They’re the best Anime that 2005 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Hametsu no Mars, Gakkou no Kaidan (OVA), Mahou Shoujo Ai, and more!
3: Hametsu no Mars
English: Mars of Destruction
MAL Score: 2.23
Several months after a probe returning from Mars burns up during reentry, strange creatures dubbed “Ancients” begin to appear throughout Tokyo. Aggressive and dangerous, they cannot be killed with ordinary weapons. As scientists struggle to find the cause of their sudden appearance, the monsters wreak havoc across the world.
Humanity finds hope in the form of the MARS suit—a new weapon developed to take down these enemies. The suit, however, can only be worn by those with specific DNA. Enter Takeru Hinata, an ordinary teen with a troubled past and one of the few capable of piloting the only weapon against the Ancients. With the help of the AAST, a special police force established to defeat the dangerous creatures, the young man battles against demons both personal and global whilst trying to discover the true nature of Earth’s new aggressors.
This film is highly philosophical. I actually felt regret when the Big Bad Ancient Guy told Random Armored Cop Dude that the humans were the true invaders of Earth. This plot twist was stunning and, on the whole, thought-provoking. It was like something written by Kafka.
This movie is so amazing that it actually makes DEEN’s animation look like Madhouse by comparison. It gave me more appreciation for other anime titles! I love you, Mars Of Destruction!!!
The voice acting is absolutely perfect. When the characters yell each other’s names repeatedly you will FEEL the emotion. The OST recorded by Beethoven himself is also marvelous. He did an excellent job, as always.
The characters are all equally well-done, from Green Hair Girl to Blue Hair Girl; it’s so easy to tell them apart! I especially enjoyed the doctor’s dialogue, as I would not have known that the girl whose head exploded was dead without his helpful reminder that “she won’t make it.”
This picture is absolutely riveting on every level! I could watch it over and over and never get bored!
Run, don’t walk, to your nearest YouTube to catch this masterpiece as soon as possible! You won’t regret it!
The story… Wait, what was the story again? Apart from whatever that was said in the synopsis, there is pratically no storyline at all, it’s just about a bunch of girls working for the police fighting off the ‘Ancients’ alongside a guy who was forced to wear a suit developed by his father to fight the ‘Ancients’, and how much killings they saw on the way while delivering the bits from the wrecked Mars exploration ship to America, and how they eventually found out that Martians were Earthlings and Earthlings were Martians.
The art is simply amazing. It’s old for a 2005 anime, and the animation is just so stiff. I think even 1980s anime/OVAs like Gunbuster and Mobile Suit Gundam has better art and animation than this. The only saving grace is how bloody the massacres were.
The voice acting was horrible. The only thing I found nice to hear were the moanings of dying people, and the growling of the ‘Ancients’. And as for the music, I could’ve sworn I heard a few classical pieces in the background.
It would be difficult to identify the characters if not for them having different genders and looks, for there is no distinct characteristics for the different character. The only distinctive traits the characters ever have are their looks and their voices. They might as well make every single character look and sound the same, since it would save them the trouble from having to think of how each and every character would have to look and sound.
This is where this OVA shines. The enjoyment factor. As I’ve said before, never has any sci-fi/horror series made me laugh as hard as this did. I laughed when the ship at the beginning blew up, I laughed when the girls were so stupid that they stood still and didn’t run as the ‘Ancients’ charged up and fired their beam at them, I laughed when one of the girls got her head blown off, I laughed when the policeman was torn apart, I laughed when the main dude in the suit didn’t know how to use his other free hand to attack the main ‘Ancient’ when his sword arm was stopped, and then later broken and dislocated by the ‘Ancient’, I laughed when the professor in the US said that the DNA found on Mars belonged to Homo Sapiens, I laughed when the ‘Ancient’ began to speak, I laughed when he said that Earthlings were Martians, and Martians were Earthlings. I was laughing throughout the entire show.
So overall, all I have to say is, if you’ve got about 20 minutes of your life you would like to waste away, please, PLEASE, do catch Mars of Destruction. 😀
Ivan was your average, everyday, normal viewer, he had just finished his latest anime series, and was searching for a new one to watch. While, reading the reviews of several shows on MAL, he came across the infamous Mars of Destruction.
He had heard many horrible stories, regarding this particular animation. He read the reviews and noticed that many people called it “the worst anime ever.”
He thought to himself, “This can’t possibly be true. Even the worst anime has one redeeming feature. I have to see this for myself.”
He immediately typed in the words “Mars of Destruction” in Google and found a video of it on Youtube. He clicked the video and it began to play.
Little did Ivan know that clicking and playing the video would be the biggest mistake in his entire life.
As soon as the video started, he noticed the shoddy animation/art such as, the lack of facial expression on the characters, the awful character designs, the camera shaking, and the undistinguishable characters.
The sound was uneven some parts being loud and some being soft, the Beethoven music felt out of place and distracted him from the fight scene, and the voice acting was subpar.
The story was filled with many unanswered questions, like why did these ‘Ancients’ attack, who developed AAST, who is Takeru’s father, why choose Takeru of all people, why do the girls seem ill-trained for combat, why use shitty weapons against the aliens, etc. The questions were endless.
And, all the characters were undeveloped, their intelligences level were equivalent to that of a rock, their emotional levels were nil and their dialogues were laughable, especially when the doctor stated that the headless girl wasn’t going to survive. No shit, doctor! No shit!
Once, the video was over, Ivan’s eyes were closed and his ears were covered with his palms. He tried to not remember the horrible anime, but it was too late.
His brain began to recall the shitty characters, the shitty animation, the shitty story and the shitty sound. He could feel his brain melting, it was slowly turning into a puddle of slush. Suddenly, the slush oozed out of his ears and nose, and trickled to the floor. He felt the slush in his hands and on his face. Then, immediately, he lost all feeling in his arms and legs, and fell to the floor.
He was dying, albeit slowly. At first, he panicked, but soon realized that it was better to die than be tortured by the images and sounds of Mars of Destruction.
He thought to himself, “Damn! There really was no redeeming feature in that show. That truly was the worst anime ever! The world needs to know of my fate!”
He went onto MAL and wrote a short review, and then submitted it.
Afterwards, he died, but before he passed away, he hoped that somebody had read his warning review; a warning, for those who are curious, that Mar of Destruction will literally melt your brain.
2: Gakkou no Kaidan (OVA)
MAL Score: 6.43
OVAs included in the August and September issues of Comic Bun Bun between 2005 and 2009. In 2005 and 2006, the anime came on VHS tapes. It switched to DVD in 2007.
1: Mahou Shoujo Ai
MAL Score: 6.52
In a certain town, there were consecutive phantom assaults. Because the incidents were extraordinarily, there was a rumor that a ghost or supernatural creature caused them. The students in the school which Akitoshi went to were frightened. One day, an unknown girl appeared in the school. However, all the students except Akitoshi thought they had known her. Feeling strange, he shadowed her in order to investigate her but he lost sight of her. At that moment, he heard the scream of a woman from the nearby material yard and went to the place where the scream came from. There he found the beautiful girl of the school, Mikage. Mikage was surrounded by monsters “Yuragi” (fluctuation), and she was hanged naked. Yuragi noticed Akitoshi and began to attack him. Then, the fighter, Ai, appeared and cut them down.
Akitoshi stared at Ai. What was her true character, an enemy or an ally?
However, that’s part of what I ended up liking: there’s a surprising amount of awesome in this show. Instead of being a straightforward PWP, there’s a lot of horror content, and a few definite Crowning Moments of Awesome.
The Story, in a Nutshell: Akitoshi Akishima (through whose eyes we see the story) has been having nightmares, involving friends and classmates attacked and raped by horrifying creatures. His dreams also feature a girl, a warrior who fights the creatures. At the start, these are just dreams, though there are women being raped and murdered in the city…but then the girl from Akitoshi’s dreams shows up in his class. Getting a little too curious, he follows her, and after she has to save him from almost being killed, she fills him in. Her name is Ai Kagano. She is a sorceress/warrior who fights ancient, evil creatures called the Yuragi. Yuragi feed on negative human emotions (like lust, fear and anger), and are terrifyingly sadistic, in order to provoke the feelings they feed on. Normally, Ai uses magic to wipe herself and the Yuragi from the memories of people affected by the events, but Akitoshi is strangely immune, and he quickly finds himself dragged into the fight to stop the Yuragi infestation in the city.
The characters are actually pretty well done. Akitoshi is naive and a little too curious for his own good, but he’s basically honest and good at heart. Ai is outwardly cold and somewhat dismissive, but she has a softer side that she shows when no one’s looking. Emotionally isolated after centuries of being alone, Ai starts to open up, just a little, to Akitoshi over the course of the series. Some of Akitoshi’s classmates are introduced as well, but they’re fairly one-note.
The sex scenes are sometimes played for the expected hentai value, but surprisingly often they appear to be designed to frighten rather than arouse, consistent with how the Yuragi operate. Furthermore, while Ai is inevitably raped, it’s a beautiful subversion of the way things normally go in hentai (at least as far as I know). Instead of her breaking, there always comes a point where Ai has had ENOUGH, and this usually means an awesome beatdown is about to ensue.
Unfortunately, the fifth episode has yet to be subtitled, but the series remains very entertaining in spite of that. Mahou Shoujo Ai has graphic content (violence as well as sex) that is not for the faint of heart, but for those who enjoy the darker, horro movie tone and can handle the graphic stuff, this show is definitely worth checking out.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Mahou Shoujo Ai
2. Gakkou no Kaidan (OVA)
3. Hametsu no Mars