They’re the best Anime that 2000 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Sin: The Movie, Kuro no Danshou, Yonimo Osoroshii Nihon Mukashibanashi, and more!
9: Sin: The Movie
Japanese: sin THE MOVIE
MAL Score: 5.15
In Sin, Blade must unravel a series of mysterious kidnappings. As he delves into the city’s merciless underworld, an elaborate mystery unfold; at is heart, the SinTEK corporation and its leader, the ruthless and beautiful Elexis Sinclair. A Brilliant biochemist, Sinclair will stop at nothing to achieve her goal: a plan that could force the next step of human evolution-or spell doom for mankind.
Sin was a fun game, IMO. Even this movie might have made a playable game, if an intensely generic one. But it wasn’t a game – it was a movie, and a bad one. From the very start canon is thrown right out the window, closely followed by the splattered brains of the protagonist’s fan-beloved partner and friend, JC. If you think that was a spoiler, you’re right – it pretty much spoils the entire movie by turning it into a body-horror splatterhouse with an unspeakably awkward sexual tension twist as JC’s where-the-hell-did-she-come-from sister, also named JC, joins forces with the guy who killed her brother essentially to act as a living decoration. This flinchworthy cliche-hugging ‘edgy’ weirdness is the only memorable thing about the entire movie. If you like the game Sin, don’t watch this movie. If you like movies, don’t watch this movie. If you like Sin: The Movie, don’t watch this movie. This is blatantly the exploitation of an almost-successful franchise by someone who saw a cool-looking character on a game box, skim-read the back, bought a license to the property, and fed it to a bunch of hacks.
8: Kuro no Danshou
English: Mystery of the Necronomicon
MAL Score: 5.71
While vacationing with his adopted daughter, Private Detective Susuki becomes trapped in a secluded ski resort with a few other vacationers after a storm closes the place down. All is well until one of the guests is found brutally murdered. Being the good investigator he is, Susuki gets to work to find the killer. While digging for the killer, Susuki uncovers a lot of dirt on the other guests and even finds out a thing or two about his own past. But, as Susuki struggles to find the killer, the other guests start to point the finger at him.
The anime follows private detective Satoshi Suzuhara and his adoptive daughter, Asuka Kashiwagi, as they spend time at an isolated ski resort. But when a snowstorm cuts off all links to the outside, a string of gruesome murders occurs, and Satoshi becomes the main suspect. It becomes a race against time as Satoshi must find out who is behind the murders. As the plot goes on, it becomes obvious that Mystery of the Necronomicon takes inspiration from several different Lovecraft stories.
Up front, I’m going to say that the sex scenes are too few and far between, and are far too short, with most of the running time being taken up by the plot. I could see someone maybe getting their rocks off the one of the situations in this hentai, but the whole thing is filled with budget 90’s hentai animation, so I don’t know how many people are going to get their jollies off to this one.
And I’m pretty sure some of these sex scenes have been done better in some other schlocky 90’s softcore porn. So I wouldn’t recommend it for the porn. So if you don’t mind me, I’m going to be regretfully spending the rest of the review pulling apart the plot of a cheesy hentai that doesn’t need this level of criticism.
Right off the bat, if I were the main character, the one thing that I wouldn’t be doing if I was the main character is going around to different people claiming that I’m a detective. Already, people aren’t going to trust one another because of the murder, and I’m pretty sure people aren’t going to trust me just because I claim that I’m a detective. Plus I haven’t seen our main character do any even remotely like detective work outside trying to solve a case that he’s one of the suspects in.
Unsurprisingly, this has all of the cliches. Premonition of future events in dreams, running into the character without knowing their the bad guy despite the fact that it was very obviously telegraphed to the audience, one of the characters creepily talking about the Necronomicon, making him look like a really obvious bad guy, or red herring. Gotta fill out the plot in your porno somehow, even if that’s not what we came here for.
The hentai even brings up the main characters names, places, and dates and times as text on the screen as they appear. You have time for the most tired cliches in the book, but not enough time to introduce your characters properly. I know that porn is supposed to have low standards when it comes to the plot, but you don’t include this much plot unless you want to actually write something meant to entertain people. If Stephen King can write cheesy plots and dialogue and still be considered a good writer, then you need to keep up.
Most people don’t have a fetish that requires filling in ~75-80 minutes of your 90 minute porn with backstory and character motivations. Fucking is and should be the backstory and character motivation for a porn, and that’s worked fantastically for decades. Although the fact that that the main character just stumbles into somehow fucking women, and even HE is surprised by the fact that he’s getting laid out of nowhere, which is kind of humorous.
Plus this has some violence and gore, like one of the main characters coming across a dead body with the skin on their face ripped off. I guess if you’ve ever been annoyed that your horror movies had their sex scenes cut down to barely anything by the ratings board of your country, maybe I could see someone liking this, but that’s an incredibly niche group of people.
Somehow this anime falls into the trope of “Well, they’re not actually related, so it’s technically not incest”, because characters keep bringing up the fact that our main character and the girl he adopted are more like a couple than blood relations. I guess hentai can’t help but shove in SOME sort of hentai trope.
The main character is voiced by the sexy voice of Dan Green, who is probably most famous for playing Yami from Yu-Gi-Oh. Looking at his list of roles, he seemed to act in a few different hentai, Mystery of the Necronomicon being one of it. I’m guessing that this isn’t one of the roles that he talks about, but I still appreciate hearing his voice, even if it is in an embarresment of an anime. He’s also the only one in this whole thing giving a good performance. I don’t blame him from taking a role for a paycheck though. The rest of it borders on so-bad-it’s-good, but none of it’s really all that memorable.
The plot is pretty much that of a schlocky made-for-cable film that would have been made in the 90s to sell cable subscriptions just so you’d hope you could see maybe see one maybe half decent sex scene out of the dozens on “movies” on their service. It even has the cheesy saxophone playing over sex scenes. And one song that sounds like it came out of a NES game .Although, for some reason it plays over the climactic scene near the end of the anime, which is hilariously out of place.
So if cheesy so-bad-its-good horror/thriller with a strong Stephen King vibe (the main character even mentions Maine like Stephen King does in every single one of his novels) with a few sex scenes thrown in sounds like fun to you, then this might be worth checking out.
7: Yonimo Osoroshii Nihon Mukashibanashi
English: The Truth of Japanese Fairy Tales
MAL Score: 5.82
The horrible truths behind Japanese Fairy Tales from the ancient times are finally revealed! This title includes three episodes: “The Monkey and the Crab”, “Click-Crack Mountain” and “Urashima and the Kingdom beneath the Sea”.
(Source: Official Website)
Yonimo Osoroshii Nihon Mukashibanashi doesn’t try to. Not conventionaly at least. It’s tales are executed in a way that take on a form of ‘external horror’. Or i guess ‘horrific’ to make the viewer understand how terrible things happen in the world and there’s nothing we can do about them.
Each of these tales takes a horrific scenario and pushes it to the far extremes.
I want to note that finding this anime subbed online is quite challenging as it is a very unknown piece of media that’s been poorly documented for foreign audiences. What i’ve done is uncover raw footage and watch that. Fortunately the stories were easy to get the jist of with my beginner Japanese comprehension, combined with their straightforward structure.
– Understanding what they are trying to say – (Moderate to mild spoiler warning)
1. First tale (easiest to watch) introduces us to a wanderer seeking shelter from the terribly warm weather. He shows very little respect and gets punished for his reckless behaviour at the village he thought would be the safe haven he so desperately sought. On first glance it might seem harsh what happens, but if you look at it from the villager’s perspectives he wasn’t much better.
Even with subs they don’t tell you what really goes on at this village, you’re meant to piece it together through visual cues, which you wouldn’t be able to do if you don’t pay enough attention to the scenes and events that take place.
2. Second tale is about “cancel culture”. Minimal spoilers, popular slang of the youths. There you go.
3. Third and last tale was the most ‘psychedelic’ and difficult to understand. To be absolutely fair to it my patience was a little running low from personal life that i didn’t give this one the time it deserved. If i had to make a guess though i’d say it wants to do a commentary on superficial interests and one’s karma.
– Visuals –
Great for their time, they get the job done. And can get experimental and wild during major scenes. But i must warn you, don’t drop this within the first few minutes, what you will be greeted by is not what the tales actually look like. The “watcher” at the video store is only fancy introductory fluff, an interlude meant to smoothly transition you from tale to tale.
Although there’s dialogue that happens during them. It’s sadly lost in translation for me. It can’t be helped.
– Audio –
Unremarkable voice acting however the choice of music is breathtaking. I might sound blasphemic but this is probably one of my favorite anime scores i’ve heard in a while. Haven’t come across anything this esoteric, tribal and sophisticated sounding since Psycho Diver.
If you are fond of unusual scores and instrumental music that fits the themes and ancient eras, your senses will be pleased.
I have to recommend this strange title. I may be biased for loving the soundtrack but i really do think this is something worth looking into if you have time to spare and are able to acquire a viewable copy through whatever means.
There are three short stories, kinda disturbing, but not scary.
I think pointless death isn’t scary at all.
I could write about the plot, but there’s no plot, also you feel sorry for the guys in three stories.
All I can say if you want to be scared this anime is not a good option, if you like disturbing pointless plot, so be my guest.
6: Luv Wave
English: Luv Wave
Japanese: ラヴ ウェーブ
MAL Score: 5.88
Takikawa Kanako, a secret agent that specialize in information and assassination. He has a robot girl for assistant. So far, they have 100% success rate, but their new target doesn’t seem to want to stay dead. While finding out what’s going on, they have to deal with a world network stopping virus and a strange new drug. Can he remember and how much does she love him?
The animation isnt that good. A few laggy frames, but the huge fail was at the sex scenes where they pretty much sucked.
The sound was just ok, nothing too special. The only real part where they failed was again, at the sex scenes.
The characters develop at a fair pace, although some might seem confusing, it was ok.
I guess enjoyed most of the story and some scenes in the 2nd ep. If you like good stories try this one, but if you just want the H scenes the only ones worth looking at are in the 2nd ep. Overall i would’ve given this a Good score for actually having a good story, but failed at its main point of being a hentai so that got it down to a Fair.
Art: 7.5/10. The art is beautiful and the edit of the softness into the animation was beautiful. it wasn’t really special.
Sound: 7/10. This hentai played that beautiful 80’s and 90’s music (even though it was in the 2000’s). The sting music was good (when Kaoru was dreaming about the other girl that reminded him of Alice). I felt good vibes during the songs. The songs are stuck in my head now. It reminds me of how i can watch hentai with beautiful music back-in-the-days and not listen to EDM and pop music. The songs from this hentai are eternal.
Characters: 7.5/10 The characters were ok. My favorite character is Alice. I love her because i didn’t care about the fact that she was a robot, that she was just an unemotional robot, I learned something. In Episode 2, she started to feel and get emotions. She loved Kaoru so much. Until Episode 3. She had sex with him and then she turned evil. She turned into the girl who originally loved Kaoru when Kaoru was younger. Alice’s legs and arms are stuck into plugs when she told Kaoru how much she loved him. Unfortunately, the Xinn was inside of her and the Xinn was gonna destroy the world but Kaoru had to kill her. There was no tears. The Alice that was stuck in plugs were in Kaoru’s arms. The place that they were in exploded. She was already dead but Kaoru died in that explosion with him holding Alice. I loved Alice so much. I almost cried.
Enjoyment: 5.5/10. I enjoyed everything except the sex scenes. The sex scenes were boring. It just didn’t feel like a hentai to me. It felt like a 2000’s version of a action anime but hentai used in it.
Overall: 7.5/10. This hentai is so.. eternal..
5: Yonimo Osoroshii Grimm Douwa
MAL Score: 6.06
The truth behind the well-known Grimm’s Tales is cruel and full of blood and lust!
Episode 1: “Hansel & Gretel”: Two brothers lost in the woods were actually criminals…
Episode 2: “The Blue Beard”: The true character of the Blue Beard was a cannibal who was unable to tolerate his wife’s adultery.
Episode 3: “Cinderella”: Actually Cinderella had abnormal affections toward the prince.
MAL Score: 6.15
There is an ancient legend that says if a tattoo is drawn to perfection, it will come to life. Reiko Kure is a female detective with a strange massacre on her hands. Some kind of huge animal savagely murdered thirteen members of the mafia, and only the quiet Ema Nozomi was left at the scene. Ema is taken into protective custody. However, every man left with her is killed, and every woman left with her is raped. There are no clues, except the innocent Ema’s strange tattoo, perfectly depicting a demon.
~STORY~ A hentai doesn’t require a plot. Most of the time it doesn’t and when it does it’s more ridiculous than it is erotic. Because that’s the purpose hentai serves, animated porn. And when people search for it they don’t wade through the countless titles to find one “with a good story” but fappable material. If (monster) rape scenes are your thing than this will probably do it for you. But story wise I was actually pleasantly surprised at how they attempted to tie together psychology within the plot. It wasn’t the most thrilling endeavor but it was notable and quite welcomed considering an actual ounce of effort was put forth in explaining what was going on. Overall the story deserved an Oscar compared to most hentai flicks. Though once again, I’m sure the story isn’t what you wanted it for, it was a nice touch.
~ART~ Developed at the very end of the 90s, that’s 11 years ago to the date, it features animation common during the time. That isn’t to say it’s bad or good just visibly vintage. Sex scenes aren’t anything special just the usually thrust and go routine. I don’t find the artwork to my taste however, even the vaginas looked like they belonged on a rotting corpse and the dicks reminded me of kitchen spoons. But budgets and time should be put into account.
~SOUND~ Oni-tensei OST for $9.99 lol. Voice acting was typical moans, groans, screams, and wails. But they did the job they were meant to. And proper feelings were expressed, don’t watch the dubbed versions of hentai EVER
~CHARACTER~ I really enjoyed the Oni-tensei characters, the protagonists at least, they showed some backbone and even though they were in a rape hentai they never let up the resistance. [spoiler if you care] I especially liked the moment when Nozomi bit her aggressor’s tongue since I always wondered why the rape victims in hentai didn’t do that in the first place, same goes for when Reiko bit a dude’s penis right off – I loled cuz it reminded me of the movie Teeth [ spoiler end] And I did sympathize with [spoiler again if you care] Reiko when she lost the baby she cared so much about though with the way things were going in the ending sequence it probably wasn’t long before she got pregnant again [spoiler end] 8/10 because the characters didn’t buy into the “enjoyment” of being raped. Normal people don’t like being raped, k?
~Enjoyment~ Porn is porn is porn. Upon analyzing the sex scenes I didn’t really feel much toward them. I’m not into the monster rape stuff. I’m more interested in the passionate but that’s hard to find and when you find it it lasts half a second. (can you tell I’m a lady?) Heads up that the only sex scene involving love is found in the last episode and is rushed in at the end. The whole series is rape and rape and rape and rape and so I was just searching for what else there was. Like I said so many times before, not my thing, but maybe yours.
It’s worth the browse. A minor detail I may have missed is that this hentai has some gore. Not too much. Just guys getting their faces smashed open with eyeballs flying out and their teeth spilling on to the floor no biggie. Really no biggie. It’s only for like three scenes and isn’t all that graphic. (not for me) If you choose to avoid it it’s found in episode 3 I believe. Concluding words….I just wrote an entire review on porn O.o but I enjoyed it so ha ^^
Honestly saying, I hate to retell a plot so please, if you seek for the plot that makes sense, viscid atmosphere and don’t want to behold an utterly stupid ending after some reasonable action — just have my word for it: it’s worth a seeing
Yea yea, I was THAT amzed too
3: 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.
2: 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.
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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