They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Ojousama Sousamou, Sin: The Movie, Kamyla, and more!
42: Ojousama Sousamou
English: Debutante Detective Corps
MAL Score: 4.83
Debutante Detective Corps begins with introductions to the five main characters, Miyuki, Reika, Youko, Nina, and Kimiko. It seems these five girls are incredibly rich and have been sent a threatening video tape by forces unknown. A police guard is set up at the school where the girls have enrolled. Kimiko, however, doesn’t like the idea of being cooped up at school, and convinces the rest of the girls to trick the police into leaving. No sooner are the police gone, however, then the girls are assaulted by three armed terrorists. What ensues is a rather silly escapade with our heroines attempting to thwart their attackers.
Given Debutante’s title I am not sure what I was expecting, but regardless of what it was I certainly didn’t get it. Nothing about the story or the title make a lot of sense. Obviously this was a title given by the English dubbing studio and it’s really only the beginning of this epic fail abortion of an anime.
Our story starts with our five heroines entering the scene in spastic, silly, and unnecessarily flashy manners. We are given brief bios of the quintet and you better read it because that’s all the character “development” and background story you’re going to get on any of them. They are all fabulously wealthy girls and apparently are being threatened by a mysterious organization. So of course the police, instead of taking our spoiled bitches to some place secure like um, the police station maybe, they take them to a completely unsecure high school where they end up just locking them up in the principal’s office. Of course despite the school being blanketed but literally hundreds of armed officers in riot gear our three villains do manage to get inside the school where predictable, over the top, silly, and retarded action ensues.
Nothing about the story works. The comedy doesn’t because it relies mainly on having some sort of emotional investment in the characters. Given the shortness of the OVA this is practically an impossible task. Once the revelation is made at the end as too who is behind the attack, you’re likely to either explode into a howling laughter at its stupidity or face palm. Or perhaps both. Obviously that this was meant as a pilot episode for a potential series. It’s not shocking at all that this was never picked up. At least someone with some sense and good judgment realized how god awful the concept was and thus the world was saved from the potential of a full season of this garbage.
The characters are standard 90s clichés. You have every kind of “action” girl in the cast. The Chinese martial arts master, the Russian big guns girl, the explosives expert, the master of disguise, and the psychic master of magic’s. In addition we are treated to the usual tsundere, moe, and bratty personality types displayed in every other anime ever made. There is nothing extraordinary or memorable about any of them and honestly you will have a tough time just remembering their names let alone anything about them. The villains and supporting characters are equally stale and stupid.
Artistically this is about as bad as I have ever seen. The style is typical of the era of which I am not a fan of at all but even for the 90s this is epically horrible work. It’s really shocking to me too when you consider the studios involved in its production. For me it’s really difficult to imagine how anyone ever thought this looked good. The sound and music score are as drab and uninteresting as the animation. The lack of a decent story makes it impossible for any talent level of seiyuu to give a good performance.
If you’re considering watching this because of the studios involved in its production like I did, don’t. You will be disappointed. Debutante Detective Corps is best left to the dustbin of history. I am sure those who made it would also wish you forget it exists too.
All anime fans know that Gainax has produced some of the most influential and beloved anime of all time, but every studio has made a few mistakes right? What was the worst Gainax anime ever? The answer to that question: Debutante Detective Corp!
This anime is clearly supposed to be a Charlie’s Angels ripoff about an international cast of hot girls with varied skills solving mysteries and kicking ass. The problem is that it is one of the most incompetent, horribly directed, pieces of shit I have ever seen. The only laughs come not from the comedy, but from the GOD AWFUL “engrish” that permeates almost every scene of this anime. In other words, the only parts that are enjoyable are completely unintentional.
I’m just going to describe the first scene to this piece of shit and you will know immediately if you want to watch it or not!
A highschool meeting is taking place with the principal welcoming the incoming freshman class. Suddenly, a blatant ripoff of the song “Jump” by Van Halen starts playing. Then a girl on a motor cycle smashes through the large stained glass window that looks like it belongs in an old European cathedral rather than a Japanese highschool and we the viewers are treated to a wall of text that makes our jaws drop! “Miyuki Ayanokouji come from Tokyo with specialty mechanic. The ups and downs of emotion are drastic and it flights easily in straight for wardness. The homelike surface that is good at cooking is surprising!” Miyuki then asks in a California Valley Girl accent, “Sorry…like…am I late or something?”
Just when you are trying to recover from laughter, a second girl smashes through the door of the school with a bicycle and we get another hilarious text wall. “Reika Syu come from Hong kong with the specialty of fighter. A Chinese merchant abroad daughter. It is raised by grandparents the cause of Chinese Mafia tightened from the childish time. Though it is lively and active, it has the bad habit of dose in fant regression. Food is liked very much!”
Then a Mercedes Benz smashes through the wall of the school and we get another outrageous text with bad grammar and a questionable world view from the director of this shit. ““Yoko Ryuzaki come from Yokohama with the specialty disguise. Quarter the German noble that a grandmother is rumored with the illegitimate illegitimate Child of Adolf Hitler descended. As descendent of Hitler her justice is strong and the period drama which punishes advice evil is liked very much by the honest”.
A few seconds later a 4th girl smashes through the ceiling after jumping out of a helicopter that explodes for no reason! She lands on the principal and possibly kills him. We are treated to the following data. “Nina Kirov come from New York with specialty GUN MANIA! The descendent of Russian descendent Romanov dynasty. Parents are big wealthy persons of the mystery what parents are romping about in the world. She himself is military mania of the ULTIMATE.”
Finally our last girl arrives with a totally unexplained, massive police escort. Of course another horrible engrish text is inevitable at this point. “Kimiko Ayanokouji come from Tokyo with the specialty Super ability. The successor daughter of financial combine an old peer descended. The genius type of the intelligence 200 is calm and it is cold it is cold when it is cut off from unusual character!”
Now that our cast is assembled, our adventure is ready to begin…for the five people left in the audience who haven’t fled from the sheer idiocy and ineptitude of this shitty echii series.
Holy shit! I have seen poorly directed anime before, but the fact that someone at ADV films looked at this and decided to bring it over to the US for an English dub just blows my mind. There are legitimately great anime that have yet to receive an English dub, but THIS gets picked up! WTF was ADV thinking?! No wonder they went out of business!
41: Sin: The Movie
Japanese: sin THE MOVIE
MAL Score: 5.15
In Sin, Blade must unravel a series of mysterious kidnappings. As he delves into the city’s merciless underworld, an elaborate mystery unfold; at is heart, the SinTEK corporation and its leader, the ruthless and beautiful Elexis Sinclair. A Brilliant biochemist, Sinclair will stop at nothing to achieve her goal: a plan that could force the next step of human evolution-or spell doom for mankind.
Sin was a fun game, IMO. Even this movie might have made a playable game, if an intensely generic one. But it wasn’t a game – it was a movie, and a bad one. From the very start canon is thrown right out the window, closely followed by the splattered brains of the protagonist’s fan-beloved partner and friend, JC. If you think that was a spoiler, you’re right – it pretty much spoils the entire movie by turning it into a body-horror splatterhouse with an unspeakably awkward sexual tension twist as JC’s where-the-hell-did-she-come-from sister, also named JC, joins forces with the guy who killed her brother essentially to act as a living decoration. This flinchworthy cliche-hugging ‘edgy’ weirdness is the only memorable thing about the entire movie. If you like the game Sin, don’t watch this movie. If you like movies, don’t watch this movie. If you like Sin: The Movie, don’t watch this movie. This is blatantly the exploitation of an almost-successful franchise by someone who saw a cool-looking character on a game box, skim-read the back, bought a license to the property, and fed it to a bunch of hacks.
MAL Score: 5.66
Late 20th century, during a time of rampant social corruption, a criminal market in human sex slavery has become increasingly common. The Japanese government created a specially trained task force to combat these crimes.
And someone had a brilliant idea: lets send a bunch of very attractive women with extremely short skirts to handle the situation, what could possibly go wrong?
Well I must admit that these women are actually very skillful agents, they are not pushovers, they know how to think, plan, fight and shoot.
But the problem is, like most female heroins in hentai, they always wear very reviling outfits and always get raped.
Now I will admit that the short skirts do make it easier for them to run and kick but it’s so revealing they might as well fight crime in panties.
STORY: Im a guy who dislikes rape and gangbang, but despite that I am still able to rate this as very good because the story is interesting and it leads somewhere. Unlike some hentai with either no story, a shit story, or a story that doesnt really go anywhere.
ART: The animation style looks old. But the women’s naked bodies are well drawn. Nice breasts, nice curves, nice bush. The vaginas are very nice. Plus it’s uncensored.
SEX: I hate rape, but I did enjoy the sex scenes nevertheless. They are not too short, not too long. It gives you just enough, but not too long so you dont end up getting bored. Also the moans and sex talks weren’t annoying to listen to.
CHARATERS: the 3 female protagonists are not simply damsels in distress. They are smart, strong, resourceful women.
The villain, is very smart. He almost won because he used his smarts to destroy the headquarters from the inside, and even managed to escape in the end. (I do wish they had caught him, give me peace of mind)
Agatha, the dark blue haired one gets kidnapped and it’s up to the other 2 to rescue her (see cover art). She is exposed to the drug Kamyla which has the power to turn someone into a sex and mind slave. She is eventually rescued but the drug doesnt leave the system that easily.
Koyomi, the green haired one also gets raped and gets a dose of the drug.
Lyli, glasses and pig-tails also gets raped. But thats ok because they have backup: another squad of very attractive women with very short skirts…of course.
Lyli does not get a dose of the drug. She eventually discovers a anti-dote.
The leader of the organization, with Agatha and Koyomi under his control infiltrates and over runs the Special Agent headquarters, and its orgy/gang bang time.
Luckily Lyli uses the anti-dote, the leader gets beaten but gets away.
39: Bounty Hunter: The Hard
Japanese: ザ ハ－ド
MAL Score: 5.78
The story of “Hard”, a bounty hunter living in New-York and seeking revenge.
It’s made by the famous J.C. Staff, a very renowned animation studio with plenty of resources, so the art and animation (which are in full 1990s style) are good. Character design is cool and the sketches of New York City, where the story is set, are realistic and detailed.
The plot is quite simple but it works just fine for a 45 minutes OVA: it’s a crime story. The main character, Kenji Hado, is a Japanese bounty hunter living in NYC who struggles every day to earn some money and get by. One day he steps into an apparently easy case that will lead him into serious trubles.
There isn’t much character development but you can’t expect it anyway from a short anime. By the way “not much” is still better than nothing.
Bounty Hunter: The Hard is an enjoyable, easy to watch anime which can still entertain you even if you don’t have great expectations, and this made me think it deserved a solid 7 out of 10 overall.
38: Luv Wave
English: Luv Wave
Japanese: ラヴ ウェーブ
MAL Score: 5.88
Takikawa Kanako, a secret agent that specialize in information and assassination. He has a robot girl for assistant. So far, they have 100% success rate, but their new target doesn’t seem to want to stay dead. While finding out what’s going on, they have to deal with a world network stopping virus and a strange new drug. Can he remember and how much does she love him?
The animation isnt that good. A few laggy frames, but the huge fail was at the sex scenes where they pretty much sucked.
The sound was just ok, nothing too special. The only real part where they failed was again, at the sex scenes.
The characters develop at a fair pace, although some might seem confusing, it was ok.
I guess enjoyed most of the story and some scenes in the 2nd ep. If you like good stories try this one, but if you just want the H scenes the only ones worth looking at are in the 2nd ep. Overall i would’ve given this a Good score for actually having a good story, but failed at its main point of being a hentai so that got it down to a Fair.
Art: 7.5/10. The art is beautiful and the edit of the softness into the animation was beautiful. it wasn’t really special.
Sound: 7/10. This hentai played that beautiful 80’s and 90’s music (even though it was in the 2000’s). The sting music was good (when Kaoru was dreaming about the other girl that reminded him of Alice). I felt good vibes during the songs. The songs are stuck in my head now. It reminds me of how i can watch hentai with beautiful music back-in-the-days and not listen to EDM and pop music. The songs from this hentai are eternal.
Characters: 7.5/10 The characters were ok. My favorite character is Alice. I love her because i didn’t care about the fact that she was a robot, that she was just an unemotional robot, I learned something. In Episode 2, she started to feel and get emotions. She loved Kaoru so much. Until Episode 3. She had sex with him and then she turned evil. She turned into the girl who originally loved Kaoru when Kaoru was younger. Alice’s legs and arms are stuck into plugs when she told Kaoru how much she loved him. Unfortunately, the Xinn was inside of her and the Xinn was gonna destroy the world but Kaoru had to kill her. There was no tears. The Alice that was stuck in plugs were in Kaoru’s arms. The place that they were in exploded. She was already dead but Kaoru died in that explosion with him holding Alice. I loved Alice so much. I almost cried.
Enjoyment: 5.5/10. I enjoyed everything except the sex scenes. The sex scenes were boring. It just didn’t feel like a hentai to me. It felt like a 2000’s version of a action anime but hentai used in it.
Overall: 7.5/10. This hentai is so.. eternal..
37: Angel Cop
MAL Score: 5.94
Sometime in the future, terrorism in Japan has become commonplace, and the police have become almost as brutal as criminals. A member of the Special Security Force known as Angel, is the best of the best, stopping at nothing in her fight for justice.
Things get interesting for Angel and her partner, Raiden, when they begin investigating a series of murders in which the victims were known criminals, killed in very unpleasant ways. This trio of killers known as Hunters, is a group of psychics that have banded together to hunt down the lowest scum in the city and bring them to justice.
After a couple of encounters between the cops and the psychics, two of the psychics begin to think that maybe they’re not the good guys after all; but the third prefers killing to morality. Augmented by cybernetics from a mysterious source, this third hunter heads out on a killing spree, with the Special Security Force as the first target.
Even with help from the other two psychics and her newly cyborged partner (after an unfortunate accident), Angel is going to have her work cut out trying to find the rogue psychic and the organization behind the Hunters.
Sure the conspiracy thriller is ridiculous and utterly overshadowed by any Oshii political thriller. Like Oshii however, it is all tied to very very relevant and to use a meme; ‘redpilled’ geo/political discourse. No better example of this is seen in the closing monologue about Japan’s true status in the world and relating it to ‘being another Kuwait’. Genuinely intelligent and deep, far moreso than many acclaimed philisophical/art anime out there.
This is indeed the type of message too dangerous for societal elites and the commercial mainstream; the only way it could of slipped past the censors? You guessed it: by also being a hyperviolent retro anime ova. Angel Cop delivers amazingly on this front. In addition to the things already mentioned, we get:
– The infamous Angel Cop headshot
– Cool helicopter and powersuit designs, true staples of a cyberpunk diet
– Enough firepower to fill out a sweet IMFDB page
– Golgo 13 expy with even broader shoulders and somehow even less emotions (see:personality)
– Glam rock psykers
– The handcannon that breaks your arm and calls you banana
– The absolutely beautiful MangaUK dub.
– Last and not least, Angel is one SASSY action heroine!
Yes, Angel Cop is easily up there with ‘terrible’ ovas like MD Geist, Apocalypse Zero and Battle Royale Highschool as an unapologetic, absolutely badass and awesome action anime. Essential MANime viewing. Also a much more intelligent anime than it looks; quite a biting critique of the potential neo imperialist mechanisms of foreign investment capital and strong themes on state sponsored terrorism/destabilisations.
But none of that matters, because we don’t remember OVA format for the less-commercialised or more creative and experimental nature it tended to produce. No, we remember the OVA for the veritable smorgasbord of ridiculous trash it spawned in the late eighties and early nineties, and then charitably brought to Western shores by companies like Manga Entertainment and Central Park Media and now providing entertainment for drunken anime fans the world over. Today we will be taking a closer look at one of the less terrible examples of this bygone era; the delightfully offensive (or just offensive) five episode spectacular that is ‘Angel Cop’.
Angel Cop is the story of a special branch of Japanese police officers, known as ‘Special Security Agents’, remarkable because it is neither a contrived acronym nor a portmanteau. The role of the ‘Special Security Agents’ is somewhere between a police force, a counter-terrorism unit and a band of superheroes. They operate within the context of the Japanese police force, but without unnecessary burdens like the judicial system or human rights laws to weigh them down. Naturally, all their members have almost superhuman abilities. This is in contrast to some of the other characters, which I will discuss later.
Throughout the OVA, the Special Security Agents are involved battling against a conspiracy; the nature of which depends on the version you watch. If you choose to watch the dubbed version (which you would, since that is the whole point of watching bad 80s OVAs) then they are battling against the Red May, a communist terror organisation which is actually a front for a greedy capitalist government… as you can imagine, it makes absolutely no sense at all and clearly wasn’t intended to be a work of political intrigue.
But not making any sense at all is hardly a surprise when you take a complete production and introduce radical changes to the storyline, just because you are worried that some people might be offended about a couple of offhand remarks that some could choose to interpret as ‘anti-Semitic’.
If you choose to watch the fan subbed version of the original Japanese version, you’ll find that the story of a communist terror organisation that is a front for a corrupt government is itself a front for a story about a Jewish Zionist domination conspiracy… This also goes some way to explaining the use of so many Judeo-Christian references and imagery in an anime without any clear connexion to religion whatsoever.
Naturally when the show was brought to the West, the licensing company decided that racist conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic tones would not go over well with audiences. Not wanting to waste this otherwise wholesome story filled with violence, gore and sexual imagery they decided to change the story completely for the dubbed version, and then, for good measure, inserted random swear words into every second line. The result is, to put it simply, so fucking stupid that I don’t understand how the piss they come up with this fucking shit.
The title refers to the main character; a woman named ‘Angel’ but described as a ‘total bitch’ in her own terms. Naturally this aspect of her character changes over the course of the show and by the end her character has made the transition from cyberpunk feminist icon to bawling blob of moe; by which I mean she actually hesitates before blowing her own partner’s brains out in order to kill a genetically enhanced psychic military experiment. Yes, you read that right.
Analysing most of the cast in any real depth would be a waste of time. With only a few exceptions, all of them are entirely one dimensional and completely uninspired. Furthermore, describing their qualities would involve investing more time into the characters than the time the creators invested in their screen time. Developing them is unnecessary because we’ve seen them all so many times before, and since they’re not gonna last why even bother trying to give them any depth?
At the end of the day, Angel Cop is all about the action; and that’s okay, because that is all we really wanted in the first place. It comes thick and fast, it comes in a variety of forms and it’s never too repetitive or sporadic for us to ever really notice the ludicrousness of the actual story. It manages to delve between the reality of the relatively near future and the realms of science fiction and fantasy without seeming discontinuous or out of place. The animation, while not “good” by any means, is functional and only in the last episode does the shoddy workmanship start to become obtrusive.
The same cannot be said for the soundtrack, which is often so inappropriate it is a curiosity. The defining moment of this is the very first time the ending theme plays, which is so inappropriate that one cannot help but laugh. Additionally, on several occasions the action scenes -which are quite violent and bloody- will be supplemented with light hearted, optimistic music. The purpose of background music is to complement the image on screen without becoming a distraction, but in Angel Cop the contrast between the two can become so stark that it actually leaves you feeling puzzled.
However to be fair to Angel Cop this is not always the case; nor is the music exceptionally bad. It mainly uses a combination of harder sounding electronic music for action scenes, with more surreal sounding music to enhance the more paranormal or mysterious aspects of the show. The backing music for the action is fit for purpose but unremarkable, while the paranormal music is repetitive, clichéd and quickly becomes irritating. On all accounts, the soundtrack is the worst thing about Angel Cop, with the exception of the highly offensive original storyline.
Having explored every aspect of Angel Cop, we can conclude that it is not exactly a work of quality. The story is riddled with clichés, and the plot is a total mess. The cast consists entirely of hackneyed stereotypes. The animation is unexceptional, if not outright bad, and the soundtrack is so unsuitable for the task at hand that it’s actually humorous. As a production, Angel Cop is completely uninspired and poorly made.
But to see it for what it really is, would be to miss the point entirely. You are not watching Angel Cop because you expect it to be good, but because you expect it to be bad. A very special kind of bad, to the point where it is almost self-conscious, where there is no other objective than producing trash lower than the level of the lowest common denominator, and doing it unreservedly and unashamedly. And from there, it is simply a matter of providing creative licence to the art of translation and making the cheapest voiceover possible, before you’ve transcended both bad and good; to produce something that is so bad… it is good.
“If this is JUSTICE… then I am a banana!” Just try to imagine lines as stupid as that being read with a speech cadence that makes Christopher Walken’s seem ordinary. Today I am revisiting and re-reviewing one of the worst anime I have ever tackled on MAL. Angel Cop is fairly famous in circles of older otaku for being one of the absolute worst anime of all time. I didn’t adequately explain just how BAD this series is last time, so I hope to recitify that with this new review!
The plot is that in the future, Japan has become a global superpower and the evil Americans wish to destroy Japan by bribing the Japanese government to turn Japan into a nuclear waste dump, which would sterilize and kill off the population. This level of extreme Japanese nationalism, terrible writing, and anti-American xenophobia is nothing new to anime and wasn’t the reason Angel Cop failed. Code Geass was at least that bad and it actually became hugely popular! Angel Cop takes things one step further by stating America is controlled by evil Jews and launches into a massive anti-Semitic diatribe. Of course, extreme anti-Semitism is also not the reason Angel Cop failed. Code Geass turned the beloved Jewish scientist Albert Einstein into the evil, racist, cowardly, and reviled character Nina Einstein, and no one had a problem with that. Angel Cop failed because at every level of storytelling it is a complete mess. The characters are poorly written, the execution of the plot is terrible, the ending is terrible, pretty much everything is terrible! The story begins with a communist terrorist attack by the the Japanese Red Army, who was an actual terrorist group at the time this series was made. The government responds to this terrorist attack by creating Judge Dredd style super cops that act as “judge, jury, and executioner”! The main character Angel is of course one of these super cops. She must uncover the conspiracy while fighting the terrorists and even fight against elite psychic special forces sent by the Americans. The plot gets dumber and dumber as it goes on. You would think that this series was written by 1000 chimpanzees with type writers, yet the writer of this garbage later went on the write…Full Metal Alchemist! How is that even possible!? Of course knowing Japan’s “good ol boy” system where seniority takes precedence over talent, it is quite possible that the FMA script was written by a young nameless intern and the credit was simply stolen by Sho Aikawa. That would actually make more sense than Aikawa writing this, Legend of the Overfiend, Violence Jack, then after 20 years suddenly resurfacing and is all of a sudden an amazing writer.
Edit: Sho Aikawa only wrote the dialogue for episodes 1-3. The scenario and plot was written by Ichiro Itano, who also wrote all the dialogue for episodes 4-6. I learned this from the special features of the Angel Cop Bluray I bought! I know this is 4 years late, but apologies to Aikawa. Oh, and BTW all the rabid Antisemitism was entirely Itano’s doing.
The main character is Angel, who is a generic 80s badass that blows away all the bad guys and doesn’t give a fuck who she has to kill in order to accomplish the mission. Her main opponent is an agent sent by the evil American Jews named Lucifer, who is best described as a poor drawing of a drag queen attempting to impersonate Sharon Stone. Lucifer fights with her deadly fingernails and psychic powers, which Angel is only able to overcome at the very end. There are also some corrupt Japanese government officials and some anti-Semitic stereotype characters, but no one cares about them. No characters in this pile of shit are interesting, well written, or likeable in any way!
The one thing that “saved” Angel Cop and actually made it fun to watch was the HORRIBLE English dub provided by the incompetent buffoons at Central Park Media. In order to market their titles as more “mature”, Central Park often added in a ridiculous level of swearing that often makes no sense and doesn’t reflect the way ANY HUMAN actually swears. Characters will just randomly yell things like SHIITT….AANNNDDD PIIISSS! It is absolutely hilarious how bad this dub is. If you ever watch Angel Cop, the only reason should be the bad English dub. NEVER watch this series in the original Japanese! You will just get bored.
It is fairly amusing simply because it is so bad. At least it isn’t boring with the consistantly hysterical English dub!
Angel Cop avoids a 1/10 only because it is entertainingly bad and not simply bad and boring. That makes it more like Plan 9 from Outer Space and not Manos the Hands of Fate, where 10 minutes are spent driving through the middle of nowhere because the director promised the crew that everyone would have thier name on screen for 5 seconds, and then forgot to add names in post production!
36: Burn Up!
MAL Score: 6.09
To the unsuspecting eye Maki, Reimi and Yuka may not look like ace crime fighters, which might explain why they’re stuck on traffic patrol instead of more “exciting” police duties.
All that changes when Yuka gets herself kidnapped by a white slave organization run by a politically connected businessman who’s got the rest of the police cowed.
Now it’s up to Maki and Reimi to don skin-tight battle armor, liberate a tank, and make sure that a certain slaver learns that when you play with fire, you’re going to get your ass burned!
(Source: DVD Back Cover)
Also keep an lookout for 80s pop culture references that do not add anything to the OVA, apart from make it more blatantly a 80s product than it already is.
Art: The animation and art is standard of late 80s, early 90s anime OVAs. A lot of the more intense and usually; vehicular based action scenes are of a higher quality or are at least, more ambitious; ie the shifting multi angle continuous shot during the opening chase scene. Also typically 80s is the mecha design a.k.a. fcking awesome. The mech design seems to take cues from (and indeed pretty much every other aspect) from good old Bubblegum Crisis and indeed, AIC would go on to do BGC 2040.
Sound: Once again, the music is your stereotypical 80s glam/hard rock. While mostly only people who lived during the 80s can appreciate that overused drivel, it is still far superior to the could be alternatives for a mindless action anime. It fits and does its job.
The sound effects are average. They do the job of bringing the cars and various automatics to life.
I wouldn’t be able to say much about the Japanese voices but the English dubs are actually above average for an early 90s OVA.
Character: The main girls remind me of laid back versions of BGCs main heroines (minus Sylia) in their personalities. The reckless yet loyal action girl characters of 80s anime never gets old and their spunk is always more than enough to single handedly drive an anime and Maki is no exception. Reimi is your typical supporting sidekick character while Yuka (reminding me ALOT of Nene) is the cute character and comic relief though all three characters have comedic moments. Not to also mention, that black cop who’s only purpose seems to be spooking our three protagonists.
The main villain isn’t particularly memorable or formidable but he scores extra evil points for the aforementioned human trafficking.
Enjoyment: Like most 80s action flicks, don’t take this one seriously and try to enjoy the anime girls shooting the crap out of everything trope that the 80s did so well. Unlike most 80s action flicks however, it seems a shade less in violence and explosion count. Less people and things seem to be blown away than many other 80s action OVAs of same length. This can be probably blamed on the ‘climactic’ firefight which is nowhere near as high octane or spectacular as the opening chase sequence.
Female main characters always means fanservice. Skin is bared but surprisingly, I don’t think any boobs slip. However, there is still a fetish fuel torture sequence and of course, human slavery isn’t the prettiest topic either. One last thing to mention; while its not great, Burn Up! somehow got popular enough to turn into a franchise!?
⚠️ This review will be spoiler-free ⚠️
The main heroines can be summed up with the “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” archetypes: Maki (“the audacious, loud-mouthed blonde-bimbo stereotype”) and Reimi (“the soft-spoken, raven-haired beauty—in other words, the less impulsive and more rational of the two”). I use Panty and Stocking as examples, but that stereotype has been around since Archie comics! Naturally, these stereotypes are okay in an action-movie setting, but it really brings nothing new to the table.
In Burn Up! W and Excess, there were typical “moe” tropes, but they were later explored and deconstructed. The caricature-like personalities were almost exemplified in that way, so that the characters could shed their skin in a type of ego death comeuppance; in order to rectify their flaws, so to say! Rio Kinezono’s growth in each installment was great, she went from being an obnoxious “sitcom”-like character to actually conveying somewhat of a heart and soul towards the end of each sequel. Whereas, Maki and Reimi are just empty desktop icons.
Unlike the aforementioned spin-off series, the OVA concludes like an American action flick, and the show pairs the female leads with the only two male characters that get a spotlight, other than the corporatized villain. In their successor series, romance isn’t the prerogative of the plot, but Yuji and Rio do seem to have an underlying chemistry in their relationship. The ending of the original “Burn Up!” had the same kind of thoughtless conclusion as a Disney princess film, where it’s like, I guess they like each other… because they’re members of the opposite gender? Or something? It doesn’t feel as though the OVA had much thought invested into its characters or story.
Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅
Yasuhiro Takemoto (director), notable works:
* Cream Lemon
* D4 Princess
* Ganbare Goemon: Jigen Jō no Akumu
* Hanaukyō Maid-tai
* Idol Fight Suchie-Pai 2
* Silent Möbius 2
Commentary: This is kind of rare for me, but out of Mr. Takemoto’s discography, there isn’t a series that I am particularly a fan of. Some of the shots were really cool in the Burn Up! OVA, though. Like, there’s this winding car-chase scene with Maki, in the beginning, that was vaguely reminiscent to something you would see out of animation cells in “Riding Bean!”
Kenji Kawai (music composition), notable works:
* 009 Re: Cyborg
* A-Ko: The Versus
* Akachan to Boku
* All That Gundam
* Bakuretsu Hunters
* Barakamon ✅
* Biohazard: Vendetta
* Blue Seed
* Busō Chūgakusei: Basket Army
* CB Chara Go Nagai World ✅
* Chibi Neko Tomu no Daibōken: Chikyū wo Sukue! Nakama-tachi
* Corrector Yui
* Cosmos Pink Shock
* Cyborg 009: The Reopening
* Devilman: Tanjō-hen ✅
* Devilman: Yochō Sirene-hen ✅
* Dragon Fist
* Esper Zenon
* Eyeshield 21: Maboroshi no Golden Bowl
* Fate/stay night ✅
* Fate/stay night Movie: Unlimited Blade Works ✅
* Fūjin Monogatari
* Geisters: Fractions of the Earth
* Girlfriend (Kari)
* Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai! ✅
* Groove Adventure Rave
* Gunparade March: Arata Naru Kōgunka
* Hakuouki Movie 2: Shikon Soukyū
* Hana no Asukagumi! 2: Lonely Cats Battle Royale
* Higashi no Eden ✅
* Higurashi no Naku Koro ni ✅
* Hime-chan no Ribbon
* Hyper Police
* I: Wish You Were Here
* Iczer-Girl Iczelion
* Innocence ✅
* Joker Game
* Jūsenshi Gulkeeva
* Kidō Keisatsu Patlabor ✅
* Kōkaku Kidōtai ✅
* Kurogane Communication
* Kyūketsuhime Miyu ✅
* Mahō Senshi Louie
* Maison Ikkoku ✅
* Majū Senshi Luna Varga
* Mermaid Forest OVA
* Metal Fighter Miku
* Mezame no Hakobune
* Mob Psycho 100
* Kidō Senshi Gundam 00
* Mutekiou Tri-Zenon
* No Guns Life
* Oira Uchū no Tankoufu
* Ranma ½ ✅
* Ryūō no Oshigoto!
* Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarō ✅
* Seirei no Moribito
* Shōmetsu Toshi
* Starship Operators
* Subete ga F ni Naru
* Tachiguishi Retsuden
* Taiho Shichau zo The Movie
* The Sky Crawlers
* Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru ✅
* Towa no Quon
* Twilight Q
* UFO Princess Valkyrie
* World Trigger
* Xi Avant
* YAT Anshin! Uchū Ryokō
* Zetsuai 1989
Commentary: The soundtrack creates a cybernetic orchestra of an atmosphere, despite the characters being plastic husks, instead of human beings.
I watched Burn Up! with the ADV dub, so I will list the Japanese seiyū, but comments will be on the performances of the English voice actors.
Yumiko Shibata as Maki, notable roles:
* Sherry, The Humanoid: Ai no Wakusei Lezeria
* Cherry, Twinkle Heart: Gingakei made Todokanai
Tiffany Grant as Maki, notable roles:
* Suzume Sakurajosui, Akihabara Dennō Gumi
* Moffle, Amagi Brilliant Park and Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu ✅
* Kaori Azumanga Daiō ✅
* Chocolate Misu, Bakuretsu Hunters
* Koume Sawaguchi, Blue Seed
* Stella Harvenheit, Chrno Crusade
* Daichi Sawaguchi and Densuke, Dennō Coil
* Kanato Sakamaki, Diabolik Lovers
* Asuka Langley Sōryū, Neon Genesis Evangelion ✅
* Sella, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya
* Mai Tokudaiji, Ginga Ojōsama Densetsu Yuna (Galaxy Fräulein Yuna) ✅
* Laura Bodewig, IS: Infinite Stratos
* Nōmi Kudoryafuka, Little Busters!
* Kuriko Kazetsubaki, Maburaho
* Rika Anju, Magikano
* Christiane Friedrich, Majikoi!
* Susumu Tsukumo, Wandaba Style
* Ellyse Aldomordish, Plastic Little ✅
* Haruka, Sister Princess
* Morgan, Tears to Tiara
Commentary: Ms. Grant is always a show-stopper, and her role as Maki is no different. She excels at playing the strong-willed, “badass” female lead; like her role as Asuka Langley Sōryū in “Neon Genesis Evangelion”!
Miki Itō as Reimi, notable roles:
* Lind, Ah! My Goddess ✅
* Kirara, Aoi Blink
* Jessie Gartland, Battle Athletess Daiundōkai
* Saori Minami, Dengeki Oshioki Musume Gōtama
* Jinzōningen 18-gō “Android 18,” Dragon Ball Z ✅
* Taiga Fujimura, Fate/stay night ✅
* Gally, Gunnm “Battle Angel Alita” ✅
* Miyo Takano, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
* Sachiko Ogasawara, Maria-sama ga Miteru ✅
* Tōko Fujiwara, Natsume Yūjinchō ✅
* Princess Minerva, Princess Minerva
* Eiko Magami, Project A-ko ✅
* Asa Shigure, Shuffle! ✅
* Jessica May, Sol Bianca
* Hokuto Sumeragi, Tokyo Babylon ✅
* Eva Ushiromiya, Umineko no Naku Koro ni ✅
* Nanase, Yami no Shihosha Judge
Amanda Winn Lee as Reimi, notable roles:
* Mimiru, .hack//SIGN ✅
* Momiji Fujimiya, Blue Seed
* Pandy, Dead Leaves ✅
* Mika Seido, Geneshaft
* Gally, Gunnm “Battle Angel Alita” ✅
* Rally Vincent, Gunsmith Cats ✅
* Rei Ayanami, Neon Genesis Evangelion ✅
* Yukiko Amagi, Persona 4: The Animation
* Titaniva Mu Koshigaya, Plastic Little ✅
* Nancy Makuhari, R.O.D: Read or Die ✅
* Saki Asamiya, Sukeban Deka ✅
Commentary: Ms. Lee does a great job! She always plays characters that are both lovely and memorable; really glad she played my best girl, Reimi. She had big shoes to fill with Ms. Itō’s performance, but despite this, she made a charming transformation into the character.
Kumiko Nishihara as Yuka, notable roles:
* Kayako Nakajima, Ayane-chan High Kick!
* Diana, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon ✅
* Rumy, Fortune Quest: Yo ni mo Shiawase na Bōkensha-tachi
* Lynn Russell, Hello! Lady Lynn
* Milk, Idol Fight Suchie-Pai 2
* Finn Fish, Kamikaze Kaitō Jeanne
* Renko Kamishakuji, Kujibiki♥Unbalance
* Pirotessa Merestianna, Lodoss-tō Senki: Eiyū Kishi Den ✅
* Perona, One Piece
* Selma Scheele, Power Dolls
* Iris Chateaubriand, Sakura Taisen ✅
* Shiori Takatsuki, Shōjo Kakumei Utena ✅
* Yumi Arama, Time Travel Tondekeman! (“Time Quest”)
Kimberly Yates as Yuka, notable roles:
* Leena, Dirty Pair Flash
* May Hopkins, Gunsmith Cats ✅
* Azusa Kanzaki, Mamono Hunter Yōko
* Yomiko Readman, R.O.D: Read or Die
* May Jessica, Sol Bianca
Commentary: Ms. Yates made Yuka have the atypical, shrill anime girl voice. Like her performance with Lilica in Burn Up! W (and Excess), I wasn’t the biggest fan!
Conclusively, out of the “Burn Up!” installments… the original OVA is not nearly as bad as “Scramble” was, but it doesn’t have the same, ambitious vision as “W” and “Excess.” If you’re looking for something similar to “Gunsmith Cats” or “Gall Force,” I would give this one a watch. But, overall, it earns a 4/10!
Other Burn Up! Rankings:
Burn Up! W ★★★★☆
Burn Up! Excess ★★★☆☆
Burn Up! Scramble ★☆☆☆☆
35: Assemble Insert
English: Assemble Insert
Japanese: アッセンブル インサート
MAL Score: 6.10
A criminal group known as Demon Seed terrorizes Tokyo with its vast armies of mecha. The local police is afraid to confront them, but one person stands in their way: Maron Namikaze, a 13-year-old idol singer with a catchy voice and unbelievable superhuman strength.
They break the 4th wall and make a mockery of advertisement and product placement in such a blatant way, that its actually effective!
Its definitely light hearted, and basic story line, several more in depth plot lines were hinted at but since it was cut to a 2 episode miniseries everything was pretty much left out if it wasn’t going to be finished in those 2 episodes.
Classic late 80’s early 90’s style humor and the animation is surprisingly good for a low budget short run at the time it was made.
I recommend it for people who are fans of the classic light humor anime of the era.
But dont think that just because its a joke its not well written, the characters stand out and I found myself feeling for the main character quickly, all of them develop well, even in so short a show.
Much lighter of a story than Masami Yuki’s typical stuff, but if you like comedy, or are into Masami Yuki’s work, and are in the mood for something on the lighter side, then give it a try.
This is one of those not to well known gems that I have come to realize, I was damn lucky to have picked it up all those years ago. I still bring it out to show friends when they haven’t seen it themselves.
A small, neglected police task force is given the job of trying to stop a crime wave by a mwah-hah-hah-style eeeeeevil gang headed by an eeeevil mastermind and lots of powersuit mechas causing all sorts of damage. Conventional methods don’t work, so they decide to audition to hire an idol singer to distract the public.
And it turns out their choice, the shy, naive, demure, young Maron, just happens to be ridiculously strong. Not only does she wipe the floor with the bad guys, she also become the nation’s top idol in the process.
Okay, okay, the idea is pretty damn stupid. But that’s kind of the point. This is a HUMOR show, where they are mixing in police drama with idol singers with mecha with the aforementioned eeeeevil antagonist. It’s all for laughs. Think Prefectural Earth Defense Force.
I like the more-cartoony-style character designs, that suit the humor well. I like when they break the fourth wall (and usually I don’t). I like the completely-out-of-place sponsor commercial in the middle of the show — 100% live action to boot. It all seems to work.
This is just a little bit of fun, worth the watching.
34: Wild 7
MAL Score: 6.20
An elite police crime fighting team is formed using convicted criminals. Using their first hand knowledge of the criminal mindset, the Wild 7 are first sent after a gang of Bank robbers. Then in Wild Biker Knights they are sent after a huge crime syndicate that has many high powered government officials in its deep pockets.
To my surprise, while I indulged in the aforementioned shows for their grindhouse-esque camp factor (loaded with grotesque outbursts of violence strung together by juvenile plot lines and bewildering dialogue), Wild 7 managed to transcended my low expectations and rise above its own limitations. Wild 7 doesn’t have the striking visual imagery of Cyber City, the sheer brutality of Mad Bull, nor the constant unintentional hilarity of Angel Cop. But what it has makes it better than any of them: Wild 7 has actual focus, and a whole lot of heart.
All the other shows payed tribute to western police procedurals and action films only at face value without really adhering to the heart of those kinds of stories or even what they themselves originally set out to be (becoming increasingly outlandish until the stories ceased to bear any relation to police work any longer). However, for Wild 7, it’s themes are at its heart and soul, and worn on its sleeve. This is a tale about a special police unit who wrangle with their designation of being “above the law”. Over and over they face the trial of duty vs kinship, of conscience vs conformity, of identity vs free will. With its colorful characters over a series of entangling situations, Wild 7 never strays from its theme, ending on an inevitable but nonetheless powerful conclusion.
Being about cops, this anime takes elements from Dirty Harry, Robocop, and Hard Boiled and tosses them into a blender. While these films are known for their cool characters and blistering carnage, which this anime shares aplenty, they also chronicle the pressure faced by officers who have chosen to disrupt the binds of bureaucracy to get at the most evil injustice–the best thing Wild 7 could have borrowed. And admittedly while this is nothing we haven’t seen before, Wild 7 paces through these kinds of intense conflicts briskly over the course of two hour long episodes. The story rarely sags and the action sequences never overstay their welcome; the relationships never devolve into unearned melodrama.
If I had to guess, the name Wild 7 is probably the Wild Bunch and the Magnificent Seven (which in turn was a variant of Seven Samurai) mashed together. Fitting, because these films also dealt with the interaction and conflicts of an ensemble cast of vigilantes enforcers. Although characters are unavoidably shallow due to the format and genre, they serve their roles well and have noticeably distinct personality and an overall sense of camaraderie as well as convincing chemistry. Much of the development is centered on the ever daring young leader of the 7 and their iron-willed bespectacled superior. The bond and strife between these individuals and what they represent, combined with the constant external forces that threaten to break them apart, is masterfully maintained and what makes Wild 7 so surprisingly memorable, not unlike those inspirational sports films which detail the ups and downs of a team, its captain, and the coach.
If there are any major flaws in Wild 7, they are despite all the big questions it raises, the 7 themselves don’t seem to face enough consequence for all the collateral damage they cause. Yet this can be forgiven when considering Wild 7 to be action first, and drama second. A lot of minor issues regarding development are there of course if you look hard enough, but the fact that it is fairly consistent and persistent for its circumstances is already beyond reproach.
It is a shame that Wild 7 was probably never that well known to begin with, and now whatever legacy it had is lost to time (and VHS tapes). This anime is criminally underrated by this community, but none can be blamed as it is such an obscure piece with no fanfare or notable documentation. It’s not notoriously bad, not gorgeously flawed, but it is far from bland. For what it does right it is a minor masterpiece of the form–and as such, deserves to be watched. Wild 7 is not “so bad it’s good”, like so many from that era, but “so good it’s great”.
Wild 7 is a very fun anime to watch, it’s definitely not extraordinary, but what it does, it succeeds in pretty well.
The story, albeit it seems rushed, was interesting enough to glue my eyes to the screen, to see how it would all turn out in the end, and oh boy was it worth it. All the main characters had a certain charm to them, that really made them entertaining, and seeing them interact with each other, and seeing the way they fought, were some of the highlights of this OVA.
This anime is very gory and violent, almost absurdly violent at points, but that’s exactly what makes it so much fun to watch. Classic violent “gar” anime that really needs some more attention, stuff like this can be rare to find in newer anime.
I would personally recommend Wild 7 to anyone wanting to get more into the gory 80’s and 90’s OVA’s, and people who just want to kill 2 hours fast.
I feel like a good 7 describes my feelings about Wild 7 well. Not perfect or crazy good, but a good older anime nonetheless.
33: Mainichi ga Nichiyoubi
MAL Score: 6.20
Yumi Takeshita is a cheerful lady who recently joined the police force of the Tawagoto precinct. When she was still a middle school student, she was saved from being hit by a truck thanks to a stranger. Several years later, she meets her savior once again while performing her first arrest attempt. He is a magician named Tohru Ichidaiji and Yumi is charmed to finally meet him. As a police officer who is assigned to several odd tasks, she will keep asking for the help of the handy Tohru.
32: Mad★Bull 34
English: Mad Bull 34
MAL Score: 6.32
Daizaburo Edi-Ban, a Japanese-American, joins New York City’s toughest precinct, the 34th. On his first day he is partnered up with John Estes, called Sleepy by his friends and Mad Bull by his enemies, a cop who stops crime with his own violent brand of justice. Mad Bull makes no qualms about executing common thieves with shotgun blasts if they even pose a minor threat to him or anyone around them. Mad Bull also often steals from prostitutes and does incredible amounts of property damage while fighting crime. Mad Bull’s unpoliceman-like behavior often puts him in hot water with his partner Daizaburo and the 34th precinct. However, despite how reckless or illegal these acts are, a good cause is always revealed (For example, Sleepy uses the money he steals from the prostitutes to fund a venereal disease clinic and a home for battered and raped women). Perrine Valley, a police lieutenant, joins Daizaburo and Sleepy later on to help them tackle more difficult cases involving the mafia and drug-running.
Mad Bull 34 is inspired by the high-action buddy cop films of the ’70s and ’80s.
You may have heard of this title thanks to the efforts of people that intentionally find and review old, TERRIBLE anime like Buriedgarbage.com and Bennett the Sage. However, it is a different experience to actually witness this animated atrocity with your own eyes and hear the god awful voice acting with your own ears. Why would you ever watch such a reprehensible pile of shit? Well… TvTropes likes to call it “Narm”.
The story is supposed to take lots of cliches from American cop movies and create an anime version of a 1980s action film. However, unlike Baccano which does a great job recycling and paying homage to American pop culture, Mad Bull 34 would be like if a schizophrenic psychopath took up the job of writing and directing a “buddy cop film”. This a show where a 9 foot tall police officer super glues grenades to his pubic hair and painfully rips out the hair covered grenades to throw at bad guys, who then proceed to explode into a literal rain of poorly drawn body parts! The dialogue is so memorably awful it will have you in stitches. If I ever wanted to commit suicide, I would drive around New York City and shout out the window in my Meowth style New York accent all the stuff the cops yell in Mad Bull 34! ” Suck my ass and call it strawberry ice cream you bunch o limp dicked faggots!” The series is divided into multiple story arcs, with each one as terribly written and directed as the last. Actually I think they get progressively stupider as difficult as that is to believe after witnessing the first installment. The only constant is that in every episode: a blonde woman will get raped, Sleepy will bang 10 chicks and brutally murder 20 petty criminals, and Sleepy and Eddy will dress in extremely unconvincing drag for basically no reason.
Eddie is the young, naive, good guy cop and Sleepy “Mad Bull” Estez is the loose cannon bad cop. That is about all the character development that you will get in this series. Oh yeah, and the police commissioner as virtually every reviewer before me has pointed out is essentially the spawn of Satan!
Art and sound: 2/10
This had a very low production value, so unsurprisingly the music and especially the art are ABYSMAL!
This is perhaps my favorite so bad it’s awesome anime. VERY few comedy anime have made me laugh so hard! Some anime like “Pupa” are simply bad and no entertainment can really be derived form them, unless you really enjoy sadistically forcing a friend to watch it. Other bad anime are actually enjoyably terrible, and this is perhaps the crowing example.
As horrible as the writing, plot, characters, art, sound, and voice acting all are, this series is still side splitting unintentional comedy throughout virtually the entirety of its duration. Sadly, the only time you won’t be laughing your ass off, is when the writing is actually TRYING to tell a joke. Much like Uwe Boll in that last regard. I would check it out if you are a big fan of bad movies and SHIT anime!
The “plot” of Mad Bull basically consists of Sleepy & Daizaburo going around New York “upholding the law”. There really isn’t an overarching plot to Mad Bull, rather it’s an episodic 4 episode OVA. But honestly that was for the best, as the episodic format helps lead into the crazy shenanigans that ensue throughout Mad Bull 34.
Episode 1 is the set-up episode, it gives us some establishing shots of New York, introduces us to Daizaburo Dipshit, nicknamed “Eddie” (except they never call him that). The next shot that actually matters showcases a girl tied-up & about to get drugged & raped. Suddenly Sleepy nicknamed “Mad Bull” (except they rarely call him that) bursts into the room, & in an encouraging display of Police Brutality, blows the perpetrators heads off (in a way that doesn’t happen in real life might I add). Several bouts of introductions & exposition later we come to the supermarket scene. Robbers (wearing Jason masks & Rollerskates) come out of a supermarket after robbing it. The police cruiser then glides onto the scene & Sleepy, in yet another encouraging display of Police Brutality goes in & blows one of the robber’s head off. With Daizaburo Dipshit giving the appropriate reaction of “He’s blown his head off”. Also on the scene, was an innocent bystander, a woman no-less, a woman who pissed her pants because of course she would. Sleepy then tells Daizaburo “She’ll thaw out if you stick ya finger up her ass” & being the dipshit that he is, Daizaburo proceeds to do so, & gets chewed out by the woman for it. We then cut to a scene of Daizaburo & Sleepy sitting in the police cruiser. Sleepy eyes a prostitute & after Daizaburo says he’s not interested, Sleepy says, & I quote “Huh, you don’t mean your a faggot?” Yes, that is an actual quote. After this, we then cut to a scene of Sleepy trying to get Daizaburo some pussy because he’s such a “good friend”. He gathers a punch of prostitutes in one room & goes “Well girls, I was hoping you could give this one for free, as this man is a 100% certified virgin, & is in desperate need of some pussy”. A series of still images later, Daizaburo says he has a fiance to get out of getting some pussy. He then tells Sleepy that he knows that he meant well & was only trying to do a good thing for him (which isn’t how that works irl btw).
That’s all in just the first 10 minutes and 21 seconds of episode 1? Does this sound like the kind of fun, trashy, unintentional comedy you might enjoy? If it does, I can only tell you that you’re in for one wild ride of crazy shenanigans, appaling racism & sexism, hilarious inaccuracies to not only New York but life in general. Mad Bull 34 has it all.
The characters in Mad Bull are some of the most unlikable yet likable characters at the same time. Sleepy is fucking INSANE. He does whatever he wants, no matter how wrong or inaccurate it is to how a police force would actually operate in real life. But that doesn’t even matter, because to quote sleepy “In the 34th precinct I’m the law. AND NO SCUMBAG IS GONNA GET AWAY WITH SHIT WHILE I’M ALIVE”. Sleepy also is just swimming in plot armor throughout the entire anime. So much shit happens that should get him killed. In the first episode, the tires of his police cruiser are doused in oil making the car slip & slide, then fucking flipping over and crashing into a wall, an event that nobody would survive, but Sleepy walks it off like a fucking champ, basically unscratched that’s how much plot armor he’s doused in. Sleepy also has creative “strategies” (for lack of a better term) such as crotch grenades. These just add to how awesome Sleepy is.
“Daisaboro Eddie Bannnnn” is our next character we have to discuss. Daisaboro first starts out as a relatively normal being who just wants to be a cop. But he has the fortunate team up of Sleepy as his partner. Daisaboro starts off as very critical of Sleepy’s actions. But once Sleepy tries to get him some pussy from some hookers & Daisaboro chews him out, he then proceeds to become friends with Sleepy at basically the drop of a hat with no character development whatsoever. After the fact he basically becomes Sleepy’s partner in law enforcement. Daisaboro is also swimming in just as much plot armor as Sleepy is, though I’d argue not as much since Daisaboro doesn’t get in as many situations where he should get killed as Sleepy does.
The rest of the cast of Mad Bull is pretty flavorless, vanilla, stock, generic, and uninspired. All of the villains in this show are evil for evil’s sake with absolutely no motivations behind what they do or why they do it. But to make up for this the villains allow for just as many ridiculous, stupid, over-the-top, and bat-shit insane shenanigans to play out. So, even though they’re lackadaisical, they at least stay in line with the unintentional comedy of this series
Art & Sound”
The art in Mad Bull is pretty bad & an all around low effort. Character designs for the male characters are usually pretty basic and/or muscular (copying most Shounen manga from the time). The women have more effort put into their character designs than the men do, but because of the really bad art, the effort put into them is automatically fucked over since you can’t even begin to appreciate them. Animation is also pretty lazy. Even in the action sequences there’s barely any animation to go around, they’ll usually just cut to still frames of drawings gliding across the screen.
The voice acting is the best bad voice acting I’ve ever heard. I watched this in the English Dub (which is the only way you should watch this btw) and the voice actors were British. But they try really hard to hide the accents in their voices so that they can imitate what they think Americans sound like (spoilers, this is also an inaccurate representation of New York). But the actors at least sound like they’re having fun with their roles, maybe a bit too much fun. But this at least beats the voice acting of something like Girls & Panzer in Japanese, Sword For Truth’s English dub, and Conception’s voice acting in general. So a little fun goes a long way.
Mad Bull 34 is bad. But it’s a fun kind of bad. Mad Bull 34 manages to keep me entertained throughout it’s bat-shit insanity, plot armor ridden main characters, lacking animation, bad art, surprisingly kick ass OST, and many other things. Mad Bull 34 is my favorite piece of garbage that I can enjoy watching without having to torture somebody in the process (though torturing my friends with this certainly helps. My final score for Mad Bull is gonna be a 4/10. But don’t let that rating deter you, this anime is absolutely worth watching because this truly is a once in a lifetime experience
MAL Score: 6.36
Two Japanese survivors of the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia vow to find a sanctuary, even if they have to build it themselves. Returning to Japan, they take seemingly opposite paths: one becomes a politician, the other a gangster.
As Asami and Houjou work through the linked worlds of politics and crime in modern Japan, they don’t hesitate to do anything necessary to secure their own positions and stay true to their vow. Loyal to no one else, they find their friendship increasingly tested as they rise in their chosen fields.
This OVA doesn’t really give many details on the background of the story, and it certainly doesn’t end it, so I assume this covers something in the middle of the story… I’ll definitely be wanting to read the manga to find out more.
If you enjoy when one character pulls a fast one over on the other like in Death Note or Code Geass, you’ll probably like this. The main character, Hojo, appears to be a genius. He’s got a good position in the yakuza, but he has a great ambition that he works towards – apparently the whole “creating a sanctuary” thing, though this OVA doesn’t really touch on that much. I often found myself impressed and just laughing a bit at how awesome it was when Hojo’s plans took effect. He’s an extremely charming and likeable character.
The animation was smooth enough to be better than today’s standards. The characters actually moved around and there weren’t any “freeze frame” attacks or whatever. Unlike most anime, the characters look pretty realistic, which, oddly, drew me in quite a lot.
The soundtrack contained some nice piano pieces and some funky stuff reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s. It was quite fitting.
I really enjoy realistic situations in anime; the characters in this OVA don’t do anything a person wouldn’t do in real life. This really adds to the thrill when they do things that ARE out of the ordinary since we can really relate to it and see how impressive it is.
I have two complaints with Sanctuary.
1. There’s a bunch of nudity and foreplay for no apparent reason. I could understand a little to show what these people are like, but it was pretty excessive to get that message across. I just thought it was pretty unnecessary and also felt a bit bad seeing it since I’m in a relationship.
2. There’s only one OVA.
Other than that, I found this amazing and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m kinda baffled why it’s rated so low (6.61 at the time of writing this), but whatever.
Stories like this fascinate me. Mobster movies represent a darker rendition of the typical “rags to riches” tale, where sentimental value is replaced by realism. They’re like most underdog-driven narratives, but with characters you don’t always cheer for and ideas you don’t always support. This is the genre that Sanctuary, Studio Pastel’s 1996 film, finds itself in. Almost from the start, Sanctuary tries separating itself from the others through its heavily political focus. As you would expect, the film chronicles a mobster’s rise to power but it also connects this to a larger plotline concerning favoritism. Sanctuary intends to criticize a system that only enables celebrities, bureaucrats, and children of older politicians to advance. Because he despises this practice, the film’s protagonist wants to undermine this system through his mobster influence. Along the way, Sanctuary forms several parallels between the political sphere and the criminal underworld, arguing that they’re equally corrupt.
Unfortunately, these ideas are overshadowed by a director whose vision is trapped inside mobster movie cliches. Characters lounge around and reminisce about old times under shimmering streetlights. Plot details are discussed inside lavish nightclubs and high-rise skyscrapers. Saxophones, pianos, and bass guitars supply the score for a string of sex scenes. The end result is a film that aspires for social commentary but fails to offer anything beyond the glitz and glamour and guns.
Actually, you can ignore the guns. Sure, they’re waved around quite a bit but the guns are never used. At no point in this film is anyone in any real danger, especially not Hojo. As Sanctuary’s protagonist, he provides cigarettes and a comb-over to his role but it’s his unwavering confidence that truly defines him. Hojo’s confidence is taken to ridiculous extremes. In a crucial scene during Sanctuary’s latter half, an employer of his requires him to partake in a test of loyalty. As part of the test, Hojo has to stab his hand with a knife without flinching. He not only pulls off the stunt but he also does so with a self-assured smirk; it’s obvious that even this test has failed to penetrate his air of confidence. The scene serves as a microcosm of Hojo’s overall character. No matter what obstacle he faces (whether it’s the police, the corrupt politicians, his deranged older brother, or the mob boss), he not only overcomes them but he’s also completely unfazed by the threat they pose. Because Sanctuary is unwilling to present Hojo with a legitimate challenge, what results is a series of conflicts that aren’t just unengaging but predictable as well. By itself, the lack of dramatic tension is damning material. However, this is merely part of a larger issue with the film.
Earlier, I described the mobster’s rise to power and why I’m fascinated by it. However, there’s a concept that I’m far more interested in: the fall from grace. Our unnamed protagonist has arrived at the summit but he won’t be there for long. Thanks to fame’s trappings, the same traits that fueled his success have changed for the worse. His confidence morphs into arrogance. His ruthlessness swells to surreal heights. And his ingenuity evaporates. Eventually, after burning enough bridges, our protagonist is reduced to nothing. A journey to the mountaintop can be entertaining; however, it’s falling from that same mountaintop that really resonates with me. Personally speaking, it’s captivating to watch someone claw and scratch to attain the finer things in life (fancy suits, fast cars, and high-priced cigars), only for it all to instantly vanish. Ultimately, the mobster’s fall from grace serves as a cautionary tale for members of organized crime; what it does is present the consequences of the lifestyle they lead.
With Sanctuary, though, there is no fall from grace. Matter of fact, there aren’t any consequences here whatsoever.
Take Sakura Shuichi, for instance. He’s a sleazy, sewer-dwelling rat that forces himself upon random women. He’s also a politician affiliated with the National Diet of Japan. So, naturally, when Hojo begins blackmailing Sakura with photos of his misdeeds, he is warned by the mob boss himself to stop. Hojo, however, insists on playing with fire. He tosses log after log into the flames, delighting in the disaster he’s made, before eventually deciding to pour a gallon of oil into the mix. Instead of being disciplined for his reckless behavior, Hojo receives a promotion. For another example, you can refer to Kyoko Ishihara, the police force’s superintendent. When she tries to infiltrate a mobster-owned casino, Kyoko is quickly discovered by Hojo, who drugs and rapes her. He suffers no repercussions from this; in fact, through a mind-boggling turn of events, Kyoko ends up helping him resist a group of kidnappers. Looking at the bigger picture, Hojo decides to become a mobster (or, in this case, a yakuza) and is never faced with the consequences of his choice. When you combine this with the lack of dramatic tension, what remains is a protagonist whose plot armor is powerful enough to neutralize anything, even the after-effects of his own actions.
By glamorizing its subject matter, Sanctuary falls victim to the same aches and pains that plagues every other dime-a-dozen mobster flick. It constructs a narrative of watered-down stereotypes, forgettable encounters, and incomplete character arcs. This film has no real identity, nothing that separates it from the herd, which is exactly why I’d recommend it to fans of the genre. If you happen to enjoy mobster movies, Sanctuary provides pretty much everything you’d expect from its category. Thing is, there was a spark of potential here. At first, the film wanted to take risks with its material but Sanctuary ends up playing it safe.
The art is really good, only 90s kids can remember before anime art became manufactured corporate trash. The jiggle physics and the fight scenes have some high tier animation, especially the animation of the guns and blood
Wish there were more Yakuza anime like this..
Overall I had a good time watching it!
30: Dirty Pair no Ooshoubu: Nolandia no Nazo
English: Dirty Pair: Affair of Nolandia
Japanese: ダーティペアの大勝負 ノーランディアの謎
MAL Score: 6.38
The Dirty Pair are traveling to the planet of Ookbar in search of a missing girl. Kei and Yuri have traced Missinie to the forest of Nolandia, but their investigations have stalled thanks to the less-than-helpful Chief of Security. But the Dirty Pair have never let a little bureaucracy stand in their way.
The plot moves along at a snails pace. Questions are posed but not answered. Due to the nature of the mystery, half the movie is set as illusions experienced by various characters which only bogs down the plot even more. It takes a while for the mystery to be solved.
Animation is ok as it is dated animation. English Voice Acting is actually poor, some characters are convincing, others are not. Overall it wasn’t as good as the Dirty Pair could have been.
The visuals were pleasing, living up to the crisp animation quality of the series. This OVA was a bit more fearless about pushing the limits of the characters’ bodies, going so far as to, at least to me, imply that Kei dreamed about getting tentacle raped, a scene I found rather disturbing. However, one scene rarely hurts the image of an entire feature.
Overall, the feature was definitely better than Flight 005 Conspiracy, addressing most everything I mentioned in my review of that OVA. The way Yuri was portrayed (very serious, and a bit of an action girl) made me wonder what happened after that mission that made her so girly. Crisp animation, deep dialogue, and Mughi actually being useful (sort of) made for a good watch. I would recommend this OVA to even casual Dirty Pair fans.
And so it was in “Nolandia no Nazo”. This anime is full of plot holes, strange plot twists, some wierd scenes are also present. Yeah, like this scene in the beginning with Kei and Yuri both nude and merging one into another (which makes me think about some sort of hidden message here, like the lesbian desire of Kei towards Yuri or vice versa) and the “tentacle rape” scene with Kei, which also obviously has sexual context in it. I know that I revealed some spoilers but, man, I think grandpa Freud would be glad to see this.
So, to sum it up, the first half of “Nolandia no Nazo” is psychodelic. It really made me dizzy. Be warned.
The art and animation in the movie are just the same as in the series. Nothing special to see here. And I presume, even in the 80s it was kinda mediocre. But, the main heroines are drawn quite good, so let’s leave it as it is.
The other charachters are bland and even don’t have enough screen time to show their personalities at full. We have a generic villain who wants to rule the world, we have a generic villain’s big tough guy, who is absolutely invincible and…. *yawn*
For me, this movie looks kinda “crumpled”. The events are flying fast toward the end, and with the aforementioned plot twists it makes me feel, that if it was quite longer, all things would be explained properly.
This movie is not good at all, but not bad either. If you like old anime, you should give it a try.
MAL Score: 6.52
Dee Laytner and Randy “Ryo” Maclane are two New York cops taking a needed vacation in England. Dee has very strong feelings for Ryo and wants to take this chance to advance their relationship (and if he’s lucky, maybe seduce Ryo). Ryo doesn’t understand his own feelings for Dee, and doesn’t know if he wants to (or should) acknowledge them. Their vacation and relationship is suddenly disturbed when murders and missing person reports keep surfacing around their hotel. The only common tie the cases have is that all of the victims were Japanese or Japanese descent. Dee and Ryo have to solve the case before Ryo, who is half Japanese, becomes the next victim.
As great fan of the manga I held up my expectations for this OVA. This anime adaptation of "Fake" focus on the Act 5 of the Manga, published on the second volum which, by itself, reduces very much the potential of the story. The flashback trick of the manga is explored here, but it was still disappointing not to see more.
The manga story holds many detailed complexities, that were basically left out in the anime. However, it’s still a great action and mystery tale.
The characters were prefectly characterized: many hints and a lovely flashback are presented for us to know what is going on between them. However, for those that have not read the manga, a mistery remains: who the hell are Bikky and Chal and what are they doing there?
Special kudos for the voice actors, a great cast that worked their job perfectly. Only Dee’s voice seemed "not quite right", but after some minutes I got used to it and now I can’t imagine him differently.
This is very enjoyable, much more for the adventure and mystery than for the BL (which, being near to none and not explicit at all, is well done and realistic).
a) Story! – Fair
“Fake” doesn’t adapt the entirety of the original manga; only the 5th chapter in Volume 2 out of the published 7. So, of course, there’s a lot of missing context and the narrative feels isolated from the larger work. I was never confused about character dynamics however and always felt sufficiently informed about Dee and Ryo’s history thanks to various quick flashbacks and context clues! It’s just important to remember that you aren’t going to get everything from this one OVA; this is a Free Sample at CostCo that you can taste before buying the whole box of crackers (i.e. reading the manga)
This OVA does tell a complete narrative though! It’s most enjoyable aspects are it’s character interactions and it’s development of Dee and Ryo’s romance. The two of them are in an awkward transitionary period where they know each others feelings, but Ryo especially isn’t confident in persuing them – he learns to be more open and expressive with Dee via the help of some really well written secondary characters!
The mystery aspect is kind of subpar unfortunately. There are some surprising revelations and even a supernatural element that becomes apparent early on! But the overall murders are woefully predictable with no room for the viewer to make deductions on their own.
b) Art! – Fair
I’m honestly not a huge fan of the art style! It’s an excellent 90s anime throwback especially character design wise, but the way resting facial features are drawn doesn’t sit super well with me. The characters seem melty? Or droopy? It doesn’t quite fit with the overall aesthetic.
The classic 90s facial expressions are SICK though!! The visual comedy is really well executed and will definitely do you right if you’re looking for some of that nostlagia.
Background art is relatively unremarkable but well executed! The lighting is rendered very tenderly, especially at sunset and night time.
c) Sound! – Good
Kind of unremarkable! The music isn’t exactly memorable?
The voice acting is really well suited to the characters! Dee’s lines hit all the right notes of loud, exuberant, and comedic without becoming obnoxious. Dee’s VA also balances the comedic and serious heart to heart scenes really well – it’s incredibly organic and a huge part of why the character performance was so enthralling.
d) Character! – Great
The characters are the highlight of this OVA! Despite being only 55 minutes, you get a really good feel for Dee and Ryo early on that quickly endears them to you. Dee seems initially like the jocky, No-Homo stereotype that could potentially spend the whole OVA in an “AM I GAY??” panic scenario – but no! Dee is the character who’s most confident in his feelings for Ryo and Ryo himself also avoids this annoying trope. His calm, collected presence juxtoposes well with Dee’s energy and their banter and overall dynamic is a joy.
The secondary characters are less developed, but still interact well with the protagonists and are memorable! Berkley Rose specifically is a great addition, since most of the side characters are comedic relief and Berkley functions more so as a serious narrative foil to Dee.
e) Enjoyment! – Great
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Fake!! It’s not a masterpiece by any means, but I mean. I had fun! I watched it with a friend, which maybe heightened the enjoyment factor since we were talking and theorizing and joking – but even if I’d seen it alone, I think I still would have enjoyed it because the concept and the character dynamics are just exactly up my alley!
yknow how police procedurals and buddy cop movies are kinda gay and people joke about it? “Fake” is a gay police procedural that plays that completely straight. to reference twitter account We Rate Dogs:
“it’s a good ova Brent”
28: Dirty Pair Flash 3
English: Dirty Pair Flash 3
Japanese: ダーティペアFLASH 3
MAL Score: 6.54
Sexy superagents Kei and Yuri find themselves in serious trouble when they attempt to track down Kei’s godson and cross paths with a killer ski patrol. This collection of episodes also features the crime fighters fending off seagulls and assassins. There is no time to rest for these two anime characters, who must continually put their lives on the line in order to successfully complete their important missions.
27: A Kite
Japanese: A KITE（カイト）
MAL Score: 6.56
After her parents were brutally murdered, school girl Sawa was taken into custody by Akai and Kanie, a pair of detectives assigned to her case. Corrupt and immoral, they train the girl to become a weapon, dangling the promise of vengeance in front of the hapless orphan. From celebrities and politicians to influential businessmen, Sawa is tasked with assassinating targets selected arbitrarily by her crooked overseers. She executes every mission without fail, and her distinctive weapon has become infamous among the city’s police officers.
Physically abused by Akai, who is no more righteous than her victims, Sawa begins to dream of a life unhindered by the shadow of her “guardians.” One day, Sawa meets Oburi, a fellow orphan and vigilante. They quickly form a bond born of desperation and disgruntlement at the unjust world, envisioning a future free from the stain of murder.
For what is essentially and hour-long anime, it really packs a lot in there. Lots of bloody violence which is nicely balanced with the more emotional side of things (plus some nudity to add to the dimension of things). I felt the plot moved at a nice even rate and I didn’t feel bored at any point.
Animation: Well, for a 10 year-old anime is was very well animated. Everything looked smooth and sharp and the slightly more ‘old-skool’ style simply added to the grittiness of the content. The fight scenes were one of the highlights as the choreography was really well done and really got you into the scene.
Sound: Does exactly what it says on the tin. No particularly memorable themes or anything but the sound effects were exactly as you would expect.
Character: Without giving too much away. The characters developed well over the course of the anime and you empathise with the main characters and end up disgusted by the way some of the others treat them in such a way that you expect the director was aiming for. A definite plus.
Enjoyment: As you would expect I enjoyed it quite a bite due to the reasons mentioned above and I wouldn’t be against possibly watching it again.
Overall, I would have to say that if you’re looking for some proper hentai then look elsewhere, but if you want to see a good piece of quality anime then this is something I’d recommend 🙂 .
Story: – 8/10 – Very Good
The story in this OVA is rather hard to describe without giving many spoilers, but essentially it is about a teenage girl who is involved with a crooked cop after her parents are murdered, who makes her and another boy kill people who have done wrong. Doesn’t sound special, does it? Seems we have seen things like this before, right? Wrong. This OVA provides so many subtle plot twists and turns that until the end of the show, you have no clue what is going on. Let me continue to warn you though, it is very, very graphic.
Art – 10/10 – Outstanding
Even by today’s standards, the art in this is beautiful. The characters are well-designed, the layout of the rooms and city is good, and the backgrounds are detailed to the point of insanity. This OVA is about ten years old too boot, which makes the art even more impressive. Blood and gore is used heavily, but not in situations that it wouldn’t be appropriate, and it is semi-believable considering the weapons the people are using for the killing.
Sound – ?/10 – ???
I can’t comment on the sound, as I watched this on my computer, and my sound is broken. I would imagine that it would be good though. See other reviews to see how the sound is.
Character – 7/10 – Good
The characters in this OVA are actually rather good considering it’s length. The line between hero and villain is stepped on many times. The character development in this series is very good too, as I have said before, it keeps you guessing who-did-what the entire show, and keeps you on edge. There are not many characters though, but the ones that are, they are put together nicely and have believable personalities.
Enjoyment – 10/10 – Outstanding
I haven’t enjoyed an Anime this much is a long time. Too bad it is only 2 episodes. I would probably re-watch it if I had time, but it is rather memorable.
Overall – 8/10 – Very Good
Once you watch Kite, you will not forget it. It is an anime that is truly unique from it’s counterparts, in a way that some thought to be impossible. A final warning is that this anime contains rape, blood and gore, full nudity, sex, mild cursing, and sex scenes involving characters whose age is hard to determine. I would say that this series would be alright for people who are looking for an anime that pushes the envelope on what is publishable. For the weak of heart – stay away, you will be revolted beyond belief.
Kite is one of the strangest anime I have ever seen. It isn’t the over the top gore, poorly drawn hentai, or strange choice of Bebop freestyle sax to play over the sex scenes. What makes Kite special is its insane level of tonal inconsistency. This is one of the few anime that I viscerally dislike, but at times actually wanted to like!
I’m pretty sure Kite was the result of 5 directors getting in a massive brawl and playing “King of the Mountain” with the directors chair. It would explain why the feel and tone of the OVA shifts completely every 5 minutes. The first director wants a gritty action ripoff of Luc Besson’s films like Leon and Le Femme Nikita. The 2nd director wants to make a seedy hentai. The 3rd director wants to make an 80s action exploitation film like something the Cannon Group would release. The 4th director wants to make an action comedy with Looney Toons physics similar to Kung Fu Hustle. The 5th and final director wants to make a somber, psychological drama about contract killers struggling with their conscience.
I have NO idea what the production history behind this trainwreck was like, but it must have been similar to that of Tinto Brass’s Caligula, which is the only movie I have seen that really reminds me of Kite. Although that is being too positive because Caligula is GOD compared to fucking Kite!
A teenage girl is working as an assassin for 2 crooked cops named Akai and Kanye. She kills random celebrities and then fucks Akai. BTW, just to mess with the audience the name Akai means “red”, but Kanye is the character with red hair. The character named Red has black hair. After completing a mission, Sawa the girl assassin is introduced to a young boy assassin named Oburi, who sports some of the most bizarre fashion in all of anime. I’m pretty sure this guy gets dressed in the dark! Oburi is the closest thing to a moral character in this piece of shit, although 5 minutes in he pulls a random heel turn and destroys a kid’s basketball like he’s Biff Tannin.
After several more ridiculous jobs, Oburi reveals to Sawa that Akai and Kanye were the ones that killed her parents, but she states that she knew this all along. I guess the reason she killed for them and fucked them was because….I have no idea. It is similar to how Vegeta in DBZ stated that he always knew that Freeza destroyed his home planet, but that makes sense for Vegeta because he was power hungry and strongly amoral at that point. This really makes little sense for Sawa since she has the skill to easily kill them and has no fear of killing even in broad daylight. She is supposed to be sympathetic and have a heart under her deadly exterior, so why she didn’t kill them earlier makes absolutely no sense.
I’ve actually SEEN what Kite was trying to do done right, but Kite fails miserably. For example, there is an anime inspired fantasy novel called Wolfbreed that pulls this off. The main character is a German werewolf that was raised as a secret weapon by the Teutonic Knights of Germany, acting as a blatant stand in for the Nazi SS. From a very young age she was tortured, raped, and forced to kill in gladiator matches simply to survive. She witnessed at least one of her siblings get brutally murdered for standing up to the Werewolf division commander. She spent literally her entire life getting told that she was sub-human and her ONLY purpose was to follow orders and brutally murder other allegedly “sub-human” enemies of the Reich. Now with a background like THAT, it would make sense that she would at first lack the internal strength and courage to rebel against her cruel masters. Sawa was taken in as a teenager who already had experienced loving parents and developed a moral foundation. She may have self esteem issues, but doesn’t have to struggle over the question of her essential humanity and whether she has the right to disobey orders. Sawa really doesn’t have a valid excuse that can make the audience sympathize and cheer for her. Seriously, I honestly couldn’t cheer for Sawa and had no problem cheering for a werewolf SS commando who had murdered 100 Balto-Slavic civilians by age 9. Let THAT sink in.
With the help of Oburi, Sawa finally decides to kill off Akai and Kanye, but Oburi gets shot and killed by the basketball brat from earlier, who was apparently also an assassin. The brat assassin walks in on Sawa who is expecting to meet Oburi and the film just ends. Did the brat whack Sawa and our protagonists lived and died by the sword? Did Sawa kill the brat and live on? Who knows? I guess the 5 directors couldn’t decide on an ending, so they decided to just not have one.
A saxophone goes freestyle and cuts loose during wildly inappropriate times, which reminds me a LOT of Manos the Hands of Fate.
At one point I considered Kite the worst anime I had ever seen, but I no longer have this view. It is a terrible anime and an absolute train wreck, but worse series DO exist. I guess I have to give it a 2/10 because at least some of the action scenes are enjoyable.
26: City Hunter: Ryou no Propose
Japanese: シティーハンター 新作アニメ「りょうのプロポーズ」
MAL Score: 6.61
A scan of the upcoming issue of Monthly Comic Zenon magazine, revealed that City Hunter will be receiving a new OVA adaptation. It will be bundled with the release of the new version of the manga, City Hunter XYZ Edition, on July 18. This announcement was made to commemorate the 30th anniversary of City Hunter. The OVA will promote the new animation and cast members.
(Source: MAL News)
25: Dirty Pair Flash 2
English: Dirty Pair Flash 2
Japanese: ダーティペアFLASH 2
MAL Score: 6.63
Always causing more destruction than they prevent, special agents Kei and Yuri face tough challenges while at an amusement park planet. This anime set finds the pair facing off against an android hit woman, transvestite assassins, ghosts and more. In addition, the Lovely Angels get into several wild adventures while tracking down a con man and giving love advice to the computer programmer they’re protecting.
24: Dirty Pair Flash
English: Dirty Pair Flash
MAL Score: 6.64
Kei and Yuri were originally junior auxiliary agents in the Worlds Works and Welfare Agency (W.W.W.A. or 3WA for short) when the two were paired together under the codename “Lovely Angels.” Kei was coming off her fourth probation for something she had done, and Yuri’s dating exploits were common knowledge, not to mention the two had an instant dislike for each other when they met.
At first, Kei and Yuri refused to work with each other, and Kei even resigned from the 3WA. Afterwards, the two continued to work together, although they earned their nickname, “the Dirty Pair” because of all the collateral damage the two (unintentionally) cause in the completion of their cases. And even though the two now get along with one another, they continue to bicker and complain to each other.
Although it is often said that these are younger versions of the original Lovely Angels Kei and Yuri, in truth this series is an alternate universe telling of Dirty Pair, set in the years 2248-49.
The stories are quite good and varied. Mission 1, the first 6 OVAs is one central plotline, as is Mission 2 with 5 episodes. Misson 3 is a collection of random episodes. Mission 1 was quite annoying and dealt with the relationship between Kei and Yuri. Mission 2 was the best in terms of a cohesive storyline. Mission 3 is just fun, funny and features 2 boob shots.
The real issue with Dirty Pair Flash is the re-set of the characters. They made both Kei and Yuri younger and very immature. Both are now 3WA agents that are great physical specimens with good combat scores and extremely low IQs. WHAT???!
What happened to Yuri being the smart one as per the previous Dirty Pair? Now all she is interested in is clothes, boys and telling the world how cute and pretty she is. Definitely not much interest in the job. The beefed up Kei is now a total tomboy in love with guns, who happens to have the IQ of an egg. I understand the “old” Dirty Pair was reckless but making them reckless bimbos is a bit much.
Overall, the stories are ok, the action is good, the animation is better, sound is so-so. In addition there is a lot of semi-nudity and eye candy for the ecchi guys to look at. I really wanted to enjoy this series more but the incongruity of how the characters were made killed a lot of it for me.
We open with a computer conversing with the chief of the 3WA about the status of the “lovely angel” pair of Kei and Yuri and how they’re rubbish at their job. Apparently, they both did well at practical exams but terribly at academics and they’ve also both been suspended a fair number of times. We cut to Yuri taking a walk down a street when she happens to run into Kei. She wonders how Kei can be out and about so care-freely when she’s currently suspended. An agent crashes in front of her and hands her a card that she has to get to the 3WA. Naturally, Yuri tries to pawn it off on Kei because she has a date. And the two end up getting caught in a wacky chase sequence leading steadily back to their headquarters. From there, the card leads them into a bunch of shenanigans.
The biggest issue with Dirty Pair Flash is that it’s not particularly skilful when it comes to switching between more absurd and more serious content. You’ll get a ridiculous action sequence in an airport and, not long after, the closure of Lady Flair’s supposedly tragic story. And these aren’t elements that work well together. In general the OVA doesn’t do well with trying to handle anything more serious because it’s always fresh from, or shortly away from cutting to, something absurd.
Now, I will give the OVA credit on that front. It has some really funny moments. The chase sequence from the first episode is quite good and the airport sequence is the OVA at its absolute best. Really, when it’s just going with absurd action sequences, it works. And the series is largely trying to be comedic. Those moments where it takes itself a little more seriously are rare.
The characters in this are pretty basic. The OVA tries to add some complexity with the whole Iris and Molly story and by having Yuri work with someone who has all of her faults to try and force her to grow as a character but the characterisation never really moves beyond the very simple archetypes that we started with. Which works fine when the OVA is going with its absurd action and doesn’t really when it’s trying to be a bit more serious. One thing I do quite like about the way it handles the characterisation is the whole arc with Yuri & Kei coming together as partners. It’s definitely the closest the OVA comes to having real complexity with its characters.
The artwork is actually pretty good. It’s a bit dated by today’s standards, certainly. But it still holds up pretty well. The OVA does delve into fan-service a bit, although not as much as I anticipated, but it’s also got some interesting designs for its futuristic technology and the absurd action sequences are nicely done. Which does contribute to them being the height of the OVA.
Matsumoto Rica & Kouda Mariko do a nice job as our leading ladies. The rest of the cast is perfectly fine, considering most of them have very minor roles and those who have larger roles are very basic roles like the insane antagonist and the sympathetic antagonist. I quite like the music. Wakakusa Kei did a good job on the soundtrack. It’s certainly better than what he did for Hikaru no Go.
There’s not really any. We know Yuri dates a lot of guys and Kei doesn’t show romantic interest in anyone.
Dirty Pair Flash is a decent enough anime. If you’re looking for an anime buddy cop work about a couple of ladies, it’ll probably satisfy you well enough. If you want something more complex or a completely unique take on that whole formula, it’s not the series you’re looking for. For myself, I give it a 6/10. Next week I’ll look at Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Film.
23: Dirty Pair: Bouryaku no 005-bin
English: Original Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy
Japanese: ダーティペア 謀略の００５便
MAL Score: 6.76
It’s Chief Gooley’s worst nightmare come true. The Lovely Angels are back on the job, but this time the 3WA’s Central Computer has assigned them two cases at the same time: investigate a space liner explosion in which three hundred people died, but no one`s come forward to claim any insurance money; and find a missing scientist and his family.
Could the two cases be connected? Only the Central Computer knows and it’s not talking. So it’s up the Dirty Pair to get down and dirty and solve the puzzle before time runs out for a grieving grandfather, his family and the universe!
As the title hints, there IS a Conspiracy, so it comes as no big surprise when the 2 cases are linked. The story is predictable and the animation is old school. If they didn’t cut corners on the animation so much I would have scored it higher. This movie did kick up the ecchi factor. It was like Kei and Yuri visited the plastic surgeon after the original TV series was done. I spent half the movie wondering how on earth Kei and Yuri’s "bras" could in reality hold their boobs up, wires or no wires, it’s just not possible to pack that much mass into clothing designed with a diamond cutout on the middle of the chest, without something(s) falling out (if you know what I mean).
But I digress, characterization and comedy are the biggest hallmarks of Dirty Pair, and this movie goes over the top on both. Chief Gooley goes into mega hysterics when the central computer assigns The Dirty Pair to these two cases. I thought it was WAY over the top considering that Chief Gooley has worked with them forever and so should be semi "used to it" by now. Comedic bits are evident in the reaction of various people when the Dirty Pair introduce themselves.
The real issue with this movie is besides the ham factor, the voice acting is atrocious. The Japanese version is slightly better than the english voice actors, but even then you can’t keep a straight face at some of the things that are said. The english voice acting for Kei was terrible – I didn’t believe anything that came out of her mouth. It made half the show seem like a very bad 1950s B grade horror schlock, no Oscars will be won for the voice acting here.
Overall, this was not a very good movie and it could and should have been done much better to do justice to the Dirty Pair.
In the universe of “Dirty Pair,” humanity has spread across the universe and thus gave birth to the United Galactica and a corporation called the World Welfare Works Association (3WA) which our two main girls, Kei (red) and Yuri (blue) work for. The 3WA sends “trouble consultants” like Kei and Yuri to solve various problems, and in grand fashion, the two lovely angels cause nothing but destruction and mayhem wherever they go.
In this particular hour-long OVA, Kei and Yuri are picked by the computer to investigate a mysterious plane explosion causing many people to simply go missing, much to the dismay of the Chief. And thus, that is all there is to it. Let the mayhem commence in typically awesome Dirty Pair action.
Being an OVA, the characters and dramatics are a little over the top, such as the Chief reacting to the computer picking Kei and Yuri or the clothing options for the two; oh so space 80’s. However, the animation for Dirty Pair never looked better. Sound and music match fairly well for action sequences. Even the story is somewhat darker and has a more serious plot compared to the more over-dramatic humour the show usually brings. Some might deter from this new aspect of Dirty Pair and that is fine if looking for more of the original anime.
Kei and Yuri are as lovable as ever, with Kei being the assertive flirt with a short fuse while Yuri is the more soft spoken and romantic type. Basically, Dirty Pair 005 is an OVA that creates a more serious atmosphere with still maintaining what is loved about the franchise, chicks with big sticks.
Taking everything into consideration, I’d rate this a 6/10. As I mentioned, too dark and serious to merit rewatching. As much as I like Dirty Pair, this was likely the low point for the franchise. At least, before Dirty Pair Flash. Makes me wonder what to expect from Affair of Nolandia…
MAL Score: 6.92
Two newbies at the Narcotic Control Department in Japan, Haru and Kai, struggle against: drug dealers, gangs, murderers, psychopaths, mysterious organizations, and mad people in general. The gentle and caring one of the group, Kai, who has problems of his own, has the tendency of turning into a lethal killing machine in certain scenarios. The way he acts changes like that of a “switch”. As the two do their job, answers of what is behind Kai’s strange behavior and who exactly he is, is revealed.
Unfortunately for this anime, it’s just too hard to pack a strong plot line into two episodes, however, this OVA did a surprisingly good job at conveying a captivating but not excessively complicated plot in only 1 hour. In terms of mystery/detective stories, I can’t say that the plot is very unique – undercover agents trying to expose a malevolent drug-dealing organization – but it is executed nicely with a clean few plot twists that are not too contrived or predictable. I can actually say that the execution of the plot is quite perfect, it’s simple enough to be conveyed in one hour, yet complex enough to keep you interested and captivated. The producers made the (right) decision to end the show with a little bit of mystery rather than trying to explain everything in the last few minutes, which, while it does leave me a little unfulfilled, it also leaves me satisfied with the developments the story has taken.
While I was expecting it to be a rip-off of Death Note, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the plot did a pretty good job at staying independent. There are certainly similarities (to be expected of the shared genre) and there are some attempts to mimic the dark, tragic, and mind-game aspects of Death Note, but Switch manages to hold it’s own fairly well in this regard. My only complaint is that is seemed to make a subtle hint at the supernatural in the end, but I may have been mistaken. If it ends up being true (in the manga) I’ll probably be disappointed (Death Note only got away with the supernatural aspect because of how well it was explained and incorporated into the series) The ending is slightly unsatisfactory in that it leaves many loose ends, but I prefer that to them being hastily and messily tied together like too many other short (and long) shows do. I rather like the feeling of mystery it leaves us at the end, and it’s actually making me want to read the manga.
The art/colors/animation/composition is definitely reminiscent to that of Death Note, without a doubt. However, despite my cringing at the clear similarities (and my fear that one of my favored series might be tainted by a crude copycat) I grew to really appreciate the quality of the art and the attention to detail. They may have imitated the art style, but they did it well, and if I had never watched Death Note I know I would definitely say that the art and animation is excellent, so I’ve given it a 10.
The OP is pretty good, I’m rather picky when it comes to music, but I can say that I did like it within reason. The ED (which you only hear once) is also pretty nice. As a 2 episode OVA I can’t say that they really matter much, as you only hear them twice at most. My biggest beef is with the OST. Another noticeable similarity to Death Note is the heavily orchestrated soundtrack. I have to say that Switch did not to such a great job at incorporating this type of music into the show. While the music was good, there were times when it stood out too much and it was clear that they were trying to capture the same classical dramaticims that Death Note was so flawlessly able to do. Unfortunately, operatic an Orchestral music is very refined and possessed great potential, likewise, it is must be used carefully and be specifically tailored to the situation. There were certainly good parts, but I would have been more satisfied if the producers tried a little harder to find something that would work better for them. I like the idea of using orchestral music in a modern-drama-mystery-suspense, (especially compared to some other types of music) but the execution could have been better, though it was by no means bad, and in some parts quite enjoyable.
The Seiyuus on the other hand were very good, I really don’t have any complaints in that regard. The Seiyuu lineup is actually pretty impressive.
It’s pretty hard to develop a character in just 1 hour, but there is a shade of character development, if you’re careful enough to catch it. In one hour we still have much to learn about the characters, much less give them room to develop, but we do have some clever plot-twists that shed new light on our main characters at different points in the show. I thought the characters were very well made, they all seem quite realistic, and even the “bad guy” is pretty likable (I can’t stand it when the “bad guy” is pinned as evil and given an unrealistically horrible personality) None of the characters are too contrived, though they aren’t particularly unique as far as anime characters go – but that is also part of their success. Nothing is over-the-top, the characters are relatable, intelligent, and well-designed (you can actually tell the characters apart!) and they all act like real human beings (which is sometimes rare in anime)
Overall, I really did enjoy this show, and it’s short enough that I’d probably watch it again. It’s by no means perfect, but I’m very impressed by the work put into it. I don’t view it as so much of a series in and of itself (it’s not) but as more of an introduction to the characters, story, and ideas that I will probably follow up on by reading the Manga. When I look at it that way, it’s an excellent piece.
Perhaps my rating of 9 is a little generous, but in terms of enjoyment (or perhaps it was just surprise) I give it a 9, and I definitely suggest you give it a try. Make it past the (slightly cliche’d) intro and OP, and try not to get too cynical about the similarities it has with Death Note. Just keep an open mind and enjoy the show 🙂
Here’s the deal: I am in a love and hate relationship with the series.
The story was intriguing enough to grab my attention and continue watching till the end however there are just too many unanswered questions left by the time it ends.
For me, as for someone who has not read the manga beforehand there were just too many unanswered questions left there. So many that I am heading to read the manga right away.
I understand this is not a proper review. Heck it’s not a review at all. But I really wanted to share my thoughts.
In the end I got hooked and yet was left really frustrated.
Story Rating: 5
The story is just your basic police story. Just a bunch of cops trying to stop some kind of drug and weapon possession. Basically, they did something bad. You can have no clue on what these guys did to get in trouble with authorities and you’ll follow it easily. Basically, the story is just kind of bland but probably the only thing that tried to hold this anime together.
Art Rating: 4
Being an ‘old’ anime, I didn’t expect much for the animation portion. The colors are extremely muted and the art style is pretty generic. Nothing stands out to make it look like anything new or spectacular. It’s just like animation backwash. Then again, I didn’t expect much.
Sound Rating: 1
TIME FOR WHAT I F*CKING HATE ABOUT THIS SHOW!
For the voice actors, a lot of these people actually went on to do more note worthy roles so, i’m glad they got a job after this. However, none of them had any situation to give it their all. I guess they did their best with what was handed to them. Maybe except one actor who had to have their voice so high they sound like Alvin in the goddamn chipmunks. Yeah, you’re suppose to take this anime seriously.
Now, the music….THE F*CKING MUSIC! I hated it so much! It’s what made the show practically unwatchable. It was placed at parts that were so unneeded and played in scenes that were so boring yet, they make it sound like a dramatic war movie or something. Again, you’re suppose to take this anime seriously. How the all sweet lords of hell am I suppose to take it seriously when you play someone banging on piano keys over two people talking about FLOWERS!
Character Rating: 3
I probably would have liked the characters a lot more if they one; made more episodes of the series or two; actually gave these characters some time together to actually work off each other. That’s what makes a character, a character, to see their personalities work off or with other personalities. There’s a few scenes with our main characters but they go by so fast you can miss them. How am I suppose to get invested in these characters if you don’t show them having any personality. Kai, I guess would be the only exception. I actually kind of cared about him through out the episodes. Everyone else, EEEEHHH Fuck ’em!
Enjoyment Rating: 1
This anime was…so….BORING, and stupid, and bland. Just a forgettable, waste of time. It’s so disappointing. You expect something good like with something ‘Psycho Pass’ did or maybe like ‘Death Note’. But, it doesn’t even try to be anything new or inventive. It’s just something to pass the time with, in a very lame way.
Overall Rating: 3
Overall, this anime is not worth your time to watch. I didn’t hate it and I might read the manga since I hears it’s much better (andIdonthavetolistentoanyfuckingoverthetopmusic), I just got disappointed much like in the way ‘Mirai Nikki’ did.
Unless you want to be the kind of Otaku who has seen every. single. anime. ever! I say this one you can definitely skip. It may be short but, going through an hour of this just isn’t worth anything.
21: Detective Conan OVA 12: The Miracle of Excalibur
Japanese: 名探偵コナン えくすかりばあの奇跡
MAL Score: 7.02
The Miracle of Excalibur is the twelfth OVA of the anime and manga franchise Detective Conan. The plot is based on Gosho Aoyama’s short story “Excalibur.”
(Source: Detective Conan World)
Anyway, it’s not the best OVA. It’s a pretty rudimentary sports story about kids, so there’s a silly plotline that intersects with some folklore, a team dynamic that coalesces around a shared goal, and a hint of romance. It’s not bad. It’s just boring and unmemorable.
Intercut with that is a Detective Conan plot, which is also fine, but not too clever. The Excalibur hook is basically a buried baseball bat that serves as a lesson in motivation for one of the baseball kids and as an excuse for cameos from the regular Detective Conan cast. I was more focused on Haibara’s constant sabotage of everyone around her, which was perfect and adorable as she is perfect and adorable.
A must-watch for Haibara fans. Non-essential for everyone else.
20: Dirty Pair: Lovely Angels yori Ai wo Komete
English: Dirty Pair: With Love From the Lovely Angels
Japanese: ダーティペア ラブリーエンジェルより愛をこめて
MAL Score: 7.03
Released direct to video in Japan after the original TV series was canceled, this OVA is actually the final two episodes of the TV series.
I was initially expecting something better, but Episode 25 of the TV series (1st episode of the OVA) followed in the same lines as the TV series. A short and simplistic plotline, with little to no character development, and the sound an animation had not improved at all. Not a good sign. In fact, what is sadder is in the 24 episode TV series the watcher actually finds Nammo (the robot) and Mughi (their cat) more interesting as characters. This is dispelled in Episode 26 though.
The second episode of the OVA (Episode 26) was much more enjoyable. Kei and Yuri fight over a piece of cake at the start, making their cat “Mughi” the unwitting middlecat in their silly battle. They then decide to disobey orders to rescue their commander, Gooley, who is being held hostage. That episode showed more character development for the Dirty Pair than the previous 24 episodes of the TV series.
Episode 26 was awesome on 3 levels, which actually elevated this anime from mediocre to fair (needed better animation to be Good). There was suspense, drama and a tight plot with emotional moments. Humor was evident, especially the scene where the 2 girls come out dressed as orange tabby cats, guns blazing! There were some great lines, like “Men prefer breasts!” and “just like a woman you can’t shut up!”.
Overall, this 2 episode OVA was better than the TV series, the second being much better than the first. For the 2007 standard, this series is OK, nothing groundbreaking, but nothing totally horrible either (except the old school animation). The characters and concept are very promising. The producers must have realized that with a little better animation, soundtrack and plot, the Dirty Pair franchise could take off – and they’re right.
I’m an outlier tho, I’m compulsive, so since I’ve seen one of the Dirty Pair movies (Project Eden) and liked it, I’m now compelled to watch ALL the rest of the Dirty Pair series. Here’s to hoping the animation gets better for the rest of it.
The designs for Yuri and Kei has downgraded from the main anime series. Sometimes they look like their old selves then they look a little different in the facial they look slimmer. While in episode two the animation improves they look like their selves from the main series.
The first episode is your standard Dirty Pair episode with Yuri finally going on a date with guy who completely ignores her on their date While Kei is at home fixing the AC or something. Then getting called up for a mission with Yuri meeting her on location later. The humor is very funny that’s all I can say about that. But I love the last five minutes of the episode where it basically turns into The Terminator.
As for the second episode it feels like a series finale episode there’s a lot of consequences (No Spoilers) I wish the show wasn’t canceled if this episode was on the show’s original run I’ve given the anime a higher score on her maybe the classic Status. Even tho Dirty Pair is a Classic anime series
19: Dirty Pair OVA
Japanese: ダーティペア (1987)
MAL Score: 7.09
Set in the future Kei and Yuri are Trouble Consultants for The 3WA. Code Named “Lovely Angels”, but, they are known throughout the galaxy as The Dirty Pair. They always solve their case, but, not without causing collateral damage and mayhem.
Not bad. Not great. Pretty average. Your enjoyment may vary depending on your age, when you see/seen this, and your tolerance for older anime. This OVA has absolutely no continuity, so you can literally watch the episodes in any order and it won’t matter. You may or may not like this aspect; I personally prefer a strong central plot.
There was nothing inherently wrong with the stories told here. After each one I would want to see another, not because they were particularly good, but I think more so because each one left me feeling perpetually unfulfilled. The stories are just little adventures that never really add up to anything. So they’re mildly entertaining in of themselves, but always left me wanting. Also, most of the fights are cartoon army style where thousands of shots fly by, or the enemies can be shooting at almost point blank, and everything but the target gets hit.
Same as the story, or maybe because of it, nothing really develops here either. The characters are neither particularly annoying, nor particularly memorable. Everyone but the main two characters are practically cameos. Even then you still only get a vague idea of the main characters personalities.
The art was fine, I suppose. Nothing that stood out but pretty standard for the period, I believe.
I listened to about an episode and a half of the dubbing, and that was enough for me to conclude that this was some of the least enthusiastic voice acting I’ve heard. Neither the themes nor background music stood out to me.
Art: The art was typical 80′ – 90’s art style if you looking for fine arts it is not for you but if you like some old school action with a little poor but ok arts i think you would like it.
Characters: The 2 female agents the series are based on you can like them pretty well but you don’t get much back story around them so you got to like them for what they do in each episode i guess. For me they was ok and good enough.
Story: As for the story it’s not bad but not that good either couse what i mentioned earlyeryou don’t get to much story it is episodes with a new adventure each time and that is ok with me. You get a good load of action each time so. And we can say that this is i think for the younger audience, not any blood or bad language. I saw it was some longer series about Dirty Pair so maybe you get some more story there i don’t know.
So all in all you get the action you maybe want to see, not very adult content so very good for the children. I think that most children would love it.
one of my favorite episode´s was episode 2, the Halloween robbery wich had some good parody´s with some popculture from its time and earlier. Artwise it is alright to watch, some bad animation but it was a diffrent time so deal with it, but good detailed background animation and not such a stiff movements at the least.The soundtracks ( opening ,ending) really gave a feel that it would be an entertaining anime serie, 1987 , cant go wrong there even during an episode its enjoyable! as for the charachters, because it was the late 80´s u still can see lots of stereotyping throughout the serie´s that can be excpected, even for the main charachters i was sometime´s fed up with some personalitys and stuff you know, the japanese SCHOOLGIRLTYPE screaming …. ugh too much there man… overall i had quite some fun watching it and the music made me finish the whole thing, and the some over the top comedy- action monents
18: ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka – Regards
Japanese: ACCA13区監察課 Regards
MAL Score: 7.16
Set in the capital city of Badon one year after the events of the TV anime, Jean and the rest of the ACCA department are preparing for the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the new order. For the characters — caught between rumors of unrest, unchanging days, new crossroads, gazes remembered in memories, and days of new beginnings — time once again begins to move forward.
As usual, like the series, everything in ACCA – Regards, is smooth, and I’m not even joking: no stiff animation, nice and gentle OST, authentic and crisp atmospehere showing in practically any located background, adjectively level-headed characters introductions and interactions, o hell even the plot is smooth. In fact, remarkably, the only thing that kept me from writing this is because my big empty head couldn’t keep up with thinking about using any word that can replace “smooth” or “gently”, but damn I’m gonna keep trying my best, and worst at the same time. Let me tell you why these are all as what I told you.
Right off the bat, we can see Madhouse just mad flexin’ as usual. Good flex is when you know what you’re doing is relatable to the target audience. Even if this is the same studio which helped the production of God-must-be-crazy anime such as Vampire Hunter and One Punch Man, they know exactly what ACCA is supposed to be. Not everything have to be mega-bombastic and ACCA is one of the anime which shows that. So to start off, we begin our pre-title sequence with a simplistic jazzy piano playing joyfully behind a crowd of fully-handed government civil workers preparing for the anniversary of ACCA, after a dramatic attempt of coup d’etat against Kingdom of Dowa viewed in front of the whole world. Quite a simple plot.
Basically, this OVA could pretty much be the only continuation following after events in previous season’s episodes. All I can say is, even if I’ll be told this wouldn’t get a second season, I’m glad that they’re making it not to be too looking like a try-hard effort, simply just showing what ACCA is in the first place in its essence: a simple drama anime, essentially.
All the key characters are still showing up, revealing what they have in mind even after the conflictious event in previous season. Obviously being the afterward of coup d’etat, suspicions arise here and there, and a slight hint of unsafeness could be seen in the form of whispering winds. The involved characters like Jean Otus might be very cool-headed, but for something grand to be revealed, even the higher-ups like The Five Chiefs would be very careful.
The ambitious youth would be the worst case, for they often fret over the future anxiously and might as well try to find out about any unseen zephyr. Who should worry and who shouldn’t, no one can guarantee the sure answer. Yet again, for those who are just living a life like Jean Otus, a slight breeze could still be enjoyed simply as nature at work. The peaceful daily lives of people still go on. Not just in Dowa, that applies for all, even The Five, Head of ACCA Director Mauve, and surprisingly the coup’s malefactor. Suspicion is merely an unrenewed piece of mind. Worry is a misuse of imagination. Quietly living life amongst the unnoticable is not an exaggeration. It’s just life as it is.
We can still talk about the animation. Some look like still images, others are fluidly well-done, but none of them seem remotely close to being stiff, because that’s just exactly what Madhouse is. As I said before, being ACCA, this is the only anime in which I can absoutely appreciate the very vibe I’ve always been digging in: a slow-but-surely, serene and soothing vibe at a steady pace that brings my relaxed self wonders. They gave good choice of soundtracks with good timing and nothing is off, because that’s just exactly what Madhouse is.
I’ve always wanted to come back to the series and write my review, but I really don’t know how to word out the anime as a whole. It’s a special guilty pleasure, but also memorable. It’s probably why I haven’t make a review about it yet. However, this isn’t something you should just pass. How boring it sound, give it a chance. Take a break from any anime mayhem that you’re not interested at the moment and spend just 48 minutes of them to watch this light entertainment. I guarantee you a nice experience from it.
It’s basically regarding Lotta and Parrot’s new beginning into the working world and the anxieties and uncertainty that comes with it, for both the younger person and the older mentor. Lotta gets advice from her principal that used to teach Nino, who both he and Jean are concerned about her and what they should do. That’s on Jean’s domestic side, and on his work side he’s with a rookie named Parrot who works hard and is dedicated to the job, is a product of the coup attempt and is rightly paranoid about the ex-Chief Officers and Furawau’s own plans. And in the end despite, some very good editing and film techniques to make it seem sinister, nothing bad comes from it because in this world intelligence agencies and governments are more calm and rational.
I’m giving this an eight like the main series because I’m not so head over heels about it, but I think this OVA did a much better job taking everything that worked well in the main series and put it all together here. It’s honestly not bad just by itself but if you liked the main anime at all I would really recommend watching this.
17: Cyber City Oedo 808
English: Cyber City
Japanese: CYBER CITY OEDO 808 (サイバーシティ オーエド ハチマルハチ)
MAL Score: 7.18
It is the year 2808. Three convicts are recruited as members of the Cyber Police to keep major criminal activity in Oedo (formerly Tokyo) in check. In return, their life sentences will be reduced by a few years for every mission accomplished. However, to ensure that these convicts are doing their job, the police have secured special collars around their necks. If they attempt to remove their collars or fail to meet the time limit of their mission, the collars will self-destruct.
Thus, along with a rocking guitar riff to introduce the absurd acronym title ("Oriental Electric Darwinism Oasis 808", apparently), we are introduced to our three protagonist anti-heros: Sengoku, a hardened criminal who must have decided at an early age to commit as many crimes as humanly possible, currently serving a sentence of 375 years for a plethora of crimes, with a generous 0.005% chance of parole; Gogul, a computer wizard with a Geordie LaForge-style visor and a tendency to swear like a disgruntled sailor, serving a 310-year sentence with a 0.013% change of parole; and Benten, a silver-haired effeminate embezzler working through the start of his 295-year sentence. Chance of parole? 0.008%.
So, what possible adventures could these three get up to? The situation of no chance of escape, the possibility of parole slimmer than Kate Moss’ middle finger, not to mention being encased in solitary confinement for centuries on end does not lend itself well for three half-hour episodes of fast and furious futuristic frolics.
That is, until you learn about their special dispensation.
Hasegawa, a man of questionable power and sombre disposition, has enlisted the help of these three ‘cyber criminals’ – and here’s the deal – for every grade A criminal that they bring into police custody, they get a couple of years knocked off their sentence. What’s the catch? Well, aside from the fact that each mission they undertake comes with a time limit that (triggered by Hasegawa’s cigarette lighter, no less), when expired, will explode the collars around their necks ‘Battle Royale’-style; nothing. To be honest, I’d rather rot in a titanium alloy cell, gazing at the stars and singing old country & western songs to myself and for the benefit of nearby inmates with their hearing still intact; but these three know how to take care of themselves, and are desperate to stretch their legs again after a prolonged period in the can.
The feature is split into three episodes, and though all of the protagonists feature in each episode, it is clear that each half-hour slot is dedicated to allowing the audience to get to know the three criminals individually.
First up is Sengoku’s chapter, where we get to know VARSUS, another insane acronym, this time describing a bulky robot on wheels who acts not only as an aid for when Sengoku needs vital information, but also to warn him against the dangers of alcohol, correct his grammar, and generally irritate the living Jesus out of him. You tend to lose count of the amount of times Sengoku tells VARSUS to reproduce with himself, and not always in such eloquent terms.
Which brings me to one of the main features in OEDO 808: swearing. The dubbed English versions feature an absolute overabundance of bad language. "Fuck off" is used in the same vein as "good morning" for much of the feature – and while many Mary Whitehouse-minded viewers will find it moronic and immature, I confess to enjoying it somewhat. Though I freely admit that I am at my basest level a vulgar excuse for a human, often finding fart jokes to be the highest form of wit, I found the continuous stream of curse words a joy to behold, bringing forth the immoral and felonious characteristics of the law-breakers-turned-upholders into the mind’s eye of the observer. My personal favourite highlight is the utter pointlessness of the line in the first episode where Gogul, sat in front of a computer, is trying to isolate the location of a hacker in an attempt to stop him from accessing a huge satellite laser cannon: "Come on, where the fuck are you, you cocksucking son of a bitch?".
Anyhow, back to the show. Sengoku is sent into a building (though ‘building’ is an understatement, I believe the literal Japanese translation is a ‘Mega Skyscraper’: it stretches into space, just in case you were becoming jaded by the relative realism after the captives are freed from their orbital incarceration) that has been completely overrun by a mysterious hacker, who has not only trapped everybody in the building, but is working on other, entirely more sinister plans too. I’m not going to give any of these away, suffice to say that they rather predictably involve high-tech weapons, large explosions, and a lift falling 100 floors in 10 seconds.
The animation is for the most part impressive as well as functional, somewhat akin to an ultra-modern ‘Ninja Scroll’ (probably owing to Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s direction). The only minor gripe would be a few poor choices of wipes to denote scene changes. In one scene after Sengoku, trapped in a confined space, has just shot a maintenance droid who was bearing down on him at some speed, the screen fades to bright blue and then back to the next scene. The first time I saw it, I thought he had died. Still, this is a very minor grievance, and as a general rule the dynamism of the animation is upheld pretty pleasingly.
Character interaction in this episode is exciting and definitely worthy of note. It’s always good when three people are working together towards a common aim and still have the audacity to rip the living piss out of each other at every opportunity. Benten dodges a corridor full of lasers for the best part of an hour while Sengoku takes the maintenance shaft; and on his way out of their common destination, seeing Benten a couple of yards away, Sengoku laughs, "Is that as far as you got? Shit!"
An interesting incident of note in this episode is at the end: the chapter ends just before Sengoku jumps through the window of Hasegawa’s office. Apparently in the original he ran inside and was killed, but due to the overwhelming popularity of the first episode, they decided to resurrect him in preparation for the other two. So there you go.
The second instalment of the OEDO 808 series is dedicated to Gogul, and features a mysterious robot killing machine created by the military that is not only close to indestructible, but can harness psychic power and tear the limbs off people from fifty yards away. The army’s plan is, after successful testing, to replace the entire police force with these monstrosities, including the special cyber criminal unit of which our three ‘heroes’ are a part.
Inevitably, Gogul ends up fighting it.
This is by far my favourite episode, featuring gore, protracted fight sequences, the never-ending futuristic anime obsession of the struggle between man and machine, not to mention no end of personal satisfaction when you spend the entire episode wondering whether this insane psychic carnage appliance has any kind of weakness at all. Beautifully animated and crafted, with an amusing and practical script (and still plenty of swearing, abuse fans).
The third episode, however, soon made me wish that I had pressed stop on the video player after Gogul’s chapter. My main beef with this episode is the main character – Benten. In the two previous episodes Benten’s solitary purpose had been staring up into the sky and saying "The stars are not in alignment – it’s a bad omen". Besides the fact that it’s a vague and superfluous line, it’s the fact that it’s some androgynous gimp with long white hair, a pointy nose and glittering earrings that’s saying it. In fact, until Benten spoke, I was actually under the impression that ‘he’ was a ‘she’.
The storyline starts out as a murder mystery, and soon becomes twisted in the supernatural, toying with the ideas of vampirism and immortality. Though the last 5-10 minutes are inherently viewable (due to the fact that there’s a fairly insane fight going on), the rest of the episode is fairly rudimentary, and the script definitely suffers from Benten’s flagrantly bisexual tendencies (the only reason I didn’t say homosexual is because he kisses a girl right at the end). In my humble opinion this is the only reason why this 3-part series doesn’t achieve a better score, as the other two episodes are no only involving, but at times extremely funny, too. Benten’s affair tries its very hardest at being moving, appealing to the heart instead of depicting it being splattered all over the walls; unfortunately there is not enough basis to form any kind of emotional interest, and, coupled with the distinct lack of likeability of Benten’s character, fails to entertain.
All in all, however, there is plenty to see here. On the whole OEDO 808 is involving, fun to watch, and has a few moments that may well stay with you forever.
The German phrase Zeitgeist translates to “spirit of the age”. This anime perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the 1980s even better than Fist of the North Star…despite the fact that Oedo was actually released in the 1990s and was laughably dated upon arrival. Despite how goofy it often gets, Oedo is freaking awesome and well worth checking out!
The 1980s were a truly bizarre decade in terms of film. The year 1980 saw the release of Heaven’s Gate, one of the most boring, pretentious, shitty art films ever made. It bombed so hard it is legendary to this day! At the same time, the wildly popular American President Ronald Reagan placed value on the average American Joe and showed disdain for snooty elitists. The European film critics of this time were busy hyping up art films from France, Sweden, and the USSR that Americans and frankly most average folks neither appreciated nor enjoyed. It was time for a revolution! It was time for a massive backlash against snooty elitists and “highbrow” taste. The 1980s were the decade in which no writers were saying things like, “let’s cut that out, people will find it too corny and cheesy”. We embraced the corn! We embraced the cheese! Having shit taste basically became a badge of pride in those days! It meant you weren’t a god damned Communist! People came out in droves to see big, cheesy, idiotic action movies like never before or since, despite what ALL the critics said. Films that in any other decade would be scorned or laughed at were cheered un-ironically. Rocky 4 became the highest grossing sports film in American history adjusted for inflation. It was this background of over the top excess, style over substance, and complete lack of care for snarky nitpickers that forged anime like Fist of the North Star, MD Geist, and today’s topic of Cyber City Oedo.
The visual aesthetic of Cyber City Oedo is ENTIRELY inspired by early 80s/ late 70s Glam Rock. Expect tons of Jerry curls, mullets, and FABULOUS nails. The 80s were the decade in which the flamboyant, metrosexual look was all the rage. Just look at Michael Jackson, Prince, Def Leppard, Queen, Sweet, Kiss, Wham, Michael Bolton, Rick Astley, and almost everyone popular during that decade. It was like you had to look at least X percent gay in order to be cool.
The final piece of background you need to be familiar with is a dub company called UK Manga Corp. They were the British subsidiary of the infamous Central Park Media. UK Manga Corp saw all anime as “adult cartoons” and tried to add as much swearing as possible to reflect “maturity”. This often led to some of the most forced and unnatural swearing sessions in the history of the English language. Let’s sample some of the many gems from Cyber City:
Terrible Brooklyn Accent: “Heeey Benton, don’t shit ya pants if ya see a vaaampire out there!”
Monotone voice: “Get lost…you wouldn’t recognize a goddam vampire if one jumped up and fucking bit you on the end of your fucking dick!”
Terrible Brooklyn girl: “Eat this ya dick splash!”
Whiny Voice: It’s past your bedtime MOTHERFUCKER!
The plot is that 3 criminals are given the opportunity to reduce their sentences by killing other criminals. The trio of criminals are fitted with explosive dog collars by the government so that disobeying isn’t an option. It’s basically a shameless ripoff of the late 1980s comic series Suicide Squad. The 3 criminals are named Sengoku, Merill, and Gabimaru in the Japanese dub. However, the English dub changed Merill to Benton for some reason and Gabimaru was renamed Gogol. The Gabimaru name change actually has a reason. In one scene he is seen reading a novel with the Cyrillic title “Мальчики” which means young boys. Gogol was a Russian novelist who was famously gay. UK Manga Corp, when they aren’t adding swear words for no reason, they are apparently providing really random in-jokes for Russophiles. Each episode features 1 of the 3 criminals and explores a bit of their backstory. However, there is no resolution to the main plot and each episode can be watched independently or out of order without any issues.
Sengoku is the pompadour wearing goof who drinks heavily and provides some of the funniest swearing dialogue. He isn’t that bright, but he can fight and always finds a way to win. Gogol is the brains of the trio and is an expert hacker in addition to being a badass cyborg. Benton is the pretty boy who has the most impressive fight scenes. He is sort of like if you combined Kurama and Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho…I don’t mean in THAT way fangirls! Hasegawa is the dickish government guy that makes life hell for our 3 heroes and constantly threatens to kill them if they don’t complete the mission on time. That’s pretty much all you need to know for these characters.
It has some gloriously cheesy synth music, but I was VERY disappointed by the lack of glam rock! Central Park should have spent the money and licensed music like “Poor some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard or “The Action” by Sweet!
The art in this anime is actually pretty top notch. Who the hell animated this obscure nonsense anyways?…Studio Madhouse!? Well that explains it.
Cyber City is quite cheesy and goofy, but it provides some great action and plenty of laughs. It is a great anime to watch with friends or alone if it is late at night and you want to watch something ridiculous.
If that sounds amazing, go watch now and have fun. Seriously, you can work out if this is for you from what I’ve just said. This is not a complicated anime. Go watch the UK dub now if it appeals.
3 cyber criminals in space prison (they literally call it that) are offered the chance to do dangerous police jobs in exchange for their sentences being shortened. If they fail, their hated boss will blow up the rings round their necks. Each episode focuses (not at all exclusively) on one of them. To give you a sense of how fun each character is, I have had each of them as my favourite at some time. First there’s Sengoku, who is grumpy and very enjoyably foul mouthed. I fell for his profanity. Then there’s Gogol, a huge man with amazing hacking skills and the most enjoyably hammy american accent possible. He goes with the flow, and I fell for his really nice personality… and the way he says ‘cocksuckers’ and calls people he hates ‘limp dicks’. His swearing is less frequent but it’s probably the most pleasing. Then there’s Benton. Oh Benton. He is a straight-talking cool femme guy with a razor wire for a weapon. He’s just so femme. I’m down with that. I’m very down with that. And the razor wire is very cool.
I like robots. Varsus, a sassy yet straight edged supporting robot character, is my 11th favourite fictional character of all time. You won’t feel similarly, but just know that.
This is 80s trash at its coolest and best. The animation is very 80s, vaguely similar to Goku Midnight Eye and Golgo 13 The Professional (my favourite kind of animation). If this style of animation is your thing, you will love this. Upon the first watch you’ll think the episodes get progressively worse, but for me rewatches reversed that. It is very cyberpunk, but for the most part on the trashy end of cyberpunk.
Watch the UK dub. It has riotous swearing, dubbing equal only to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (good for very different reasons), and the UK version of the dub has a heavy rock soundtrack which fits the series perfectly.
Don’t believe me about the swearing being enjoyable? ‘Get lost. You wouldn’t know a goddamn vampire if one jumped up and bit you on the end of your fucking dick.’ It’s all like this – just lots of unnecessary swearing. It’s beautiful. Not convinced? Right. Watch the second episode – there’s a pun off. If I haven’t enthused you, probably don’t watch this.
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16: Detective Conan OVA 03: Conan and Heiji and the Vanished Boy
Japanese: 名探偵コナン: コナンと平次と消えた少年
MAL Score: 7.19
Conan and Ran are visiting Heiji and Kazuha in Osaka when the four come across a trio of kids while touring the city. These children, who look eerily similar to the Detective Boys but with different personalities, are looking for their friend who has gone missing—and the two young detectives agree to help find the vanished boy.
But overall it was pretty good. I think it was short though and there should be more to the storyline that just a simple 24 mins so it seem they cut the storyline down. However it was still pretty interesting
The art was just like any other Detective Conan show.
The music and sound were right on.
The characters I had problems with. Personally I do not care for characters that copy other characters. Since the three children were basically knock offs of Ayumi, Mitsuhiko, and Genta I did like them at all. Their personalities were slightly different but it was clear they were suppose to be knock offs.
The OVA was cute for a one time watch but that is all it will get out of me.
15: Detective Conan OVA 08: High School Girl Detective Sonoko Suzuki’s Case Files
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 女子高生探偵 鈴木園子の事件簿
MAL Score: 7.21
Sonoko is writing a script for a play. In her script, there’s a murder case, and high-school detective Suzuki Sonoko is there to help solve it. Haibara finds flaws in the deduction section of the plot, and Ran decides to call Shinichi for help with the script.
(Source: Wikipedia, edited)
The characters taking part in normal school activity without an actual case was something to see. And the story used was hilarious to me. And the way the case was done was just down right clever.
I think anyone who watches this will atleast get a relaxed form of enjoyment out of it if nothing else.
Part of why nothing important happens is because instead of an actual case, the story revolves around Sonoko’s murder mystery that she’s writing for a school play. We get some interesting interpretations of how the case is solved from each of the main characters, and most of their deductions are pretty funny. However, with the lack of a real case to solve, the story ends up feeling a bit empty. Still, the story wraps up in the end, and the whole thing feels complete.
The art and sound design are both passable, and are on the same level as the TV show at the time this was released.
Also, the characters are still well-written, and come off as interesting.
However, the story is the main focus here, and it comes off as generally tepid and uninteresting, leaving us with a competent, somewhat fun, but ultimately flawed episode. I’d recommend it for anybody who is a fan of the show already, but for anybody else, it’s not interesting enough to warrant viewing it on it’s own.
But that’s OK, though, because this OVA is basically a metanarrative about how they write anime-original Conan material, and that rules. There’s a great scene in the middle where Haibara breaks down how ridiculous the concept and execution of cases like this are, and the fact that the case is so utterly simple and staged only adds to that. Until, suddenly, it takes a left turn and it isn’t. There’s just some great material here that would never, ever be in the main series.
Also, it’s definitely not perfect. The introduction is too drawn out, for one. The endgame for the mystery is a bit eye-roll inducing if you came here to see Sonoko shine, and the consolation prize for that also sidelines Sonoko. Because of the nature of the thing, it’s also a little bit repetitive.
I totally recommend this for people who like Detective Conan and want a bit more on the side. Not just for completiionists!
14: Detective Conan OVA 05: The Target is Kogoro! The Detective Boys’ Secret Investigation
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 標的は小五郎!!少年探偵団マル秘調査
MAL Score: 7.24
Conan Edogawa and his classmates are assigned to do a class report about a small business of their choice. After discarding other possible topics, the Detective Boys concludes that it’s a perfect opportunity to find out more about Detective Kogorou Mouri’s job.
Conan’s friends refuse to settle for a simple interview though, as they want to experience first-hand all the details of his work. Thus, they, along with a reluctant Conan and Ai Haibara, decide to tail the renowned detective for a day. However, the kids soon get involved in a grim situation when Kogorou’s current case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.
This one has a slightly larger role for Haibara than a lot of anime-original content from this time, so I was happy about that. I continue to love her.
13: Detective Conan OVA 07: A Challenge from Agasa! Agasa vs. Conan and the Detective Boys
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 阿笠からの挑戦状! 阿笠vsコナン&少年探偵団
MAL Score: 7.27
Professor Agasa is kidnapped and the Detective Boys must use clues found at his house and in various parts of the city in order to find him.
This is for completionists only. I will have forgotten it within a few hours, though it was minimally diverting.
12: Gunsmith Cats
English: Gunsmith Cats
Japanese: ガンスミス キャッツ
MAL Score: 7.29
In the dangerous suburbs of Chicago, skilled bounty hunters Irene “Rally” Vincent and “Minnie” May Hopkins run Gunsmith Cats, a firearms store of questionable legality. One day, Bill Collins, an agent for the Chicago branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, blackmails Rally and May into working with him on a case. The stakes are high, but Rally’s gunmanship and May’s knowledge of explosives are unmatched. As Rally and May unravel the secrets of the case, the two will need to use guns and grenades while being faster, stronger, and better than everyone else in order to stay alive.
What it has is Rally Vincent and Minnie-May causing havoc in Chicago in their Mustang GT500 via their trusty guns and bombs.
Watching this OVA after reading the manga is preferable as if you dig the manga then watching it animated after 9 volumes of guncrazy magic, is nice. Another reason is that 9 volumes doesn’t translate into 3 episodes, so you’re only getting a small percentage of the glorious fun that is Gunsmith Cats.
The OVA feels like its set either during or after the manga and doesn’t bother following anything in the source material or setting up character relationships. It just jumps right into the lives of Rally and Minnie-May, so casual viewers will either fall on board or check out swiftly, and manga readers will begin enjoying it immediately, just to keep Gunsmith Cats alive for a bit longer.
Unfortunately there is a noticeable lack of certain characters in the manga, such as Roy the friendly cop who is relegated to a cameo, Misty the thief who is absent, and there’s a gaping black hole where Bean Bandit should be. Becky’s way too nice and Minnie-May appears much younger here also, like a ten year old which makes her hijinks with bounty hunter Rally even more ludicrous, and with absolutely no hint of sexual deviancy that was so rampant in the manga.
So yeah, this is filler but like the manga it has an attention to detail with the city of Chicago as a backdrop and other miscellaneous aspects that at least keep the anime somewhat in reality, when every scene with Minnie-May threatens to blow it into fantasy. The OVA is also full of call-backs to the manga that uber fans will recognise and grin at (prosthetic guns anyone?) so the OVA is going to be an acquired taste.
The animation is pretty average but the design is good, cars, guns, gorgeous Rally herself, it’s all watchable so don’t let the year of release put you off. The music is nothing to shout about unfortunately, as is the direction, editing, writing, ok so other than the brand name this is just standard entertainment.
But then the OVA at least does something that the manga did excellently. That is to say: have an awesome car chase! A definite highlight of the OVA and one of the best in anime, with kinetic visuals, edge-of-your-seat thrills and all based in reality, with no physics-breaking stunts.
And finally the story. Oh yeah, story? Bunch of generic bad guys shooting and blowing crap up, what else? If you’re going to watch this, watch it because you’re a completist, and watch it for that car chase. They say cats have nine lives, well the gunsmith cats just lost one with this OVA; time to reload.
Time to review a nostalgic classic! Be warned that this anime is VERY cheesy, but it is also quite fun! This is what you might call a “guilty pleasure” anime. Gunsmith Cats almost entirely revolves around 3 fetishes: guns, the 1967 Mustang GT, and tits. I have never seen an anime that seemed to try SO hard to pander to American rednecks. This is basically the anime Dukes of Hazzard! Too bad Rally’s car isn’t as cool as the General Lee. Firstly, the 69 Dodge Charger is cooler than the 67 Mustang. Secondly, Rally’s car isn’t painted an absolutely garish orange featuring the Confederate flag. Lastly, no Dixie horn. sad face.
Plot and characters: 3/10
Our heroes are 2 chicks that illegally sell guns in “gun free” Chicago in order to combat oppressive gun control laws. They are also bounty hunters, because hired guns are better than a police force. Small government FTW! The Cats must protect a crooked DC politician (aren’t they all) from an evil Russkie Commie named Natasha Radinov. You may be wondering why she would incorrectly have a male last name and not the feminine form Radinova, but this actually isn’t a mistake. She is also a “bull dyke” stereotype in addition to being a dirty commie! Did I mention this was a redneck anime? What happens next are plenty of ridiculous car chases and shootouts. The Gunsmith Cats jump off many ramps, but unfortunately it never cuts to commercial break mid jump ala Dukes of Hazzard. Speaking of crazy driving scenes…why was this set in Chicago where it is physically impossible to drive fast without hitting another car? Dukes was set in rural Appalachia BECAUSE it is a region with virtually no speed cops and you actually can drive really fast! This is actually still true in 2015, which I know because I live next to Hazzard country Kentucky, where Dukes took place until the county sued the TV studio for defamation and the studio changed the setting to a fictional Hazzard county in northern Georgia. Gunsmith Cats: the only anime EVER that will make you say, “this is pretty good, but I think I might rather watch Dukes of Hazzard re-runs.
Art and Sound: 5/10
The art is pretty good for an early 1990s OVA, but will obviously look a tad dated by today’s standards. Be grateful that all the porn from the original manga was cut out! You won’t have to watch the loli character suck a single dick in this anime…unlike the fucking manga! The soundtrack is almost entirely Jazz music, which creates mood whiplash and was honestly a terrible decision.
Dropkick your brain out the window and enjoy this ludicrous bullshit! Don’t question anything. Just be amazed that this fucking idiotic show somehow exists for your endless amusement!
Why would I rate a show like this so high? Because it’s hilarious! Gunsmith Cats is a great little hidden gem and highly enjoyable for people that like old school anime from the 80s and early 90s.
This anime, a good vision of Kenich Sonoda’s manga, is unique because of the production team’s eye for detail, making many trips from Japan to get accurate locale scenes – even going as far a visiting the Illinois Police Academy and an actual gunshop, a rarety in gun-controled Japan.
The only sad thing about this that it’s not a FAITHFUL version of the manga – no Misty Brown or Goldie Muso. But hopefully, with the release of the manga series ‘Gunsmith Cats BURST’, that might change.
11: Detective Conan OVA 02: 16 Suspects
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 16人の容疑者!
MAL Score: 7.33
Conan Edogawa and the rest of the gang are invited to Inspector Ninzaburou Shiratori’s villa for a small gathering. The party’s highlight is Shiratori’s prized wine collection—including his most expensive vintage—and a bottle from it will be served for the evening. However, just as this wine is to be brought out, Shiratori finds the bottle smashed on the floor—and the culprit can only be among the 16 people present in the gathering.
The art and music are typical of Detective Conan. Nothing super flashy happened but all in all both were solid.
Due to this having so many characters in it was hard to see any development. More of the characters just have fun and being in an environment that is not overly stressful.
I liked this story overall. I thought the twists were fun and just enjoyed seeing a more normal day in the life of Conan.
10: Detective Conan Magic File 5: Niigata – Tokyo Omiyage Capriccio
Japanese: 名探偵コナン MAGIC FILE 2011 ～新潟～東京 おみやげ狂騒曲（カプリチオ）～
MAL Score: 7.35
Another Detective Conan Magic File.
9: Detective Conan Bonus File: Fantasista Flower
Japanese: 名探偵コナン BONUS FILE ファンタジスタの花
MAL Score: 7.37
“Fantasista Flower” is a side-story OVA related to The Eleventh Striker.
(Source: Detective Conan World)
It’s set in the time when Shinichi and Ran were in middle school. Like the movie, the overall theme is football (a.k.a. soccer if you’re not European). It starts with Shinichi loosing his football championship in a very close match. Shortly after the game the football team discovers that someone broke in their club house and wrote a critique about every player on the blackboard. Shinichi starts investigating the case.
As usual with the side stories, it adds more depth to the characters and their relationship to each other. This one highlights Shinichi’s gentlemanly personality traits and his feelings for Ran.
I found this magic file very sweet and fun to watch. The pacing is good, you won’t get bored although there isn’t a proper case with someone being murdered or kidnapped or whatever (haha!). It blends in with the original manga style. It feels like that it could be a one shot done by Aoyama-sensei.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves the characters of DC and likes to know more about their past.
8: Detective Conan OVA 11: A Secret Order from London
Japanese: 名探偵コナン ～ロンドンからの秘指令 (ロンドンからのマル秘指令)
MAL Score: 7.39
Diana invites Kogorou and Ran to London, but since Conan cannot travel with his invented name, Ai gives him a temporary antidote, letting him travel as Kudou Shin’ichi. Together with Professor Agasa they are on a plane to London.
Back in Japan, Ai now lives with Ayumi. Near their apartment, a suspicious man clothed in black named Kurokawa Youji has been trying to track down and now has found Ai. Shortly after Mitsuhiko notices a picture in a magazine of a foreign actress named Grace Aihara, who looks exactly like Ai, Conan calls, ominously instructing Mitsuhiko to keep Ai away from the Professor’s house. And so, Mitsuhiko and Genta go about trying to protect Ai…
7: Detective Conan OVA 06: Follow the Vanished Diamond! Conan & Heiji vs. Kid!
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 消えたダイヤを追え! コナン 平次vsキッド!
MAL Score: 7.40
One day Mori Kogoro’s private detective agency receives a blackmail call. It turns out that the caller has dialed the wrong number. Conan is able to identify the voice on the phone, it’s similar to that of his old friend Heiji, who’s also a high school detective but in Osaka. They join once again forces to solve the case and find the jewel which was stolen.
But they are not the only ones who are after the jewel. The notorious master thief Kaitou Kid has taken an interest in this piece, which is worth 100,000,000 Yen, as well and now it’s up to Heiji and Conan to be the first to find the culprit and acquire the jewel.
The characters are still just as interesting as they are in the show normally, the art is passable, as is the soundtrack. Everything besides the story is passable, but overall, this is a really weak, tepid episode, which doesn’t offer up anything significant to the overarching Detective Conan storyline, and also fails to be an interesting stand-alone story. If you’re a fan of the show and have a need to watch every episode, feel free to watch it, but for everybody else, I’d say that this one is definitely skippable.
The beginning is intriguing and has a lot of nice touches to it that could make a fan smile. There’s Kogoro’s crush on Yoko Okino. There’s a flashback to when Ran and Shinichi were kids. There’s Ran just being a nice person in her community. But then the mystery intrudes and it’s so terribly thin. To call it a mystery is an overstatement. It’s just something mysterious that unceremoniously resolves itself when Conan and Heiji get involved. The way that they address the situation requires them to forget about one of Conan’s most-frequently used gadgets until the very end, and there’s no clever sleuthing involved at all.
Everything else about it is standard for a forgettable episode of the show, so it’s not terrible. But it was a bait-and-switch and not a good one.
6: Taiho Shichau zo
English: You’re Under Arrest
MAL Score: 7.46
Running late on her first day as a patrol woman for the Bokuto Police Department, spunky moped rider Natsumi Tsujimoto decides to take several shortcuts, only to be chased down and cited by mechanical genius and expert police driver Miyuki Kobayakawa. Upon arrival at the precinct, Natsumi finds out that her new partner is the same woman who ticketed her earlier. At first, she doesn’t trust Miyuki, but in a short period of time, they develop an unbreakable friendship that overcomes traffic accidents, reckless drivers and even the strongest typhoons to hit Tokyo.
– ANIMATION –
As expected from an OVA the animation quality is superb; with great detail taken in facial expression and general movement fluidity. The backgrounds are also of high detail and do not have that colour tone difference otherwise common to most televised series. Fujishima Kousuke being an avid motorsports enthusiast, made sure that You’re Under Arrest featured excellent animated footage of cars, motorbikes and other mechanicals. It was an obvious match for his love of cars and anime that brought us this series.
– SOUND –
The soundtrack is mellow most of the time, but with a gripping ‘suspense/action’ theme used during the chase sequences, you soon find your own heart beating with expectation! In terms of effects, this is mostly focused on traffic/vehical related sounds (drifts, revs, gear changes etc.). Do not expect to see/hear any firearms – disappointing, seeing as this is a police anime. The dub version is well directed despite some dialogue adaptation.
– CHARACTERS –
The story revolves around a partner relationship so you should expect a lot of time dedicated to the two leads. Although only 4 episodes, you get a flare for the cast’s own personalities, which are very distinct to the point of perhaps being stereotypical. Eitherway, the designs show a unique style characteristic of this mangaka, but tend to inevitably resemble characters from his other titles (Ah My Goddess!).
– VALUE & ENJOYMENT –
As mentioned, You’re Under Arrest tries to showcase the human drama of police officers and their daily relationships. With this in mind, it does not boast of much action apart from car chasing so hardcore police-drama viewers might be disappointed. The storyline although split into 4 episodes, should be viewed as 2 plots each coming to a conclusion by the end of the OVA.
Personally, I consider this an ‘all-rounder’ because it manages to fit various elements (romance, comedy, drama, action) into a light-hearted, realistic storyline. Because of that, I would not be surprised if you would still enjoy a rewatch of this come a few years time… I know I did.
Finally, the excellent animation alone makes for a worthwhile watch, so its short duration becomes a bonus.
1994 was a pretty good year for anime titles. There was the Studio Ghibi film Pom Poko, a story centered around environmental issues. The Street Fighter movie, based on a wildly popular videogame series, briefly fumbled its way into the spotlight. 1994 also introduced the anime world to Marmalade Boy, a well-known school-oriented series. Finally, `94 was the year in which television networks came across a mini-series, a hidden gem if you will, titled You’re Under Arrest (YUA). When people think of police shows, they conjure mental images of good-cop/bad-cop roles, of homicides and kidnappings, and of undercover officers raiding a criminal hideout. You’re Under Arrest doesn’t conjure these images in viewers because it’s the complete opposite of the typical cop series; this is a show where comedy is at the forefront instead of action, where the only serious crime that people commit is reckless speeding, and where the officers are more concerned with maintaining friendships than anything else (and please don’t mention anything to do with romance to these people. They’re really serious about that). With these factors inserted into the plot, this anime explores the adventures of police officers Natsumi and Miyuki for four enjoyable episodes.
While You’re Under Arrest is certainly an enjoyable OVA, it is not without its flaws. The acting in the series isn’t the best, the supporting characters are relegated to a couple of unimportant lines, and (if you want to be really critical) the animation looks a little dated to me, even for an anime from the early `90s. However, I can brush past those flaws thanks to the five main characters. Miyuki is a gentle officer/driver with good looks and a hobby as a mechanic (Basically, she’s Winry Rockbell before Winry Rockbell). Yoriko, a goofy gossiper who proves to be the series’ best voice actress, is that one bespectacled female that you seemingly must have in order for an anime to be called an anime. Ken is my favorite character, a sunglasses-wearing tough-guy/motorcyclist who really loves Miyuki and is affectionately nicknamed “Kenny” by the other officers. Chief Kachou doesn’t really do much besides giving out orders and pondering over situations (I just act like the guy’s not there). By far the most interesting character of the bunch has to be Natsumi, the protagonist. She’s a hotheaded slacker with purple eyes, impulsive tendencies, an infamous reputation for oversleeping, a habit for getting drunk, and impeccable skills as a motorcyclist. The other main characters are appealing, besides the Chief, but Natsumi is simply beyond that.
I don’t know exactly where I would place You’re Under Arrest on my anime list (pun intended). I don’t speak of this series with the mystified reverence that I do for Monster not with the unbridled hatred that I have for Inuyasha. You’re Under Arrest instead settles in a special category for me, one without severe criticism or deep analysis. Here’s the best way I can explain my appreciation for YUA. For me, this anime induces a wave of nostalgia, even though it’s my first time finishing this. Maybe it’s the beautiful theme song which really grew on me or the show’s lively soundtrack with a hint of jazz that does it for me. Maybe it’s You’re Under Arrest’s lighthearted atmosphere sprinkled by some truly touching moments that hypnotizes me. Maybe it’s the excellent episode 4 (titled “On the Road… again”) or the amazing sequence that occurred in the episode, where Ken rides his motorcycle out from the raging flames that causes me to write so passionately about this. Maybe it’s the fact that YUA is completely appropriate for children (believe it or not, this doesn’t occur often in anime), besides the cursing that pops up once-in-a-blue-moon that makes me love it so much. Regardless, You’re Under Arrest is the perfect title for this OVA. It captures you, alternately thrilling you and pulling your heartstrings along the way.
Written by SMGJohn
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Taihou Shichauzo is one of those amazingly underrated gems of the 90s that you stumble upon by pure luck, and shamelessly I came to stumble upon it too late but better late than never as they ironically say.
The 4 OVA episode series is the beginning of a franchise that is not much known to the English viewers of anime and restrains more popularity with the Spanish and Japanese communities, however to my surprise Taihou Shichauzo is an amazing short series that proves the super-giant in the industry Studio Deen’s unlimited talent pool once more.
With amazingly funny cast of characters and well written adaptation of the original manga, Taihou Shichauzo proves to be a comically funny anime with silly features but also serious parts mixed together with a production quality typically very average but masterfully well executed thanks to the talented pool of people at Deen who worked with what they had.
While the main characters in Taihou Shichauzo finds themselves in all kinds of silly situations from stupidly over escalated car chases to helping out kids the OVA’s actually do a good job of presenting a lovable cast of characters to the audience and also builds the foundation of an anime franchise that would see three TV series, one movie and multiple short OVA’s. The main characters very large contrast in personality also helps its comical value but with the seriousness also presented reinforces how real the people in Taihou Shichauzo feels like.
Production wise, Taihou Shichauzo is in another league while the animation fluidity can be comparable average for the era it is masterfully handled by talented art directors and planners, it is truly a long time since I have had the pleasure to witness such a masterfully done production as this short OVA series. No shot goes unused, everything makes sense, it has an astonishingly smooth flow to it and scenes that require good animation have good animation while more static scenes have less because they need less but there times when static scenes are made very lively by adding exaggerated movement to the characters themselves often seen in comedies.
The background art of Taihou Shichauzo strike me the most, we are presented a contemporary early 90s Japan, with thanks to the outstanding sound work of Deen gives an absurdly satisfying atmosphere.
With the help of the extremely 90s sounding soundtrack we are reminded every minute of it that we truly are in the 90s now, the flow, the music and the art pulls you in like a magnet and before you know it you almost feel like you are there.
With sound work like this I can claim I have only witnessed in not just few anime but even few movies and TV series by big giants such as America, China or even Britain. This general fluidity really helps these silly story telling feel amazing, with what could easily be explained as a mediocre story becomes a very well mastered anime thanks to its well executed production quality and variation in showcase that does not make it feel too similar to one another episodes.
For summary, Taihou Shichauzo is something that must be experienced to be understood, it is by no means a bad anime, but it is not a masterpiece, it is best explained as a timeless work of art that tries to tell an otherwise dull drama story but masterfully crafts it into an entertaining contemporary showcase of nostalgic nuclear explosion, mixed with action, drama, comedy, romantic elements and much much more.
With the amazing art, the amazing sound of Japan in the 90s, the people, the cars, all the noises the characters make such as just walking or writing on paper makes it all feel alive, real and as if you are there.
The outrageously beautiful artwork helps to reinforce the series as a whole and it makes you miss a city that you never even visited in the first place, and truly only the most talented people can make you feel like that, and this time around they worked at Studio Deen.
5: Detective Conan OVA 04: Conan and Kid and Crystal Mother
Japanese: 名探偵コナン: コナンとキッドとクリスタルマザー
MAL Score: 7.50
Once again, Kaitou Kid has a target in mind: the Crystal Mother, Europe’s largest topaz owned by Queen Selizabeth of the Principality of Ingram. He intends to steal this jewel while the Queen is stuck on a train from Tokyo to Osaka. However, Kid’s abilities are put to the test, as the Queen has already concealed the gem somewhere aboard the train.
Conan Edogawa, who is among train’s passengers, suspects an attack from the phantom thief and begins investigating on his own, while Inspector Ginzou Nakamori is ready for a new confrontation against the elusive jewelry robber.
The art is very typical Detective Conan and like a normal episode of the tv series.
Like the art the music is also typical of Detective Conan and it fits the story well.
If you are a Conan fan then you will most likely be disappointed since he is not center stage for this OVA. Instead Kaitou Kid along with Aoko, Inspector Nakamori, a queen, and young prince are the main characters fort he OVA. The story did a good job explaining the background of the queen and young prince in the short amount of time and also showed believable growth for both the queen and her son.
I loved Kaitou Kid so I enjoyed this OVA immensely. I would love to see the young prince return in a future OVA since he was adorable.
The art is about on-par with the early Detective Conan TV series. It’s good, I enjoy the character designs, and everything moves well enough… but there isn’t any overly impressive or flashy sequences. Above average and gets the job done, but it’s nothing special overall.
Audio is about the same, but it’s boosted a little bit higher because of the great soundtrack and solid voice cast.
The returning cast are just as fun as they are in the main series, but the new characters that were introduced for this OVA are also fairly well done, which was surprising. All of the new characters don’t really have the time to get too well developed over the course of 25 minutes, but the OVA still tries to give them a little bit of depth. By the end of it, I still managed to enjoy the moments the new characters had on screen… and I’d definitely like to see some of them return in future episodes.
Overall, I really enjoyed this OVA. Parts of it definitely seemed somewhat average, but it really shined in other parts. Out of the Detective Conan OVAs I’ve seen (That is, the first four), It’s definitely my favorite so far.
I give this OVA a 7/10
The caper isn’t complicated, the character motivations are basic, there’s no interactions between Conan and Kid. If you want an extra 30 minutes with Kid and a few scenes with between Aoko and him, this delivers on that.
Oh, also, the thing about the cat’s eyes was a reference to a Lupin III Part I episode I watched recently. I got a kick out of that.
4: Detective Conan Magic File 4: Osaka Okonomiyaki Odyssey
Japanese: 名探偵コナンMAGIC FILE 4 ～大阪お好み焼きオデッセイ～
MAL Score: 7.51
Another special to accompany the release of the 14th feature film, The Lost Ship in the Sky. Along with a number of previous episodes, the original episode contained within will take place after the events of the film.
The second major story is about a lost baby. It’s related to the Tale of Genji and a misunderstanding. Not interesting, although it lead to a good moment between Kazuha and Heiji that was the highlight of the episode.
There’s a piano melody montage in the middle with a pleasant song. Not something I would seek out, but it was nice.
This Magic File is not something you should seek out unless you are a completionist, and it was just boring.
3: Detective Conan Magic File 2: Kudou Shinichi – The Case of the Mysterious Wall and the Black Lab
Japanese: 名探偵コナンMagic File 2 ～工藤新一 謎の壁と黒ラブ事件～
MAL Score: 7.52
Magic File 2 was sold at select retailers (7-11 branded equivalents) in Japan, along with PPV episodes of the show (episodes released long before, such as the NY case). The first disc housed the Movie 12 Side-Story OVA, which features Kudou Shinichi and details a bit of the backstory from the upcoming movie. The second disc was the one with the PPV episodes.
(Source: DCTP Forum)
The story centers around Shinichi in his Middle-school and a case he is solving by himself. Whilst investigating, he gets into a fight with Ran because of her superstitions and they stop talking to each other for a week.
Of course, Shinichi ends up solving the case. His parents are also featured which I enjoyed very much. I simply love the Kudo family, they are so funny and do not appear enough in my opinion. Though I know this isn’t canon material I still enjoy seeing what Shinichi was like before his transformation to Conan.
The art is somewhat strange to look at but overall a nice magic file for the fans of DC.
2: Detective Conan OVA 10: Kid in Trap Island
Japanese: 名探偵コナン ～KID in TRAP ISLAND～
MAL Score: 7.77
In this entirely new story produced specifically for the DVD, Conan leads a group of young detectives against the phantom thief Kaitou Kid, who has his eyes set on a jewel at a hotel on an isolated island.
There’s not really a mystery or a heist so much as there’s a framing device for the mistaken identity, and there’s no explanation at all as to why the Detective Boys are where they are. So they just end up in a dangerous situation with Kid for very little reason, and it is resolved with very little fanfare.
1: Detective Conan OVA 09: The Stranger in 10 Years…
MAL Score: 7.93
This OVA takes place ten years in the future and chronicles the possible events if Conan Edogawa and Ai Haibara do not take the antidote to APTX 4869 and grow up alongside their friends Genta, Mitsuhiko, and Ayumi, while still maintaining their detective endeavors.
now i been watching alot of Detective Conan waiting to see what might happen to him and the black organization, while think of the Case episodes more like fillers but i still enjoy watch most of them of it and waiting for an episode like this.
even though it just a what-if-episode i still love it
and any Detective Conan fan should see it.
So I started watching it, expecting an adult version of Conan (along with his friends) getting caught up in another case like we are used to from the manga or anime. After all this serie isn’t called ” ‘Detective’ Conan” for nothing, right?
Wrong! Instead we get a 7 min explanation of why we are going to seeing all the characters 10 years older with Conan, Ran and the others still being their normal age.
These 7 min could have been better spend, especially considering that the ova is only 23-25 minutes long.
Okay, after these boring first minutes we get to see the adult Conan followed by an appearance of nearly every other closely involved character with around 1-3 min screen-time. Doesn’t sound like much, but believe me when I say that this is more than enough, seeing as the only thing that was changed were their age.
Usually you would expect at least a little change in personality over 10(!) years but all of them are the same and only look older. It’s okay by those like Kogoro but why the hell are Ayumi, Genta and Mitsuhiko still acting like when they were 8 years olds?
Maybe I’m the only one who thinks so or it was just that we only saw them for a short time, but that was how I saw it.
Taking this into account and the whole set up of this so-called “What-If”(because for me a what-if is when you show how a character progressed in an alternate way than originally planned) I have to say that this OVA has absolutely no point.
Despite the lacking story or any kind of development the Art and Design of all the adult (or older) versions were actually rather believable.
So, all in all if you have the urge to see what Ayumi or Genta or any other characters would look like 10 years later go google a picture, takes less time and brings the same results.
Despite the lack of any mystery in the story, I still thought this was a pretty interesting one in terms of the characters, and seeing how this what-if scenario plays out is a pretty intriguing concept to begin with, however, there’s not really much depth to the actual story.
The main focus really are the characters, which end up feeling similar to their younger selves, but also feel just different enough that you feel like ten years actually have passed. The changes are subtle, but they are there, and it was enough to keep me intrigued throughout.
The art and sound design is about what you’d expect, and is on par with the quality of the TV series in 2009. No surprises here.
Overall, this was an interesting, yet somewhat flawed OVA that had a lot of wasted potential, due to the inconsequential and uneventful nature of the story, but still ultimately ended up being somewhat interesting, especially if you are very interested in these characters.
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1. Detective Conan OVA 09: The Stranger in 10 Years…
2. Detective Conan OVA 10: Kid in Trap Island
3. Detective Conan Magic File 2: Kudou Shinichi – The Case of the Mysterious Wall and the Black Lab
4. Detective Conan Magic File 4: Osaka Okonomiyaki Odyssey
5. Detective Conan OVA 04: Conan and Kid and Crystal Mother
6. Taiho Shichau zo
7. Detective Conan OVA 06: Follow the Vanished Diamond! Conan & Heiji vs. Kid!
8. Detective Conan OVA 11: A Secret Order from London
9. Detective Conan Bonus File: Fantasista Flower
10. Detective Conan Magic File 5: Niigata – Tokyo Omiyage Capriccio
11. Detective Conan OVA 02: 16 Suspects
12. Gunsmith Cats
13. Detective Conan OVA 07: A Challenge from Agasa! Agasa vs. Conan and the Detective Boys
14. Detective Conan OVA 05: The Target is Kogoro! The Detective Boys’ Secret Investigation
15. Detective Conan OVA 08: High School Girl Detective Sonoko Suzuki’s Case Files
16. Detective Conan OVA 03: Conan and Heiji and the Vanished Boy
17. Cyber City Oedo 808
18. ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka – Regards
19. Dirty Pair OVA
20. Dirty Pair: Lovely Angels yori Ai wo Komete
21. Detective Conan OVA 12: The Miracle of Excalibur
23. Dirty Pair: Bouryaku no 005-bin
24. Dirty Pair Flash
25. Dirty Pair Flash 2
26. City Hunter: Ryou no Propose
27. A Kite
28. Dirty Pair Flash 3
30. Dirty Pair no Ooshoubu: Nolandia no Nazo
32. Mad★Bull 34
33. Wild 7
34. Mainichi ga Nichiyoubi
35. Assemble Insert
36. Burn Up!
37. Angel Cop
38. Luv Wave
39. Bounty Hunter: The Hard
41. Sin: The Movie
42. Ojousama Sousamou