To say the Battle Arena Toshinden show was made simply to help generate and promote sales for the video games series doesn't seem too far fetched. The show was made shortly after the first game in the series was released in the United States and features all the game's fighters, as well as some original characters.
The story is nothing revolutionary. An evil group, known as The Organization, is creating a machine that uses the techniques of all the world's best fighters. It gathers this information by watching them in combat and studying their style and moves. They call it the Man-Machine Project and plan on using it to punish a man who betrayed them, a traitor to The Organization. This story is told in two volumes and features a large number of fights. Unfortunately these fights are rather short, aside from the shows final showdown.
The fighters are drawn well and some of the character design is nice. The scenery is nice at times but for the most part the show itself looks quite bland. The music is barely noticeable and the sounds, especially those heard during fights, is sub-par. Even the voice-overs seems lifeless and even laughable at times. If you see this on DVD, I suggest the original Japanese audio with subtitles.
All and all the show comes off as being very average. It's not really all that bad but it could have been much better. For fans of the Battle Arena Toshinden game series, it's worth a peek, if not just to see these characters come to life. But if you're picky about Anime, don't bother.moreless