They’re the best Anime that 2001 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Youshou, Malice@Doll, Alien 9, and more!
English: Midnight Strike Force
MAL Score: 5.23
Justice has never been so naked!
A super-secret cult of lesbians performs erotic experiments on bodies from the local hospital! Their purpose: to revive the spirit of their ancient leader in a virile human form. Now it’s up to the Midnight Strike Force, a team of busty justice fighters, to go undercover (and under the covers) to stop the nefarious acolytes before they succeed in their diabolically dirty schemes!
(Source: Critical Mass Video)
The plot is weird, out there, and kinda stupid, but that`s how the English version pitches itself from Critial Mass Video themselves, right on the back of the DVD case. And that`s not really a negative, since it has all of the charm of a so-bad-it`s-good type of thing. But most of that comes from the English dub of this hentai.
With the English dub, the people writing the English script seem to be completely aware that they`re writing for a trashy porn, and go for a comedic script ala “Ghost Stories” instead of just doing a 1:1 of the original Japanese script. This means that Midnight Strike Force has a lot of dumb puns, inappropriate jokes, and an overall fun tone. With the Japanese version, it just comes across as a half-assed attempt just to have sex scenes.
Speaking of sex scenes, there aren`t a whole lot of them. They`re there, but they feel like they`re there just because this happened to be a hentai, and it needed sex scenes. They`re not bad, just there.
As for plot itself, it`s pretty much your standard cheesy B-Movie type of plot to get the anime from setpiece to setpiece. I can`t really complain since it`s an excuse plot and wasn`t really meant to be paid attention to. It does it`s job for the most part.
The animation is actually OK. Nothing amazing, but decent. I especially like the art style. You might be asking “If I`m here just for the wank material, who cares about the animation?” I`ve seen so much poorly animated hentai that merely just having decent animation is worth noting. I know it`s hentai, but I can`t really use it for it`s intended use if it looks like something a child could draw or some amateur teenager circa 2003 Newgrounds could animate. The voice acting is tolerable, but like the English script, the people behind the scenes were just doing this for the paycheck, and decided to have some fun while doing it.
If you`re looking for something so-bad-it`s-good, this is right up there with the infamously bad English Bible Black and Sextra Credit`s (Mejoku`s) hilariously great dub.
so basically it had a pretty complex (for a hentai) plot since these three chicks were assigned to find out where missing dead bodies were going at this hospital and it was basically this evil woman who’s body was decaying and wanted a new one but all the bodies weren’t working or something like that bit who goes to hentai for a plot anyway pffft
I’m not an avid watcher of old anime so i don’t know if this is good for when it came out but it wasn’t bad, i was pretty surprised by who the cum was drawn like it was clear and i didn’t realize it was cum at first since usually cum is thick and creamy like
im guessing sound adds voice actors and shiz so yesssss it exactly what you’d expect from a dubbed old anime, ugly voices and terrible voice acting but i script like damn idk if the actors made it up themselves like in ghost stories but it felt like they did
such classics as girl who can kick ass, girl who can fold things and do magic and last but not least the girl with glasses that’s smart, what makes them so great is just the shear ridiculous of them like im prone to cringe at cliche stuff in anime and this is straight up mocking it which i just adore
i really god damn enjoyed this and i think its a great example of a “so bad its good anime” ut would be hilarious idf you watched it with your friends
also the actual sex scenes were nothing special tbh as i said this was a hentai with a plot and usually hentai with plots don’t have as many sex scenes
I’m a big yuri fan, and as a yuri fan, it’s interesting to see some “non-consensual” yuri from time to time.
Most of the non-consensual yuri scenes from hentai have a lot of whipping and other forms of abuse, which I don’t like.
In these two episodes, there was much gentle foreplay inflicted upon the female victim by the lesbian monks. There were scenes in both episodes that are so unique; I have not seen anything like it before. Seriously, type in “youshou” on rule34 or something, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
I’m not giving this series a 10 because the foreplay scenes I liked were only there to prepare the female victim for a man they worship. It just resulted in him having his way with the girls. I didn’t like the female assisted rape of another female (I didn’t like the man being involved). If it were up to me, it would just be females pleasuring the captured victim with no man involved at all.
Watch this if you’re a yuri fan and are okay with non-consensual themes; there’s much straight sex.
Japanese: Malice@doll マリスドール
MAL Score: 5.91
Malice, a sex robot living in an abandoned human city, is assaulted and violated by a mysterious creature. Upon awakening, Malice finds out that she has become human and can pass on her humanity to her fellow machines. However, her gift soon becomes a curse when her fellow robots rage out of control after being exposed to the pleasures of life.
The setting of Malice@Doll is in a city devoid of any biological life and populated only by intelligent and self aware machines. These machines and robots (for lack of a better term), go about their daily tasks as they were programmed for despite the fact that most of these tasks are now unnecessary. Some though don’t even have that, which is where the main protagonist Malice comes in. She is a sex doll, and with no human customers, Malice and her fellow dolls pass eternity while their mechanical bodies slowly deteriorate. One day, while searching for the repairer robot she encounters a strange apparition of a girl and is led to a strange device and after being attacked she wakes up to find that she is now a flesh and blood human being. She soon discovers she is able to make the other robots and machines into flesh and blood with a kiss. Soon it the machine world begins to crumble as the machines programming becomes their desires and threatens them all.
It is a surprisingly deep and thoughtful story. The world while looking quite futuristic and strange still felt oddly familiar. The pacing is steady and there is a good amount of action and suspense. I was left guessing how it was going to turn out until the very end. The end itself is a bit obscure and leaves itself up to the viewer to interrupt but I felt it was appropriate. Though everything is not really adequately explained either which makes forming your own conclusions about the ending a bit difficult.
The cast of characters is fairly small with the most important being Malice herself and her fellow dolls. Though in the beginning she is an emotionless robot she is a very interesting character. There is a sadness and despair about her and her other doll robots but it is something they are unable to truly express. Malice limps around seemingly barely able to keep moving because of the degradation of her mechanical body. Many of the other dolls are in even worse shape and it’s a bit heartbreaking even if you know they are just machines, and only sex toys at that. The fact that she is a sex doll is also important to her and the other characters and how they develop in the story. Malice constantly tells other machines she will give them a kiss, because that’s all she can do. If that doesn’t pull at your heart a little bit then you probably just don’t have one.
As I mentioned earlier, Malice@Doll is completely animated with CG effects. Sometimes it is quite spectacular. Malice in her human form is quite lifelike and some of the settings and action are visually stunning. The doll Doris is probably the most amazing looking character in the program though. That can’t be said for everything though, as I felt some character designs were awful and while many of the settings are great looking others look pretty bad. The inconsistency drives down its overall score. The voice acting is good, particularly from Malice. There isn’t a lot of music to comment on, with only background music and a pretty good song at the end.
Overall Malice@Doll is a solid show that I would recommend to fans of apocalyptic and horror/psychological storylines, as well as those who enjoy CG anime. Though I did have problems with some of the inadequacies in the plot and the inconsistent animation quality, I think this show is worth your time.
Malice seems a bit more thought out then the rest of the characters, except maybe Joe who seems to be almost a voice of wisdom to the dolls, a father figure. I don’t really understand the relationship between the two but from what it looked like, it seemed that Malice and Joe were very close although you don’t normally see him around the other sex bolls. I wish I could have seen a bit more of the other characters because they really seemed one dimensional throughout the whole show.
The storyline is really slow for most of it and hard to figure out. It took me a very long time to get a feel of what the story was even trying to say let alone what was going on. They never really tell anyone the history about the area or what actually did happen to the humans, pretty much leaving it open to speculation. Because you never actually see the top world in a sense, you are left to imagine your own answer for why human’s aren’t there. My thought was that the human’s wiped themselves out but others might think that they died off from an illness, they were using sex dolls for their means and never repopulated, or other such things. The show to me really is open to your own ideas and what you get from this show is pretty much all you get.
The only thing I couldn’t get was the ending with how it happened but I won’t spoil it for you.
During this time, CG was just starting out and nothing looked real at all. Characters were all looking plastic and shiny and yet, this show pretty much works pretty well for that. It’s a bit like Reboot if you ever saw that. The characters are odd looking, some looking humanoid and others looking like strange mixtures of man and machine. The animation part is rather stiff and movements are a bit… well, robotic. It works well with the idea of the show but even when they become something more natural, they still are stiff and robotic making it hard to tell if they even changed. The colors are rather dark and steam punk-ish making it sometimes hard to see what is going on.
The voice acting is pretty well done for the most part. The English dub is a bit off though as most sound rather static even when turned humanish. Some points that should have had really dramatic scenes with loud voices sounded more tin like. The Japanese was a little better and had the better feel for the characters personality including Malice.
Without giving away any major spoilers Malice begins to question the tedious everyday “life” of this civilization and although at this point in time she has no true feelings in a human sense we do see Malice early on begin to drip what is referred to as “cooling fluid” from her eyes which is of course very symbolic of actual tears and as the story progresses one will come to realize that this is quite appropriate considering what is to become of Malice in the near future. Malice seeks out a robot that has the function of repairing other machines as she believes that she is malfunctioning and instead encounters a strange creature which is implied to be some sort of symbol of a god of some kind, this proceeds into a scene in which Malice is attacked/violated by this enigma of a “creature” and wakes up with a human body.
After this transformation sequence of sorts we then get to see Malice struggle with the reality that is human emotion and for the first time truly feel sorrow for the state of the world as it is and she is even shown to cringe at the memories of the sexual acts that she once considered entirely normal as she is no longer numb to these sorts of things. Malice eventually realizes that she has gained an ability to create life out of the machines that inhabit the world such as she has become and seeks to change the world by creating as much life as she can without realizing that by creating life she has also created mortality and that she has also caused pain unto others unintentionally by doing so. The rest of the series focuses further on these concepts of mortality, human emotion as well as the confusion with one’s very identity as such changes occur. I would also say that the naming of Malice to the protagonist is quite fitting given her apparent mental state after becoming human and the overwhelming feeling that she has to change the world around her even if that may not necessarily be what is best for the beings around her, thus she is pushing her will unto others which is why such a name was most likely given.
If you can get past the somewhat low quality CGI the story is actually quite thought provoking and well worth the time if you are the sort that enjoys the sort of psychological series that make you think after you have finished watching. The ending especially is interesting and very up for interpretation, the only real qualms I have with the story telling is that there are no explanations for the initial disappearance of humans whatsoever, although I suppose if you delve deep enough you can find some possible explanations but any that I could think of are pretty far guesses, that considered if you are into the sort of thing that makes you want to put pieces of a puzzle together than I would say this is definitely for you.
1: Alien 9
MAL Score: 6.69
Soon after entering middle school, Yuri Otani is coerced into joining the “Alien Party,” a single-minded group with one goal: capture any alien attempting to enter school grounds. Terrified of aliens her entire life, Otani is anything but thrilled, and to make matters worse, her kit includes a “Borg”—an alien-like creature tasked with ensuring her safety. Despite this, she finds solace in her two partners: the independent and reliable Kumi Kawamura, and the smart and energetic Kasumi Tomine.
As the Alien Party works to fend off extraterrestrial threats, will their roller blades and lacrosse sticks be enough to overcome the dire challenges ahead, or will they succumb to fear and suffer the grim consequences of defeat?
The basic look and premise of the show do not appear to be special from the first glance, yet mere minutes are enough to see that you are into something much more than just another high-school, moe, action anime. There are a few things that make Alien 9 very distinct and give a bizarre and unique feel to the show. First of all the directing. It is slow and methodical with each and every shot meaning something or adding to the underlying themes and overall surreal feel of the show. The smart directing is accompanied by an offbeat soundtrack that helps build the atmosphere. The moe style that the show uses makes the disturbing parts provide even more impact. The tactic that some future shows also used, like Madoka Magica.
The anime itself (at least in my understanding) is a scary allegory of growing up, blooming and being afraid to be left behind. What sets apart this coming of age story from many others is that it is made from the girl’s point of view.
The characters I found to be very relatable and well written. The voice actors also did a terrific job.
A downside to otherwise amazing series is that it only adapts the half of the story from manga. The ending does not answer all questions and the story is ultimately left unfinished. While there were attempts to revive the show, it is still stuck in the developmental limbo and has been so for close to 15 years. It is unlikely that we will ever get the rest. Even without the ending. I do advise reading the manga as it is only 3 volumes long and the anime adapts the first 1.5 volumes.
As it stands the show is still very much a fantastic, emotional and thought provoking ride through and through. Sadly this anime is very much underrated and mostly unappreciated. I urge people to give it a try, especially if you are into psychological, thought provoking and disturbing anime.
I should have known something was up when I kept getting bad feelings for no reason. Things happened in the anime that made zero sense, and yet I felt completely horrible while and after watching it. When I finished the series (4 30-minute episodes), I couldn’t watch anime for the rest of the week. I felt dirty, like I had done something very wrong. Although the anime was violent and disturbing, it didn’t seem enough to affect me for days. Then, I discovered that Alien 9 is riddled with symbolism – and some of it not so hidden. To call it dark would be an understatement. There are blatant sexual instances represented, expressions of deep and black pain, and perverted thought processes. I would never recommend this to anyone. I have a feeling that someone who has experienced firsthand some of the horrible things the symbolism depicts would pick up on the innuendoes instantly.
Last, but not least, there is some very light yuri (girl’s love) tone in the anime – and it’s more obvious in the manga.
All in all, Alien 9 is, in short, to be avoided like the plague.
The visuals of Alien Nine are spectacular, and almost at a level of quality I would consider to be worthy of a feature-film status. There’s a great amount of attention to character proportions as the style this anime set out for is rarely ever carried out a notch below the ideal level. There’s some inclusion of cgi elements as well, yet I would consider these additions as some of the best cgi inclusions I’ve ever seen in any anime. Quite surprising when taking into account that this OVA series was released in 2001. An odd amount of high budget went into this peculiar piece of work, as the cgi fits perfectly along with the spectacular two-dimensional art. The direction is also fantastic with interesting angles and visual styles.
While I doubt many would argue that the animation of Alien Nine is not too notable, the art style is another thing to consider. The art style is generally normal, with the characters being drawn with very curvy heads similar to more child-oriented shows, yet the ears of the characters are drawn with far more detail and scaled to a larger size. It’s understandable that many people would be instantly turned off by this art style, but the more anime one sees along with many different art styles, the more one might become accepting to peculiar styles. This series would certainly require some acceptance of variety, some tolerance, and some will to see odd things since the story itself would also require such traits to be at all enjoyable.
The setting of Alien Nine is questionable as to what it’s comparing itself to, if anything at all. As Evangelion is easily comparable to mecha series and Madoka Magica is easily comparable to magical girl series, Alien Nine seems to sit in its own element. There wasn’t any key element I noticed that directly made me feel that Alien Nine was deconstructing a certain genre or series type, but the opposing styles of it along with its developing, unorthodoxed weirdness made it still feel as though it was. The story would be more similar in presentation to Madoka Magica, as young girls are place in positions where they practically gain superpowers to fight off danger. However, soon the elements of Alien Nine morph into the extreme that would correlate better with that of Neon Genesis Evangelion. There are even some paralleling moments in both Alien Nine and Evangelion that those who seek out to view both will likely notice.
Alien Nine begins as a school, superpower anime about school girls protecting their campus with gifted, super abilities. The main character is extremely shy and fragile, but is placed in a position where she will have to go into danger to fight off aliens from her school’s campus. That’s the introduction for the beginning, closely relating to the OVA’s opening which likely intentionally gives the series a more innocent atmosphere to start out with. Even during these more conventional moments in the anime, the music and some visual cues foreshadow a coming change.
The music in Alien Nine is unique and, although it may sound dry or lacking in budget at times, an intentional style slowly emerges that makes the whole audio experience memorable. The music will play in a way that is almost fitting to the starting presentation of what the anime is, yet there will always be an odd pitch and tone to it, almost like a record in a record player slowly shaking off-center. Alien Nine did extraordinarily well in its audio aspects for the style it carried out.
Alien Nine is more of an experience than a story, and it should be noted that the experience is incomplete. This OVA series also serves more as an advertisement to the mangas by its chosen end-point as it’s completely unsatisfying and in many ways not even able to be considered an ending at all. However, from the quality and intrigue found in Alien Nine, the series is one of the top that needs to either be remade or have a sequel made. For those who like mangas, they will likely deliver some of the experience, but the audio and the quality will be sorely missed when moving on. The characters and art style are claimed as annoying in many places I’ve visited, but if one remembers this is an experience, things may start to feel more fitting in due time. The characters are shallow for the most part, but stylistically so. The whole criticism to that would fall very close with those of the character Shinji in Evangelion. Depending on how people felt towards that character and story, those people will likely feel the same to what Alien Nine has to offer. Overall, Alien Nine is a memorable and entertaining OVA series even in its incomplete state.
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1. Alien 9