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Freedom (TV series) by Katsuhiro Otomo


a review by Nalini Haynes

Freedom‘s official blurb says:

In the year 2041, mankind created their first space colony on the moon. But after a freak cataclysm devastated human civilisation on Earth, the republic of the moon built a domed megalopolis known as Eden. Now in the year 2267, a boy called Takeru spends his time engaging in hover-craft races against rival street gangs, unaware that he is about to embark in the journey of unearthing Eden’s origin.


Freedom is good, solid dystopian science fiction with added interest in the form of bike racing and other pop culture references. Appealing to a wide range, in my opinion Freedom is suitable for all ages: primary school to young adult and the young at heart.

Freedom is a short series, all on one DVD, with a whole DVD of extras featuring multiple trailers, the advertisement from which the series was born and the development team visiting anime expos in places like the USA. Interviews with the creators talk about how the series was developed and how the team all brought something unique to the table.

Viewers have the choice of subtitles or dubbing for the series, and subtitles for the extras. The subtitles are in white with a black border, so they could have been done better. I prefer yellow subtitles in a clear view font, but these are okay.

© 2006 Freedom Committee. Animation Power: Sunrise (Cowboy Bebop, Mobile Suit Gundam)

Originally published in Dark Matter issue 6, November 2011.  This blog has been pre-dated to reflect the date of original publication.

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Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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