May 5, 2016
It is well known that Go Nagai is one of the most influential and controversial mangaka in the industry's history. He gave us the giant transforming robot genre and Sentai with Mazinger Z. He gave us the Magical Girl genre with Cutie Honey. He even helped give us the seinen demographic with the bold and brutally violent twin works of Devilman and Violence Jack during the 1970s, which showed that manga could be for older readers as well.
However, if you write 2,000 different comics, one shot doujins, and anime, you are going to have a few flubs. Stan Lee has written plenty of bad
comic issues by his own admission and even Alan Moore has been known to occasionally write something less than stellar. Go Nagai is no exception to this rule. So what is generally considered to be the nadir of Uncle Go's insanely prolific career? I've looked into it and most would say Iron Virgin Jun. Having seen this anime and the manga it was adapted from...yeah I can see why.
Before we begin the review, we must sing the obligatory Go Nagai tribute song!
Go Nagai! His violence is over the top!
Go Nagai! So much blood you will need a mop!
Go Nagai! The guy that wrote Mazinger Z!
Go Nagai! The guy likes likes to draw women pee!
Go Nagai! His rape scenes incur censors wrath!
Go Nagai! Dude might be a sociopath!
HOORAH UNCLE GOOO!!!
Iron Virgin Jun, as you can probably surmise, is about a young maiden named Jun. On her 18th birthday, Jun is forced into an arranged marriage by her giant ogre of a mother. Jun refuses to accept this and runs away into the woods, so her mother sends a bunch of minions after her. Jun beats up the minions and joins with a young butler of her household named Kuratta, who is basically her only friend. When Jun's mother learns her minions have been defeated, she goes into a rage and puts a "virginity bounty" on Jun. Whoever manages to catch and rape her gets to marry her! This soon leads to Jun fighting against rapist ninjas using robot penises that transform into giant drills. "Mine is the dick that will pierce the heavens!!!" Jun comes across her kindly aunt, who states that she and Kuratta can live with her on her magic island, but unfortunately the island will appear upside down until Jun has set her own life right. This means confronting the source of her family's evil, her demonic grandmother! Jun teams up with her good guy father, who jumps at the chance of finally killing his bitch mother in law! It turns out she is already dead and they must defeat her ghost, which they do without much effort because this is a 1 episode anime. Jun and Kuratta then basically live happily ever after. The end.
This OVA came out in 1992 and it looks like SHIT! Despite the fact that movies and OVAs tended to have better art than long running anime series in the early 1990s, Jun's art and animation is repugnant. Jun makes other schlock OVAs from the same time period look like their art cells belong in the Louvre!
The voice acting here is BAD! The English dub is unsurprisingly abominable and even the Japanese dub is so lazy and underwhelming that non-Japanese speakers can tell it sucks! Jun can't even claim to have enjoyably cheesy music like so many of its fellow 90s OVAs.
While a few of the jokes are at least sort of funny, mostly this show just falls on its face. The manga is MUCH more risque and insane with its humor, so it at least has that vintage Go Nagai feel. The anime is a watered down version of an already shitty manga, that was only passable because of shock humor. With most of the shock humor removed, this just feels like an empty husk. I really wouldn't recommend this anime unless you just HAVE to see what Go Nagai's worst looks like.
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