Happy to report it indeed was the multi-parter.
Kinda looking to satisfy more retro anime right now. Or OVA's in general (series' are just....too long for any other way to take it in than a manga).
I'm going to blow your mind a bit:
They cut Captain Planet's entire death scene.
If you're looking for old OVAs with charm, how about Patlabor?
I liked Captain Planet! He takes me back to a time in anime where the men were muscular beefcakes
Patlabor is another classic I need to dip into. Never knew what it was about, though I've heard and heard about it all these years. I think I'll go in blind again and see it completely fresh. I shall return for that...!@Aeo and Kev
Kinda sad to see Frontier being very ho-hum. I really like the Macross 'set up' of fighters and songstresses (daresay, very Ar Tonelico-ish); also a shame Delta looks like a bad mash up sci fi and magical girl....
And Thanks Aeo I might check out Legend of the Galactic Heroes! :)Patema Inverted
Holy shit holy shit. Sorry to be graphic, but I don't think my butt has ever puckered as much as it has for any other movie. The film gives you a constant exhilaration that combines vertigo and a fear of heights.
For those who don't know the premise, I think the key art wraps it up:
Essentially there are two types of people, those who are normal and rooted to the ground, and the other who are, quite literally, inverted as to how "gravity works" for them. So yeah, falling up is just as likely as falling down, and a big blue sky above is just as intimidating as a vast dark abyss below, and the film is good at making you pretty nervous at the sight of either. The film constantly plays with these characters being pulled by either pole, and the shot of Patema and Age holding each other is both adorable and them just honestly hanging on to each other for dear life.
The problems with it?
...well, beyond the incredible hook and gimmick the film has, it's a pretty standard adventure film. It pulls a few good twists by the end, but the villain is pretty generic (even worse, without much backstory to justify himself), the Aigian people live in a bad YA dystopia where they take a conveyor belt to school that doesn't seem to teach much more than having a dictator spouts obvious bullshit over a TV screen about never questioning the orderly way of things (cue the symbolic moment where a class of zombies pay close attention to these ramblings while our hero looks out the window yearning for something more), while "the Inverts" live in a steampunk web of pipes beneath the surface of the planet pursued by aforementioned authoritarian society. The heroes are good and innocent but no better or more unique than any other Ghibli couple... really it's the excellent premise that brings this film together and I totally recommend it based on that because it's definitely good fun and worth seeing.