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1[[quoteright:300:]]²²''The Venus Wars'' (ヴイナス戦記 Vinasu Senki) is a Japanese {{manga}} series written and illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. It was serialized in the Gakken magazine Nora Comics from 1987 to 1990. In 1989, ''The Venus Wars'' was adapted into an {{anime}} film directed by Yasuhiko, co-written by Yuichi Sasamoto and Yasuhiko, and produced by [[Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment Bandai Visual]], Gakken, and Shochiku.²²The manga was translated into English by Creator/DarkHorseComics in the early 1990s. The anime was localized in the United Kingdom and the United States by the Central Park Media subsidiary Creator/MangaEntertainment, gaining recognition when it aired in heavy rotation on the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] "Saturday Anime" movie block in the late 1990s. The film was relicensed in 2012 by Creator/DiscotekMedia, who re-released the movie on DVD and Blu-ray, but their rights have since lapsed; it is currently licensed by Creator/SentaiFilmworks, as of 2020.²²In the year 2003, a comet designated Apollon collides with the planet Venus and disperses much of the planet's atmosphere, adding enough moisture to form acidic seas, and speeding up its rotation to give it a day that matches its year. This event enables humanity to terraform Venus after sending the first manned ships in 2007 and begin colonizing it in 2012. By the year 2089, Venus has a population in the millions and is divided into two separate nation states, the northern continent of Ishtar and the southern continent of Aphrodia. The two countries are on the brink of war just as an Earth reporter, Susan Sommers, lands on Venus looking for her big story on the tension that has arisen from the two nations. As Ishtar suddenly invades Aphrodia's capital city of Io and war breaks out, the team of a Battle Bike Tournament called the Killer Commandos lead by Miranda and hotshot biker Hiro Seno are also drawn into the mayhem. They eventually run into Sue as they look to escape the war-torn city. Venus Wars follows the struggle of members of the team trying to survive the war after forcefully being drafted into the Aphrodian army and Sue navigating through the chaos to get her scoop.²²----²!!Both the {{Manga}} and the {{Anime}} movie provide examples of:²²* ActionSurvivor: Sue and Maggie in the manga.²* AdaptationalBadass: Three:²** The Octopus tank in the Manga is a fairly tough heavy twin-barreled tank, while the version in the OVA is a rolling fortress at least three times the size with several more weapons and capable of surviving attacks that would have destroyed the manga original.²** Aphrodia's war bikes in the manga carried conventional 80mm rifles and anti-tank rockets, but their animated counterparts were equipped with railguns.²** Aphrodia's army: in the manga it's eventually defeated, leading to Ishtar winning the war, but in the OVA it wins. {{Justified}} by the manga version facing a full scale invasion and the [[TheFundamentalist Mesada]] coup forcing on the various units [[TheCommissar political commissars]] that force suicidal charges and waste Aphrodia's combat potential (it's implied that the Battle of Route 1, fought after the professional Aphrodian officers managed to take control back, would have ended in a complete victory if more forces had survived the early defeats, especially as it was an extremely close thing).²* AdaptationalWimp: In the OVA, Io City falls against the airborne invasion, but in the manga the garrison (barely) manages to repel it, leading to escalation and a full invasion.²* AmbiguouslyBrown: Rob²* ArmorPiercingSlap: Miranda to Hiro as her EstablishingCharacterMoment in the manga and then again to Sue in the movie.²* ArmsDealer: Gary²* AttackItsWeakPoint: In the manga, the combat bikers of Aphrodia's army are specifically instructed to attack Ishtar's Octopus tanks by shooting the troop hatch and the oxygen tanks of the NBC protection, as the sheer size and armor of said tanks make them practically invulnerable to their weapons (or the heavier weapons of most tanks) otherwise.²* BadassBiker: Hiro, Miranda, and Kurtz, as the best among the Hound riders, but to ride them one has to be badass enough to handle them even before training, with different reasons between manga and OVA:²** In the manga, the Hound battle bikes mass ''one tonne''. For obvious reasons the rider needs to have great arm strength to steer them, with the training being aimed in large part to increase said strength and the stamina (plus handling the rocket boosters).²** In the OVA they're monowheels, with the rider needing great skill not to get toppled.²* BadassDriver: Will²* BikerBabe: Miranda²* {{Bishonen}}: Hiro, Kurtz²* BlindAlley: How Hiro ultimately escapes from the cops with help from an explosion. He falls through a side alley door as the police believe he's blown up with the bike.²* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The three main women in the series being Sue, Maggie and Miranda respectively.²* CarFu: Gary drives a truck and tanker full of oil into a tank in hopes to blow it up.²* CharClone: Blond, military, glasses wearing, said to be gay, and voiced by Ikeda himself!²* ChaseScene: Several in the manga and the movie.²* ColonelKilgore: Donner is revealed to be this.²* CoolBike: The battle bikes, in different flavors depending on the media:²** In the manga, they're simply large bikes... Massing a ''tonne'', and armed with 80mm rifles and missile launchers.²** In the OVA they're monobikes with ''railguns''.²* CoolShades: Kurtz sports a pair.²* DemotedToExtra: Lieutenant Helen Macluth doens't appear in the movie.²* DubNameChange: Hiro's name was changed to Ken in the Creator/DarkHorseComics release of the first manga series.²* {{Expy}}: Hiro is the spitting image of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Arion from the manga and film of the same name.²* FieryRedhead: Miranda²* TheFundamentalist: The MESADA in the manga is a religious movement that, after Aphrodia's near fall in the initial Ishtar attack, takes over the ineffective government and imposes {{Political Officer}}s whose main job is to impose the new government's ideology and interfere with military decisions. It's heavily implied that they're responsible for Aphrodia's defeat, as the political officers wasted much of their military force in reckless attacks before the career officers managed to wrestle back control and come close to destroy Ishtar's 2nd Army Corps.²* GenkiGirl: Maggie²* GunshipRescue: Villainous version in the manga: in the Battle of Route 1 the remnants of Aphrodia's army have decapitated and decimated Ishtar's 2nd Army Corps and are about to finish it off when attack choppers from the 1st Army Corps, led by Rado (the main villain of the second part of the manga), decimate the Hounds and their carriers, allowing the 2nd Army Corps to rally and overpower the Aphrodians through the sheer power of their Octopus tanks.²* HellBentForLeather: Miranda, Hiro²* [[HeroStoleMyBike Hiro Stole My Bike]]²* HotBlooded: Hiro and Miranda to a lesser extent.²* IntrepidReporter: Sue²* JapaneseDelinquents: Members of the Killer Commandos team.²* TheJuggernaut: ²** The Admiral A-1 ([[ReportingNames the "Octopus" to Aphrodia]]), Ishtar's main tank, is presented as this, as it ''1-meter thick armor'' needs a 150mm gun to be penetrated (and Aphrodia doesn't have vehicles with such a large gun) and has an overwhelming armament of a 160mm main gun, a coaxial 220mm missile launcher, and a 20mm autocannon on the commander's hatch for the small fries, and carries a squad of soldiers. [[SubvertedTrope Then Aphrodia's soldiers start to target the troops' hatch and the oxygen tanks of the NBC protection]]...²** The OVA version fully qualifies: aside for many just ignoring everything the Aphrodians throw at them during the assault on Io, the one attacked by the Killer Commandos is hit with half a dozen anti-tank missiles and [[RammingAlwaysWorks a humongous truck]] [[StuffBlowingUp full of high-powered fuel]] and [[spoiler:''doesn't suffer any visible damage]]'', much to the shock of the attackers and ''its own crew'' (after [[spoiler:the truck exploded]], the tank stopped moving and firing for a few seconds before they started moving), and is only destroyed by repeated attacks from [[spoiler:a ''building-sized scraper'']]. It takes ''railguns'' to reliably defeat these monsters... And even then, the sheer size allows them to take multiple hits before being destroyed.²* LicensedGame: For the Famicom²* LipLock: A particularly bad one in the English dub, as Jack exclaims "I said, 'Let's chill OOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUT!'"²* LovableAlphaBitch: Miranda²* LovelyAngels: Maggie and Miranda for a while in the manga.²* MagneticWeapons: In the OVA, Aphrodia's war bikes have been equipped with railguns to take on the Octopus tanks.²* MajorlyAwesome: Kurtz²* MediumBlending: Some of the Venusian landscape we see is actually live action footage.²* MonowheelMayhem: In the anime movie.²* MrFanservice: Hiro²* MsFanservice: Miranda and Sue.²* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Hiro to Kurtz which Kurtz was counting on.²* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: Happens to Sue.²* [[PimpedOutCar Pimped Out Bike]]²* PluckyGirl: Maggie²* RammingAlwaysWorks: Subverted because it doesn't.²* {{Ramprovisation}}: Hiro is being chased by police and surrounded. So he lifts the monobike onto the side of the highway guard rail to make an escape.²* RecklessGunUsage: ²** In the anime, after getting weapons some of other Killer Commandos are improperly holding them. One is pointing a rifle at another member, and several have their fingers on the trigger. Despite falling over and one playing around with a weapon, no accidents occur. ²** Rob and then Sue forgets to remove the safety lock from her gun before shooting recklessly at Donner and missing.²* LaResistance: The Commandos form a small one and Kurtz's Freedom Force²* ReportingNames: Ishtar's giant tanks are officially named Admiral A-1, but Aphrodians invariably refer to them as "Tako" (Octopus). The official name is never mentioned in the OVA, and in the manga it's mentioned outside of captions exactly ''once'', during Rado's coup in the second part of the manga (cut from the animated adaptation).²* ShesGotLegs: Sue²* TankGoodness: Plenty of battles featuring tanks. Most notably the Octopus, massing ''110 tons (150 tonnes)'' and almost invulnerable to everything, unless [[AttackItsWeakPoint hit in the troops' hatch or the oxygen tanks of the NBC protection]].²* TechnicallyATransport: In the manga Aphrodia starts supplementing its bikes with civilian pick-up trucks equipped with anti-aircraft guns and heavier anti-tank weapons after the bikes' success in the initial Ishtar attack on their capital. [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome The anti-tank variant is easily destroyed in combat due not having the manouverability that made the Hounds effective to begin with]], while the anti-aircraft is wiped out to a vehicle by an air raid during the final battle due being caught completely by surprise but [[CurbStompCushion managed to take out many attackers un the process]].²* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Miranda and Maggie. Particularly in the manga.²* TrueCompanions: The Commandos make an odd sort but they prove to be this since they always back each other up.²* WarIsHell²* WhiteHairBlackHeart: General Donner²----


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