Armor Hunter Mellowlink
|Armor Hunter Mellowlink|
(Kikō Ryōhei Merourinku)
|Genre||military science fiction|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Takeyuki Kanda|
|Released||November 21, 1988 – April 28, 1989|
|Written by||Ryōsuke Takahashi|
|Illustrated by||Moriyasu Taniguchi|
|Published by||Asahi Sonorama|
|Published||March 31, 1989|
|Armored Trooper Votoms Gaiden: Defenseless City|
|Written by||Hiroshi Yamaguchi|
|Illustrated by||Fumiaki Shibata|
|Published||February 20, 1993|
Armor Hunter Mellowlink (機甲猟兵メロウリンク Kikō Ryōhei Merourinku?) is a twelve episode anime science fiction action OVA series spinoff of Armored Trooper Votoms. It premiered on November 21, 1988. It takes place in the same universe (and time, in some episodes, almost the same places) as Votoms, but the two stories are entirely independent of each other.
Mellowlink is the story of a soldier whose unit is sacrificed on the battlefield for reasons unknown. Although he was not meant to survive, the main character, Ality Mellowlink, manages to survive only to be framed for a crime he did not commit. Mellowlink escapes his captors and begins hunting down his former commanding officers, both to get revenge for his dead platoon members and to find out the nature of the conspiracy that led to their death.
The series is available for download on Bandai Visual's official website and the Japanese DVD boxset was released on December 6, 2006. The series was previously issued twice on laserdisc, once as six individual volumes, and once as a three disc box set along with the two soundtracks.
The protagonist of the story is Ality Mellowlink, a former AT soldier whose squad, for reasons unknown, is stripped of their status near the end of the war and forced to fight as an infantry unit without armor and using only obsolete or old weapons. Basically they become a last stand unit that is not expected to survive. Episode 5: Battlefield shows us the reason why Mellowlink is in the position he is in. The challenges of fighting Armored Troopers out in the open eventually takes its toll on his squad and the majority of his squadmates are killed in fierce fighting with the enemy. His commanding officer Shoutaichou Shuepps, shields him from a pair of soldiers sent by the top brass to finish off the unit once and for all. Mellowlink the lone survivor then becomes a scapegoat from which the top brass all seek pin blame on him and his unit for anything that went wrong, ignoring the orders they gave to his squad. This becomes known as the Pranbandol Scandal and with the trap well laid Mellowlink storms out of the court, steals the AT rifle he used during the war as well as the dogtags of all his perished comrades. Escaping into the wilderness he plans his revenge on all the commanding officers that sentenced him and his unit to the miserable fate he now bears witness to alone.
- Yasunori Matsumoto - Ality Mellowlink
- Sakiko Tamagawa - Lulucy/Furureru C. Helumesion
- Akio Ōtsuka - Keak Cardine
Armor Hunter Mellowlink consists of twelve 30-minute OVA episodes released in pairs from November 21, 1988 to April 28, 1989.
Opening: Soldier Blue (ソルジャー・ブルー?)
- Performed By: Norio Sakai
- Performed By: Markeys(japanese)
- 機甲猟兵メロウリンク (1988～1989). allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- Armor Hunter Mellowlink (OVA) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Official Bandai Channel Armor Hunter Mellowlink website (Japanese)
- Official VAP Armor Hunter Mellowlink website (Japanese)