you are a fan of the ZOE videogames you will love this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must 19 July 2005
A must have for Mecha fans everywhere.
Apart from the story being a little lame on its own (check out the rest with dolores I) there is nothing this can go wrong with.
A good starter(Idolo) for Z.O.E. completed with a good ender(Dolores I) to boot.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome. 9 Sep 2005
By Adam Grigsby - Published on Amazon.com
This movie really is quite amazing. I initially bought it because it featured giant destructive war machines, and it ties into the video games. This movie has that, yes, but after watching it, what really struck me was the intense drama it has. Let me mention that this movie is best seen with subtitles, though, because a few points to the plot are glazed over in the English dub. Perhaps the most moving part of this movie is the dramatic climax with the Idolo going on it's last attack -- if you've been paying attention, you'll be practically in tears over it. All in all, a great movie, with some decent extras (look into the timeline, very interesting information is contained there).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Seeking Out 30 Jan 2006
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
'Guys in giant armor' films don't usually take me by surprise and by all rights this Zone of Enders OAV should have been just like its relatives. The film inherits its plot basics from a game, and a series (Zone of Enders - Dolores) came out of it. Earth has come to dominate the martian colony, not only in terms of weaponry, but in sheer body mass and bad attitude as well. The Martians have opted to appear cooperative but work in secret to create a suit of bio-armor that will outgun the current generation or mecha touted by earth.

I Dolo (not Idolo, no matter what the DVD English says) is the name of the prototype orbital frame, and Radium Lavans has been assigned as its pilot, with his girlfriend Dolores he has moved to a secret base where he undergoes training. But I Dolo, made of the mysterious metatron element is no simple servo-mechanical suit. Somehow it harmonizes with Radium's inner anger at Earth's oppressiveness. As the suit reaches its full capabilities, its pilots humanity begins to deteriorate.

Which, unlike most mecha films, is where this OAV diverges from the pack. The focus here isn't the battle scenes, but on the thinning boundary between human and machine. Radium must face what he is losing and, with Dolores' help regain his ability to do what is right rather than indulge in random destruction. When the Earth forces discover the secret Martian base and the climactic lesson, in a characteristic Japanese way, raises as many questions as it resolves.

The artwork is very nicely done although in an older style than we've gotten used to in the latest anime films. The character designers have avoided the 'big eyed' look, making the faces more expressive. Since this film is very much about the feelings of the characters, this works perfectly. You may want to keep away from the dubbing - it's a little too freewheeling. In addition to the one-hour feature there are a set of short interviews with the director and the designers.

I'm not precisely a mecha fan, but I Dolo is special. Make a point of seeing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR ZONE OF THE ENDERS FAN. 9 Aug 2005
By Roger Meza - Published on Amazon.com
THIS OVA IS REALLY ONE OF THE BEST THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN IS TRULY AND VERY GOOD PREQUEL FOR THE GAME AND CERTAINLY OF THE ANIME SERIE TOO, SOME OF THE BEST ELEMENTS THAT I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS IS THE OST SOUNDS GREAT, MELANCHOLIC MUSIC COMBINING AT PERFECTION WITH THE SAD MOMENTS AND THE GREAT ACTION WITH TECHNO ELECTRONIC MUSIC.
THE ANIMATION IS OF VERY GOOD QUALITY, GOOD DETAILS AND THE HISTORY WILL TRAP YOU, YOU WILL SEE ;)
IF YOU BUY IT YOU WILL BE CURIOSITY ABOUT THE TV ANIME SERIE AND WELL THE VIDEO GAME BOTH OF THEM. EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED TOO.
"ZONE OF THE ENDERS" &
"ZONE OF THE ENDERS THE SECOND RUNNER" (THE CLIMAX)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before Antillia 1 Sep 2002
By Dan Kemski - Published on Amazon.com
This movie tells the story of what happens before the game called Zone of Enders for the PS2. Its basically about how the first Orbital Frame called Idolo and its team of creators lives are spent out in the area's of Mars. Also includes a bit of the origin of Viola. The plots interesting with a few twists here and there and the animation is perfect. A definate pickup if your a fan of Z.O.E.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives new meaning to the word "cock"-pit 6 Feb 2006
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Let's cut right to the chase, shall we? The most prominent feature of this film is the, um, cock-pit of the Idolo. That is to say, it's located at the Idolo's crotch and juts out like a giant erection! All through the show, I was thinking, "How can anyone pilot something that looks like that?" Apparently, the Martians can, since they're a race of puny humans who are oppressed by the big, bad Earthers. That is the thrust of the story, a penetrating tale that tells us of the intercourse between man and machine...or something like that. My rating: 10/10.
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