The story revolves around two high school students Akemi and Yumiko, who share a mysterious intertwining past lives. Akemi bullied at school but a genius has managed to create a demon summoning program to get revenge but chaos ensues.
Basically, I enjoyed this anime because it fleshed out the background of the megaten series a bit. It is more directly based on the DDM book than the Famicom game that followed it, leading eventually to the "two men in black" splitting off from NAMCO to form Atlus.
However, in general, it is fairly pathetic, even by old-fashioned standards.
Taken as a compliment to the light novel, though, it works fairly well, so overall, I rated it as "good", or 7/10... however, for most people, I would recommend watching something else... leave this for diehard megatenist, or fans of the DDM light novel (which is still
not officially in English, but there is a fan-translation).
Story: A girl named Yumiko transfers to Juusei Academy and finds very accepting people except for one guy, Nakajima, who treats here like dirt and seems to have a large amount of power, given the students and even teachers scrape and bow to him. Later that night, Yumiko spies on Nakajima and finds, to her horror, Nakajima is trying to summon a demon by the name of Loki through his computer. Eventually Loki is able to be fully summoned out of the computer and turns on Nakajima, almost killing him and Yumiko. Through a brief series of events, Yumiko and Nakajima break free and eventually
end up killing Loki.
The story seems very easy to follow, but the anime makes it difficult to understand what is happening and why. Throughout the story, Nakajima constantly shifts between dreams and real life and when Yumiko is almost killed, a woman speaks inside her head and she gains the ability to shoot lasers from her eyes. This is just a sample of the crazy things that happen through to the end and it is very hard to understand how any of this has a connection to the main story. The only reason the story did not receive a lower score was because there was a basic story that moves from point A to point B and the usage of computers for demon summoning is a really neat idea, but even then, it was hard not to give this a worse score.
Animation: This OVA is from 1987, so the animation is not expected to be on the level of the animations of today, but this was one of the better aspects of this anime. There is a bit of gore in this and it was done pretty well, but that is about the only part. For the majority of this anime, the color scheme uses just about three colors almost the whole way through, green and black with a bit of red. There are a few times when other colors are used, but by the end, it is easy to forget about them. At one point, Nakajima is looking out across some mountainous land and the art for it was actually really good, but is quickly gone. Overall, the animation was about mediocre, and barely.
Sound: The voice actors did their job, but it is nothing to brag about. They conveyed the appropriate emotions at the right times, but that is about it. The music was just horrible 80's synthetic music, if that is what you could call it. It did not fit the anime at all, when there was music, considering there was just a lot of silence throughout the majority of it. Some of the sound effects were not bad, though, so it saved the OVA a little.
Characters: There were characters in this? On a serious note, the characters in this were just horribly done. There was no background to them, except Yumiko is a transfer student and Nakajima is a computer whiz who is trying to summon demons. There are incidents that happen to the characters throughout, but there is no knowledge of why or what they have to do with anything pertaining to the rest of the story. These characters really are nothing but just lumps of flesh running around doing something that is supposed to be important.
Overall: Being a huge Shin Megami Tensei fan, this OVA looked like it would have been pretty good, but the shock of how horrible this turned out to be was just incredible. Even for major fans of this series, this will be a major disappointment to most, if not all viewers. The bad animations, bad music, and horrible characters are just a few of the turn-offs of this anime. Unless you have nothing better to do, you would have a more enjoyable time playing with the neighbor's rabid dog.
I found it very difficult to get attached to Akemi and you don’t find out his motivation until about half-way through so he just seems like an ass throughout the beginning. Yumiko is not too bad, but isn't too great either because she becomes useless later on . The animation is not great even for standards back then, but I’ve always enjoyed older anime aesthetics so I enjoy the look of it. Overall I don’t think it is atrocious. Overall the story and the characters are not very strong so I couldn't get too much enjoyment out of it. I feel like if you’re
a fan of SMT it’s an interesting piece of history to watch, but is not really worth the time of anyone else.
I knew it! Fortran is the programming language of the Devil!
To cut to the chase: This one-shot story is just one huge pile of horse manure, with a confusing and convoluted story featuring characters you don't care about.
The 'novelty' of this OVA is that it involves summoning a demon through the use of the high school's computer, complete with cheesy bleeps and bloops and reel-to-reel tapes and all that. The way that computers are shown here may seem way quaint and silly, but keep in mind when this was made -- in an era
when only a tiny fraction of the public had access to any sort of computer at all. Anything involving computers was, for many people, a Big Unknown. And when you have a Big Unknown, it can be kind of scary -- or, at least turned into something big and scary for the purposes of a movie. Hence, devil worship via the computer.
But don't worry, before this story is even a third of the way finished, almost all of the digital computer stuff is stripped away from the story, and it turns into just a regular human vs. demon story instead.
And stripping away the novelty, and you're left with, well, nothing worth watching. The main character is a complete douchebag for the first part of the story, then makes a sudden switch and we are supposed to be rooting for him, but by then it's already too late and the characterization of a douchebag is already set in stone. The girl in the story is a confusing element, starting out as the scared new girl in class, then for a brief moment has shining laser eyes that kill everything, then she's basically useless for most of the rest of the show. As Mr. Douchebag is left to fight the Giant Pink Slime Monster over and over.
Before long, I was tuning out from the story, as too many loose ends were left flapping around, too many unexplained events, and no clear path to follow along.
Artwork and animation were perfectly fine, I guess, if you like how well they draw and animate pulsating pink stuff. The background music was laughably bad, even by the standards of the time.