Loosely based on L.F. Baum's novel, The Wizard of Oz. Original manga done by Itsuki Natsumi.
A nuclear war has killed most of humanity and split the USA into six warring states. By 2021, a legend has grown up about the fabled city of OZ where everything still works. Scientist Felicia sets out in search of it with the mercenary Muto and android 1019. At the end of the quest they only discover a military base and a madman.
A mercenary was hired by a girl to bring her to the mythical Oz (a paradise) where her missing brother supposedly lived. Accompanying them was a cyborg sent by her brother. But Oz was not the paradise it seemed and her brother was not as sane as he was smart.
Only watch this show if you're bored or yearning for a 90's anime. The characters are lacking, the story seems forced, and on top of that it's average 90's looking. The only plus side is that it's only an hour short.
The story throws you into mid-scene of apocalyptic earth with 60% of the population dead from nuclear war, but you don't know why. The relationship between each character has no reasoning behind it. Just from these facts alone, the show already sucks.
I had to continuously scroll through the second episode to get to the end because that's how bad it was. Do not watch.read more
I'm really glad these early Madhouse OVAs are finally getting subbed. Last summer it was Download, and now it's OZ.
OZ is a two-episode OVA purportedly based off of The Wizard of Oz. I say purportedly because the connection is pretty flimsy. Instead, we've got a sci-fi thriller set in a post-apocalyptic North America. A young girl and her bodyguard set out on an adventure to find her brother, who supposedly rules over the mythical land of Oz. Except Oz is actually a weaponized fortress and the wizard is an absolute madman.
Along their way, they come across an android who aims to acquire humanity. And then another android, except this one wants to kill the first android for not being perfect. And then there's another android whose motives I can't even recall. Seriously, there are at least 3 androids that look almost identical and it becomes a confusing mess.
Probably the best part of OZ are the action sequences. They spring out of nowhere accompanied by a musical sting, don't last any longer than 12 seconds, and usually end with someone getting gruesomely stabbed or decapitated. A couple of times I laughed out loud at the sheer absurdity when one suddenly popped up out of nowhere.
This review may have seemed disjointed, but that's what watching OZ really feels like. Characters get introduced left and right (and killed off left and right in episode 2), and the overall goal of the protagonists is never very well explained. But that's alright. You don't watch an old OVA for the plot, you watch it for the hamfisted action and the unintentional absurdness. And while OZ certainly isn't very good when examined under a critical lens, it's an enjoyable watch nontheless. Its runtime of 70 minutes means you aren't spending too much time even if you don't like it.