As far as tone and structure go there are a lot of ways to look at the DEAD SPACE universe. Some have called it RESIDENT EVIL in space and I suppose that’s somewhat accurate but I like to look at this as a cross between EVENT HORIZON and GHOSTS OF MARS with a touch of PANDORUM. But one thing I love about the boys over at MANGA is that they’re the kings when it comes to putting out adult themed anime that looks acts and feels like a movie. Violence, blood, gore, nudity, language, they’re all here and make for a cool romp you won’t confuse for Saturday morning cartoons.
This flick’s best ace in the hole is its dark, multilayered storyline that’s told through the eyes of the four survivors. Now I’m a big fan of alien/sci-fi content and this has that in spades. Now beyond the shard, the alien artefact in question that not only plays with your mind but also reanimates dead human tissue (YAY!), this story delves even deeper into religious territory with the idea of the human race being created by aliens tossed around for fun. I won’t get into everything nor will I ruin anything for you but rest assured there’s a lot here to take in and digest elevating DEAD SPACE from the run of the mill romp in space.
DEAD SPACE AFTERMATH is nothing short of good times if you’re into or moved by anything I’ve said thus far and did a hell of a bang up job at getting me geared to play the games. I will admit that had I already played the first game I’d have no doubt felt more familiar with the state of affairs unfolding around me but like I said, they do give you enough back story to keep you from scratching your head in bewilderment. The voice talent used was top notch and as with most director collaborations in anime, there are certainly some styles that look better than others but all in all it was a good mesh and worth checking out.