Nagisa is a schoolgirl with schoolgirl tendencies, waking up late, rushing off to school and meeting up with friends upon the way. One morning Nagisa comes across a woman dressed in a strange uniform who seems to stare at her, unnerving Nagisa. Later that day, whilst staring out the window, Nagisa becomes aware of a ball bouncing by itself which flings itself towards her window seat, shattering the glass yet not harming her... Turning back to the front she finds a gaping mouth bristling with teeth inches from her face and no-one else about. She screams and the world returns to normal with her standing and the centre of curiosity of her class... why did she scream?
This is an interesting Sci-Fi. Not really like a lot of the Mecha Genre I have seen before. While most like this might fight aliens, this wasn't half bad. Now of course it was very cheesy. But that is more of it's age talking.
Nice visuals for an 80's Anime. Yes they are very 80's. But it's some of the more nicer ones, as opposed to the sloppy hand drawn, looking Anime out there.
Music quality, again speaks for it's age. Heavy Synthesizer use, took away from what could be a good quality score.
Dubbing Quality, hard to say. Now I'm trying to be fair on it basing
on it's age. If this we're made say 2 years ago, I would find it rather mediocre, or flat out bad. But it's okay. Yeah some rather dry expressions, but nice. Wendee Lee gives a great performance as always.
It has a nice tone. Dark sleek, depressing, post-apocalyptic world. You really feel sad when the Aliens Take over Nagisa's Parents. And when Iczer must kill Nagisa.
But there is a lot of fan service. Plenty of nudity, and some sexuality. What's up with that? I don't know. But oh well.
So overall, cheesy, but in a good way. Flawed, but worthy.
Well what can i say??? good transfer from tape to dvd and this one ppl, this animation for the 80's is quite well done i mean LOOK at the hair and the charachter designs. 25+ years since production and its still considers amongs older animefans as a silver ore under ova's, and many prob don't really accept this kind of stuff today ONLY because 'its old and timeconsuming'.... SCREW THAT! 3 ova's with and very dark and twisted story, the kind u don't see much of it today. Dont take this anime lightly because female's are the centre of this story, its violent
aheel with big mechafights, lightsaber duels and supernatural brawling, but sometime's a bit cheesy and shortened. Also the backgrouind art could look a bit better as well the minor aliens , look past that for the brutal unforgiving dark story. and DON'T watch the english dub. it give's mostly a depressing feeling as ppl in the story suffer some wrenching losses! and hell it starts strong, ends strong! i enjoyed it much more than the seq.
Story: had a confusing intro. A girl fighting a monster solo perceived to be of aid for town. Then you jump into a spaceship/crew and a woman speaks with a man's voice. A lot of the show has to unfold before you begin to put two and two together. As for the ending how? So many questions left unanswered. If more of a backstory was applied maybe there would be more joy.
Sound: Aside from gender voice i referred on i was happy with the vocal artists assigned.
Character: exact origin/purpose unknown but well illustrated in artwork.
To better grasp where they
are coming from try watching the movie Groundhog day first.
Up until I watched Iczer 1, I thought the cliche of "tentacle rape" was a fabrication, or the realm solely of Urotsukidoji.
It really isn't. Iczer 1 has phallic tendrils in abundance, and its all-female cast getting drenched with a variety of organic fluids, tied up, and threatened with penetration. To be honest this is actually really creepy.
The plot is pretty much non-existent, with enemies invading and being fought by first human soldiers and then by the heroes with their mystical robot that involves naked girls covered in electrodes. It's got the bizarre pacing of something like Zeorymer, and a real focus on extreme gore and
sexuality. The fights are not exactly dynamic or interesting, with the main robot having a limited range of attacks which often aren't that flashy or exciting. The on-foot stuff tends towards predictable sequences of people (mostly families) exploding messily into tentacled monsters who then shamble around and menace the female cast.
What it does have going for it is reasonable art. The style is classic 80s OVA, and handled well. However, the mech designs are nothing new if you've seen Zeorymer, Detonator Orgun or any similar OVAs, and the characters aren't massively interestingly designed either. Shiny black outfits predominate, and 80s hair styles.
The soundtrack isn't exceptional (not compared to something awesome like MD Geist's use of Merciless Soldier), either.
All told, Iczer 1 is worth watching only if you really like ecchi, bondage and guro interspersed with mecha action. Not one of Obari's finest hours, especially when compared to something hilarious and fun like Gravion or SRW The Inspectors.