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The grandchildren of the original lunar colonists, toughened by generations in the mines on the dark side of the moon, fight to gain their independence from an exhausted and oppressive Earth, as guerrilla leaders Shun and Dog oppose the ruthless Terran commandant Alex Riger's group, complete with armed heavies and robot dogs.

This unremarkable rip-off of Robert Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress will go down in history for being the first anime made specifically for direct video release. The series, later released in a 120-minute feature-length edition, was cut down to form the 85-minute Dallos Special, which added 50 extra shots and was the only incarnation to be released in the U.S. Before we even get to the opening Star Wars-inspired crawl of expository scene-setting, there's a lengthy narration over stills of concept art, a sure-fire sign (as in the much later Jin-Roh) that the makers mistakenly feared the audience would be bewildered. As with writer Toriumi's later Salamander, the script is actually better than the crew seem to realize (much of the 5-minute voice-over seems to consist of his rather sensible production notes), but his writing is badly served by hackneyed setups and execution by staff members who had yet to realize that the video audience would be slightly older than the viewership for TV serials such as Gundam. The final conceit, in which an awestruck colonist gazes upon the distant Earth that spawned him, almost makes up for the cheap animation and lazy world-building that gives a lunar city a blue sky and Earth-normal gravity.

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Shun Nonomura ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Alex Riger ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shuuichi Ikeda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Doc McCoy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tesshou Genda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Melinda Hurst ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yoshiko Sakakibara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)

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Mamoru Oshii Director The director of the Ghost in the Shell films.
Hiroyuki Nanba Music
Ichiro Nitta Music

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Name: Dallos
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1983
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Rating: None
Runtime: 30 (mins)
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