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Japanese: トーイ


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 1987
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Gallop
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, MusicMusic, ShounenShounen
Duration: 55 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.221 (scored by 825825 users)
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Ranked: #69482
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Popularity: #8244
Members: 2,056
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Two weeks before a concert at Yaon Hibiya auditorium (1987.8.26), while playing at the club Shinjuku Loft, lead vocalist To-Y (pron: to-o-i) of the band GASP is jumped by a rival, Aikawa Yoji. GASP is a upcoming band known for its violence, struggling to be noticed against the popularity of hotshot Aikawa, who's #1 on the charts and beloved by his fans. The Yaon Hibiya concert represents GASP's mainstream debut to break out of the small-time club scene, which is threatened by the schemes of Aikawa's manager, Ms. Kato of Koyama Productions. Kato wants To-Y to leave that "bunch of hoodlums," and sing independently for a major label.

Adding to the confusion is an unexplained character who manifests feline traits, named Niya. Niya presents herself as "To-Y's aijin" ("Niya, To-Y no aijin da yo!") to the consternation of Koishikawa Hiderou, who has interest in To-Y. Koishikawa, also known as "Sonoko-chan," is typed as a "okama" by Niya. A running motif is GASP, it's fans, and associates regarded as unusual by the mainstream public, as exemplified by their musical taste, dress, and Classic Coke-drinking, which only contributes to more difficulty in their struggle to be accepted.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Yamada, Niya
Fujii, To-Y
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Sogabe, Kazuyuki
Yamada, Tatsuo
Genda, Tessyo
Seki, Toshihiko
Kato, Kashiko
Hitotsuyanagi, Miru
Aikawa, Yoji
Uchida, Naoya
Koishikawa, Hidero
Yayoi, Mitsuki


Psy S
Theme Song Performance, Inserted Song Performance
Onda, Naoyuki
Animation Director

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"Lemon no Yuuki" by Psy-S

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Mar 2, 2019
Thedude3445 (All reviews)
I cannot recall at all how I stumbled on this obscure anime movie (OVA?), but I'm glad I did. Coming out at the height of Japan's economic boom, even mid-tier releases had budgets far surpassing what can be done today, and with the freedom of lots of money, TO-Y gets to do a whole lot of crazy stuff. The animation itself isn't anything special, but that doesn't stop TO-Y from being a treat.

The story's a simple one, the lead singer in an up-and-coming punk band being courted to become a pop idol, and the band fighting back against corporate culture. But more than that it's read more
Jan 23, 2018
ZeonicFreak (All reviews)
Our podcast reviewed To-Y years ago and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

"To-Y is a product of it’s time, or should I say, a time where animators did whatever they felt like doing to an OVA in the Japanese economy boom of 1987. I saw To-Y as a visually fun looking 55 minute music video that told a story of a band and the people around it. Where as Jonn saw it as a giant waste of time 5 minutes into our AIM conversation."

How many words do I need in this review, all im trying to do is put up a podcast link that already read more
Jan 22, 2019
matthigh (All reviews)
Yes, there's a story running through this. But this OVA is more about a *mood*, than it is about any concrete storyline.

This whole thing just screams EIGHTIES from beginning to end, as you have some internecine struggles between bands, little petty jealousies, a few pounds of eyeliner, pretty boys singing on stage, a snake-like manager ripped from a Nagel painting, and long musical video montages. And, surprisingly, it actually comes together (unlike, say, the much less coherent Cipher). The artwork is decent, the music is also decent, and you really do get a sense of the band scene read more

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