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Blitzivan 2: Type Overload (also simply known as Blitzivan 2 and Super Blitzivan in international territories) is a 2000 El Kadsreian science-fiction action kadsresatsu superhero film directed by Frederick Lloyd, 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.

Plot

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, Mazus and his legions of Valcrons were planning to take over the world by hunting down Ornyxia and using her staff. A Valcron trooper notifies Mazus 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. After the fight, Ornyxia teleports herself and Ray back into Misumi's lab, much to Ray's astonishment. Ornyxia explains that the enemies who attacked were her royal family's arch enemies and suspects that they are after her staff. Misumi offers Ornyxia help but Ornyxia declines, believing that she can handle the Valcrons herself, leaving Misumi and Ray in doubt whether she'd be successful in her mission.

Ornyxia soon heads towards the secret base of the Valcrons and challenged Metrominos for a duel. After an intense battle, Metrominos prepares to kill Ornyxia before Ray barges in and saves Ornyxia in time. As Ornyxia recovers from her injuries, she thanks Ray from certain death and agrees to offers to give him a new power source for his buckle, to which Ray declines. Misumi then trains Ornyxia and Ray to master their abilities with success, but their relationship as allies are still strained. During their bickering, they were soon confronted by an army of Valcrons led by Igaolthid and Auratalon, who tells them that if they don't surrender their powers, then they'll be the one who'll do it. After Ray and Ornyxia defeated them, the duo returns to the lab where Misumi catches the signal of Metrominos' base. Ray, Misumi, and Ornyxia arrive through Mazus' base where they discover a large machine. They are soon confronted by Metrominos and, after a lengthy battle, the trio manages to weaken him by electrocuting him by the machine's control panel and pushing him into the machine's beam, destroying him and the machine as Ornyxia casts a spell that traps them both into a dark void.

A few months later, Ray enters Miraicademy before Ornyxia gives him his lunchbox, the latter thanking Ray for helping her finish her mission. Ray then asks Ornyxia what she'll do now that her mission is complete, Ornyxia decides to retire to prevent any future conflicts from happening.

Cast

  • Paulina Tan as Misumi Daichi
    • Eileen Jaquelin as Misumi's stunt double
  • Ogata Hako as Ornyxia
    • Kogane Momoko as Ornyxia's stunt double
  • Kawena Malo as Fujita
  • Lamark Hutchinson as Mazus
  • Grady Dodson as Igaolthid
    • Jacobo González as Igaolthid (voice)
  • Emanuella Berrocal as Aurathorn
    • Britta Iversen as Aurathorn (voice)
  • Frederick Lloyd as the Miraicademy Librarian
  • Rohan Yoshida as a Miraicademy Student
  • Louie Richard as a Miraicademy Student
  • Tarou Fukui as a Castle Guard

Production

In May 1998, rumors began circulating that the sequel to Blitzivan: Born to be Reloaded was in the works and was rumored to be released around 1999. The plot was revolved around Ray fighting against an Ornyxia that is seeking revenge against him. Writer Max Axis said in an interview that he was interested in making a sequel, but was told that he can only do it if there was enough demand for a sequel. To boost the character's popularity, they decided to write Technic Heroes vs. Blitzivan as a way to develop more interests with the character. After the film received commercial success, Max, alongside director Frederick Lloyd, felt like that the demand was enough to produce a sequel.

Once Max showed off the draft to Frederick, he was impressed but told Max and Hisashi to revise aspects of the draft. Hisashi conceived the idea for Ornyxia's redemption arc, saying "I think Ornyxia haven't got much development in the first film, so I decided to have as a villain first then make her grow into an ally of Ray's. Plus, I think there aren't too many films where the villain teams up with the hero, so this would make a fresh take from the usual good vs evil formula".

Filming

Principal photography began on August 1999 to January 2000 in El Kadsre City, with Azara reused as the location for Mazu's Castle and Naphia, as well as the former location of Ornyxia's Castle. The YinYangia Public High School was used as the set for Miraicademy, and The El TV Kadsre Television Centre was used for the interior sets of Misumi's lab and Mazus' throne.

Effects

Ryan Hussain returns to supervise the overall visual effects alongside newcomer Uramoto Kosaku. For the sequel, Blitzivan's designed was changed to look sleeker and less bulky to fit with his character's upgrade. Visual effects companies Zecter Media and Fuse Special Effects return to provide the visual effects for the film. The two companies each had different areas to work on, with Zecter creating the effects for Blitzivan's transformation gimmick and created extensions for the city of Naphia, while Fuse provided the effects for Ornyxia's spells as well as the machine Mazus operates. A planned sequence involving Mazus growing into a giant after being pushed into the machine's beam was cut due to budget constraints.

Music

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, Misumi, and Ornyxia race through Mazus' base. The soundtrack album was released on June 26, 2000, by El TV Kadsre Records.

Release

Video game

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, PlayStation 2 and Theorysonic Pyramid. With the PC, TS-UGOS, and Mac OS versions being released in the same year.

Home media

The film was released on DVD, TVD, VCD, and VHS 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.

Reception

Box Office

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.

Critical Reception

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%.

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