Let’s get this out of the way, shall we? ICE sucked. It was so “wtf” that it quite defied description. And the sad part was that I could see where they were going with it (except for a few key things like, say, the plot) but it was so shoddy from beginning to end that it was hysterical. I laughed until my stomach hurt.
Let’s see if I can even begin to explain what happened.
In 1982 a woman with big hair and animated in a 1982 style gets hit by a truck.
In the future when all the men are dead, the women have apparently all become crazed lunatics (gosh, we really suck without men, huh?) and inexplicably dress like refugees from Rose of Versailles.
The ICE of the title is a commodity, a virus, a weapon and a giant translucent shell wrapped around a maid. Oh yeah, and a hope for the future!
Stuff happens and monsters appear and people run around and shoot each other and the monsters, and there’s a ball in the middle of everything, then the monster’s mother shows up and everyone dies.
There’s some Montague and Capulet politics in there, but seriously, no one cares.
Our protagonists are Hiromi, a eyepatch-wearing seasoned warrior with Big Ass GunTM, and Yuki an annoying girl from (of course) the opposing house, who has quite possibly the worst voice actress ever.
The writers of the OAV seemed to be laboring under the assumption that they are Gainax, so the entire, mostly inexplicable, end was lifted from Evangelion – and that was after the big space fight that was lifted from Star Wars.
There was pretty much nothing good about ICE. The premise was okay, but as I’ve said a few times recently, pretty much every premise has *some* potential. It’s how anything is executed that makes it good or bad.
In terms of execution, ICE bit. The animation was heavy-handed and pretentious, the characters were a joke, the plot was barely developed and complicated with meaningless scenes that were never given any real relevance, the voice acting was seriously bad and well…the best thing was that the giant piece of CGI at the end that attacked was helpfully labeled on the defenders’ screen “Mother Monster.”
Yuri. It’s a society of all women. So of course the most prominent lesbian is the evil psychotic one. Duh. Julia was amoral, hedonistic and animated by the “B” team.
Our protagonists developed a strong bond (although where, I’m kind of a loss to say – they were together for a few hours, tops.) And out of the blue, right before she died Murasaki confessed her feelings to Hitomi.
Art – 5, except for Julia, who was a 2
Characters – 4
Story – 4
Yuri – 5
Service – 2, but god help you if you found something titillating in this
Overall – 4
I keep getting people asking me what they missed and the only answer I can come up with was, “that it was a crappy anime, done by talentless people on a low budget.” You got a better answer, I’d love to hear it.