2009 TV Series (episodes 1-13). Director: Manabu Ono. 315 minutes. DVD, bilingual, $49.98. Distributor: Funimation.
The Earth’s solar system has encountered an unwelcome guest: a deadly asteroid called Thanatos. But the threat isn’t so much its trajectory toward Earth, but its inextricable link to the emergence of dragons on Earth. Some are out to ravage the planet, others are used by specially trained humans for defense. Called “dragonauts,” these female pilots are as sleek and sexy as their tight outfits! Now in the midst of this prehistoric, interstellar conflict, Jin Kamishina meets Toa, an intergalactic hottie with super powers and an intense attraction for him. Time is running out on Earth, and the mysterious connection between asteroid and dragons must be solved. What is a boy to do?
Fan service. After adding up all the tight outfits and silicone pouring out of blouses, that’s all I can say. Unfortunately, there’s not much else here. Don’t misunderstand, I get the boy meets girl under an impending apocalypse plotline – say that three times fast. It’s been used before, and it shall be used again. But, for me anyway, the whole dragon thing is just lame. Thought and care seems to have gone more into character design and drawing the perfect skirt and breasts than the actual point of conflict.
No mecha. No gunslingers. No swordsmen. No nostalgic drama. No uproarious comedy. Hey, I am a fan of a good plaid skirt, but Dragonaut just didn’t hold my attention. Well, you can’t always win.