Apr 6, 2023
Based on a manga written by Kajiwara Ikki, well-known for Ashita no Joe. What most western people have no idea is the fact Ikki was a revolutionary gekiga artist on writing absurd works depicting harsh reality, with poverty and cruelty on focus. I have no idea how this OVA adapted the original manga, since these rental-VHS-only releases are specially awful, but the results are such of a masterpiece of ultimately trashy anime. It starts very idiotic then gets over-the-top brutal and nihilist, without losing its cheap charm. You have a cheesy karate and yakuza plot conflicting with WW2 and italian/nazi political themes. Eventually you'll find
suicide, abuse, racism, the exploitation of minors and natives. If you think you had enough of those themes.. well, you don't know how those are presented in here. What about an old fat grandma into BDSM creatively leading your torture, humiliation and rape, finding a way to roast you alive beyond medieval? I mean, the grandpa whipping scene is already strange enough. Now imagine this same grandma naked and tied to a boat. Can't believe I lived enough to watch a scene like that. With psychological/physical violence and shitty artwork hand in hand, the level of cheesiness x background social commentary x gross vileness is way out of balance. Top notch shitty OVA, a forgotten classic among anime nasties.
Highly reccomended for anyone else looking for media of the worst quality.
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