Blitzivan 2: Type Overload is a 2000 El Kadsreian science-fiction action tokusatsu superhero film directed by Frederick Llyod, written by Max Axis and Akira Hisashi, and distributed by El TV Kadsre Films in El Kadsre and Silver Bullet Pictures worldwide. It is the second installment in the Blitzivan film series and the sequel to Blitzivan: Born to be Reloaded. In the film, Blitzivan, after mastering his abilities, faces off against a new threat named Metrominos while struggling to cooperate with his old enemy Ornyxia.
The film was released on June 22, 2000, and received highly positive reviews from critics and grossed about $353 million worldwide.
Three years later, Ray Daichi relaxes at a forest when he suddenly hears whispers from far away, with the voices imitating that of Ornyxia's. Ray, who trying to find out where the voices came from, rushes home and tells Misumi about his encounter. While Misumi dismissed it as being a dream, Ray suspects that it meant that Ornyxia survived the destruction of her base.
A few weeks later, at an unspecified location, Metrominos and his legions of Valcrons were planning to take over the world by hunting down Ornyxia and using her staff. A Valcron trooper notifies Metrominos about the existence of Blitzivan, leaving him to change the plan where they capture Blitzivan and using his power source as a tool for their plans. Back in Mirai City, as Misumi finalizes her own suit, Ornyxia manages to locate her base and threatens Misumi that she'll kill her brother if she doesn't surrender.
In school, Ray was busy reading in the library until Ornyxia arrived and began to search for Ray. Ray, as Blitzivan, begins to fight her but is subdued due to Ornyxia using more potent spells. As Ornyxia prepares to finish off Ray, the Valcron troopers began to terrorize the school, forcing Ray and Ornyxia to defeat them all. As they defeated all of them, Ornyxia teleports herself and Ray back into Misumi's lab, much to Ray's astonishment.
- Nayoko Rikona as the Newscaster
- The BoomMasters Stuntmen as the Armoured Criminals
- The ActionMasters Stuntmen as the Crowd
After the critical and financial success of Blitzivan: Born to be Reloaded, director Frederick Lloyd has said in an interview that he and writers Max Axis and Akira Hisahi are working on a follow-up to the film, but due to the immense stress that he received when he was directing the film, he said that production of the film has been paused for a moment until he can recover from his condition.
In August of 1999, rumors began to spread that the production of the film has been resumed when Patrick Cruz and Paulina Tan were paid $20 million to reprise their roles in the film. Writers Max Axis and Akira Hisashi were also returned to write the script for the film, under the working title Yet Another Sci-fi Movie. Director Frederick Lloyd was confirmed to direct the film as well.
The idea for the film came up when Akira Hisahi was writing Metal Frontier. She stated that instead of reviving Orynxion, she wanted to make an idea that will have the hero face off against multiple villains and that she wanted to incorporate a sidekick into the main plot. A few days later, she was contacted by Max Axis to return for the follow-up to Born to be Reloaded and decided to use that idea into the film.
Principal photography began on August 1999 to January 2000 in El Kadsre City, New York, Sydney, and the Philippines. While the second unit shot the action scenes at the El TV Kadsre Television Center.
While the budget for the film was increased, the crew was still insisted on using practical effects more heavily. The costumes and props used were made by El TV Kadsre Film's Special Effects Department, with PLEX assisting with the design and the suits of the leaders of Neo Paniki and its armored criminals. Blitzivan's suit was redesigned to look more like an upgraded model, by adding two thrusters in his back armor and adding armor plates in his black areas, but still kept the original design, while Ivy's modified Neo Armor suit was designed to be more sleek and bodysuit-like, but it had small amounts of plate armor in it.
The visual effects were handled by Zecter Media, Fuse Special Effects and a few other VFX companies outside of El Kadsre. Because CiGiWOW went out of business in 1996 after the production of the first Blitzivan film, and an increase of VFX shots was needed, the film employed a small number of VFX companies from outside El Kadsre who specializes in certain areas of the film. These include Roadrunner Network (Philippines), Blur Studio (US), Sony Pictures Imageworks (US), Centro Digital Pictures (Hong Kong), and BUF Compagnie (France). The only times CGI was used is when the filmmakers can't successfully execute most of the stunts in live-action and for the final scene in which Blitzivan carries Metrominos into space.
Hiroshi Naoyuki returned to compose the original soundtrack for the film while the Hokuish electronic duo Tennjo Duo Project composed the early mix of the song "Tone" for the scene where Blitzivan fights off armored criminals. The soundtrack album was released on June 26, 2000, by El TV Kadsre Records.
The promotional posters made for the film feature a divided frame, with one side being Blitzivan in a blue background, and the Neo Paniki being on one side while upside down on a red background. The posters were designed by ScreenAdvertising.
Hasbro returned to produce the movie tie-in figures. IDW Comics produced the tie-in comic Blitzivan: Story of Neo Paniki, which focuses on the foundation of the Neo Paniki. Max Axis wrote a novelization for the film.
Main Article: Blitzivan 2: Type Overload (video game)
A video game tie-in based off the film was developed by Kaoru Digital and was published by El TV Kadsre Interactive Games. The game was released on June 26, 2000, in North America and El Kadsre for the Sega Dreamcast, Playstation, and Theorysonic Pyramid. With the PC, TS-UGOS, and Mac OS versions being released in the same year.
The film was released on DVD, TVD, VCD, and VHS one month later, on Vlokozu Day 2000.
In 2017, to commemorate the Blitzivan franchise's 20th anniversary and to celebrate the then-upcoming release of Blitzivan: 20 Years Later, all of the main theatrical and television films were included in the Blitzivan: The Ultimate Collection two-disc set.
The film's first nationwide release on El Kadsre on June 22, 2000, made over $10 million from midnight screenings and earned $33 million on its first day. The film then grossed $353 million worldwide.
The film received highly positive reviews from critics, who praised its improved writing, characters, and its action scenes and special effects. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave an 83% percent with an average rating of 8/10, based on 130 reviews. Metacritic received a positive score of 82%.