Distribution Rights: ADV Films
Description: The last survivors of an
ancient race of living spaceships have become unwitting
accomplices in a villain's search for the pieces of a
long lost star map, and only one of their number is
willing to risk everything to discover the truth.
Branded a traitor by her own sisters, Lipumira arrives
on Earth looking for the key, the Mapman.
To fulfill his destiny, the Mapman Gen takes to the
stars. Unwilling to part with him, his devoted
girlfriend joins him in a journey that takes them far
beyond the reaches of Earth searching for the universal
| Reviewer #1: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: OVA 1-4;
|| Maps is
a good-looking, , recommended, lightweight, entertaining
science fiction adventure. The art is good and attractive, but
not outstanding. The music is catchy, but not memorable. The
plot and characterization are weak. The basic situation is
familiar: ordinary-seeming teenage boy becomes a major player
in a galactic conflict. The situations and premises are very
imaginative and original (the gigantic, sentient starships,
shaped like beautiful women; the awesome weapon powered by the
violent death of living beings), but don't hold together under
The story focuses on Gen, an Earth boy who turns out to be
a descendant of the Nomad Star Tribe, who had created some
very accurate maps showing the positions of starts and planets
in the universe. He is unaware of this until he is approached
by Lipmila, one of a race of sentient, woman-shaped starships.
He gradually learns the secrets of the lost maps, why they are
so important, why groups of sentient starships are fighting
over them, and why they would be so dangerous in the wrong
| Reviewer #2: Adam
Episodes reviewed: OVA 1-4,
||Here's a short dramatic
science fiction series that's slightly above the average fare.
It's not really anything we haven't seen before, in fact it
seems a little like a mix of Tenchi Muyo and
Iczer, but some of the episodes were done well.
Although some parts were better than others, for the most part
it held my interest and was entertaining.
This is a science fiction series with lots of action: some
battles between spaceships, some more personal. A note about
those spaceships. Some of them are, well, giant flying statues
of women (and they're not like giant robots, they don't move).
This is a little bizarre, even for anime. The plot is anime
standard #107625: seemingly average Japanese student is
actually a key to some great important thing and aliens come
looking for him. While this was a little tiresome in the first
episode, which takes place on Earth, from the second episode
onward the setting moves into space and things get much more
interesting. I think I liked the second episode the best as it
had its own plot going, while also furthering the main story.
I would have liked to see some more of the group's adventures
in the same style as that episode, as Hoshimi, one of the main
crew, didn't really get to do too much in the series. I didn't
think the statue-spaceship battles were that great and were
kind of confusing in the last episode, but episodes 2 and 3
had some good action sequences in them. There's quite a bit of
bare female flesh in this one, from the fan service costumes
worn by some of the characters to a few instances of nudity.
Depending on your point of view, it's either distracting or a
Bottom line is there are certainly better titles out there
but overall this series is entertaining despite its
shortcomings. It's a little strange in some places, and some
episodes were better than others. On the other hand, it tells
a complete story that, while nothing amazing, has some good
points. I don't know if it's worth a purchase, but it's worth
at least a rental and checking out the first 2 episodes.