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|Genre||Fantasy, Science fiction, Comedy|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Shinya Sadamitsu|
|Produced by||Satohiro Nagao|
|Music by||Joe Hisaishi|
|Released||September 5, 1984|
Birth (バース Bāsu), also known in the West as Planet Busters or The World of the Talisman, is a 1984 anime original video animation (OVA), which was released on VHS and DVD in North America by, variously, Streamline and ADV Films. The Japanese DVD was released by video game publisher Atlus on March 25, 2005.
It is based on a far futuristic planet where four mercenaries try to find the ultimate weapon which can either save humanity or destroy it. Against mechas and strange races, together they sweep the vast planet to reach their goal.
Aqualoid was a prosperous planet, but an attack from a mysterious life force, the Inorganics, transforms it into a post-apocalyptic shell of its former self. When Nam finds a mysterious sword, he is suddenly the object of a planet-wide chase. With the Inorganics closing in, will Nam and his friends discover the secret of the sword and save their world? Or will they destroy Aqualoid in favor of a new Birth?
Two English dubs of Birth exist. The first was licensed in 1987 by Harmony Gold and released by Streamline Pictures in North America and the United Kingdom under the title The World of the Talisman. According to New Straits Times, it briefly aired in Malaysia in late 1987. The OVA was later retitled yet again to Planet Busters. Harmony Gold's version changes some of the character names, tones down some of the more surreal Japanese humour to appeal to a younger audience, and contains more American-style dialogue, alternate music composed by Randy Miller and additional voice-overs. The second dub by ADV Films, released on DVD on July 13, 2004, is much more faithful to the original Japanese version.
In order of appearance - ADV (2004) / Streamline (1992, 1987) / Japanese (1984)
- Monga - Matt Hislope / __ / Fuyumi Shiraishi
- Mu-nyo - Cyndi Williams / __ / Chika Sakamoto
- Rasa - Alexis Chamov / Sandra Snow / Miina Tominaga
- Kim/Keen - Bradley Carlin / Ryan O'Flannigan / Kaneto Shiozawa
- Bao/Mo/Pao - James Phillips / Greg Snow / Ichiro Nagai
- Nam's Ostrich - Cyndi Williams / __ /
- Nam/Talon - Brent Werzner / Tony Oliver / Kazuki Yao
- Arlia - Gemma Wilcox / __ / Keiko Toda
- Orange Mole - Robert S. Fisher / __ /
- Inorganic Biker #1 - Robert Matney / A. Gregory / Ryunosuke Ohbayashi
- Inorganic Biker #2 - Matt Hislope / __ / Yusaka Yara
- Inorganic Biker #3 - Robert S. Fisher / __ / Kozo Shioya
- Village Girl/Child - Samantha Inoue-Harte / Rebecca Forstadt / Noriko Tsukase
- Grandma/Mother - Mary Agen Cox / Lisa Michaels / Reiko Suzuki
- Grandpa/Father - Garry Peters / __ / Joji Yanami
- Inorganic Biker Kid/Kooni - Jeffrey Mills / __ / Masahiro Anzai
- Monster Octopus - Robert S. Fisher / __ / Miki Takahashi
- Giant Inorganic - Vinnie Moxpar / __ / Yoko Kogayu
- Monga's Tribe - Bigjyl, Jim Damm, Robert S. Fisher, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Wil Ragan, Jessica Simon, Ben Turrabiarte, Racel Vasquez, Dominic Vitucci, Kenny Weigel
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