They’re the best Anime that 2002 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Youshou, Galerians: Rion, Yoru ga Kuru!, and more!
English: Midnight Strike Force
MAL Score: 5.23
Justice has never been so naked!
A super-secret cult of lesbians performs erotic experiments on bodies from the local hospital! Their purpose: to revive the spirit of their ancient leader in a virile human form. Now it’s up to the Midnight Strike Force, a team of busty justice fighters, to go undercover (and under the covers) to stop the nefarious acolytes before they succeed in their diabolically dirty schemes!
(Source: Critical Mass Video)
The plot is weird, out there, and kinda stupid, but that`s how the English version pitches itself from Critial Mass Video themselves, right on the back of the DVD case. And that`s not really a negative, since it has all of the charm of a so-bad-it`s-good type of thing. But most of that comes from the English dub of this hentai.
With the English dub, the people writing the English script seem to be completely aware that they`re writing for a trashy porn, and go for a comedic script ala “Ghost Stories” instead of just doing a 1:1 of the original Japanese script. This means that Midnight Strike Force has a lot of dumb puns, inappropriate jokes, and an overall fun tone. With the Japanese version, it just comes across as a half-assed attempt just to have sex scenes.
Speaking of sex scenes, there aren`t a whole lot of them. They`re there, but they feel like they`re there just because this happened to be a hentai, and it needed sex scenes. They`re not bad, just there.
As for plot itself, it`s pretty much your standard cheesy B-Movie type of plot to get the anime from setpiece to setpiece. I can`t really complain since it`s an excuse plot and wasn`t really meant to be paid attention to. It does it`s job for the most part.
The animation is actually OK. Nothing amazing, but decent. I especially like the art style. You might be asking “If I`m here just for the wank material, who cares about the animation?” I`ve seen so much poorly animated hentai that merely just having decent animation is worth noting. I know it`s hentai, but I can`t really use it for it`s intended use if it looks like something a child could draw or some amateur teenager circa 2003 Newgrounds could animate. The voice acting is tolerable, but like the English script, the people behind the scenes were just doing this for the paycheck, and decided to have some fun while doing it.
If you`re looking for something so-bad-it`s-good, this is right up there with the infamously bad English Bible Black and Sextra Credit`s (Mejoku`s) hilariously great dub.
so basically it had a pretty complex (for a hentai) plot since these three chicks were assigned to find out where missing dead bodies were going at this hospital and it was basically this evil woman who’s body was decaying and wanted a new one but all the bodies weren’t working or something like that bit who goes to hentai for a plot anyway pffft
I’m not an avid watcher of old anime so i don’t know if this is good for when it came out but it wasn’t bad, i was pretty surprised by who the cum was drawn like it was clear and i didn’t realize it was cum at first since usually cum is thick and creamy like
im guessing sound adds voice actors and shiz so yesssss it exactly what you’d expect from a dubbed old anime, ugly voices and terrible voice acting but i script like damn idk if the actors made it up themselves like in ghost stories but it felt like they did
such classics as girl who can kick ass, girl who can fold things and do magic and last but not least the girl with glasses that’s smart, what makes them so great is just the shear ridiculous of them like im prone to cringe at cliche stuff in anime and this is straight up mocking it which i just adore
i really god damn enjoyed this and i think its a great example of a “so bad its good anime” ut would be hilarious idf you watched it with your friends
also the actual sex scenes were nothing special tbh as i said this was a hentai with a plot and usually hentai with plots don’t have as many sex scenes
I’m a big yuri fan, and as a yuri fan, it’s interesting to see some “non-consensual” yuri from time to time.
Most of the non-consensual yuri scenes from hentai have a lot of whipping and other forms of abuse, which I don’t like.
In these two episodes, there was much gentle foreplay inflicted upon the female victim by the lesbian monks. There were scenes in both episodes that are so unique; I have not seen anything like it before. Seriously, type in “youshou” on rule34 or something, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
I’m not giving this series a 10 because the foreplay scenes I liked were only there to prepare the female victim for a man they worship. It just resulted in him having his way with the girls. I didn’t like the female assisted rape of another female (I didn’t like the man being involved). If it were up to me, it would just be females pleasuring the captured victim with no man involved at all.
Watch this if you’re a yuri fan and are okay with non-consensual themes; there’s much straight sex.
6: Galerians: Rion
MAL Score: 5.47
Six years have passed since Rion discovered his own identity as an artificial being, yet succeeded in destroying the genocidal Mother Computer, Dorothy, before perishing himself. Now reactivated by Lilia, Rion awakens to find that Dorothy managed to execute one final catastrophic program, rendering a new evil crew to finish her goal of human annihilation. It is a fully 3D CGI animated OVA based on the hit PlayStation game, called Galerians, released in August, 1999.
The narrative opens with a young man with super powers named Rion breaking out of a laboratory. Continuing the trend of totally original and not at all common plot points, he has amnesia. During his escape he manages to learn about his parents and goes to find them. Their house is devoid of life and he finds out that his father was a scientist working on a project to make a super powerful computer, which they called Dorothy. But Dorothy went rogue and the only way to stop it is for him to find a girl named Lilia. Rion has a program hidden in his mind that, when combined with a similar program in Lilia’s, will destroy Dorothy.
That brings me to the first issue with the OVA. It’s incredibly cliché, and I do apologise to anyone who didn’t detect the earlier sarcasm and find this a bit confusing. There’s nothing done in it that’s original or even executed in a somewhat unique way. To make matters even worse, there’s a massive plot hole that opens up when Rion actually encounters Dorothy. It’s a spoiler so I can’t really extrapolate on it, although if you don’t mind spoilers and you want to know, send me a message and I’ll tell you. There are also some moments that are just head scratching. Like Rion instantly realising what a particular drug he finds on the ground will do with no reasonable explanation for how he knows that. Another shows up when Rion encounters a drug dealer who says he looks like he does drugs even though there’s nothing about Rion’s appearance or what he’s doing that indicates that. This dealer proceeds to give him drugs, that are supposedly fatal, for no reason. It would be one thing if he had sold them to Rion, but giving them away just makes no sense. It’s not like he’s trying to get Rion addicted so he’ll come back for further fixes since the drugs are reportedly lethal. Then we have the pacing. It’s pretty easy to tell that this was based on a video game since the story runs from boss battle to boss battle with very little setup for them or happening between. The horror elements, at least in the OVA, are pretty much non-existent. Truth be told, I’m not even sure what parts were supposed to be scary.
There isn’t much to say about the characters. Most of them get very little screen time. None of them are well developed or complex. A big part of it is just that the OVA is trying to cover so much ground, the original game is three discs. Still, the consequence is that the characters never move past the superficial and there’s no reason to care about them unless, possibly, you have investment from playing the game.
The art in this looks awful. The movements are incredibly stiff. Character expressions are just bizarre. It doesn’t help that these people have no lips so that you can see their top and bottom teeth whenever they open their mouths to scream or to just have their mouths open like slack-jawed morons, which happens a few times. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that there were multiple Playstation games with better CG than this. Final Fantasy IX being a major example and it came out two years before this OVA.
In spite of everything that Galerians does horribly, it does have some great actors. Ishida Akira gives a powerful performance as Rion. Koyasu Takehito gives a very hammy, but glorious performance as Birdman. Almost like he looked at the script combined with the fact that his character was named Birdman and decided that the only way it could be salvaged was to go for so over the top that it would be hilarious. Which is actually kind of effective. The music is neither good nor memorable.
There is no ho-yay in this OVA. So a 1/10 there.
Galerians: Rion is a terrible OVA with horrendous art, an idiotic story and dull characters. However, it is kind of amusing in the same vein as Spider-man & his Amazing Friends or The Room. It’s bad in such a way that it can be kind of hilarious. If you’re into that kind of thing, check it out. Although I do suggest viewing it with a couple friends for snark purposes. That being said, it is still pretty egregiously terrible so the final rating is a 2/10. Horror anime month continues next week with Yami no Matsuei.
Awe man, this one. I believe I watched this on MTV or something a few years back. I didn’t understand it then and after reading synopsis now, I still don’t get where they were going with this. The story is atrocious and goes nowhere. The protagonist is a twat.
The animation, oh god, the animation. The graphics for the game this is supposed to be based on look better. It’s almost like the result of a performance art piece to see how one could complete an animated work with as little effort as possible. There are some anime that are entertaining because of how bad they are. This is not one of those anime. It’s just not fun or entertaining at all to watch. Simply gross.
Overall a total drag and there isn’t much else to say.
(Side note i broke this movie into tiny pieces and throw it into a campfire). Avoid at all cost and if you some how are forced into a position that you must watch it get ready for eye sores in the morning.
Now you may be wondering how this movie got a 1/10 but still has a 4/10 story… Well thats because that is the only piece of this pile of S#*@ that was even close to okay… If the movie had a reboot with the same story but better everything else then it would be a decent worth watching movie…. But its not. The story however does become muddled in the end and things don’t add up which makes it not even worth watching for the story alone.
I could go on for days on just how bad the art in this movie is but i simply do not want to waste my time. So the best way i could describe it would be as a PS1 game that someone filmed with a 2 MP camera and then converted it onto an old computer. The animations are stiff and not smooth at all. The backgrounds look like someone took two or three colors and just added them randomly on the screen and the character models look like emotionless robots doing the funky chicken…
From each scene having a different pitch… to the fact that the rain sounded like someone scratching a blackboard equals an 1/10. The sound was just plain pitifully, voices lacked emotion or depth, explosions and gun fire where downright terrible, and the whole scene where they scream sounds like my cat meowing.
Now the characters…….. you know what…. nvm i don’t even want to waste my time on typing the rest of the review… Enough of my life was wasted on this piss poor movie that i don’t feel like giving it anymore. Please just take my advice when i say stand clear of this landslide of pure S*&%
5: Yoru ga Kuru!
English: Square Of The Moon: The Night Is Coming!
MAL Score: 5.57
Blue moon suddenly appeared near the moon, they called it True Moon. After 3 years when True Moon shined blue, a monster appeared in front of Ryo. He ran away from the monster, but finally, the monster cornered him. When he began to accept his death, a red eyed girl, Izumi, appeared. She cut the monster to death, and gone.
Story: It sounds interesting but how can I say it, the story just don’t just don’t pole you in.
Characters: They were bland like really BLAND. They don’t have emotions from them at all, even when they fight or just have a conversation.
Art: Well, I can forgive this part because it made was made in the 2000s and they don’t look that bad but the fight scenes looked kind of bunch up
Sex scenes: Okay, I admit it the sex scenes were ok, except if they stay at one scene at a time
Overall: It’s a 2 because of the sex scenes and the art they have in this anime but they were ok, but the rest is just bunch up scenes
4: The Urotsuki
Japanese: THE UROTSUKI
MAL Score: 5.65
An immortal beast-man of supernatural lusts, Amano Jaku escapes prison to gratify his appetites at Meishin College. But the campus is not just a hotbed of luscious coeds – it’s the breeding ground of a hideous monster! The Ultra God is Amano Jaku’s nemesis, a vile killing machine, and the ancient harbinger of the coming apocalypse. Now, immortals will clash in a battle that will bathe the Earth in innocent blood!
The Urotsuki, is a much needed and very enjoyable re-imagination of the old.
If you haven’t seen the old one I don’t the new one doesn’t mean much to you.
It is very fun for rare of us us who craved” ..more more more” of the old stuff.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this but the bad sides is that is brutally changed and some of the original appeal is gone.
If you can see my scores, the story is much better now and you actually feel much more for the characters. It plays up all the emotions we experienced in the crappier original movie but in a better way.
All characters are completely changed and much less stereotypical and have more dept but rather uninteresting and dulled down.
The sole exception to this Amano Jaku who actually became more interesting.
Alot of the women are less cute, less stupid and look more adult
but they all look like identical supermodels who have olive oil or lube for skin.
I like the colorfulness and the psychedelically mysterious surreal exoticism and well mystery of the old movie. There is none of it in the new version, they opted it away for more grey color scale and a gritty concrete surrounding
to make the world feel more like a dystopian urban social realism and making the characters feel more tragic
The sex is much more physical, more logical and raw
in “a sex is violence” kind of way.
Still the art is way better than the most of the old movie.
But the old art was of a very varied quality especially if you count the entire old series. I have to say art is better than the old series as a hole
but art is way worse than the best art from the old series.
The art of the original first movie was horrible crap.
The flattness of the b**ches and the lack of anime hair turns me off.
I would wanted it to look more like Bible Black or at least Toshio Maeda own art.
The best thing is that manages to make a balance between being hentai and being a non-hentai story.
Each episode have one heavy sexy scene per the climax of said episode.
A very good system, that releases fear and tension and make you care more about the sex because its in the same universe as the story that you invested so much make-belief into.
The only real flaw in the quite average enjoyment is that there are no more episodes.
3: Koroshiya 1 The Animation: Episode 0
English: Ichi The Killer: Episode 0
Japanese: 殺し屋１ THE ANIMATION EPISODE 0
MAL Score: 5.66
A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his mind, and his hands deal death without mercy. At last, the shrouds of mystery are parted to reveal the origin of the monster. The city will know its greatest fear at the unveiling of Ichi the Killer.
Since I reviewed a children’s film last time, I decided to change things up and review something a bit more “edgy”. Ichi Episode 0 is a prequel to the cult film Ichi the Killer directed by Takashi Miike. While the film I believe deserves its cult status in the world of gory exploitation movies, this anime…kind of sucks.
While the manga came before both this anime and the film, the anime was ONLY made due to the film’s massive success. Takashi Miike started out in the 1990s in Japanese “V-Cinema” which are mostly direct to video porno films and violent exploitation movies. I think the V stands for Violence and Vagina. However, Miike quickly proved himself to be a capable director and rocketed to international stardom with the disturbing horror film Audition in 1999. Ichi the Killer was Miike’s 2nd international success in 2001.
So what made the film so much better than this anime? Firstly, the film is very well made on a technical level while this anime looks like shit. Secondly, the film follows the masochistic gangster Kakihara and realized that he is a MUCH better character to build the story around than Ichi. Kakihara is a depraved man who lives only to inflict and receive pain. However, he is sane and fully realizes the results of his actions. He believes everyone has a sadistic and a masochistic side, but most people hide it while he chooses to fully embrace it. If you are sitting there watching a Miike film, you can’t deny you must have a sadistic or masochistic side to some extent. Kakihara may be sick, but the audience can still somewhat relate to him. When he finds out about this ruthless assassin named Ichi, we the audience share his excitement and long for their coming battle. When Ichi turns out to be very different than Kakihara imagined, we share Kakihara’s sense of disappointment. The audience can always understand what Kakihara is thinking. Ichi on the other hand, is a mentally disabled man with the mind of a child who gets a raging boner by murdering people. The movie uses Ichi very sparingly because he’s more of a plot device than a fully realized character. I can’t begin to understand or relate to Ichi, so I can’t really invest in him as a character.
Ichi would be a disturbing and somewhat effective origin tale of a young serial killer…if it wasn’t so fucking stupid. You’ll see what I mean. The main character is Hajime Shiroishi AKA “Ichi” as he is later known in the movie. Hajime is a mentally disabled high school student who is said to have the mental capacity of a 6 year old. He is constantly bullied in school and lives with a bratty younger brother and abusive parents who actually encourage him to be a bully rather than a victim. Hajime often watches his parents engage in violent BDSM sex and learns to associate violence with sexual release. After dissecting a frog and getting a massive erection, he learns that he REALLY likes killing things. Hajime then curb stomps a cat and the school bunnies, which he finds deeply arousing. A classmate catches him and tries to blackmail him, but Hajime murders his classmate and his family later that night.
Hajime was sent to a mental institution instead of prison because he lacked the mental capacity to be held legally responsible for his crimes. Now is when things start getting stupid. One day Hajime watches a Kung Fu movie and practices in his cell until he becomes a Kung Fu master capable of literally kicking people’s heads off. One of the psychiatrists it turns out is a Yakuza boss wearing a disguise, by which I mean he actually has a fake wig and Groucho Marx glasses. He somehow manages to convince the institute to release Ichi and plans to manipulate the simple minded killer into being his #1 assassin thus the name Ichi (One). Yakuza psychiatrist sends Hajime to take karate classes and there he meets another patient of the good doctor. This other patient is a masochist girl who can only orgasm by being kicked repeatedly in the face, which seems to fully heal between scenes. Maybe she’s related to Wolverine?! Masochist chick manages to manipulate Hajime into brutally Kung Fu murdering 3 random thugs and Hajime uses their blood as hand lotion to masturbate as our shitty anime ends.
Not a single character in this anime is recognizably human. Every character is either a 1 dimensional bully, incomprehensibly insane, or a sadistic mentally disabled man who gets murder boners. Even fucking GENOCYBER had more humanistic characters than this piece of shit. At least Genocyber had that orphan boy who showed kindness to our protagonist before getting murdered. Actually Genocyber had multiple characters show at least 1 act of kindness or basic empathy, while Ichi has ZERO such actions in all 45 minutes. This is easily the single most fucked up view of humanity I have ever seen in an anime. I think even the director was a bit disturbed by this abortion of a show, because he spent the rest of his career working on Shonen and never again venturing into Ichi territory. He would later direct Fairy Tail. No, I’m not kidding.
This anime was made by the rather inconsistent Studio Shogakuken, who has done good work with anime like Monster but has also made some crappy looking anime like Hamtaro. Ichi is drawn to look like your basic 1990s ultra violent OVA only crappier. However, since this is an anime about a retarded guy curb stomping cats, I’m actually glad it wasn’t better animated. Ichi is disturbing and cringy enough already.
The music consists of bizarre techno and can actually be strangely effective at times. I’ll give it some credit. The dub was brought over by Central Park Media and it actually has 2 English dubs with one American dub and a British dub. The American dub seems to directly follow the subtitles, but the British dub strays quite a bit. This really isn’t surprising if you are aware of Manga UK and England’s history of “liberal” translations. See: Mad Bull 34, Angel Cop, Cyber City, Violence Jack etc.
Ichi the movie was violent exploitation film, but it was fascinating. You wanted to re-watch it and share it with other people. Hey man, you HAVE to check out this fucked up movie! Ichi the anime…just makes you feel dirty. I don’t want to share this anime with my friends. I’m writing this review to tell lovers of old, bad anime that this one isn’t worth it. If I had to come up with one simple word to describe this anime it would be “vile”. If you are interested in watching this, go watch the movie instead. If you’ve already seen the movie, go read the manga. Under no circumstances should you watch this piece of shit.
2: 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.
1: 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.
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