animated movie Lensman © Madhouse Productions / MK Productions
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Lensman

It is the Twenty-Fifth Century and humankind has established a foothold in the stars, protected by the Galactic Alliance and the Lensmen. However, the evil Boskone Empire, led by the powerful tyrant Helmuth, is close to annihilating the dwindling Galactic Alliance. A suicidal mission to find the Boskone’s hidden base planet ends in a lens being mysteriously transferred to the hand of farmhand Kimball Kinnison. Leaving his home world, Kim and his friend Buskirk try to find their way to the Galactic Alliance’s Headquarters, hunted by the Boskone forces every step of the way.

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I had been reading the first 'Lensman' book at around the same time I watched this (which is based loosely on the third book) and it is quite strange but...
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The friend who I borrowed the film of had been led to believe that this anime had had a strong influence on the original Star Wars film, mostly this was...
Created by: Madhouse Productions, MK Productions
Language: English dub / Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Alternate Titles: Lensman: Secret of the Lens, SF Shinseiki Lensman (Japan)
[ Japanese ] Featuring the voices of:
Toshio Furukawa ... Kim
Chikao Ôtsuka ... Peter Van Buscirk
Mami Koyama ... Clarisse
Keiichi Noda ... Worsel
Nachi Nozawa ... Worsel
Mugihito ... Lord Helmuth
Kôji Totani ... DJ Bill
Yôko Asagami ... Sol, Greedle
Kenji Nomura ... Blakslee
Akimitsu Takase ... Zwilk
[ English dub ] Featuring the voices of:
Kerrigan Mahan ... Kimball Kinnison
Michael McConnohie ... Van Buskirk
Edie Mirman ... Clarisse
Steve Kramer ... Worsel
Tom Wyner ... Lord Helmuth
Alexandra Kenworthy ... The Lens
Robert Axelrod ... Sol
Richard Barnes ... Zuiik
Dave Mallow ... Thorndyke
Mike Reynolds ... Gary Kinnison
Doug Stone ... Lekesly
Directed by: Yoshiaki Kawajiri and Kazuyuki Hirokawa
Musical Score by: Akira Inoue
Writing Credits: Soji Yoshikawa
Based on: the novels by E. E. “Doc” Smith.

animated movie Lensman © Madhouse Productions / MK ProductionsOne of the earliest animes to Mix traditional cel animation with computer generated special effects.

There are two separate English dubs of the movie, one by Streamline picture and another by Harmony Gold, the later has been cut from its 107 minute runtime; this re-dubbed version is known as Lensman: Secret of The Lens.

The anime bases its world around the work of Smith’s novels, but borrows elements from the original Star Wars; such as changing Kim from an elite Lensmen agent in the novels into a naďve farmhand. It was heavily criticized at the time for its dumbing down of the original novels, in particular by the Smith Estate, who had little say in the anime’s production.

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