598I just finnished watching the Armitage III DVD (Perfect Collection, RC2, German Edition), and I am sort-of impressed.
First of all, what’s Armitage III about? Well, basically, the story is a murder mystery. On a Mars colonized by humans, someone is killing illegaly manufactured robots that are indistinguishable from humans. Earth inspector Ross Sylibus and his partner, Naomi Armitage have to uncover why someone would do such a thing, uncovering a little more than they expected in the process.
The DVD includes both the Armitage III movie and the Armitage III series; the former in Japanese, English and German, and the later in Japanese, all with German subtitles (if needed). The quality of the movie and series is good; the English dubbing is alright, while the German one is crappy as was to be expected. The extras on the DVD consist of a bunch of trailers, and a short advertisement for the distributor, very badly rendered.
If you watch Armitage II, I will give you one piece of advice. Skip the movie, and go right to the series. The movie is but an abridged version of the series, with a different ending scene tacked on. If you watch the movie first, you will know the plot with less of the fun. Once you did see the series, feel free to go back and watch the movie.
The fun-factor of Armitage III is alright. It’s a little outrageous here and there, especially in the movie version which explains things less. It reminds me a little of a more fantastic and less serious Ghost in the Shell, and I do not mean this in a bad way.
I can recommend this DVD to anybody who likes anime with cyborgs, everybody else probably should stay away. The DVD isn’t exactly a miracle of features, but if you can borrow it or get a cheap deal, you probably won’t regret it.