Anime prequel to Keita Amemiya's Zeiram films.
Bounty hunter Iria and her associates are charged with rescuing hostages from a deep-space cargo vessel, only to discover that they are already dead. Her brother Gren dies defending her from Zeiram, an unstoppable bioweapon with a carnivorous noh mask built into his head. As the vengeful Iria chases Zeiram across a marvelously well-realized alien planet, she sees that she has been framed in a conspiracy and has accidentally obtained a pendant containing an incriminating data chip.
Featuring excellent music, wonderful designs inspired by Terry Gilliam films such as The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), and a rare anime character design job for Video Girl Ai-creator Masakazu Katsura, Iria is an excellent science-fantasy adventure with a truly alien feel, let down only by a mediocre English-language dub.
The series is a prequel to Keita Amemiya's live-action movie Zeiram (1991), in which Iria, played by Yuko Moriyama instead of the anime's Aya Hisakawa, pursues Zeiram to Earth. Set three years earlier, the anime is mercifully free of the mundane constraints of the live version (which primarily took place in deserted Japanese streets), leaping from vast space freighters to alien worlds and cities full of bizarre technologies. More characters are introduced, and the handful of rubber monsters in the original are replaced by an army of clones, causing a degree of carnage that would bankrupt a live-action studio. The franchise continued in its live-action format with Zeiram 2 (1994) and Zeiram 3 (1997), directed once more by Amemiya. He would also direct Moon Over Tao (1997), also starring Moriyama, which moved the general look and feel of Zeiram to an unconnected historical-fantasy setting.
|OP01||"Tokete Iku Yume no Hate ni"||Yayoi Goto||01-06|
|ED01||"Although the Dream is Far"||Mitsuko Shiramine||01-06|
|Name||Iria - Zeiram the Animation|
|Name:||イ・リ・ア ゼイラム ジ アニメーション|
|Romaji:||I.RI.A Zeiramu Ji Animēshon|
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|Aliases||Ｉ・Я・Ｉ・Ａ ZЁIЯAM THE ANIMATION|
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