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Genma Taisen

Alternative Titles

English: Harmagedon
Synonyms: Ghenma Wars, Great War with Genma
Japanese: 幻魔大戦


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 12, 1983
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 2 hr. 31 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 5.091 (scored by 1,147 users)
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Ranked: #94392
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Popularity: #6173
Members: 3,139
Favorites: 4


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Oct 21, 2017
busterbeam (All reviews)
So, Genma Taisen: Harmageddon; a super-influential 1983 anime about a bunch of psychics including a "transylvanian princess" (lol), an angsty teenage boy and a badass robot with a broken heart taking on the galaxy-destroying demonic entity Genma and his evil followers. All this with Rintaro at the director's helm, Yoshinori Kanada (AKA THE most important Japanese animator that ever lived) doing some of his all-time best and most influential animation, and a young Katsuhiro Otomo doing the character designs and a bunch of artwork. Predating it are a series of novels from the 70s written by 8-Man creator and Spiderman manga writer Kazumasa Hirai and read more
Jan 11, 2013
Shura-shurato (All reviews)
One of the BEST oldskool anime movies ever made, just because it contains NO drop of blood, and its really fun, if u like long movies. Personaly this is really an anime movie to watch with the whole fammily, wich is really an reccomendation, or just for a good movienight alone, the story is easygoing and fun how it develops, same wich intro of the char. througout the movie, its animation was , more mature like for its time wich a lot of ppl these days have forgotten about 80´s anime movies, and they had time to kill for making such a nice story, not read more
Feb 24, 2013
Jayma (All reviews)
After getting a good laugh from the infamous Mars of Destruction, I decided to watch Genma Taisen thinking that I would have a somewhat similar experience. I was gravely mistaken...

Story- 2/10
Typical save the world from the bad guy plot. Things happen for no apparent reason, and anytime something did happen I felt like punching myself in the throat.

Art- 3/10
Still frames, expressionless faces, recycled/ choppy animations, and horribly drawn backdrops (with the exception of a few decently animated scenes). Nothing much else to say here.

Sound- 3/10
Below average voice acting. Terrible soundtrack. Cheesy sound effects (this is a plus though). Again, nothing much else to say.

Character- 1/10
This read more
Jan 2, 2016
herbeey (All reviews)
If myanimelist let me, that would be the entirety of the review. Here's my old review:

This film left me annoyed, invigorated, frustrated and amazed.

This is about a boy getting love-powered psychic abilities and his journey as he discovers this, plays with this, discovers the consequences, and of course has to help the handful of other psychic warriors on Earth defeat a countless-galaxies-destroying being. I found myself really enjoying and relating, not only to his journey, but to a few other characters. Until the last third. Oh god what did I just see.

I have mixed feelings about this anime, but they're mostly a mixture of good read more
Dec 18, 2012
barcaman101 (All reviews)
After surviving a mysterious airline explosion princess Luna then encounter a supernatural being that warn her about the impending fate of the earth.The evil demonic entity called Genma plots to whip out all life on earth and only her and other special individuals with psychic powers called psionic warriors can stop him.She most gather the other from across the globe and unite to defeat Genma and his evil minions

I Seriously deserve the title of sainthood for sitting through this;which although overall wasn't completely awful, at times was a dung fest.The pacing is ridiculously slow and the plot transparent and uninspiring.The characters were bland read more
Feb 24, 2013
upsetkiller456 (All reviews)
Before i start this review I would like to state I am being 100% serious about this and believe this movie is one of the greatest(shittiest) movies of all time.


Wow. Just wow never have I would have a imagined that a film like this would create such a heart warming(more like heart killing) and brilliant(retarded) story. The story follows Jo who has just learned that he is actually a "PSIONIC WARRIOR!" and he is destined to save the universe from the wrath of the evil Genma!(who is actually just a giant red skull floating in space for no fucking reason). I thought the story was read more
Oct 24, 2018
neetonatto (All reviews)
This movie has severe pacing issues. About 15 minutes in I decided it would be a good idea to speed the movie up 10%. This was a good idea, as every single scene hangs on and drags juuuuust long enough that i would forget what it was that i was concentrating on. My brain kept wanting to jump out of the movie, I couldn't get settled in for a single moment. I haven't seen many anime with this kind of problem. The story is very simple, so i wasn't really lost at all the entire time, it's just that it was directed in such an read more
Oct 9, 2018
Voivodian (All reviews)
Being an early Madhouse production alone is enough to make an anime notable; but this production has even more going for it. With art done by the Otomo, this supergroup anime indeed becomes a proto Akira, featuring apocalyptic ruin and grand psychic battles.

Fitting the sheer devastation promised by its premise, art and production overall is just stunning for early 1980s standards; the trademark grim metropolises of Madhouse is contrasted sharply with vibrant glimmers of light before seguing into the downright surreal of distorted acid paintings. The latter I assume is courtesy of Rintaro and he doesn't stop there, going on to gift us read more
Aug 2, 2017
chrissy_poo_too (All reviews)
Harmagedon is an early madhouse film with ties to Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira fame. A group of psychics and a cyborg from the future (but also the past?) are trying to stop a Galactus like being from destroying Earth because that’s the kind of thing he’s into. It’s really weird and dumb and pseudo-deep, but I liked it quite a bit.

I was surprised by the amount of Akira-isms this film has, including a couple of scenes that are almost identical (Tetsuo and Joe learning that they have the ability to fly, for example). Despite the similarities, this movie is not nearly as well put together read more