ADV Films // 2001 // 100 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Joel Pearce (Retired) // June 9th, 2005
"The only thing that matters now is the lemon game." -The Mayor
Well, it's finally over, and this last volume of BASToF Syndrome is every bit as ridiculous as the rest of the series has been. This volume has the massive challenge of pulling all the illogical plot threads together into a cohesive and satisfactory conclusion. By the time everything unravels, the plot seems even sillier than it did when nothing made sense.
As the Lemon Dream Team continues to battle it out in the Lemon Game, more of Pluto's locks are broken, bringing the Mayor closer and closer to control over the mysterious PX-1 Robot, which will give him power over the whole world. Because everyone on the team is completely moronic, they keep playing and move towards the final battle. In the real world, Pseudo and the others try to find Tiel, who has been kidnapped by the mayor's men.
(Tossing criticism conventions to the wind, I am going to give away the ending of BASToF Syndrome in this review. If you haven't seen the conclusion of the show and you still actually care, you should go finish it then come back and read the review.)
The final conflict in this series contains a complete breakdown of logic and the rules of the game. The revelation at the end isn't clever because it defies all reason. Good twists are ones that surprise us because we should have seen it coming. Twists that come out of nowhere in order to solve impossible logical conundrums are just stupid. And then, when all is said and done, disaster is averted by doing what I said they should do in the first volume.
They stop playing.
Actually, they don't just stop. They delete the Lemon Game, which immediately halts the destruction of the city and sets things to order. If they had done that earlier, or just moved the game to a new server, none of this would have happened in the first place. At the very end, we are supposed to mourn this game that caused all these problems, because now the idiot teenagers won't be able to play their game anymore. Am I the only one that noticed that everything the good guys do in this series helps the villain accomplish his goals? As we witness the people of Xenon, their houses destroyed by the battle and nearly roasted by a volcano, we are supposed to feel pity for these gamers and the loss of the computer system that caused the destruction. It doesn't work.
And so it goes. The conclusion to this muddled series is every bit as disappointing as the rest, and the animation continues to dwindle. By the sixth volume, the production team is becoming increasingly reliant on character deformation and long still shots. In the battles, the robots don't even move much anymore. The English voice actors seem bored this time around, as though they had also had enough of this crappy series. The disc still has a solid transfer, not that it matters.
If you are still watching BASToF Syndrome, I suppose you might as well finish it. The questions are answered, though even the most die hard fans (if there are any) will be disappointed by them. This series will continue to sink into obscurity, remaining where it belongs: in the shadow of much better giant robot series.
Guilty...but at least it's finally over.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: ADV Films
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Korean)
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Release Year: 2001
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* DVD Verdict Review of Volume 5