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Total # of Volumes: 1

1: After The Rain


Eat-Man, based on a popular manga by Akihito Yoshitomi, follows the mercenary Bolt Crank as he wanders through a devastated future Earth. What makes this 'Mad Max' different is his ability to eat metal and create any type of weapon in his right hand with the eaten matter. The story has a strong cult following but without having a solid knowledge of that background, the video is difficult to follow.

This is an older title from the 1990s but is low rent even in comparison with similar titles of the period. Part of that is due to the story's distinct lack of action but the rest is the result of cost-cutting short cuts and tacky choices. The opening credits are just that - one brief moment of animation at the start and finish of the song with nothing but the names of the staff between. The music sounds as if it were played by a one handed beginner on a cheap electronic keyboard, and the animation is simply serviceable.

The character designs have Bolt Crank looking like an avenging John Lennon and the other characters are utterly forgettable. Probably many talented people work on this anime, but it is a good guess that they do not mention it on their resumes. If you are a fan of this cult classic, then you will enjoy this video. Otherwise, nothing is being missed by passing it by.

Volume 1: "After The Rain" Plot Summary:

In the first episode, After The Rain, Bolt befriends a young woman with big dreams. But, there are obstacles. Does a mercenary have the skills to make a dream reality?

In the second episode, The Gene Window, Bolt is hired by a woman, Lily Swanson, to recover an object that her father lost. But, they are not the only ones after the lost object and there are people after Lily. Whatever this object is, there are plenty of people interested in it. In the end, it comes down to a question of faith and belief - an area Bolt is not particularly comfortable in.

Series Details

Genre: Action/Adventure
Format: VHS
Type: OAV
Languages: English VHS, Japanese w/subtitles VHS, or Multilingual DVD
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable

Series Staff
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Creator: Akihito Yoshitomi
Director: Koichi Mashimo
Character Designer: Toshiharu Murata
Music: Uncredited
Animation Director: Hutoshi Higashide
Animation Studio: Studio Deen
Japanese Producers:
Yoshitomi Akihito
Bandai Visual

American Producers: Bandai Entertainment

Volume 1 Information

Title: After The Rain
Running Time: 48
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 2

Episode Titles

1: After The Rain
2: The Gene Window

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