They’re the best Anime that 1994 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Youjuu Kyoushitsu, Injuu Kyoushi, Genocyber, and more!
6: Youjuu Kyoushitsu
English: Demon Beast Invasion
MAL Score: 5.24
Demons take multiple forms, in this case there’s one thats the mightest of all and has to be satisfied with the flesh of woman. He searches for his preys in the form of a woman, so they won’t be feared.
The opening scene pretty much sets the tone, demon rapes school girl, she is “wrong” or somehow not powerfull enough of a host for his “seed” and her womb explodes upon climax and paints the walls of the bedroom this rape takes place in, personally, not my thing, but if you like gore, tentacle rape, and hideous monsters violating tender young women, then this is your show.
5: Injuu Kyoushi
English: Angel Of Darkness
MAL Score: 5.47
Atsuko and Sayaka think they have it made when they are both accepted into the same prestigious women`s academy. There, they will be free to explore the intense passion of their relationship, unbounded.
But when the mystical bonds imprisoning a hideous ancient evil that feeds on the lust of nubile women are accidentally broken, the two young lovers soon learn they have more to fear than final exams.
Story: 7/10 – The story itself has a good plot and everything, like supernatural plants raping a bunch of high school girls and a antidote being found but it gets more and more boring in each episode (I’ll talk about it in the enjoyment section).
Art: 9/10 – Despite it being animated around the 90’s, the art is still good no matter what. Sometimes the characters look creepy and stuff, but it’s anime.
Sound: 8/10 – Most of the sound effects from Bride of Darkness are in this hentai too so it has it’s resemblance but the sound is good.
Characters: 4/10 – There isn’t that much details about each characters but they feel all the same in each episode, like them being a student/teacher.
Enjoyment: 4/10 – If you like to watch 40-mins of Angel of Darkness of the same ass plot shown over and over again in each episode, then this hentai is for you. The episodes get more and more boring and less enjoyable as you waste 42 mins of your valuable time watching it. Plus the sex scenes get more boring too.
Overall: 5/10 – If you wanna see a good hentai better than this, watch Bride of Darkness.
MAL Score: 5.82
As the nations of the world begin to merge, world peace is threatened by the private armies of individual corporations. The Kuryu Group has just discovered a weapon that will tip world power in their favor. The Genocyber: a nightmarish combination of cybernetics and psychic potential. Many desire to control this monstrosity, but can its hatred be contained… Battle erupts, and the cyberpunk world of the future is about to explode with violence.
Genocyber is famous among hardcore otaku as being one of the goriest anime ever made! Does that make it good? Unfortunately…not really. Genocyber had decent art, a cliche but workable premise, and a writer that was completely insane, but had some good ideas rattling around somewhere deep in the back of his brain. Unfortunately, this 3 part OVA is one giant train wreck where each portion is progressively worse than the last. The first part was bad, but you can almost see what the writer wanted to do and you can tell he IS trying. The second part is much sloppier, abandons all effort or even pretension of trying to be decent, and the 3rd is just…WOW did that suck!
The star of today’s review is writer Sho Aikawa. Today he is fondly remembered for Martian Successor Nadesico and the 2003 Full Metal Alchemist. However, in the 1980s he was one of the absolute worst writers working in comics/anime. He penned turd after turd including the Violence Jack trilogy, Legend of the Overfiend, Angel Cop, and finally Genocyber. His stories mixed absurd melodrama, obnoxious angst, generally terrible writing and an absolute RAGING hatred for all mankind. He was in his 20s though, so maybe he was just a decade delayed and going through his 15 year old Holden Caulfield stage. Either that or Sho Aikawa learned the “body swap” technique of Captain Ginyu in DBZ and around the year 2000 he went to the United States and swapped bodies with Frank Miller, who inversely was beloved in the 1980s and became a joke around the exact same time Aikawa mysteriously started writing 10,000 times better. With Genocyber we see Sho at perhaps his worst, or at least his least consistent. His other 1980s works are fucking terrible, but they are at least consistently bad and keep the same tone throughout. Genocyber on the other hand is not only frustratingly bad, it isn’t even entertaining to watch
Plot: 3/10 for part 1, 2/10 for part 2, and 1/10 for part 3
The plot honestly starts out more generic than uniquely terrible. Scientists are performing horrible tests on a young girl to make her into the ultimate weapon, but she breaks free from the lab and now the scientists must get her back. See also: Akira, Baoh, Elfen Lied, Gokukoku, and 10,000 other anime! The powerful psychic girl befriends a homeless child after a long and uncomfortable sequence of said homeless child getting raped by generic bullies because…Sho Aikawa. The bullies are brutally massacred and Aikawa actually tries to write a touching friendship between the deadly psychic girl and the homeless kid. Considering how critically acclaimed the movie “Let the Right One In” is, this part actually COULD have worked if Aikawa knew what the fuck he was doing. Unfortunately he doesn’t and we just get bloodbath after bloodbath, China getting completely destroyed by psychic girl, and a pointless time skip. The narrative in the next 2 portions becomes far less coherent and you can really see Aikawa struggling to even fill out the run time. At this point he has completely given up and just doesn’t give a fuck! Just through in some explosions, some pointless religious symbolism for no reason, and call it a wrap.
The art is actually decent for most of it. The soundtrack isn’t good, but it isn’t notably horrible. The English dub is SHIT, but it does add a bit of nostalgia for the early bad days of English dubbing. On a technical level, this isn’t a great anime, but it isn’t THAT bad. The gore is at least disturbing and if you are a gorehound that simply wants to see blood and guts, this DOES deliver the goods in that department.
Genocyber is oldschool, Ultra-violent, and has the production values and voice acting of other anime of its time period like Mad Bull 34 and Otokojuku. However, Genocyber is NOT the unintentionally hilarious title that you want to watch with your buddies over and over again. Genocyber takes turns being: boring, frustrating, downright unpleasant and hard to watch, infuriatingly stupid, and plain WTF?! Genocyber is an absolute CHORE to watch, but isn’t that movie that is “hard to watch, but really worth watching”. Something that is profound or emotionally moving and actually really good like: Barefoot Gen, Schindler’s List, Come and See. Those movies are really hard to watch, but everyone should watch them at least once! Genocyber is both unwatchable and extremely terrible with really no value whatsoever. It does have plenty of gore though, so if you REALLY want to see old school gore, just watch one of the many Genocyber gore compilation videos on youtube.
Although the series itself as a whole is a fairly unwieldy, inconsistent mishmash of episodes, the arcs split into their own selves result in some shades of genuine genius clashing with unfortunate mediocrity.
The first (and most well known) episode consists of two sisters, one that has artificial limbs and the other incapable of speech. Although there are elements of Akira and other grim dystopian works of fiction, this particular episode succeeds in creating a gritty, nightmarish vibe with easily the nastiest and most violent usage of on-screen splatter in an anime, something many have yet to trump. It also has a nihilistic yet well made soundtrack that echoes Brad Fiedel’s soundtrack work in James Cameron’s 1984 smash hit The Terminator at times and quite possibly the single greatest end theme ever seen in an anime. There’s also an interesting use of live action and still paintings that while i’m not a big fan of, gives the episode a unique atmosphere. The English dub, which adds an absurd but acceptable amount of profanity, actually helps add to it unlike the dull original Japanese audio.
Unfortunately, this episode is marred by underdeveloped characters, quickly picked up and dropped plot lines and a somewhat overtly compressed story. However, the rest of it is so strong enough, it helps raise this very episode to a pretty good 8/10.
The second and third episodes, while a little bit of a regression from the claustrophobic urban decay of the first one, has it’s own fair shares of strong points, mainly in a sympathetic lead heroine, the nurse that treats her like a daughter, decent antagonists and one of the most out of control, goriest opening sequences that kicks off Episode 2 (Episode 3 doesn’t have such an opening though). Like episode 1, the English dub is an improvement to the original Japanese audio,
However, the decision to turn the eponymous character into a superhero figure is a bit silly, the rest of the characters aren’t nearly as interesting as those in the first episode, the naval setting less interesting than the urban nightmare presented in the first episode and overall feels like a somewhat hamfisted, cashed in attempt to turn what seems to be intended to be a sole OVA into a series of sorts.
Despite those negative aspects, the music remains good, with a new, fairly good end theme and the overt violence is still as much of a highlight as it was before.
Had these only been the episodes in this so-called series, I, overall, would’ve given it a 7/10, but unfortunately, the final two episodes are where the series takes a massive, tragic nosedive into mediocrity.
Set decades after the last three episodes, the final two episodes attempt to return to the sights and sounds of urban decay, this time with a post-apocalyptic flavoring.
These final two episodes follow a young couple that arrive in a so-called paradise in a hellhole of a world that is actually bathed in corruption, poverty and religious fanatics that, oddly enough, worship the eponymous character in a Christ-like parable.
On paper, these last two episodes sound okay but the execution is incredibly awful, with the animation largely inferior to the previous three episodes, a very cashed in feel that makes these two episodes a bit unnecessary, a sense of tiredness to the pacing, largely uninteresting and at times unlikable characters, a severe lack of the series’ famed on screen gore and a general unsatisfying sense of finality that really sinks the series hard with these last two turkeys included.
Even worse is the English dub, which is just flat out terrible. Before the English audio helped the mood, but here it simply makes things borderline unwatchable, so watching it subbed in this case is actually mandatory, though watching these last two episodes to begin with shouldn’t be required but rather avoided.
These two episodes, forming a flat out terrible conclusion to a once promising series brings the rating down, for me at least, to a 6 out of 10 (mainly because of how strong the first episode is), with these episodes isolated a 3 out of 10.
Despite the last two episodes, I do recommend watching the disturbing but memorable debut episode and if you liked that, watch the second and third ones just in case you need more Genocyber, but whatever you do, stay away from the last two episodes. In fact, read the sadly unfinished manga, then hunt down the excellent soundtrack albums instead.
3: Shin Kujakuou
English: Spirit Warrior
Japanese: 真 孔雀王
MAL Score: 5.91
A young mystic without a past, Kujaku was born under a dark omen possessed of incredible supernatural powers. Raised by priests, he has learned to use these powers for good. But the evil Siegfried von Mittgard seeks to steal his birthright, and rule the world as the Regent of Darkness. He has dispatched bloodthirsty minions to destroy Kujaku before he can awaken to his destiny. Now, Kujaku must unravel the riddle of his past, before the power within consumes him!
From what I gathered the plot is this is an alternate universe where Nazi Germany is still around and an evil Nazi named Siegfried von Mittgard wants to still some magical power from a priest named Kujaku. Its your standard save the world from an ancient evil with the chosen one trope and his ragtag group of characters to help him fight evil. That said it goes into other tropes later on in the anime and then stupid moments that happen later on in the anime, that to put it simply went like I shall save you by maybe killing you. The story feels disjointed at parts and when its not it drags out its run time with exposition and or pointless violence filler.
And because of that standard plot, the characters don’t have much depth to them and that doesn’t help that the English dubbed that I listened to had some of the worst voice performances throughout, some performances for characters were so bad that it mad me happy to see those characters on screen, especially Haushoffer was to me the gem of bad German accents.
The animation is fine for the most part as its early Madhouse, even when do they bad anime it looks good. The soundtrack was fine for background noise and well I just didn’t remember any memorable track at all.
So to finalize my thoughts, its an anime from the 90’s and if you like supernatural horror anime made in the era then you might like this anime. And its up your choice if you prefer to listen to the bad English dub or not.
2: Inma Youjo
English: The Erotic Temptress
MAL Score: 5.93
Maya is a force of nature: wherever she goes, havoc and destruction follows. Men lose control, and become her playthings; while women become so jealous they are led to their doom. Each episode is a tale of a different Maya in a different world.
One of the best things about this anime is the way it takes the basic premise of any hentai “all women are there to have sex with” and deconstructing it to hell and back.
Scale of best to worst for each episode; 2, 4, 1, 5, and 3. Episode 2 was the best overall with episode 4 close behind. You could completely skip over episode 3.
Overall, Inma Youjo is one of the best examples of plot-heavy hentai you are likely to find.
As anime gets more criticism so does hentai, and when I say criticism I don’t mean it as negative, far from it. It’s a nuanced term, but I should say that it means that it’s being taken more seriously and that’s a good thing!
But hentai.. . is the pink elephant in the room when it comes to serious discussions about anime. Mostly since pornography is not universally accepted as an artform, and animated pornography less to. That has to do with exposure and the content that’s known, but that’s a different discussion. Imma Youjo is one of the more controversial and interesting among a huge variety of shows. Moreso since Hentai has an interesting relationship with women.
But i digress. Imma Youjo protagonist Maya is more a force of nature, she changes gender, role and positions within these five episodes which deals with a lot of different genres and plots. From cyberpunk, folklore, pre-world war 2 and the witch hunts in Europe – Romantic Thriller.
This is a series that has a LOT to say and unpacking it would definitaly take a while, however as entertainment it’s very enjoyable. From it’s lush visuals, interesting villains and plotlines which stretches far and beyond.
Viewers not interested in watching sexual violence should be informed, since it’s a lot of it in these five episodes. Also there’s queer content is this show, so Queer viewers should take notice.
1: 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.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken
2. Inma Youjo
3. Shin Kujakuou
5. Injuu Kyoushi
6. Youjuu Kyoushitsu