They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Kindan no Mokushiroku: Crystal Triangle, Kyuukyoku no Sex Adventure Kamasutra, Kimera, and more!
32: Kindan no Mokushiroku: Crystal Triangle
English: Crystal Triangle
Japanese: 禁断の黙示録 クリスタルトライアングル
MAL Score: 4.55
In times of olde, God gave mankind the ten commandments, and a message that has been lost to the centuries. In the present, Koichiro Kamishiro is a modern day Indiana Jones who scours (and often destroys) ruins for hints of the past, until one day he runs across a box filled with two crystal triangles. Having inadvertently run across the key to God’s lost message, Kamishiro suddenly has a lot to deal with including assassination attempts by the KGB and the CIA, aliens hell-bent on destroying the Earth and the love of several women!
This isn’t a good anime. It’s in fact very bad. But it’s one of my favorites, and in the right mindset, it could be one of yours as well.
You know the saying “oil and water don’t mix?” The plot of Crystal Triangle kind of feels like one extremely contrarian and probably drunk writer took that as a challenge. This movie includes alien technology, pointless demonic monks, the Soviet Union, a giant talking worm, and a bunch of other stuff that really doesn’t seem like it belongs in a plot which is supposedly about the word of God. Then again, God’s message itself turns out to be completely insane as well. I won’t give away exactly what it is, but I will say that it’s about as enlightening as the opening words of DOOM.
If you’re looking for something uniquely terrible to laugh at with a group of buddies, Crystal Triangle is worth trying. If you aren’t, how in the world did you even end up here?
Congratulations, you just pictured something more coherent than “Crystal Triangle”.
Here a modern day Indiana Jones fights off RPG-shooting Russian Clark Kent and demon monks with Kung Fu powers that are introduced 3 seconds before they are used.
The story is nonsensical, deranged doggerel with a Marty-Stu protagonist and multiple Deus ex Caterpillar plot “twists”
And, yes, I’ll save you the suspense. God is a Worm; and not a cool, giant Shai-Hulud…but a sad trifle that looks like it belongs in the bottom of a bottle of Tequila.
And yes, God gets killed….after (squeakily) giving half of the “Answer” that the heroes fought and died for.
Somehow, I suspect this was either a pilot for an aborted TV series or an advert for a bad manga.
Either way, watch Spriggan instead. It’s 10x better.
31: Kyuukyoku no Sex Adventure Kamasutra
English: Kama Sutra
Japanese: 究極のSEXアドベンチャー カーマスートラ
MAL Score: 4.80
Hidden deep in the ancient Himalayan Mountains, a beautiful princess is found in the ice. Dr. Aikawa revives the sensual princess in his own special way. Now that the lovely Princess Surya has been brought back to life, the fun begins. With love struck eyes, Ryuu, Dr. Aikawa’s son, decides he must master the 48 positions of the ancient art of love, as described in the classic Indian text, the Kama Sutra. Little does he realize how much trouble a beautiful princess can be, until he finds he must protect her from the vicious Indian cult, the Mali Clan.
So here I am watching some of Go Nagai works being animated into OVAs and Kamasutra is simply dumb. Once again Nagai tries to pull his edgyness with another series that tries to provoke into the sexual part of his awful writting. BTW This is not even a Hentai, there are sex scenes but barely last like 1 minute each so the sexual interactions are not the principal part of this.
This show is about how a Hindu Princess is revived after centuries with the science of Semen and love juice inside a sex cup…. (I have no words) and she comes back to life and somehow she has to have relationships with the grandson of some archaelogists for some reason. (Just roll with it) and for some reason another guy wants her so like that he can have eternal life.
The plot is non sensical things happen because they say so. There is a scene where the protagonist and one girl are going to get crushed by walls and their brilliant idea is that they should put the clothes at the walls and that will stop it, I know that there is something called suspension of disbelief but give me a good solid reason on how clothes will stop a wall crushing you, not just for eyecandy of a man and a woman being naked.
Characters are dumb and Go Nagai seems to insist in having that dumb caveman and himself in chibi form in all these crappy Ovas and that don’t add anything to the plot and are there just to remind us that it is one of his works. The other characters are not even worth talking about because they don’t have not even a single trait that I could describe.
Art and sound. I really dig the artstyle and animation used in this but again the caveman and chibi Nagai don’t blend well at all with the other characters. Although some backgrounds were very amateur. There was nothing much as a sound, the voice actors are good I guess but again it is very standard.
Enjoyment. It is boring and stupid. Go Nagai’s works are overrated.
Well I guess that is it,there nothing much to say besides that this is not a hentai per se if you are looking even for that.
Take care and see ya around.
Censorship:Unclear/open for debate.For this old film went with the approach of not blocking the sex parts but positioning the characters in situation where they would not dangle (show).
Young lovers of the past wish to live their lives. Sadly, it does not work out in the original plan. Although, destiny can be funny by twisting situations for the same if not similar paths to be open again once more. Story follows the ideal of if its true love love will find a way.
-one minor issue i had was the depiction of the enemy’s sidekick. What and why was it what it was? Was that character’s story ever explained but was cut out? While the character was indeed random it wont really dawn your attention unless you really focus in on the factor. Personally, i would have preferred a basis for him included in the movie.
It may be a little odd at first but i appreciated the fill-in sounds. What i mean is there will be some brief moments where one might not see some lip movement but will hear some grunts and other non-words sounds.
Overall: I enjoyed this show. Just because i did not give this the highest rating doesn’t mean this wasn’t phenomenal in its own way. For i assure you it is. I am just unfortunately blessed in a more adaptive time era. In further detail, anything whether it be food or common function is improved greatly. There was a time then cord phones were all the rage. Now the rage lies with cordless. My point is while the sex was masked it would have been slightly interesting to see it at some point in the show. Aside from the sex the most amazing aspect was its portion of sex. No, i am not saying the movie was filled with smut. Quite the opposite. The movie blended the idea of sex in a regular comedy adventure story. Perhaps, you may think i am crazy for having such a light stomach per-say in this regard. Although, if that be the case i ask you how can you be pleased with the same ice cream? A little cryptic i know. But sex simply put can be boring. You may change what you can like partner, hair style, position but at the end it is still sex. To have another powerful element in place really keeps you interested in the show. That is why i enjoyed how little the sex played in the plot.
MAL Score: 5.11
Osamu and Jay are two cereal salesmen traveling for work when they encounter a barricade. Curious as to what is going on, they step out of their car and enter into a government secret. Two mysterious demon-like men have been terrorizing the military, who came to respond to a car crash involving a vehicle carrying government research material. Inside the car wreckage, Osamu finds a beautiful hermaphrodite with gold and crimson eyes trapped in a frozen chamber. Osamu shares a kiss with them through the glass before he is forced to flee the scene.
Osamu and Jay interrogate Jay’s father, a top researcher at a government laboratory, who reveals that what Osamu and Jay saw was top-secret, and they would likely be sitting in prison if it weren’t for his influence. While Jay is ready to forget everything that happened, Osamu cannot let it go that easily. After stealing a security badge, Osamu finds where the person he kissed is being kept, and learns that their name is Kimera. Osamu wants to run away with the beautiful Kimera, though he does not know why Kimera is being held captive or what a relationship with them means for the future of humanity.
Kimera was created by the same woman who wrote Boku no Sexual Harassment, so we’re off to a great start! The animation studio behind Kimera was Animate Film, who mostly did in-between animation for larger studios. However, they did create a few independent projects apart from Kimera, most notably the ecchi classic Plastic Little, directed by Satoshi “King of Breasts” Urushihara. Here is where things get messy. Myanimelist doesn’t actually list a director for Kimera. If I go to Anime News Network, it lists “Kazu Yokota” but that name doesn’t pull up any other results outside ANN. So likely the director used a pseudonym because he was too embarrassed to be credited with this piece of shit. One of the few people who wasn’t too ashamed to be credited was veteran animator Yasuomi Umetsu. This is a man I’ve talked about in many of my reviews. He was the founder of Studio Arms and worked on a lot of schlocky, hyperviolent OVAs during the 90s and early 2000s. He directed Kite, Mezzo Forte, and was lead animator on several popular anime. Notably, he was the lead animator on the first and last episodes of Elfen Lied.
Kimera was based on a shonen-ai manga that ran for 20 chapters or 2 volumes. However, the anime tries to cram those 20 chapters into a single 40 minute OVA. Unsurprisingly, the anime is an incoherent mess of random asspulls and rapid fire exposition dialogue that has no emotional impact and just leaves the viewer dazed. One of the villains tries to cram the vampire race’s entire tragic backstory into the last 5 minutes of the OVA! It’s basically that scene in Mars of Destruction where the aliens randomly say “We were the real Earthlings all along!” about 20 seconds before the ending and expects that to be meaningful to the audience!
The plot is about a Japanese cereal salesman going overseas for a business trip and discovering an alien capsule containing a beautiful, androgynous alien. Seriously…a cereal salesman?! There aren’t even any Japanese brand breakfast cereals available in America! Of course, this is the writer of Boku no Sexual Harassment and this is very consistent with her poor knowledge of international business in that series. Anyways, the cereal salesman is driving through the desert and suddenly is stopped by a military barricade. He gets out of his car to ask questions when suddenly there is a series of explosions and police start fighting the alien vampires. The salesman runs for safety into some kind of warehouse and sees Kimera inside what looks like one of the healing tanks from DBZ. He then does the logical thing and immediately starts kissing the glass. Kimera wakes up and starts kissing the glass in return. Talk about love at first sight! After killing some police and army dudes, the vampires fly off and it cuts to the next scene where cereal salesman and his business partner are being grilled by some government scientist. Fortunately, they get released because the lead scientist is the father of salesman’s partner. What happens next are a series of battles and exposition dumps in which we learn that alien vampires abducted humans and created a bioweapon named Kimera who can wipeout Humanity. However, one of the alien vampires had second thoughts at the last second and is now teaming with human scientists to kill Kimera and avert the extinction of Mankind. The other alien vampire wishes to wipe out humanity as revenge for humans killing hundreds of Vampires in the Middle Ages, who came to Earth as peaceful ambassadors and were killed despite never actually doing anything to humans. The vampires end up killing each other and the salesman is told that he must finish off Kimera or else all of Mankind is doomed. Salesman decides to breed with Kimera and likely sacrifice all of Mankind purely out of passionate lust. The sex was just THAT good! Sure, all of Humanity is a heavy price to pay, but Kimera really hits that G-spot when he’s getting plowed from behind.
The art is this anime is pretty sloppy and was definitely rushed. However, some of Umetsu’s character designs are decent. That’s honestly the only good thing I have to say about Kimera. This is a Yaoi series that kind of forgot the actual Yaoi scenes and relied on its plot…which was rushed to death and made no sense. I’ve seen this piece of shit twice now and there is still SOO much I don’t understand about this plot.
Kimera was released by ADV as an ecchi series, but they were instructed by the Japanese producer to not refer to it as a yaoi. Kimera is instead referred to as female and this was marketed towards heterosexual males in the US, since they were seen as a larger fanbase than fujoshi. However, Kimera is clearly drawn to be male and this strategy did NOT work. Horny teens bought this hoping for boobs and instead got gay shit! lol. I think that’s a huge part of the reason this has a 3.20 rating on Anime News Network and is rated there as one of the top 10 worst anime of all time. Don’t get me wrong, Kimera is fucking horrible. It’s a BAD anime, but it’s not as technically bad as the only other series to score in the low 3s on ANN. It’s honestly pretty funny to imagine a horny male otaku in 2001 paying 40 dollars for this on DVD thinking it was like Plastic Little and getting gay vampires from outer space. The nerd rage that this series caused on release here in America is honestly the best thing about this series. I would give this a 2 if ADV did this purely to be trolls, but sadly it was just the Japanese producer trying to make money through dishonesty. So sadly Kimera will have to settle for a 1.
There’s nothing remarkable about the way Kimera looks. It’s cheaply made. The backgrounds are flat and minimal, and the color palette consists mostly of a muted mishmash of grays and dark greens which, combined with the generally low production values and lack of ambient lighting, give the OVA a very dull and industrial aesthetic. The design work isn’t much better; Kimera’s human characters have square, blocky, seemingly featureless faces with dime-a-dozen expressions, while its monstrous villains look like half-baked concoctions of various oozing creeps from B-grade sci-fi films the world over. The animation itself can vary, and at its best it’s actually not too bad, offering suitably squirmy movements for the abundance of disgusting, gore-seeking tentacles. However, speed lines, quick cuts away from action, and other budget-savers are just as abundant, providing for a weird fifty-fifty split between modest but acceptable animation and terrible animation. Quality control appears to have been skimped on altogether, and the show can’t maintain a constant level of visual detail for more than seven or eight minutes at a time. Some of the more consistently animated portions of its blessedly short running length include a gratuitous sex scene and a thirty-second shot of a man’s organs exploding out of his chest and forming a neat little pile on the ground. These serve as good indicators of where the priorities of the work’s creators lie, if nothing else.
Kimera’s score bats a perfect zero—without fail, when there was music playing, I found myself wishing there wasn’t. Oh, the music itself is plenty awful; its constituents include squealing, high-speed violin compositions, overwrought operatic organ pieces, and vaguely 80s-sounding synth-rock, none of which should have ever been allowed the privilege of existing, much less coexisting within a single forty-minute span of time. It’s all bad enough that I feel sorry for whoever was tasked with integrating it into the OVA in a way that would benefit all parties involved. That poor soul must have tried, because Kimera usually at least attempts to put two and two together and play music that is supposed to be sad over scenes that are supposed to be sad, fast-paced music over scenes of action, so on and so on…but, honestly, the effort was doomed from the start. The soundtrack is such an ill-considered, intrinsically conflicting mixture that it’s pretty much unworkable, and it’s the factor that pushes some scenes in Kimera over the thin line between “weird and nonsensical” and “unintentionally laughable.”
In fairness, it’s hard to not laugh at a story like this one. Kimera posits that earthly legends about vampires are actually the result of alien beings from another planet (who survive by sucking the life force out of other beings) landing on Earth in the past. Lately there has been turmoil on the vampire homeworld, they’re in danger of becoming extinct, and now three vampires/aliens have crash-landed their spaceships on Earth with the intention of starting a population of vampires there and using humans as their livestock. The key to doing so is the female vampire, Kimera, who is captured by the Air Force and kept in an underground lab. Our two lead characters encounter Kimera before she’s captured, and one of them falls in love with her. Okay, so the concept itself sounds like the demon-spawn of many terrible, terrible things, but they could make it work if the execution were good enough. Unfortunately, it carries all the hallmarks of hacky storytelling. There are unexplained leaps in time, unexplained transitions from one scene to the next (at one point the setting changes, as if by magic, from an Air Force facility in the middle of nowhere to a bustling city). Most of the backstory is revealed through a short flashback which occurs thirty minutes into the OVA, which is quite untimely, to say the least. The progression of events is hectic, cluttered, and everything in between, and while it’s not quite bad enough for me to say I couldn’t tell what was happening, it’s pretty close.
The next time a work of fiction introduces its two protagonists as “the hardest working corn cereal salesmen in America,” a fact seemingly slipped in just for the purpose of explaining why said characters know each other and why they are driving through a deserted, mountainous, Air Force-patrolled region in the dead of night, I’ll probably take the hint and go watch something else. Their names are Osamu and Jay (or Main Character and Blonde Guy, if you prefer). Their personalities initially appear to be pretty clear-cut—Osamu is a tepid and uninteresting everyman, Jay is a constantly ribbing, buddy-buddy jokester type. We’ve seen them before.
However, there is a gaping discrepancy between what these characters are supposed to be and what they actually are. Our two “cereal salesmen” break into government laboratories plastered with warnings about biohazards seemingly on a whim. One of them spends a good portion of the OVA french-kissing a green-skinned alien succubus who has never even spoken one word to him. Jay is the bystander mentioned above who appears to think that swatting a loaded gun out of someone’s hands is a good idea. It’s one thing for characters to make devastatingly stupid and irreversible decisions; that’s certainly not a problem in and of itself. To err is human, as humans like to say. However, in reality and in well-written stories, these would be weighty choices, potentially carrying great consequences; the kind of choices that nobody would make without putting some good, hard thought into it. But neither of these average Joes appears to have any regard for life and limb. With the exception of an initial, brief “this might not be a good idea” from Osamu, the two treat breaking into an Air Force laboratory like it’s a prank, giggling with schoolyard glee about whether or not they’ll need a password to breach its giant interlocking doors (and they don’t, because that would make sense). And so Kimera rolls on, with nobody ever pausing to consider anything, gape at any of the fantastic events that occur, or do anything that would cause real human beings to understand them or feel a connection to them. Point being that these are only “characters” in the most cold and mechanical sense; they’re wheels that turn thoughtlessly to carry the plot to whatever ridiculous landmark it wants to visit.
Ironically enough, it’s something in the same vein as that quality which prevents me from giving Kimera the lowest possible score. I don’t think this OVA is meant to be taken as a joke, yet, having seen it, it’s very hard to think of it as anything but. Do I recommend watching this? No, definitely not. It’s excessive, poorly written, poorly presented, cheesy, and constantly straining to cover its own screwups. But it’s not truly mean-spirited, and there’s a (very) little something to be said for this tiny universe where everyone, good guys and bad guys alike, are brick-stupid, and the switch for common sense, reasoning, and decision-making is covered with cobwebs which permanently tether it in the “off” position. In spite of and because of its silly incompetence, it inspires just the tiniest bit of admittedly condescending affection, enough for me to turn the dial one unit to the right of where it probably should be. Kimera says “take me seriously,” and we can only shake our heads and smile knowingly, as if gracefully rejecting the outlandish request of a child.
It’s about a vampire wanting to use Kimera to continue the race. During this there seems to be a lot of Damsel in Distress on top of her being a vampire. The weirdest thing about her is that she has the upper body of a man and the lower body of a female. There appears to be a rape scene of some sort too, but it’s just odd because Kimera looks like a woman/man or something.
She doesn’t talk, which is boring, she talks in flash backs but nothing else. She is fixated on this guy who helped her.
I like the art, it’s beautiful and it uses a fun use of colour, but I have nothing to complain about but it wasn’t anything super special.
The music was okay, it fit what it was being used for but it had no tracks I found amazing.
I think the characters were well developed during the story, but I honestly thought there should be more Kimera interaction and talking, I couldn’t give a damn about her mostly because she was a silent character. Even in the end she had nothing to say.
Bleh. Watch it if you want.
29: Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
Japanese: デジタル デビル物語〈ストーリ〉 女神転生
MAL Score: 5.20
Akemi Nakajima, is a high school student with a genius talent for computer programming.
One day, Yumiko Shirasagi is transferred to the same class as him. She feels she knows Nakajima from somewhere, but doesn’t try to deal with it. After school, Nakajima and a couple of classmates held a ceremony to summon the devil. Nakajima summons the devil Loki on the computer display while presenting a female offering. What will happen to Yumiko, who witnessed the scene?
(Source: Official site, edited)
However, in general, it is fairly pathetic, even by old-fashioned standards.
Taken as a compliment to the light novel, though, it works fairly well, so overall, I rated it as “good”, or 7/10… however, for most people, I would recommend watching something else… leave this for diehard megatenist, or fans of the DDM light novel (which is still not officially in English, but there is a fan-translation).
Hope this helps.
The story seems very easy to follow, but the anime makes it difficult to understand what is happening and why. Throughout the story, Nakajima constantly shifts between dreams and real life and when Yumiko is almost killed, a woman speaks inside her head and she gains the ability to shoot lasers from her eyes. This is just a sample of the crazy things that happen through to the end and it is very hard to understand how any of this has a connection to the main story. The only reason the story did not receive a lower score was because there was a basic story that moves from point A to point B and the usage of computers for demon summoning is a really neat idea, but even then, it was hard not to give this a worse score.
Animation: This OVA is from 1987, so the animation is not expected to be on the level of the animations of today, but this was one of the better aspects of this anime. There is a bit of gore in this and it was done pretty well, but that is about the only part. For the majority of this anime, the color scheme uses just about three colors almost the whole way through, green and black with a bit of red. There are a few times when other colors are used, but by the end, it is easy to forget about them. At one point, Nakajima is looking out across some mountainous land and the art for it was actually really good, but is quickly gone. Overall, the animation was about mediocre, and barely.
Sound: The voice actors did their job, but it is nothing to brag about. They conveyed the appropriate emotions at the right times, but that is about it. The music was just horrible 80’s synthetic music, if that is what you could call it. It did not fit the anime at all, when there was music, considering there was just a lot of silence throughout the majority of it. Some of the sound effects were not bad, though, so it saved the OVA a little.
Characters: There were characters in this? On a serious note, the characters in this were just horribly done. There was no background to them, except Yumiko is a transfer student and Nakajima is a computer whiz who is trying to summon demons. There are incidents that happen to the characters throughout, but there is no knowledge of why or what they have to do with anything pertaining to the rest of the story. These characters really are nothing but just lumps of flesh running around doing something that is supposed to be important.
Overall: Being a huge Shin Megami Tensei fan, this OVA looked like it would have been pretty good, but the shock of how horrible this turned out to be was just incredible. Even for major fans of this series, this will be a major disappointment to most, if not all viewers. The bad animations, bad music, and horrible characters are just a few of the turn-offs of this anime. Unless you have nothing better to do, you would have a more enjoyable time playing with the neighbor’s rabid dog.
The art was ok, sound ok, the end song was typical 80s cheese, and there was a lot of blood. But after the beginning where we see Loki summoned? That was when it just felt dull and lifeless, like the anime wanted to get to certain points as fast as it can with little care for the characters and stories.
28: Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gootaman: Gootaman Tanjou-hen
English: Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman
MAL Score: 5.23
Mari Amachi is a very devout Christian who transfers to Perfect Religion Academy. A school devoted to all religions of the world in effort to make it’s students the next world leaders in religion. Her friend Saori is kidnapped by the Black Buddha cult; a group who wishes to take away religious freedom though force and brainwashing. Mari prays to God for help but Buddha answers the call, instead! Mari aspires only to help her friend and she is transformed into Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gotaman. Between fighting bad guys, making a deal with Buddha, and wearing scandalous costumes, is it more than Mari can take?
For the sake of brevity I am could to refer to this series as just Gautaman. The story is as basic as they come. Mari is a devout Christian and a new student to a private school that caters to many different faiths. Unfortunately for her it is also home to an evil cult known as Black Buddha. After her new friend and roommate is captured by the cult to be brainwashed into becoming a worshiper, Mari is given the power of Gautaman to save her. Much to her shame and the delight of everyone else her costume involved a lot of skimpy clothing topped off with a sumo belt that exposes her backside. Stay with me here. Yes its one of if not the most completely ridiculous situations I have ever seen but the thing that this show does so right is that it knows it’s ridiculous, and that’s the whole point.
The parody is quite good, it takes aim at everything from Japanese pop culture to Star Wars. The Star Wars references were very amusing since I was such a fan of it growing up. Having a guy in a sumo suit with a Darth Vader mask on was almost too much to bear. There is a lot of echii comedy mixed in as well but really it is pretty tame from what I was expecting. Besides a few boobs and some sexual humor it’s fairly clean. The main problem people are likely to have is that a good majority of the parody is going to be lost on the current generation. Even something like Star Wars is 30 years old now, and almost everyone is going to not know any of the 70s J-Pop singers or manga writers. Another issue is that it doesn’t end. After doing a little research on this title there seems to be a sequel that will finish things up. The comedy is good enough to carry it that honestly I didn’t really care about that.
There isn’t any real depth to any of the characters which is really to be expected for something this short. That doesn’t mean that they weren’t enjoyable though. Mari and Saori were both charming and likable as the main protagonists. The supporting cast and villains are equally as shallow and mainly rely on their various visual stereotypes to build their characters.
For an anime this old, the artwork really does hold up. The various fight scenes and character designs are very well drawn and animated. Like most series from this era the colors are a bit dull and lifeless however. There is not a lot to comment on the sound, the acting was good but there is little music to critique either.
I was really tempted to go a little higher on my overall rating. Gautaman has a number of flaws, its humor is extremely dated and the lack of an ending. However if you can appreciate the humor and not take it too seriously I think you might enjoy it too.
Artwork and Animation: 8
For a low budget early 90s title, this one has really polished and fluid animation. Flashy colors, smooth frames, and plenty of action kept it interesting to watch, and wasn’t bogged down by garbage stillframes.
Sound and Voice Acting: 7
Everyone in this sounds like they’re hopped up on too much caffeine and barely containing themselves. It’s very energetic, funny, and entertaining.
Characters and Story: 7
Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman (Gautaman from here on out) is about a young devout Christian girl, Mary (haha name puns), who meets Buddha, gets superpowers, defeats Scary Newspaper Brainwashing Demon, Sumo Darth Vader, and the dopey perv Principal to bring justice to Perfect Religion Academy.
After her friend Saori is captured by the Black Buddha gang, Mary is gifted the powers of Gautaman, which consist of wearing a sumo belt and magical visor that stops anyone from recognizing you, except your butt, that is. Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha himself, appears in person to explain what’s going on (and smash through the 4th wall!). Buddha also makes up the powers as he goes along, which lead to hilarious results.
Mary leads a double life, as does any good magical girl. By day, she’s a repressed, overly pure and innocent student- by… crisis, she becomes GAUTAMAN! Stripperifically clad and with ridiculous powers to match, she’s out to whoop some ass _with_ her ass. The evil Black Buddha gang, antagonists to… world religion? try to stop her in the name of all that’s unholy. Borderline irreverence, ridiculousness, and over the top WTF ensue. Their only lead? A butt print left by Gautaman in her first scrap with the forces of stupid. But whose butt matches the cast?
The aforementioned Scary Newspaper wielding Brainwashing Demon is the first villain, wielding newspapers like shuriken, and if you’re exposed to the print, it shortens your life by 100 days!!! For the love of all that’s holy, not the fine print!
Second up is SUMO DARK VADER- I’m not even kidding. I’ve never seen such an original and obviously non parodical villain in my life. This has to be seen to believed.
I laughed my butt off, pun intended. Gautaman is full of ancient history (read: 70s Japanese pop culture references), Star Wars references and puns, butts, name puns, butts, and general mild religious mockery. The WTF force is strong with this one.
When I saw the title, this one went straight on the watchlist. I’m a fan of so-bad-it’s-good movies from watching too many Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes. I was not disappointed. Butt Attack Punisher Girl is a buttload of laughs, “what?’s”, and “this is the dumbest, best thing I’ve ever seen’s”.
Oh. Yeah. 45m of nonstop so-bad-it’s-good stupidity, you’ll wish you got buttslammed by Gautaman.
If you really love “so bad it’s good” anime, you may be interested in a little title called Butt Attack Punisher Girl! Judging from the name alone, you know you’re probably in for a VERY stupid anime. In this instance your first ASSumption would be correct.
One thing I feel we as anime fans too often ignore is the anime director. With the exception of a few directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Hiroyuki Imaishi, people simply don’t give a fuck who directed the series. This is a HUGE mistake, since having a good director or a bad director can make a world of difference. This anime was directed by Iku Suzuki, one of the worst anime directors in history! This man has the fucking touch of death. Everything he goes near is absolutely HORRIBLE! If you don’t believe me that directors make a difference, it is time to play Good Director/Bad Director.
First we will look at a good director: Mamoru Kanbe. This guy can be put on the worst team in existence, and if it is possible to save the project, he will do it. He is basically the Tim Howard of anime directors. You may know him as the co-director for Baccano, Card Captor Sakura, and main director of Elfen Lied. “What!? But But…literaturenerd-san, Elfen Lied sucks balls!” Consider the following: this was a series that NO ONE expected to succeed in the slightest. It was based on an objectively terrible manga with no readership or fanbase, had virtually zero budget, was animated by an absolute JOKE of an animation studio known only for hentai, and the man assigned to write the dialogue was mostly just used to writing hentai. Kanbe single-handedly re-wrote the episodes, made his own ending, fixed 90% of the complete bullshit from the manga, salvaged all that actually worked from the manga, and by himself made an underdog series with ZERO business succeeding into one of the most popular and beloved anime of its decade. No one can turn a piece of dog shit into an absolutely flawless diamond, but Kanbe absolutely can take some of the absolute worst projects and make them watchable. He was assigned to helm a series about an all girl military band in Switzerland that must play bugles to inspire troop moral in WW1! He made something THAT fucking stupid actually somewhat watchable and above a 7.5 rating here on MAL. Now lets look at what a bad director can do!
An example of a bad director would be Iku Suzuki. In addition to directing Butt Attack Punisher girl, this guy directed: EYES of Mars, DearS, Traning/sleeping with Hinako, Happy Lesson, and FUCKING Dark Cat! The average rating of the series this man directed is around 5 on MAL. Do you have any idea just how hard that is to accomplish?! Iku Suzuki belongs to that special breed of HORRIBLE directors who are both ambitious and totally shameless. They don’t just stop after making one fucking train wreck of a movie like the 1 time directors of The Room, Birdemic, Manos the Hands of Fate. These rare, special bad directors continue to make project after project of the absolute worst shit imaginable. Iku Suzuki is in the company of directors like: Coleman Francis, Chester Novell Turner, Ed Wood, Godfrey Ho, and Ulli Lommel. You may have noticed I excluded examples like: Shamylan, Boll, and Friedberg, because those guys suck, but they actually make money and SORT OF know what the fuck they’re doing. If you have ever seen a movie by any of the first 5 bad directors I mentioned, you will know that you are dealing with an entirely different category of shit!
Story and characters 1/10
The story is that a devout Christian girl named Mary decides to attend a school supposedly designed to create peace and harmony between the major world religions. However, the school is actually run by an evil cult called the “black Buddhas” who wish to take away people’s freedom of religion and convert everyone to their cult by force. When the only ethnic Japanese Hindu in history gets captured by the cultists, Mary prays to God and Buddha answers instead. Buddha gives her a magical Sumo loincloth and tells her to use her butt to fight against evil! The fight scenes are gloriously absurd and I love the fact that she literally KILLS her opponents with her butt. Once defeated, the cult members turn back into their normal selves and leave ordinary corpses, which Mary feels sort of bad about because they were innocent people that were brainwashed. Let me repeat that, our hero murders innocent people that were brainwashed by a cult…with her ass cheeks! If you’re head isn’t exploding from the sheer stupidity of this series, there is something wrong with you! The story doesn’t even have a proper ending because only a single pilot episode was ever made! After the pilot episode, the studio cut all funding because it was just too stupid! I would like you to consider all the TERRIBLE anime that during the OVA golden days of the early 1990s were able to get funding for more than 1 episode. Ninja Resurrection, the head bashingly retarded anime about a samurai fighting Crystal Dragon Jesus, was able to get 3 episodes. Mad Bull 34 was able to get 4 full hour episodes. This fucking piece of shit couldn’t even convince the same studios to let it have more than 1 episode! WOW! Bravo Mr. Suzuki! Bravo!
Although not the worst art I have ever seen in an anime, that would probably go to Suzuki’s other masterpiece Dark Cat, this was still pretty fucking bad. Early 1990s echii OVAs were all about showing some ass and titties because full 26 episode sheer fanservice anime didn’t exist yet! In the early 1990s there was no Queen’s Blade, Ikki Tousen, Rail Wars, etc. If you wanted to see anime ass and titties you needed to watch short, shitty OVAs like Plastic Little. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hire the esteemed Mr. Urushihara from Plastic Little for this project, because he is literally Rembrandt compared to these chumps!
This anime DOES have one redeeming factor that actually makes it far superior to anything else Suzuki has ever directed. It is actually ENJOYABLY bad. Many of the scenes are so fucking stupid you simply can’t help but laugh at them. Butt Attack Girl fights a Sumo Wrestler Darth Vader complete with the helmet, voice, and respirator sounds! She then kills him by flying into the air and slamming into him with her ass so hard that it caves in his fucking thoracic cavity! I don’t even have words to adequately describe how awesomely stupid that is!
This anime is absolute garbage, but at least it made me laugh a couple times. By actually being enjoyably terrible instead of gratingly terrible, this was BY FAR the best effort by director Iku Suzuki! When you have directed about 15 anime and the best thing you have ever done is called “Butt Attack Punisher Girl”, you should probably consider entering a new career!
27: Yami no Shihosha Judge
MAL Score: 5.34
Hoichiro Ohma works in an office. Everybody knows him as a silent, humble man. Even his girlfriend, Nanase, doesn’t suspect that he could be something more, but he is. When a person dies as a victim of murder; when someone kills himself with a curse on his lips; when someone’s death needs to be judged, he is there, for he is a Judge Of Darkness. Following the Laws Of Darkness, with a book made of human skin and an unusual parrot, he pronounces judgement over living criminals that would otherwise go free.
The manga is from the 1980s and is written by the same dude who created the far superior Gallery Fake. That manga/anime about art forgery that you’ve probably heard of but haven’t seen because almost nobody has. The anime is a single episode, 40 minute OVA from 1991 that was animated by JC Staff. This was a few years before JC Staff graced the world with Garzey’s Wing. Also like Garzey’s Wing, Judge was one one of the bad titles forced on to Central Park Media because it bombed hard in Japan. Central Park didn’t have a lot of confidence in Judge and released it without fanfare into bargain bins across America, where it can still be picked up for usually around 1-3 dollars on a cheaply printed DVD.
So what is Judge about? This is an anime all about the legal bureaucracy of the afterlife. Time for some background information. In the Abrahamic faiths, there is only one God and He alone is in charge of judgement. It’s an open and shut case whether someone goes to heaven or hell, so there is no afterlife bureaucracy. The very concept is utterly absurd to someone brought up with Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. In traditional Chinese folklore, the afterlife or court of the Jade Emperor worked basically the same as the legal courts and government of Zhou Dynasty China. The next life is just a continuation of this one, so of course the gods settle their disputes the same way as the Chinese government. That means TONS of bureaucracy, confusing power structures, bribery, and red tape. Unsurprisingly, this Chinese view of the afterlife was heavily influential on their neighbor Japan. Shinto is a very loosely organized religion that doesn’t have 1 central book equivalent of the Bible or the Koran. As a result, it actually absorbed quite a bit from Buddhism, Chinese folk religion, and even Hinduism. Remember that giant red guy named Enma from Dragonball? You’ve probably seen him in other anime as well. He sits at a desk all day and judges souls. Enma is the Japanese translation of Yanluo Wang, which was China’s regional spin on the Hindu god Yama. They’re all the same dude.
Judge takes this very traditional, East Asian view of the afterlife and makes it even more ridiculous by making it function like modern, Western legal procedure. This is an anime with a shinigami called the “Service processor of darkness” who delivers legal papers and informs clients that they’ve been served. That should let you know what kind of fucking insanity you’re getting into.
The main character is some dweeb who looks like Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid games. He’s a meek salaryman who gets abused all day, but is secretly the “Judge of Darkness”. At least in the English dub. He’s actually not a judge at all, but rather the “Prosecuting Attorney of Darkness”. His job is to deliver divine punishment to evildoers who managed to escape the law of mortals. He reads them their crimes, then tortures and kills them in this life before dragging them to Hell. His first task is to kill this bastard who forced a secretary to embezzle tons of money from his corporation, then murdered her and staged her death as a suicide. We learn this because he delivers all this information in a melodramatic monologue to himself for no reason. All while driving his dastardly foreign car. Otacon puts on lipstick, gets a perm, does his nails, and transforms into the prosecutor of darkness! He kills the first dude by drowning him wrapped in an American flag to symbolize his greed. Awesome!
In the next case, Otacon has to go after his boss because the boss paid an assassin in South America to kill his business partner. I mean his day job boss, not his afterlife boss. This time though, the prosecutor of darkness is met by the defense attorney of darkness! Despite being the prosecutor of darkness for many years, he had no idea that a defense attorney of darkness existed and was quite surprised by this. The gods decided that the whole divine punishment thing was unfair and gave permission to a Catholic priest who sounds like Droopy Dog to be the defense attorney of evil. This guy knows that his clients are guilty and the prosecutor is only going after them because they escaped mortal justice, but he believes it’s his duty to help evildoers escape. You also know the defense attorney is the bad guy because he charges 500 million yen for his services while the prosecutor works pro-bono. This guy is a divine being who works directly for the gods like a shinigami, but charges heavily for his services! Why?! What does he even do with that money? I think Bennett the Sage in his review had the only logical conclusion: he blows it all at the strip club.
Here is where Judge becomes a masterpiece. The 2 spirit lawyers engage in a magical legal battle! They fire lasers at each other and summon demons all while screaming legal jargon, written by-laws, and obscure statutes. Imagine a Family Guy cutaway gag about Jewish Harry Potter. That is EXACTLY what this scene is! At this point, the boss gets served by the service processor of darkness and is summoned to appear before the 9 judges of the supreme court of darkness. I’m not going to completely spoil the ending, but what happens is just as stupid as the rest of the series. All while taking itself COMPLETELY seriously. Judge never has an ounce of self awareness throughout the entire runtime. It has no idea how stupid and insane it is!
Another highlight of Judge is the insanely terrible character art. These are some of the ugliest characters I’ve seen in anime. However, it’s quite different from your typical, ugly looking anime. The character art in Kaiji isn’t exactly pretty, but the style is very consistent. Every character looks like they belong in the same world. That is NOT the case with Judge. Some of the characters like the boss look they belong in an entirely separate anime. The boss is drawn to look like a Grey Alien, but he’s not. He’s just supposed to be a normal guy and nobody mentions that he looks completely different from everyone else!
I just skimmed through some of the bullshit and insanity of this anime, but I HIGHLY recommend watching the whole thing. It has to be seen to be believed. I would have probably given Judge a 1, but it made me laugh so hard that I gave it a 4. I made the mistake of visiting the MAL forums last night and met some Zoomer elitist who thought Fairy Tale was what a 1/10 anime looked like. This is exactly why more people need to watch anime like Judge. Only 1,000 people on all of MAL have seen this piece of shit and I want to change that!
The main character resembles Clark Kent. He is a nerdy and kind guy at work but when no one is looking he turns into a super hero whose goal is to bring justice upon vilains (by killing tchem ofc). We don’t get to know why is he that way, who exactly is he and what is his story. He definetly isn’t a “generic good guy” but unfortunately he isn’t memorable either.
When it comes to the art & music they are fairly ok for a 1991 anime. My only objection is that the music sometimes doesn’t match the scenes.
And finally the most important aspect: “Why is YSJ not good as a horror?”.
#1 There were only 3 scary scenes in the entire movie. It definetly is not enough for a horror that lasts 48 minutes.
#2 All of these scenes were really unrealistic. Maybe it’s only me but i don’t find magical books, weird deformed ghosts and birds which can cut you scary.
#3 The ending didn’t leave me with any tention. When the story came to an end i felt as if nothing has happened. I think that if it was longer it might have been much better but it all happened to fast.
To conclude i don’t recommend you YSJ unless you are an otaku hipster and want to show off your anime knowledge.
26: Explorer Woman Ray
Japanese: EXPLORER WOMAN RAY (エクスプローラーウーマン レイ)
MAL Score: 5.35
She’s an archeologist AND a black belt and Ray Kazuki will need her brains and her brawn as she plunges into a thrill-filled adventure. Ray’s examining an exciting new archeological discovery: a legendary temple located in an isolated area of the world.
As always, she has with her a strange mirror that belonged to her father; a mirror that may provide access to a vanished civilization. On the excavation, Ray meets Mai and Mami Tachibana, freewheeling pubescent girls who heedlessly court danger. And danger they find, in the form of Rig Veda.
Veda’s after a big prize: Ray’s mirror. But she will have to stop him at all costs, because if Veda gets his hands on the powerful object, he will possess secrets that could lead to disaster.
Our tale opens with some twin sisters riding a bus when they see a truck pull alongside it covered in tarp. The tarp gets removed to reveal a group of men with guns who board the bus to chase the twins. The twins manage to escape in a pretty good action sequence and they make their way to the archaeologist, Kazuki Reina, our titular Ray. They deliver an artifact to her and witness an altercation between her and another archaeologist, Rieg. In the morning she gets a call that the mirror was stolen by a pair of girls and she finds the twins gone, along with the mirror. Although they were kind enough to leave a note saying that they’ll return it once they find the treasure. She goes after them but Rieg and his group of ruffians are after the mirror too.
Let’s begin with the negative things about the series. First off, this is one of those action-oriented series where archaeology is basically about running through ruins for adventure and fending off thugs who are after the same discoveries as you are. Instead of excavating ancient artifacts through long and arduous labour for science. Don’t expect an accurate depiction of the field. Now, that doesn’t really other me since it’s a pretty common choice for fictional media but what does bother me is that we see our heroine destroy ancient artifacts and scientific data that’s been gathered because she’s worried about how it’ll be used. Why is she even in a scientific field if she’s so damn skittish about knowledge? It’s also a bit head scratching that they visit ruins that they’ve been to before and yet they’ve still got intricate traps armed and ready. No one else bothered going through them and disarming those so that the ruin could be explored safely?
Now I will give the series some credit as well. I do like that the antagonist’s minions are portrayed as individuals and not mindless followers. They do question his orders, even pondering whether or not to obey him at one point. I also do like Ray’s character arc and the way she faces her own inner conflict. It’s not fully realised and they could have done a lot more with it, but given the time constraints it’s pretty well done.
Most of the characters in this are pretty archetypical. Ray is the experienced adventurer. Rieg is the villainous scientist motivated by greed. His minions are a slight improvement over regular minion characters since they do have some agency but they aren’t very far above them. Mami and Mai act as Ray’s sidekicks. With Mami being the more timid sidekick type and Mai being the more active and headstrong variety. I honestly can’t fault the OVA for using the ad hoc archetypes, since it is only two episodes and they’re more action focused than character driven but it doesn’t really make for a compelling or memorable cast.
The artwork and animation are pretty dated. For the late 80s it’s pretty typical but by today’s standards it doesn’t look very good. The backgrounds are pretty plain and there are some art errors peppered throughout. I will say that the action sequences are pretty nicely done and they hold up pretty well. You can tell that AIC was really putting their focus on them.
The vocal cast is pretty good. Ray is voiced by Doi Mika, probably best known for her work as Queen Serenity in the original Sailor Moon anime. The twins are voiced by Itou Miki (Jessie Gartland) and Takayama Minami (Griffith.) They do well, but expect to hear them yell “Ray” a lot. Hori Katsunosuke (we got to hear him play Professor X in that terrible X-men anime) does make for a pretty decent villain. The music is kind of generic, but serviceable.
There really isn’t any. I suppose that you could say that the only reason for Mai and Mami to stay with Ray after the first episode is that one, or both, is/are attracted to her but I kind of doubt that that’s the reason that was intended since there’s really nothing to support the idea. It’s more likely that Okazaki just couldn’t be bothered to give them a reason for sticking around or that AIC didn’t feel it important to share that reason with the viewers.
Explorer Woman Ray is not a bad OVA. It’s kind of standard for an archaeologists are action heroes type of narrative. If that’s your type of thing you’ll probably enjoy it well enough. My final rating is going to be a 5/10. Next week, Shigofumi: Letters from the departed. Yeah, Gintama is still a ways away.
25: Tomoe ga Yuku!
MAL Score: 5.37
The title character of Tomoe ga Yuku! (Tomoe Will Go!) is gutsy enough to roller skate down freeways for thrills. After losing a friend in a roller skating accident, Tomoe joins a stunt group called Green Ship. Although still mourning her friend’s death, Tomoe has no reservations about embracing a relationship with the group’s leader, Kazusa. Soon she discovers Green Ship is a front for an assassin training camp. She must flee her new life and love and rekindle her fiery spirit in order to fight against the organization which wants her dead.
(Source: Animerica Extra December 2001)
24: Al Caral no Isan
English: Legacy of Aru Kararu
Japanese: アル カラルの遺産
MAL Score: 5.43
In the 26th century, humans discover a humanoid race living on the distant world GO/7498/2, a dark-skinned, golden-eyed people who seem to eke out a primitive, carefree existence. However, a scout team from Earth discovers that there is more to them than meets the eye–they live in symbiosis with vicious reptilian parasites, and the Terran scientists have upset the delicate natural balance.
(Source: The Anime Encyclopedia)
Yet, Al Caran no Isan chooses to overlook these questions in favor of relating Shana’s tale of self discovery… By following a linear path towards the curtain fall, Visual 80 ends to deliver an OAV falling short in all departments through a combination of lack of imagination, ineptitude, lack of budget and screen time.
The present adaptation is emulating a novel from Michihara Katsumi. Some hints suggest that success might have led to the creation of a series. A quick research indicates that it was the only one of her career, thus highlighting the failure of this eventuality if there was any. It is not difficult to understand why as the plotline evokes more a third rate role playing game than the science-fiction classic in the vein of Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.
There are plot holes which are never addressed, as what makes the Hartz Bouken Corporation the official firm to unearth and utilize artefacts. The Volg Productions crew themselves practise clandestine excavations but aren’t worried in the least by the forces of law. In Planet Seralat, they are welcomed with open arms and left unmonitored! If the only limit is finances, what prevents philanthropic billionaires to oppose the Bougen group? It is not as if credentials are needed to become excavator, in this reality. The spectacular plot twists, far to be objects of a careful build up, come at the worst moment, such as the one casually blathered by a flustered professor Jason at the end of a communication. Even the conclusion echoes as a smite, letting patient watchers mundanely know with a elliptic card how pointless the unfolding events had been…
It is not as if the world building redeem the flimsy narrative. Instead of supporting it through the presentation visionary concepts, Visual 80 juggles with torches, burning themselves as they handle a genre they obviously do not master. It cruelly lacks garnishing. What you practically get is a superimposed eighties template, thereby emphasizing the hilarious squareness of the production! One would be damned if these punks seen racketting the heroine don’t shop in Space Hot Topic! Besides, in an intriguing uchronian scenario, Disco hasn’t died. If disregarding the sheer ridiculousness of this fact, it doesn’t help that nightclub goers dance with zero gravity. Would not that be unpractical as people keep bumping into one another? Also, it would not allow for a particularly subtle controlled range of moves, as the body mass are opposed little to no pull. To put the finishing touches in this feat of failure, the nightclub is located in the passage of a highly frequented artery. Anyone could barge in and stir some trouble, including the above-mentionned Hot Topic enthusiast rebels. Let us face it, the very concept behind a zero gravity city is moronic. After months of this regime, the citizens of this place would suffer dramatic muscular atrophy resulting from the scarce recourse to their limbs. Indeed, after returning from long missions, astronauts are treated like persons in need of physiotherapy. It would not be so ghastly if the concept was at least executed properly: to the regret of Michihara, it is simply not possible to sprinkle juice downwards with absence of gravity. The outcome would be bubbles wobbling around, possibly even drowning the idiot pressing it out! This is a basic rule of the mechanics of low density fluids, yet!
Very well, scriptwriting is down for the count, then. What about characterization? It is nothing to shoot love on top of a datcha roof under snow storm. Shana is your typical Mary Sue, the last representant of a long gone culture. For the plot convenience, she is also highly skilled in martial arts despite being only 17. Toryune, the very first encountered alien may be sumed up as a space Muslim Elf: just replace Allah in “there’s one god named Allah and we live to serve him” with Al Caral. He is so one dimensional that it is dubious you are going to buy the attachement the protagonists nourish for him. Talking about Harmer, the naive male co-protagonist, he shows more nuances in his behavior torn he is between his curiosity, his good hearted nature and his desire to steer clear from troubles. He would cut it better as the main focus of the OAV… Unfortunately, as banals have thick skin, everyone is forced to cope with a red vinyl clad strong female lead for the sake of sex appeal. On the other hand, the direct antagonist, the professor Jason, is a competent villain despite the questionable lack of security on the premises of his facility. The two other worthwhile characters are Zack Isedo (also known as Zack Iznable for the sassy ones) and professor Hinagi. The first one, a sort of long haired offshoot of Char Aznable, clearly demonstrates potential. He subverts expectations by trying to win over the trust of the humanely Hinagi through an alliance despite the initial backlash of their first interview; if given proper devolopment the interaction between these two could have laid the foundations in making amazing villains. Too bad it does not really matter as the OAV fizzles out in an anticlimatic fashion. Simply underwhelming.
Could art be the saving grace? Unfortunately, you are not going to be dazzled by the visuals as well. As stated above, the art direction lacks personality, right to the relics which look more like termite mounds than hieratic alien monuments inspiring awe. It is not surprising that Zack Iznable looks down on them!
All Visual 80 translates is a recycled template you would see in most animes of the era. The chara-design is above average in comparison of the rest. It is animated with egregious lack of budget though: no background character moves or cast is shown standing around in simplistic postures, the arms all along the body; their simple walking motion in empty looking areas only adds to the overall misery. The only positive thing that can be said to its credit is that it is not as incompetent as the all-time low Tsui no Sora. The sound design is fair, going for an ambient approach. It gets certainly dreary after a while but this monotony also bolsters the hypnotic, eerily tribalistic character of the synth and windpipes tracks…
A quick word about the voice acting: the OAV cashes in on the presence of Hisakawa Aya, particularly known for her role as Sailor Mercury. It is rather amusing to imagine Shana telling the Volg productions to study more to get better outcomes or yell for the bubble spray catchphrase as she assaults Jason’s guards!
All in all, Al Caral no Isan is a sad cover crop mixture… Of the kind used in low quality bread to feed the poor wretch. This entry is very difficult to recommend, unless you also happen to be interested about the intellectually stimulating task of breaking apart poorly put together obscurities. It has virtually zero replay value to speak of. Ô, careful readers who gently scoped through all of this, go watch “Please Save my Earth” instead. One of the sub-themes is the dilemma alien scientists face to either save themselves and enter in contact with our species or die of a horrible sickness, secluded in their moon base. It is infinitely more thrilling than anything ACnI would ever dream to become.
Let us have a last thought for Orphan Fansubs. In their commiseration for the forgotten contributors of the industry, they took patient dedication to cover this waste of reel. They are the more successful and sympathetic Hartz Bougen corporation, in a way. Therefore, the review is devoted to their drive to unearth hidden gems. Praise be unto Sacred Geometry~
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This section is dedicated to content indication in order to inform audience in a practical way. On the next paragraph, the buzzwords offer hints about the title’s strong suits and drawbacks.
Ketchup meter: ACnI is not devoid of violent moments. It is cathartic as most of the amoral scientists perish gruesomely, having their throat slit or being forced into suicide. Due to obvious lack of budget, these scenes aren’t depicted in a realistic enough fashion to be memorable… So don’t expect death scenes on-par with Akira’s.
xXx meter: You get to briefly peep on a naked Shana as she recovers in suspended animation. There is also the cleavage part, as Harmer fishes for the alien artifact Shana stuffed into her cup. Pretty tame as a whole.
Fishing scene(s): None.
+ An interesting premise insighted by the synopsis
+ An original setting (heroes as part of a documentary filmmaking crew)
+ Some promising characters that could use development
+ A pleasant psychotronic soundtrack
– A sore lack of creativity art-wise
– Blatant disinterest for theme exploration
– Dumb scifi concepts
– Bum poor production values
– An utterly revolting conclusion! What an effrontery!
23: Bounty Dog: Getsumen no Ibu
MAL Score: 5.56
In the future, mankind has colonized the bleak expanses of the moon. Cities now stand proudly where there was once only desolation and emptiness. But there are alien forces that do not want mankind to succeed and only one man can stop them. He is a member of the Bounty Dog Investigation Unit, a high-tech cybernetic mercenary team.
Yoshiyuki Otomo is a member of a group of freelance spies committing industrial espionage against the Constans Corporation, on orders from a rival corporation (that we never learn the identify of this rival corporation is probably for the better considering the short running time of this two part OVA). The Constans Corporation is primarily in charge of running the day-to-day operations of the first lunar city (encased in a glass bubble). Yes this is a tale about the colonization of the moon. Yoshiyuki’s team includes his boss the very serious Shoko, and Kei. Yoshiyuki seems very preoccupied, his girlfriend died some time in the recent past and this still weighs heavily on him. I can’t tell you much more about these characters, because the anime simply didn’t tell me much about them either. I figure Kei is some type of mechanical export, but that’s just speculation. I just love the opening scene of this OVA and the song that plays afterwards. It sets up the story pretty well and just excited me. The three spies are on a spaceship to the moon (that looks much like an airplane) and Shoko is trying to blend in. She’s all perky, cheerful, bubbly, and teasing. If there’s one aspect of her character that is explored (I admit very lightly) it is the great acting ability she has, to pretend to be an obnoxious tourist so well. Yoshiyuki is way to preoccupied by his laptop, and Shoko warns him that he doesn’t look much like a tourist with his nose buried in his work there. Kei just seems to sit on the plane and not do much, just like he does for the rest of the anime. Anyway the three spies are on the moon investigating Constans Corporation, with the approval to commit sabotage if necessary. Their client believes the Constans Corporation is currently arming the moon (weaponizing space has been outlawed), and this could give Contstans a giant advantage if it is true. The spy trio’s client has detected an unusual amount of “electro magnetic electricity” (surely that’s a thing) coming from the moon. But as the plot unfolds we learn that the truth may be much stranger and involve ancient alien ruins discovered by the company and possibly a surviving alien or two (à la Total Recall). While investigating the cause of the high levels of ”electro magnetic electricity” and the Constans Corporation, our heros run into goons sent from the corporation. These mooks, and the company itself are not evil, and the show makes a very big point about this. In fact it does so so strongly that at times I feel like the spy trio are really the bad guys. The thugs sent from the company are ordered not to kill the spies, and try to capture them alive. Their multiple entanglements with the spies over the anime put this to the test, and they never resort to killing anyone, even when their own men are killed by the spies. While investigating the company the spies learn many secrets, all much larger then the industrial espionage they are committing. Personally I like how the mystery of the true explanation of where the moon came from, the source of the strange ”electro magnetic electricity”, the engrossing spy story, and the story of Yoshiyuki’s girlfriend all intersect. There isn’t one explanation but many things going on, all grander then the characters involved. In addition to all this there is a cute girl who keeps appearing to Yoshiyuki and then quickly disappearing, almost magically.
There’s plenty of cool tech to go around in this 90′s sci-fi OVA. A favorite of mine is the really cool laptop Yoshiyuki uses in the first scene, that puts out tablets to shame. There’s also plenty of cool spy gadgets, like secret tape recorders in pens, tiny hidden explosives, and really cool cars. Not to mention the really neat monorail system. The story being told is very 90′s, much of it reminiscent of the original Total Recall film staring Arnold Schwarzenegger (which is a film everyone needs to see). In fact I’d say significant parts of the plot are lifted straight from that movie and the original novel it is based on, with anime twists, and these are the very best aspects of the movie. I must say there’s something about 90′s sci-fi, even the less than stellar ones that resonates with me. The story is well written (mostly), as I mentioned the way all the plot elements intersect is quite satisfying. Toward the end of the anime however things start to fall apart on the writing side. Some of the mysteries are still unanswered and so are dealt with in a sloppy exposition by a character while on the move . Now exposition in between action scenes, when the characters are on the move is not impossible to do well (After all that’s pretty much how Terminator explained everything to us). But here it just seems lazy and well frankly poorly thought out. The characters, as I mentioned before don’t have much to them. They’re pretty shallow creatures. In fact I found myself being attached much more to the corporation then the spies, because they seem like a nicer group of people.
The main problem of this anime is none of that though. The major thing wrong with Bounty Dog is the color palette. What the hell happened here? Everything in this entire anime looks all washed out. It is all piss yellow or puke green shaded. It all looks ugly! The art designs look good, in fact I love the technology and the character designs are good. The animation is alright, although minimal at times. But the color of it all is garbage! Did they run out of other colors? Were they trying to save money? Are they trying to make the show look cool by coloring it all yellow? Whatever the reason for it, it looks horrible. I hate this piss yellow colored stuff. It doesn’t help that the video quality on Manga Entertainments DVD is terrible (and as I’m sure you all know I’m never one to complain about that). Even Manga Entertainment’s DVD menus are this ugly yellow. Eww keep it away from me!
The music of this anime is a huge strength. The soundtrack is quite good, it seems somewhat inspired by Total Recall and other early 90′s sci-fi, and I must say it is all very catchy and listenable. The dub for this anime is another Manga Video job done in London, England (with American accents) and directed by my favorite, Michael Bakewell. While this dub is not his very best work, it lives up the high standards I have for Mr. Bakewell’s dubs. While there are a few curses in this, they are used very rarely and are entirely fitting. Peter Marinker plays one of the important corporate big-shots, and once again does a magnificent job. Whenever he speaks it’s like a lesson to other actors as to how to act. He makes the corporate big shot seem likable, realistic, human, and understandable. Yet he still makes you get the feeling that this guy is working on some morally grey projects for the company. Stephen Grat plays Yoshiyuki and he seems a little bored at times. But he fits the character well enough. He’s great during the more subdued emotional scenes, but does overact a bit during the more in-your-face scenes. I liked his voice, and thought it matched the character well. Shoko is played by Toni Barry, who I’ll always remember as Leona Ozaki from Dominion Tank Police. Just like her performance in Dominion, she does a top notch job. Toni Barry is perky, cheerful, excitable, and fun when she’s pretending to be a tourist and does this wonderfully. It is all an act, and you figure this out quite fast however as the real Shoko is deadly serious, and firm. And Toni Barry captures this aspect of her personality perfectly as well. Teresa Gallagher (the President’s daughter Sayaka Rama,in Demon City Shinjuku) plays Ines, the girl who keeps mysteriously appearing and disappearing over the course of the OVA. Teresa Gallagher again gives a great performance, interpreting this mysterious girl as cute sounding, odd, adorable, shy, but knowledgable person. I really like how perky and playful she can be at times too. She’s even better in this then in Demon City as I liked the American accent she put on here as opposed to her real real British accent that she used in Demon City. I also recognized Bob Sherman’s voice as one of the executives at Constans Corporation, and again he does a terrific job. Some of the minor characters seem bored and this is a problem. Many small roles seem a little cheesy, but never enough to ruin the dub. I liked the small sci-fi touches they added like computer voices on the phone, in the backgrounds, futuristic news reporters and such. There’s also a few jokes early on, one involving an 87 year old women who is rather eager to let you know that she “remembers when Clinton was President” (which was probably a funnier joke in the 90′s). The dub also seems a little liberal, making references to very American things a few times (the Superbowl being one of them). I can’t confirm this though because for some reason there is neither a Japanese audio track or subtitles. I do not understand this. What the hell Manga Entertainment
No one else seems to even like this anime a little bit. And I understand why they hate it. But it’s not that bad is it? I’ve tried to sit through MD Geist but could not, I barely finished and totally regretting the train wreck that is Kai Doh Maru (how did an anime so bad even end up on US television multiple times?). I watched some of Night Shift Nurses at my friend’s house once and that was so bad from time to time I get vietnam vet-like flashbacks. Although I came home that day, a part of me is still fighting the battle in that forbidden hospital ward. There were eggs…Oh god why where there eggs?. Usually eggs don’t go there, but there they were, oh please tell me why did she have eggs!? ….uh…As I was saying…Garzey’s Wing is one of my favorite horrible anime series (a great DVD to pop on when you have people over and play in the background), and I saw Psychic Wars 3 times now, an OVA so bad I want a refund and I have’t even purchased the damn thing yet. I am convinced on each time I watched it I lost more neurons then if I had spent the time sniffing airplane glue and then following that up with a bit of binge drinking. So I think I know what I’m talking about when it comes to god awful anime. I know I’ve been pretty harsh on this at times, but I still think it’s central story is solid and really worth a watch. It has major problems that’s for sure, but there’s plenty here to like too. Some of the problems like no Japanese audio and the yellow color scheme just boggles the mind. Other problems like a rushed final act with cheap exposition, and undeveloped characters are easier to overlook. I think this anime is a good way to kill an hour. It never wanted to be more then that either. This is an anime that if it had more time to finish off the story in a proper way, and develop the characters could have been really good. They even could have added some more interesting themes. Instead it just sort of lies there. Well at least it is entertaining. Much like Total Recall you’re never sure how far the conspiracy goes, or if there is one at all. What is really going on on the moon, and how are aliens involved? This aspect is the part of the movie that works the best. One important thing to mention is that while most of this isn’t very violent or sexual, there is one or two brief scenes of nudity. Also the one scene that is violent is pretty horrible. At one point in the anime Yoshiyuki beats the living crap out of 2 girls with his bare hands. He ends up punching one of them to a bloody pulp, and then smashing her head into a wall until she slowly dies in agony. The other one gets beat up and then violently shot to death. This is a little tough to watch. I mean I’m all for violence but the way in which he beats the living daylights out of a girl seems abusive. The dvd for this is still easy and cheap to buy off Amazon. For the cheap price it’s worth it. Just don’t spend too much on it. Why did I end up writing so much about Bounty Dog?
(review originally posted: http://predederva.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/bounty-dog/ )
The setting is similar to what you’d see in Cowboy Bebop, mainly the movie Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. In the future, we have colonies on the moon living in dome-glass structures with the ability to control weather, along with having many other technological advancements. While it’s the future, much of it carries a light modern vibe, much like Cowboy Bebop. It’s a future of advancement, yet it’s also an economic landscape where not everything is of top-notch quality.
This is all carried out in superb animation with even more superb detail. The work on design really paid off, creating a believable, futuristic environment. They carried this out to such a level that if the team behind Bounty Dog were to translate all of their technological designs to a live-action Hollywood movie, there wouldn’t need be much work to be done on building the universe, as a large portion is there in deep detail. However, this doesn’t continue into the functioning and lite history to these designs, as the OVA is still held back by its run-time.
Another thing to applaud is the sound design as a whole. The opening has a catchy low electronic tune with some vocals, yet does not carry an ending theme or an ending period for that matter. Time is valuable here, and they have to make use of every minute they have. To the music in the series, it’s also at least above average, but I would consider it good for its setting. This OVA was created after the 80’s, yet the soundtrack does feature some trumpet-sounding, electronic tunes. That isn’t all it has, however, as the OVA also carries some slower electronic tracks that carry slightly different vibes. The soundtrack might have not been able to carry over as well as the visual design, considering there’s not any orchestrations, but it’s very serviceable where it’s at here.
The story is another thing that should have been applauded, but can only be appreciated in reality. The story itself isn’t original, but it’s formed together from an interesting mash of parts of plots from different sci-fi hits. It may spoil if I were to directly name which ones are related, but there are several I could name right off the bat. The story has all of these elements to it, and had the potential to go into them with more depth and create more meaning. Instead, the time-limit of 50 minutes made them have to act differently. This is a real shame, as what we have here has some wonky pacing issues that skims over some moderately important details that one may have wished to be better explained, or that one was simply confused by the lack of explanation. In fact, it may even require more than one viewing to properly understand everything that occurred with this pacing. That was a part of my experience with Bounty Dog, but it should be noted I was working with the subbed version.
Briefly towards the voice-work, the dubbed version was a bit unsatisfactory in its execution. I usually work with dubs as I’m not a fan of reading, but I just felt the dubs weren’t treating everything in a way that made it as believable as the Japanese voices. Online there is mainly only the dubbed versions available, so if that’s what’s bugging you, I would recommend looking for the subtitled version even if it’s a tad difficult.
Bounty Dog features not only a believable world, but reasonable inhabitants. It should be appreciated that no-one in Bounty Dog lacks basic common sense. Even when a mass of citizens or side-characters are shown having reactions and discussing, they treat situations in a way that you would expect. Not only that, but the “heros” of this story are not overpowered in any sense. They’re just like anyone else and can be beaten by an unnamed individual on the side. They’re trained mercenaries which would make them skilled, but they are still beatable. This isn’t presented that much as the entirety is still only 50 minutes, but it’s noticeable.
A downside to the characters of this OVA is the lack of development. There is an attempt at some development in the main character, but the story speeding by makes that attempt lack any weight. The other characters suffer even worse from this, making those closest to the main feel only a tad more familiar than a no-named, one-liner character. This leads to more disappointment towards the length. However, when these characters interact in the OVA, they still do so reasonably.
Bounty Dog has the start of the creation of a potentially great universe to it, but that isn’t gone into detail in this OVA. Sadly, due to obscurity, this OVA never led to a further release of the same universe. What we have here is a visually-detailed short-film that briefly relates many aspects of other more famous science-fiction stories. It does rush the story, but simultaneously, it treats the viewers with respect that they’re intelligent enough to follow along with no crutches. It’s a refreshing feeling, but is still heavily accompanied by disappointment. Bounty Dog is definitely worth the watch for its moderately short length and its overwhelming amount of quality. The story is a bit generic, but is interesting in how it relates many different elements. I would appreciate any continuation of this world in even an unrelated side-story. I want to see more, but that will likely never happen. There may be some hope with searching other works by the staff, like how the character designer for Bounty Dog happens to have been also involved in every iteration of Ghost in the Shell. That would be the first place to start (possibly even being a spiritual successor to what we have here).
On a side note, Ines’ scruffy hair is off limits.
Then what exactly are you missing? I’m gonna be really vague and say I can’t really tell you. Just the general spookyness and mindfuckery, the reason why we’re all still watching Chinese cartoons as adults. There’s something about this anime, a kind of vibe created by the combination of the sci-fi setting and the possibility of supernatural elements that I don’t recall feeling in any earlier thing, but is present in later anime. Ergo Proxy comes to mind. I can’t really put my finger on it.
Also any naked boobs are small, which is basically a sign of the makers’ confidence in the story.
Come to think of it, this ova could’ve been either great or horrible. There’s a lot of potential in the story for awesomeness, but also for a cheap, pulpy boobs-and-gore anime.
Thankfully the boobs were small and the bloody stuff was presented the way it should be, in moderation and at the right moment so it hits you in the gut. I guess the gut feeling is why I consider this underrated.
8/10 might be a bit much. It could have been better written. I was confused in a few instances I think I shouldn’t have been confused. The animation was fairly cheap and bleak compared to other ova’s of the time, although there were some nice character designs and movements on the freaky girl character. Also, due to its short running time, the characters never really got fleshed out apart from the focus on the main character’s backstory. But it does deserve a hell of a lot more than the 5.whatever it’s getting now. Which is basically the same score as your average early 90’s hentai. Come on people, show some love.
Overall, it could’ve done with more action in the opening scenes and maybe some more episodes to spread out the action of the latter part and flesh out the characters, but I guess it’s fine the way it is.
Final judgement on Bounty Dog: Getsumen no Ibu: better than you’ll think it is.
MAL Score: 5.69
Legendary boxer Keijiro Akagi’s second son, Eiji, is a high school dropout and the world’s worst rock guitarist. Though his father and elder brother are both boxers, he hates the sport but suddenly takes an interest in it when he meets the local champion’s little sister.
High school is a roller coaster of events. We have a tendency of wanting to taking multiple paths for only a short amount of time. Luckily thanks to aid of the young and old the main character gets off his coaster only to walk to his true enlightened path. Where he steps he takes will be long but will build him up to what he needs to become. Questions being will there be conflict? Who will get in his way if anyone? As for the ending it is a nice light comedic romance.
The most entertaining aspect of the story was the underlying message. Where there is one there is another. Alas, one must step aside to make room for the next up and comer. In other words say you were a champion in your area of expertise. It will never stay that way. Someone else will come along better and stronger. For that to happen certain things have to happen. Such as opening position to the lower position of the totem pole of your area. In a more clear insight to how this message is kind, love who you are for no matter what changes await you there is a better future ahead.
Given the context this good have been a blood bath of sorts. I am glad it wasn’t. For in this scope the audience won’t be steered away from the main events. For face it while gore does make certain aspects more entertaining most find it hard to stomach and thus look away.
Overall: I would say this show is similar to the television series of Rocky(boxer). The main difference is position in life. In Rocky he is in prime and has the cameras/audience’s attention for this show the main character is not the ‘main’ but learns he can be. Too many show exist of godlike main characters. Rare is it to see what came before.
21: Neko Neko Fantasia
English: Kitty-Cat Fantasia
Japanese: ねこ ねこ 幻想曲
MAL Score: 5.78
“Shiro” is a black cat who loves her family very much. She loves them so much she wants to help them out in times of need and trouble…but it’s difficult to do this if she’s just a cat. So one night, she wishes on the moon to make her able to help, and the next day, she has turned into a human girl.
I was expecting it to be not very good, but I ended up enjoying it. There were some likable scenes and I thought the plot was decent.
I thought the Mr. Moon plot arc was particularly strong. I thought for a second that the cat would be dead in the snow, but luckily it survived.
There is nothing too special about this anime, but there are some funny and memorable scenes as well. The animation is standard, as was the music.
It was a fun, short film.
I hope a version is made where the setting is the bayou.
20: Seikima II Humane Society: Jinrui Ai ni Michita Shakai
Japanese: 聖飢魔II HUMANE SOCIETY ~人類愛に満ちた社会~
MAL Score: 5.88
Seikima II was a real-life Japanese death-metal band. Full of kabuki makeup, songs about rape, murder, and satanic destruction, and a public persona of devilish evil. The OVA purports to tell the backstory of the band, which, according to its publicity, was composed of actual demons (akuma) from the parallel dimension Makai. In the OVA, five vicious demons (the five band members), led by Demon Kogure (the lead singer), are plotting the destruction of humanity. The only effective opposition comes from the saintly Rosa, who is actually the reformed war goddess Freyja in disguise. The demons attempt to activate their ultimate weapon, the Tower of Babel, before Rosa can complete her counter weapon, the Tower of Cain. The demons triumph and are on the verge on destroying the world when their leader suddenly decides that they should, instead, form a rock-and-roll band in order to convert people everywhere into demon worshipers.
(Source: Orphan Fansubs)
You need to hear the albums from Seikima II from
1985-1991 because this OVA came out after Yuu-Gai came out.
You can hear all the albums on Spotify.
*Fans of 80s style Classic Heavy Metal will get alot of enjoyment out of this.*
Akuma ga Kitarite Heavy Metal (聖飢魔II〜悪魔が来たりてヘヴィメタる, 1985)
The End of the Century (1986)
From Hell with Love (地獄より愛をこめて, 1986)
Big Time Changes (1987)
The Outer Mission (1988)
Worst (1989) *Greatest Hits with re recordings + new tracks*
Yūgai (有害, 1990)
愛と虐殺の日々(1991) *New Album merged with more re recordings*
This OVA is basically the backstory of Seikima II, which is considered a legendary band in Japan who sold over 10 million records in Japan alone, it’s currently unknown how much they’ve sold world wide. They were referenced in Fist Of The North Star, Yu Yu Hakusho, etc. They also had a video game and this OVA made based on them and even as far as cereal boxes and other merch. They even did a cover of Deep Purple’s “Burn” with Glenn Hughes, was a really great performance. Demon Kakka, the lead singer of the band is a very influential figure in Japan, he has an interview with the late Larry King from the early 90s. His previous name was Demon Kogure. He appeared in quite a few Anime’s as a voice actor including Legend Of The Overfiend. One other member of Seikima II, Damien Hamada, has his own band called “Damien Hamada’s Creatures” who put out their 1st EPs last year.
This was overall a very enjoyable OVA with some twists and turns.
19: Kouryuu Densetsu Villgust
MAL Score: 6.01
Villgust is a peaceful world that exists parallel to ours. However, now an evil deity has been revived and has sent evil creatures to destroy many countries, which left darkness and terror to rule the world. The peoples’ prayers and cries has reached out to the goddess Windina and in order to free the world from darkness she chose eight brave warriors to defeat the evil deity. Although blessed, these warriors are unaware at the path chosen for them, thus the two groups of Kui, Chris, Fanna, and Youta must meet up with Murobo, Remi, Ryuquir, and Bostov before they can follow the path chosen for them and defeat the evil deity.
This one comes kinda close to being alright by having a nice goofy tone and the kind of generic-but-not-generic fantasy world that was always fun to see in the era before Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest turned all Japanese fantasy stories into the exact same thing. However, the story’s not much to talk about, and a lot of the jokes fall flat in that “ugh anime” way.
Also, the final battle has all of the female characters except for the cat get their asses beat and the men save the day, and I feel like it’s sexist, but only accidentally. Or maybe I’m giving them too much credit.
One final comment of confusion: Is this… based on something? It would appear not, but…. That’s kinda weird, because it feels like an adaptation.
18: Little Polar Bear: Shirokuma-kun, Fune ni Noru
Japanese: リトルポーラベア しろくまくん, ふねにのる
MAL Score: 6.05
A continuation of adventures of the Little Polar Bear.
17: Mouryou Senki Madara
Japanese: 魍魎戦記 MADARA[摩陀羅]
MAL Score: 6.08
Born of legendary origins, the young Madara has grown up in obscurity as an apprentice blacksmith. An encounter with the demonic Mouki reveals his destiny, and catapults him into the middle of a mystic quest. Madara fights for revenge with the help of freedom fighters, magical swords and Kirin, the master of the Majin. His goal is to defeat his brother and then overthrow his father, the despotic Miroku.
It Had A Descent Story And The Characters Were Pretty Good As Well, MADARA Is A Good Series For People Who Like Those Classic 1980 Fantasy Anime’s With Good Violence
I’d recommend watching “Ruin Explorers” over this, and I have a review written for that too.
It is a two-part OVA, with 90s graphics and mediocre sound effects. You follow the adventures of a boy trying to find his way in the world of evil and decadence . He has enough arrogance and conviction to be a worthy protagonist , without being too superficial. There will be plenty of fights and random obstacles in his path. A lot of WTF moments. It can even be somewhat stereotypical. But if you credit yourself as a fantasy fan, you should give it a try.
Something to enjoy on the side while you delay on your backlog.
16: RG Veda
English: RG Veda
MAL Score: 6.12
The fearsome warrior Taishaku-ten rebelled against the world-ruling gods three hundred years ago and began his own oppressive reign. His dominion remained unchecked for years—until one day, the blind prophet Kuyou prophesied that warriors known as the Six Stars and a child of the vanished race called Ashura would defeat Taishaku-ten.
Ashura, marked by his pointed ears and golden eyes; Yasha-ou, a robust warrior; and four other Stars prepare to challenge Taishaku-ten. In order to do so, they must journey across tarnished landscapes and battle monstrous demons that have plagued the land. But as the wheels of fate turn, Ashura and Yasha-ou must find the sixth Star before it is too late.
Taking it with a view of the manga its…. odd. The main premise is the same but Ashura has changed sex and the God King was Lord Ashura. Slight differences which can be explained by less time to tell the story in the OAV’s run. Except they don’t tell the story, they don’t tell any story, maybe a quarter of a story or half a story, but not a full one. It’s left with no resolution.
Taking it without a view of the manga and … well I can see why it didn’t get picked up for a whole series. It’s a middle section of a story with no start and no end, not even a semi resolution. In my opinion without the plot of the manga to lean upon this OAV flops, and I am so disappointed about that.
The characters have been brought to the screen well, I have no qualms there, the music is fitting and the animation is good for its age. One other thing I feel the need to comment on is that the OAV doesn’t have the grip on you that the manga has. It’s a lot less intense and emotional, I didn’t shed a tear watching it and I had been hoping for that, I love CLAMPs ability to tear your heart out but it just wasn’t there. That could again have been time constraints but in the manga it doesn’t take long for you to love a character and then have him/her killed.
I’d say don’t watch this if you haven’t read the manga, there’s not much to be gotten from it (except pretty Soma). If you have read the manga then watch it but with no expectations, it’s nice to see the characters on screen but that’s about it.
Nanashi Moriko *disappointed fangirl*
Rg Veda is set in a complex, beautifully drawn, fascinating world. Some of that is translated to the screen. The main characters are strikingly done, and the main, if not only, enjoyment of watching is seeing them come to life in full color. The nameless soldiers and mooks? Seem to have been done on more of a budget, prompting flashbacks to 80’s morning cartoons.
I watched this having read only the first five volumes of the manga, as my public library never bothered to obtain the other half of this series. So I can’t say how closely the second part of this anime comes to the original, that part must take place in a later volume. As to the first half, it isn’t so bad as a 5-minute version of the story, but we’re definitely in Cliff’snotes’ territory. Also, Ashura’s sex change lends a disturbing, Lolita-esque quality to some of her scenes with Lord Yama.
Honestly, there are better things to do with an hour and a half.
The art on RG Veda wasant too bad, but also didnt was too good. I give 6/10.
The music was so bad! I know it was the style *cof* *cof* of the epoch, but its not good. Not good at all. The efforts to sound good just makes it more pathethic.
oh god, the characters. I honestly am without words to describe them. Ok, here si what i got from the characters: A powerful gril with fire powers, a powerful fighter that made a promise with the gril, he must protec her(i think i have seen this somwhere else), a powerful boy, a powerful sorcerer, a guy. And a hell bunch of kings, including a evil one. Also, the male fanservice its damn repulsive. I normaly dislike when there is female fanservice(Im not looking for a hentai, give me content), so i dont have to say i didnt like the bunch of shirtless guys. The development of the characters is lame. I know about the characters the same i know about the plot.
I didnt enjoy RG Veda at all. Thats all i have to say. Overall, its a bad OVA.
15: Plastic Little
MAL Score: 6.13
Set on the planet Yietta, whose colonists make their living by exploiting the planet’s unique liquid-gas oceans, Plastic Little begins as the Yietans are finally about to pay off their debts to the Galactic Federation. Unfortunately, there are those who would rather not let Yietta slip through their fingers…
Enter Tita, 17 year old captain of the Cha Cha Maru. Together with her crew, Tita specializes in capturing Yietta’s exotic life forms for intergalactic pet shops, but through plain bad luck she finds herself, instead, at the core of a sinister plot to take over Yietta! By rescuing 16 year old Elysse from the very clutches of the military, Tita puts the lives of both herself and her crew in mortal peril… but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do!
As the plotters mobilize their forces in a desperate bid to retrieve Elysse, whom they believe possesses a vital computer code, Tita must play a dangerous game of tag with an entire army of professional killers! It’s Cat and Mouse on a planetwide scale, with one crucial difference: Mice don’t shoot back, but Tita’s does!
Plastic Little is a movie so stupid you can’t help but laugh at it. Even the title makes ZERO sense. The writer simply took two random English words and stuck them together! This 1994 movie was one of the first anime titles licensed in the US by ADV before they got HUGE after licensing Evangelion. As a result, almost the entire English cast of Eva also worked on this monstrosity, which brings extra comedy to English speaking audiences. This was one of the first purely shameless “echii” titles to be brought over to the states. The fanservice was so much more frequent than what American otaku were used to seeing in the early 1990s, that ADV actually added a “jiggle counter” at the bottom of the screen. Seriously! The story is an absolute mess of plot holes, deus ex machina bullshit, and of course NOTHING is explained about the background of this world or the society in which the characters live. The characters are stale and poorly developed, although that is to be expected for a 45 minute long borderline hentai. However, it is the instances of WTFuckery and head bashing idiocy that really makes this title shine!
The story takes place on an alien planet during what I can only assume is the distant future. Of course, as I already stated the world of this anime and the background is almost entirely left unexplained. Our heroine is Tita, who lives on a planet populated by Russian people, along with one black Frenchman, who is simply there….because why not? Tita is only 17, but is the captain of a ship that captures large and exotic alien species to sell to space zoos and wealthy pet collectors. One day Tita sees a pretty girl being attacked by the goons of the evil Galactic Empire. Apparently the Galaxy is being terrorized by a poorly drawn Darth Vader ripoff resembling Darth Helmet from Space Balls, who is the most feared officer of the oppressive empire. He wants this hot blonde chick because…reasons. Tita saves the blonde chick using her Akira style ripoff motorcycle and after escaping inexplicably from a massive explosion, they spend the next 15 minutes bathing and feeling each other’s tits, back on the bath house of Tita’s ship. You will notice that this bath house is so huge that it logically wouldn’t even be able to fit inside the ship unless they have some sort of dimension warping technology. Plastic Little has HEAVY Yuri (lesbian)i overtones, but never quite becomes a full fledged hentai. This is a rarity for the film’s director Mr. Urushihara, who normally just draws porn for a living. Soon, blonde chick and Tita must confront Darth Helmet and infiltrate his base with some REALLY stupid action scenes. Darth Helmet tried tries to choke Tita to death while she is CLEARLY holding a gun, then is somehow surprised when she simply shoots him in the face and kills him! Tita and blonde chick then escape and Plastic Little achieves its crowning moment of sublime stupidity! The entire Imperial fleet is on their ass, and Tita’s animal capture ship which the characters stated MULTIPLE times had no real combat capabilities, wipes out the entire Imperial fleet with ONE SHOT of the “galaxy buster cannon”. Why the fuck not? The movie then ends with some comic relief involving the ship’s crusty old first mate named Mikhail. MASTERPIECE!
As unbelievably idiotic as this movie is, at least it is enjoyably stupid as opposed to being boring and stupid. The primary goal is to show as many tits as possible and it certainly achieved that goal. The series is well drawn, decently animated, has an OK soundtrack, and was pretty technically impressive for its time. The voice acting is awful including Tiffany Grant as blonde chick doing what may be the worst English accent ever, but that only adds to the comedy. If you want to have a laugh at the expense of an old, bad anime then Plastic Little is that anime!
The premise is fairly interesting – some girl, Tita, is the captain of a spaceship which collects rare animals. Nice idea, which turns out not to be the focus of the OAV at all. Tita saves a girl who just happens to be being hunted by some evil guys. The chase begins!
But that doesn’t matter, because the real charm and brilliance of this anime doesn’t lie in the dodgy story, bad music or waifs of character personalities. It’s in the most beautiful and stunningly designed breasts in anime. That’s right; the reason I’ve watched this dozens of times in the last dozen or so years is the awesome tits. Satoshi Urushihara is the king of drawing truly beautiful female characters. Not just the boobs, the whole character is stunning, and invariably beautifully coloured.
His manga and limited anime is peppered with such beautiful women. If you thought there was no such thing as hentai without rape and general mysogeny then check out his Another Lady Innocent anime or Nostalgic Heroines artbook.
But this is far from hentai, it’s just eye-candy, and I love it. Even Jonathon Ross has admitted his love from this one!
The art is pretty normal, looks like the old basic art anime had at that time, although the animation involving the nudity was like it should be in reality, (looked smoother tho’), they did a better job on it then most of the good hentai’s do, that was kinda ironic, bu…t yet funny.
The story is cool too, yet, old. Our heroïn helps a stranger and brings her to her base (She’s a pet hunter). And the enemy’s who are after the one that was in trouble find out the base/hiding place and come to get her, after almost dying, they decide to actually take it up against the (corrupt) military force, and all her comrades help. Basic neh?
The sound’s really good for that time, everything sounds realistic, the characters are cool too, we got a (little bit) thickheaded heroïn, who doesn’t know when to quit, an old companion, a dead father (who’s became a legacy in the pet hunter world), the one who’s in love with the lead character, the pervert, the person who we doubt (if he will stay on the good side), and the person in need of rescue.
Other characters are basic too, an evil guy who has an army under his control, he wears a suit which makes him all-powerful, he’s sick in his mind too, and the look-a-like henchmen of his.
It’s enjoyable, it doesn’t take long, that’s too bad, they could’ve at least made several episodes, but the way they put it together in just one episode is really cool too, we get fast introductions and flashbacks, which doesn’t bother cause it happened good and all the event happen fast, but again in a good way.
14: Ippon Bouchou Mantarou
MAL Score: 6.13
Based on the manga by Big Joe (ビッグ錠).
Well, sometimes you end up finding a gem hidden in the rough; and I’d definitely consider this to be one of said gems.
Ippon Bouchou Mantarou is a show about cooking. No, not Shokugeki no Souma “food orgasm” cooking, not Pan de Peace “moeblobs talk about nothing” cooking, actual cooking. And there is genuine exhilaration in the ideas it brings and the way it structures the competitions that our main lead, Mantarou, enters.
The attention to detail, especially for an OVA from 1991, is very impressive. The show takes the time to walk you through different cuisines, the details behind making them, and sometimes even their origins. However, don’t mistake this for the show having slow pacing; it doesn’t. The show strikes a balance between anticipation and action, especially in the first episode. The art, though aged by today’s standards, looks very good for its time.
Ippon Bouchou Mantarou is one of those rare forgotten obscures that holds formidable merit and remains watchable even today. If an old anime about cooking competitions interests you at all, I implore you to give this a try. If you end up liking it, perhaps introduce it to a friend as a conversational topic, because like an old family recipe or an excellent hole-in-the-wall restaurant, a genuinely good obscure anime like this is worth sharing.
13: Otohime Connection
English: Princess Connection
MAL Score: 6.18
Special based on the manga by Ooya Kazumi, published in Betsukomi Flower Comics.
An all-male pop group doubles as a detective agency. The cute girl member of the agency is kidnapped when one of the men’s past returns to trouble them all in the present.
Well, the story begins with a group of detectives trying to catch a cat, and as the OVA goes on, Michio’s story develops.
After we learn about his story, the revenge plot begins for the brother of a drug dealer who was supposedly killed by Michio. After having all the revelations about the events, comes the biggest problem of this anime: THE END.
Well, simply, at the end, they let all the bad guys go free, right after they kidnapped a little girl and tried to kill everyone involved there. Seriously, that was stupid! Why did the detectives let the criminals just walk away as if nothing happened?
I wasn’t even expecting much from this OVA anyway. The ending just made everything even more bad.
12: Ten Little Gall Force
MAL Score: 6.20
A super deformed parody which depicts the “making of ” Eternal Story and Destruction. A very humorous behind-the-scenes look (if “Gall Force” were a live-action series instead of being animated).
Cast and crew members run into severe and embarrassing difficulties as things do not turn out as they should; for example, Lufy totally drowns in embarrassment as she is object of a whole crowd of spectators while in the nude; the director’s obsession with realistic filming causes some real high-voltage friction with Catty; and in the end, after the premiere, the girls end up in an ongoing on-stage tussle about which one is the most popular character.
11: Rhea Gall Force
English: Rhea Gall Force
Japanese: レア ガルフォース
MAL Score: 6.25
The Solnoid race is long dead, annihilated along with their enemies in the final battle at Sigma Narse. But their descendants survive on Earth, and have now inherited the sad destiny predicted so many years before.
The year is 2085.
The third world war between East and West has reduced the cities of Earth to mountains of rubble. The mechanical killing machines created by both sides now ruthlessly hunt down the remnants of humanity. Old hatreds between human factions prevent an effective resistance, and the only hope for survival rests in a desperate plan: evacuate the survivors to Mars Base. There they can rebuild and plan the liberation of the home world.
Among them, one young woman carries the guilt of her father`s hand in the destruction of civilization. Unknown to her, she also carries the key to a possible salvation. As destiny draws new friends and allies to her, a new Gall Force is born to rise up against the coming destruction…
When I watch these terrible OVAs, deep down, I always hope to find a hidden gem that will make me look like Albert Einstein when I bring it up in conversation. Barefoot Gen is a nine out of ten and it can be found on Youtube–so anything is possible. However, Rhea Gall Force is no Gen. The story is the kind of vanilla sci fi one would expect from the 80s: robots take over, Yada Yada, humans threatened, Yada Yada, and Russians vs everyone else. The girls in this OVA aren’t even that cute. The last 80s OVA I talked about, Cosmo Police Justy, I gave a four just because the main girl was cute. This OVA did not even have that. To add to the complaint, the main girl from Rhea was also vaguely annoying. The only aspect of her character I can describe is that she is the protagonist–if you watch this you will likely know what I mean. The other characters were just as bland, not really much else to say.
Overall, if you want to seem all cool and retro savvy, then give this a watch. But if you are an actually human being with a life, then you are better off living that life. I only checked this out because after writing about Cosmo Police Justy, I got reminded to continue my search for hidden gems, which translates to me wanting to beef up my MAL account. Regardless, Rhea Gall Force… not good.
10: Rance: Sabaku no Guardian
Japanese: ランス ~砂漠のガーディアン~
MAL Score: 6.35
Based on the game by Alice Soft.
While Rance might well be one of the best swordsmen in the world, he has the personality of a rancid turd. He is narcissistic, lecherous, abusive and almost without any redeeming social graces. And his underclad and overabused slave Sill knows this, but she is still in love with him. One day Rance is hired to defend a dusty and forsaken desert village from the repeated attacks of scantly clad and oversexed sorceress intent on the resurrection of a long forgotten demon.
(Source: AniDB, edited)
All semantics aside, let’s get on to the actual review before I write five paragraphs on something that has little to do with the actual anime. The points:
The story is rather bland. There’s a little twist like there usually is in most of the older AliceSoft games (some of the newer ones are far beyond ‘little twists’, if you’re interested in that sort of thing), but it’s so predictable in this case that you almost have to pretend to be surprised in order to enjoy the story itself. In certain areas I couldn’t help but shake my head at the seemingly random segues, but there’s never a moment in the show where you’re actually bored due to lack of progression.
This is one of those scores where you have to throw yourself back several years and go, “Well, back then, I guess you could consider this pretty high quality.” The anime itself is literally as old as my little sister, which is rather old and wrinkly in art and special effects years, and it visually shows. However, the characters look like they’re supposed to, at least for the most part. There are no large artistic deviations from the original source, which is good, and taking the silly animation style and comedic expressions on the faces of the characters during certain moments into account, I have to prod the score a bit higher than it might otherwise be due to how much it fits with the comedic tone that the anime is going for.
The other other gray area for the anime. The sound is as old as the art, or so I would hope, but in itself is fairly unassuming. In my opinion, that’s a very good thing. There’s nothing interesting in the sound, no fluctuating volume or ghostly whispers in the background, no sound effects that don’t make any sense (i.e., when the picture shows people running and screaming it doesn’t sound like they’re moaning in orgasmic ecstacy like certain audio dubs which will remain unnamed). The music fits the scenes and generally fades into the background, which is what music in an anime really should do so it doesn’t distract you from trivial things like plot development. Neither the OP or ED are spectacularly awesome, either. “Eh, it’s decent.” That’s a really good way to sum up a sound score in this case.
Another thing I feel inclined to mention is the fact that, to my knowledge, only the first episode is subbed. Personally, I found that I didn’t really need subs for the second episode. If you’ve been watching anime long enough, you should be able to use your wee-a-boo skills to understand what’s going on, especially since you have a good story foundation laid down by the subbing in the first episode. If you don’t feel like that comment belongs under ‘sound’… Well, too bad. The audio is Japanese, and besides.. It’s my review, damnit.
This is where this show really shines. The two main characters are fantastic, and I feel like the summary on the page of this anime really misses the point while describing their personalities. Sure, Rance is an egotistical, perverted, violent, abusive, and occasionally even borderline maniacal ass with an extremely questionable set of morals. But I dare you to try and keep a straight face and tell me that a character that screwed up doesn’t make for an interesting ‘hero’ for a story. Sure, Sill (her name is pronounced ‘Shiru’, not ‘Shira’ as the synopsis would have you believe, but I’ll go by the old fan-translated standard from the games and keep calling her Sill) is underclothed and overabused, but isn’t that the very nature of a slave in the first place, even disregarding the fact that she has such a deprecative monster of a master (hah, I made it funny with word similarity. You know you laughed)?
Instead of judging the surface, one should note that the fact that Sill stays with Rance and endures his destructive tendencies should more than prove how much she’s devoted to him. Even lovingly so, in fact, though you might not get that as much from the anime as you would from the games. His hard-headedness prevents him from realizing it at all in most cases, of course, but it’s there. (I don’t want to spoil anything, but he DOES realize and attempt to return Sill’s love occasionally in the games, albeit in a rather questionable manner most of the time)
The characters stick with the behavior they had in the original source, always a plus. In fact, the comedic actions of (and interactions between) the two characters are really what keep the anime (and games, but that’s not what this review is about) afloat. Without the constant humor, this title really would be just another of the worthless pronime that tend to clog the arteries of myanimelist’s… Anime list. The only issue I have with the character score, the only reason I can’t in good conscience give it a ten, is because the two main characters are really the only GOOD characters that the show has. Most every other character that appears in the anime is simply a physical or emotional outlet for Rance, in one way or another. But then again, the world revolves around him and he’s the hero. So maybe that’s the way it should be. From his perspective, at the very least.
If you haven’t played the any of the games in the Rance series, you probably won’t love this as much as someone who had, even if that someone played them in a language they couldn’t read. There are various references that you just wouldn’t understand, be they particular enemies or just skills that the characters tend to employ. I still think it would be an enjoyable watch for someone completely new to the Rance world, but it wouldn’t have the impact it might otherwise have.
Believe it or not, the ero-content doesn’t take away from the enjoyment as much as one might think. Most of the hentai is actually used as an excuse for more comedy instead of, “Hey look, here’s some boobs, please don’t change the channel!” That’s right, Ero-comedy. Not to mention, personally, I’ve always preferred that a story remain realistic as far as the goals of it’s characters go. How often are demons REALLY going to want to destroy the world? Demons would more be looking to corrupt the world, not destroy it, amirite? And what better way to do that than by sexually violating the globe? That’s a good mental image for you, by the way. You can apply that to just about any kind of evil, though. It’s hard to find a realistic form of corruption that doesn’t involve something a lot of people would deem unfit for most audiences.
Overall: 8 (Or 7.8, if you want to be all mathematically technical about it)
Like I stated before, this anime isn’t exactly meant for people who haven’t played the series of games it’s based off of. If you have played and enjoyed the games, I highly recommend it. If you haven’t, it’s still not a bad watch. A hentai title that somehow manages to be this pants-rendingly hilarious is, in the paraphrased words of Djibriel, about as rare as something you would consider quite exceedingly rare.
If you’re squeamish when it comes to blood in your anime, there are a few places that might make you twitch, but it’s not like this is Elfen Lied or something. If you’re squeamish when it comes to a few seconds bare breasts (or a hairy man-ass) and are for some hypocritical reason on this page and reading a review for a hentai title, then please continue on your way and pretend it doesn’t exist. I live my way, you live yours, and the kindest thing we can do is ignore each other when we know our paths will conflict. Otherwise, it’s a fun little romp of an anime; a great ‘filler piece’ to watch between your larger serieseses or serii.
9: Fuuma no Kojirou: Yasha-hen
Japanese: 風魔の小次郎 夜叉篇
MAL Score: 6.35
Hakuo Gakuin is on the verge of closing down due to students transferring to rival school Seishikan after mysterious injuries happening to students who refuse to transfer. To protect the school and its students they hire Kojiro, a member of the Fuma clan of ninjas. After finding out that Seishikan has enlisted the help of the Yasha ninja clan, who had been rivals with the Fuma for generations, Kojiro gains the help of his fellow Fuma ninjas. Even though they are hired to protect the schools, the two rival clans vow to destroy each other once and for all so that only one clan remains.
After Ring no Kakero, his first great success as an author, Masami Kurumada created another battle shonen series, this time focused on ninja clans (in which, obviously, no member is older than fifteen years old) fighting to death, using ingenious and crazy techniques: Fuuma no Kojirou (FnK). In this series, many elements will be born and reused in what will be Mr Kurumada’s masterpiece: Saint Seiya. Yasha-hen is the first set of OVA, and adapts the first story arc of the manga (there’s also a second set, Seiken Sensou-hen, and a final OVA, Fuuma Hanran-hen). Despite being a series that can be enjoyed on its own, just like Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is specially interesting for Card Captor Sakura fans, or whatever created by Leiji Matsumoto is appealing for Matsumoto fans, FnK is especially attractive for Saint Seiya fans (mostly because Kurumada tends to use the same characters in all his works, just like Matsumoto), so throughout this review, don’t be surprised to see several comparisons between the two series.
FnK’s story shows us that the Hakou High School is having serious problems: bad boys from the Seishikan High never stop pestering (read: beating the crap out) their students! In such situation, Hojo Himeko, the leader of the Hakou, takes the only reasonable conclusion: hiring a ninja clan. Thus, Kojiro, a representative of the Fuuma clan, leaves his desolate mountain and go to the civilization to kick some evil asses.
Of course, Seishikan fellas have their own shinobi clan, the Yasha, so after a few skirmishes, both clans (since Kojiro’s companions arrive shortly after) agree to face their best warriors in a fight without rules, Basilisk style.
That’s basically the plot of FnK. Not a very deep story, and it doesn’t try to be: what’s important here is the excitement and action, and in that regard this six part OVA doesn’t disappoint. There’s a constant succession of battles (especially from the third episode onward, since the first two are introductory and rather slow), in which the most varied techniques are implemented. And something very important, anyone can die in these duels, which makes the result even more exciting (since not always the good ones survive).
On the character department… this is where a series oriented exclusively on combats suffers: there’s practically no character development, since a good chunk of the cast will die pretty fast n_n. The hero, Kojiro, is a pretty common guy, if a bit annoying. But, like Seiya, he’s determined, stubborn and cares for his clanmates. His bokken (wooden sword) skills defy the laws of physics, even for the standards of a ninja show. Also, from the Fuuma clan, we have Ryoma, the Dokugan Ryu (that’s right, he shares his nickname with the legendary Date Masamune, since both characters lost an eye). All in all, he is the more focused and respectful of the clan, and is who challenged the Yasha. His psychic abilities are the strongest of their clan. There are other Fuuma members, but the last one I want to mention is Kirikaze. Not only he physically resembles Andromeda Shun, but he’s also the only member that at least expressed his discontent with the fight. Of course, he still kicks ass, and without much remorse.
On the opposing side, the most important character (by far) is the leader of Yasha, who, ironically, is someone outside the clan: Asuka Musashi. He’s not only ridiculously powerful, but it’s the only one who really has an established background: he fights as a mercenary for the highest bidder to pay the bills from the hospital where his sister is interned. Although not evil per se, he’s very efficient, practical and ruthless: when an opponent is considered especially dangerous, he will kill him quickly, to avoid problems in the future. No hate or honor in the table, just pragmatism. Like Kojiro, his weapon is a bokken that cuts flesh like butter.
The visuals are correct… but it could be better. In fact, it should be better. The manga of FnK is older than Saint Seiya, but these OVA are newer than the anime of the bronze saints. That’s why I can’t understand why the quality is slightly higher in the case of Saint Seiya. Not only everything has a greater brightness and color in SS, but the character design in FnK borders the ridiculous. Kojiro is a clone of Seiya, and that’s fine, since it’s intentional (every Kurumada MC has the same face). The same is true with 95% of the characters, all of which can be homologated with a Saint (Musashi-Dohko, Kirikaze-Shun, etc)… the problem is that the same design is used in various characters. There are three characters that look like Shiryu (Ryoma, Anki and Mibu), and in the future, there will be even more! All the female characters are either Athena or Pandora (who are essentially the same, to begin with), and minor character are so generic it’s scary. This is particularly serious because these are OVA…
Anyways, although (a little) below the expected, it complies by the standards of the eighties. The animation is fluid, the techniques are well animated, and there’s blood everywhere (especially on the foreheads… seriously, no matter what happens, there will be blood on the forehead, and always a few seconds later after the attack, not immediately).
The sound’s fine. An interesting detail is that, while both Kojiro and Seiya anime share some seiyuus, none of them act as the character with the same face. To name a few, Keiichi Nanba is Kojiro’s voice actor, while in Saint Seiya was Pisces Aphrodite and Poseidon (and many other characters, like Ziocite in Sailor Moon, Ryo Hayabusa in Ninja Gaiden, Raoh in Hokuto no Ken, and so on), not Seiya (whose original seiyuu was Toru Furuya). Sho Hayami is Musashi’s voice, and was Sea Horse Baian (and Wolfwood in Trigun, Sairei in Shakugan no Shana III, Akira Hojo in Sanctuary, etc). Hideyuki Hori is Ryoma and Phoenix Ikki’s voice (and Roberto Hongo in Captain Tsubasa J, Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z, Nobuo Tanaka in Memories, and many more). Finally, Kazuhiko Inoue is Mibu in FnK and Ohko in SS (as well as Mamoru Kusanagi in Blue Seed, Anthony in Candy Candy, and Kakashi in Naruto).
As for the music, although not even close in quality to the one used in Saint Seiya (although, to be fair, not many can compare), it goes well with the ninja atmosphere of the series. The opening, Don’t go away, is a calm rock song, and the ending, Good-bye Marry, is a powerful heavy metal song (both are interpreted by Night Hawks).
Anyways, verdict time. I’ll try to be direct cause I wrote more than usual: Fuuma no Kojirou is highly recommended for Saint Seiya fans in particular, and for battle shounen fans in general. Here, you will not find lots of character development or a great story: the important thing here are the fights. And luckily, the combats are fast paced, unpredictable and ingenious, so, in the end, the whole experience is pretty enjoyable. If you liked this, the next logical step would be Seiken Sensou-hen, the second set of episodes of FnK.
Después de Ring no Kakero, su primer gran éxito como autor, Masami Kurumada idearía otro shonen de batallas, esta vez enfocado en clanes ninja (en el que, obviamente, ningún miembro tiene más de quince años) luchando hasta morir, usando técnicas tan ingeniosas como locas: Fuma no Kojiro (FnK). En esta serie, además, nacerían muchos de los elementos que después serian usados en la obra prima del señor Kurumada: Saint Seiya. Yasha-hen es la primera tanda de OVAS, que adapta el primer arco argumental del manga (habiendo disponibles una segunda tanda, Seiken Sensou-hen, y una OVA final, Fuuma Hanran-hen). A pesar de ser una serie que puede apreciarse en sí misma, de la misma forma que Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE es especialmente interesante para los fans de Card Captor Sakura, y lo que sea de Leiji Matsumoto es especialmente atrayente para los fans de Matsumoto, FnK es especialmente llamativa para los fans de Saint Seiya (más que nada porque el señor Kurumada tiene la costumbre de usar siempre a los mismos personajes en situaciones distintas, al igual que el señor Matsumoto), así que, a lo largo de esta review, no se sorprendan al ver varias comparaciones entre ambas series.
La historia de FnK nos muestra que la secundaria Hakou atraviesa serios problemas: alumnos malos de la escuela Seishikan no dejan de molestar (léase, moler a golpes) a sus estudiantes! Ante tamaña situación, Himeko Hojo, la encargada de Hakou, llega a la única conclusión razonable: contratar a un clan ninja. Es así como Kojiro, representante del clan Fuuma, deja su desolada montaña para dirigirse a la civilización y dar una seria y merecida paliza a ese grupo de abusones. Por supuesto, los muchachos de Seishikan tienen a su propia clan shinobi, los Yasha, por lo que después de una serie de escaramuzas, se ponen de acuerdo y ambos clanes (porque al poco tiempo llegan los compañeros de Kojiro) enfrentan a sus 10 mejores guerreros, en una lucha rastrera y sin reglas, bien a lo Basilisk.
Esa es básicamente la trama de FnK. No es una historia muy profunda, ni pretende serlo: acá lo importante es la emoción y la acción, y en eso esta miniserie de 6 capítulos no decepciona. Hay una constante sucesión de batallas (especialmente a partir del tercer capítulo, ya que los dos primeros son más bien introductorios y algo lentos), en las que las más variopintas técnicas son ejecutadas, con resultados muy variables. Y lo más importante: cualquiera puede morir en estos duelos, lo que hace que el resultado sea todavía más emocionante (nada de que los buenos ganan siempre, o no tienen bajas).
Por el lado de los personajes… acá es donde una serie de puros combates sufre: prácticamente no hay un gran desarrollo de personajes, dado que muchos no duran más de cinco minutos n_n. El protagonista, Kojiro, es un chico bastante común para haber sido entrenado en las oscurísimas artes ninjas, y la verdad, es algo molesto. Eso sí: al igual que Seiya, es determinado, tozudo, y quiere mucho a sus compañeros. Su manejo del bokken (espada de madera) desafía las leyes de la física, incluso para una serie de ninjas. También, del clan Fuuma, tenemos a Ryoma, el Dokugan Ryu (comparte su apodo con Date Masamune, dado que ambos personajes perdieron un ojo). Dentro de todo, el es el más centrado y respetuoso del clan, y es el que lanza el desafío formal al clan Yasha. Sus habilidades psíquicas están entra las más fuertes de su clan. Hay varios Fuuma más, pero el último que me gustaría comentar es Kirikaze. No solamente se parece físicamente a Shun de Andrómeda, sino que también es el único miembro del clan que al menos manifestó su desagrado por pelear. Eso no evita que en solo segundos reparta golpes para todos lados, pero bueno, al menos tiene intenciones pacifistas.
Del lado antagonista, el más importante (por mucho) es el líder de los Yasha, que irónicamente, es alguien ajeno al clan: Musashi Asuka. No solamente es ridículamente poderoso, si no que es el único que realmente tiene un background establecido: pelea como mercenario al mejor postor para poder pagar las cuentas del hospital donde está internada su hermanita. Aunque no es maligno per se, si es muy eficiente, práctico, y despiadado: cuando considera que un rival es especialmente peligroso, lo asesina rápidamente, para que no de problemas en el futuro. No hay odio ni honor relacionados, solo pragmatismo. Al igual que Kojiro, su arma es una bokken que corta carne como si fuera manteca.
La animación en si es correcta… pero podría ser mejor. De hecho, debería ser mejor. Tal vez el manga de FnK sea anterior a Saint Seiya, pero las OVAS de Yasha-hen son posteriores (por solo unos meses, pero son mas nuevas) al anime de los caballeros. Es por esto que no se entiende como la calidad es ligeramente mayor en el caso de Saint Seiya. No solo todo tiene un brillo y un color mayor en la serie de los caballeros de bronce, si no que el diseño de personajes bordea lo cómico. Que Kojiro sea un clon de Seiya es intencional, y es parte del encanto de la obra de Kurumada. Lo mismo ocurre con un 97% de los personajes, todos pueden ser homologados a algún caballero (Musashi-Dohko, Kirikaze-Shun, etc)… el problema es que los diseños se repiten varias veces DENTRO de la serie. Hay tres personajes que se parecen a Shiryu (Ryoma, Mibu y Anki), y en el futuro van a aparecer más! xD. Todos los personajes femeninos son o Athena o Pandora (que en esencia, son iguales), y los personajes de menor importancia son tan genéricos que asusta. Esto es especialmente grave porque se trata de OVAS…
Pero bueno, aunque inferior a la media, cumple (para los estándares de los 80). La animación es fluida, las técnicas están bien representadas, y lo más importante de todo, hay sangre por todos lados (especialmente en las frentes… en serio, pase lo que pase, sea el ataque que sea, como mínimo, va a haber sangre en la frente, y solo después de un par de segundos de ejecutado el ataque, como para dar dramatismo).
El sonido está bien. Un detalle llamativo es que, si bien los animes de Seiya y Kojiro comparten algunos miembros de cast, ninguno representa al personaje de la misma cara. Por ejemplo, Keiichi Nanba, la voz de Kojiro, es Afrodita de Piscis y Poseidón (y varios más, como Ziocite en Sailor Moon, Ryo Hayabusa en Ninja Gaiden, Raoh en Hokuto no Ken, y un largo etcétera), y no Seiya (cuyo seiyuu original es Toru Furuya). El rol de Musashi lo representa Hayami Sho, quien fuera Baian de Caballo Marino (y también Wolfwood en Trigun, Sairei en Shakugan no Shana III, Akira Hojo en Sanctuary, etc). Hideyuki Hori es Ikki de Fénix y Ryoma (y Roberto Hongo en Captain Tsubasa J, Ginyu en Dragon Ball Z, Nobuo Tanaka en Memories y varios más). Finalmente Kazuhiko Inoue es Mibu en FnK, y Ohko en SS (además de ser Mamoru Kusanagi en Blue Seed, Anthony en Candy Candy, Kakashi en Naruto).
En cuanto a la música, si bien no puede compararse a la de Saint Seiya (aunque siendo justos, muy pocas pueden), va bien con la atmosfera ninja de la serie. El opening, Don’t go away, es relativamente tranquilo (para los parámetros del Rock), y el ending, Good-bye Marry, es una poderosa canción heavy. Ambas interpretadas por Night Hawks.
Pero bueno, después de semejante parrafada, es momento del veredicto. Voy a procurar ser directo, dado que ya escribí más de lo usual: Fuuma no Kojirou es una serie muy recomendable para los fans de Saint Seiya, y también para los seguidores de los shonen de batallas. Acá no hay una gran historia o un notable desarrollo de personajes, acá hay muchas peleas. Lo bueno es que están bien hechas, y su resultado es impredecible. Además, la mayoría se resuelven bastante rápido, lo que siempre es un plus. Si estas OVAS les gustaron, el paso lógico a seguir es ver es Seiken Sensou-hen, la segunda tanda de capítulos.
Gente que busque un gran desarrollo argumental, personajes profundos o animación de gran calidad, mantenerse alejados.
The story is loosely based on Japanese historical ninja conflicts and rivalry, but sets in an alternative modern day, where ninjas wear high school uniforms, use bokken (wood swords) and have superpowers.
There are two big ninja clans in this anime: Fuma and Yasha.
Kojiro, the protagonist, is one of the strongest members of Fuma clan. He is engaged by Hakuo Academy to support and protect them from a rival school, Seishikan.
On the other side, Seishikan school contacts the strongest Yasha clan members to pick this fight, and so the rivalry between the clans explodes in an 8 vs. 8 battle very similar to Basilisk manga and others in this ninja sub-genre.
Indeed, there is not much story besides this. It is just about two ninja clans fighting in a merciless war. There is not exactly good side and bad side, which is a nice take on the shounen manga.
Actually, you will probably sympathize more with Asuka Musashi (the stronger one from Yasha side) than Kojiro, since Musashi is the only one main character with a background story justifying his fighting.
Musashi is a mercenary that uses his incredible skills to earn money in order to pay the cost of his little sister hospitalization.
Meanwhile, Kojiro is just a stereotype of the carefree hero, so common in shounen, but without a background story to his personality.
But even with the absence of a background plot to the characters – that may move away some viewers –, Fuma no Kojiro has some awesome minor plot twists in its fast fights; but only in the fights.
The last point to highlight here is the enjoyment. There are just 6 episodes, no fillers, fighting happens all the time.
This OVA is very short, so you won’t need to see an entire episode of characters discussing their personal thoughs and life philosophy, trying to find a deeper meaning behind their battle. They just kick each other asses like they are “all out of bubblegum”.
So, if ignore the old and dated animation and the mediocre story, you will have some real fun watching this one.
8: Gall Force 3: Stardust War
Japanese: ガルフォース3 スターダスト ウォー
MAL Score: 6.37
The girls are saved … by none other than Catty Nebulart herself! Now, the race is on as Catty struggles to complete her crowning achievement: a huge machine that will bring life to a lifeless world!
As for the story it shows some more of what the war is really about and is a bit interesting in some ways but can be something what u heard before so yeah…. its ok
7: Black Magic M-66
MAL Score: 6.38
When Sybel, a freelance reporter, discovers a military plane crash, she is thrilled by the prospect of getting her hands on the latest inside scoop. However, she is unaware that the plane was carrying two top-secret prototype android assassins who will stop at nothing to destroy their target. As the military frantically tries to clean up its mess, Sybel races against time to find and protect the robots’ targeted victim—all while documenting the military’s misconduct—before it is too late.
The animation is also great and gets more lively as the OVA goes on. The animation isn’t the best looking though as when there is a lot of motion, the shading will tend to be taken out to save on resources. That doesn’t make what’s here bad, but it doesn’t make what’s here fantastic either. Even so, there are some fantastic scenes in this anime that are done in a relatively creative manner. I found the art style nice and it treated everything in a proper way to make it all a bit believable for an anime thriller. The machines move and act like machines, and they’re given a bit of an unpredictable functionality that makes them a tad eerie. There are also many moments where multiple people will move about on screen, along with vehicles and ships. The designing of the futuristic setting is also well handled, while not too original. What I found most interesting was that a number of the futuristic flying vehicles still had propellers and wings that gave the ships a moderately unique and cool look.
The direction and the sound do well to keeping the atmosphere feeling deadly with some good work on sound effects. To the music, there’s a lot of fast and loud electronic beats that should be expected from an 80’s thriller. I watched this OVA in english dubs, and I can report that they were better than average for the most part. However, while most actors did well, there are two stand-out bad actors that sadly have a somewhat concurrent place in the run-time. I was able to forgive that though as the other actors were doing a fine job.
The story is, again, average to what one would expect from an 80’s thriller. However, the characters that occupy the story aren’t bad in their interaction. There are plenty of side characters that I found myself fairly interested in, but sadly more so than the main character for much of the time. The main character has basically zero back-story to her and basically no personality. She serves as the doer and is kinda like a Ripley character with a camera. If it was just her starting out she may have been more interesting at the beginning, but she was stuck with a pointless side-character for some time whose contribution to the enjoyment was in the light negative – feeling like a talking brief-case she had to carry about with her. That character doesn’t have much screen-time in reality, but so does the main character in a way as she has a close amount of time compared to some side characters. Overall, the characters serve their purposes and act reasonably for the most part, but are in no way developed or all too interesting on their own. When considering the situation around them though, there is still some interest to be had.
Black Magic M-66 is a cool thriller for anime that is one that’s also actually able to pull it off well. Many thriller anime focus on gore as the eerie part, but that doesn’t connect much of the time (Elfen Lied, Another, etc.). What they usually forget to do is keep the atmosphere done well and have the monster act mysteriously. It couldn’t be said that the machines in this OVA act “mysteriously” though the whole time, but more so in the first half. The second half is where the relation to “Terminator” becomes more apparent than that of “Predator”, and also the way in which the robot acts changes in a slightly plot-convincing way. Even so, there is a light bit of reasonability to the sudden change in the robot’s abilities and even if there wasn’t, it isn’t really necessary to take the story too seriously in that aspect. Although, some situations do arise where you think the robot has won if it acts like it was before, but it instead acts much like a Frankenstein monster of older black and white movies. Still entertaining, and surprisingly still a bit thrilling in certain moments. Black Magic M-66 is an old anime thriller that those who want something a little different from the usual should check out.
Released in the year 1987, Black Magic M-66 as a whole is somewhat… well, FRUSTRATINGLY mundane. Of course, it was directed in part by Masamune Shirow, and he did the Appleseed, which was awesome, (maybe I’ll review that one) so I don’t understand how M-66 came out as a bad anime. Well, it IS of the typical type of anime ova– a cyberpunk, action-based free-for-all that delivers a lot of blood and gore and horrible plot structure with hit and miss characters, yet, these ovas usually contain decent animation and value that aspect over all things, despite their crappy music and a butt load of major issues with the ova itself. So, now I wish to address those issues.
The story begins by showing a fighter plane flying through a storm. The next thing you know, this plane that was introduced only ten seconds ago goes down and explodes into a billowing ball of fire, crashing into the trees, and (finally) hits the ground hard. The title screen is shown, then, a naked girl appears on screen and walks out her house unclothed….
…It only took one minute for this ova to throw me for a loop. I know that barely anything happened yet, but the things that did happen are complete B.S. I feel that there are no aims to ovas like this, because all they do is show of horrendous plots and titillate nude women (no pun intended) and fanservice for the majority of the show.
Moving on, there seems to be more going on in this ova than what seems to be, but actually, that’s the main problem with this one. There’s too much crap thrown into the beginning of the anime and as a result, it distracts from the important elements of the plot and ruins the entertainment factor. All in order, there’s the spectacle of an explosion in the first 30 seconds of the anime, the title screen is dropped, a naked girl is immediately thrown into the focus of the camera and all she does is scribble on some film containers and go streaking. Next, some government people are in the forest where the plane from earlier crashed and we learn where the M-66 robots come into play. But after a brief introduction and explanation of the components of these robots, they story shifts and continues to shift between the main characters Sybil and Leakey, then onto the military grunts, then to a girl with barely any clothes on (seems to be a recurring theme in this anime), then to a weird professor, then all of a sudden the military is back in the forest, and apparently Sybil is too, and gets captured. Then a bear is shown dead with its blood and ribs pouring out, and the M-66 robots begin to do random things and kill anybody they see in the forest, and then we jump-cut back to the apprehended Sybil about to be killed before FINALLY the heart of the story takes place and the robots start to wipe out the military forces. Afterwards, the characters find out that the aim of these combat robots is to kill the professor’s granddaughter, named Ferris, shown briefly in a bra and panties moments ago. And all that happens in roughly 15 minutes.
Now, I’ll admit that there was a pretty solid twist that starts off the action, but I only have one small complaint. I have but one, tiny, miniscule problem with this…
Everything I explained previously about the story of M-66 is arbitrary.
I didn’t spoil the anime nor did I ever hint of a climax. I’ve only BEGUN to explain the opening of this anime. That is absurd!! This is what ruins anime ovas, a bunch of useless, unimportant garbage thrown into opening scenes and information and actions that are irrelevant to the main plot! M-66 might hold the trophy for the worst opening ever in an anime because there are so many unnecessary things thrown into it. Ovas are only so long, too, so you’d think that more time would be spent on developing a decent story, but M-66 goes off the deep end and flounders its writing. Between those first 15 minutes, there are so many things introduced, so many random events happening, and so little time for any narration or explanation that the story is incomprehensible. The frequent scene switching and jump cuts screw the flow of the story over even more. The only worthwhile part to this is watching the soldier at about 14 minutes and 52 seconds into the anime being turned into visceral. Yeah, keep rewinding that over and over. It’s better than sitting through the rest of M-66. M-66’s opening story is very flawed; it’s like watching Genocyber all over again…
Buuuuuuut Genocyber was 100% bad… and I have to say that… the latter half of this anime is quite decent. I’m actually impressed. They didn’t screw around when the better scenes came along. There are many points that drive home the suspense and those are periods while watching that I really hoped that Sybil would make it out to the end alive with the girl Ferris, who ends up being a target of the killer robots. The drama works with many of the more intense action scenes and I’m sure that you would agree that everything falls into place well in some moments of this half of the ova.
Surprisingly, there are actually very few “action” scenes in this ova that aren’t just a robot killing a bunch of military grunts. However, the scenes that exist are worthwhile and very well done, despite this being just one of those ovas that are just an excuse to show copious amounts of blood onscreen. It doesn’t hinder the experience much this time around, and by the time Sybil has to keep Ferris safe from the renegade combat robots, the “excuse” is justified: these robots are going to tear up anything and everything that stands in their way in order to complete their goal. However, the resolution to the story is unsatisfying, and does NOT justify what I went through watching the beginning of the story, which was a lot of bewilderment and confusion.
Moving on to the characters, I think they suck. Sybil is the only interesting one, but only because she’s a bit comedic and if I ignore the moment where I see her nude in the first 60 seconds of the anime, I dare say she’s kinda cute. The professor who created the M-66 robots is too dumb to live; In fact, he’s probably even worse than the people in the story who go up to the super-powered killer robots and fight them out of free volition. Why do I think so? He let these killer robots get close to his only granddaughter, and one of them became familiar with her and went apeshit, so naturally it wants her dead. The plot of M-66 is all the professor’s fault. Leakey is seemingly Sybil’s grunt worker. He’s uninteresting. Ferris is the professor’s granddaughter and she’s very annoying, and I don’t like her. And there’s a Major of the military and some other military guys who help out or go against Sybil, but the thing is that this story spends zero time on character development. Although, for Sybil’s character development, it’s all decked out for fanservice. There are plenty of one-shot characters as well, who usually die right after they are introduced since they take on the M-66 robot bullheadedly. The plot simply leaves characters dead and just goes right on into the action. I guess getting to the point is not a bad thing for an anime and in an ova, there’s hardly any time to pull out anything good like what FMA does with its characters. Unfortunately, this anime fast-forwards to the action at a bad place. This anime should’ve gotten to the point right after the title screen and THEN explained it’s characters if need be, instead of crapping all over its introduction and skipping the character development so that they can focus on the action.
Looking at the sound of this ova, the acting is fair. The dub is certainly far from fair, but it’s not as atrocious as Lily C.A.T. or Violence Jack. It’s tolerable, and if subtitles bother you as much as they bother me, try the dub. Otherwise, stick to the original Japanese audio and dialogue. The closing theme is actually a wonderful song by Kitahara Yuki. If a song from an anime makes me feel like searching for it in Google, I think it is pretty good by default. For me, it’s a memorable song, but the rest of the score is disappointing. Most times, the music is ignorable, because the music doesn’t stand out much, but other times (the final scene on the rooftop for example) the music does not suit the mood of the situation. Outside of that, most of the score is unimpressive.
M-66 looks visually unimpressive as well and not just because it’s an 80’s ova. Lily C.A.T. is garbage, but it had fluid animation scenes and stunning (and gory) designs of its monsters. Comparing M-66 to Lily C.A.T., the animation seems to be done on the cheap for most of the ova and the most important parts have an art style that is just like standard animation for an 80’s anime. The blood from the dead people and animals looks more of a magenta color than bright red. The robots are interesting characters on their own, but look like nothing more than the dolls you see in the windows of clothing stores with wigs on them. The animation isn’t flawed, but it fails to impress.
For the most part, every aspect of Black Magic M-66 is generic. The outstanding aspects are usually the worst parts. If you didn’t catch everything I explained or need a bit more clarification as to why this anime ova is a piece of crap, in my opinion, I’ll gladly clarify on my points, which is something M-66 never does once.
Story: (3) Quite appalling. There is no consistency for much of the beginning of the anime, with random events occurring left and right, and the way the story introduces the combat robots only confuses me more. This story doesn’t pull itself together until 30 minutes have passed. It’s a 45-minute ova…
Art: (5) Not good, and not up to par, even for an 80’s anime ova. Even though this was released prior to Lily C.A.T., that’s not an excuse.
Sound: (5) It’s plain and mediocre. Can’t say much about it. I do find some solace in the theme by Kitahara-san.
Characters (2): This ova has a severe lack of character development overall. They all felt very loose, at least the main characters did. Other characters don’t even last that long before they meet their doom. I don’t consider the androids characters either.
Enjoyment: (4): I only enjoyed three things about this ova: the ending theme, Sybil’s humor, and again, minute 14:52. The guy just takes a hit for the team. That scene will stay in my head for a long time to come.
OVERALL: I bless Black Magic M-66 with a 4.
Between the surprisingly good action and chase scenes, horrible characters, and a mediocre score, I could’ve just passed off this as an average ova series and considered the flaws mentioned very miniscule actually. But the thing that destroys the entire flow of the ova and the enjoyment factor is the horrible beginning. I don’t need to say much else because you know how I feel about it. I don’t like it. It’s as if Shirow wasn’t thinking when he directed this. Outside of the suspense, there is not one quality aspect to the rest of the story since the ending is sub-par and most of the plot is pathetic, with its crappy beginning and incessant portrayal of men being turned into ludicrous gibs by the robots. It wears on your patience FAST! It’s not enjoyable in the least; it’s BELOW AVERAGE! The flow of the story of this anime is bad, cased closed!
Once again, this is the part of my review where all the exaggeration ends and the seriousness begins. I don’t think I can speak for people from the 1980’s when I say that this story is flawed. It was a different time back then, and most ovas have come a long way in huge strides. But the point of this review is to review the anime ova and see if I could recommend this to people out there, not to focus on reviewing other periods of time or other people’s tastes. However, when it comes down to me labeling M-66 as “recommendable,” I don’t think that I will do that either…
This is a really nice anime,its fast pace and comes off as a confincing sct-fi action anime.the animation is quite good,i loved the colours used and the drawing looked quite realistic.overall nothing spectacular but still a good anime.
6: Gall Force 2: Destruction
Japanese: ガルフォース2 ディストラクション
MAL Score: 6.39
Lufy, discovered floating lifeless in space, is brought on board a Solnoid cruiser and given another chance at life. Once the hardened warrior, she is shown events that shake her faith (one’s own death seems to have a way of changing one’s philosophy) and lessening her power as a fighter just as that power is most needed!
5: Fuuma no Kojirou: Seiken Sensou-hen
Japanese: 風魔の小次郎 聖剣戦争篇
MAL Score: 6.39
Hakuo Gakuin used to be a prestigious high school, and famous for martial arts. However, because its rival school; Seishikan, has been cowardly luring it’s superior students, Hakuo was going to decline.
In order to recover from the situation, the acting principal of Hakuo; Hojo Himeko, sends Yagyu Ranko to the Fuma Village in search of the famous Fuma ninja clan for assistance. The leader of the Fuma sent Kojiro to Hakuo, there he faces the notorious Yasha clan who fights for Seishikan lead by Asuka Musashi.
Soon Kojiro’s comrades arrive and an all-out ninja war postponed for 500 years begins between the 2 clans. (Source: d-addicts)
Seiken Sensou-hen is the second saga of OVA of Fuuma no Kojirou, one of the not so popular stories of Masami Kurumada, the creator of Saint Seiya. This time, once again, we have various fights, flashy techniques, deaths and lots of bleeding foreheads. So let’s begin… but, before that, a reminder: this is a sequel, so if you didn’t watch the first part, don’t read, since, well, there are a few minor spoilers from part one. Ok, now for real:
SS-h’s story shows us that, almost immediately after the war between the Fuuma and the Yasha, Kojirou clan’s leader, and most of the Fuuma members, were killed. The culprits: a group of warriors called Chaos. The reason: they’re searching for the sacred swords, the strongest weapons in the world. Unfortunately for the bad guys, the only Fuuma that actually had a sword wasn’t at home at the time of the attack. Now Kojirou seeks revenge, and found allies in those who also had sacred swords and oppose Chaos (one of them is Musashi Asuka, the main antagonist of Yasha-hen) triggering, once again, a holy war for the dominance of the swords.
From this, one would though that the development will be very similar to Yasha-hen: two factions collide, 1 vs. 1 fights, and everybody dies almost immediately, for the sake of dynamic battles. While this is true, in SS-h the ninja techniques are replaced by sword techniques. In theory it would be more or less the same, but in practice, the battles end up being very repetitive, even by the standards of a classic shonen. They all follow the same pattern, with only a special attack for character, almost the same sequence of attacks (first the bad dude, then the good guy), and the outcome is the same in 90% of the fights (very different from Yasha-hen, where, except for Kojirou, you’ll never knew who will survive). That’s pretty lame…
As for the characters, they’re in the same league of the fights: bellow the quality of the first set of OVA. Although in Yasha-hen the character didn’t last long, at least the Fuuma members had something similar to a personality, and their crazy ninja skills gave them a special charisma. Now Kirikaze, Ryuho and Shoryu are left completely aside, and only Kojirou and Ryoma do something. The rest of the good guys (I mean, the others that have a sacred sword) hardly have dialogues, and their participation is minimal (This includes Musashi, which all in all, was the most complete character of the previous series). The bad guys are even more one-dimensional, and their leader, Chaos, is only a dark silhouette for five episodes, and when he finally appears he’s as uninteresting as his minions.
The technical level is more or less the same as in Yasha-hen, although the animation is a little below in terms of quality. Even in that SS-h could keep up (and in Yasha-hen wasn’t brilliant to begin with)… but compared to the other issues, there aren’t major complaints.
So, in case it’s not clear yet, Seiken Sensou-hen is bellow what one might expect after seeing Yasha-hen. The plot and technical shortcomings are forgivable, since, to begin with, no one ask that much in those departments, but the harsh reality is that the action (the true soul of this kind of series) takes some time to start, and when it finally does, it’s very, very repetitive. That, and that alone, makes the project to suffer, and makes it hard to recommend. However, while obviously inferior to Yasha-hen, this OVA is slightly entertaining if one has no great pretentions, and it’s necessary to watch the final incarnation of Fuuma no Kojirou (Fuuma Hanran-hen, a 50 min film, way better than this). Conclusion: only for (extreme) fans of classic shonens that really liked the first part, and want to know how this ends.
Seiken Sensou-hen (SS-h) es la segunda tanda de OVAS de Fuuma no Kojirou, una de las historias no tan conocidas de Masami Kurumada, el creador de Saint Seiya. En esta oportunidad, tenemos más peleas, más técnicas rimbombantes, más muertes, más frentes que sangran… Veamos más a fondo… pero no sin antes dar una ligera advertencia: esta es una segunda parte, una continuación directa de la primera, así que si no vieron Yasha-hen, no lean, por que podrían encontrarse algún que otro spoiler. Ahora sí:
La historia de SS-h nos muestra que, ni bien terminada la guerra entre los Fuuma y los Yasha, el líder del clan de Kojirou, y buena parte de sus miembros, fueron asesinados. Los responsables: un grupo de guerreros llamado Caos. La razón: están buscando las espadas sagradas, las armas más fuertes del mundo. Por desgracia para ellos, el único Fuuma que tenía una no estaba en casa en el momento del ataque. Ahora Kojirou busca venganza, y terminara aliándose con otros portadores de espadas sagradas que se oponen a Caos (entre ellos, Musashi Asuka, el principal antagonista de la saga anterior) desencadenando, una vez mas (porque ya van varias generaciones sin resolución), una guerra santa por el dominio de las espadas.
De esto, uno puede intuir que el desarrollo va a parecerse mucho al de las OVAS anteriores: dos bandos chocan, hay peleas de 1 vs 1, y casi todos mueren casi al instante, en pos del dinamismo. Si bien esto es cierto, en SS-h los combates cambian de técnicas ninjas a técnicas de espadas. En teoría seria más o menos lo mismo, pero las batallas terminan siendo muy repetitivas, incluso para los estándares de un shonen clásico. Todas siguen el mismo patrón, con solo una técnica especial por personaje, casi la misma secuencia de ataques (primero el malo, y luego el bueno) y el mismo desenlace en el 90% de los enfrentamientos (a diferencia de en Yasha-hen, donde, excepto por Kojirou, realmente uno no sabía quiénes iban a sobrevivir).
En cuanto a los personajes, es similar a lo que sucedía con las peleas: están por debajo de la calidad de las primeras OVAS. Aunque en Yasha-hen los personajes no duraban mucho, al menos los protagonistas del clan Fuuma tenían algo parecido a una personalidad, y sus locas técnicas ninja les daban un carisma muy especial. Ahora, Kirikaze, Ryuho y Shoryu son dejados por completo de lado, siendo solo Kojirou y Ryoma los únicos que hacen algo. El resto de los buenos (o sea, los que tienen espadas) apenas si tienen diálogos, y su participación es ínfima (esto incluye a Musashi, que dentro de todo, era el personaje más completo de la saga anterior). Los malos son todavía más unidimensionales, y su líder, Caos, es una silueta oscura por cinco capítulos, y cuando por fin aparece, no es más interesante que sus subordinados, ni en diseño, discursos o técnicas.
A nivel técnico es más o menos igual que en Yasha-hen, aunque hay que decir que está un poco por debajo de ella a nivel animación. Ni siquiera en eso SS-h pudo estar a la altura… pero, comparado con lo demás, no hay grandes quejas.
Así que, por si no quedo claro, Seiken Sensou-hen está por debajo de lo que uno podía esperar después de ver Yasha-hen. Las falencias argumentales y técnicas son perdonables, dado que uno no le exige grandeza a este tipo de producción en esos aspectos, pero la dura realidad es que la acción tarda en empezar, y cuando por fin lo hace, es muy, muy repetitiva. Eso, y solo eso, hace que el proyecto sufra, y que sea difícil recomendar. Sin embargo, si bien inferior, estas OVAs son ligeramente entretenidas si uno no tiene grandes pretensiones, además de ser necesarias si uno quiere ver el final de Fuuma no Kojirou (Fuuma Hanran-hen, una película de 50 minutos bastante interesante). Conclusión: solo para muy fans de shonen clásicos (que obviamente son, si vieron la primera parte).
4: Fuuma no Kojirou: Fuuma Hanran-hen
MAL Score: 6.42
After the Chaos war, Kojiro and Ryouma return to earth only to find their clan members killing off each other.
Fuuma Hanran-hen (FH-H) is a fifty minutes OVA that serves as the end to Fuuma no Kojirou, the ninja series made by Masami Kurumada, the creator of Saint Seiya (and Ring no Kakero and BTX, among many other… but these two are the ones worth mentioning). Fuuma no Kojirou has a promising start with Yasha-hen (the first six episodes), then it screw it a bit with Seiken Sensou-hen (the second half of the series, also six episodes)… Does this OVA raise the quality again, or sink the project even more? Let’s see. But before that, if it wasn’t clear enough: this is a third part, a final part, so there are spoilers from the previous incarnations. Go to Fuuma no Kojirou: Yasha-hen to learn if you are interested or not. Now, to the proper review:
Fuuma Hanran-hen, which translates as “The Fuuma rebellion episode” shows that, while Kojirou and Ryoma were fighting in the moon (literally… after that, one could expect anything from this series), the Fuuma clan is immersed in a huge revolt, and the members are killing each other. Soon, the heroes discover that there’s an eye jutsu involved that make the former loyal ninjas to fight their own kind… It’s in the hands of Kojirou and Ryoma, alongside the reintegrated to the plot Shoryu, Kirikaze and Ryuho to realize whats really going on… and by realize, I mean jutsus, swords, and other useful and violent methods to gather information (cause that’s the way ninjas solve their problems).
So, the premise is interesting… but so it was in Seiken Sensou-hen. So, the real question is: it’s well executed? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. For starters, screw the swords, here the ninja techniques are back in all their glory, and that translates in more diverse and better fights. It’s only one OVA, so there’s no time to lose: the battles are fast, dynamic, and anybody could die. I’m serious: this is the last arc, so everybody are expendable.
On the audiovisual department, everything is mostly like the previous OVA, with slight improvements (probably because this is just one long episode). That means, classic late 80’s animation, with the already known Kurumada character designs (besides the overused and omnipresent Dragon Shiryu model, Ophiucus Shaina design is quite abundant… there’s even a team of side characters that looks like her). The seiyuus are the same from the previous works, and there are no complaints. Both opening and ending are pretty good.
So… FH-h meets the expectations one can demand from the end of a series? Yes. The fights are intense, unpredictable and very entertaining. The characters fight and die with dignity. The plot is resolved satisfactorily. No loose ends. If you liked the previous OVA (which I assumed you did, because if not, why are you reading?), this will be a good closure. Highly recommended for fans of classic battle shonens, and especially, for Saint Seiya fans.
Fuuma Hanran-hen (FH-h) es una OVA de 50 minutos que sirve como final para Fuuma no Kojirou, la saga de ninjas creada por Masami Kurumada, el mismo cristiano responsable de Saint Seiya (y también Ring no Kakero y BTX, entre varios otros… aunque estos son los que vale la pena mencionar). Esta historia arranco muy prometedora con Yasha-hen (primera saga de OVAS, seis capítulos), para después caer un poco con Seiken Sensou-hen (segunda tanda de OVAS, también seis capítulos)… ¿Esta OVA vuelve a subir la calidad, o hunde todavía más al proyecto? Veamos. Pero antes de eso, si no lo dedujeron de… bueno, todo lo que acabo de escribir, esta es la tercera parte de una saga, y para colmo es el final, así que hay spoilers. Vallan a Fuuma no Kojirou: Yasha-hen, para saber si están interesados o no. Ahora si, a la review propiamente dicha:
Fuuma Hanran-hen, que se traduce como “El episodio de la rebelión Fuuma”, nos muestra que, mientras Kojirou y Ryoma estaban en la luna (literalmente… después de esto uno podría esperar cualquier cosa), en el clan Fuuma estallo una revuelta, por lo que empieza una matanza entre miembros. Pronto se descubre que hay un jutsu ocular involucrado, que hace que los otrora leales ninjas se vuelvan hacia sus hermanos… está en manos de Kojiro y Ryoma, junto a los traídos nuevamente a la trama, Shoryu, Kirikaze y Ryuho averiguar qué es lo que realmente está pasando, y de paso, sacudir jutsus y espadazos para todos lados, porque así es como los ninjas resuelven sus problemas.
Bien la premisa es interesante… pero también lo era la de Seiken Sensou-hen. Lo que deberían preguntarse es, ¿está bien ejecutada? Si, si, y mil veces sí. Para empezar, a la mierda las espadas, acá vuelven las técnicas ninjas en todo su esplendor, lo que se traduce en combates mucho más variadas que los vistos en la saga anterior. Es solo una OVA, así que no hay tiempo que perder: las peleas vuelven a ser rápidas, dinámicas, y cualquiera puede morir en cualquier momento. Es en serio: este es el último arco argumental, así que ya todos son prescindibles.
A nivel audiovisual, se mantiene más o menos la calidad general ya vista en las dos sagas de OVAS anteriores, con ligeras mejorías (probablemente por ser solo una OVA larga). O sea, animación clásica de finales de los 80, con los ya muy conocidos diseños de personajes del universo Kurumada (como curiosidad, a parte del siempre utilizado modelo del dragón Shiryu, en esta OVA en particular es el diseño de Ofiuco Shaina el que se hace presente en abundancia… incluso los personajes tienen la cara tapada igual que ella) . Los seiyuus son los mismos de las partes anteriores, y no hay quejas. Buen opening y ending.
Entonces, FH-h cumple con las expectativas que uno puede pretender del final de una saga? Si. Las peleas son rápidas, intensas, impredecibles y muy entretenidas. Los personajes luchan y mueren con dignidad. La trama se resuelve de manera satisfactoria. No quedan cabos sueltos. Si les gustaron las OVAS anteriores (lo que es obvio, porque si no, por que estarían leyendo esto?), esta va a cumplir con sus expectativas. Muy recomendado para los fans de los shonens de peleas clásicos, y especialmente, para los fanáticos de Saint Seiya.
3: Bannou Bunka Neko-Musume
English: All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
MAL Score: 6.68
Ryuunosuke Natsume is the son of genius inventor Kyusaku Natsume and overbearing Akiko Natsume, CEO of Mishima Heavy Industries. Using funds from his wife’s company and the brain from his son’s beloved cat, Kyusaku creates a revolutionary android called Atsuko “Nuku Nuku” Natsume. To Kyusaku’s disgust, Akiko wants to use her husband’s technology to create weaponized robots for her company’s customers, resulting in Ryuunosuke getting caught within the explosive fights between his parents
The android Nuku Nuku tries to live as a normal high school student, adopting the role of Ryuunosuke’s elder sister, but usually ends up acting as her family’s protector. Nuku Nuku will do anything to protect the ones she loves.
The story begins with a father and his son running away from a hovercraft Young Ryunosuke finds a kitten in an alley and decides to take it with them. They crash into a pile of junked cars which causes the hovercraft to lose sight of them. Frustrated, the pilot opens fire into the pile of cars. The father and son are both okay, but the injured kitten is dying. That’s when things move away from being serious and get really silly. The father transplants the cat’s brain into an android body. It turns out that they were being chased by employees of Ryunosuke’s mother who were trying to get him back from his father. The series launches into a group of loosely connected episodes dealing with Nuku Nuku’s difficulties fitting into a human society and the bickering between Ryunosuke’s parents which frequently involves giant robots. The overall story continually leads up to the two fighting less frequently and learning to understand each other which eventually culminates in them having to work together. If you’re wondering about the science facts just remind yourself of two things. One, it’s a comedy. Two, they never pretend that the science makes sense. As a comedy it actually holds up pretty well. The scenario has lots of good moments especially given its time limitations and the few serious moments generally work pretty well within the structure. The fight scenes are entertaining and most of them are pretty funny. It’s a high energy farce that’s fun for those old enough to appreciate the more mature humour used in certain parts.
The characters are very well done. Both of Ryunosuke’s parents can be pretty terrible, but it makes them seem more genuine and human. The fact that they both have horrible and sympathetic moments makes them three dimensional characters. Ryunosuke can be a brat, but he’s also a character who’s usually very sensible. Nuku Nuku is just a very amusing character. Her extreme naivete and innocence make sense and they provide an interesting contrast when compared to the failings of the human characters. There are a few side characters who are somewhat developed, Eimi, Kyouko and Arisa, but, probably due largely to time restraints, they never get completely fleshed out.
The art is pretty dated. It’s a lot like the art of other works of the early 90s like Ranma 1/2. It’s fine in the context of its time, but it hasn’t aged particularly well and there are several moments where the art is used to exaggerate the emotions of the characters that don’t really work. My one big gripe is that there are a few too many fan-service moments.
The voice work is really good. Hayashibara Megumi, Shimazu Saeko, Ikura Kazue, and Kamiya Akira all do a good job. They all exaggerate on occasion, but it’s not like Baka to Test where lines get exaggerated indiscriminately, there’s always a reason for it. The music is excellent.
The yuri factor is a 3/10. Kyouko and Arisa get some pretty homoerotic moments, and they’re shown as living together but nothing is ever confirmed as being between them and those few moments aren’t really enough to judge.
My final rating for All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku is an 8/10. The plot is really used for setting more than an actual story, the art is dated and the science frequently doesn’t make sense but the humour works really well, the energy is good and the audio aspects are really strong. And isn’t that what’s really important from a comedy? If you find yourself in the mood for a good laugh, give it a try. All six episodes hold up really well.
When they arrive in a city to stop for refueling, find the boy (the son) a kitten and will keep it.His father says that it is too dangerous to bring a cat, and it does not take long for Helpers to his wife finds them and the hunt continues.
They run into a trash place where there are many damaged cars. Unfortunately, they crash the car into many other cars, and they fall over the car they are sitting in. Helpers to his wife starts to shoot, but they think for one moment that they are dead. They’re wrong.
When the father asks his son if he’s alright, he sees the boy cry. They did not hit them when they fired, they hit the cat.Since her son was so upset, his father decided to build a robot that was half “human”, half cat. She was called Nuku Nuku.
Nuku Nuku is not a normal robot. She is like a mother to the son; helps him up when he have to go to school, clean etc.. But she got also sort of superpowers. She can run very fast and are wow so strong, but I guess it good to have one of thoes when you got an angry mother after you!
Although her mother is out to get quality time with her son, she always follows him through satellite or something. When he is at school, she is always home to contrive out plans to get her son back, but the color works
as a teacher in the same class as his son.
So the rest of the anime is just about the mother who tries everything she can to get some quality time with his son. This may sound terribly boring, but it is actually very funny!
If you ask me, I think this anime is very funny! It is not exactly exciting, unless you are curious about how the anime will end.
I give this anime: 8 / 10
2: Wei Kreuz OVA
English: Knight Hunters OVA
Japanese: Wei Kreuz ヴァイスクロイツ
MAL Score: 6.86
Someone out there is determined to see the fall of Weiss Kreuz, and it looks like they have found the perfect plan for it. The four assassins find themselves trapped in a deadly game of deceit, where the question of honor versus duty comes to surface. Now they must fight for their own reasons to survive–and there can be only be one victor in this field of death.
Main Characters: Aya/Ran Fujimiya, Ken Hidaka, Youji Kudou and Omi Tsukiyono
Score is 7 everything and 6 for the Sound…
I would not actually call this an OVA since it’s too short… for me, it’s like a 2-part movie… with assassins as the main characters, story will just be the typical revenge type… it was surprisingly bloody btw and i kinda liked it… Art/Characters were fairly drawn and I’d classify the main cast as Bishounen(s)… Aya is like the leader so he’s the brooding type, Ken is the boy next door and outgoing type, Youji will be the ladies man and Omi will be the idealistic child-like type… very interesting and deadly bunch… oh and i think Archer (F/S Night) made a cameo here… 😛
As for the OP/ED songs, i did not like it… i guess i’m not into those jpop boybands… they sound good, yes but there’s just something in it that is kinda creepy to me… haha!
Enjoyment/Overall: 7 – it was dark and fast-paced… it made me want to watch the Weiss Kreuz series… I wanted to know more about these assassins and their backgrounds… not really a priority but definitely one to spend time on…
Recommended to those who want a short action anime with pretty boys in it… Story is not related to the series so watching it beforehand is not required… 🙂
1: Arslan Senki
English: The Heroic Legend of Arslan
MAL Score: 6.91
In the medieval kingdom of Pars, young Prince Arslan confronts the hostility of his father and the disinterest of his mother, and yearns to learn more about the world. Despite being surrounded by poverty and slavery, Arslan persists in seeing the possibility of a nobler world. Everything changes when the neighboring nation of Lusitania invades Pars, and Arslan is forced to grow up in an instant.
Arslan Senki follows Prince Arslan to war, where he struggles to save his nation and family with the help of a small but devoted circle of advisers. Along the way the young prince finds secrets around every corner and faces enemies who hate him because of what he is, but also finds friends where he least expects them. The story of nations at war, Arslan Senki is also the story of one boy’s quest to stay himself in the most trying of circumstances.
Great story if your into fantasy and some sword play, I only wished the series was a little longer and more fleshed out but I loved in none the less.
The originial english voice actors at the beginning are quite good, no idea why they changed the VA’s towards the end… I think it was a long time between releases.. but still, watch it in japanese and you should be fine if you hate inconsistencies there.
Shame for them to do that otherwise i’d give it a perfect score.
Definately reccomended to the old skool anime-goers.
From there Arslan allies a handful loyal companions around him and marches to castle Peshawar at the border to plan his strike on the capitol to retake and free his parents, the King and Queen. With a few side-stories going on, this anime never got me bored and always got me hooked for one more episode, although I was running late for work.
The art and sound sure are not near up-to-date, but to be honest, I don’t care. In the end you have to judge something by the standards of that time. Otherwise you could claim to be better than Galileo Galilei, because now we know more than he did.
The story, characters and the overall enjoyment were outstanding. This isn’t just a companion-rallying medieval fight-anime with some magic to it. No, it has deep political (how he got that elephant-riding troop to join him and other very clever moves), deep moral (his childhood and therefore his hatred for slavery and some other things, but don’t want to spoil), funny (Gieve/Guibu always making me smirk with his highly intelligent and eloquent verbal punches towards anyone), and of course captivating, because this story is well-written.
I would have liked to see more than 6 episodes, but I think leaving the rest to the imagination of the watcher isn’t half-bad either. I liked how Gieve/Guibu started picking on the people in the castle and left the party after that, because as a ministrel/bard he is just too much of a free spirit to be “caged” inside a castle for too long. I am sure in other anime, they would have made him stay or even not pick up fights, but this anime is very authentic and that is one of few factors, which made me give this anime 10/10 and boost it on the top of my list.
10/10, most favourite anime!
IN SHORT: If you like a nice old fashioned adventure- epic, with fantasy, a mystical art style, and a mostly character centered plot, then you will probably enjoy Arslan Senki. The designs and art are unique, and the story is interesting and captivating.Give this one a shot! It won’t take you long, it’s only a six episode OVA.
Positive: The animation is not that great, and animation and budget are limited, but the art direction is brilliant! There were many beautiful shots and artistic sceneries. One of the little touches that stood out to me was the way in which fire was animated throughout the ova. The fire is off the chain in this one!
Negative (small): Sometimes the action didn’t make much sense, and a few fights seemed unrealistic (within the context of Arslan Senki’s universe).
Positive: I loved the story! The scope was broad and the sense it gives off is that of an epic journey. You see the main character grow into a more mature man and capable ruler. It’s all about the underdog and how his quest to gain power and regain his position. Yes, the show is about war and politics, but it spends most of its time on Arslan’s development and telling the stories of its characters.
Okay: I liked the variety of characters who were all interesting in their own way. Excluding Arslan and a few others the characters weren’t the most nuanced or multi-dimensional characters ever, but they were still a step above flat, one dimensional, archetypal characters. So all in all, they were pretty good, not the best, but still good.
Negative: The start was a bit boring, but the story continuously becomes more engrossing as it progresses. I would say this is something you need to sit down, relax, and give yourself plenty of time to watch. As someone who gets bored of shows very quickly (look at my “dropped” list), I’d say the slow start isn’t unbearable and still has enough interesting moments on its own. Overall, the story and the plot have a more laid back feel to them. (Which isn’t necessarily a problem, it’s just the OVA’s style)
SUMMARY: If you like a nice old fashioned adventure- epic, with fantasy, a mystical art style, and a mostly character centered plot, then you will probably enjoy Arslan Senki. The designs and art are unique, and the story is interesting and captivating. Give this one a shot! It won’t take you long, it’s only a six episode OVA.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Arslan Senki
2. Wei Kreuz OVA
3. Bannou Bunka Neko-Musume
4. Fuuma no Kojirou: Fuuma Hanran-hen
5. Gall Force 2: Destruction
6. Fuuma no Kojirou: Seiken Sensou-hen
7. Black Magic M-66
8. Gall Force 3: Stardust War
9. Rance: Sabaku no Guardian
10. Fuuma no Kojirou: Yasha-hen
11. Rhea Gall Force
12. Ten Little Gall Force
13. Otohime Connection
14. Plastic Little
15. Ippon Bouchou Mantarou
16. RG Veda
17. Mouryou Senki Madara
18. Little Polar Bear: Shirokuma-kun, Fune ni Noru
19. Kouryuu Densetsu Villgust
20. Seikima II Humane Society: Jinrui Ai ni Michita Shakai
21. Neko Neko Fantasia
23. Bounty Dog: Getsumen no Ibu
24. Al Caral no Isan
25. Tomoe ga Yuku!
26. Explorer Woman Ray
27. Yami no Shihosha Judge
28. Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gootaman: Gootaman Tanjou-hen
29. Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
31. Kyuukyoku no Sex Adventure Kamasutra
32. Kindan no Mokushiroku: Crystal Triangle