They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Teizokurei Daydream, Mouryou no Nie, Tokumu Sousakan Rei & Fuko, and more!
50: Teizokurei Daydream
English: Ghost Talker’s Daydream
MAL Score: 6.17
Saiki Misaki has been able to see ghosts since she was a kid. Now, working at an S&M club, her spare time goes to sending the spirits off to the other world by having to make them realize they’re dead and have to leave. This would supposedly be a little bit easier if you didnt have a background of hardship and loneliness… and a perverted employer.
Ghost Talker’s Daydream was based on an extremely obscure manga that ran for 22 chapters back in the early 2000s. The manga is classified as an Ecchi/Horror that combines bad comedy and fetish pandering with edgy as FUCK content including lots of child murders and rape. Imagine a level of mood whiplash and tonal inconsistency that makes Elfen Lied look like Monster. Now you’re beginning to get an idea of what this manga is like. Oh yeah, we’re in for a trip!
The premise of the manga is that there’s an albino girl with psychic powers. She can communicate with ghosts and her father is a police commissioner who wants to force her to use her powers to solve difficult murder cases. However, she hates using her powers and rebels against her father in the most EPIC way possible… by becoming a dominatrix at an S&M club. She’s also the part time editor of a porno magazine. Despite her wishes, she is sometimes given an offer she can’t refuse and is roped into a case where she has to solve a murder and usually exorcise the victim’s spirit. If this plot sounds kind of insane, it’s because it is.
However, the plot summary alone doesn’t prepare you for the pit of madness that awaits. In chapter 3, our heroine Misaki is at the S&M club catering to a failing manga editor with a scat fetish. She’s in the shower washing the shit off herself and singing a song about her clitoris. Then she returns to the room to find that the manga editor has hanged himself! This is played off as a joke! Some police arrive and interrogate Misaki, who has to channel the spirit of the dead manga editor and convince the cops she didn’t kill him. That’s what a normal chapter of this manga is like. Well, I forgot to mention the random pop culture jokes like when Misaki turns into Buttercup from the Power Puff Girls for 1 panel. This manga just punches you right in the brain!
In 2004, the studio behind Princess Tutu and Aria decided to adapt this shitty manga into a 4 episode OVA. I don’t know how this happened. I don’t know why this happened, but it somehow happened. Guess who was forced to direct it? Only the fairly legendary Osamu Sekita. This is the guy who directed Cross Game and was co-director of the original Mobile Suit Gundam and Zeta Gundam. I don’t know how they dragged him into this project, but I’m glad they did. He made a damn masterpiece!
In the first episode, Misaki must solve the murder/suicide of a young mother and daughter whose spirits are haunting an apartment. Easily the highlight of this episode is when the villain throws the little girl forward, which somehow causes her to rapidly accelerate upwards at an odd angle and splat against the ceiling. If the ceiling wasn’t there, she would have achieved orbit. I think Sekita forgot he wasn’t working on a Gundam anime and that this wasn’t a zero gravity environment.
Then Episodes 3 and 4 happen and they are glorious!
Detective: “One dozen children were abducted, raped, and murdered! To solve this case we need the world’s greatest psychic! Where could she be?
(cut to hot spring promising hair rejuvenation)
Our Heroine: (Sings) “La La La-La Lee Lee Lee Gotta grow more hair on my pussy!”
As the anime will remind you many times, our heroine is mostly bald down there because she’s an albino. This is the ONLY aspect of her albinism that the anime remembers. She never wears sunglasses to block out UV light. She walks around in the middle of the day wearing basically nothing. The fact she hasn’t died of cancer is her real superpower, not the psychic stuff!
While the tonal whiplash from the manga is back with a vengeance in the anime, this adaptation has a few flaws. Several plot elements from the manga are simply never explained in the anime. There’s a guy who keeps stalking Misaki and taking photos of her, but it’s never explained who he is! In the manga, he’s a masochist who wants to enter the club but keeps getting turned down because he’s only 17. Remember at the beginning of the review where I mentioned Misaki’s father is a police commissioner? Well the anime NEVER explains that! She just keeps getting jobs from some mysterious voice on the phone and all we see is her yelling at whoever is giving the orders. It’s never even insinuated this is her father. Another plot point from the manga is that she can also summon demons and bind them to her will. She mostly uses a demon made of hair, very similar to Bayonetta. The anime once again doesn’t explain this! She’s fighting some thug in a warehouse and suddenly drops trou and fires this hair/rope demon from her panties. There’s no callback to it and it’s never explained!
Despite all the flaws this anime has, Misaki is genuinely enjoyable. She is a confident, sexy, bad bitch! However, she ultimately does have a soft side and helps out when she needs to. Her English voice actress mostly worked on 4kids dubs and is best known for playing Mai Valentine in Yugioh. So if you ever wanted to hear Mai swear up a storm, say lewd things and sing about her pubic hair, you’ve come to the right place!
Ghost Talker is the kind of random, apeshit insanity you can only find in cheap, old OVAs. I call these O.B.A s for “Old. Bad. Anime.” Ghost Talker is right at home alongside Mad Bull 34, Angel Cop, and all the classics of this genre! It’s shocking, distasteful, absurd, and you’ll probably love every minute of it!
the basic idea of having a spiritual medium working part time as a dominatrix does seem pretty nice to me, but not even the amount of fan service will make up for the fact that it doesn’t satisfy in the end.
i’m actually quite anxious to read the manga after this, but the anime isn’t worth your time. even if you’re intent on watching this because one of the main characters is a dominatrix, you’ll be disappointed.
it’s funny at times, the animation is quite okay, but in the end it feels completely unfinished and underdeveloped. i’m quite sure that it could have done well as a full series, but 4 episodes just isn’t enough.
This is another one of those titles that had so much potential, but was marred by very poor direction by a hack director; a complete fool who should have been sitting down and re-watching Satoshi Kon anime films (if he’s ever watched them), to learn what it takes to make an outstanding anime that deals with such dark content. The moron in question happens to be Osamu Sekita. Ghost Talker’s Daydream is among the worst anime OVA’s that I came across years ago, and has been since collecting lots of dust on my shelf.
Ghost Talker’s Daydream is a supernatural anime with horror elements that contains a vast amount of comedy. Among its problems happens to be that the comedy clashes very badly with the horror in an almost Elfen Lied type of way. In addition, many of the story elements seem really unnecessary, and this also goes for the secondary characters who over stay their welcomes very quickly. When you have a show that an entire secondary cast can be slightly used to not used at all, as well as a piece of the story that can be completely omitted, and the overall story can still carry on with a full head of steam, then something is very wrong. You would have to search kind of hard for poor direction like this.
I have seen some bad directing in anime through out the years, and this title is definitely among the worst to use the short episode OVA format I have ever seen. The story development is very poor. There was no real reason for the main character to parade around in a dominatrix outfit, other than to bombard the viewer with constant fan service. Her occupation as a dominatrix was barely covered and it played no factor at all in the overall story or even in the plot. It was tacked on there just because, and there are several other useless elements like these.
The supporting characters are completely disposable for the most part. The first side character to make an appearance is a girl named Ai whom is in her own bad predicament. Once her two stories were tied up, there was very little reason to keep her around. The same goes for the character Souichiro. He’s the typical bumbling idiot who plays the role of the comedy relief, and does a very bad job at it. Misaki herself is almost as bad. She has the ability to battle spirits by unleashing a whip from her lower region, and during the first episode, she appears to be going through some type of ecstasy while using this attack but it’s never explained why this occurs. Instead, it’s dropped and she never goes through it again.
The first two stories are stand alone, while the third and fourth are two parters. The stories have some very interesting premises dealing with the demise of certain people and one even involves an unsolved child murder. Sadly, these stories are badly paced with non plot related elements being introduced. The spooky atmosphere is dealt a blow by the repeated comedy making it very hard to take this serious. There was so much room for character and plot development but they take the backseat for more fanservice, more comedy, and screen time for worthless characters. Misaki’s background concerning her childhood is somewhat examined, but her character development is overall weak. The writers instead decide to focus on her fascination on growing pubic hairs because she happens to be naturally bald. Personally, I don’t see the humor in this.
Although good for an OVA, the animation is not very fluid and there is a slight amount of jumpiness. The artwork has some good character designs and I’m sure some guys will get a kick out of the nudity. The camera work places a vast amount of attention on cheek and panty shots. In the music department, nothing really stood out to me but the sound effects has standout moments, like Misaki slapping her private part with handfuls of water. The BGM never gripped me in its attempt at being creepy because I couldn’t take the story serious at any point. The ending theme was so forgettable to me that I don’t remember any traces of it.
The anime was put into the hands of a childish director and was seriously held back due to that decision. I don’t recall ever coming across any of Sekita’s work before or after this; but based upon this weak effort I will go on and say that he cannot carry a story that the serious viewer would actually care about.
I have to warn those whom are not familiar with this title. Do not for any reason take serious the claims you will hear about this being for a mature audience in regards to intelligence or its artistic brilliance. There’s nothing artistic or brilliant about it. This is your standard mindless anime, packed with childish sexual humor, a near rape scene, and fan service. If I were to mention any other positives about this series it would have to be the short length, and even at 100 minutes it felt too long. I couldn’t possibly imagine sitting through 26 episodes of this. I only recommend this to the very easily pleased anime fan who thinks all anime is great, and that it’s just the people who don’t like anything.
Highs: Traces of decent ideas here and there
Lows: Hack job for the most part, not funny, disposable characters, mindless fan service
49: Mouryou no Nie
MAL Score: 6.17
Hundreds of years ago, a big war between humans and monsters happened. Humans somehow won the war and sealed up the monsters deep in the mountains…. Hayato, Chihiro and Suzuna work hard to eliminate and seal up evil monsters every day. They are actually monsters, but they just want to coexist with humans. One day, they hear that the monsters sealed up hundreds of years ago are about to come out…. To stop it, they decide to visit the place….
Episode 1 is about the tanuki girl getting tentacle raped by a demon. Then getting gang-banged by a bunch of frog dudes with tentacle dicks that lay a ton of eggs inside her (this is important to remember for later).
Episode 2 is about the second girl. She’s a ghost or something, either way she is very generic. She gets tricked into thinking the boy she likes is alive and gets raped by a demon who uses illusion magic to take on the boy’s form.
This series closes with both girls being completely brain damaged from all the monster rape and impregnation and giving birth to the monsters they were filled with earlier in the series. Somehow the tanuki girl can store multiple softball sized eggs inside her tiddies, I found this very funny and the series ended on a very hot/hilarious note.
In completion, if you like monster rape, tentacles, impregnation and birthing than I strongly recommend this hentai.
48: Tokumu Sousakan Rei & Fuko
English: Rei and Fuko
Japanese: 特務捜査官レイ & 風子
MAL Score: 6.19
Based on the game series by Black-Lilith.
If you’ve read my reviews for other Pixy titles like Iris, Suvia, and Himekishi Lilia, I’m sure it’s pretty obvious I’m a big fan of their works. They’ve only been around releasing hentai anime since 2006, but I believe they have a really promising road ahead of them, always sticking to some genre’s and themes that may throw some people off. This, I like. However, despite having a good focus on tentacles here, Rei and Fuko is one of the most disappointing titles to come from Pixy, one that I probably won’t be revisisting that often. Mature reading required here, as I’ll be a little graphic here since my major complaints are with the sexual content.
I again with most of Pixy’s releases can’t comment much on the storyline at hand here, since I’m not familar with the Japanese language and this is unlicensed, thus untranslated. But again, we have a similar hentai case here where overall, there’s just not a lot of stuff here to make you think. It’s basically about the sex.
Now Rei and Fuko is just, downright weird. The tentacles are weird, people joke about the odd look and color of the semen here, the animation and character proportions is inconsistent and weird, it’s all kind of a mess and doesn’t feel totally complete. The final episode for this series released this month as I’m writing this, Feb. 2008. It was disappointing to see this series get another episode when episode 3 seemed to finish it off, when other better Pixy titles remain in the dark making a lot of us wonder if we’ll get a follow up to Himekishi Lilia and whatnot. Many fans agree.
A lot of people were disappointed with where this series went. The Black-Lilith hentai game that this is based off of has a lot of multiple endings, just like all of Lilith’s titles. When it comes to h-anime however, you can’t really give us multiple endings so Pixy had to choose one. From what I’ve heard from many fans of the game, people were disappointed with the direction this series took. It’s a good, typical, and nice ending that we’ve all seen before. And the quality that was in the game just isn’t here with the h-anime.
Getting to the sexual content here, it’s pretty extreme. I like my hentai extreme, but there’s just something about the content here with Rei and Fuko that isn’t very satisfying. The tentacles in this are the style I don’t like, they aren’t big organic tentacles or mechanical ones, they’re those weird bubbley/bumpy ones that don’t do much, if that makes sense. A lot of the times here they don’t even penetrate the girls or anything, they’re just sitting there, looking weird and bubbley. There is a scene in episode 4 that had a lot of promise, huge tentacles come out of this room but once they penetrate these two girls, there’s blood everywhere, this was a pretty big turn off for me. Another annoying factor here is that some of the minor female characters are much sexier than the main ones, in my opinion. Take the pink haired girl for example, I would’ve loved to have seen more of her. Also, like I said above people joke about the look of the semen in this series, it doesn’t look right at all. The two biggest fetishes here though have to be the egg laying and pregnant stuff though, in pretty much every episode. I’m not a fan of these kinds of things but if you are, you could probably add a point or two to my scoring here.
The artwork for this series is a little too good, like the covers and whatnot. But when you actually watch it, it’s not that great. Even as a huge tentacle hentai fan I can’t really recommend this hentai, but if you’ve got a thing for egg laying and pregnant girls with weird experimentations and whatnot, you may enjoy it more than I did. If you like Pixy’s other works, it’s worth checking out to see for yourself.
47: Hitsuji no Uta
MAL Score: 6.20
Kazuna’s family has a history of suffering from a disease that creates an uncontrollable vampire-like thirst for blood. Knowing none of this, Kazuna was sent to live with the Eda couple as a child. As the sickness begins to show signs of being present within himself, he comes into contact with his older sister, Chizuna, who has been suffering from it since early childhood. Knowing that the sickness incurs a heavy weight upon those that suffer from it, Chizuna tries to ease her brother’s burden, to help him learn to control his urges, but…
A sort-of non-traditional take on vampires. Kazuna and Chizuna are vampires, but vampirism is more of an illness and a hindrance than it is anything else. It’s quite a sad story, following how the illness ultimately destroys their lives. The anime’s ending differs from the manga, however, as well as leaving out a couple side characters entirely, but as the story (in the anime) is focused mainly on Kazuna and Chizuna’s interaction, it’s not a major issue.
– The backgrounds/settings are rather gorgeous. The muted palette overall reflects the melancholy tone of the show, and the style the characters are drawn in make them all the more striking, in my opinion. The eyes, especially, were haunting, and I particularly liked the dark outline for the noses (rather a change from the disappearing noses that are standard anime fare).
– Doing more than an OVA with such a character driven story would have been a mistake, but it wouldn’t have hurt to give it a bit more cash for the four episodes. Man did I get sick of Kazuna’s "attacks" (they looked like someone splatted some blood patterned brushes on a multiply layer in Photoshop), the wind chime, the moon, and (omg) the RED moon, not to mention the picture of Chizuna as a little girl, and a bunch of other reused shots/frames/misc. The obvious lack of budget inspired a drinking game in which the viewer would pass out from alcohol poisoning within the first episode if they were to actually put it to practice.
I give it a 7 for animation because, despite all the reused visuals, the visuals that were presented were rather pretty. Woulda been nice if things you know… moved more, though.
– The ED is really hauntingly beautiful, and sad. It’s actually one of my most played on iTunes. I’m a sucker for sad songs, what can I say? ^.^;;
– Woulda been nice if they had coughed up the cash for an OP, or even just better background music. The only real saving grace is the ED, music wise.
7, if only because I fricking love the ED so much.
Like I said, what this series is entirely about. Very well done, I thought. Chizuna was probably my favorite, but all the characters resonated emotionally, I think.
This series isn’t so much about a "story" or "plot-line" as it is about Chizuna and Kazuna, specifically. More of a slice out of their lives, than anything else.
7. It’s all coherent, and there are a few decent "twists".
Well, if you can’t get over the lack of budget, not much. But if you like a good story, with good characters, and some… a lot… a whole bunch… of angst, then this show is totally for you. If those things aren’t your piece of cake well… *shrug* For me, an 8, leaning towards a 9. 10 if I count how fun it is to rewatch and make fun of for it’s lack of budget. Or how Kazuna totally wants to do Chizuna.
Hitsuji no Uta is a retelling of the story told in its manga counterpart stuffing 7 volumes of well developed plot and characters into 4 episodes of rushed anime with poor animation. I wont be getting into the plot or characters because if you haven’t read the manga or don’t intend to; you have no reason to know of the existence of this OVA series. Even as a fan of the manga (which has its flaws) this OVA is completely pointless. The story skips so much that you cant really understand all of whats going on, i mean the deeper elements that actually require thought process while reading the manga. the animation is also poor; i expect more from madhouse and looking at still images of this anime youd think its got proper animation but it doesent. the framerate is choppy, characters can become disproportionate with large heads at times, they take plenty of shortcuts with animation such as dialogue over still images of characters who are supposedly talking or stock animations of trains. all in all this ova series should have never been made. fans of the manga series will find this painful to watch, anyone else wont enjoy it. the manga is only 7 volumes long so just go read it or look it up to see if youd like it. dont base any of your opinions on the story by what you see with this ova.
Hitsuji no Uta is an interesting anime, and if it had more time to develop it would have been really good. The anime as it stands at 4 episodes manages to tell a good story, even though it is short. What I found cool about it was that, instead of the low budget taking away from the enjoyment, it actually added to it. The repeated images and switching between black and white and color make the anime a little more stylized, rather than hindering the interest of the story. The way they show Kazuna’s attacks also adds quite a bit of tension to the experience.
The art style looks good most of the time, but sometimes ends up looking a bit off from the way you see it normally. This only happens in a few scenes, and it doesn’t really disturb the presence of the theme. And like I said before, the low-budgetness of the anime actually stylizes it and makes it unique.
Really, there’s not much here. There’s about one song plus the ending theme. The one song in the anime actually fits in most of the situations, so even though there’s not a large variety, it adds a familiar atmosphere when certain events are happening.
The characters weren’t that developed, mostly because there wasn’t enough time to get to know them all. But by the end, you have a feel for the personality and ideals of most of the important characters.
Enjoyment & Overall
I enjoyed Hitsuji no Uta quite a bit, and because it’s so short, the story doesn’t get distorted and twisted around until it’s unrecognizable. I would recommend it to anyone; I’m sure anyone could find something to like about it. Even if you don’t like it a ton, you’re only with it for 2 hours of your life, so you can watch it and add it to your repertoire of anime knowledge without too much effort.
46: Warau Hyouteki
English: Laughing Target
MAL Score: 6.20
Yuzuru was an average teenager who had almost forgotten that he was betrothed to Azusa when he was only six! Now arriving to claim what she feels is rightfully hers, only Satomi (Yuzuru’s current girlfriend) stands in her way… and with the mysterious and frightening powers that Azusa brings, Satomi won’t stand in her way for long!
“Laughing Target” is an adaptation of a one-shot written by Rumiko Takahashi. I have read the manga years ago, but my memories of it are rather vague, the only thing I can say is that the Anime is toned down in violence and gore, in comparision. But it has to be confirmed as it could just be my imagination.
For the story itself, I have two three things to say that appear odd and convenient to me (like the protagonist going to read a book with photographies in the middle of the night). But overall, I wasn’t too particularly bothered.
Overall, I appreciated the “old story telling style”. As a work of the 80th, it didn’t follow the now modern trend of “telling”, prefering to “show” iinstead. That lack of “holding hands” (which has become too common it seems), though, could be an issue for people not used to it. For example, not realizing that the 2-3 first minutes basically “shows” you how one chara is possessed, or “showing” you what the ghosts (introduced in the same 2-3 minutes) represent and are. Now, it should be pretty self-explanatory, it isn’t like it is even trying to be subtle about it, but some people seem to need to be told everything through words nontheless.
In an era where “horror” mainly rhymes with jumpscares and gore, watching an old style horror felt really good. It might not be for everyone though.
As a last warning though, if you’re familiar with Rumiko’s work and expect something different, the answer is “no” ; it uses components you can find in most of her work, not only when it comes to story and characters, but also chara design.
Another “old style” thing here, or rather “archaic” in comparision : some of you might be aware that, in terms of literature, “psychology” and “chara development” are at the same time recent and not an obligation. It solely depends of the aim of said work. You nailed it, this story possesses function-characters ; so it’s useless to expect any type of psychology or chara development.
My only real issue is that the chara design are too basic in the sense they could be mixed with other charas she created. And I shall continue on the art departement in the next part.
When it comes to the art and animation, they have aged. That’s for sure ; and I had sometimes issues with it (though it’s a personal issue and not a formal issue).
What is well done though, is the “filming” : the choices of colours, contrast, the angles chosen, they all serve their purpose well. The flashback scene is especially memorable, starting in white and black only and later on red taking over.
Once again, the treatment of it might appear outdated to some as silence has a much bigger place in old animes (and visual fictions in general) for nowadays standards. The sounding is effective, overall, but the soundtracks are quite forgettable, they just do their job.
The voice acting is ok, neither outstanding nor bad.
A nice horror OVA. No, really, that’s all I have to say about it. But as I pointed out, it isn’t for everyone, because of its age rather than the concept itself, which is quite amusing, in a way.
Classic yandere with a bit of a paranormal twist. It was an interesting idea, but I felt that the introduction of ghosts raised a lot more questions than it answered. The ghosts were obviously introduced in order to explain Azusa’s clearly psychotic behavior, but were given no explanation themselves. I would have at least liked a small back story showing how Azusa came to be posessed. Surely she wasn’t always that way, or was she? We had an interesting flashback to childhood, but it isn’t clear whether the posession began then, or if it did, why it begin then?
My own crackpot theory: I think it would have made more sense if the ghosts were actually hallucinations caused by post traumatic stress from her troubled past. Seriously, why on Earth would ghosts make someone try to kill off their romantic rival? It’s gotta be in her head. >.>;
Other than my gripes with the ghosts, the story was basically a stock yandere plot, where the victim is the romantic rival. If you’ve ever seen the live action Japanese horror movie “Audition”, it’s a little like that (but with ghosts -_-;).
Although the art and animation seems to be roughly standard for its time, I thought that the dark tones and contrast really helped bring about the “horror” feel.
Aside from our one yandere character, none of the characters really go through much character development. That is to say that although their reactions to the situation is more or less realistic, they come off as feeling rather flat. Aside from which, the character setup is a bit stereotypical – A love triange: One yandere, one tsundere, and one mediocre male who gets two interesting girlfriends (lucky guy XD).
I have to say, I was disappointed! As Rumiko Takahashi is one of my favorite mangaka, I was expecting something rather better than this. Although I enjoyed the horror to a certain extent, willing suspension of disbelief was broken rather often. (And as you can tell from the above rant, those ghosts really bother me XD)
Overall, it was a reasonably enjoyable tale. Can’t say that I’m a big fan of the ghosts, but as a pscychological thriller, this does pretty decently.
But, in the deep shadows of these giants, Takahashi has also done a handful of dramatic/horror stories, such as this entry in the Rumic World series. But since all the money and all the fame went to the funny shows, these little gems are almost forgotten.
It’s a shame, because I prefer her more serious works. Laughing Target is a single-episode, self-contained OVA, about two teenagers reuniting after having been promised to each other in their youth, and the insane supernaturally-charged jealously that is the result when the story doesn’t start with “happily ever after”.
While it’s nothing exceptional, it is a good, tight story with some chilling scenes, the standard Takahashi character designs and mid-grade eighties animation. And for the modern anime viewers that are always looking for those hard-to-find ‘yandere’ characters, this will fit right up your alley.
45: AD Police
English: AD Police Files
MAL Score: 6.26
The year is 2027 in MegaTokyo, six years before the Knight Sabers will make their debut. Boomers (artificial humans) are still a relatively new advancement, and the implementation and integration of boomers into society is still a bit buggy — sometimes fatally so. Whenever a boomer incident occurs, though, there is the Advanced Police, a special force trained to deal with boomer crimes.
Leon McNichol is a rookie in the AD Police, and is just starting to become exposed to the horrors and tragedies one finds every day in MegaTokyo. He and his veteran partner, Gina Marceau, slowly learn about the ever-fading line that separates man from machine.
Someone saw more potential in the franchise and decided to take Blade Runner and blend it with Miami Vice. Inspired? Foolhardy? Definitely worth a shot. The cyberpunk genre can be blended with anything, and Bubblegum Crisis brilliant as it was, could have been taken in another direction entirely, and AD Police Files directs it into moody fatalistically romantic territory.
Leon McNichol is almost unrecognisable, not just due to a change in character art, but he’s a jittery straight-laced rookie in the first episode. A far cry from the ladies man, with a penchant for showing up at the right time with a big gun that we saw in the previous OVA. You’d think this OVA would chart a rites of passage for this character, throwing him into the deep end of sex-crazed Boomers in a lecherous city and spitting him out a grizzled veteran, but he’s just another character in the background to the city and its blood-soaked tragedies.
Whereas Bubblegum Crisis reminds you vaguely of the style of Ghost in the Shell at times, AD Police Files strangely and for a brief moment will make you recall Ghost in the Shell: Innocence’s opening assault on a building harbouring a crazed robot ‘doll’. This serves as another reminder of the Bubblegum franchise’s subtle impact on the cyberpunk genre within anime, very subtle indeed.
AD Police Files addresses one of the aspects of Bubblegum Crisis, that of the AD Police being completely and utterly useless at everything. This was not so much a flaw as it was a humorous running joke throughout that OVA. This time they get a lot of love and attention, turning up at crime scenes violently, intimidating ‘normal police’, and generally causing the same amount of destruction as the Knight Sabers except with a humorously bemused scowl upon their weathered faces.
Another aspect addressed in this OVA that was lacking in Bubblegum Crisis is more of a definition and elaboration of what Boomers actually are, and their role in society. In the previous OVA all we got was rogue Boomers, custom-made and with inconsistent personalities. There was no outline for why Boomers were made, or what they were made of exactly. The line was blurry and with the array of different personalities it wasn’t clear if they were cyborgs, robots or synthetic humans. Sure the name is a riff of baby boomers, but Bubblegum Crisis didnt really do anything else with that symbolism.
AD Police Files is more direct in its approach to everything. We’re told Boomers are artificial humans made up of proteins, artificial intelligence and artificial organs. A real mash-up indeed. Future Frankenstein monsters terrorising Mega-Tokyo with random violence due to mysterious bouts of insanity. Then there is the issue of people with implants, if over 70% of their body are cybernetic then they are classed as Boomeroids. After you’ve stopped laughing at that name you realise you’re in a perfect setting for philosophical musings.
You’d think after the previous paragraph that you’ll endure endless exposition and rambling but you’d be incorrect in that assumption. One of AD Police Files’ saving graces are the stylish art direction and minimal dialogue. There are many instances of wordless scenes, set to an 80’s synth score, and its absolute bliss for cyberpunk lovers, and seasoned anime viewers in general. We’re not getting talked down to in this OVA, and although we’re also not being asked to work our brains, we’re still being entertained without being insulted. Well, much. The content of the episodes is a bit on the nose at times, though the core plots for all three are still pretty good.
AD Police Files is required viewing for fans of cyberpunk and 90’s anime. It hasn’t got the quality of the best animes of the genre, but it has its heart in the right place. Ironic, huh?
The titular AD Police are a force that specialises in dealing with boomers, and humans with enough cybernetic parts. The story follows three different cases of theirs. The first involves them trying to find proof that one of their own didn’t commit suicide by boomer, while being stalked by a sex boomer. The second involves a woman murdering prostitutes. The final one involves a cyborg fellow who can’t feel anything except his own tongue and is losing touch with his humanity. It doesn’t help that he’s being molested by a sex-crazed lady doctor.
You might have noticed a bit of a pattern there. This series has a weird, unhealthy fixation on sex, especially as it applies to women. In the first episode we have the crazed sex boomers and a lady who gets turned on by the sight of blood, which never comes up again even though she’s in the rest of the series. In the second episode our serial killer was driven mad because (minor spoiler ahead) her husband was cheating with prostitutes because he thought their normal vaginas were better than her cybernetic one. In the third, we have the lady scientist who likes to wear lingerie under her lab coat and jump the cyborg she’s in charge of. Do these guys just live in perpetual terror of the idea that a scantily clad woman is going to do terrible things to them? Because if that’s the case they should see an actual psychologist and work through their issues in a constructive fashion instead of airing them in a publicly released OVA for anyone to see. Otherwise some strange person might try psychoanalysing them based on their writing and they won’t actually improve.
The second major issue with the series is that there’s never any sense of investment in what’s happening. Not only do we know basically nothing of these characters, but the set ups largely boil down to some action sequences and fetish fuel. Take the first episode. We’re supposed to care about a dude who had, maybe two lines of dialogue and got killed because his life insurance might not be paid out. Hold on, let me try to find a single fuck to give… Nope, can’t find one. A non-character’s woes after they die doesn’t make you interested in what’s going to happen. It’s completely not compelling. There’s also a bit of an issue with the cyborgs in this world. Our final episode cyborg can’t feel anything but his tongue, but the second episode cyborg is over 70% cybernetic and can feel things fine from what we see. They couldn’t have given the battle cyborg a switch so that he could turn off his sensations in battle, but so that he would still get sensations outside of it, possibly curtailing the obvious scenario that happens with him? For that matter, we see from the same comparison that they have cybernetic genitalia. Why can’t he have a penis and just wear trousers? Is it solely so that the “sex scene” with the scientist rubbing herself against him doesn’t actually make the OVA a hentai?
About the only thing I can say in its favour is that it’s set in the same universe as Bubblegum Crisis. So, if you’ve seen that then you know some interesting aspects about the world. Even if this series doesn’t convey them.
I briefly touched on the characters being about as interesting as a blade of grass during my analysis on what’s wrong with the story. So, rather than repeat myself over much, let’s try comparing them to the ladies in Bubblegum Crisis and see where this series went wrong. In BC, we get character focused episodes that develop our main cast. We see what kinds of things they do when they aren’t fighting. We see them interact with one another and other people at length. In this series, we get very brief snippets, some of which are actually just sepia-toned still images. The interactions are likewise fairly flat. There’s the whole scene where the sex-crazed officer tries to hurl herself at Leon because… blood. We get a scene where she asks him why he rejected her and he just kind of shrugs. Dude, you can just tell her that you’re not into the blood play. It’s not like it even makes you weird. There’s not enough here to give you a substantial sense of character. Nothing to move them beyond generic. For that matter, the excuses behind why our antagonists go crazy are pretty poorly handled. Husband cheats? Well, that has to lead to madness. Don’t pretend that you’ve never gone berserk and murdered a bunch of people when your significant other was unfaithful. We’ve all been there.
If Bubblegum Crisis had an unhealthy fixation on fan-service, this series suffers from multiple neuroses about it. There are several action sequences that get interrupted for the sake of tacky bosom or bum shots. All three episodes feature women stripping out of their clothes for unnecessary, garish reasons. To make matters even worse, the character designs shift a bit from episode to episode. You know, on account of consistency being cumbersome. The series still manages to feature some decent action sequences and some nice details concerning the advanced technology.
The performances in this are pretty weak. Which I attribute to the script not giving the cast much to work with. I know that Furukawa Toshio, Wakamoto Norio & some others can act really well. They don’t in this, but I know they can. The music isn’t particularly good either. Which is a bit surprising since BC had such a fantastic soundtrack. Then again, BC also had a lot of other good aspects to it that this series lacks.
There really isn’t any. The closest we get to ho-yay is an inquiry about one character’s sexuality.
So, that’s AD Police. If you want some mindless action and tawdry sexual content, you are in luck. This OVA was made for you. For everyone else, it fails pretty badly. The story telling is just bad. The characters are awful. The music and acting are weak. The levels of fan-service detract from the action and are just in poor taste. All in all, it’s terrible and I don’t care for it. My final rating is going to stand at a 2/10. Next week I’m looking at Mononoke.
with an special eye to episode 3, wich story and mecha design is partly inspired by robocop 2 (1990) end is damn violent!
44: Mamono Hunter Youko
English: Devil Hunter Yohko
MAL Score: 6.28
Yohko Mono is a regular girl making her way through high school–until she learns that she is the 108th successor to a line of warriors charged with defending the earth against demons. Eventually she must fight her ultimate battle against the demon who started it all.
We have enough people on this site reviewing the new shit like “Is this a Zombie?”, Highschool DD and Btooom. I am continuing in my noble quest to enlighten younger viewers on the forgotten anime of the past. Mostly shitty old anime, because those reviews are both more amusing and honestly much easier write.
This was at one point a famous or rather infamous title back in 1990. Firstly, it was the first ADV (the company that brought over Evangelion) VHS release in the US. It was also probably the first Etchii genre anime ever to see American release. This was in the year 1990. The US had received gory anime like Akira and Vampire Hunter D. There had also been a very limited release of hentai like the infamous “Legend of the Overfiend” found in the back of seedy video stores. There was no internet at this time, so the only people that had ever seen a hentai were those with enough of a “I don’t give a fuck” attitude to walk into a porn store and buy a horribly dubbed cartoon porn much to the laughter and redicule of the store clerk. I was born in 1988 of course, so by the time I wanted to see anime titties around age 10 or 11, the internet had thankfully been invented. The Echii genre for those that don’t know is a lowbrow genre that has lots of tits and ass, but isn’t actual hentai. It is essentially softcore and includes shows like Ikki Tousen, Seikon, Desert Punk, and Highschool of the Dead. This is the grandfather of all those shows. The trunk of the sleazy Echii tree! It featured copious blood and nudity without having to buy it in a porn store. This made it a somewhat popular title back in the early 90s. Let’s see how it stacks up today!
Plot and Characters: 2/10
As you might imagine the plot and characters are very lacking in this one since the only reason it exists is for pointless gore and erotica. Yohko is one of a long line of demon hunters and each episode must fight a new monster, which will inevitably tear most of her clothes off before she can kill it. The original writing was terrible to begin with I’m sure, but the English dub is laughably horrible. The dub actually tries to make “Bitchin” into Yohko’s catchphase. How is that a catch phrase!? The only character I liked in this series was Yohko’s insane mother that in the first episode hands her condoms and tells her to go out and enjoy as much sex as she can! Apparently “devil hunters” must be virgins, but they don’t lose their powers unless they get pregnant. They can have protected sex and still count as virgins. This plothole allows us to see Yohko bang and yet still keep her powers for fighting demons in the next episode. As Yohko would say, “Bitchin!”
Art and sound: 3/10
The art obviously looks extremely dated, but the animation isn’t horrible like most 80s OVAs. This isn’t MD Geist where a character’s body will randomly disappear and leave a floating head and cape. The blood also looks a LOT better than most other shitty OVAs of that time period like Angel Cop or Mad Bull 34.
This is interesting as a historical relic, but as an anime it sucks. Vast improvements in animation quality and a boom in the echii genre has led to hundreds of superior softcore ero titles. Unless you are interested in anime history, there is really no reason to ever watch this piece of shit. Unless of course you just want to laugh at ADV’s early dubbing. That is always worthwhile entertainment!
I love the art. The eyes aren’t big and watery, the costumes are cute, and the monsters are scary lookin’. The music isn’t anything special and the theme song isn’t very memorable. What stands out most is the main character. If you like women tearing though giant demons, chanting ancient transformation spells, and general magic-girlyness, you will love Yohko. The stereo typical teenage ditz, she tries to lead as normal a life as possible, but always manages to go from school girl to fierce warrior when the situation calls for it. Overall, I’d say it’s worht your time. Furthermore, if it weren’t for the nudity and language, I’d also reccommend it for younger siblings and kids, cause I had lots of fun playing “Devil Hunter Yohko” on the playground. XD
43: Terra Formars: Earth-hen
Japanese: テラフォーマーズ アース編
MAL Score: 6.29
Bundled with the 21st and 22nd volumes, the OVAs adapt the Earth arc of the manga.
Story: They literally jumped from zero to a hundred with no explanations. These Ovas start with the main characters hunting down Terra Formars on earth (we have no idea how did they get back from mars and how Terra Formars reached earth) then they introduce a new strong character who joined the main characters to kill Terra Formars. So, there were a lot a lot of fighting between Terra Formars and the main characters. Just llke S1 & S2, no real story just fighting. Then they introduced the Terra Formars’ leader who wears like Buddha holding a human baby and on his sides two “bad” humans (his alliance). So, how did he manages to make friends with humans? Who is that baby?? I have no idea. So, as expected, there was a big fight between his followers (Terra Formars) and the mean characters. The main characters kinda won the fight . After that, Buddha (or whatever you wanna call him) run away with the baby, and the main characters kinda had a happy moment and start laughing and that was the end. Basically, a complete shit.
Art: Aiming for children.
Characters: More retarded than they were in season two.
Overall: Don’t waste your time on this shit.
(personally I had so much expectations from this Anime, but they ruined it with their lack of a story and too much fighting, and they added many fan services, which is cringe in this type of Animes. Also, they made the Asian group the bad ones (except for Japan of course because they’re the good ones a long side with the west) which is kinda racist. And that totally ruined it for me. It was really unnecessary.
42: Inda no Himekishi Janne
MAL Score: 6.31
There is a beautiful princess, Janne, in a beautiful country. She has a special ability in sword technique and magic. The country is peaceful but monsters called ogres start to attack them. Janne takes an initiative and battles the ogres but her younger sister Yuwa is taken by them. Janne goes to Dark Elf’s fastness by herself but she is trapped and caught by them. Janne is given a sexual training there and her body and spirit gradually change…
Janne almost looks like a spiritual prequel to what Inyouchu would turn out to be, when it comes to the animation and art. Again, just like my other recommendation states. The character designs are obviously done by the same people and the girls are incredibly cute while still having that sexy edge. The art and animation is more on the colorful side, but don’t let this stray you away if you want hardcore action.
The sexual content here is definitely the main focus. Both episodes are practically 80% plus nonstop sex. It’s mainly between the blonde Princess and her friend between various ogres. There’s several interal shots, lots of internal cumbustions, anal (along with some anal beads), tentacle bondage, regular bondage, enema, futa, threesomes, and well tons of excellent monster on girl action. Lots of fetishes with next to no real violence, which is a big plus. The animation is just as smooth as Inyouchu and very dynamic, you won’t see stills or repeated shots and scenes. So there’s truly a ton of content here with the sex and enough animations to keep you interested all the way through. The downfall here is the same with all of Himagin’s h-anime releases, it’s not licensed. So it’s censored and untranslated, regardless with monsters and things like this, it’s still very easy to see what’s going on.
The sound is at the top of it’s game. This contains probably the best music next to Inyouchu and again, was probably handled by the same people. It’s not goofy or out of place, there’s lots of piano’s and it really stands out compared to most generic themes and music we here in other h-anime. The voice acting is of course great and the sound effects with all the sex and whatnot sound great and fit just right.
People do have an issue with the ending but, it does conclude pretty much. It’s just an evil ending! But that takes a lot of guts for a company to do and it’s not everyday you see an ending like Janne’s. These two episodes are packed with some of the best, nonstop monster on girl action you’ll find in h-anime thesedays and the production values are definitely higher than the norm. Highly recommended to those who enjoy such things!
41: Gakkou no Kaidan (OVA)
MAL Score: 6.43
OVAs included in the August and September issues of Comic Bun Bun between 2005 and 2009. In 2005 and 2006, the anime came on VHS tapes. It switched to DVD in 2007.
MAL Score: 6.44
The unnamed main character has been having strange dreams, seeing strange things, and meeting strange people. He investigates these events and finds a strange girl named Aya. With her help, he discovers that his world may not in fact be real and many of the people he thinks he knows may not exist anymore.
The entire anime plays out similarly to the end of Evangelion where absolutely nothing makes any sense. This is an area that could have used significantly more polish. Done properly, this could have been a mind-twister that really made you think about some important questions in life. In stead what we have is a Half-life/Evangelion hybrid that just doesn’t feel right about half of the time.
This is by far the series strongest area. The art is relatively well done. There’s better out there, of course, but this really isn’t bad. The characters feel individualized, well drawn, and well animated. The backgrounds are rich and contrast well enough that the characters don’t become drown out by it. The environment overall feels believable.
I really don’t have any particularly strong feelings about the audio in this series. For me it was just … meh. It certainly isn’t bad sound and the theme isn’t too bad … but it also isn’t good either. It’s just there.
This is the low point of the series right here. There are token characters everywhere in this one. This includes the obligatory mostly-naked girl in all three episodes. For me, this really took away from the story. Some of the characters are, for the most part, believable. They do their best to draw out the main character but even then he feels … empty most of the time.
Surprisingly, I still enjoyed this anime. It certainly wasn’t the best out there … but it was pretty good. It is, for all intents and purposes, average. If you’ve got nothing all that great to watch, this is at least a somewhat enjoyable experience.
The final verdict: OK … I suppose.
Interlude, by Merriam-Webster’s definition, is an intervening or interruptive period, space, or event. How this can be applied to this OVA is moot. We can conclude that the most likely meaning of the Interlude in this anime is the world of memory, in which all of our characters live their lives in this “intervening pause” of the apocalypse. The tautology of the word can clearly be seen in every intro where one of the heroines gives a monologue (or even a soliloquy) about an abstract idea concerning despair in regard to personal ambition, the point of life, or obliviousness to the world around us. I may mention the motifs and symbolism I see throughout the series, which may be full of praise, but this does not reflect my actual review of the OVA as a PRODUCT.
Now the review:
(5) Story: There is no true plot. Just an abstract outline of the apocalypse in parallel with a dream world that was formed to preserve the lives and sanity of a number of humans left in the world. Now the beauty of this lack of plot is that the director gives us a piece of his work, his art and we’re supposed to see what is truly being expressed throughout his work. There are questions imposed here that make you really think. Just to name a few:
“Is sacrifice really worth it if a person you’re sacrificing for is oblivious to your efforts?”
“Could you live with yourself if everyone else died but you?”
“Does the power of love juxtapose with the shame of regret in times of extreme trauma or does the power of love triumph over the shame of regret in those moments?”
“When and where does morality end and begin?”
I mean you could go on for hours trying to see the symbolism within this short OVA and determine what the author was trying to get across. However, many of my fellow anime fans know that anime is used as a direct means to express a certain emotion, thought, or outlook on an aspect of life or human values. However, making this OVA abstract detracted heavily from actually making this OVA enjoyable for most viewers.
(9) Animation: This is one aspect which the producers clearly did not fail in. The art in this work was very smooth, clean, and crisp within the memory world. The apocalyptic world is portrayed in a fuzzy, surreal manner, giving way to the feeling of shock; how the world became what it was never supposed to be. I can’t say the detail was simply amazing, but they way the artists pulled it off did contribute to the sense of illusion and loss of reality within the OVA.
(7) Sound: Again no complaints. Just as with the art, the producers did not neglect on the sound effects, voice acting, or music of the series. However, I can clearly see that they did not go out of their way to use sound as a tool to further convey the feelings and emotions of confusion and dark self-reflection in regard to the main character’s interaction with his surroundings, which is why I gave it a positive, but not an outstanding rating.
(6) Character: Again, in relation to to my story rating, I believe the characters are used as a kind of foil, not just to the main character, but to ourselves. The characters were not very well developed because the I believe the director made it his intention to keep his story abstract. The only person whom I believed was really was developed was Mutsuki Saegusa who sacrificed everything for a step-brother whom she truly cared for. I can look into the characters and begin to delve into the realm of philosophy asking questions about myself, humanity, and the surreal. However, this is an anime review so I’m avoiding any digressions when I can! 😉
(9) Enjoyment: I can go forever about this one. Let’s keep it short.
I’m a very deep thinker. This OVA presents questions and innuendos that really made me think about values, morality, humanity, etc. Because of this, I enjoyed the anime a lot because it made me reflect on a lot of ethics we follow today.
(6) Overall: Again this OVA is not for people looking for amazing action or getting blown apart in terms of psychological thinking, like with Inception (I know it’s not anime but it’s a good example). It’s supposed to stimulate reflection and provoke some sort of response in terms of what symbols you can pull out of the anime and discuss with other viewers. I enjoyed it as provoker of deep meditation. As an OVA, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless they are into finding deep, hidden themes and meanings within the shows.
In many respects this summarises the feelings you get after watching Interlude, whose plot doesn’t fail to get you worked up with expectations but at the same time gives you a headach for the most part due to it being basically pointless. It is one of those animes where the authors tried too hard to twist things up but end up in the end getting twisted themselves with loose ends all over the place and leave the mess up for you to fill in the blanks, pretending all along there is somehow some great psychological logic behind it all which of course nobody grasped!
39: Blue Seed 2
English: Blue Seed Beyond
Japanese: ブルーシード 2
MAL Score: 6.45
A renegade scientist in San Francisco has found a way to create a new creature called a Neo-Aragami without the power of Susanoo. When these monsters start to terrorize California, the U.S. turns to the old members of the Terrestrial Administration Center (TAC) for help.
The animation is more shotty then Gonzo, which says a hell of a lot in my book. Character designs have been changed for the worse, what action there is (And that is not much) is speed lines, hold posses, and even just cut away’s where they cut to someone talking and then back to the now killed creature.*Face…. Palm*
Voices are ok, close to the original if not the same characters but I really couldn’t pay much attention to that as the whole thing was really making me feel sick for even watching this.
38: Amon: Devilman Mokushiroku
Japanese: AMON デビルマン黙示録
MAL Score: 6.47
Fear runs rampant throughout Tokyo with the revelation that demons in fact exist amongst us. Paranoia and the darker side of humanity boils onto the streets as people turn on one another, suspecting that anyone could in fact be a demon hiding in human clothing. Amidst the growing tensions, tragedy strikes Akira causing his mind to snap, retreating into his subconscious, allowing his Devilish alter-ego Amon to break free from Akira’s cage of flesh and wreak havoc on both human and demons alike.
However, I feel that like Violence Jack, it gets too much of a bad rap. In itself, this OAV effectively managed to translate some of the more harrowing scenes of the original Devilman story to motion, and it does those scenes justice.
Besides that, the end sequence goes back to the whole message and point of Devilman quite well, about a man coming to terms with the bestial nature of the human race through the symbolic interaction of his soul with a demon’s. Where it suffers is in the middle. It’s pretty much a set of extremely violent confrontations, and not much else. However, even these do present to shock much like Go Nagai treats violence in general. In recent violent animes, the violence isn’t strong enough to shock. But Go Nagai’s works, they always are, are meant to be, and I think some people forget that, and are too quick to rubbish them, and thus don’t take them in the right way. I don’t think anyone who realises that needs “professional help” but rather know how to react to a work that actually shocks them in this day of strong desensitisation.
So, to summarise, whilst the Amon OAV is not great, it is a solid addition to the Devilman lore and if nothing else, allows it to keep it’s crown as the most infamous, and meaningful, violent story in anime and manga culture.
When I found out about Amon I knew I had to watch it. As a pre-existing fan of the series I knew the characters & backgrounds but if you haven’t seen the OVA’s there’s very little chance you’re going to fully understand what’s happening.
The plot is quite simple, however its almost completely buried beneath the extreme violence & questions. i.e Who the hell is that? What’s exactly is happening here? & What the hell? – Where all questions I repeatedly asked myself throughout the watching.
I’m quite desensitised to animated violence but there are several scenes which made me think; ok, that’s going way too far.
The art & sound I can’t really fault as there’s nothing wrong with them and as long as you’ve have seen the OVA’s you know who the characters are (well most of them) but there has been an obvious passage of time between installments and there is little explanation given to who new characters are & what they’re doing there.
I was disappointed that I couldn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to. It feels as though it was only half way done when it finished & that there was supposed to be another installment.
I would not recommend this OVA if you haven’t seen the originals. If you are already a Devilman fan then you might enjoy this as a small side piece to the overall saga but you also might find yourself annoyed at the almost lack of respect shown to the characters.
The animation is actually very good, It puts go nagai’s nice art style into this nicely budgeted 2001 OVA. And the sound is awesome as well, the actors seem great at making death sounds, and they must have had hundreds of death sound effects, not a single death has the same flesh ripping, bone smashing, blood squirting sound!
The positives end there, as the rest of the film is a practically an animated train wreck with too much red paint.
Apearently the world has ended and demons are fighting, and by fighting I mean massacring each other in graphic detail. wings are ripped off, eyes are popped out, fingers are smashed, stomaches are punched out, people are beheaded with kitchen knifes, breasts are ripped off and eaten…
The movie starts off in a not so bad way with what appears to be a little girl running from a man in a populated city, however he is not a man he is some nameless snake demon thing, oh and the girl is also some octopus demon thing. (I wish they actually named the characters) oh yeah, only three characters in the film have names Akira (also known as devilman) Amon, and Ryo however, if you want to know who they are, youll have needed to see the first two devilman movies, barely anything is spoken, except such memorable lines as "I want to fight you" and "Die". Anyway, Akira comes in and saves the day, but when more demons show up, he explodes (yes, he explodes) and turns into the villan of the film, leading to more off a massacre between demons. oh and cannibalism in a way makes the one in violence jack look like no big deal. after more brutallity, we see that Akira is still alive inside amon and they have another very gory battle.
I wont spoil the ending, but i must say that it leaves more of a "wow… what the heck?" feeling than anything else
If i wasnt so desensitized, i would have probobly puked at leasted thrice during this film, really, unless you are making a death metal amv, or are really into just pure gore, stay far from this title. very far.
37: Karakuri no Kimi
English: Puppet Princess
MAL Score: 6.48
Princess Rangiku lost her entire family to Lord Karimata, who invaded her home seeking her father’s life work, puppets with unique capabilities. As her duty, Rangiku sets out with three of her father’s greatest puppet warriors to seek revenge. She can manipulate these to battle the strongest of warriors, however manipulating the puppets leaves her own self vulnerable to direct attacks, so she seeks a ninja warrior named Manajiri to aid and protect her in her quest.
I really liked the animation the drawing is well done,scenes move from being dark to more colourful.The action is also pretty good,with nice explosion and fight scenes.I watched the dub for this and the voice acting was for the most part well done.”All in All” nothing spectacular but still a well done and entertaining anime given how short it is.
Seen via english dubbed
A true classic approach to tales much like the anime about Frankenstein i reviewed in the past. Some stories just plain start while others like this build you in. Rather than providing you a buffet of food you have a sampler dish placed in-front of you. Eat how you will but at least you can have an idea of what to is to come. Intro does not stop there. After sampling the dish the waiter instructs the chef to come out and explain his dish. What makes it flavorful. What makes it savory. What not to expect. You get the idea. At the end of your meal the chef reappears for questions and final remarks. Now, the idea of food/chef was my fancy feast for you. The message behind it is what your tasting. Top that childhood actors *wink wink*
In terms of the character they were structured in such a manner that i was not asking any questions about them. Each back story was known. Each flaw and strength was apparent. The only time you were mystified was when you had to be build the suspense.
You are already aware my like of the overall structure to the plot and character development but in a manner of speaking i did find one thing unsettling. The detail/element of kids that factored into this story. Granted i understand there must be some evil element to a story but the kid flare left me a touch burnt. I am not saying the plot needs to be changed(would be nice if it was) but just the film approach. I think more audiences could reap the benefit from this had the creative spin of blocked ecchi. Maybe the camera falls down when the children are mentioned. Maybe smoke grenades go off. Understandably these examples wont work given the idea but the idea is to play from a more gentler approach.
Not to take you from viewing the movie. Sure, it is not kid friendly for what en-tales but the message is kind. Like never go with the flow or don’t be pulled along.
36: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou
English: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
Japanese: コープスパーティー Tortured Souls -暴虐された魂の呪叫-
MAL Score: 6.50
Nine students gather in their high school at night to bid farewell to a friend. As is customary among many high school students, they perform a sort of ritual for them to remain friends forever, using small paper charms shaped like dolls.
However, the students do not realize that these charms are connected to Heavenly Host Academy—an elementary school that was destroyed years ago after a series of gruesome murders took place, a school that rests under the foundation of their very own Kisaragi Academy. Now, trapped in an alternate dimension with vengeful ghosts of the past, the students must work together to escape—or join the spirits of the damned forever.
A feast for mystery fanatics, gore-hounds, and horror fans alike, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou shows a sobering look at redemption, sacrifice, and how the past is always right behind, sometimes a little too close for comfort.
This is one of those series that makes you cringe but you still love it because it takes you on a well written story. Where as this is still not my favorite horror anime, I still think that it did an amazing job with what little time it had. It had a story and a conclusion and we were not left with a cliffhanger like Umineko left us with. But what I really want to emphasis on is the fact that series fit everything into 4, half-hour long episodes. This is amazing for that small length of time.
I also want to bring in the concept of how good the disturbing art was. The art in this series did such a good job at making the art disturbing and grotesque that I almost vomited a couple times throughout the series. I did notice some similarities between this and the Team Silent Silent Hill game’s art, what with blood coming down the walls and bodies everywhere, and that was generally a good choice, just to make the series that little bit more disturbing.
The opening theme was pretty good and most of the background sound, or even the lack of sound at points was a good choice for the series. You can really see the inspiration from Akira Yamaoka within the soundtrack and I thought that it was genuinely a good choice to go that way for a horror series.
The place where this series is a bit lacking is the unoriginal cast of characters. Though, to be fair, it is harder to create a cast of characters within this genre of horror that is original while also keeping it in a more modern time line, you could of done better than taking the generic cast of highschool students (2 possible lesbians, 1 guy with glasses, 1 hopelessly brave guy, the little sister, the occult freak, and the guy with no defining features what so ever, otherwise know as the boring guy). But the character of Sachiko was pretty original. Half of the things that happened with this character I didn’t see coming and I just love her voice actress.
But for my overall enjoyment. I really enjoyed this series. it was a very genuinely well made horror series that kind of goes away from the norm. I do genuinely believe that there aren’t many series that pulled off this sort of thing nearly as well, and definitely not in the same time frame as Corpse Party.
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou (or simply known as Corpse Party: Tortured Souls) is a series of four OVA episodes. The animation is based off the game and chronicles the events in which a group of young students tells ghost stories at a school known Kisaragi Academy. However, they soon become haunted by the ghosts themselves after the earth shaken and sucks them deep down into the abyss….of the once existent school known as Heavenly Host Elementary School.
As this is a horror theme series, expect dark themes such as blood, gore, and death. I’ll just throw a warning sign right now that if you can’t take the first episode (or rather the first 20 minutes), then you might not have enough stomach to make it. I’ll just say this as bluntly as I can:
This series is about watching kids getting murdered. Got it? Good.
There is a sense of hopelessness in Corpse Party. Because the characters are trapped in this new environment of darkness, they struggle to survive both physically and mentally. The taunting scenes of blood and body parts carves a haunting memory into the characters. In particular, the first episode sets up a graphic premise for a particular girl named Naomi after she witnesses a gruesome death of her friend. It is from there on that we immediately take notice just the grievous situation our characters are in. The deaths and tortures are real and there’s no turning back. Rather than a ghost story, this might be the final chapter for our characters’ lives. Corpse Party paints such dark themes as the way it conveys itself from the premise.
Happiness though? Honestly, there’s none of that anymore. The joy and smiles from the faces of our main characters are wiped forever so don’t expect any happy scenes in this episodes. What’s more taunting deals with the fact that a few bonding scenes between certain characters are lived out so damn short. It really creates a sense of hopelessness and despair, more fueled so by the way the characters die off so tragically. As the group of students are separated into closed spaces of the alternate dimension, there’s little hope of working together to escape. They are literally trapped rats. The souls are the predator and the kids are the prey.
Corpse Party also has a sense of mystery in its atmosphere. The mystery part comes from the Heavenly Host Elementary School where years ago, several staff members and students mysteriously vanished following murders and strange instances. It just happens that deja vu happens again and the murders are reanimated. The mystery aspect can be comparable to Another, Higurashi, and other series involving mysterious murders. The murders themselves are also quite graphic so be wary of gore and violence.
Character wise, the series is only condensed into two hours with these four episodes combined. Hence, don’t expect everything to be adapted from the game. Because of that time length issue, most characters only gets some moments; some with drastic exits. The characters themselves tries to figure out not only how to escape but also of the history on what happened previously in the past. This specifically involves the origins of the Heavenly Host Elementary School and the murdered students. It is essential to unlock its mysteries (I guess similar to the game as well) because it will also allow the students to escape. More importantly though, it will also allow them to understand exactly why they were trapped in the first place.
Unfortunately, this series tries a way too hard especially in the violence department. It wastes no time with the blood and violent moments involving various weapons of torture. The taunting screams echoing throughout the school is also too old fashioned. Story wise, it’s also quite confusing. Perhaps the length might be the issue here. In short, too many questions with not many clues to go on at first. More frustrating enough is the confusion on who is friend or foe. Plus, let’s not also forget the fact that the violence itself serves more as a way to cover up the more exciting mystery aspect of the series. It literally kills any way for viewers to enjoy this series in formulating theories. Most of the time, you’ll be watching kids running for their lives against fate even though everything seems to be hopeless. Oh and the supernatural part….kids murdering kids inside a school, ah the irony.
In terms of artwork, I do admit that the series conveys the atmosphere quite well with the gruesome violence. Characters are simple but to the point with nothing too flashy. The murdered kids from years ago all give off a creepy atmosphere by their disfigured faces. Then, there’s the school itself or rather more specifically the Heavenly Host Elementary School. The structure of the school is designed to look old, haunted, and creepy. It hardly looks any realistic but definitely fits within the Corpse Party theme.
As soundtrack goes, expect some high standards. What I mean is the quality of the OST as it is strong enough to create a sense of fear for both the characters and maybe even for you, the viewers. The way it is orchestrated is thrilling with tearing vibrations. I have not played the game before but from my understanding, there’s some of that original feeling from the game we get into this series. The OP and ED song are also strengths of this series that marks both the beginning and end of each episode. The voice acting is decent to convey the way the characters react to situations with their loud screaming. Their new-found situation has the characters scream at the top of their lungs and the voice actors/actresses does a well job at that. In particular, I find Kitamura Eri and Nakamura Yuuichi’s performance to be quite well done.
So ultimately, I think a score of ‘6’ is justifiable for Corpse Party. Oh I’d love to flip that number upside down but the lack of a decent story and destruction of a calm ending makes this a bit frustrating to watch all the way through. Oh and the violence serves as just pure shock value than anything taken for granted. It’s also hard to understand certain situations at many stances because you might be more taken in more by the OST and violence than anything else. It’s a ghost story gone wrong but I do have to admit that the premise is set up well. The concept’s execution is quite gruesome so this might be something you’d watch on some weekend night with your friend while hunting down a scary movie to watch. Rather watching a horror movie like The Grudge, Corpse Party could be the alternative. For me though, this series was crafted out of violence, screaming, torture, and souls. Oh and do yourself a favor:
Don’t watch this before you go to sleep. Seriously, don’t.
The story begins with a group of people in a classroom performing a ritual of some sort. They suddenly and inexplicably get transported into another dimension full of other students who are getting killed by these mysterious ghosts as well as each other. While this may seem interesting enough (to those with twisted minds who enjoy watching miserable characters suffer immense pain and anguish), one must keep in mind that the producers tried to fit a ton of material into just four episodes. This resulted in Corpse Party being incredibly rushed and full of plot holes. Many things were left unexplained and the anime just felt unfulfilling. Nothing much happened in this show besides tons of mindless killing. The only thing that somewhat redeemed the plot revolved around a little ghost girl and why she dragged these kids into her twisted dimension, though even that was too insignificant to salvage this train wreck.
This might be where the anime failed the hardest. Throughout the entire show all of the characters just mindlessly killed each other or suddenly became absolutely hysterical. Most didn’t even bother trying to escape the alternate reality that they were trapped in and were just like “lol, I’m gonna die here anyway, so might as well brutally massacre the other student trapped here with me!” The cast were generally aggravating to watch and the majority of their decisions were nonsensical. The most interesting character was the ghost girl, because the writers at least seemed to try to give her some development, but it still wasn’t enough to make me care in the slightest. I also couldn’t tell you the name of a single character from this show. They’re just that forgettable.
The visuals are pretty average. I thought that the characters looked quite bland and it was always too dark to actually make out the features of the scenery and characters anyway. Then there’s the gore, which always came in unrealistic amounts at a time, making moments that were supposed to be horrifying seem almost comical.
I will say that I thought the opening theme was a nice sounding composition. Plus I have no complaints about the soundtrack, which worked efficiently in some situations and gave the show more of an edge. Also the screams sounded painful/hysterical enough to be believable and the maniacal laughs were good. At least the voice actors tried to get the audience to care. The producers should have followed their example.
I was cringing while watching this. Once again I must say that it wasn’t because it was “scary”; it was just bad. I really couldn’t invest myself in this anime due to it’s atrocious story telling techniques. The one good thing about the anime being only four episodes was that I was able to finish it rather quickly.
In conclusion, Corpse Party was just horrendous. I watched it hoping for a horror anime on par with the likes of Higurashi. Instead I got a rushed and poorly designed show that I’m simply better off forgetting. I’d suggest Corpse Party to those interested in media focused on horror and gore (though don’t expect much). Otherwise, it’d be best to avoid this anime.
35: Mahou Shoujo Ai
MAL Score: 6.52
In a certain town, there were consecutive phantom assaults. Because the incidents were extraordinarily, there was a rumor that a ghost or supernatural creature caused them. The students in the school which Akitoshi went to were frightened. One day, an unknown girl appeared in the school. However, all the students except Akitoshi thought they had known her. Feeling strange, he shadowed her in order to investigate her but he lost sight of her. At that moment, he heard the scream of a woman from the nearby material yard and went to the place where the scream came from. There he found the beautiful girl of the school, Mikage. Mikage was surrounded by monsters “Yuragi” (fluctuation), and she was hanged naked. Yuragi noticed Akitoshi and began to attack him. Then, the fighter, Ai, appeared and cut them down.
Akitoshi stared at Ai. What was her true character, an enemy or an ally?
However, that’s part of what I ended up liking: there’s a surprising amount of awesome in this show. Instead of being a straightforward PWP, there’s a lot of horror content, and a few definite Crowning Moments of Awesome.
The Story, in a Nutshell: Akitoshi Akishima (through whose eyes we see the story) has been having nightmares, involving friends and classmates attacked and raped by horrifying creatures. His dreams also feature a girl, a warrior who fights the creatures. At the start, these are just dreams, though there are women being raped and murdered in the city…but then the girl from Akitoshi’s dreams shows up in his class. Getting a little too curious, he follows her, and after she has to save him from almost being killed, she fills him in. Her name is Ai Kagano. She is a sorceress/warrior who fights ancient, evil creatures called the Yuragi. Yuragi feed on negative human emotions (like lust, fear and anger), and are terrifyingly sadistic, in order to provoke the feelings they feed on. Normally, Ai uses magic to wipe herself and the Yuragi from the memories of people affected by the events, but Akitoshi is strangely immune, and he quickly finds himself dragged into the fight to stop the Yuragi infestation in the city.
The characters are actually pretty well done. Akitoshi is naive and a little too curious for his own good, but he’s basically honest and good at heart. Ai is outwardly cold and somewhat dismissive, but she has a softer side that she shows when no one’s looking. Emotionally isolated after centuries of being alone, Ai starts to open up, just a little, to Akitoshi over the course of the series. Some of Akitoshi’s classmates are introduced as well, but they’re fairly one-note.
The sex scenes are sometimes played for the expected hentai value, but surprisingly often they appear to be designed to frighten rather than arouse, consistent with how the Yuragi operate. Furthermore, while Ai is inevitably raped, it’s a beautiful subversion of the way things normally go in hentai (at least as far as I know). Instead of her breaking, there always comes a point where Ai has had ENOUGH, and this usually means an awesome beatdown is about to ensue.
Unfortunately, the fifth episode has yet to be subtitled, but the series remains very entertaining in spite of that. Mahou Shoujo Ai has graphic content (violence as well as sex) that is not for the faint of heart, but for those who enjoy the darker, horro movie tone and can handle the graphic stuff, this show is definitely worth checking out.
34: Alien 9
MAL Score: 6.69
Soon after entering middle school, Yuri Otani is coerced into joining the “Alien Party,” a single-minded group with one goal: capture any alien attempting to enter school grounds. Terrified of aliens her entire life, Otani is anything but thrilled, and to make matters worse, her kit includes a “Borg”—an alien-like creature tasked with ensuring her safety. Despite this, she finds solace in her two partners: the independent and reliable Kumi Kawamura, and the smart and energetic Kasumi Tomine.
As the Alien Party works to fend off extraterrestrial threats, will their roller blades and lacrosse sticks be enough to overcome the dire challenges ahead, or will they succumb to fear and suffer the grim consequences of defeat?
The basic look and premise of the show do not appear to be special from the first glance, yet mere minutes are enough to see that you are into something much more than just another high-school, moe, action anime. There are a few things that make Alien 9 very distinct and give a bizarre and unique feel to the show. First of all the directing. It is slow and methodical with each and every shot meaning something or adding to the underlying themes and overall surreal feel of the show. The smart directing is accompanied by an offbeat soundtrack that helps build the atmosphere. The moe style that the show uses makes the disturbing parts provide even more impact. The tactic that some future shows also used, like Madoka Magica.
The anime itself (at least in my understanding) is a scary allegory of growing up, blooming and being afraid to be left behind. What sets apart this coming of age story from many others is that it is made from the girl’s point of view.
The characters I found to be very relatable and well written. The voice actors also did a terrific job.
A downside to otherwise amazing series is that it only adapts the half of the story from manga. The ending does not answer all questions and the story is ultimately left unfinished. While there were attempts to revive the show, it is still stuck in the developmental limbo and has been so for close to 15 years. It is unlikely that we will ever get the rest. Even without the ending. I do advise reading the manga as it is only 3 volumes long and the anime adapts the first 1.5 volumes.
As it stands the show is still very much a fantastic, emotional and thought provoking ride through and through. Sadly this anime is very much underrated and mostly unappreciated. I urge people to give it a try, especially if you are into psychological, thought provoking and disturbing anime.
I should have known something was up when I kept getting bad feelings for no reason. Things happened in the anime that made zero sense, and yet I felt completely horrible while and after watching it. When I finished the series (4 30-minute episodes), I couldn’t watch anime for the rest of the week. I felt dirty, like I had done something very wrong. Although the anime was violent and disturbing, it didn’t seem enough to affect me for days. Then, I discovered that Alien 9 is riddled with symbolism – and some of it not so hidden. To call it dark would be an understatement. There are blatant sexual instances represented, expressions of deep and black pain, and perverted thought processes. I would never recommend this to anyone. I have a feeling that someone who has experienced firsthand some of the horrible things the symbolism depicts would pick up on the innuendoes instantly.
Last, but not least, there is some very light yuri (girl’s love) tone in the anime – and it’s more obvious in the manga.
All in all, Alien 9 is, in short, to be avoided like the plague.
The visuals of Alien Nine are spectacular, and almost at a level of quality I would consider to be worthy of a feature-film status. There’s a great amount of attention to character proportions as the style this anime set out for is rarely ever carried out a notch below the ideal level. There’s some inclusion of cgi elements as well, yet I would consider these additions as some of the best cgi inclusions I’ve ever seen in any anime. Quite surprising when taking into account that this OVA series was released in 2001. An odd amount of high budget went into this peculiar piece of work, as the cgi fits perfectly along with the spectacular two-dimensional art. The direction is also fantastic with interesting angles and visual styles.
While I doubt many would argue that the animation of Alien Nine is not too notable, the art style is another thing to consider. The art style is generally normal, with the characters being drawn with very curvy heads similar to more child-oriented shows, yet the ears of the characters are drawn with far more detail and scaled to a larger size. It’s understandable that many people would be instantly turned off by this art style, but the more anime one sees along with many different art styles, the more one might become accepting to peculiar styles. This series would certainly require some acceptance of variety, some tolerance, and some will to see odd things since the story itself would also require such traits to be at all enjoyable.
The setting of Alien Nine is questionable as to what it’s comparing itself to, if anything at all. As Evangelion is easily comparable to mecha series and Madoka Magica is easily comparable to magical girl series, Alien Nine seems to sit in its own element. There wasn’t any key element I noticed that directly made me feel that Alien Nine was deconstructing a certain genre or series type, but the opposing styles of it along with its developing, unorthodoxed weirdness made it still feel as though it was. The story would be more similar in presentation to Madoka Magica, as young girls are place in positions where they practically gain superpowers to fight off danger. However, soon the elements of Alien Nine morph into the extreme that would correlate better with that of Neon Genesis Evangelion. There are even some paralleling moments in both Alien Nine and Evangelion that those who seek out to view both will likely notice.
Alien Nine begins as a school, superpower anime about school girls protecting their campus with gifted, super abilities. The main character is extremely shy and fragile, but is placed in a position where she will have to go into danger to fight off aliens from her school’s campus. That’s the introduction for the beginning, closely relating to the OVA’s opening which likely intentionally gives the series a more innocent atmosphere to start out with. Even during these more conventional moments in the anime, the music and some visual cues foreshadow a coming change.
The music in Alien Nine is unique and, although it may sound dry or lacking in budget at times, an intentional style slowly emerges that makes the whole audio experience memorable. The music will play in a way that is almost fitting to the starting presentation of what the anime is, yet there will always be an odd pitch and tone to it, almost like a record in a record player slowly shaking off-center. Alien Nine did extraordinarily well in its audio aspects for the style it carried out.
Alien Nine is more of an experience than a story, and it should be noted that the experience is incomplete. This OVA series also serves more as an advertisement to the mangas by its chosen end-point as it’s completely unsatisfying and in many ways not even able to be considered an ending at all. However, from the quality and intrigue found in Alien Nine, the series is one of the top that needs to either be remade or have a sequel made. For those who like mangas, they will likely deliver some of the experience, but the audio and the quality will be sorely missed when moving on. The characters and art style are claimed as annoying in many places I’ve visited, but if one remembers this is an experience, things may start to feel more fitting in due time. The characters are shallow for the most part, but stylistically so. The whole criticism to that would fall very close with those of the character Shinji in Evangelion. Depending on how people felt towards that character and story, those people will likely feel the same to what Alien Nine has to offer. Overall, Alien Nine is a memorable and entertaining OVA series even in its incomplete state.
33: 3×3 Eyes
English: 3×3 Eyes
MAL Score: 6.75
3X3 Eyes is the story of a young man named Yakumo Fuuji, who through a strange series of events becomes the immortal slave of the last of a race of 3 Eyed demons. The demon absorbs his soul to save his life, making him immortal in the process. Now, he begins a journey with the female demon in an attempt to find a way of becoming human. Of course, there are many complications along the way, not the least of which being that the demon is a female with a split personality, one achingly cute and the other being no-nonsense destructive power, and the romances that develop between.
3×3 Eyes is a series most older anime fans have heard of, but relatively few have actually seen. The manga is a 40 volume epic that ran from 1987 to 2002. In the United States, Dark Horse adapted the first few volumes of the manga thanks to some generous financing by rock musician Rob Zombie. Thanks Rob! Unfortunately, nobody bought it and Dark Horse soon cancelled. Basically, this was never a very popular franchise in America despite the best efforts of a certain Hellbilly. On the other hand, 3×3 Eyes was a huge hit in Japan and I guarantee you’ve all seen tropes that this series started.
I mentioned the manga was 40 volumes, but guess how long the anime is? Just 7 episodes! The first OVA is 4 episodes and the second is 3 episodes! Both OVA series were made long before the manga finished, so the anime just kind of ends with no real conclusion. It also has a VERY rushed feeling. It doesn’t have any time to really build up its characters or explain the little details. In the first episode, the demon girl Pai runs into a drag bar and meets our main character. He claims he’s not a transvestite and only does this for money, but nothing further is explained. How the HELL did he stumble upon this job of all things? Why is he so desperate for money? The manga has time to explain stuff like this, but the anime just wants to cover as much plot as it possibly can. You’ll have a million questions and the answer is always “Go read the manga”.
Plot and characters
Deep in the mountains of Tibet, there was once a powerful race of demons. These demons were immortal and immortality tends to lead to eventual insanity and endless suffering. So, the demons created a magical statue that turned them human and gave them the gift of mortality. Unfortunately, one of the demons wasn’t present for the ceremony and has spent 100 years searching for the statue and trying to become human. This last member of the 3 eyed, Tibetan demons is a girl named Pai. A Japanese archeologist discovers Pai and promises to help her, but soon contracts a fatal illness. On his death bed, he sends Pai to find his son Yakumo in Tokyo, so that Yakumo can carry out the promise in his stead. Too bad for Pai, other species of demons desire her powers and pursue her relentlessly. One of these demons quickly kills Yakumo, but Pai absorbs his soul and saves his life by making him an immortal undead. Now he’s bound to Pai as her immortal servant and together they need to search for the statue, which could potentially turn both Pai and Yakumo back into mortals.
While only 9,000 people on MAL have seen 3×3, around 250,000 have seen “Is This a Zombie”. That series was basically created as a spoof of this one. A magical girl turns a hapless guy into her immortal undead servant. Remember Highschool DxD? That was ALSO created as a complete ripoff/spoof of 3×3. Familiar of Zero? Also wouldn’t exist without 3×3.
However, 3×3 wasn’t just a huge influence on a sub-genre of echii. Pai’s immortality caused her to lose her sanity and develop an extra personality she talks to. Whenever Pai is in danger, she switches between her sweet and innocent persona to her bad bitch persona. Both Chobits and Elfen Lied were originally created as tributes to 3×3 Eyes. While almost nobody outside Japan has seen this series, almost ALL anime fans have seen something it directly inspired.
The art is actually some solid work by Toei, which is something I rarely get to say. This was a 1991 OVA and Japan still had plenty of money for generous animation budgets back then. 3×3 effectively uses a dark color palette to create a moody and gothic atmosphere. The character designs are pretty neat, although it’s kind of weird to watch an anime where everyone has teeth. Every time somebody opens their mouths, they have teeth and prominent incisors. It’s shocking for me to not just see an upside down red triangle that flaps open and shut.
It’s a Kaoru Wada soundtrack. Have you seen Inuyasha? Have you seen Ninja Scroll? You’ve basically heard this soundtrack.
While far from a perfect adaptation, 3×3 is a pretty decent OVA and is fascinating for fans of anime history. Before watching this series, I had no idea how incredibly influential it was on other anime! Since this is only 7 episodes, I highly recommend giving it a try!
3×3 eyes is about Yakumo, a sixteen year old student, who is working in a gay bar, as a cross-dresser in order to make ends meet. He meets Pai, an immortal, who has been sent by his estranged and now dead father from Tibet to help her become human. To really make sure he follows through with this, Yakumo is turned immortal himself and the only way to turn back is by helping Pai. This is the first episode and the basic premises of the plot has been set, you are already pulled into the supernatural world of monsters, immortals and magic with Yakumo. Usually something like this would come off a bit unnatural due to the fast pace of the story and all the elements being introduced so quickly, but somehow it works, especially when you watch all the OVA. The four episodes gives you a good idea of what type of story of 3×3 eyes is and also leaves you on a bit of a cliffhanger at the end just to leave those who haven’t read the series to want more.
I thought what was quite well done is after their little adventure in the first episode was how Yakumo still found the whole thing quite unsettling, since he couldn’t just get up and leave his whole way life like that. It is realistic for anyone in his position, as it isn’t the easiest thing to go off and leave your friends and your whole way of life to go off on an adventure with someone to become human. Most series of this kind have the protagonists suffer this kind of dilemma, but they related it very well to a major point of the series: what’s so great about being mortal, or better said what’s so great about being human? They tie this in quite nicely.
The art is quite nice and has certainly stood against time and each character is realistic looking, Yakumo actually looks like a Japanese boy. How many times do you get a Japanese boy actually looking like, well, a Japanese boy in anime? Yakumo’s eyes is a good example of this, they are mostly closed since they are supposed to be slit eyes, you know the eyes Japanese actually do have. The animators uses the art also to show the split personalities Pai has, by making her have more gentle features to represent her cheerful and child-like personality. The second personality is not only distinguished by the opening of her 3rd eye, but also alter her whole face expression to represent her arrogant and cold personality.
I’ll give a special mention to the background of Hong Kong, I loved it! The grittiness of the markets in the final episode is tastefully done.
There is very little to say about the sound, nothing too out of order. A bit dated, but typical of its time, 90s background music with synths thrown in for good measure. It suits the mood of the anime, as it’s quite dark, especially the main theme.
Our two protagonists are both interesting characters, who don’t fall into the trap of cliché anime characters. Yakumo is a good-hearted sixteen-year-old, who means well. It was nice to find an anime character, who I thought I could actually be friends with. He is just very likable. (Seriously people, most of characters in anime do you think you could actually handle them for more than 10 minutes in real life?) Pretty much by the end of the series, most of his body has been broken in some kind of way, good thing he’s immortal, isn’t it? So you’d want to like him.
Now, Pai really is up there with one of the most original characters in anime, a schizophrenic girl: one personality is sweet and innocent, the other is stoic and ruthless. Both have their merits and neither of them irritate you, even the colder persona grows on you, unlike another schizophrenic in another series I could mention! Her multi-personality is also reference to the Hindu deity of Parvati, since firstly that’s the name of her second personality, who was known to have several personalities. This was another favourable aspect of the series since they used some culture background to help create characters and certain plot devices, but neither wholly relied on it that you suddenly needed to start picking up textbooks or wikipedia -(ing) on the Hindu religion.
The other characters each proved their worth and were all likable. I had a little soft spot for Lee Ling Ling, deputy editor for an occult magazine, but doesn’t believe in the occult and just uses it as a vice to make money. And she can really kick ass!
So why did I give it 8 instead of something higher, well, the problem was 3×3 eyes isn’t my cup of tea. So why all these positives you may ask? It did everything well and everything I’ve stated here is the truth, but you see it still does not make me want to go off and read the manga. 3X3 eyes is quite a classic and is something every enthusiast of anime and manga should read or watch at some point, as it’s the first to use this storyline and do it better than most. I did want to know some more at the end of the series, since the audience is left on a cliffhanger and I’ll definitely go and watch the second set of OVA, but I’ll spare myself the manga. This is simply something to do with my taste of anime and manga rather than with the series. I would recommend a watch (it’s only 4 episodes long) and see how you fair this!
The 3×3 eyes OVA gives us a good idea about what to expect from the manga and the producers use the 4 episodes to introduce the series quite well without trying to outdo itself. It does what it set out to do and you couldn’t ask for anymore than that!
The contents of “3×3 Eyes” reminds me slightly of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, as it involves a couple of people going around killing weird monsters, but it’s more bloody than Buffy. The action scenes are pretty awesome, but the storyline’s pretty thin: they slay monsters in order to obtain this statue of humanity thing. And then in the next episode, the statue gets lost again so they end up having to do it all over. Yeah… not exactly the most intricate of plots. Just to top it up, it had a pretty crappy ending too. I didn’t really like the humour contained in the anime either. The anime’s saving grace lies in its central pair of characters – they were very likeable and it was interesting watching their relationship grow.
That pretty much sums it up I think – there’s really not much more that can be said about an action heavy OVA that only has 4 episodes. 😛
32: Himekishi Lilia
English: Himekishi Lilia
MAL Score: 6.76
The princess knight Lilia Evelvine is set to succeed her father as the ruler of the Leuven kingdom, but her jealous brother, Dirk, will do anything to halt her ascension to the throne. With the aid of Kiriko, his court enchantress, and Sand, the servant of the King of Demons, the dastardly prince enacts a coup to gain control of the castle and become the next king. He succeeds, but not before being reminded of his agreement with Sand: to extract the holy energy within Lilia as a tribute to the King of Demons. Dirk then proceeds to corrupt his mother and Lilia with all sorts of perversions, hoping to fulfill his task on time while turning the two into his loyal slaves.
[Potential Spoilers Ahead]
Story and Characters? Nothing complex. A Princess and a Queen, both beautiful and well-endowed, are put through almost every fantastic sexual torment ever by none other than their brother/son and his demoness accomplice to gather the Princess’ Holy Energy, and the ladies, as well as anyone who could help them, is suddenly as stupid or incompetent as heck, even though Lilia, at the very beginning, proves to be one of the ultimate badasses ever. I guess that hand-to-hand combat training is inexistent in their world. I guess that being in a Hentai world causes instant debuffs.
Story has few twists and surprises. The ladies eventually start to give in to forbidden passions, until they lose any dignity and pride they had and cannot think of anything else besides being ravaged. The female villain, believe it or not, eventually becomes another slave of the male lead, who in the end makes Caligula look like a sane, reasonable guy.
Most characters are good-looking, ladies are lovely and voluptuous, save for the lolita-like Catgirl, and males are passable, save for the occasional middle-aged guy, who fortunately show up just for a few scenes through the six episodes, and of course, even during those scenes, the action mostly focuses on Lilia. Heck, there are even different kinds of Tentacle monsters! Despite being a creepy as heck scene, the change in Lillia’s facial expression, when the aforementioned transformation-during-sex takes place, was amazingly done.
Background themes are appropiate to the situations at hand, and the theme “Stand Up, Princess Knight” is quite good. I watched the Japanese dub, none of the characters’ voices sound out-of-place. Sound Effects were spot-on.
Sex scenes involve almost every possible crazy fetish that can be imagined: Incest, public degradation, blindfolded, voulots of tentacle sex, gangbang, blowjobs and handjobs, drinking sperm, monster and demon penetration, peeing, (The nastiest case is just in Ep. 3, fortunately. Subsequent urinations are much more subdued), demonic transformation during sex, death by sex (Which is mostly without blood, and even covered in shadows in one case), threesomes and foursomes, and one of the biggest, craziest gangbangs in the story of Hentai. Fortunately, this doesn’t reach the extreme insanity of Bondage Game.
I won’t spoil the ending, but I have to tell you all this: If you’re like me, and can’t stand sad, tragic and bad endings… well, I’ll just say that, when Karma bites back, it bites hard! Best credits ever! Stand Up, Princess Knight!
I didn’t like Story in this Hentai you know because it’s hentai but you gonna love sex.
Princess Lilia became one of my favorite Hentai character and Kiriko & Lelia are great too.
These 6 Episodes Art are great like Boobs and Such so i don’t have complain about it.
Lilith Soft Thank You guys for making these amazing series and overall i give (10/10) but in the end I thought they gonna make sequel but that didn’t happen I mean come you made 3 Taimanin Asagi Parts.
31: Ningyo no Mori
MAL Score: 6.77
It is said that consuming the flesh of a mermaid confers immortality. This certainly proved to be the case for the 500-year-old Yuta and his friend Mana. However, most people who try to become immortal either die or transform into monsters.
Fifty-five years ago, Towa Kannagi was given mermaid blood by her sister, Sawa, in order to cure a fatal illness. Now, Towa maintains her youthful appearance, save her white hair and beastly arm. For years she has dreamed of restoring her body, resorting to blood transfusions from youthful corpses aided by the local doctor, Shiina.
Mana, mistaken for dead by Shiina, is brought in to have her blood used by Towa. When she discovers that Mana is alive, what lengths will Towa go to in order to restore herself? Will Yuta be able to save Mana in time?
The animation looked pleased for its time, tight handdrawn technique without too much pencil overshadowing and a more mature look to the charachters.
In 1991 there where still lloads of animation studio’s that used cheaper recording/sound tapes and still drew anime like it was 1987, though sometimes VHS also could downplay the production but that was normal the time, still this looked like and uncut , raw amethyst in its respect and good transfer of the pale colours used in the first 10 min or so , to the good indeep colourfull animation.
I din’t really had put my attention to the music, though it had some good musictones at action packed or violent scene’s , no its not like I LOOOOOOVE 1991 HOUSEMUSIC this is a horroranime for godsake ( not like there was any dancemusic in the anime or something) but if youre ol enough you can maybe recognise some old horror elements
Some of the Charachters where interesting , and that story goes back 80 years before 1991, in 1936, it all began as the ova describe’s and basiclly most of the charachters involve themself in the legend of eating mermaid flesh in an attempt to be immortal , even unwanted persona got heavenly tempted by it , thoughout the ova u see the struggles of the familly and the unfaitfull but strongminded Mana and Yuta, to see it all to a bitter end, or at least hoping for the least negative outcome, and others just where not strong enough to eat the mermaids flesh and dies right the next second you choose ur pick.
for me i mostly enjoyed the plot wich u think can go into a general scripted direction, but takes u by suprise and the way how some of the charachters respond to it, and its not the best horror anime i’ve seen but certainly entertaning enough to keep u going, just something different instead of a lot one way directed digitalized anime these days, i choose my oldskool ova,s any fucking day! enjoy !!!
Except this is one of her more flawed efforts – it has its good points, and yet there I have some issues. First of all, the artwork and animation are pretty par for the course – every Takahashi character looks the same, and the animation is decent enough. Where this story succeeds the most is in evoking a mood or feeling, she seems to have a good handle on what makes Japanese horror interesting.
However, it feels like you are dropped into the middle of a much broader story, and in fact that’s the case as Yuta has already been around for a few hundred years by the time it gets going (and there is also a flashback to much earlier to help explain things, too). But I never seemed to get a good “feel” for the character, or his motivations (or lack thereof) – it seems like he was just going through the motions. Which, I guess, would make sense for a reluctant immortal – but even so, it’s not exactly enjoyable to watch. And I could never understand Mana; the two sisters were not relatable in any way, it seems the only sympathetic character was the long-suffering doctor.
I read the Mermaid stories in manga format a couple decades past, and I recall them making a more coherent story in that format. But this anime feels like just a snippet of a larger tapestry, and there’s not enough here to fully grasp the overarching story.
30: Mermaid’s Scar
English: Mermaid’s Scar
MAL Score: 6.80
Legend has it that when you eat the flesh of a mermaid, you would live forever. Yuta and Mana are living proof of this… Together, they journey to various places trying to find meaning for their existence, or perhaps even a “cure” for their situation. One day, Yuta and Mana meet Masato, a little boy who seems terrified of his mother Misa. It seems to Yuta and Mana that mother and son have a very unusual relationship. What happens when Yuta and Mana decide to discover the dark secret Masato and Misa are hiding? And what about those monster-like creatures that have been appearing?
Mermaid’s Scar has a fairly simple plot. Mermaids exist and eating their flesh either makes humans immortal or, far more likely, turns them into amphibious monsters. The story begins with two seemingly young people named Yuta and Mana heading to a new town on the same bus as a small child. At this town they hear rumours about the child’s mother coming back from the dead and begin to suspect that she’s eaten mermaid’s flesh. But there are things going on that they can’t predict. Things that could have dire consequences for both of them. The story is pretty well constructed and it feels complete, even though it’s the middle of the series. The only real issues are that some of the twists don’t make a lot of sense and the action isn’t set up very well.
The characters are pretty flat. The majority of them have only a few personality traits, leaving them very flat. The only character who actually gets pretty fleshed out is the antagonist.
The art is dated and, unlike 3×3 eyes, it hasn’t aged too well. The backgrounds are bland and the characters have very forgettable looks. It’s not terrible, but it certainly doesn’t have a distinctive or interesting look.
The voice work is okay. Yamadera Kouichi and Takaya Minami both do good jobs overall. The only problem is that they get overly melodramatic at times.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. This is another series where the female characters barely even interact with each other.
My final rating for Mermaid’s Scar is a 5/10. The writing is good, but the flat characters, bland art and mediocre voice work all make for an average series. Honestly, if the concept sounds intriguing to you, I would check out the Manga instead. Is the full length anime any better? I haven’t seen it so I can’t judge. What I can say is that the Mermaid’s Scar OVA is just average.
29: Cossette no Shouzou
English: Le Portrait de Petit Cossette
MAL Score: 6.83
Eiri Kurahashi is a Japanese art student who works in an antique shop. His friends begin to notice a dramatic, and rather concerning, change in Eiri, as he becomes more absent-minded and his behavior completely changes. They quickly decide to blame their friend’s troubles on a girl.
They may be right, however, as Eiri has begun seeing a beautiful, doll-like girl trapped within an antique Venetian glass that his uncle bought in France. She seems to be living in a strange other world, contained entirely inside this glass, but her image refuses to leave Eiri’s mind. His sketchbook becomes filled with her likeness, and he realizes he has become completely infatuated with this strange little girl. When he recognizes her in a portrait by the mysterious Italian artist, Marchello Orlando, he learns her name is Cossette d’Auvergne, and that she was tragically murdered along with the rest of her family.
One night, as he closes up the shop, he hears a voice asking him not to leave. Finally making contact with the object of his obsession, he makes a deal that he doesn’t fully understand.
With regard to the plot, it would be no exaggeration to state that the same story could have been told within five minutes, nor would it be too much to say that any review of the plot would also most likely divulge what little twist there is. In essence, the story revolves around two artists and a piece of art, the portrait of a young girl, and the two differing outlooks on art these two artists have: one in the end prefers the piece of art, unchanging and everlastingly beautiful, unwilling even to acknowledge the existence of the living, changing ‘original’ girl, while the other prefers his art to be alive in some fashion, even if this means that change and loss exist. It is a story about the love of the artist for his art, a love that is profound enough to accept the necessity of loss, even, if necessary, of the self.
Nowhere is the story explained in as much words as I’ve used above, or are there pieces of dialogue directly concerning this difference in outlooks on art. In fact, there is not that much dialogue at all, nor does the show try to explore the main characters: there is little in the way of actual plot or character development.
This is because Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is a Romantic piece, or, more accurately, a piece of Romantic horror. The plot is a gathering of tropes from the genre, and focuses to a large extent on the passionate love of the main characters without giving much in the way of an explanation for their feelings and behaviour, wholly following the example of the greater pieces of Sturm und Drang literature, where round characters were considered less important than the strength of what little they tried to convey. Even the fact that the plot seems confusing, and that not everything is explained or neatly given a purpose within the story can be fully explained as Romantic horror: from Poe to Lovecraft the actual lack of a full explanation served to enhance the story.
When all is said and done, the story might not be all that original, or contain a lot of development. It is, however, very true to form.
The art is simply gorgeous. A lot of different styles are used, from simple nature backgrounds to what has been described as "bargain-basement Salvador Dali", with an emphasis on portraying scenes in twilight or with light that is filtered, seemingly in order to make the few bright points stand out more. Even though not all styles work out equally fine – especially the more surrealistic scenes tend to be a bit over the top – they do usually perfectly portray the mood of a certain scene.
To this is added a soundtrack consisting largely of semi-classical music that does a wonderful job in strengthening the different moods, ranging from simple, uplifting tunes to a ballad that is beautiful and haunting, even though it is sung in Japanese, which does not really fit the mood.
It is true that this show is pretentious, as is, it should be said, all art, and visual arts have a tendency to be even more pretentious than music or literature: the use of a French title (containing errors in grammar, spelling, and syntax, to boot, as it should have been titled "Le portrait de la Petite Cosette") is in itself proof of this, as is the bundling of a whole bunch of different musical and visual styles. On the other hand, it is quite honest about its being pretentious, and it must be said that, in the end, what matters in visual art is the art, not story, and not character. Anime is visual art, and no matter how good a series is, it will never be better than a solid book in portraying story or characters. What it adds are visuals, and these enhance the story in a way words alone can never do. To me, it is not too pretentious to try and make the story revolve around the art, and not the other way round: in a way, that seems to be what anime should in the end be about.
I won’t lie. I consider Le Portrait de Petit Cossette to be the best piece of film I have ever seen, without a single doubt. As implied above, it is very difficult to make an objective statement on story and art, as you either like the style, or you don’t. To me the different scenes do connect, and portray a story about longing, love, and sacrifice that portray thoughts that can be felt, but not put into words – though they can be shown.
In a way, I am in love with these three episodes like the protagonist is in love with the painting, and, thus, am unable to see anything that could detract from this impression. Perhaps that simple fact is the greatest compliment a show can receive.
Cossette’s story is relatively simple, but for whatever reason, its creators seem eager to make it as difficult to follow as possible. There are frequent changes in setting between the real world and a surrealistic hallucinatory world that the protagonist visits. These transitions take place with little tact, and they give the series a very warped sense of chronology which is only added to by the use of repetitive flashbacks to events that happened only minutes ago. There is little to no explanation offered as to what this surreal world actually represents, and the OVA seems to take it for granted that the audience will be able to interpret the significance (if there is any) of the events that transpire there without much help, a proposition that’s dubious at best and downright foolish at worst. What’s happening in the real world isn’t very interesting, either; the protagonist’s group of age-appropriate female friends are noticing that he’s having a bit of a mental breakdown, they’re all concerned with his well-being, and they take various actions to try to ensure his safety. This story thread ultimately serves very little purpose, and is more or less just a distraction from the central plot. To even understand that plot requires using tremendous amounts of speculation and assumption to fill in the gaping holes left by the writers. I’m confident that I’m a reasonably attentive viewer, and I don’t feel at all embarrassed to say that on the first watch of Cossette, I could only guess at what was happening for at least forty percent of the OVA’s running length. There’s a fine line between minimalistic storytelling and poor storytelling. It gets crossed here, in spades.
I wish I could say that the characters swooped in and redeemed everything, but it wasn’t to be. Our male lead, Eiri, an amateur artist who owns an antique shop, is a neat concept, but he has all the personality of a dishrag, and is little more than a tool used to push an overly obvious thematic agenda on the audience. The same can be said of Cossette, the doomed young daughter of foreign nobility whose soul is trapped in a decorative glass; what a great idea, and what a shockingly lackluster execution. Her lack of character might be explained away by the idea that she is supposed to represent an object of obsession rather than a person, but the fact that she responds in kind to Eiri’s love sort of voids that entire train of thought. There’s an attempt at romance, but I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again—romance holds no meaning when neither character is even identifiable as an individual. Supporting roles, you ask? Welcome to the cast of cliches: A close female friend who is in love with Eiri but has difficulty showing it, two local psychics who give Eiri vague spiritual advice (such gems as “there’s a soul in everything”), a hard-nosed doctor who notices Eiri’s failing mental and physical state, a girl smitten with Eiri who works at a local restaurant. They’re introduced haphazardly and, again, we’re often left to make assumptions about who they even are and what their relationship is to Eiri. Most of them are cardboard cutouts graced with the privilege of about two or three lines of dialogue, and their role in the story as a whole is rather unnecessary. There’s some kind of halfhearted harem drama between the overly zealous friend who is in love with Eiri and the rest of the cast. This element isn’t very well thought out, nor does it have any place in the OVA, and it falls more or less flat.
Artistically, Cossette has a lot of merit. The production values are reasonably high. The character designs are inoffensive. The backgrounds are lovely, ranging from verdant forests to foggy city streets, and the atmosphere created in the bowels of Eiri’s dusty antique store is suitably eerie. Somewhere along the line, though, Cossette trades all of that for a ridiculous amount of CGI, editing, and visual trickery that’s really quite annoying. It turns into a regular slideshow of artistic tricks-of-the-trade. Name a strange camera angle, lighting or filtering choice, or visual distortion, and the odds are pretty good that it’s here. Cossette just can’t resist: A shot through stained glass here, a weird point-of-view through a digital camera there, an overlay of flickering static, an endless pan over a computer-generated landscape. Words cannot even describe the number of techniques in play here, most of which serve no purpose other than as a sort of directorial “hey, look what I can do!” In terms of the technical implementation, they might very well be flawless, but I’ll be damned if I can see a reason for their awkward inclusion. The OVA is actually at its best when none of these are employed. The halls and darkened storage rooms of Eiri’s store, with antiques stacked around him like tombstones, are a lot more unsettling than the tactless barrage of seizure-inducing effects.
If you’re the type to look at the staff listing, you might be able to guess that there’s one aspect of Cossette that is tough to complain about, and that’s the music. Yuki Kajiura does what she does best: Sweeping modern orchestral compositions backed by chanted vocals, intricate piano melodies, soft and haunting atmospheric noise. The soundtrack sounds great both in the context of the OVA and on its own. It doesn’t sound as clear or as polished as her later work, but it’s arguably as good as any other musical score she’s been involved with, and that should say just about everything; it’s grade-A, plain and simple. It’s not terribly difficult to label the soundtrack as Cossette’s strongest element. Imagine judging a dog show where the only contestants are a beautiful golden retriever and a dead possum. That’s the choice I had to make.
Harsh words all around, and yet, that number does say five, which is far from the worst available score. Cossette might have inexcusably poor writing, but it does have some technical merits to fall back on, and I’ll begrudgingly admit that it’s a captivating watch even though the visuals are obnoxious. It’s also a very creative idea, and while that idea ultimately isn’t capitalized on, I can tell that it is trying to make an ambitious statement about art and the nature of human interaction with art. This thematic material isn’t handled well at all, but the fact that there’s even any thematic material worth mentioning in the first place is something. In a word, Cossette is a mess, and I really can’t give it the most enthusiastic praise, but creativity and ambition are present, and if nothing else, it’s certainly a unique piece of work.
She is Essential. She is Beautiful. She is Perfection. She is a Muse.
If the perceived perfection is identified as genuine, is it not irresponsible to allow ne plus ultra beauty to be squandered to the inexorable flow of time? Marchello Orlando, a man obsessed with the unparalleled beauty of his “lover,” believed it immoral to permit such beauty to wither away — even if it required the assassination of the angelic person, whom he professed his adoration. For Marchello, terminating inimitable elegance was paramount in the pursuit of “preserving” his masterwork(s). But art is not an exercise in preservation, rather it’s a rendition of singular moments/conceptions that are ever-fleeting. The art, itself, is preserved, but the transient process is lost to the annals of time. Eiri Kurahashi, a young artist who becomes entranced by Cossette d’Auvergne’s haunting beauty, discovers the ennui of drawing a pseudo preservation of Marchello’s “divine” deed. In a physical and emotional catharsis, Eiri uses his own blood to paint a stunning portrait of his tormenting muse. Signifying Eiri’s denial of Marchello’s notion of preservation, in lieu of acknowledging the muse for what she really is (a human being), and not for what she represents (perfection personified).
The porcelain doll shedding tears of blood, was the surrealistic representation of how Marchello viewed Cossette. It is said that “the eyes are the windows of the soul,” and given that the doll (Cossette) has no eyes, she, invariably, has no soul. By virtue of his blood pact with Cossette, Eiri offers his own soul as a form of reparation for “his” past ill deeds. He is, after all, the reincarnation of Marchello. The man who rejected Cossette’s life, for his own idealistic vision. Of course, Eiri suffers extensively for his “past” transgressions, in a myriad of chilling scenes with hauntingly beautiful artwork. Screeching violins go hand and hand with the gothic aesthetic, creating a melancholic atmosphere to accentuate Eiri’s gruesome retribution.
Cossette, inadvertently, gives inspiration to her “two lovers,” but while Marchello takes her gift and forsakes her for it; Eiri, on the other hand, returns the favor by giving his blood (the necessary fluid of human life) to affirm her existence as valuable, and not merely the object for which one derives self-actualization. Eiri, after 250 years, releases Cossette from her bondage of eternal “preservation,” by rejecting the flawless imposter (the muse, if you will) for the release of the real Cossette from her unsought constraints; thus, allowing her soul to transcend the intermediary world and finally be at peace.
The emancipation of Cossette absolved Eiri from his own misguided idealism. Empowering him to break free from his self-created muse infatuation, and, hopefully, learn to foster an emotionally symbiotic relationship. Eiri (Marchello) deluded himself in the pursuit of capturing impeccable beauty; thus, dissociating himself from the pivotal social interactions of his everyday life.
28: 3×3 Eyes: Seima Densetsu
English: 3×3 Eyes: Legend of the Divine Demon
Japanese: 3×3 EYES聖魔伝説
MAL Score: 6.94
Yakumo has trained and searched for 4 years, following Pai’s mysterious disappearance. However, when he finally finds her, not all is well as her memory seems to be gone. They attempt to return her memory by going to the Holy Land, birthplace of the immortal race of Sanjiyans.
But seriously, the nice thing about this anime is that Yakumo finally comes into his own, having learned how to use his own abilities as a Wu, their roles reverse and he starts to save her rather than the converse.
Its bloody and violent, and of course, as Yakumo can’t die, he winds up splattered all over the place, but he’s lost a little bit of his comic edge having been hardened by his journeys.
The story at times seems somewhat fragmented in comparison to the manga. It tries to rise a bit above the generic random anime-monster of the week, and succeeds a bit better than its predecessor.
Both the art and sound were good for their time, but the art style is somewhat dark and hasn’t aged well.
But in the end its all about the endearing quest of one girl to become human and Yakumo’s inhuman efforts to help her on her way, and these characters help drive this anime. I don’t give it a 10, if only because some of the support characters tend to be a little 2-dimensional.
All in all, it is a journey that is well worth your time.
Four years after the first OVA, Yakumo is wandering alone in search of the missing Pai. He finds her, but she doesn’t seem to remember him and freaks out when he starts chasing after her, treating hi like he’s some strange pervert. After speaking with the elderly couple that she’s been living with, Yakumo finds out that Pai lost her memories. After fighting a monster that tried to reseal them, he sets out for Tibet to find an old monk who knows how to release the seal on her memories. She goes with him, curious about what secrets her past holds.
Let’s start with the big problems with the OVA. The ending is a big one. They had a chance to have a really strong, bittersweet ending, but they screw it up at the very end and opt for something that would be better suited for a cheesy children’s movie than a more dramatic series for adults. There’s also still an issue with the romance elements being pretty weak and, given the amnesia and handling thereof, this OVA doesn’t even ultimately do anything to advance the romance.
There are plenty of good things about the OVA too. The overall story is actually really interesting with a legitimately good twist. The Hindu influence is still strong in the series and it’s still used in an intriguing way.
Only a few of the major characters from the first OVA return, Yakumo, Pai, and Benares. We get an all new supporting cast for this one. I will give the series credit, most of the supporting characters are fairly interesting and fleshed out. The exceptions being the old couple who took Pai in and her friends from school who are just generic. Yakumo’s character develops pretty well. He’s become a lot more capable of things besides just being a human shield. He still has his moments where he takes enough damage that he would die if he was a normal human, but he at least manages to give a good account of himself. On the downside, Pai is actively annoying in this one. When I talked about the first OVA I said that the only thing stopping her from being an annoying character was the Sanjiyan personality. In this series the Sanjiyan has about five minutes of screen time before the very end when she takes over to wrap things up.
Studio Junio puts a real effort into replicating the style that Toei Animation used for the first OVA. And it does hold up pretty well. I will give them the proper credit on that account. It is, however, not as strong as the first series.
The voice work is still really good. Hayashibara Megumi, Tsujitani Kouji, and Ootsuka Akio all give strong performances as they did in the first OVA. Ohtsuka Houchu, Canna Nobutoshi & Saikachi Ryuuji all give good performances as well. The one weakness is that the bland side characters have kind of weak performances to go along with them. The music is still pretty spectacular with Wada Kaoru returning to work on it.
There really isn’t any.
3×3 Eyes Seima Densetsu is not as good as the first OVA. It has some strong moments and it does advance Yakumo’s character but it also has some real writing problems, some weak secondary characters and performances. It’s worth watching if you enjoyed the first OVA and it’s still pretty decent in spite of those flaws. My final rating is a 6/10. Next week I’ll look at Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie.
The only redeeming factor is Yakumo actually knowing how to fight for once.
27: Deadman Wonderland: Akai Knife Tsukai
English: Deadman Wonderland: The Red Knife Wielder
Japanese: デッドマン ワンダーランド 赤いナイフ使い
MAL Score: 6.95
Two years after the catastrophic tidal wave that swept over Japan, police officer Kiyomasa Senji is trying to make the world a safer place. Using his Branch of Sin powers, he stops criminals in whatever ways he can. After rescuing a boy named Izuru Tsukiyoshi from a gang called Goreless Peace, the conflict between Kiyomasa and his adversaries heats up rapidly, to the point of being explosive.
Offering a glimpse into the past of the future Deadman, the story follows Senji, helping to further develop the reasoning that drives his actions later in life.
For the art, well, since the art used is the same as the original anime I can only give it a “Mediocre” number 5, and same goes for the sound since the same opening theme is used.
As for the characters, only Senji, Kiyomasa is the most prominent one since we’ve known that character from the original anime. As for the other characters of this OVA, they all have potentials too if this were a full length anime . It goes to show that Senji, Kiyomasa does have the potential to be a main protagonist if such anime spin-off is possible, so a “Good’ rating number 7 will do. SSSLICE!!!!
Enjoyment and Overall: Good No.7.
Ok, so even if it is just a one off OVA, and it is more of a prequel/spin-off it did not sway away from the original anime’s genre which is sci-fi, action, horror and superpower. In fact a prequel spin-off is a good idea, since it’ll be alright to do away the original cast from original anime and just leave Senji, Kiyomasa to star in it together with the other cast of the OVA, that way there will be no ending left hanging, but we just have to be contented with the OVA co’z it seems that it is just limited to that, SSSLICE.
There’s not a lot to say about this one. It’s a short OVA that focuses mostly on Senji and his days as a police officer before he got sent to Deadman Wonderland. It reveals some backstory, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem of Deadman’s story being criminally incomplete. It’s backstory and nothing else. It’s got some of Deadman’s trademark action, yes, and it’s always fun, but this OVA isn’t much at all.
Right from the beginning I had a strong suspicion that nothing good would come from watching this OVA. The original series was just disappointing, after all. Of course, I didn’t realize when I started watching that it was called “Red Knife Wielder,” which would have pretty much let me know that it would do nothing to actually tie up any lose ends left in the original series. Worse than not completing anything that was started in the series, it didn’t even provide some hint as to how Senji becomes how he is depicted in the original. In fact, it starts relatively similar to how he acts in the show but he actually grows in the opposite direction of his main-series nature. In short, watching this added no value or depth to something that was already in desperate need of both.
26: Kyuuketsuhime Miyu
English: Vampire Princess Miyu
MAL Score: 6.99
A quiet gothic horror story about a vampire girl, Miyu, whose destiny it is to hunt down murderous demons known as Shinma and return them to their land of origin, the Dark. Miyu is pursued by the Spiritualist Himiko, determined to find out who Miyu is and to stop her from sucking the life blood from helpless humans. Each of the four episodes chronicle one of Miyu’s encounters with a Shinma and the humans that it is affecting, from the perspective of Himiko’s pursuit of Miyu.
The OVA’s strength is that the stories are much more interesting than most of the ones in the TV series. There are only 4 episodes and each is unique. The weakness is it tends to be like X-Files, here is the mystery of the week and the shinma/monster of the week. It gets predictably boring after a while, but luckily the short 4 episode length managed to keep it from being too boring or predictable. If there were more background or an overarching plot it would have scored higher.
Yet, like with all late 80’s shows, I just love the “rough” look of everything. The animation is nothing short of very well down. The mysterious demons and environments are incredibly detailed and add a very great atmosphere. The action sequences, while very few, definetly keep you enthralled. As for the characters themselves, there was a good number of development going on. It delved into all of the main character’s back stories without feeling incredibly forced and overdone. It gave a very good insight on each of the three involved. Despite all of this, the very short length, awful voice acting, and very formulaic episodes are what makes it just satisfactory, rather than anything noteworthy. However, the fact that this short little OVA will never see the light of day for most people, it is really worth your time to check out, as it won’t take anymore than 2 hours. A very unique and awesome approach to vampire storylines and great use of visuals and atmosphere.
25: Supernatural The Animation
Japanese: スーパーナチュラル ザ アニメーション
MAL Score: 7.00
Monsters walk the earth. While some may refute their existence as myths or urban legends, the Winchester brothers—Sam and Dean—know all too well what dangers lurk out there in the dark. Driving around in their 1967 Chevrolet Impala, these brothers have made it their life’s mission to destroy anything supernatural that would threaten human lives.
From shapeshifters to werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and even demons, the Winchesters track down and kill every evil being they can find, while also searching for the creature that caused them so much personal tragedy.
The story is simple and easy to follow. It is about Sam and Dean, two brothers who hunt demons and evil spirits. Most of the episodes are following the “monster of the week” formula… but there is a general plotline that advances slowly throughout the series. There is also a main villain and the Winchester brothers have a personal score to settle with him. Unfortunately, there are a few filler episodes with weak story and unoriginal enemies.
The personalities and the interaction between the two brothers makes the difference between Supernatural and other similar TV and animated series. Sam and Dean are not perfect and flawless superheroes, they are normal persons. They can make mistakes, they can be paranoid, confused or angry and they always argue with each other. Because of that, they are a more realistic type of protagonists and the viewers can relate more to their problems and challenges.
Sound and animation: 8/10
The animation is decent, but not perfect. Some things bothered me, like the awkward looking faces… but if you deal with demons, your face will probably look strange too. There are also some good ideas, like the excessive use of black ink in every frame, which creates nice contrast and the camera movement during some of the action or driving sequences, which almost makes you feel the action. The music includes some nice and slow themes, which create mysterious atmosphere. The good sound effects (like the Impala’s engine) and the occasional scary noises enhance the whole experience and should also be praised.
Supernatural has interesting heroes (and villains) and manages to create a scary and tense atmosphere, through good use of sound effects and music. There are a few great and very dramatic episodes with some interesting plot twists. The ending is above the average. It leaves the story open, but also gives some sense of completion. What hurt the whole experience is the lower quality of the stories created especially for the anime. I also expected Supernatural to be a bit darker and scarier.
If you are not familiar with the series, the flashbacks in the beginning would be confusing and meaningless. However, little by little the background story and the important details are explained. Basically, Supernatural feels more or less complete on its own and watching the TV series before starting the anime is not an absolute must. It may even have a negative effect, as some fans of the TV series hate the anime, because “it is not exactly the same”. You can be smart and ignore them. Supernatural is a great series for any fan of the mystery/horror anime.
The art style is rather interesting, almost a cross between anime and American comic book style. The characters are hard edged, and a lot of dark lines and heavy shadows that pretty much are black. Everything has a nice vintage feeling, sort of grimy in a good way. The characters look like the characters from the live-action as well which is what I would wish to see unlike some of them. Sadly, some of the images are pretty frozen, still images that feel like cop outs, especially when this was made in 2011.
The English voices don’t feel up to par with the animation, and feels a bit forced and doesn’t match the lip sink most of the time. They talk when the mouths are closed and part of it might be to get information out since this is shorter then the actual show. Even then, it just feels rushed and makes it a little hard. I really love the ending song though. I never thought I would hear “Cary on my Wayward Son” by Naoki Takao fit so well.
EDIT: I have now seen the live action show, I really like it as well. The show has the same creepy feeling and the same slowness that the animation has. The stories are altered slightly from the original but that’s partly because they were putting a 1 hour episode into a half a hour one.
So, the story is definitely interesting. Two brothers hunting down all kinds of monsters thought to be just fictions of mythology and legends does sound appealing. The series includes remakes of the original episodes and anime-only episodes, too. As far as the latter is concerned, I believe they fitted with the original series. But the 22 episodes just wasn’t enough to explain the plot thoroughly. Many questions arise and, honestly, I am not sure if I would understand the story so well if I was not familiar with the live-action series.. Lastly found the ending fair enough, I repeat for someone who is not familiar with the original.
The art was a real fit. I mean the intense black in the frames fitted well with the mysterious style of the story. And, the characters were decent. But, I cannot restrain from commenting on Bobby’s appearance. Man, what did they do to him???? (sorry about that).
I haven’t watched it in Japanese so I’ll comment on the dubbed version. Okay, the voice actors have risen huge complaints. Why Jensen Ackles is not in the show? What’s wrong with the voice actors? And bla bla bla… Really, the voice actors were not that bad. They could have been better and having the original cast would be sweet but we should try being just a little objective. Also, the music and the sound effects created the mysterious-creepy atmosphere the series needs.
What I found a bit disappointing were the characters. I can’t be objective here because I know the potential of the characters. They are not as flat as the anime portrays them. They are more deep than that. Also, many characters and monsters had to be there. What about the guys from the Harvelle’s Roadhouse and the shape-shifters? However, we cannot expect that much from a 22-episode series while the original is 10 seasons! If you are new to the supernatural world I think you will like them as they are. They are not some kind of heroes, they have flaws and make mistakes.
If you like this kind of stuff -demons, vampires, werewolves, etc.- you will definitely like Supernatural. Even if you don’t have a particular interest in those, I believe you will still enjoy it. It is a great anime and leave us, grumpy fans, complaint. It should be treated with respect and it is a great anime for the mystery/ horror fans out there!
24: Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver II
English: The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor
Japanese: 強殖装甲ガイバー II
MAL Score: 7.02
Sho and his friend Tetsurou stumble upon an odd alien artifact while walking through the woods. Then, the alien artifact breaks free of its metallic bonds and enters Sho’s body, turning him into the Guyver. With this new power, Sho must do battle with the evil Chronos corporation and their genetically enhanced Zoanoids, who seek to get the Guyver back into their labs. No one close to Sho is safe from Chronos. He must fight.
Ultra Violence, Gore, Mecha-ish body suit(not huge ass robot), Fantasy/Monsters-Alien things, and superish kind of power(the suit). What more do you want? It would be considered cheesy and cliche these days, but back in the day, this was the shit. If you liked Ninja Scroll, Wicked City, Fist of the North Star, Akira, Urotsukidōji etc, then i’m pretty sure you would like this too. I don’t remember any nudity or sex scenes though.
I watched this years ago, so i’m rating everything based on current day expectations. However, i’m rating the enjoyment factor on what i remember. It was great then, and i’m guessing it’s still great now since i don’t mind watching older ‘b-grade’ stuff, and i really like my R rated manga.
The first four episodes are lackluster in almost all areas, most notably to me would be the bad and inconsistent animation. The battle scenes are poorly done; many battles are flashes followed up by falling limbs, blood spurts, or lengthy stills. Even some of the more gory scenes are weakly done. The artwork is also poor even by late 80’s standards with some generic character designs, which are total eyesores concerning the biological monsters called Zoinoids.
The series definitely shows its age in the visual department. Many fans believe it’s wrong to knock the series for its dated visuals but I choose to believe otherwise, especially when comparing the series to other 80’s anime such as Neo Tokyo or even the original Bubblegum Crisis, which both pre-date the Guyver by the way, and still manages to hold up to some degree. It’s also no real surprise to me that some of the fans never even heard of the former.
The basic premise is the main character Sho battling the biological beasts sent by Chronos. There are obstacles thrown in Sho’s way, and the plot is fairly simple but I won’t say it’s predictable. At times, the story becomes tedious because the characters are pretty bland and a majority of the new supporting characters are disposable.
The story makes attempts towards depth by revealing a character with a hidden motive, which questions his allegiance, sincerity, and traces back to the first volume. There is also talk of greater beings with immense power; but none of these things really come to fruition, because the series ends leaving it wide opened with plenty of loose ends left untied.
The final two episodes are by far the best. One provides plenty of background which can actually be thought provoking, especially to those whom have some belief of man’s origin supposedly being linked to extra-terrestrials. The action scenes are also the best here with some well animated and brutal action; but don’t expect them to be on the same level as the first volume. These battles can’t compare with the feuds that took place with the agile behemoth Enzyme, or the highly equipped and combat ready Hyper Zoinoid Team Five.
The artwork is also a big step up in the final two episodes with a very clean and well detailed polish. The soundtrack replays many songs from the first volume; a couple are new and the songs does manage to fit with what is taking place on the screen. The English dub to the show is horrible to say the least. The Japanese seiyuu really isn’t too much better either. At least the opening and ending songs are much, much better, and aren’t lifeless as opposed to the English tracks.
The Japanese sub also contains the uncut version of episode 12. I don’t find it to be much of a big deal, simply because the only difference is the fan service via full female nudity. However, you would be surprised as to how many fans actually complained about this being removed.
Guyver is a series that can only be valuable to the most die hard anime fans and lovers of really old anime titles. I recommend it to them and the curious. If you don’t fall into those categories then I recommend skipping it. I would instead recommend the 2005 remake. Although the remake contains an opened ending as well, there are still many areas where it out does its predecessor by leaps and bounds; but there are still better anime series out there to choose from with actual endings.
Lows: Very crude artwork, with some bad and reused animation at times, opened ending
First of all,it was the first anime i’ve ever seen! I remembered was 6 years old, my father took me from a kinder gurden,we went to a video\audio technics shop,there on screens was the Guyver…wow,it impressed me,i was so excited…My father noticed my interes,so it wasn’t a problem,he bought it
So many years passed but I still love it.
+Breathtaking plot,the story won’t let you get out of a screen!
+great animation (those monsters are so cool,how was I not afraid of them when i was a kid O,o), a lot of blood,meat 😀
+Characters’ temper and their nature are showed well!
So,I’m reading the Guyver manga at the moment,and so bad there are only 12 series 🙁
23: Devilman: Yochou Sirene-hen
English: Devilman: The Demon Bird
Japanese: デビルマン 妖鳥シレーヌ編
MAL Score: 7.03
Demons exist and their power is beyond what humans can fathom. In fact they are so strong that humans do not stand a chance against them in a fight.
The only thing strong enough to defeat a demon is another demon and it is trough this logic that Ryo Asuka hatches the plan to have his good-hearted friend Akira Fudo possessed by a demon. If a person is of pure of heart then he might be able to control the demon that posses him and thereby acquire power equal to a demon. After raising some hell in a club the plan works and Akira is possessed by the powerful demon known as Amon.
Now Akira is humanities sole champion of justice against the hidden demon menace that has plagued humanity since the dawn of time.
This movie to me feels like three separate action sequences crammed into one great movie. The first involving a demon who lures Akira into his hideaway just to torture him with a horrifying revelation about his parents. Second is an ambush attack at home targeting the family that is providing Akira with his temporary accommodation. Then lastly the movies core focus is on the Demon Bird Silene (pronucened differently) who wants to kill Devilman to make an example out of demons who choose to meld with humans. Actually about 50% of this movie is focused on the bitter grudge match between Devilman and Silene and it turns out to be a great fight to the death!
Considering how much things go on in this movie I’d say the pacing is fantastic and the action scenes in this movie are excellent but also when it does slow down a little it usually focuses on some minor character development otherwise it’s pretty much action packed.
Near the end of the movie it’s unclear who will come out on top…I mean it looks like Devilman will get the last laugh…but how it actually turns out is actually quite interesting. Everyone I know who has watched this movie really like s the ending in particular. It’s a cool one indeed!
Keeping in mind this is early 90’s animation The animation for the first movie was pretty decent…I mean the character designs looked a bit cutesy at first but when the demons get involved things change quite dramatically.
This movie was made a couple years after the first one and things look a lot better. The anime on a whole has a MUCH darker tone and where Akira looked like a sweet kid in the first movie he now looks like a pumped up thug ready to pound anyone that gets in his way.
However I’d say overall the animation style looks pretty simplistic but not in a lazy way. A standout point for me is the demon character designs. They really look like morphed, spliced animal creatures…which really feels disturbing…I mean to this day Ginman is one of the most F’ed up demons I’ve EVER seen in any anime. If someone did a live action Ginman costume / CGI effect I would be vomiting all goddamn day, I swear!
Anyway, compared to today’s level the animation is pretty average but I still think it’s aged pretty well over the years regardless.
I like the music in Devilman…its got a melancholy feel to it. The English dub is really quite comical to me but not in a bad way…I mean, re-watching this now I can understand why some people may find it korny but overall I think it works out very well. Devilman in particular say’s some really funny shite when he’s killing demons…certainly not the sweet boy Akira he was before.
Overall sound is pretty decent…compared to the original Jap language it’s a bit spicier which worked out well imho.
Devilman has an extremely small cast, which works in its favour. There’s pretty much Akira / Devilman, Ryo, Miki (barely) and the various demons Akira and Ryo have to face.
For such a short anime I think the characters are developed well enough…In particular you get a good foundation for Akira’s character which is the most important thing.
Another surprising thing about this movie is that the demons are quite cunning and not just your typical stock throw-aways. Particularly in this movie most of the demons have a connection with Akira’s demon counterpart and often comment on how surprised they are by the fact that the demon (Amon) has joined forces with a human (well that’s not exactly correct but I don’t wanna spoil anything for newcomers).
Like I said for the first movie I enjoy this anime on two levels, the first being nostalgia. I remember how confused and weird I felt about rooting for a demon to succeed…..this was way before the more recently accepted anti-hero boom we are surrounded by today.
The second level is the action in this anime is pretty hardcore, barebone and enjoyable to watch.
Unlike the first movie however the pacing and content is consistently engaging and theres never really a dull moment from start to finish!
It’s another short fun crazy ride… I have enjoyed this title for many years and still find it of a high standard even after all these years.
Value / Final Thoughts
Over time Demon protagonist’s have become more common place in movies (Hellboy) and especially in anime, to name a few: Hellsing, Vampire hunter D, Inu Yasha, the cast of Saiyuki, Chrono from Chrono Crusade etc. So Devilman kinda loses the shock value it had around the original time it was made.
But like I said before being very young and coming from a Christian upbringing made this anime quite the shell-shocker.
I was hesitant to write this review at first as I did feel a lot of my praise for it would come down to nostalgia but after re-watching it I am now reassured it is actually a quality title that still holds up to this very day
It’s short and sweet and many do hail it as an anime cult classic.
Surprisingly though I found more reviews for both the Devilman OVA’s on IMDB than on various anime sites….saying that though it seems the manga is vastly more popular than the anime incarnations.
As a side note I will say I was disappointed with the third sequel: Amon the Apocalypse of Devilman – which in my mind had a different tone and strayed away from the Manga’s original perfect ending….a total letdown on what could have been a great trilogy. So alas no Amon review from me!
You can also check out my mega-blog on the other Devilman anime releases here if you please: http://bit.ly/OtguhB
Planet Tyro Rating: Hall of Fame
Devilman Franchise Blog: http://bit.ly/157LdCG
The problem with this movie was the story was set up correctly, but it had a bad flavor to it. I’ve summarized the key points below.
There are actual nasty demons generals sent by Satan to fight against Devilman which could’ve led to some potentially good fights.
Devilman is useless and not a good fighter. No Jeet Kune Do, no Chun Kuk Do, no Tae Kwon Do, no nothing.
Devilman has very few special powers compared to the demon generals. Ironically, Devilman is known as the strongest. That’s not even feasible.
Devilman gets his ass kicked like the cover implies. He literally gets tossed around cause he is so skinny and shrimpy. Rather than trying to emphasize the fangs on his face, he could use some wide, broad shoulders.
Devilman’s fights are corny, cheesy, and also a drag. There is obviously no equal footing.
4 cons outnumber 1 pro. Every 1 minute watched is 3 minutes wasted. This movie could not live up to its prequel. I’d say a score of 4 is just about right.
Story – 3
Art – 5
Sound – 6
Character – 3
Enjoyment – 3
Overall – 4
Instead of explaining what the demons are, we see them now in action. The OVA in 1990 is made by the same company and has most of the cast from the previous OVA.
This OVA now follows Akira Fudo who has now become Devilman, a demon who fights demons hidden in society for sake of justice and humanity. As he gets more used to his power, an old lover to the once demon Amon appears in order to kill Devilman for his betrayal. Here we not only see Devilman more, but we have here is something that resemble more the source material.
With this OVA being gory as ever, Demon Bird has more fights which is accompanied with a good soundtrack. Even if the fights are switched in order compare to the counterpart, these fights feel more existing and involved to the characters. The first fight puts our character into a dilemma which will have consequences.
Speaking of characters, this time around we see how Akira has changed from the previous OVA. He gone from being a supporter to a more dominant alpha male, but it still shows that his kind hearted. Ryo is the same but is more vulnerable and calmer than the previous ova, for obvious reasons.
The villain in this is the Demon Bird herself, Sirene, a former lover to Amon. And boy is she one cranky bird. For me, she’s okay and serves as a good opponent.
The OVA is more action oriented, which loses the horror aspect from the previous one. It also doesn’t explain much why or where the demons comes from or how Akira can transform to Devilman. But if you watched this right after the previous one, this will just pick up where it left off. I would recommend anyone to watch this and the previous OVA in one sitting for the best experience.
I also don’t think you need reason or explanation for why when it’s about DEMONS WITH BLOODLUST. It’s all for sake for good old violence.
Without a doubt, these two OVAs are my guilty pleasure. Even if these aren’t that special, these two have a good enough charm for me re-watch them. But these two OVA makes it feels that this is incomplete. But I think the next one will help out,
22: Ajin 2nd Season OVA
Japanese: 亜人 (佐藤 ZERO)
MAL Score: 7.06
Bundled with the limited edition tenth manga volume. It focuses on the backstory of when Satou captured the first ever Ajin in Africa and discovered that he himself is an Ajin.
21: Kaibutsu Oujo (OVA)
MAL Score: 7.07
Based on a manga by Mitsunaga Yasunori, serialised in Monthly Shounen Sirius.
Hiyorimi Hiro moves to a new city to live with his older sister, but dies before he can find her. He then awakens to a new life as a servant of a Princess of the Monster Realm, who just happens to be employing his sister. Monsters soon appear to attack or pester the princess since she is in line for the royal throne, and Hiro must protect her with his life (and repeated deaths).
Btw: my ratings:
Story- good 7.
Art- fair 6.
Sound- fair 6.
Character, enjoyment and overall- all good 7’s.
The story is alright, not too bad. bearable. The ova is way more interesting than the actual main stream anime. Although if Hiro the main male protagonist has some sort of power which allows him to actually save Hime, i think that would improve the story and increase the poll numbers. But instead.. he can only take shots in the gut and die.
The artwork may not be up to par with the main anime because they tend to make the character’s faces longer to try to produce a more mature face although it works for some character..
The art work for the main story is a lot “cuter” than the ova
Also.. in the main anime the producers tend tone down the violence. In the ova the artwork is almost exactly identical, where Hime gives her blood to Hiro to revive him and in the anime they use “Flame of Life”
The music in this ova is a lot better in my opinion. The OST in the battle scenes really suite the character’s movements
In other word I liked the ova way better than the actual 25 eps anime.
Give it a try!
Ciao for now!~
This OVA epilogue basically acts as a fast recapitulation for the first episodes from the series. The main plot involves a horde of zombies attacking Hime’s Mansion in order to feast on her blood and acquire true immortality, which by now it may sound old (depending if you saw the series or not) but the hook here is that this revision is far more obscure, gory and sexualized than the series. I’m implying that the producers here wanted something in a similar fashion as Hellsing Ultimate with more closeness to the mangaka original vision of the history, so you better expect tons of panties accompanied by frenzied zombie annihilations.
Its a shame that this would last just another episode, though it kinda looked like a fair doses of monster killing and sexual innuendos just enough to make you wanna see more, but at least that means less milking for the actual buyers of the DVD’s.
That summarizes my whole perception of this OVA, either you liked the series or not, give it a watch.
20: Jigoku Sensei Nube OVA
English: Hell Teacher Nube
MAL Score: 7.11
Continuation of the TV series.
As expected of OVA series, the animation is of higher quality which is more noticeable in the prologue & some scenes. The same goes for the OST being new & performed by Masamichi Amano whose done soundtracks for several OVAs, however the biggest highlight is the last episode which will be explained in more detail down below.
Episode 1: Students have been disappearing around campus which is the act of a ghost that hides in the walls. Nube is nearly captured by the ghost as he extracts his soul in the form of a boy Together with his students, Nube must regain his body, save the children, & exorcise this phantom. Overall alright episode as it displays the affection the students have for their teacher Nube.
Episode 2: A young ghost girl enters the dreams of Nube’s students in which they must listen to complicated instructions on a path to find her harmonica, however if one takes the wrong path, they’ll forever rest in peace. The story behind this OVA is a very creepy one but manages to deliver a heartwarming ending as Nube discovers the grief behind this girl.
Episode 3: THIS IS THE BEST ONE!! A demon named Zekki has come from the 6th level of Hell in order to rescue his brother Baki from Nube’s seal. Meanwhile Nube’s seal is getting weaker as Hell itself will soon feast itself on Earth. The animation for this episode is very unique as it almost resembles a different studio even though it’s still animated by Toei. The character designs have more of a “pop” to them as their hairstyles, color & detail seem more “movie exclusive”. Interesting thing about this OVA is that it really resembles a Go Nagai series as the author & artist of Hell Teacher Nube were inspired by Devilman among other series. With its near perfect blend of comedy & horror, certainly gives this episode a Go Nagai vibe along with delivering as something you won’t see in the anime. There isn’t that much violence but certainly feels more like a dark battle shonen with the great animation of demon battles.
Overall, this OVA series is great with the final episode being the perfect way to end it.
19: Kikoushi Enma
English: Demon Prince Enma
Japanese: 鬼公子 炎魔
MAL Score: 7.12
Enma is a character created by the genius manga artist Go Nagai. Now, the popular character makes his appearance in an alluring Japanese horror anime for adults. It’s a hair-raising erotic suspense in which Enma takes on complicated and gruesome incidents caused by demons who lurk in the darkness. But humans have lit up the darkness of the night with neon lights and turned their world into one that never sleeps, so demons now lurk in the “darkness of the human heart.” Unfulfilled hearts, suppressed hearts, despair,…such darkness of the heart is the place they lurk.
Enma is the Demon Prince of the Underworld, a demon “Born of Fire.” His mission is to take back or destroy demons that have escaped to the human world from the Underworld. Along with his partner, Princess Yukihime, “Born of Ice,” and the monster, Kapaeru, Enma sets up “Enma’s Detective Agency.” Tonight, like any other night, they will roam the sleepless city. Horrific incidents that could not possibly be human acts occur one after another. The stench of evil lingers at the scene… Enma’s fire rips through the darkness!
(Source: Bandai Entertainment)
It begins like this: A woman, covered in blood, is walking through a dark maze of alleyways. She’s pursued by a little boy in a dark cloak, and a ghostly young girl in a white kimono. As the boy and girl corner the injured woman, they’re momentarily obscured by a patch of shadows, and when they step out into the light on the other side, they’ve somehow become older; the little boy is now a tall, intimidating man, and the young girl is now a striking silver-haired teen. None of this is particularly new for the horror genre, but it’s executed well enough, and watching it, I was having the comfortable sort of fun which arises from seeing something that’s generic but strongly presented.
That was quickly ruined when a demon fetus covered in blood crawled out of the injured woman’s nether regions and attacked the silver-haired girl, latching onto her chest. The man in the black cloak used a magical staff to blast it with fire, burning it to death and searing off the front of his companion’s kimono in the process. The scene then changed, but not before zooming in for a sexploitive close-up of the female lead’s bare breasts. Real classy. I imagine all of this might be somebody’s cup of tea, but for me, the fun had ended.
What is this “interesting” creation that I’ve described? Well, it’s Kikoushi Enma, a four-part OVA that tries like hell to successfully weave together elements of psychological horror, fantasy, and sexual humor into something worth watching. And if it had a decent story, or characters worth mentioning, it might have even succeeded. Unfortunately neither of those elements are present, and while there’s a good artistic effort from Brains Base, and an acceptable musical score, ultimately this OVA’s writing drags the entire thing down.
The first episode doesn’t waste any time laying the groundwork, and we quickly learn that the man in the black cloak and the woman in the white kimono are Enma and Yukihime, respectively. They’ve been placed on Earth to destroy demons who possess people. Together with their magical hat friend Chapeauji and their toad-duck-monster friend Kapaeru, they pose as a “supernatural detective agency” to draw themselves closer to possible demon-related events.
Two episodes of the OVA are self-contained; one is about a vampire prostitute, and the other is about a doll who kills people. Clearly points for originality are not to be awarded here. I’d also consider it a mistake to place these two episodes back-to-back; they’re so incredibly similar, so formulaic, that it feels like the same story being told with a slightly different supporting cast. Discoveries are made at the same rate, the same conversations occur, and plot twists and violent confrontations happen at exactly the same points in each episode.
The third and fourth episodes are paired together, telling the story of a group of people trapped in a house which seems to taunt them with reminders of their checkered pasts, picking them off one by one and turning them against each other as it does so. Again, we’re treading pretty familiar ground for horror, and the execution here isn’t strong enough to make up for the lack of anything truly new; it’s predictable, without suspense, and altogether pretty darn boring to watch. In addition, the shift from violent, gory fare to a sudden unforeseen attempt at less in-your-face psychological horror is totally without tact or subtlety, and it gives the OVA even more of an identity crisis than it already had. These two episodes also make an effort to create tie-ins with the first two by bringing in several recurring characters and attempting to stitch them into the plot. The overall impression is of something crude and clumsy that desperately tries to create continuity when in fact there is none to be found.
The biggest problem with the story as a whole is the lack of not just an overarching plot, but even a basic explanation of what happened to lead us to this point in time. Several “minor” details, such as where the demons are coming from, and why it is the job of the dynamic duo Enma and Yukihime to destroy them, are left out. It’s tough to care about what is happening, or be intrigued by the actions of the cast, when we’re not given any context to work with. In the rare cases where the writers see fit to give us a clue about the nature of the situation, it’s normally an outright cliché. For example, we learn that the demons “feed on the darkness in the human heart” and that “all humans have darkness within them.” There are also massive plot holes. I won’t spoil it, of course, but suffice to say that at least one major plot point revealed at the end of the fourth episode (which is clearly supposed to be some sort of mind-blowing twist) makes absolutely no sense whatsoever in the scheme of the OVA as a whole. This is an adaptation, and whether flaws this serious are present in the source material or not is beyond me, but they’re definitely present here.
The characters are a perfect match for the story; they’re also paper-thin and without any background. By the final roll of the credits, we still don’t know who Enma, Yukihime, or any of their supernatural companions are, much less how they know each other or why they’re doing what they’re doing. They’re clearly supernatural themselves, so it would be interesting to know what their motivations are for killing other supernatural beings, and how they feel about it. Unfortunately the OVA never answers these questions. None of the cast members have a single identifiable character trait, so it goes without saying that none of them really develop or have any meaningful interactions with one another. There is some weird unrequited romance between Enma and Yukihime, but it’s tough to give them a thought as a couple when they don’t even have a leg to stand on as individuals. Helping the main cast’s problems along is the fact that they’re barely even present in the third and fourth episodes, essentially turning them into a minor sideshow act in their own circus.
The supporting cast isn’t much better. The series has a weird habit of throwing random characters into the mix with no introduction or previous knowledge of their existence. For example, in the third and fourth episodes, five characters are trapped in the haunted house. Two of them—a cop who investigates the doings of Enma and company, and a reporter who does the same—were present in the first couple episodes. However, the remaining three, a creepy perverted teacher and two young girls (go figure) are just suddenly tossed in for what seems to be no reason other than “we needed more characters.” The most interesting character in the entire span of the show is the aforementioned reporter, and several scenes involving her are the closest this OVA ever gets to being genuinely engrossing or suspenseful.
Brains Base as a studio has a good artistic track record, and while this isn’t the best I’ve seen from them, it’s more than suitable for the purposes of the OVA. The character designs for the main roles are generally strong and distinctive-looking. The supporting cast members are a little more generic, but certainly not offensive. Where the art really works is in creating a setting and atmosphere; the use of lighting, combined with the backgrounds, is effective in giving the impression of a dark and slummy city district that’s the perfect home for modern-day demons to take up residence. The lighting does sometimes cross the thin line between “atmospherically dark” and “too damn dark to see anything,” as is a common problem with this type of setting in general, but the damage is mostly kept to a minimum.
Music is generally used to a good effect in this OVA. It typically consists of ominous orchestral tunes, spearheaded by traditional Japanese stringed instruments and booming drums. The use of an older style of music in a modern setting works surprisingly well, given the sense that the conflict of Enma-and-company vs. demons is an ancient one. Sometimes the soundtrack hurts for variety, as most of the songs sound pretty similar to one another. However, the music is used sparsely enough that this doesn’t hurt my impression of it overall. In the grand scheme, it’s not a great soundtrack by any stretch, but it’s a much better one than the story really warrants, and along with the art, it’s definitely one of the stronger aspects of the OVA.
In terms of the spirit of the whole production, the best thing I can compare this OVA to is not other anime, but live-action films in the vein of the “Friday the 13th” franchise. There’s lots of bad jokes, mindless gore and violence, and a pointless emphasis on sex that might entertain the more animal part of the human brain. If that sounds good to you, then pick this one up, because it won’t disappoint you in those regards. But anyone seeking a strong story or memorable characters would be better served looking elsewhere.
I guess you could say the story is pretty typical. A group of people exterminating demons to keep the town at peace [or because it’s their job], but it has a more, how should I say this, natural feel to it. Most of the time an anime with this kind of story tends to be a little too supernatural. Sometimes even making totally impossible things seem possible.
The animation was beautiful the whole way through. It was really detailed, yet sometimes so detailed it was disgusting. I just wanted to skip over some of those deformed faces. There is also a problem with some scenes being too dark. I know this is supposed to be horror, but it made it hard to see what was going on.
I didn’t pay too much attention to this, but the reason may be that there was barely any BGM. It sounded as natural as possible when in the city or a bar. The only time there was some music was during an action scene to make it more exciting.
The main characters made this fun to watch, but there wasn’t much to them. You were never told why Enma has to destroy these demons, how he met Yukihime or how long they have know each other, and what Kapaeru’s true form is. All of the character development was spent on the minor characters. Which in this case is important to better understand the situation they face.
The comedic scenes created by Enma and his group were always entertaining. There were some nice fights as well, but they never lasted any longer than maybe 3 minutes. Some scenes, on the other hand, felt like they were longer than they should be. I’m sure each episode could have been 30 minutes or a little less if they wanted to make this more enjoyable.
In the end this OVA receives an 8. There isn’t really anything else I can say except if you have time and this interests you then give it a shot. I enjoyed it and maybe you will too.
A great little story to watch, It may seem like the classic: Demons appear and all of a sudden a team shows up to combat them, and i guess in a sense that’s true, but there is more to it than that. It has a down to earth feel to it. Although you may think pssh superpowers and demons…. how can that be down to earth? Well Although there are superpowers involved, nothing is overly dramatic and over the top. there is also the human element of the regular individuals who get dragged into the horrors that surround them. All in all, everything is wrapped up pretty nicely and closes off with a somewhat dramatic finale.
Probably the best part of this entire OVA was the artwork. it builds so much of an atmosphere that pulls the viewer into the environment, experience the emotions of the characters, and the thrill of watching what is unfolding on screen. One thing that was lacking a bit was the artwork of the characters. Don’t get me wrong, the characters were decent looking but they weren’t anything special. It seems to stand out a bit more when you compare minorly detailed characters with the highly detailed backgrounds.
Sound: My first impression on this OVA is that probably where this OVA is lacking the most in is sound. I meant that quite literally, there didn’t feel like there was that much sounds going on. Actually looking back on it, and re-listening to a couple segments from the episodes i noticed how wrong i was. There is sounds throughout most of the way, but it feels like it has been incorporated so well into the scenery and what is happening that I didn’t actually notice. I was drawn so deeply into actual going ons of the scene. The dramatic ominous music, was used throughout, but never overused, and was always changing. the other sounds generally consisted of things like characters breathing loudly, screams, and the scenery. I thought that this just added to the dark and ominous atmosphere that was created throughout. Although you could argue well…. there is not too much background music, and there isn’t even an opening. I would agree with most of that. There isn’t much background music, but it is well placed. However the lack of an opening, and the kinda lousy ending song were a bit of a disappointment. Ranking this OVA purely based on sound, its kind of low, in that it although it builds up the atmosphere very well, stand alone the sounds are quite generic.
One thing about this OVA that i was not overly fond of. The main three characters seemed somewhat one dimensional, and we barely learned nearly anything about them. Little to no character development. Motivation- nada, backstories- nada, how they got their powers- nada. Those characters were a bit of a disappointment. On the other hand however the “mortal” characters whom the stories revolved around,we had a little bit more information about them. The characters were a bit better introduced and we learn more about them, but even then, we still only scratch the surface. Overall the largest flaw of the OVA
I found this OVA to be very enjoyable. I found myself constantly leaning forward towards my computer screen just being engrossed into the story. I honestly didn’t notice the 40 min time of each episode until i finished it. Well worth the watch
I do recommend this to most people. Although there is a slight bit of nudity, and ecchi scenes, nothing is over the top and it really doesn’t take anything away from what the storyline does so well to build up. If you can find the time (and i am sure you can) i suggest you to check it out.
18: Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver (1989)
English: The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor
MAL Score: 7.12
Shou and his friend, Tetsurou, stumble upon a strange orb-like mechanism, the Guyver Unit, in the woods. It physically bonds with Shou and turns him into the alien soldier, Guyver. His mission is to protect the Guyver Unit from the Japanese corporation known as Chronos. They are after it and two other units just like it. To retrieve the object, they send out vicious monsters known as Zoanoids. So no one is safe in Shou’s life; not even himself.
First of all,it was the first anime i’ve ever seen! I remembered was 6 years old, my father took me from a kinder gurden,we went to a videoaudio technics shop,there on screens was the Guyver…wow,it impressed me,i was so excited…My father noticed my interes,so it wasn’t a problem,he bought it
So many years passed but I still love it.
+Breathtaking plot,the story won’t let you get out of a screen!
+great animation (those monsters are so cool,how was I not afraid of them when i was a kid O,o), a lot of blood,meat 😀
+Characters’ temper and their nature are showed well!
+It is the first anime movie watched by me
-So,I’m reading the Guyver manga at the moment,and the story is continied…
so bad there are only 12series!
I won’t go over the changes due to spoiler reasons, so I got really nothing to really say about the story that I already said about in the TV series. But some of the changes should make the viewing experience a little fresher, and I like how certain things were better kept under ambiguity such as the identity of the 3rd Guyver while I felt the TV series rushed and it came across more as a fan service move for fans of the original manga which I could understand. But I have yet to read the manga, so some ambiguity and unpredictable elements will help me at some aspect.
Well, the general design for the monsters and the uniforms of the Cronos soldiers are still the same from the TV series. Of course for being an older series, the quality will be more dated, and the coloring and resolution will look grainier, and the frame rate will not be as smooth. But moving on, a significant difference in this one is the design of Sho himself. His hair is much thinner, and he has these long side burns. His design came across as very feminine in comparison to his Heero Yuy design in the TV series and the old 1985 movie. I like how in the other anime installments (not sure what his design is in the manga) he looks more generic just so he won’t stand out too much and I like how it kind of represented that the Guyver is an ordinary guy. While in this one, Sho just simply looks like a pussy. But that’s just me, and I’ll admit that his design doesn’t overall negate the experience of the anime.
Another design I sort of had a problem with is Agito’s and Tetsuro’s. He looks way too old and didn’t come across convincingly as a teenager. In the TV series, I liked how his wavy hair gave him more of a youthful look, and with the wider eyes and face, he could also still look dignified. The action is still violent and in your face so it should be exciting. But the execution will be stiffer. Another aspect I didn’t like was in the later half, they used repetitive frames for emphasis and it was super choppy.
One thing I can say about the Guyver OAV that is better than the TV series is the music and the voice acting in Japanese. Before I go on, I want to say the dub flat out sucks. I tried watching it, but I couldn’t bear 5 seconds of it. Fuck the dub, and just watch it in Japanese instead. The opening theme is incredible and feels pretty immersing with the presented imagery. It has pretty catchy beats, the percussion is excellently orchestrated, and the singing gives it a noir kind of feel to the series like the recent Skullman anime though Guyver itself doesn’t really come across as Noir in the way Skullman does. I thought it also represented its high-octane action nature at the right moments as well. I could listen to the theme song over and over. The Japanese track also has a few all star names that are more recognizable from the TV series who I thought were also excellent but not in the leagues of who I am about to mention.
Kusao Takashi, the voice of Trunks from Dragon Ball Z plays Sho. I think the portrayal of the future Trunks character, especially in the Trunks special where he’s a confused teen with great power and ambition really works well with this role, and I loved it how he screams Guyver to transform. And Wakamoto Norio, the voice of Cell from DBZ plays Risker/Guyver II. And Tanaka Hideyuki, the voice of Woody from the original Gundam series, and Terryman from Kinnikuman plays Guyver III. I thought he brought a great commanding presence to the character.
In the end, I feel Guyver fans who already seen the TV series and have read the manga despite this being older will appreciate this oav more.
The story of this anime is actually quite believable in that there is this secret corporation, called Chronos, that plans on obtaining world power (similar to the “Illuminati”). Unlike other anime that rely on magic and supernatural, this one is scientific and also often makes references to the unknown of beasts and aliens.
The art has a retro look to it and would seem to be this anime’s weakest aspect (because it is old). Although if you really like action anime, I’d say don’t let the art stop you from enjoying this epic anime. The action is great and I really enjoyed the idea and concept for Guyver.
However, I will say that, despite being old, the art style is really spectacular. Which makes me wish more modern anime could adapt this kind of art.
This anime has pain and sacrifice. Suffering and loss. As well as friendship, in both sides of good and evil. Characters have their personalities and qualities; and the bonds between main character-Shou and his precious father and friends are interesting and powerful. Even the enemies have their desires to protect one another. Since enemies also have back-stories, they have reasons to fight for each another.
I really enjoyed this anime because it has a well thought out plot and story; and from this, it also makes good use of its characters. The pacing is incredibly well done and the action is nice. If you like action anime, watch Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver.
17: Ushio to Tora
English: Ushio and Tora
MAL Score: 7.15
Ushio thinks his father’s tale of an ancient ancestor impaling a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear is nuts, but when he finds the monster in his own basement, Ushio has to take another look at the family legend! Fortunately, Ushio knows it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie and leave captured demons where they are. Unfortunately, the release of the monster’s evil energies begins to beckon other demons to Ushio’s hometown! To save his friends and family from the invading spirits, Ushio is forced to release Tora from his captivity. But will the cure prove to be worse than the curse? Will Ushio end his life a Tora-snack? Or will the Beast Spear keep Tora in line long enough to save the city?
The series started out as a 33 vol. manga that was featured in Shonen Jump Sunday, which eventually won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1992. The manga quickly became a 10 episode seires which was a shortened version of the Manga but depicting many of Ushio’s and Tora’s main battles.
The story is pretty solid and resembles many themes to Animes based on Japanese mythology. The main character Ushio was forced to release a demon that was imprisoned underneath his family shrine, which was imprisoned by the Beast Spear for 500 year, in order to protect his friends from demons that were running amok in his hometown. After that the Demon, which he calls Tora (due to his tiger like appearence), begins to haunt him and says that he’ll eat him when he drops his guard. At that point Ushio keeps the Beast Spear with him at all times to protect others from Demons.
Character wise, they are pretty generic. There is the typical Tomboyish girl childhood friend and timid girl classmate that hang around Ushio most of the time. Tora is big talker, thinking highly of himself all the time until the spear is pointed at him. Ushio develops a strong bond with Tora which is typical, and that’s basically it. The entourage of villains in this series isn’t strong, mostly random mythical monsters out for revenge or reeking havoc, but that’s okay.
If you’re looking for high class animation with CG and all that stuff, you ain’t finding it here. This is early 90’s work so you get what you see. A few cut and paste scenes and not much detail on the character expressions. But that is what is great about old school anime, if it weren’t these kinds of animes you really wouldn’t have high budget stuff like Soul Eater, Code Geass, and Inuyasha.
In the long run, it is worth watching and keeps you asking for more. The action series will get you addicted and might want you to start reading the manga, I know I will. Take my word for it, if you are such a Shonen fan or you just like animes with Mythological overtones this is your stuff.
PS; Sunday Vs Magazine is a bad fighting game but so addictive!!! Check it out anyways.
The story is pretty straightforward it doesn’t get very deep or complicated, its very episodic and is mostly about your enjoyment instead of anything deep. That being said i found pretty much every episode enjoyable and had a good time with the series as a whole. I like the character interactions and the different situations they got put in where they would have to develope more of a love hate partnership. I do wonder if it woulda held up past 10 episodes though or if i would have grown bored eventually.
As far as characters the only two worth mentioning are ushio and tora obviously. Ushio a fun character cause is really quite strict and simple, he doesn’t trust tora but he has to rely on him to protect everyone in town from demons and vengeful spirits. On the other side of that tora is a petty and rotten beast who often remarks about how he wants to kill or devour people. The characters really mix like oil and water for the most part but as the show progresses they start to work together in more of a dysfunctional partnership instead of two people at each others throats.
As far as Art goes the show had some pretty good monster designs and had a lot more detail than i see in most modern anime. Aside from the highschool kids everything looked pretty unique. The backgrounds and scenery were also detailed and really conveyed the atmosphere of certain scenes. The Audio was not incredible but it was good for the most part and the voice acting was both comical and serious at times which is a good. I find it particularly rare that a voice actor has the ability or versatility to convey comedy and seriousness and make it feel convincing enough.
I enjoyed this short series a lot and i think most people would get some enjoyment of it especially if they liked old spirit hunter animes.
Long story short, Ushio to Tora is basically Natsume’s Book of Friends as a shonen action series. It’s got the relationship between a normal kid who can kick demon ass and a talking cat who threatens the kid just as much as he saves him from danger just like Natsume, but instead of wanting to heal demon’s hearts (although there’s some of that in this series) they’re out to prevent ’em from eating people’s heads off. And of course, Ushio doesn’t have Natsume’s personality at all, acting more like every kid shonen hero out there from the bull-headed determination to his obliviousness to girls – not helped by the fact that his two childhood friends belong to the opposite sex, one of whom is a tsundere and that’s pretty much all you need to know and the other is basically that friend you talk to a lot and that can cause misunderstandings if you overdose on said discussions. But not having Natsume’s personality is a good thing in this show’s case, because I can’t see Natsume surviving Tora’s antics, let alone the demons that aren’t willing to compromise at all when it comes to snacking on human flesh.
The basic hook of the series is that after accidentally discovering the giant tiger in his basement, Ushio unleashes some kind of spell that attracts all sorts of demons to his area and in order to fight them, he must use a magic spear that turns him into an instant fighter and makes his hair grow long for some reason. However, since the spear was the only thing keeping Tora sealed, and since Tora is also a demon who feasts on humans, he has to keep the tiger in line and Tora isn’t exactly a nice guy to begin with. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything here when I say that the main appeal of the show is their relationship and how it grows from really grudging allies to slight less grudging allies, and I’m definitely not spoiling anything when I say that other than that, there’s nothing really all that special about these ten episodes that you couldn’t get from something like YuYu Hakusho or Inuyasha aside from the fact that there are some mass casualties in the real world.
Ushio to Tora, to put it lightly, is a big product of its time and unless you’re a huge fan of the shonen action genre or have nostalgia for the 90s, there’s not really much to get excited for here. Now since there’s only ten episodes, the series only covers the smaller arcs that make up the beginning of the manga without getting into anything real meaty; but even by those standards, the arcs themselves aren’t exactly the most engaging things, mostly consisting of basic monster-of-the-week stuff that introduces one or two new plot elements into the mix, but not much more than that. The last one sort of gets interesting due to its environmental agenda, but the fact that you need to resort to that lame method of instilling importance into your story doesn’t really speak well of the entire product. Seriously, was environmentalism as big in manga as it was for American films/cartoons back in the late 80s/early 90s? Was everyone just trying to copy Miyazaki during that period?
The humor is also pretty dated, being as basic shonen as it gets, with a mix of “I don’t really love him” humor from the tsundere childhood friend. Just about the only jokes that amused me was when Tora was interacting with humanity and getting screwed for it, and it wasn’t exactly comedy that would make the Brits smirk. In fact, that pretty much describes Tora in general. Like I said, he’s the only real interesting character and his relationship with Ushio is the only big draw the show has amongst all the other tepid cliches. But even that positive point is hampered by the fact that he’s not exactly Hobbes or even Nyanko-sensei in terms of personality. It’s really hard to describe his appeal in words beyond the basics I’ve already outlined, so all I can say is he’s similar to Hades from Disney’s version of Hercules in that he’s the one lone bright spot due to how amusing he is, but not enough to really carry the entire product.
Not that I’m saying the product isn’t fun, because it is. Kinda. Well, it’s passable at the very least. But passable ain’t good enough for me I’m afraid, and it doesn’t help that unless it’s really well-executed, the kind of product that Ushio to Tora is will never be able to really grab me. I’ll still be watching the remake because…well have you seen the rest of the Summer anime? It’s got to be better than 90% of them. And at the end of the day, I’m still really interested in seeing what Mappa does with the project. But unless they add something real meaty to the original material, it’ll probably just be something I watch once and forget over time. Assuming it doesn’t go longer than my patience will allow me to keep it on, that is. How many cours is that remake anyways? The original manga is over 33 volumes and given Mappa’s high hopes for the project, I’m afraid it’ll go on for a long LONG time.
16: Devilman: Tanjou-hen
English: Devilman: The Birth
Japanese: デビルマン 誕生編
MAL Score: 7.16
Akira Fudou leads the life of a typical high school student. After a chance encounter with school bullies, he is rescued by his childhood friend Ryou Asuka. Ryou and Akira catch up over the course of an afternoon that ends with them crashing a party at a nightclub. Initially uncomfortable with the environment, Akira is shocked when violence provokes some of the club’s partygoers to transform into demonic monsters. He and Ryou are only saved from the encounter thanks to the intervention of a great demon known as Amon. Amon possesses Akira, and the two together form the powerful Devilman?—a being that, due to the influence of Akira’s strong empathy for his fellow man, is resolved to keep the human race safe from the threats of demonkind.
The story of Devilman: Tanjou-hen (also known as Devilman: The Birth) is much the same of the devilman you already know. Akira, young weak boy meets up with his good friend Ryo. Ryo tells him about the existence of devils, turns him into devilman. We all know this basic plot, it’s the premise of Devilman Crybaby, but it’s the summary of Devilman: Tanjou-hen. In Crybaby, there was plenty of time to go beyond the basic premise and tell the story, Tanjou-hen on the other hand seems to act more of a prequel. Of course, it is important to note that Tanjou-hen has a sequel, but rating it on it’s own values shows that the plot is shallow.
Furthermore, the entire OVA, save for the last fifteen minutes, serves as buildup for the OVA, but never managing to go further than the premise. The pacing of the OVA suffers because of this fact, too long when there is no action and right when the OVA gets to a part with high intensity it ends.
Speaking of the pacing, there are some real weird moments of Akira and Ryo just standing and staring at each other. Not an intense mid battle stare, just standing there. There came a point where it became uncomfortable as a viewer as it seemed that the stare passed the ten second mark, which is an awful long time to stare.
Of course, the story that it does include is well done and enjoyable. The story does not gain praise nor scorn. It’s mediocre at best.
TLDR: Not much to speak of on the story, the premise of Devilman is what you get and no further. Pacing issues.
It’s always hard for an old anime to age well, and especially looking in the retrospective it is easy to be critical of art. That being said, I will try my best to put bias aside and give a fair review.
The art for this OVA was good. The landscapes at the beginning are nice, albeit run of the mill. I think where the art shines through is when the characters faces are drawn. There are some very quirky lines in Tanjou-hen and the visuals accompany it. While I’m sure that people will say that the lines are bad, and therefore so are the visuals, it is important to remember: regardless of what you thought of the lines the art did a good job representing it. One of the notable, yet unimportant, characters of the show was the goofy gangster. His movements and facial expressions mimicked how his character was weird and mocking. Even Akira’s facial expressions were very good in more comedic moments. The monsters were creative and interesting. What I think took away some of the points that the art earned was again the weird stare downs. When flashing between two characters faces with no change in expression, it is hard to get new information.
TLDR: Nice art for the time, landscape was run of the mill, but the characters motions and facial expressions shined through. But again the weird stare downs were a problem for me.
There were few times when I actually noticed the sound/music in the OVA, but that wasn’t a bad thing. It fit the show well, but it didn’t hold any particular impact for me. There were moments that I would hear soft creepy music playing in the OVA (there is a lot of that type of music) and would think, that’s nice. It didn’t distract me from the show, but it definitely added to the experience, even if in a minor way.
TLDR: It was Fine.
The characters of Devilman are iconic, and while Tenjou-hen misses some of the nuances that might have been there in another adaptation, it still nails these fun characters on the surface. Akira is still weak and Ryo is still an asshole, but each has a bit of humor attached to them. Akira’s desire to escape situations, disbelief, and awkwardness that lead to the comedy in his actions and reactions. For Ryo, it’s his dry nature and sarcasm that carries the moedy.
TLDR: No nuance, but fun characterization with humor.
I truly think that enjoyment is the most important category for this show in particular, especially if you are tempted to watch this show after watching a youtube video or two on the dub. I personally watched the dub, because of the youtube videos I watched as well as that was the method that was most accessible to me. I think watching this is a bit similar to Ghost Stories as there is no genuine reason why it’s good, but you enjoy it nonetheless and you can’t say the dub isn’t entertaining. If you’re willing to watch a whole fifty minutes worth of an OVA to catch ever nugget of gold in the dub, to listen to every single casually dropped curse word, then this OVA is for you. If after watching a single youtube video, you think had enough of Tanjou-hen, then I wouldn’t go on to watch the entire OVA.
TLDR: The quotes from this show make it so enjoyable
The OVA was something good and incredibly enjoyable for me, but was nothing spectacular. If you are wanting to watch the OVA in a serious fashion, I don’t particularly recommend it since that is not the part of it I enjoyed the most. If you are looking for laughable moments in an otherwise serious series and don’t mind spending 50 minutes to further immerse yourself in the world of Devilman and some of the memes behind it, then go for it, the OVA is for you.
TLDR: If you’re in for a fun time, go for it. Don’t expect anything too serious or phenomenal.
Akira Fudou is your typical kind hearted high school student. He looks after cute little bunny rabbits while at school and has a nice girl friend (not dating) that he lives with since his parents are away on an excavation in the South Pole.
One day while walking home from school Ryo, an old friend from Akira’s childhood turns up out of the blue and demands that Akira follow him as he has something very important to discuss with him.
After Akira agrees to hear him out Ryo starts to explain the horrifying details of what had recently become of his father who was a scientist.
Ryo’s father seemed to have gone mad after investigating the existence of demons.
At this point I should mention this first movie is somewot slow placed while the foundation of the story is being laid down. It’s a bit of a drag but stick with it as things start to spice up soon enough.
Ryo takes Akira back to his father’s study where a lot of his research is being kept. Here Akira gets to actually SEE some of the crazy revelations Ryo’s father discovered.
After that, all hell breaks loose…..why…because due to their snooping around with demon research / artefact’s, they get the attention of actual demons who start to chase them down.
So after some more entertaining chase / demon encounters Ryo & Akira come to the realisation that the world will soon become exposed to the threat of a global demon outbreak…..so the question is what can they do to stop it…
Well that’s the best part which I am not going to spoil for you…let’s just say it involves performing a certain ritual that involves alcohol, debauchery and violence.
Since the name of this anime is Devilman it should be obvious at some point someone or something will become the Devilman….and no surprise to anyone who has seen the cover art who it’s going to be.
So after DEVILMAN IS BORN true insanity ensues and Holy Shit the last 10 minutes of this anime is hardcore violence at its best.
So yeah, in summary the first half of this anime is mostly explanation and build up for the last 15 minutes of pure awesomeness…..It was kinda worth the wait but sadly just after it starts getting really interesting its over……and at the time I watched this there was no way for me to know there was a part II so I was like Goddamn it I wanna know what happens next!
Then luckily for me 2 weeks later (at the time 1993) on Channel 4 part two was broadcast….which I have also reviewed
Keeping in mind this is late 80’s animation it is pretty decent…I mean the character designs look a bit cutesy at first but when the demons get involved things change quite dramatically.
The standout thing for me in this movie is the strange opening sequence, the return to the strange opening sequence in the middle of the movie and the super gory action sequence at the end.
Compared to today’s standards it’s not top notch but I feel it has still aged pretty well and is still very watchable.
I like the music in Devilman…its got a melancholy feel to it. The English dub is really quite comical to me but not in a bad way…I mean, re-watching this now I can understand why some people may find it korny but overall I think it works out very well. Devilman in particular say’s some really funny shite when he’s killing demons…certainly not the sweet boy Akira he was before.
Overall sound is pretty decent…compared to the original Jap language it’s a bit spicier which worked out well enough in my opinion
Devilman has an extremely small cast, which works in its favour. There’s pretty much Akira / Devilman, Ryo, Miki (barely) and the various demons Akira and Ryo have to face.
For such a short anime I think the characters are developed well enough…In particular you get good foundation for Akira’s character which is the most important thing.
I enjoy this anime on two levels, the first being nostalgia. I remember how confused and weird I felt about rooting for a demon to suceed…..this was way before the more recently accepted anti-hero boom we are surrounded by today.
The second level is the action in this anime is pretty hardcore, animated decently, barebone and VERY enjoyable to watch.
It’s a short fun crazy ride… I have enjoyed this title for many years and overall still find it of a high standard even after all these years.
Value / Final Thoughts
Over time Demon protagonist’s have become more common place in movies (Hellboy) and especially in anime, to name a few: Hellsing, Vampire hunter D, Inu Yasha, the cast of Saiyuki, Chrono from Chrono Crusade etc. So Devilman kinda loses the anti-hero shock value it had around the original time it was made.
But like I said before being very young and coming from a Christian upbringing in particular made this anime quite the shell-shocker.
I was hesitant to write this review at first as I did feel a lot of my praise for it would come from nostalgia but after re-watching it I am now reassured it is actually a quality title that still holds up to this very day
It’s short and sweet, thought provoking and many do hail it as a cult classic.
Surprisingly though I found more reviews for this anime on IMDB that on various anime sites….however the manga is vastly more popular than the anime incarnations.
Planet Tyro Rating: Solid B
Devilman Franchise Blog: http://bit.ly/157LdCG
a tad bit of scenes, it is as if many of the panels and dialogue from the first volume of Devilman are literally animated onto the screen. The animation is a little wonky at times but is overall, very good for 1987. And true to Go “My Father Died” Nagai’s work the film is sort of awkward and the dialogue is down right bizarre at times. However, it still manages to create that depraved, trippy, unnatural atmosphere that colorizes Nagai’s horror manga.
15: Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono
Japanese: スーパーダンガンロンパ2.5 狛枝凪斗と世界の破壊者
MAL Score: 7.17
At Hope’s Peak Academy, a school full of extraordinarily talented individuals, Nagito Komaeda is an ordinary boy with no special traits or interesting skills to speak of—except for his incredible unluckiness. Just walking to school in the morning leads to a number of unfortunate accidents, which only escalate as the day goes on. Despite this, Komaeda leads a relatively normal life and is satisfied with his modest slice of happiness.
But everything changes when a mysterious boy who declares himself the “Destroyer of the World” arrives to shatter this hopeless paradise.
A lot of Danganronpa fans will be pissed, I can tell you this much already.
This short OVA presents one of the events that took place after Super Danganronpa 2, most likely during the events of Danganronpa 3- Mirai-hen. More specifically it showcases exactly how did the rest of the 77th class got out of the Neo World Program. Without spoiling anything, it’s a pretty reasonable explanation of both what happened with the people eliminated from the game and how did they get out, but it does have its own share of plot holes, which was unavoidable. I’m glad that they did this, rather than leave the fans creating theories forever, but, from what we’ve seen in Danganronpa 3, we already know they don’t care all that much about believability.
The art style is the same as in the anime that it’s a part of (Danganronpa 3), and the music consists of tracks from the second game, such as “DIVE DRIVE” and “CROSS SWORD”, that weren’t used in the previous anime installments. It’s nice to hear them being brought here, even if they’re just pretty short, fan service cameos.
With all that being said, any Danganronpa fan should watch this, just for the sake of it. If you want to know how did the author explain himself from the massive plothole, this is it. It’s always good to have more Danganronpa, especially when Nagito is the main character. Be sure to give it a shot.
As a big Danganronpa fan, I was highly interested in the events that happened after Hinata Hajime and the others woke up from the Neo World Program and what happened to the others that were still asleep. I’ve read with all honestly, many fanfictions that had the ‘What happened when they were still sleeping and what did the others do to help them wake up’- topic. And I swear, all of them were overall better written and more logical than this OVA, that we even have to accept as cannon.
But with no further adue, I will get to the category ratings that MAL wants me to do.
I wouldn’t even call this a story. It shouldn’t even be called a script. It is just a half-done script made into an anime. This shouldn’t even be called an anime. It is just moving art. With voices.
It is just a premise that was executed. Poorly to that.
Danganronpa 3 didn’t have bad art. It actually had decent art, and animated it actually looked pretty cool. I am also used to better work from Lerche. The art doesn’t look bad on its own, but at some points, I was just baffled at how different a character suddenly looked from a time difference of mere seconds. The Danganronpa characters already looked very different from their ingame ego, but here they look especially different. In a bad way.
Danganronpa, especially Danganronpa 2 is very well liked for its OST. While listening to this OVA I identified many of the well-known and also well liked OST of the games. But it is distracting. At some point I even thought the background sound was too loud and overplayed the by the way terrible voice acting. If that was on purpose may or may be not the case.
For the voice acting they at least managed to get all the voice actors of the characters of the game. Too bad that the lip sync isn’t in sync with the voice acting most of the time. The voice acting felt also very soulless. It just felt the actors wanted to get done with it. Megumi Ogata can do better, I know this.
This is not a category MAL wants to be rated but I have to talk about it. Directing is the choice where to put the camera and how it moves. In this OVA we get the typical mediocre Directing. Characters faces are seen up close 90% of the time, while the camera just swipes to left and right. Sometimes there are still shots. This is all in favor of keeping the budget/work as low as possible. And it feels like it.
Too bad the art looks bad so when there is a still shot it all just looks ‘meh’.
The characters featured in this OVA are Komaeda, Sonia, Souda, Kuzuryuu and a little bit of Pekoyama. We also get a little comedy act at the beginning of the OVA for OOC Naegi and Maizono. To this OVAs luck, Sonia and Kuzuryuu are my favourite characters from the game, and at least their Komaedas dream persona is not too OOC and actually acceptable. The only characters who act OOC are Komaeda – which is in favor of the ‘plot’ – and Naegi and Maizono. We get to see other characters from the Danganronpa game Another Episode and the Novel Danganronpa Zero too. But these are just very few seconds of screen time, without them doing anything significant. In a still shot.
Enjoyment and Overall Opinion
This OVA is as significant as Danganronpa 3 Despair Arcs Kamukura Izuru. He existed. He did something. But it was overall worthless, boring, terribly executed and nothing we couldn’t have written a better fanfiction of. It is just a little fanservice for the fans. Is this something bad? Not really, but it is baffling to the fans who actually wanted something out of the little bit of story left, that wasn’t ruined by the letdown that was Danganronpa 3 – The anime, yet.
Overall my Enjoyment was a 4/10.
But on a critical level this OVA is worthless and skip able – therefore a 2/10.
Hope is a concept that can’t be defined in a few words, or articles, or even books, it’s something than changes depending on the person who posess it. Nothing can match hope when it comes to the feelings that can influence someone’s life and change the person’s perspective on it , but did you ever imagine what hope would look like if it was a person ? Probably not, because neither did I , But if you ever felt like it , well watch Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono, because Nagito is the person whom you’re looking for.
-Story : 7/10
The plot set of Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono doesn’t matter that much, unless you played danganronpa 1 & 2 , or you love hope , you can’t understand what’s going on . But if that’s the case , you should know that hope is more of a lifestyle than a state of mind because it contorls your actions , your likes and your dislikes . Altough I bet you didn’t ever read the title of the anime because it’s very long , oh wait ; you don’t understand japanese ; neither do I .
-Art : 7/10
Pretty much like the story , the art is not the strongest thing in Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono , so if you only watch anime because you consider it as work of art , you should rather go and watch ghibli movies or something .
-Sound : 10/10
The soundtrack of the danganronpa series , composed by Masafumi Takada is lit , and they used some of it here , so it’s good obviously.
Or should I say character , Nagito is objectively the best character in the danganronpa universe full of great characters , let alone an anime where he’s the only character (I’m talking of course about Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono)
Like I said earlier , If you like Hope and Nagito , you will like Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono , Because hope is a purpose of life whether you like it or not , and there’s hajime too .
Hope can also be considered a double edged sword , so if you obsess over it , you might become like Nagito , and I’m not talking about his homeless hair, but your beliefs and thoughts will all be related to hope , not only yours but also the hope of the people around you . Roses are red , violets are blue , hope is amazing , and this anime is too .
14: Terra Formars: Bugs 2-hen
Japanese: テラフォーマーズ バグズ２号編
MAL Score: 7.18
Adaptation of the Bugs 2 arc of the manga.
The story/premise was a bit cliché: It’s your standard futuristic dystopian society with a socioeconomic class system and planetary level threat that results from genetic modifications to mankind.
I think the action sequences for the cockroaches establish their strength and intelligence pretty well; the potential danger they pose to humanity at large comes across clearly.
All things considered, I think 80% of the the show was fighting. If an Attack on Titan-Baki mix sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll probably enjoy this.
the art is okay, the animation is fine, being aware that this OVA is an introduction to a whole franchise, i’ll only mention the things that can not possibly be fixed :
the pace is stuttery, mixing moments of doubts with gratuitous reveals to try and explain plot elements or characters in a hurry, most of wich are incredibly cliché (hinting on a dystopian future with corrupted politics and perhaps even a caste system ) this might be only because of the OVA nature of this episode, but still could certainly have been more subtle.
The characters are apparently disposable, but not as brillantly done as in Attack on Titan wich makes sure the viewer gets familiar with them before doing horrible things to them, but more in the “that’l hopefullyl make people talk about it” sense of random guro, wich feels like some kind of cheat to me, covering up the lack of plot, wich seems to fit in a single sentence judging from this single OVA:
past the first encounter, there is no surprise, no cliffhanger, no new element introduced to the story, it all relies on it’s own premice wich is ” mars has been terraformed through the use of moss and cockroaches, people we send there disapear shortly” and all the episode is basically showing the many gruesome ways to make explorers disapear..
my main issue tho, is on the solution to the explorer death issue, seemingly the whole concept of the series, is the “surgery” undertaken by the protagonists, allowing them to instantly grow insect parts upon injecting themselves some kind of chemical product……. and that’s just not Science Fiction, in any realistic sense ever, that is Ben-10 Fantasy ! not only the idea that such body enhancement could be done, but moreover the idea that it should be sufficient to face an unknown menace, implying that such unknown menace had to be fought through close-combat….
this is where it lost me, seeing year 2600 humans unable to think of anything else than this incredibly far-fetched solution is nothing but threatening my faith in humanity, present and future ..
as a parody of an old Z movie tho, that could work, so if that is what you’re looking for, enjoy !
Nothing beats a series where blattodea, a species relentlessly massacred by humans, turn the tables to flatten the real pests: homo sapiens. In this case, the cockroaches come in anthropomorphized form and appear to be quite capable of employing basic strategy. The OVA seems to develop some back story for the scenarios in the Anime. Witnessing the human deaths is very satisfying. It gives happy feelings. I wouldn’t call this horror, but I can see how it might be so for others. But revenge is so sweet. This anime brings to life fantasies of mine. The last time I pointed at the screen and laughed so much was when I watched the start of Elfen Lied and the first few episodes of Attack on Titan. It’s satisfactory comedy to me. I want more! I score it a masterpiece because it is rare, entertaining, misanthropic and strays further from other generic plots and universes where humans tend to prevail even though they clearly don’t deserve any victories. That’s my focus here. The animation, sounds and voice acting were good. The dialogue and characters were standard for anime. I don’t care much for human characters anyway so I can’t get attached to them and unless they’re paranoid, schizophrenic evil mad scientists (like in Steins;Gate), I can’t relate to the characters either. I need to see more to piece the story together but it has me curious to see more about the virus and about the evolution of the Terra Formars. The Terra Formars and the cockroaches are pretty cute yet endearingly creepy. I’d trust them before I trust the slimy, filthy, narrow-sighed and killer human dictators.
If you enjoy watching that one selfish, pretentious species of ape violently get what they deserve because they’ve declared themselves special privileges which prevent you from giving them some of their own medicine, then I will recommend you watch this OVA (and the Terra Formars series) because you will enjoy it, too.
13: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Adventure
English: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ADVENTURE
MAL Score: 7.20
Kujo Jotaro is a normal, popular Japanese high-schooler, until he thinks that he is possessed by a spirit, and locks himself in prison. After seeing his grandfather, Joseph Joestar, and fighting Joseph’s friend Muhammad Abdul, Jotaro learns that the “Spirit” is actually Star Platinum, his Stand, or fighting energy given a semi-solid form. Later, his mother gains a Stand, and becomes sick. Jotaro learns that it is because the vampire Dio Brando has been revived 100 years after his defeat to Jonathan Joestar, Jotaro’s great-great-grandfather. Jotaro decides to join Joseph and Abdul in a trip to Egypt to defeat Dio once and for all.
That is all, its just the review needs to be longer for me to submit it, dio is the best part of this ova and if you are planning on watching jojos this is the best place to start as you will see it is a very family friendly series similar to Pingu in the City as dio even offers you a full oil tanker, how thoughtful of him.
I rate this ova very highly in every field, as I and many other believe that it is the perfect anime ever made ever and should be on everyones watch list
This half starts with a young delinquent, Jotaro Kujo (the titular JoJo), in prison… not by force, but of his own free will, and refusing to leave. He claims to be haunted by some kind of strange spirit… something that gets the attention of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar (the protagonist of the previous arc, Battle Tendency), who knows something about the spirit in question.
As it turns out, the spirit is something called a “Stand” (named as such because they typically stand beside the user), a manifestation of the user’s will, brought about in a variety of ways. In the case of both JoJos, it’s because of a psychic connection to the body of (Joseph’s grandfather and the first arc’s protagonist) Jonathan Joestar’s body… which has been revived, and attached to the head of the vampire Dio Brando, Jonathan’s mortal enemy and the initial trigger for all the events of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. To make matters worse, it’s not just Joseph and Jotaro who are affected… it’s also Jotaro’s mother Holly, whose stand does not properly manifest and instead turns into an affliction, draining her energy. The only way to stop it is to kill Dio. With the use of Joseph’s stand, Hermit Purple (which allows him to take photos of distant places), they ascertain that Dio is in Egypt… and along with Joseph’s friend Abdul, and a pair of converted would-be assassins of Dio named Kakyoin and Polnareff, they journey to Egypt to bring an end to Dio.
The best thing about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is definitely the stands. Because of them, unlike most battle shonens, rather than on having the supporting cast hold out against the Big Bad until the big hero gets there, or upping the ante through a series of increasingly irrational and convoluted powerups, the fights of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure rely on one main feature: trickery. Every battle in JJBA is as much a battle of wits as it is a battle of physical strength. The fights are all set up, or manipulated to be, based on how one can use one’s power rather than how much power there is. What I really love is, no matter what Stand someone gets stuck with, they will always find a way to get the best out of it, no matter how crappy it may seem on paper.
Now, the original manga for the Stardust Crusaders arc ran for a whopping 16 volumes. As both halves of the anime combined add up to 13 episodes, it should be no surprise that A LOT of material was cut. This is a double-edged sword. On the upside, the original manga was very drawn-out and had a lot of enemies that weren’t very interesting. None of those make it into the animated version, and the whole thing is much more concise, with the 2000 half focusing entirely on plot-relevant opponents. Considering the plot of this half was much more focused on Polnareff’s character than any of the others, this also exemplifies his character very well (being probably the best character of this arc). On the downside, it also cut a load of the best material as well… and in the process, totally neglects to characterize Joseph or Kakyoin.
Unfortunately the 2000 half is definitely the weaker of the two, even with all the dull fights like ZZ and Gray Fly removed. Barring the fights that introduce Abdul, Kakyoin, and Polnareff, we only really have two opponents introduced in this series… and they both lose a decent chunk of dramatic tension because we really don’t care about most of the cast at this point. Also, a lot of the execution comes off as unintentionally funny, such as Jotaro’s total nonchalance to a zombified baby chewing on his leg. The production is most of the cause… it’s paper-thin, drawn out, and the fights are poorly directed. Certain scenes were obviously not though out at all when the transfer was made… many of them worked as single manga frames, but when time becomes a factor, we get issues like characters managing to get several lines of dialogue in the time it takes for a bullet to travel a few feet.
The art style is one of those that transfers very badly to animated form. It probably could have worked if it had been handled by a studio with more budget to spend (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was made by Studio A.P.P.P, who have made approximately fuck all else of value or notability), but unfortunately the art looks… well, bizarre. The shading is extremely heavy regardless of lighting, the lines are overly thick, and generally ugly-looking, and all the muscle detail makes it even harder to believe that Jotaro and Kakyoin are 17 than it was in the original manga (which is saying something). The animation isn’t particularly good either, though it isn’t bad.
Fortunately, the acting is fantastic. Joruta Kosugi sounds so natural as Jotaro that it’s impossible to imagine him voiced by anyone else. Chikao Ootsuka, Katsuji Mori, and the late Hirotaka Suzuoki all deliver fantastically as Joseph, Polnareff and Kakyoin respectively, and Kiyoshi Kobayashi manages to give Abdul a layer of charisma not present in the manga. It also features Norio Wakamoto as recurring villain Hol Horse, a perfect fit if there ever was one. The less said about the dub, the better… there isn’t a single passing-grade performance in there. The ADR job is noticeably half-assed, and none of the actors know how to emote. The soundtrack is not particularly noticeable, but is largely inoffensive.
Overall, while JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a somewhat dodgy series, it is still enjoyable, and I’d still recommend it as something of an advert for the manga. It only has a small fraction of the actual content, which gives good incentive to read the manga. On top of that, seeing this beforehand makes the less-than-stellar first arc function as something of an origin story, rendering it more interesting than it otherwise would be.
Final Words: Not that good on it’s own, but still an entertaining watch and a good introduction to JJBA as a whole.
Japanese track: 9/10
English track: 1/10
For Fans Of: Fist of the North Star, Shaman King
Yes, it is certainly bizarre.
JoJo is the thinking man’s surrealist DBZ. Except instead of endless 3-frame loops of tedious “fight animation” it has sudden, subtle, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fight scenes. In it, weird fighters use weird powers in weird ways; typically by outwitting — rather than merely overpowering — their opponents.
The series’ greatest strength is the unexpected, shocking oddity of it. Whenever you think the series is about to devolve into fighting game cliche, something utterly bugfuck happens. A villain will gleefully and intentionally decapitates himself to show his badassery. A dog addicted to coffee flavored chewing gum kicks ass with a voodoo sandstorm. Somebody telekinetically stops his own heart. A man with two left hands…I-I-I can’t explain it. Oh, did I mention that most characters are named after random popstars?
The greatest weakness is the needlessly idiotic character models. Each character model includes numerous, distracting, embarrassing design choices like stupid clothes, inexplicable hair and mindbogglingly moronic jewelry. Jotaro’s has a 50 lb chain hanging from his lapel and a hat that might be just a visor made of hairgel. Abdul (named after singer Paula Abdul) has hair like an untidy pile of soupcans and a necklace which might actually be the world’s heaviest and least comfortable set of earrings. Even the final boss, Dio Brando, looks like a Hakuto no Ken villain re-imagined by Bronies. And then there’s Polnareff. Fucking Polnareff. Good lord, Dorkula…cut back on the styling mouse, dude. You look like a cracker cosplay of the skinny guy from Kid’n’Play!
Only two characters aren’t dressed like retarded clowns: Joseph Joestar, who looks like Richard Branson cosplaying as Indiana Jones; and Iggy….who is a dog and therefore doesn’t wear fucked-up clothes or psychotic earrings.
Although it descends into wonderfully addlepated madness in the details, the overall plot can be boiled down to: Team of super-powered badasses travel around the world to kick the Big Bad Evil Guy is his smug face. After fighting all his super-powered henchmen first. Rinse Repeat.
The art is nothing special. Perfectly workmanlike if you can get past the insane character models I ranted about above.
The sound effects used by the various Stands were oddly memorable, unlike the music which left no impressions at all. The voice acting (in the English dub) was slightly above average.
Although each character is initially off-putting, they do grow on you. Yes, even Polnareff won me over.
This series is viscerally fun and memorably deranged. It doesn’t merely zig when you expect it to zag. It zrbft’s and then zlrfts.
This is would DBZ would be like if it wasn’t vapid, and what BoboBo BoBoBoBo would’ve been if that show hadn’t lived off a diet of paint chips and monoxide.
12: Ajin OVA
MAL Score: 7.21
New episodes bundled with the limited edition eighth and ninth manga volumes.
Episode 1 – Another tragic story about being an Ajin.. Nakamura Shinya has something in common with Nagai Kei, still being interesting.. even if it were something we saw already
Episode 2 – A funny episode with our characters, something simple at first.. but impressive at the end
Episode 3 – Satou’s past, huh?.. Some of the things we saw in the manga already.. like the first episode.. it was exaggerated, very.. some people are disappointed of this.. but I liked it, hey guys, COME ON.. It’s Satou-San!!!!.. everything about my bae will be great, doesn’t matter if it follows the manga or not.
[Story – 7]
3 stories are covered in each OVA: an incident set before the show, a series of comedic vignettes from multiple POV’s, and (parts of) Sato’s backstory.
I particularly enjoyed the first one, as it had the ‘horror’ vibe I was told that this show had in spades, yet did not quite deliver on. It felt genuinely more intense and tragic than what happened in the show thanks to the more typical ‘whiny teen’ protagonist, which was fine for this one-off.
The second one was really goofy, but honestly? I LOVED it! It’s nice to finally see all these (mostly) super-serious characters in comedic scenarios. Izumi and Tosaki’s in particular was my favourite, as these are probably the two that are the most ‘grounded’.
The third one was my favourite, though. If you somehow read my reviews of the 2 seasons, you’ll have seen me complain about how Sato, despite how awesome he can be, lacks backstory. Well, here we finally get some! It’s an interesting bit, as we see how his psychology transforms after participating in the capture of the ‘first’ Ajin, and even some traces of the Sato in the original show. I wish there was a bit more monologuing from him, but I’ll take what I can get.
[Art – 4]
Artwork is the same quality as the first season (arguably looks even worse at certain moments). I really have nothing else to add here.
[Sound – 6]
Soundwork was the same as always – the music is lacking in identity but works well, the OP/ED music is stellar, and the SFX + voice-acting is fairly competent. I particularly love the voice-acting in the first one, as the desperation + justified angst of the protagonist truly comes through.
[Character – 7]
Characterization is considerably tighter here, thanks again to the reduced run-time. In the first OVA, it’s all believably written and conveyed – there’s no ‘true’ character arc, but you /do/ get invested in these characters for the 20-or-so minutes you watch them.
The second OVA is comedic, so it’s just taking what was established in the show and applying it to skits. Nothing really different or new here.
The third OVA was pretty cool though – there are only really /2/ characters we focus on (Sato and a military buddy of his), but they receive enough fleshing out to warrant interest. Even though I LOVED how Sato’s evolution was portrayed here, his buddy Kemper was written well and I would actually like to see/read more about him in future installments of the animanga just to see how he would react.
[Enjoyment/Overall – 6]
I don’t really have any closing comments to add, as I think the introduction covered it just fine. Same recommendation as for the two seasons: watch if you don’t really care about artwork, and just want good plot and characters.
So i seen there is no review about this OVA so i thinked why not since i enjoyed the series and this OVA series is pretty good.
Ajin….Demi-Humans who are immortals , can die many times and wake up…pretty good concept ?
This time in this OVA you’ll see different characters , a different main who gets to know that he is an Ajin , pretty interesting to me.
Let’s start…the protagonist has a pretty how to say…mediocre life ? study’s and stuff ? party’s sometimes ? Well all’s gonna change when he chosse to go to a party instead to study with his friend.
I’ll let you see for yourselves to not spoil much. I give it 8.
The art is pretty nice i mean it’s the same as the series , and at first i didn’t like it but now it catched me , i give it 8.
The sound is very good , that opening rocks. And the situations etc , i give it 8.
About the characters there isn’t much since it’s only an OVA with 2 episodes , but it’s okay for an OVA series,i give it 6.
I enjoyed this very much to see a different main struggling to survive instead of Kei , it was kinda interesting , i give it a 9
Ajin fans will sure enjoy this OVA.
11: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に拡 アウトブレイク
MAL Score: 7.22
It is 1983, and Hinamizawa is under quarantine. A mysterious and deadly virus has been discovered within the small village, and its residents—such as teenager Keiichi Maebara and his friends Mion Sonozaki and Rena Ryuuguu—are left confused and frightened by the situation.
As the villagers begin to search for a way to stop the affliction from spreading, some make drastic plans, which leaves Keiichi and his friends looking for a way to escape the village. But when tensions reach an all-time high, some of his group may not make it out unscathed as they fight for their lives against enemies both seen and unseen.
Basically you can think of it as another world where things went bad but this time you will see how everything continued until the end I guess. Who knows how will it end. We can meditate about it.
The style is similar to the previous Higurashi series but different from OVAs that were more like parodies. Kaku is very serious and you can see again everyone (yeah especially Rena and her insane face) covered in blood. You will meet all the already known characters and see the good old Hinamizawa again. Hmm yea, not good at all but you know what I mean… 😀
The OVA is about 50 minutes long so it’s like two anime episodes in one. I actually didn’t believe in the end that it is already over. It really got me so I forgot about time etc. Don’t wanna say that it’s the best anime OVA ever, some scenes and moments in the plot are a bit childish and naive I would say and could have been done better. (don’t wanna spoil much) However, I got caught by this OVA and I am sure that every fan of Higurashi will feel the same way. The plot is very fast (of course, just 50 mins for all the stuff in there) thus it’s not boring and it ends in the best. In other words there is no time for boring scenes.
This OVA also helped me a bit to understand more about the whole mysterious plot. Especially Hanyuu and Rika’s short dialogue is very interesting. To tell the truth, we never saw any of the paralel world coming that far as this one.
Btw, you know the song called “Dear You” from the Higurashi game? I remember tons of comments on the Internet that this song should be used also in the anime. Well, some dreams that may seem impossible sometimes come true. Thanks Oyashiro-sama.
The result? If you liked previous Higurashi series (and felt that you need more of Hinamizawa), definitely watch this OVA. No more to say. Even if you ignored the rest of the OVAs that were just weird parodies made for fun, this one is different.
Considering how disappointed I was with a large proportion of Kira, I was trying my best not to get my hopes up for this OVA but upon seeing the trailer, I found it difficult not to. It looked serious, it looked exciting; Rena had her cleaver and Keiichi is armed with the bat. What’s not to instantly get excited about?
In general, it was an interesting episode and longer than your typical episodes so that it is about the length of a double episode. It did however have a few flaws that with some careful thought about the plot could have been easily smoothed out.
This may be an obvious point but you should have watch series 1 and 2 before watching this.
Story: In general, the story is interesting. It deals with the ‘Outbreak’ (unsurprisingly) of the “virus”. I will avoid going into too many details but it deals with the action from external groups and more importantly the reaction of the villagers themselves. The plot-line is very reminiscent of the original Higurashi episodes. It is dark, there is plenty of violence and you can see the connection between the club members.
Character: With a couple of exceptions, I felt this is where the episode really fell down. It was without… ‘love’. Both Rena and Keiichi in particular seemed to do things that had very little emotion attached to them – unlike in the previous series, their violence seemed a little… like a spree rather than for any particular reason.
Actually Rika, despite her small part in the episode as a whole, gets me applause. Everything from her expressions and her ‘Bern-esque’ voice got me. I’m pretty sure there may have been some gentle underlying suggestions about the links to Umineko.
Overall: Overall I enjoyed it despite the little character flaws, it made a nice change from Kira and the ‘happy-happy-love-love’ Higurashi to something just that little bit darker. There seems to be doubt as to whether this is the last episode or whether there will be more. It seemed to me that the episode lent itself to a little more storytelling.
– Director: Alright staff! Lets recup: What did the audiences like in the Higurashi series?
-Staff 1: I know, I know! The mystery and never really knowing what’s going on.
-Staff 2: How human and full of flows the characters were. Even the killers had times when they were afraid, confused and in complete disarray about their emotions.
-Staff 3: How the community was a quiet, eerie place on the surface, full of dark secrets and people who moved in the shadows in the background. Also how cut it was from the outside world!
-Staff 4: How the characters are slowly slipping into insanity, starting to doubt if what they’re seeing is real?
– Director: Excellant! Excellant! You pointed out everything that we will NOT do in the movie!
– Staff1: But wouldn’t that just piss off all our viewers and send our ratings skydiving without a parachute? I mean we already fucked up with the OVAs…
– Director: Exactly! Now on to create a zombie apocalypse movie!
Yes, yes, it’s not EXACTLY a zombie apocalypse but, come on! The similarities are waaaay too obvious. The madness that covers the whole village takes the form of a plague that the world goverment is afraid of, there are killers walking around the streets missing a lot of brain cells and our protagonists go all Rambo on said killers. Oh and I do mean “all Rambo”
Supposedly EVERYONE in the world already had parasites living inside them which were the cause people became divided in religions, countries etc, depending on the parasite type. (Really movie? We’re going there?) And suddenly these become actively hostile towards the different variations of parasites meaning people go into a mindless manslaughter against people with different parasites. Well, that’s towards the middle part of the movie and the end. The movie actually begins with the world goverment putting the whole village our protagonists live in under quarantine. Yes, with tanks, soldiers, etc etc. Don’t you remember how you just loved seeing the world outside the village interract with the people in the village blowing away all the eerie atmosphere?
Anyway the people of the village consider Satoko the source of the evil curse that has befallen them and prepare to sacrifice her to the local deity. So the club members decide to rescue her! Aka Mion gets K.O.ed in an instant and is effortlessly moved around as a package by the protagonist’s family, while Keiichi and Rena singehandedly rescue Satoko. And oh, my God! There are over 100 people wondering around with guns and other weapons looking to kill them! How will the Keiichi and Rena manage to sneak past them? (Since… You know, they’re humans. With no super powers whatsoever. And they’re not Batman.)…Sneak past them? Man up you cowards! As Keiichi brilliantly puts it before grabbing his baseball bat : “A hundrend? Only a hundrend?”
Yes, I’m dead serious. Keiichi and Rena easily slaughter 100 people on their own while being cocky as f$”% about it. Are you starting to see the problems of the movie? It’s NOT HIGURASHI. Hell, even the OVAs were closer to the original Higurashi than this. It’s like making Sadako from Ringu a news reporter. The fact that she has something to do with TV doesn’t mean she fits there!. Same goes with the Higurashi cast. The fact that zombie apocalypse is a type of horror and Higurashi also belongs in the horror genre doesn’t mean that the Higurashi cast fits in a zombie apocalypse!
In the end they manage to rescue Satoko, escape the city through one of Mion’s family secret passages and Rika decides to stay behind and wait for civilization to begin again… Directors, if you can’t axe-off a cast member DON’T invent some stupid reason to get them seperated from the rest. I mean, there are writers who can pull that off, but clearly you’re not among them. If you can’t kill them let them stay. Anyway… Our protagonist go outside the village, into a world destroyed by the sudden mania the parasites have caused (boy we sure skipped fast through that one).
To sum up: It’s not Higurashi! Not even a fun spin-off. Stupid, uninspired, terribly written and doesn’t have anything that made you like the original series.
10: Sankarea OVA
MAL Score: 7.23
Two OVA episodes are bundled as DVDs with each of volumes 6 and 7 of the manga.
The first OVA is a prequel story written by the manga’s author. Before the beginning of the main story, Rea and Chihiro have already met at a certain place: an outdoor hot-spring bath.
The second OVA takes place after the series (effectively episode 14). The Furuya family finds a mysterious young girl hiding under the household temple.
In short: the first is about Chihiro and how he had found a book about resurrection; the second is about Aria and her strange dream (I can’t write what was this dream about because it will be a great spoiler for you; for same reason I’m not writing who is Chihiro&Aria).
First OVA is like a prequel for the TV series. If you didn’t watched “Sankarea” yet, I strongly recommend you to start with this OVA — you’ll free from several question and won’t say “WTF?!” after the first TV ep. 10/10.
Second is so strange and weakly connected to the main story. That is why I recommend you watch this after the TV series, but not the right after! 6/10.
Both OVA’s are well-animated and have cute scenes. Quint essence of the TV series…
Nevertheless, I can’t say that it’s a masterpiece.
Just like I said about art. Also 9/10.
Well, well. All characters, except Aria in her dream, are shown true. True, but not great.
7/10, also due to better first and worse second OVA.
8/10. Very, very good additional episodes of “Sankarea”. I like it.
Episode 00 is about 17 months earlier. Chihiro is telling a story, about memories, mostly in his perspective but also some is in Rea’s. You see some more about Rea’s odd relationship with her father and her mother. Chihiro goes on a holiday with his family and Ranko tags along. So you learn more about their history, too.
The second OVA, Episode 14, is best to watch after the series, as that’s it’s proper place. A weird girl appears under the temple and strange things start happening. Chihiro shows he’s smarter than he looks, and it all comes together in the end.
This isn’t a review exactly, but here’s one if you need:
The first episode is about both the main characters past, and how one of them came across a ‘thing’ which made this whole anime possible. It’s interesting to watch because the episode flows really good.
The second (episode 14) episode is a ‘not-so-necessary episode’ I’d say, but no harm in watching. It’s about a ‘side character’. But this episode accomplishes nothing in the end, you will be asking urself, ‘why does this episode even exists?’.
There, you have it, but I do strongly recommend you to follow my advice that I mentioned at the top.
9: Tokyo Ghoul: “Pinto”
Japanese: 東京喰種 トーキョーグール【PINTO】
MAL Score: 7.23
Shuu Tsukiyama is a “ghoul”: a creature who eats human flesh, and he likes to enjoy his meals to the fullest. One night, while relishing in the premeditated murder of his dinner, Shuu’s much anticipated first bite is disturbed by a sudden flash of light.
The flash turns out to be from the camera of high schooler Chie Hori, who presents Shuu with the perfect picture capturing his true nature; the extremely clear shot of a bloody corpse and an overly excited Shuu threatens to expose his ghoul identity, thus Shuu needs to sort out this situation quickly.
After Shuu discovers that Chie attends the same high school as him and is even in the same class, the reason behind his feelings of obsession changes from self-preservation to morbid curiosity. As he grows closer to the absent-minded and extremely odd photographer, he challenges them both to learn more about each other’s conflicting worlds; Shuu promises that Chie will come out of this experience with a photograph superior to the one she already has.
So here we have an interesting little side story from Shuu Tsukiyama’s high school days when he met photographer, Chie Hori.
There isn’t much to this story but it was interesting to say the least – it revolves around Tsukiyama meeting this “oddball”, Chie Hori, who randomly takes a picture of him feasting on a meal one night; Tsukiyama’s immediate response to discovering her was to devour her however he is distracted by her camera flashes as she takes some pictures, then all of a sudden Tsukiyama develops some lima syndrome and decides to “befriend” her instead which was an interesting choice.
As expected, with Tsukiyama’s brilliant personality, he is extremely popular with the ladies in high school which brings some jealousy among the men however this idea isn’t remotely touched upon as Hori immediately cuts into the scene. This story is mainly about Tsukiyama trying to find the reason why he didn’t feast upon Hori that night.
Not the best, but definitely not the worst. It is acceptable to the point where it just flows and you don’t immediately notice any flaws.
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant – Tsukiyama’s excellent choice of vocabulary, exhilarating french accent and orgasmic screams alone make up entirely for the enjoyment of the show.
We have a good contrast between Tsukiyama’s extremely vivid design and Hori’s bland/modest yet still interesting “oddball” – the sighs Tsukiyama makes towards Hori conveys so much of a lighthearted feeling in them.
Personally I enjoyed this short OVA quite a bit, not much as much as Tokyo Ghoul: JACK, but still on quite a high level. The voice acting of Tsukiyama is just superb in all ways.
If you’re a Tokyo Ghoul fan, you definitely need to watch this.
This show isn’t as terrible as the first ones.
It’s about Shuu Tsukiyama, the weird guy from the original meeting a little girl, Chie Hori, who took his picture while he was eating one of his victims. This girl is an oddball. The only thing that interests her is photography. She’s not at all shocked about the fact that Shuu is a ghoul and this surprised him. So they become “friends”. He then takes her to a hospital, tells her to sneak in some old man’s room at night and take pictures of what she sees inside. Long story short there’s an abusive nurse, Shuu comes in and eats a bit of the old man, then threatens to throw Chie out the window, then actually throws her, but finally catches her at the end.
The story isn’t anything special really. Same old Tokyo Ghouls, so 3/10
Not much to be said here really. the art is ok. Nothing special but still looks good. 6/10
The music was pretty ok too. I liked the orchestra music when Shuu was eating the old man. 5/10
Shuu is the same old weird guy and Chie is somewhat of a dandere. I found their interactions kinda boring and the characters uninteresting however not annoying and irritating as some of the characters from the original (eg: Kaneki). I did enjoy the sheer insanity and random mood swings of Shuu though. And the nurse was fun as well. 4/10
I like this one more than the original so far. The story’s the same and the characters aren’t great but as I already said they’re not as terrible as the original ones. 5/10
Not the worst so far. I’ll continue watching it.
8: Another: The Other – Inga
English: Another: The Other
Japanese: アナザー The Other -因果-
MAL Score: 7.29
Shortly before the start of a new semester, Misaki Fujioka visits her twin sister Mei Misaki in Yomiyama City. The girls make full use of the last days of summer, roaming around a heat-weary town and visiting various places including a shopping center and shooting stall. When they prowl around her basement, Mei expresses uneasiness about her new class, which is said to be cursed.
Craving more entertainment, the twins decide to pay a visit to the local amusement park. But the leisure of a sleepy summer day could soon turn woeful as Mei sees the color of death on her sister—an unmistakable omen that a tragedy is bound to strike.
Now, you’re probably expecting a lot of bloodshed and mind twists right? That would be most of the cases for us die-hard fans into the mystery, thriller, and horror theme that the original series bought us.
However, in this OVA, we see a more brighter side of Mei Misaki and her “other half”. Talk about a splitting image.
We also get to see a bit more about her past as well as her “other half”. But you’re still probably asking yourself “should I watch this even if I’ve seen the original series?” Let me answer that with a 7-letter word:
Why? Because this is a mini-prequel. In other words, this is not what happens after the series or an anime that will throw bloodshed at your screen every 5 minutes. (well, there was one thrown in).
The OP song remains the same and as for the music, it’s a bit calm but still retains that darkening mood. The art remains beautiful just like the original series with some added bonus fan-service like a cherry on top. ~desu
As for the characters, there are only two. Yes, it’s the ones you see in the promo poster. What did you expect? I told you this is a prequel OVA, not the entire series. It is however quite interesting to see the relationship of Mei and her other half bond as well as her more energetic, cute, outer self.
This is perhaps the trailer for what some fans may expect before the calm of the storm if you decide to watch it first rather than the original series. And that calm will soon turn into calamity as disaster strikes into the heart of Yomiyama.
So, all in all, this OVA is entertaining but not something I’ll remember by for a long time; at least not like the death of you-know-who in the original series or that Nice Boat episode when the class went to the beach. But, is this OVA worth your time watching?
Well, that’s for me to know and you to find out.
This is a very heartfelt special addition to Another, and contrasting greatly with the original series, it progresses fairly slow. This really helped to enhance the feelings of intimacy conveyed throughout, and to allow us to connect more on a personal level, to Mei.
I have no doubt about it that by watching this prequel, you’ll come to understand Mei’s back story much more vividly. It seems as though this was the reason behind releasing an episode 0, and especially due to the inclusion of real scenes from episode 1 (of the main) – the story comes together beautifully.
I really found it nice to see Mei so happy for a change, during this episode. The show reflects some Slice Of Life-like elements, and it works well in bringing out the thoughts, feelings and emotions of Mei and her Sister, that were originally going to remain untold. However, contrary to this supposedly “dramatically less dramatic” feature, i can say however that the show retained its sense of uneasiness. Contrasting with what i’ve said about it being a chilled out piece, it still manages to incorporate some of the show’s signature fear inducing, edge of the seat presentation tactics.
This is an essential piece for fans of the show to watch!
Note that while there are no major plot expositions to be found here, i would personally judge this prequel to be spoilerific enough that people who haven’t yet watched the main series may want to watch that first.
The events of this anime move somewhat slowly from the beginning, we are shown the relationship between the 2 Misakis, heavily interspersed with Fanservice(significantly more than the main series ever demonstrated and much less subtly). From the midpoint it picks up a little in pace, however ultimatly the most you will likely get out of this OVA is some small fanservice and a few tidbits of information that weren’t properly explained in the original series
The art remains as good as it does in the main series, there isn’t anything special to really set it apart from it’s parent
The sound is good, though the errie and oppresive ambient sounds and creepy music of it’s parent are toned back here, especially early on in which the music is largely peaceful or missing altogether, it’s towards the end that the creepiness of the music slowly starts to work it’s way in nicely giving the effect of a change from a peaceful beginning transitioning in to the events of the main series
There is some character development for both Misakis which fans will appreciate, however little more
As someone who enjoyed much of the original series greatly the best term I can give to describe this OVA would be “Sufficient”. There was just enough little tidbits of information, fanservice and even a cheeky tease that I didn’t find it unenjoyable.
Overall – 7
It’s fair to say most fans millages with this will vary greaty, some will find it an abysmal waste of their time, or be greatly dissapointed with it’s choice of content. Others may think it a fine add on to the main series. Ultimately on it’s own this OVA fails to be satisfying however as with the background lore of a video game or the notes of an author that were never published if you’re willing to set aside a little time to peruse it you’ll find some small bits of information that might interest you.
7: Tokyo Ghoul: “Jack”
Japanese: 東京喰種 トーキョーグール【JACK】
MAL Score: 7.34
Former baseball player turned delinquent Taishi Fura accidentally witnesses the man-eating “ghoul” known as Lantern injuring his old friend and murdering another. Before the situation gets any worse, Fura’s classmate Kishou Arima arrives―as he is actually an undercover investigator for the Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG)―and forces the ghoul to flee.
Seeking revenge for his friends, Fura joins forces with Arima to hunt down ghouls in the 13th Ward—ultimately aiming to bring down Lantern.
Tokyo Ghoul: “Jack” unveils snippets of life in the past for the CCG’s fearsome “Reaper,” Arima, giving insight into how he spent his high school days.
This short OVA tells the back story of Arima who appears in the second season of Tokyo Ghoul, and was honestly a fascinating clip of the Tokyo Ghoul world. Although it is recommended that you watch both seasons of TG (Tokyo Ghoul) before touching this, I thought that it stood firmly as its own interesting piece, with a defined character.
To begin, I’ll discuss the artwork, sound, and story as a whole. I would argue that the artwork has indeed changed slightly from the televised versions of TG, and it gave it a very different “atmosphere.” For the majority of this OVA, it really felt like a slice-of-life anime, partially because of the art, and also because of the relationship between the characters. In the past, TG characters, although close, seldom shared “memorable” moments with each other, and I was glad to see that element added to this OVA. The characters really came to life, and it got me to not only feel closer to them, but want to support them. This was the most drastic change between TG and “Jack,” and it increased my overall enjoyment of this piece.
My overall rating for this is a 9/10, due to its solid artwork, character development, and story. The only reason I won’t give this one a perfect score is because it didn’t meet my expectations in terms of action scenes and, if it’s a word, Ghoulishness.
Tokyo Ghoul : Jack, an ova I have been anticipating since it was confirmed. And now that I finally watched, I want more, a lot more.
Story (9) : The story follows Fura, who belongs in a gang but then left it. One unfortunate day, he witnesses the murder of his friend by a ghoul of the name “Lantern”. Wanting revenge, he and Arima start to go around killing ghouls hoping to find Lantern with the help of, Minami. There isn’t much to the story, but it was quite interesting to know a little more about Arima’s backstory. Unlike Tokyo Ghoul, this ova focuses on making the ghouls seem bad. But in the end, you will feel the feels when you understand that most ghouls just want to be human and live normally with the rest of us.
Art (8) : The colors are quite vivid and fit this ova quite well. The gore animation wasn’t too over the top like some anime could be. As expected, the fight scenes in this ova is quite good. I also really liked that character animation.
Sound (8.5) : There isn’t an op or ed to judge, but I must say, the OST was quite good. It fitted the anime very well and didn’t seem out of place at all.
Character (9) : For characters, we have the overpowered Arima and the guy who wants revenge, Fura. We also have Minami, who seems like a cute and innocent girl. There is a little character development for Fura, from a rebellious teenager to an outstanding ghoul investigator. It was quite interesting to watch the main characters interact with each other.
Enjoyment (10) : The original Tokyo Ghoul series (Not Root A), is one of my favorite anime of all time. So of course, I would have enjoyed this ova and I enjoyed every single bit of it. Unlike root A, which I disappointed me a lot.
Overall (9) : I really liked this ova and can’t wait for Pinto which is coming next season. I would recommend this ova to anyone who enjoyed Tokyo Ghoul. It would give you feels, when you watch the ending. I also recommend you to check out the manga series if you enjoyed it.
Tokyo Ghoul: Jack’s story, art, and characters are all beautifully adapted from the manga for our viewing pleasure. The OST is also completely brand new and fitting! You will not, I repeat, you will NOT be disappointed in by the Tokyo Ghoul: Jack OVA adaptation.
The only possible downfall is that it’s only 30 minutes long! Overall enjoyment is 10/10.
P.S. No Arima dorito-chin.
6: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken
English: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
MAL Score: 7.36
Kujo Jotaro is a normal, popular Japanese high-schooler, until he thinks that he is possessed by a spirit, and locks himself in prison. After seeing his grandfather, Joseph Joestar, and fighting Joseph’s friend Muhammad Abdul, Jotaro learns that the “Spirit” is actually Star Platinum, his Stand, or fighting energy given a semi-solid form. Later, his mother gains a Stand, and becomes sick. Jotaro learns that it is because the vampire Dio Brando has been revived 100 years after his defeat to Jonathan Joestar, Jotaro’s great-great-grandfather. Jotaro decides to join Joseph and Abdul in a trip to Egypt to defeat Dio once and for all.
The fact that some factors of Jojo are complicated to explain does not negate its quality, but only amplifies it because it really makes you curious and alert to how its so original in a certain way. The fact its supposed to be unorthodox really makes it unique in a different way.
The supporting cast have their own unique qualities and personalities. Like Kakyoin may seem cold and distant like Jotaro from an outside point of view, he’s very loyal, compassionate, and very formal. I say it really helps when Hirotaka Suzuoki is your seiyuu. Polernarf is somewhat of the comic relief of the series despite his serious intentions. It’s just when it comes to comic relief characters in action anime and manga, they tend to be good will and natured. And then there’s Iggy, the stand using dog. Even though he is a dog, he sure has a helluva an ego.
Initially, the manga had a Hokuto no Ken like approach to it. Sometimes you’d wonder if Buronson was the artist himself because the styles were exactly alike because of the massive bodies and the execution of stiffer fights were also present. But the art tends to evolve when Araki begins to make the bodies of his characters more lean and cut. Something lets say you can compare to the designs of the Battle Royale manga. But then he’d use water colors in some of his paintings on the covers to give it a somewhat more artistic distinctive look. Especially with the weird poses. I’m not saying it’s gay or metrosexual or however you wanna call it, I say it is probably meant to reflect on how Jojo is just weird, but in a cool and captivating way.
The art is somewhat 80s with the clothing and the massive bodies, but when you look at it in comparison to the manga where it currently is with the Steel Ball Run arc, the art is becoming more leaner and more modern by current standards being more stereotypically anime with big eyes, but Araki still uses the weird poses and the water colors on his covers. So if you read the manga from start to where it is right now, like Morikawa Jyoji’s Hajime no Ippo, you’re going to see an evolution to the style. But I really like the sense of fashion he puts into his characters and gives variety. Like Jotaro’s Japanese punk clothing you might see in Bebop High School. Especially with the long school boy trench coat. And Joseph now has this Indiana Jones look. And Abdul looks culturally authentic. And Polernarf as confirmed by SNK would of course be the model of one of Team Japan’s favorite fighters, Benimaru. And in the manga, the cyborg Nazi stroheim would inspire Guile’s design in Street Fighter II.
The stands of course are just unbelievable. Some of them are weird, and some of them are just frickin’ sweet. Like Jotaro’s stand, Stardust Plantinum has an Azteck warrior look to it. I have no idea how to describe Dio’s stand, the World. It’s humanoid like Stardust Plantinum, but has all these cords and looks all tubey. It looks likes some sort of hyro powered fighter or something. Joseph’s stand Purple Hermit is just a bunch of purple vines but has its use. So you’re going to see a lot of variety with the art and design though not necessarily too distinct in comparison to some action anime or manga of this nature except with the execution of the action.
Now time to talk about what makes this anime stands out, but not necessarily that recognizable to other anime and manga fans outside of the land of the rising sun. It’s definitely the fights. The final battle is just breath taking. On my list of top anime manga fights, Dio vs Jotaro hits number one. It’s an all out battle for the fate of the world. Despite how wild and crazy this fight is, I really love how strategy and intuition is still present in the fight, though it’s not necessarily as technical as you’d see in a martial arts oriented anime like street fighter. If you had to put the mind games of L and Light from Deathnote into a physical plane or in layman’s terms, “a fist fight,” this would be it. You’re not going to see these fights in Dragon Ball Z, in Naruto, in Hajime no Ippo, History’s Strongest Disciple Ken’ichi, Flame of Recca, nowhere but Jojo. The original Jojo fights in the first two story arcs were more martial arts based being all Hokuto no Ken like and all and still entertaining in their own respective rights. But its good when you start from the beginning, you see the evolution to where it is now.
But with this anime or manga being old, I kind of don’t like the dark resolution. I understand it’s a dark anime, but for me, it’s kind of hard on the eyes.
Well, this oav series has no specific big name band doing any opening or ending themes nor is there any lyrical open and ending themes at all. I think it would have been cool if they did something like that for this anime. The background music is still very excellent and gives an eerie and spooky feel to it. I like it a whole lot. I don’t know what else there is to describe with the music. Though it is good, it doesn’t really stand out though certain songs do match the intensity and other emotions of the situation.
The voice acting in this was dead perfect. Kosugi Juurouta as Jotaro was excellent, though I don’t think this is how a Japanese 17 year old should sound. But he makes Jotaro sound very intimidating, intelligent, and tough. I love the emotion he gives and he really brings the battle cries and the phrases of Jotaro to life. Like whenever he’s throwing multiple punches, he cries ora ora ora ora ora ora ora. And he’s always saying yare yare daze you can say something is along the lines of “oh well.”
Nobuo Tanaka as Dio Brando was just amazing and couldn’t imagine anyone else doing it. I love how they give an echo effect to his voice, especially when he uses the powers of the World to freeze time. And he really brings out the psychotic sadist that Dio is with the way he yells and screams. He’s got that battle cry of “WRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY” and “muda muda muda muda.” Meaning it’s all useless if you wanted to translate it in a very literally loose way. I understand that in the Phantom Blood movie, Tanaka was replaced by veteran Midorikawa Hikaru. He’s done a lot of roles himself. Though I have yet to watch Phantom Blood, I just can’t imagine Midorikawa playing somebody like Dio and I don’t think he’s ideal for villains. But until I watch that movie and review it, I’ll give a more accurate judgement.
The story of the series is quite strong, with an interesting premise with the introduction of Stands to the series – psychic manifestations of the user’s fighting spirit. The somewhat formulaic presented goal to ‘defeat the big bad and save the damsel in distress’ may seem a stereotypical goal, but it is drastically subverted throughout the series, and this is one of the primary reasons as to why JoJo’s continues to excel as a brilliant series through its intuitive and genre-breaking storylines.
The characters are well developed, despite the condensing of much of the manga storyline into the creation of the OVA – Jotaro’s badass demeanour and sharp wit are complimented well by the supporting protagonist cast – the humble and loyal Noriaki Kakyoin, the lecherous and somewhat ‘comic relief’ character of the series Jean Pierre Polnareff, the light-hearted and intelligent Joseph Joestar, the direct and intimidating Muhammed Avdol and the rebellious but occasionally helpful Stand-using dog Iggy. As you can probably tell, these personalities clash quite frequently, and the character interactions are quite meaningful in allowing the audience to interpret the characters fully and become really drawn into the plot’s progression.
Stands are the primary innovative feature introduced in this series in particular, and the Stand concept is present up until the current part, Part 7 in the manga, and there are plenty of reasons as to why this is. Stands add a new dimension to combat, and just because many of the Stands look physically bulky does not mean the battles become fistfights – the vast majority of battles in JoJo’s are won not by the physical strength of the users, but by their wit and cunning, and the usage of the environment and their powers to secure an advantage. Expect many underhanded tricks and death-defying attacks, and these only add to the trope-breaking that JoJo’s exhibits.
In terms of visuals, it is clear that the directors have put a lot of effort into imitating Hirohiko Araki’s distinct and interesting art style, and in some ways, they manage to succeed, but it was always going to be difficult to recreate the flamboyant poses and eye-popping visuals that Araki creates in the manga. The 90’s animation in the later episodes is well done for its time; despite some niggles with jagged edging, but these can really be overlooked. The prequel episodes created in 2000 have a much darker and deeper animation style, and this is also quite visually impressive. The variety of clothing and fashion sense that Araki creates exudes brilliance, and this is well replicated in the OVA, adding to that same atmosphere that was created in the original manga.
Despite the lack of an opening or ending theme, the audio in the OVA is also very well done – the backing music adds a very eerie and mysterious feel to the series, and the score backs the events of the series well, with no particular songs standing out over the others, but still managing to capture the emotion and tension of the situation. The voice acting was also excellent and in character, particularly the voice actors of Jotaro and the supporting protagonists, along with Dio’s voice actor, who breathed life and emotion into the characters and captured their essence and personality that was presented in the manga.
My final rating of 9/10 is a result of the combined praises that I have given the series over the past paragraphs. The only lost point was due to the condensing of the storyline, which was indeed required to fit into the 13 episode limit, but still leaves several loose ends which can only be understood if the watcher has already read the manga, which, to be fair, really should be the only reason as to why you are planning to watch this (if you have or are planning to read the manga). While this OVA series is very exciting to watch, it does not match up to the excellence of the manga, and should not be viewed as an alternative to reading the manga, as you will simply miss so much of the experience which makes JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure so captivating.
Character – The characters have some recognizable personality but are not fully fleshed out. Jotaro is a bit of a thug – he broke D’Arby’s finger for attempting to cheat at poker. Polnareff is a manchild, he is arrogant and constantly gets into fights for no good reason. That’s about all that can be surmised from the little amount of character building that happens in this short OVA. There are practically no scenes devoted to character development, so we really don’t get to know the characters in depth. Actually most of the character development happened in the 7-episode prequel OVA. The Joestars want to save Holly and the other team members are there to get revenge on Dio. So the overall picture is there, but the characters aren’t quite fully fleshed out. Overall 2 out of 4 for having undeveloped yet sound characters.
Story – The story is pretty much nonsensical. Stands are somehow related to Tarot cards? This is never explained or explored. The villains are extremely inefficient at trying to kill the protagonists (I suppose if they were efficient, then the protagonists would never succeed) for example Hol Horse confronting Polnareff in the middle of the street and telling him about how his gun stand is superior to Polnareff’s sword stand. Dio Brando being terrible at using his stand. Vanilla Ice acting like a complete idiot to get hit by Iggy and killed by Polnareff who was lying on the ground right in front of him. Jotaro suddenly developing the time-stop ability OUT OF NOWHERE just to defeat Dio. Polnareff jumping in to save Jotaro just as Dio is about to decapitate Jotaro. Dio landing exactly on Joseph’s body after getting furiously punched by Jotaro. The entire stand thing makes no sense and the whole story is based around stands. It is truly bizarre. 0 out of 3 for not making any sense.
Oh and also, I might add that chocolate EXPANDS when molten, so the whole idea of D’Arby melting chocolate to make more room for an extra coin to be dropped into the cup makes no sense at all.
Overall 5 out of 10 for having undeveloped characters and a completely nonsensical story.
5: Shin Getter Robo
English: New Getter Robo
MAL Score: 7.36
Humanity is under attack by demonic creatures called Oni. Unable to fight back by any other means, the scientist Dr. Saotome creates a series of giant robots that harness the mysterious power of Getter Rays, giving them the strength necessary to fight the Oni. The strongest of these is Getter Robo, and Saotome must enlist three very different men to pilot it – martial artist Ryoma Nagare, criminal leader Hayato Jin, and monk Benkei Musashibou. Together, the Getter Team fights to end the Oni menace forever.
As a person who only sporadically saw Getter Robo and never read the manga especially it’s version of Shin Getter Robo (which I’ve heard was way better), what makes this OVA stand out was that it actually implemented many of the elements from Gunbuster which is one of my favorite anime.
The overall events never matched up to how Gunbuster was but at the same time the fact that this was a classic Super Robot series with a very conclusive respectful “death” of the original iconic three speaks volumes for why this is an outstanding anime.
In the end, Shin Getter Robo is not for everyone even including hardcore Super Robot fans but for me, it is certainly among the most epic series out there. The way the timeline shifts, the character evolves, the annoyances of typical characters toned down…I stick to what I said in my original sentence. Sometimes there are shows where you can criticize the show because of it’s genre but sometimes there are shows that are presented in such a way that it’s like criticizing Batman for wearing his underwear outside which is different from criticizing his having nipples.
Shin Getter Robo has many parallels to the dark iteration of Batman. What many non-fans or even hardcore fans may see as psychotic poorly written turn of events for violence’s sake, I see as near-perfectly shifting cookie cutter heroes into charismatic anti-heroes that would strongly appeal to even general classic Super Robot fans who didn’t watch the original series.
The story of New Getter Robo is definitely not its forte. Rather than focusing on actual storytelling, the plot mostly just seems like an excuse to pit the three violent and near-psychotic men against legions unfortunate foes. While this may put off some viewers, it does make for plenty of screen time featuring the getter team turning its enemies into bloody smears on the ground, with or without their trusty super robot. Think of New Getter Robo as a Power Rangers series that kids were never meant to watch — if you like the monster-of-the-week feel that is light on the plotting, you should be able to enjoy what New Getter Robo offers.
The characters, on the other hand, are definitely the strength of the series. The three protagonists are simply, for the lack of a better word, badass. There is never a dull moment while watching the trio pulverize oni large and small, because you can see their love for the job when they shout those iconic phrases such as "Change Getter One!" asvthe catchy battle theme boom from your speakers. Though neither deep nor complex, Ryoma, Hayate, and Benkei are perfect for New Getter Robo, which happens to be a simple and straightforward story.
The art style featured in this series is nostalgic yet dynamic. Sketch lines are used for shading, much like older anime series’, but the use of thick lines in the rendering of each scene creates a bold sensation that makes it feel larger than life. However, though that animation is crisp and clean, the amount of detail is rather low. Background art never goes beyond being functional, the frame rate never enters the realm of smooth, and the transformation sequences are either reused or omitted. Though the style and limitations of New Getter Robo’s animation certainly does add to the air of nostalgia, it does put the production value of the series into question.
The amount of enjoyment derived from New Getter Robo depends strongly on personal taste. If you enjoy shows of the super robot genre such as mazingkaiser and other Go Nagai classics, or if you just want some action that is light on thinking, New Getter Robo is definitely worth a look. But if the idea of watching three grizzled men in colorful tights fighting in a giant robot only evoke thoughts of ridicule in your mind, chances are, this is not for you.
Getter Robot is one of the most popular fuses and my experience watching the anime was quite satisfactory, despite the series having only 13 episodes I think the ending was interesting.
The animation by Getter Robo reminds me a lot of the cartoon animation of The Big O, despite being inconsistent in some specific moments, the animation in the end managed to please my expectations.
The characters are the strongest point of the work and I really like how they have different personalities, that is, they are the type of characters that many people end up liking right from the start, but there are others that don’t really like these types of characters.
The soundtrack even though it is the same as Opening, they can make a good impression at the time of battles and even get nostalgic at times, but I think the anime could have a variation of Osts.
About the design of Getter Robo, well … I thought it was really cool and it is completely different from the other strands that I’m used to seeing .. And to those who like strands with overpowers characters I think you could take a look at the anime, and to those who don’t like it, I recommend to go far.
4: Hellsing: Digest for Freaks
Japanese: HELLSING I OVA DIGEST FOR FREAKS
MAL Score: 7.65
This OVA is a summary of the first three episodes of Hellsing, with the animation style of Hellsing Ultimate and following the events of the Hellsing manga.
Hellsing I: Digest for Freaks Might just be a recap for those three episodes, but it’s also just another short of reused animation for the first episode of Hellsing Ultimate, nothing more, nothing less. Everything about this was just another re-phrasal of Hellsing Ultimate, os to avoid making this a Hellsing Ultimate review I’m sparing it for now.
3: Change!! Getter Robo: Sekai Saigo no Hi
English: Getter Robo: Armageddon
Japanese: 真(チェンジ!!)ゲッターロボ 世界最後の日
MAL Score: 7.70
Dr. Saotome returns from the dead after being seemingly murdered by Getter pilot Nagare Ryoma and threatens the world with his ultimate creation: the Shin Dragon. Ryoma reluctantly teams up with his former co-pilots Jin Hayato and Tomoe Mushashi to combat Dr. Saotome. The pilots must also deal with the mysterious Invaders, aliens that have the ability to possess humans and warp their flesh to form hideous creatures.
(Source: Nihon Review)
Getter Robo Armageddon is a show about giant robots thrashing the shit out of everything with glorious high quality animation. It could also totally kick Jupiter’s ass.
Getter Robo Armageddon – You have to be insane to enjoy this show.
I’m not going to lie to you, the story is awful. It consists of all the typical BS you expect to find in anime and then some. There is incoherent babbling about evolution, a massive explosion that wipes out a good chunk of humanity, the “good guys” saving the Earth from the forces of evil despite the fact that almost all the Getter pilots are chaotic and insane (which according to the manga is practically a requirement to pilot Getter), some tidbits of SCIENCE which nobody actually cares about, and of course the solution to all of life’s problems, which is to have a giant robot and be more awesome. Fortunately the story being so awful is what helps to make it entertaining. How am I supposed to enjoy characters being able to pull guns out of thin air, giant robots duking it out with other giant robots, aliens, or Jupiter, YELLING WHICH IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN MEN BESIDES THEIR FISTS, and explosions when there has to be a good reason for them? Exactly.
There are four types of characters in this show. The first is ordinary people. They are rare and should be kept away from the action unless you want to have to deal with zombies. The second is awesome people. These are most of the people involved in combat, which means most of the cast. The third is evil people. These are people who are easy to distinguish because of their ridiculous laugh and the fact that they won’t freakin’ die when they’re killed. The fourth and final type is Ryoma. When you see Ryoma you know that someone is about to enter a world of pain. In summary, if you’re looking for a show where you can’t describe basically everyone with the word “badass” and the character development consists of more than a character going from “awesome” to “more awesome” this is not the show you’re looking for.
The art in this show is very gritty and ’80s anime-ish, except pulled off a lot better than most ’80s anime. For the most part it does a great job of staying true to the look of the various installments of the Getter Robo manga done by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa, meaning that the robot and character designs range from goofy and childish to tough looking and cool and that there are huge grins and crazy eyes galore. The animation is also surprisingly good. The range of motion is lacking compared to the best of stuff today, but there still tends to be a good amount of motion without the art quality being sacrificed in the progress. Thus it goes without saying that the high quality of the art and animation combined with the crazy mecha action elements makes for one of the best looking mecha shows available, despite the series being over a decade old now.
The soundtrack leaves me with few complaints. Both the opening themes are likable and hot-blooded and the typically rock/metal oriented tracks within the show fit the action well. I wouldn’t actually listen to the soundtrack on its own, but the same goes for 99% of soundtracks out there. The voice acting is mostly very good, with everyone clearly knowing that if you aren’t going way over the top in a super robot show you aren’t doing it right. Dr. Saotome sounds a little too comically evil for my tastes, but then again the show basically turned him into Dr. Hell so I can’t really fault his voice actor for that. Other than that I can’t think of any problems I had with the voice cast considering everyone fit their roles well as opposed to sounding like they were picked due to their popularity like a lot of stuff nowadays.
According to the credits there were three different directors for this show over the course of the 13 episodes, but the main one was Yasuhiro Geshi who did the 2nd episode and episodes 6-13. Since doing this show he has directed a couple of episodes of GitS:SAC, New Getter Robo episode 8 (one of the best episodes in that great series), and Gurren Lagann episode 20 (Yoko/Yamako-sensei episode). While I wouldn’t say his directing in this series was great necessarily, I can say that the guy knows how to direct some exciting action sequences. It certainly didn’t hurt that he had a bunch of great animators to work with, but there clearly is a love for the material here that gives the show the type of soul and value that would’ve been lost had the directors not cared and simply phoned it in.
Of course then the question is raised, did he really direct the 2nd episode and did one of the other credited directors do episodes 1 and 3? This doesn’t seem to be the case, or if they did they were solely the episode directors, as initially super robot enthusiast Yasuhiro Imagawa was the main director of the project. Due to some sort of undisclosed disagreement he was taken off the project after episode 3 however, which infuriates some of his fans. While I can agree that Imagawa probably would’ve helped the story make a lick of sense, I don’t think the show would have been any better/worse had he stuck around as the insane action and high quality animation are really the driving force behind the quality of the series.
It really does take a special kind of crazy to be a fan of Getter Robo Armageddon. There is even a screenshot from the series floating around of Ryoma pondering, “What the hell is going on? It doesn’t make sense at all!” If you can manage to fit into that mold of insanity even a little however, there is a ton to enjoy here as GRA is one of the most nonsensical, brimming with action, mind blowingly awesome anime series out there. Don’t think, feel.
Everything about this, it’s the climax of getter robo, it’s gritty, hot blooded and so inspiring it spawned TTGL. Everything from HEATS to the end credits, to the very last scene is absolute, 100% what anime SHOULD be like. It makes it really hard to justify this not being one of, if not my favorite anime of all time
The story itself can be a little confusing, but after watching and reading other parts of getter robo, things should fall into place for exactly what we have here. Every line of dialogue is memorable, and the characters are spot on. I cannot recommend Getter Robo enough, but don’t start with this one seeing as it’s the last part of the story.
2: Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls
English: Attack on Titan: Lost Girls
Japanese: 進撃の巨人 LOST GIRLS
MAL Score: 7.79
Wall Sina, Goodbye
Annie Leonhart has a job to do—and a resulting absence that must stay off her record at all costs. With no one else to turn to, she asks her comrade Hitch Dreyse to cover for her. She agrees but puts forward a single condition: Annie must solve the fruitless missing person case Hitch was assigned. The case revolves around Carly Stratmann, a university graduate and the daughter of wealthy businessman Elliot Stratmann. With only a single day to solve the case and the underground of the Stohess District crawling with thugs, Annie must put her all into finding this girl. Yet, every answer she uncovers only leads to further questions—how has the illegal drug coderoin found its way to Stohess, what is Elliot hiding, and where has Carly disappeared to?
Lost in the Cruel World
With worry for Eren Yeager gripping her heart, Mikasa Ackerman begins to remember. She remembers her conversations with Armin Arlert, her concern for her friends, and most painfully, the time she had almost lost everything. As fear takes control, she begins to experience an alternate version of her past—some things can be changed, but are there events so inescapable that she can’t even prevent them in her dreams?
And with no stretching up, both characters have their ups and downs. Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls made a huge contribution to this debate while it focuses on Mikasa and Annie on a deeper scale, presenting more information on their past and rendering them as human beings with their own dreams, motivations, and fears.
– Story (7.5/10):
Spanning 3 episodes, Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls dedicates the first two for Annie, a character that we haven’t seen much of, especially on the last seasons (2 and 3 as of now), which was a total let down. The one shot takes place the day before her exposal for the titan she is, peaking on her daily routine, and it just happens to be an interesting case where she has to look for some rich man’s missing daughter. They did a great job not only showing the soft and actual human part of Annie but also gave us a glimpse of the thug life on the lawless streets of Wall Maria. It seems the world inside is even more corrupt and rotten than the other side of the walls, and having a fragile girl (as she referred to herself while fighting Eren on some training flashback) take over a case that would normally exceed the qualities of a rookie such as herself puts her at a real-world challenge, both morally and faithfully. The two first episodes flow nicely and fast until you realize you already made it to the third and last episode, which is centered about Mikasa as she pictures what it would have been like if her mother and father weren’t assassinated, would she still have met Eren? would they still be that close of friends? It was a bit messy and complicated if you don’t pay enough attention as they timeline conflicts can really confuse you, I didn’t sign up for Steins;Gate class complicated shows, but I was shocked nevertheless.
– Art (7/10):
The animation in Attack on Titan was always a core key, and a great one might I add. Everybody would go praising how fluid and fantastic the visuals are, but honestly, not so much with this one. And I can excuse that for there were minimal action scenes to focus on. The art style was normal, but well maintained and consistent throughout the OVA, never lazy or blunt. I would argue that the “No Regrets” OVA had better flexing on the animation, but that’s another talk for another day. But don’t give up, the two or three satisfying punches do take a thing or two from that glorious cake of an animation.
– Sound (7.5/10):
I really appreciate their choice of ending theme songs, the first two, there was an original ending song with both visuals and sound, focusing of course on Annie and her outsider friends. But what really added nostalgia to the mix was the return of the fantastic ending theme song of Mikasa from the first season of the parent series. The voice acting was great, again, Attack On Titan’s cast was always great on this one. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any opening theme song to start off the hype, but it isn’t always necessary.
– Character (8.0/10):
This is what kept the OVA going, Annie had some great focus, the spotlight brought out the best out of her and gave us some deep insight into her life, and some sneaky peaks on her backstory. Before this, I really didn’t give Annie many credits and wasn’t even one of my top favorite characters in the series, but this was a rank-changer for her to me. Unfortunately, Mikasa’s episode wasn’t as deep as Annies, it didn’t add anything special, to be honest, we already knew plenty about her, she only seemed to display even more affection to Eren.
– Enjoyment (7.0/10):
Most definitely, my second favorite OVA of the series after “No Regrets”, I enjoyed the heck out of what Annie had to offer, but not much with Mikasa’s. There are in fact few intriguing moments with Mikasa, making her as sort of having some mysterious supernatural powers, they did it before and here they are back with it strong.
– Overall (7.4/10):
If you’re either of both characters fan (which you should be), you should give this a try, especially for you Annie lovers, it’s for her, more than a just irrelevant episode because they manage to tell more about her than the entire series did so far.
I enjoyed Annie’s story much more than Mikasa’s (even if Mikasa is my favorite character.) Annie’s story felt closer to something Isayama would write. I think the author successfully fit in a short story between major canon events and kept Annie’s character true to her nature. The two episodes given to her surely helped. Obviously, with the same artwork, voice actors, and music, it by all means feels like an Attack on Titan episode. The “Call Your Name” girl version ending was well done and a delightful tribute.
It is Mikasa’s story that I am a bit more disappointed with. Her story is reduced to one episode, and it shows, as the pacing is more rushed. That being said, I don’t enjoy Mikasa’s story much to begin with. It is not a story placed in between canon events like Annie’s, but rather an alternative universe headcanon that only exists to show again and again Mikasa’s undying loyalty toward Eren. It is unfortunate to see that, considering she is my favorite Attack on Titan character. I would’ve enjoyed a story similar to Annie’s for her, or better yet, at least see her also given two episodes for a proper adaption of her story.
Lost Girls, while including two well-known female characters from the franchise, is obviously not on par with actual Attack on Titan episodes. That being said, it was still enjoyable seeing these characters in action in something different from canon, and with the continuity of the artwork, voice actresses, and soundtrack, it still manages to be a pretty enjoyable OVA for the franchise.
The first two episodes of the OVA follow everyone’s second favourite Titan shifter, Annie, as she tries to solve a case about a missing rich girl so that her roommate will give her an opening to capture Eren. So, this is just before episode 17 of the anime. We get some glimpses into her past, her relationship with her father and how she trained.
The third episode focuses on Mikasa during the battle of Trost when she believed Eren was dead. So, really early in the anime. It basically goes into her head and her private fantasy of a world where she might be able to be with her adoptive brother. Sweet Home Alabama intensifies.
The two episode Annie story is really well done. It’s compelling. Her investigation is interesting. It gives you a strong sense of her life in the Capital and her motivations.
The Mikasa episode, in contrast, is mediocre at best. It’s basically her getting into her own head and finding nothing of value. It could have been an opportunity to explore her relationship with her parents and regrets over losing them so young, but them being alive in her little fantasy is solely incidental and you barely see her interact with them. It’s not interesting and it doesn’t add anything because it’s basically nothing in terms of the larger narrative and all it does is repeat what we already know about her character, or lack thereof.
Annie really benefits from her story in this. We get to see facets of her personality that are normally hidden beneath her cold, collected exterior. We get a stronger sense of her motivations and how her upbringing helped turn her into the woman we see in the series proper.
Mikasa’s episode just highlights what a bland trope of a character she is. Which is unfortunate because this was an opportunity for her to be more than a generic action girl with a fixation on the hero who happens to be her adopted brother that makes her emotionally vulnerable. But that’s literally all her episode focuses on. This is why Mikasa is rubbish.
You have to give Wit credit. They make this franchise in general look fantastic. The varied character designs look really good. The action flows well. Annie actually looks adorable when she eats a doughnut for the first time. And yes, it is an actual doughnut and not a misidentified rice ball. 4Kids doesn’t even exist any more.
Shimamura Yuu and Kitanishi Junko both give strong performances. Even Ishikawa Yui does well voicing Blanda. Certainly better than you would expect given the lack of character. The music is strongly composed.
There really isn’t any. Christa and Ymir aren’t in this with their adorable interactions. Neither are Levi and Erwin with their weird way of flirting that makes it clear they’ll never admit they’re flirting.
Areas of Improvement:
1. This OVA would be better without the Mikasa episode.
2. If you must have an episode about Mikasa, at least give it some narrative or character significance. A story from her childhood that somewhat elevates her as a character so she’s less boring. Or an aside about her activities during, before or after a battle that we didn’t see before.
3. Stop pushing the idea of Mikasa and Eren as romantic interests. I get that Mikasa was adopted into Eren’s family when she was nine and not born into it but that’s still enough to make it creepy.
Honestly, I would give the Annie episodes a solid 8/10 by themselves. The problem is that I also have to factor in the Mikasa episode, which is a 5/10, if I’m feeling generous. So, averaging it out, the OVA gets a 7/10. If you’re thinking about watching it, I do recommend the first two episodes if you’ve seen the first series of the anime or more. But I’d skip the Mikasa episode completely because it’s literally nothing.
1: Hellsing Ultimate
English: Hellsing Ultimate
Japanese: HELLSING OVA
MAL Score: 8.38
There exist creatures of darkness and evil that plague the night, devouring any human unfortunate enough to be caught in their grasp. On the other side is Hellsing, an organization dedicated to destroying these supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. At its head is Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military and spends her life fighting the undead.
Integra’s vast army, however, pales in comparison with her ultimate weapon: the vampire Alucard, who works against his own kind as an exterminator for Hellsing. With his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria, at his side, Alucard must battle not only monsters, but all those who stand to oppose Hellsing, be they in the guise of good or evil.
In a battle for mankind’s survival, Hellsing Ultimate proves that appearances are not all they may seem, and sometimes the greatest weapon can come in the form of one’s worst nightmare.
It has all the flash and gimmicks to trick you into thinking it’s good. It has vampires, action, blood, swearing, violence, gore, sexuality, darkness—everything that’s just “cooool” and “matuuure.”
Let’s not forget its “badass” hero Alucard—whose name is “Dracula” spelled backward, by the way. Goddamn that is so fucking cool I’m hurting. He’s so powerful no one can beat him. Except… that is the problem. Because none of his enemies can even touch him all his fights are boring filler. You’re actually left rooting for the villains.
The main characters are supposed to be the one putting up a struggle, not the other way around. The only time I was excited about a fight was when the villains felt like they could pose a challenge. But then Alucard whips out a power up, and I’m left saying “Oh.”
For a show with gorgeous animation and fantastic action it’s dull and forgettable. It’s like an attractive person without a personality. There are pacing issues where it slows down to be melodramatic and rambles about nonsense philosophy. I get that you need to let us know character motivations, but giving 10 minute speeches isn’t exactly keeping me awake. It also tries to be funny with some lighthearted, cutely animated moments, but it only ruins the mood.
I still actually recommend watching this but only if you’re slightly interested. It’s helpful to watch good and bad shows. It’ll give you an instinct on why something is good or bad. I enjoyed this my first time, but I certainly wouldn’t watch it again.
It has often been said that I like Hellsing Ultimate. My friends, I like Hellsing Ultimate…NO. Friends, I LOVE!! HELLSING ULTIMATE! I love the dark animation, I love the gore, I love the action, I love the charismatic characters, the accents, I love the bombastic plot and dialogue! I love any like-minded quality anime that can exist upon this Earth!
I love watching ghouls, vampires and mercenaries clashing in an all-out VAR within the Victorian hallways of the Hellsing estate. My heart leaps with joy whenever a soldier’s limps are blown off followed by screams of agonizing pain. And there is nothing like a British vampire chick dual wielding artillery canons to rain hell upon the mightiest engines of war, UND the feeling that comes when a vampire runs away screaming from Alucard only to be slaughtered in the most gruesome way imaginable… is such… an exquisite feeling. Like when ranks of mercenaries sign up to hunt vampires and ghouls using silver bullets. It moves me deep within my heart to see an entire squadron of innocent SWAT forces butchered mercilessly by none other than the MC in their final moments of shock and despair. The sight of haters being made fun of on the forums for their ridicule subjective criticism is an irresistible pleasure. And there is nothing more arousing then the major’s awe-inspiring war-speech which is still resonating with grandeur in your heads at this very moment. When a band of pitiful resistance fighters make their final stand with nothing but small arms only to have their city destroyed and their guts disemboweled by a thousand paratrooper vampire Nazis, I’m in ecstasy. I love it when my favorite factions are ravaged by enemy Nazi bastards. It’s so sad to see characters I had held onto dearly meet their tragic fates, their friends and comrades ripped in half gasping for their last breaths. I love to be squashed under the heel of the Nazi and Vatican war dogs, the humiliation as my men crawl around like vermin, hiding and taking cheap shots from walled corners.
Gentlemen, all I ask for is more Hellsing Ultimate. An anime so grand as to make hell itself tremble. Gentlemen…I ask you as fellow brothers in arms what is it that you really want? Do you wish for further anime like this as I do? Do you wish for a merciless bloody anime? Anime whose fury is built with iron and lightning and fire? DO YOU ASK FOR ANIME TO SWEEP IN LIKE A TEMPEST, LEAVING NOT EVEN CRITICS TO SCAVENGE FROM THIS EARTH!!!
To start off with the characters, our hero Alucard feels like the epitome of what it means to be a mary sue. Does he have character traits which define him? Of course not, since he is nothing but an underdeveloped, unbeatable, one dimensional mary sue who does what he wants and what he pleases because the plot said so. Is he able to be beaten? Yes, but only when the plot needs him to stray away for a while, then after that he comes back because he is supposed to be an immortal vampire who never dies because of plot, even when the other characters beat him fair and square through a smart strategy they had developed early on. Speaking of the other characters, they exist just for the sole purpose of moving the plot forward all the while being one dimensional archetypes themselves. You’ve got the central villain, Major, whose only character trait is to be evil and speak in a funny German accent just to get some cheap laughs from the viewers. You’ve got a woman who owns Alucard and is supposed to be his master, and her character is never developed other than her being his master, and to drink wine and speak in a posh accent I guess. She was so forgettable, to the point where I forgot her name. The other characters are the same, they either exist for the sole purpose of telling an unfunny joke, or to progress the plot forward without gaining any real characterization in the process. Reading some of the reviews here, they rave about the greatness of the characters, yet they never go into specifics as to why said characters are so great. I wonder why…
As for the unfunny jokes, this Anime is filled to the very brim with them. Were you hoping for a serious and grim Anime about vampires and soldiers fighting each other to the death? Jokes on you, we’ll give you the silliest, most addlebrained “comedy” Anime that ever tried to take itself seriously. Even when it should be funny and invoke laughter out of the audience, it doesn’t do anything of significance nor does it succeed in getting said laughs. Moreover, the juxtaposition between comedy and seriousness completely breaks the audience’s immersion in the plot, as one cannot be invested in a serious scene because the Anime breaks the viewer’s immersion and the serious tone that it was going for with unfunny jokes that come out of nowhere. Seriously, the comedy displayed here is worse than that of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, and that is genuinely saying something. To put it in simpler words, the Anime does not know what it wants to be, because if it’s goal was to be a hysterical parody of vampires, then it has certainly failed in it’s goal, since it neither is funny nor does it not break that rule by trying to take itself seriously half of the time.
Moving on to one more problem that this unfunny sack of underwhelming doodoo suffers from, it is that the episode length is long. There is a reason one watches Anime, and that is because while it not being the best medium out there, it at least makes up for it by not torturing the viewer for more than twenty minutes at a time. What does Hellsing Ultimate do? It lengthens it’s twenty minute run per episode into forty slow and lengthy minutes, which boggles the mind since ten minutes of this catastrophe were unwatchable, much less forty. Even when sped up, it doesn’t help either since you are constantly seeing characters you dislike being shoved right into your face all the time. You can’t escape this terrible catastrophe no matter how hard you tried, as it is inherently bad by itself.
Overall, there isn’t much else to say about Hellsing Ultimate. It is boring, trite, unfunny and at the end of the day it is meandering. Why is it meandering you ask? Because the main character is an unbeatable mary sue who barely shows any emotions and the outcomes therefore become predictable.
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1. Hellsing Ultimate
2. Shingeki no Kyojin: Lost Girls
3. Change!! Getter Robo: Sekai Saigo no Hi
4. Hellsing: Digest for Freaks
5. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken
6. Shin Getter Robo
7. Tokyo Ghoul: “Jack”
8. Another: The Other – Inga
9. Sankarea OVA
10. Tokyo Ghoul: “Pinto”
11. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak
12. Ajin OVA
13. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Adventure
14. Terra Formars: Bugs 2-hen
15. Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono
16. Devilman: Tanjou-hen
17. Ushio to Tora
18. Kikoushi Enma
19. Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver (1989)
20. Jigoku Sensei Nube OVA
21. Kaibutsu Oujo (OVA)
22. Ajin 2nd Season OVA
23. Devilman: Yochou Sirene-hen
24. Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver II
25. Supernatural The Animation
26. Kyuuketsuhime Miyu
27. Deadman Wonderland: Akai Knife Tsukai
28. 3×3 Eyes: Seima Densetsu
29. Cossette no Shouzou
30. Mermaid’s Scar
31. Ningyo no Mori
32. Himekishi Lilia
33. 3×3 Eyes
34. Alien 9
35. Mahou Shoujo Ai
36. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls – Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou
37. Karakuri no Kimi
38. Amon: Devilman Mokushiroku
39. Blue Seed 2
41. Gakkou no Kaidan (OVA)
42. Inda no Himekishi Janne
43. Terra Formars: Earth-hen
44. Mamono Hunter Youko
45. AD Police
46. Hitsuji no Uta
47. Warau Hyouteki
48. Tokumu Sousakan Rei & Fuko
49. Teizokurei Daydream
50. Mouryou no Nie