This is one of nine entries that take an in depth look into each of the segments of the 1987 anime compilation Robot Carnival. For the original entry, click here.
Now coming to a theater near you… Deprive could for all intensive purposes have been a pilot or trailer for a much bigger production. The elements are all here to showcase a bigger idea but alas, Deprive was and is just a tight concise package that functions very well. It is stock and trade shonen fighting action akin to Fist of the North Star, or even better, Casshan. This may not have been the most original in terms of plot, robots and action yeah seen all that before, but Deprive is one of the most fun of the Robot Carnival segments. Also think of it this way, it’s a shonen fighter with absolutely no filler. Not very often you can say that when popular shonen television shows in particular are considered short at about 100 episodes. Of course there are exceptions to that rule as well.
Hidetoshi Ōmori had the director’s chair this time round telling a story about an alien invasion kidnapping a girl away from her android guardian who eventually takes on the guise of a young man. He fights his way to, gets captured and then breaks out and fights at the lair of the alien force where he meets the bishonen leader. Boy/android rescues girl and she recognizes him not from his looks, but from a pendant she gave to him earlier in the production. The End. That’s the plot, but you have to watch it all in full as the action is fluid, the music dramatic and the colors vivid. Deprive may be in the end just shonen action, but very few times has that genre looked, or performed as well as this Robot Carnival short.
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