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As natural resources on Earth become scarcer, the six alien "Holy Mothers" land from space and drain the world of most of its water and plants. Earth becomes a desert, forcing people to huddle in the small oases of greenery at the base of the Holy Mothers. The Lodo, a religion worshiping the Holy Mothers, becomes the new government, opposed by the Hazzard, a group of freedom fighters. Meanwhile, Earth-boy Ran is determined to find the man who killed his mother. He rescues the silver-haired girl Aira, a servant of the Holy Mothers. In a final showdown, the Holy Mothers release all the life force they have hoarded, the Earth returns to green again, and water falls from the sky.
An above-average video anime, well-served in the U.S. release by Pioneer's usual high-quality dubbing, though ultimately Green Legend Ran never does anything that Hayao Miyazaki hasn't done earlier and better. There are moments of simply awesome design, as if Frank Herbert's Dune were illustrated by artists of the Golden Age of science fiction, but other parts simply play like low-rent versions of Nausicaä or Castle in the Sky and aren't helped by a confused plot that has trouble deciding whether the Holy Mothers are alien invaders or avuncular saviors. Whatever they are, both their policy of making things worse on the off-chance they feel like making things better one day and Aira's baseless faith that humanity, if given a second chance, won't ruin things again, display a naiveté of plotting that sits badly with the accomplished artwork.