They’re the best Anime that 1997 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Injuu Alien, Injuu vs. Onna Spy, Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu, and more!
5: Injuu Alien
English: Alien from the Darkness
MAL Score: 5.23
The all female crew of the transport ship Muse is on a mission in deep space. They pick up an SOS signal and discover a derelict space cruiser where all the women have died mysteriously. They take the only survivor, a young woman named Flair, and detonate the ghost ship. However, the danger is just beginning. With Flair on the Muse, the romances between the women begin to take a new turn. One by one, the crewmembers are attacked by a mysterious alien presence, desperate to find a way to reproduce with human women.
Id like to point out that there are two version of this that I have seen.
One is the edited UK DVD version and the other is one I downloaded.
So id say download it, but why would I be recommending a hentai anime?
Why would i be reviewing one?
WELL HOLD ON!!!
Ill get to that later
The plot is the usual pap.
While some kind of government mission far from civilization, the all-female crew of the spaceship Muze finds what looks like a deserted ship, named the Zogne, drifting in space. They in true Sci-fi style go round to have a look and stumble across numerous dead bodies as well as a single survivor Flair, an innocuous-looking girl, who is diagnosed with amnesia after being found in a sleep chamber. The crew bring the girl back to the Muze and treat her (but not in a sexual way). Computer expert Hikari begins attempting to decrypt the computer records of the Zogne to find out what happened to its crew. then some kind of alien shows up and starts on with what a alien dose in a anime like this. (Tip there’s no ET crap here even though there are a few fingers involved).
Well since its a hentai with no blokes to be seen (well apart from a poster in the background) your eyes are on all the totty on display.
Theres all the usual ones A buff one, a slutty one, a younger one, two lesbians (that have a “meting” to discuss things) and the female lead and her sister.
None of them stand out as far as designs go.
“Action” wise its aright. Nothing new there. It trys to be really good, but most of us have seen it before.
One sentence summary
Alien meets Star whores meets hentai
Who is it for?
Nar its a hentai so its for those that like hentai that has no school girls.
If somehow you couldn’t tell from that description, this is pretty much a rip-off of the first Alien film, which touches of Aliens and The Thing sprinkled throughout it’s running time. I guess if you’re going to steal, steal from the best. Plus ripping of Alien means you get to have an excuse to have tentacles in your hentai.
There’s no real plot or character development, as it just jumps right into it, as we meed the characters in media res as they are boarding the previously mentioned derelict space cruiser. It’s refreshing having a dumb cheesy b-movie, or b-anime in this case, just skip over all of the formalities of trying to introduce a plot and characters that were already old hat by this point. And all in a brief 45 minute runtime, so it doesn’t waste any time.
The dialogue is your standard 90’s fare, in that no one is doing that good of a job. But there are some choice amusing bad dialogue. “It’s not of this world” I haven’t seen ANY world from this universe, so I have no context. And aren’t you in the middle of space anyways? “It can’t be destroyed with conventional weapons.” How very cliched.
Instead of having a creature similar to the Facehugger, or having a some sort of giant Xenomorph rip-off running around killing off most of the crew one by one, this hentai decides to opt in to having the female character that was saved attacking everyone with tentacles and infecting them. It wouldn’t be a hentai without tentacles now, would it?
Proabably my favorite moment is when one of the characters somehow manages to blow out a window with a hand gun. Either that space ship was cheaply and poorly put together, or someone bought guns that would be a danger to the ships own hull. I’m surprised that it can withstand the floating around space.
Would I recommend Injuu Alien (AKA Alien from the Darkness)? If you like cheesy b-movies and the Alien franchise, then this is probably going to be right up your alley. If you want a hentai for it’s tentacle filled sex scenes, you’re probably not going to get much out of this unless you’re super into mid-90s hentai.
The anime revolved around the all female crew of a spaceship who are responding to the mystery of an abandoned ship in the middle of space. The crew board the spaceship to find only corpses, with the male crew members completely rotted and female crew members naked and covered in an unknown green liquid.
The crew find one survivor and take her on board their own ship (Flair). Just under ten minutes into the anime a lesbian love scene between two members of the crew plays out, the only non-tentacle sex scene in the whole feature.
Flair is awoken by one member of the crew called Annie and she immediately strips the clothes off Annie. Before anything can develop Flair is spooked by Annie’s ferret – a feature which feels very akin to the Alien movies.
Flair continues to attack members of the crew and gradually exposes her true form as a giant alien monster with an uncountable amount of tentacles.
The sex scenes begin to get more and more graphic, although there is minimal gore throughout, and ends with a battle between the alien and the two remaining crew (not including one ferret).
The animation style is dated but remains charming, the art style is very basic and down to earth, although it is not pixelated like many other hentai based animes, many key features are kept hidden in order to keep with censorship laws.
The characters are rather bland and struggle to make a big impression but are at least passable.
Overall this is a very average anime, but if you are a big fan of Alien and tentacle porn then I would recommend this to you.
4: Injuu vs. Onna Spy
English: Spy of Darkness
MAL Score: 5.43
When the government develops a bio-engineered cyborg, named Dragon, as a secret weapon, a failure in gene manipulation turns the creature into a sex-crazed monster! The government assigns three very sexy agents to find the creature, and execute everyone involved. Will they be able to solve the case before even more women are abducted to fill the creature’s sexual appetite? Or will they become Dragon’s next conquests?
3: Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu
English: Psycho Diver: Soul Siren
Japanese: サイコダイバー 魔性菩薩
MAL Score: 5.69
Yuki Kano has it all: fame, wealth, the world at her feet. There’s also something very wrong with her… from time to time, she’s totally unable to sing (which, for a pop star, is not good). Enter Bosujima, a “psycho diver” with the capability to enter people’s heads and straighten out what’s wrong with them. Well, most of the time, anyway.
My quest to watch the obscure and the weird continues with Psycho Diver! This 45 minute, standalone OVA is one of the most skull fucking insane anime I’ve ever witnessed. It has some really good ideas that were pretty damn creative for the time, but the execution is all over the place.
This wasn’t based on a manga. It wasn’t based on a light novel, video game, or anything else. Anime industry veteran Mamoru Kanbe just went to Studio Madhouse with a script and pitched this as a 45 minute OVA. Madhouse accepted and we got this blessing of insanity. In America, it was licensed by Urban Vision, who saw themselves as the “mature” dub studio. Urban liked to exclusively license the darkest, grittiest anime they could get their hands on. Psycho Diver is a psychological horror that certainly fits in the Urban Vision catalog.
A tough, film noir detective named Busujima uses a device to dive into his clients’ subconscious and solve their psychological issues. This came out a full 10 years before Paprika and almost 15 years before Inception! A young singer named Yuki has lost her ability to perform after joining a shady cult. Her talent agency hires a psycho diver to solve her issues, but it turns out the cult has given Yuki dark powers. The psycho diver’s head explodes and the agency realizes they need the best psycho diver in the business, Busujima! At first he refuses, but the talent agency kill his dog in a scene reminiscent of the horse head scene from the Godfather. Busujima gets the message and agrees if they pay handsomely.
Busujima dives in, but nearly gets himself killed after witnessing some End of Evangelion nightmare imagery. He announces he will need better equipment and says he will try again in a few days. It turns out the cult isn’t happy about the talent agents hiring Busujima and send some assassins to kill him. Busujima escapes and hooks up with a lady talent agent. It turns out she was against the whole dog thing and sincerely just wants to help Yuki, whom she considers a dear friend. Some cult assassins manage to brutally murder Busujima’s new lady friend and he decides its time to go deal with the cult. On the way, he runs into the asshole talent agent who is insinuated to have been the dog killer. This sunglasses wearing asshole is actually an agent of the Japanese intelligence bureau and was working as a triple agent to infiltrate both the cult and talent agency! Sunglasses drops some narrative exposition that the cult leader is actually Yuki’s mother and wishes to transfer her psychokinetic powers so Yuki can be the next cult leader. Yuki’s stage manager is her father, who has decided to betray his wife and gain Yuki’s power for himself.
Now it’s time for the final act and things get weird! Busujima and Sunglasses arrive at the cult building and engage in an all out brawl with the cult members, including some minion with a retractable shoe knife. Yuki’s father arrives and murders her mother with a surprise gun shot. Daddy explains that he only hired the psycho diver as a distraction to confuse the cult leader mom and distract from his true intentions. Yuki unleashes her full power and kills her evil father along with totally destroying the cult building. The only survivors are Yuki, Busujima, and Sunglasses. Busujima now decides that Yuki is losing control of her powers and he needs to fix her with a psycho dive. Her first layer of subconscious is the guilt she feels for still loving her mother despite knowing the cult is evil. Our hero dives 1 layer deeper and discovers that Yuki killed a childhood friend with her powers because she was upset after losing a board game. Seriously! All of Yuki’s inner evil manifests itself into a dark Yuki and attacks Busujima. He loses a lot of blood, but finishes Dark Yuki off by pummeling her with a chair until she explodes into sand! The anime flat out turns into Professional Wrestling to deliver one of the greatest WTF moments I’ve seen in anime. You would think that’s the end, but NOPE! The Shoe Knife minion is still alive and kills some lab techs with ninja needle projectiles. Sunglasses shoots the minion right before he can kill Busujima and FINALLY we reach the end. Yuki is now cured from her inner darkness and can sing again. She dedicates her next album to Busujima and his fallen lady friend, along with wishing him to find happiness.
Studio Madhouse rightfully deserves its glowing reputation, but 90s Madhouse was a bit more hit and miss. This anime looks a little rough at times, but is ok overall. This clearly wasn’t a big project and was probably made because somebody lost a bet or owed Mamoru Kanbe a favor.
I highly recommend the hilarious Urban Vision dub. They want to make it like a hard boiled detective movie from the 1940s and it’s glorious! These guys were like America’s version of Manga UK.
God bless Mamoru Kanbe. He may not hit a home run every time, but he directed my favorite anime and he NEVER makes something boring. I’ll once again say that this had potential and a number of great ideas, but was clearly condensed and under a strained budget. It’s a very flawed work, but a deeply enjoyable piece of WTF vintage old anime!
Psycho Diver has a fair art style that keeps things in good proportions for the most part. There’s a tad bit of lacking animation and a bit too many stills for what you’d expect in the mid-90’s, but the art style is moderately detailed. The direction is also pretty good with some interesting scenes, but it does fluctuate throughout the OVA. The sound has some slow and ominous electronics that are at the level of keeping the atmosphere intact, but not to the level of making it that much immersive. However, the sound as a whole is not exactly good for the english dub. I couldn’t find a subbed version, but the english voices themselves are actually not too bad. What’s not that appealing, however, is the english vocalized songs. The background to them is alright, but the vocals themselves are quite distasteful. The thing that makes it even worse is that the story acts like the music is “amazing” and that the viewers are supposed to be impressed. To be fair, there are many series that come to that predicament and I am usually lax to that aspect as if the song was really that good, why would it be in an anime and not all over the radio? But in this case, this song isn’t even average and definitely not something I would seek out afterwards. The songs the vocals are over is R&B, so at times there will be attempted rap singing. It’s not too enjoyable and actually, near the beginning, there’s basically a music video of the singer (not live-action, but the anime character) singing it. She sings it in a prison and throws up some nasty gangsta’ signs, but I can’t say I was convinced. It was almost cringe-worthy as you couldn’t be sure if it was supposed to be a music video at first or just some artsy direction (which would have been horrible), but when it was known it was literal I could breathe a sigh of relief.
So the more superficial aspects of Psycho Diver are somewhere above average, but there’s still that premise it has going for it. First of all, let’s weigh the science fiction of this OVA to the supernatural. There’s a lacking genre listing of supernatural no doubt, but I’d like to argue that this is actually more of that than it is of the sci-fi that it does have listed. So, what’s science fiction about Psycho Diver? Is it set in the future? It may be set in the future, but everything appears much like modern day or more to the time this OVA was released. The only thing remotely science fiction is the laboratory that’s shown at the beginning, and the mind-diving device which would be the only clearly science fiction aspect to be had. To the supernatural, however, we have something very similar to Elfen Lied and maybe a bit of Akira. The story’s actually much like a tamed and a bit more intelligent Elfen Lied, minus some of the horrendous gore (which isn’t a good or bad thing). It’ll be up to the person to weigh whether a machine is more important to the plot than the addition of the supernatural. If the machine had a more persistent role in the OVA, however, than I may have even joined the latter side in supporting the impact of science fiction over the supernatural.
The lack of relevance of the premise was the greatest wast of potential to be found in this OVA. The device is only used twice, and those periods are brief. We don’t get to explore the way the device works much and it’s mainly served as a tool for the supernatural element of the plot. It’s a shame that the supernatural aspect takes the lead, simultaneously taking away most of this OVA’s uniqueness. What’s even more of a disappointment is the addition of rushed romance in attempts to add more purpose to everything, but mostly the main character. With the limited time available, it was a bad idea to use a decent amount of it for that purpose, as it would take at least half of the entirety of the OVA to make the relationship impactful or believable. To be honest, no character here made an impact or settles down enough for the viewer to care much for them. The entirety of Psycho Diver was rushed at a slightly fast pace. If the OVA got its priorities set and didn’t take on too many more-or-less useless elements to the story and just focused on a few instead, the pacing they had may have actually worked out fine. That isn’t the case though, and the premise for Psycho Diver soon becomes an after-thought while the under-cooked love and unexplained, transcendental fundamentals move forward.
Psycho Diver can be seen as a possible motivation towards Psycho Pass in its premise, while on its own feet Psycho Diver doesn’t seem to have felt confident enough in the variable uniqueness it had going for it to develop on it. It should have been psychological in reasoning and to the mind, but only becomes so when one considers the unexplainable supernatural that exists within it. There isn’t any mind games that go on and that’s why it should be considered as a light psychological. The art and direction are workable, but there was definitely too much for this OVA to chew on to make any single facet interesting. The english voices could’ve been better in many places, while the english singing could’ve easily been better than it was. Psycho Diver would’ve worked much better as a series than an OVA with the story it wished to go through with. The title also makes it seem as though this specific story that the OVA tells may have not been the main story of the premise, but just a setup for this OVA that might spur more content down the line. If this was an OVA with the desire to become a series, it really went down the wrong route with its story. It should’ve showed what the premise had to offer and not stick with things that can be found in many other anime. Overall, Psycho Diver is disappointing, but still may be worth the watch as there are some interesting moments.
2: Inma Youjo
English: The Erotic Temptress
MAL Score: 5.93
Maya is a force of nature: wherever she goes, havoc and destruction follows. Men lose control, and become her playthings; while women become so jealous they are led to their doom. Each episode is a tale of a different Maya in a different world.
One of the best things about this anime is the way it takes the basic premise of any hentai “all women are there to have sex with” and deconstructing it to hell and back.
Scale of best to worst for each episode; 2, 4, 1, 5, and 3. Episode 2 was the best overall with episode 4 close behind. You could completely skip over episode 3.
Overall, Inma Youjo is one of the best examples of plot-heavy hentai you are likely to find.
As anime gets more criticism so does hentai, and when I say criticism I don’t mean it as negative, far from it. It’s a nuanced term, but I should say that it means that it’s being taken more seriously and that’s a good thing!
But hentai.. . is the pink elephant in the room when it comes to serious discussions about anime. Mostly since pornography is not universally accepted as an artform, and animated pornography less to. That has to do with exposure and the content that’s known, but that’s a different discussion. Imma Youjo is one of the more controversial and interesting among a huge variety of shows. Moreso since Hentai has an interesting relationship with women.
But i digress. Imma Youjo protagonist Maya is more a force of nature, she changes gender, role and positions within these five episodes which deals with a lot of different genres and plots. From cyberpunk, folklore, pre-world war 2 and the witch hunts in Europe – Romantic Thriller.
This is a series that has a LOT to say and unpacking it would definitaly take a while, however as entertainment it’s very enjoyable. From it’s lush visuals, interesting villains and plotlines which stretches far and beyond.
Viewers not interested in watching sexual violence should be informed, since it’s a lot of it in these five episodes. Also there’s queer content is this show, so Queer viewers should take notice.
English: Eight Clouds Rising
MAL Score: 6.09
Fuzuchi Kuraki is a quiet young high school student blessed with immense psychic powers and an ancient sword. He is searching for other magical artifacts with the help of Nanachi Takeo, a college student with latent powers of his own. They delve deep into the dark magic of Izumo, only to discover the secrets buried within the birthplace of all Japanese mythology.
Eight Clouds Rising or Yakumo Tatsu is a short 2 episode OVA which is based on a manga of Natsumi Itsuki (some might be familiar with her as the creator of the rather popular Hanasakeru Seishounen which was written before Yakumo Tatsu). The manga was serialized from 1992 to 2002 by Hakusensha in the shoujo magazine LaLa. Additionally it was published in 19 single volumes in Japan. The OVA covers only the storyline up to chapter 3 of volume 2 of the manga.
This explains why the OVA will leave you with the feeling that you just watched the introduction to an epic story – the prologue to something bigger and more complex. No use in trying to find the continuation though, nothing more got animated. Who knows, maybe a follow-up project was planned but never saw the light of day?
Story (might contain minor spoilers):
The story revolves around two young men: 20 year old college student Takeo Nanachi living a perfectly normal life in Tokyo and Kuraki Fuzuchi, who is the 16 year old son of the head priest (or rather shaman) who oversees the shrine of a Sword God somewhere (presumably) in the Shimane prefecture.
Nanachi’s family is in possession of an old ceremonial sword left by his dead grandfather, who was a renowned swordsmith. For some reason or other his dad has asked him to get the sword purified. So Nanachi grabs the sword and takes it along while going on a trip with the college theater group to a village in the mountains. Obviously he was told that purifying the sword was possible by visiting a shrine in the vicinity. His arrival at the shrine coincides with the first day of a festival which is held there every 49 years. Upon reaching the festival grounds he gets to see a dance of purification performed by a priestess of the shrine.
When Nanachi and a friend make their way back to the house of the Fuzuchis, where the group is supposed to stay over night as guests, they meet Yasuko, the daughter of the house. Yasuko looks like the priestess they just watched but after inquiring they get the surprising answer that the “priestess” is actually Yasuko’s brother Kuraki. Kuraki is supposed to follow in his father’s footsteps as shaman as well as becoming the 15th master of a special sword technique practiced by the Fuzuchi.
In the course of the story Nanachi becomes involved in Kuraki’s family business and is suddenly confronted with supernatural powers, evil spirits, tragic clan feuds, shamanism and mysterious memory flashes from the past.
I have some complaints here. The character design is quite pleasing to the eye in a generic pretty-boy way – expect lots of sparkly eyes. The backgrounds look detailed and colorful, the animation is fluid, though it is nothing to write home about. The creators make heavy use of panels with only the camera panning or zooming in, which results in lifeless action scenes that fail to wow the viewer.
The (not bad at all) score by musician/composer Hajime Mizoguchi consists of unobtrusive classical tunes performed by the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra. The ED is an instantly forgettable and unsuitable J-Pop song.
Daisuke Namikawa (Nanachi) and Tomokazu Seki (Kuraki) portray the two main characters convincingly. I did not listen to the English dub, so I cannot comment on it. The background and environmental noises are clear and distinct.
In a nutshell:
The OVA offers a glimpse of plot that has the potential to become something interesting but then ends abruptly with only an unsatisfying closure. The watcher is left with the sensation that the really enthralling parts would have started right after the end of the second episode. Although the story feels too rushed, the anime manages to give a good outline to the main characters who, alas, have the tendency to throw angsty fits at the worst possible moment. The anime succeeds in establishing a moody and mysteriously supernatural atmosphere. There is no clear evidence in the OVA whatsoever, but the way the characters interact leaves a vague shounen-ai feel.
If you have an hour of free time with nothing else to do, why not grab some peanuts, your favorite beverage and watch this?
Might appeal to someone who enjoyed X, Mirage of Blaze or Amatsuki
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2. Inma Youjo
3. Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu
4. Injuu vs. Onna Spy
5. Injuu Alien