Lensman (1984 film)

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Lensman Secret of The Lens poster.png
Japanese theatrical poster
Directed byYoshiaki Kawajiri
Kazuyuki Hirokawa
Produced byMichihiro Tomii
Tadami Watanabe
Masao Maruyama
Screenplay bySōji Yoshikawa
Based onLensman by
E. E. Smith
StarringToshio Furukawa
Chikao Ohtsuka
Mami Koyama
Nachi Nozawa
Katsuya Kobayashi
Seizō Katō
Narrated byEiji Kanie
Music byAkira Inoue (Japanese version)
Peter Davison (American version)
CinematographyIwao Yamaki
Edited byOsamu Tanaka
Distributed byToho-Towa
Release date
  • July 7, 1984 (1984-07-07)
Running time
107 minutes

Lensman (SF新世紀 レンズマン, SF Shinseiki Lensman, lit. "Science Fiction New Century Lensman") is a Japanese animated film based on the Lensman novels by E. E. Smith. Most of the CGI sequences were created by the Japan Computer Graphics Lab (JCGL).


The story is about a farm boy named Kimball “Kim” Kinnison. From a dying Lensman of the Galactic Patrol, Kinnison receives a particular Lens. It contains information that would enable the Galactic Patrol to face a weapon created by the Boskone Empire. A non-human species, the Arisians, created the Lenses in order to stand up to the evil Eddorians. Through their Lenses, Lensman minds are merged with the cosmic consciousness of Arisia. Opposing the Patrol is Lord Helmuth, a Boskone leader and drug lord, who would stop at nothing to get his hands on the Lens.

The Boskone blow up the agricultural planet Mqueie where Kim lives with his father, Gary (“Ken” in the Harmony Gold dub). Now a humble farmer, Gary is one of the founders of the Galactic Patrol. If he hadn't lost an arm in battle, Gary would have been a Lensman himself. Having always dreamt of becoming a Lensman, Gary sacrifices his own life to secure Kim's escape from the pursuing Boskone fleet.

Kim escapes the Boskone with his horned and bearded near-human friend Van Buskirk. Through the movie's events, Kim also meets Clarissa MacDougall, a nurse and technician working with the Galactic Patrol. Like Gary, she cannot explain how the Lens could be transferred from the dying man to Kim.

Through the tutelage of a flying green alien hero named Worsel, Kim gradually realizes the Lens's power, which provides the key to Helmuth's defeat. He transmits the formula to the Galactic Patrol fleet, knowing that their planned attack against Helmuth would fail without the answer.

Voice cast[edit]

Characters Japanese voice actor English voice actor
(Harmony Gold, 1988)
English voice actor
(Streamline Pictures, 1990)
Kimball Kinnison Toshio Furukawa Kerrigan Mahan (Ryan O'Flannigan) Kerrigan Mahan
Peter Van Buskirk Chikao Ohtsuka Michael McConnohie (Jeremy Platt) Michael McConnohie
Clarissa MacDougall Mami Koyama Melanie MacQueen (Aline Leslie) Edie Mirman
Worsel Nachi Nozawa Jeff Winkless (Philboyd Studge) Steve Kramer
DJ Bill Katsuya Kobayashi Gregory Snegoff (Greg Snow) Gregory Snegoff (Greg Snegoff)
Lord Helmuth Seizō Katō Tom Wyner (Abe Lasser) Tom Wyner
Gary Kinnison Tadashi Nakamura Michael Forest (Alfred Russell)
Tom Wyner (Abe Lasser)
Mike Reynolds
Admiral Haines Hidekatsu Shibata Mike Reynolds (Ray Michaels) Michael Forest
The Lens Tadashi Yokouchi Tom Wyner (Abe Lasser) Alexandra Kenworthy
LaVerne Thorndyke Takeshi Aono Steve Kramer (Drew Thomas) Dave Mallow
Sol Yuko Saito Theodore Lehmann (Leonard Pike) Robert Axelrod
Blakslee Yasuo Tanaka Unknown Doug Stone
Zuilk Shingo Kanemoto Kerrigan Mahan (Ryan O'Flannigan) Milton James


The movie received a mixed reception.[1][2][3]

The GURPS supplement for Lensman references the film.[4]


  1. ^ Solomon, Charles (1990-09-27). "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Lensman' Focuses on Jazzy Effects, Not Plot". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  2. ^ "Lensman". Washington Post. 1990-08-31. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  3. ^ "Lensman". Deseret News. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  4. ^ GURPS Lensman. p. 3. There exists a Japanese anime and comic book series with the same name as this work. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Doc's story, and is not authorized.

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