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Earthian
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/31/1999

Synopsis:
Kagetsuya and Chihaya are angels from Eden who've been tasked with investigating humans, otherwise referred to as Earthians. Kagetsuya reports the negative side while Chihaya takes care of the positive side. But something has always bothered Chihaya -- for his wings are black... unlike the rest of the angel populace. Chihaya is prepared to risk anything, including the possibility of becoming a fallen angel, just to find out the truth.
 
Review:
Earthian is a cunningly presented trap -- and I fell for it... hook, line and sinker. To quote a sentence from the back of the DVD: "Two angels descend from the heavens, their purpose is to judge humanity -- and each other.". The summary on the video's case gives you the impression that this anime is an all-encompassing heaven and earth epic. Hah! Earthian is anything but that. I fell asleep five times trying to finish the four episodes that make up the Earthian Angelic Collection.
 
The characters are bland, the pacing is a drag, and the plot is a mess. The episodes are loosely connected, which makes it difficult to integrate the events as a whole. However, fans of the Earthian manga will argue that one must have some manga background in order to appreciate this title fully. But if that's the case, why even bother making a separate anime feature?
If anything, this anime is all about Chihaya and his hang-up about his black wings. Kagetsuya just pops up to rescue Chihaya from whatever trouble he gets himself into. That's it, and it's stretched out into four eps that seem to last forever. There's also a gay love scene between the two angels that seems out of place. I mean, the story doesn't even give the slightest impression that Kagetsuya and Chihaya are lovers, so imagine my surprise when the next scene featured the two naked in bed. Yes, Chihaya is a he, even if he looks and acts a lot like a she.
 
The art and animation are basically okay. The angelic cast looks quite majestic in their full angel forms, but the non-angels look so-so at best. Whatever happened to the part where the angels are supposed to judge humanity? Sure beats the heck out of me.
 
Miscellanies:
The Earthian DVD contains all four OAV episodes but is sparsely loaded. Extras include only an illustration gallery and a brief interview with the creator.

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Review Title:
Earthian
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
4
Duration:
180 Minutes
General Rating:
1.5 out of 5 stars
Aired:
1989-1996
Suitable For:
Teens
Genres:
Drama, Shoujo, Shounen Ai
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