Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 23, 2004 to Oct 22, 2004
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: Rx - HentaiL represents licensing company
Score: 5.641 (scored by 6903 users)
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Feb 2, 2011 10:05 PM
When I read the summary for the plot and decided to watch this, I thought this might be a reasonably good anime. Mystery aspects involved, art looked decent...what could go wrong. Right?
I was wrong. Very wrong.
Honestly, within the first five minutes of this anime, I was already stricken by how revolting it was. I nearly turned it off right then and there. Yes, I understand that prison is horrifying. Maybe they wanted to show that. Yada yada yada, but are you people serious? This is a two episode series and I can't even count how many rape scenes there are. Is that supposed to be sexy? God, I hope not, because if so, it failed miserably. At some points, I felt like vomiting.
Don't get me wrong. In terms of storylines, I've seen worse, but I've seen much, much better.
Oh, there's still hope for him. Hey, maybe we can get into some plot now...oh wait, nope. Just more rape. Look, the lawyer is back, let's get cracking. Looks like he found something. Now is it time to actually...damn it all, more rape. Rape. Rape. Rape. Pathetic attempt at plot. More rape.
I wish I was exaggerating. Really, I do.
And, you know what the kicker is? At the end when Guys finally escapes prison and the horrors he found there, what does he do? Turn right around and start doing the same shit that 'sickened' him...with his lawyer! Yup, that's right. I know they only showed a kiss, but come on. None of you are naive enough to think it stays so innocent, right? I don't know about everyone else, but I was astounded.
"Awesome. Despite the fact that these characters are kind of one-dimensional, I'm glad...oh come on, really? Now he's making out with his lawyer? Nevermind, I take that back."
I know what you're thinking: "But Lusca saved him!" Don't give me that crap. If I was raped dozens of times in prison, no one would even be touching me at all, let alone making out with me. I wouldn't care if that person had slayed a frickin' dragon on my behalf, he still wouldn't be touching me. Guys is supposed to be traumatized, remember? I would be curled up in a ball, trying to pick up the trashed remains that represented my life.
Gah...I wouldn't recommend this unless you're interested in shotacon. Or, for whatever reason, rape scenes. It's not worth it. Please save yourself the trouble.
Aug 12, 2008 8:55 AM
At first, I was simply excited as to what it was because the title was somewhat intriguing, but as I go through the middle, I ended up staring and then sometimes wondering what's been happening. The story overall is pretty good, though the ending was somewhat anti-climactic.
This is a purely PWP (Porn Without Plot), so I don't suggest it to those under 16. Unless you think you're mature. ^^; read more
Apr 9, 2009 9:04 AM
*Warning: contain some spoilers, read at your own risk*
I just watched this, so thought I'd write a review for it. To be honest, I've read and seen a few yaoi series before, but Enzai can be labeled as one of the unique ones.
The story was what attracted me to the series, it's one of those a moment in one's life type of story, compared to a lot of other series out there that show a character's life and their growth. This sort of captures that moment, from when Guys is framed to prison life to proven innocent; sure it might not be completely realistic, but it does portray some part of the real world. This is what makes it quite interesting because you learn about a part of the world that exists but personally you've never experienced. Whereas in most other series the world is fantasy or sci-fi and knowing its never real doesn't give me that contemplative feeling. On top of that, what's different about Enzai to the other yaoi's I've read/watched is the yaoi aspect of it seems detatched from the actual plot. Essentially the yaoi needn't even be present to tell the story, so I don't know why it was included; it felt just like an random add on. And honestly, the yaoi wasn't good, so if you want to watch this just for the yaoi, I suggest you turn elsewhere.
Animation and art are not bad, I quite liked how they included the still images of everyone at the end. It provides uniqueness compared to the type of anime I've mainly been watching.
Music is used well in this series, character's voices seem to be ok too. I did find Vallewida's voice a little too feminine. Also, Guys' voice seems a bit fake at times, particularly during the yaoi, but like I said the yaoi needn't really be present, so it eliminates a bit of that fakeness.
Just one word: Weird lol. There's too many weird pairings in this, and just when I thought it was over, I get that scene when Lusca and Guys kiss and it just leaves me shaking my head. The characters designs are not bad in itself, just the way the characters are presented seem a little bit overdone. Since this is a short OVA, there isn't a real need for so many characters to be involved in sex play, it just makes me less able to connect to any of them.
Putting everything together and probably ignoring the yaoi, it would be quite unique and interesting. Throw in the yaoi, it's still good, but there's just presence of an additional unimportant aspect.
Though it's quite hard to explain about why I enjoyed this series, because I know most people won't understand or appreciate it; I still want to say that I enjoyed watching this. read more
Jun 20, 2010 1:40 PM
Oct 19, 2012 2:29 PM
However I feel, maybe because it's only two episodes, that the characters wasn't quite as developed as in the game
Also the art wasn't even close to being as good.
If you're not into hardcore yaoi (rape, bondage and so on) it's definitely not something you should watch, as this is indeed hardcore yaoi, rape scenes and everything included.
However if you're into hardcore yaoi... it's a good watch, but I'd recommend the game instead.
Apr 6, 2012 1:30 PM
By the way, how can this be child pornography when Guys and most of the characters are over 18? -confused face-
Sep 9, 2012 3:11 PM
The story is one more suited for "hardcore" fans. There are a lot of BDSM themes present in the story, and it is rare that the characters give consent for anything. While this is all fine and good, I don't think the story is so great because they don't try to show a time lapse between the time the main character is imprisoned to the time of his retrial. Everything is mashed together, so you feel like he is going against all of his beliefs to get information for his retrial. It is shown in the game, however, that years pass while he is in prison and so he forms friendships and relationships over time with the characters who hold information needed for the retrial. So time management is the reason for skewed character and story scores.
The art is not really my style, and the faces look off at times, but I would say it is acceptable quality. Some of the characters look much different from their game counterparts, which can be off-putting if you get too used to the game art. They do use some of the game background music, which was nice. The voice acting was great except for the usual loud, fake moaning. Particularly, my favorite part was Vallewida's confession about his life as a soldier. You could tell he was in a lot of pain with the way his voice quivered.
Overall, I'm pleased with this series. There were some things I would have changed, but I'm understanding of their need to fit such a big story into only two OVAs. I recommend you play the game in addition to viewing the OVAs to get a better understanding of the plot and characters. read more
Jun 29, 2010 7:45 PM
It's definitely not for the faint of heart as it contains very graphic (though censored) scenes of rape, sex, and sodomy. The mature content aside, the story is compelling and has good character development (although compressed to due to time constraints).
If you want hardcore BL/yaoi, Enzai doesn't disappoint (believe me). The story is also enjoyable.
This OVA only does well as a supplement to the game (as it is based on the game's "good" ending and as such can be seen as a spoiler of sorts).