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Battle Skipper
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 10/27/2003

Synopsis:
Battle Skippers are state-of-the-art combat robots which are controlled by the Exstars, a group of five young schoolgirls who fight in the name of good. In school, the Exstars make up the Etiquette Club. The Etiquette Club is the sole rival the Debutante Club, an elite organization comprised of the wealthiest and most talented students at the St. Ignacio School for Girls. The ambitious Sayaka Kitaoji leads the Debutante Club, and part of her plans include eventually ruling the world...
 
Review:
Battle Skipper is a three-episode OAV series which is reminiscent of Studi Gonzo's "Meltylancer", albeit the former is somewhat better done. The Exstars is a vigilante group which consists of teenage schoolgirls piloting high-tech mechs called Battle Skippers. They do the usual crime-fighting stuff like stopping bank robbers, but they run into more trouble when Sayaka Kitaoji sets her sights on acquiring the technology behind the Battle Skippers.
 
Not much can be said about Battle Skipper. The series unfolds in a straightforward manner, with Sayaka Kitaoji doing everything in her power to get what she wants. She commands her lackeys to do her bidding, but quite predictably fails in putting one over the Exstars. The plot and characters don't have any impact whatsoever. I was already forgetting most of the main characters' names a short while after I had finished watching the series.
 
The art and animation are above average. Character designs are pretty good and perhaps the only downside is how much Saori resembles Usagi Tsukino of "Sailormoon". Before the girls get into their Battle Skippers, each of them gets a transformation sequence of the magical girl kind where they twirl in the air, lose their clothes for a bit, and then get adorned in their Exstars costume. Although the girls get into a lot of skirmishes with the enemy I don't really recall any exceptional fighting scenes.
 
Battle Skipper is altogether quite watchable and easy to follow. It lacks any real depth and dimension, but it's neither bad nor good. What you see is what you get. I wouldn't recommend it though.
 
Miscellanies:
Battle Skipper was created as a promotional anime series for a line of robot toys from Tomy.

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Review Title:
Battle Skipper
Alternative Titles:
Bishoujo Yuugekitai Battle Skipper
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
3
Duration:
90 Minutes
General Rating:
2.5 out of 5 stars
Aired:
1995
Suitable For:
Teens
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Magic,
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