Yuko Kusaka is a Japanese journalist sent to Brazil to do a report on the gold rush phenomenon that seems to be making many people rich from night to day. Rumors say that among the many "garimpeiros" (gold diggers) currently on the Amazon forest, there is a Japanese known as Rio Baraki. Reaching their destination, her crew member is promptly attacked and she is raped as a warning to stop their work and return immediately to their home country. Determined to do her job, she stays and finds out from the attacker that he is none other than Baraki, a white haired muscular man with a large scar on his back. Later she discovers that his real name is Keisuke Ibaraki. Once a promising quarterback, he ended up falsely incriminated by a powerful organization known as GPX.
I have reviewed MANY obscure, terrible anime on this site. However, this might be the holy grail of shitty exploitation OVAs! Remember those ultra violent OVAs with tons of pointless nudity from the 80s and 90s? They were dirt cheap to license overseas and thus they flooded the early anime market in many countries during the 1990s, including the US. These are the classic terrible anime like MD Geist, Angel Cop, etc. There exists an OVA in this genre with an excellent animation budget, but was never licensed overseas because it was SO shitty that even the buzzards like Central Park Media wouldn't touch
it with a 10 foot pole! This is the head bashingingly idiotic tale...of Wounded Man!!!
I mentioned that this was never licensed overseas, so of course there is no English dub. However, every anime I have ever reviewed at least has a decent English sub somewhere on the internet. The only existing subtitles for this piece of shit is from a bootleg VHS that was clearly made in China. How do I know it was made in China? Literally ALL of the Japanese characters are given Chinese names by the subtitles. The character that the Japanese audio clearly calls Keisuke Iburaki is given the name Liao Hua-Mu by the subtitles. A girl named Ryuko is given the name Wu Xihu and a character called Natsuko is given the name Xia Xi. If you are like me and don't speak fluent Japanese, I would recommend looking up a summary of the plot or reading the available manga online before watching because the subtitles are BAD! Not that the most dignified dub or translation on Earth would save this piece of shit!
SPOILERS! As if anyone cares.
I normally NEVER do this, but I'm just going to describe what happens in the first 2 episodes because this might be the worst plot I have ever witnessed in any medium of storytelling.
It is the 1980s and a massive gold rush is happening in Brazil. After geologists discovered a huge mineral vein with tons of gold in the Amazon rain forest, amateur prospectors have come from around the world to try strike it rich with their pales and pickaxes. We are dealing with a writer that thinks the 1980s had a goldrush like the California rush of 1849. This anime takes place in a world where a bunch of "Stinky Pete" cartoon prospectors and not global mining corporations are the ones to dig up newly discovered mineral resources. We're off to a GRAND start here folks! The anime starts with us being introduced to a Japanese reporter lady named Ryuko. She arrives in Brazil to report on the gold rush, but literally 30 seconds after getting off the ship, she runs into our "hero" Keisuke. Keisuke is a Japanese American muscleman with white hair. He always wears a giant cowboy hat, blue jeans, and no shirt, which makes him look like a cross between the redneck android in DBZ movie 7 and a gay porn star! Before saying 1 word to the news crew, Keisuke beats the shit out of the male crew members and violently rapes Ryuko! He does this all while spewing out hilarious engrish fragments like "READY, SET, GO!!!
After he is done raping her, Keisuke explains to Ryuko that he did all of this as a warning to show how dangerous Brazil is. He tells her that the local Brazilians will do FAR worse and that she and her crew must go back to Japan immediately. He then gives her some gold nuggets as a token of his goodwill before leaving. What a gentleman! Keisuke walks off into the jungle and 45 seconds later, a bunch of racist black caricatures come out of nowhere to attack Ryuko and the Channel 5 news team. The Brazilians tie Ryuko to a log and rape her before pulling out a jar containing a "venomous cicada". The venomous cicada immediately crawls up Ryuko's anus and FINALLY, Keisuke shows up to save the news crew! Keisuke states that he only gave her the gold to lure out the local hoods that had been pursuing him. Keisuke brazenly states that his muscles can stop bullets and beats up the hoods with his "American fighting style" which consists of boxing mixed with American Football tackles! This is one of the most gloriously idiotic scenes in the history of anime folks! Since this violent rapist saved her from other violent rapists, Ryuko immediately falls in love with Keisuke! She thinks about heading home to Japan and gets on the boat, but then decides to strip naked and swim to shore. Then we get to see one of strangest scenes yet! The writer of this anime somehow thinks that vultures are sea birds that dive into the ocean to nab fish. The vultures mistake Ryuko for a fish and start attacking her, so Keisuke must shoot the vultures with his cowboy revolver in order to save her! Ryuko vows to live with Keisuke and the first episode mercifully ends!
This episode begins by telling us the story of Keisuke's past. Keisuke was once a star quarterback in American Football and played professionally in the NFL. I have no idea why he is so good at tackling considering that the quarterback NEVER tackles anyone! One day, Keisuke was drinking with his buddies at the bar and he ends up flirting with the leader of a female motorcycle gang. She states that she will have sex with him if he can tackle her off her motorcycle while she tries to run him over! Keisuke of course has no problem accomplishing this and they fuck at a local hotel. Minutes later, Keisuke and the biker girl named Natsuko are drugged and kidnapped by an evil gang called GPX, which stands for "God's Pornographic X-rated videos". This gang kidnaps celebrities and forces them to make pornographic tapes that they can use for blackmail. Natsuko decides to thwart the gang's evil plans by scarring herself and her lover with a hot fire poker, so no one will want to see them fuck. This enrages GPX, so they shoot her dead and flee the scene. We are then told that GPX planted drugs in Keisuke's apartment and made a call to the police stating that they witnessed him committing the murder. This is somehow enough evidence to convince the judge and he sentences Keisuke to 10 years in American prison, which turns his hair white from the stress. After serving his sentence, Keisuke went to Brazil to find enough treasure to finance his revenge on GPX, inspired by the Count of Monte Cristo.
Our idiotic reporter Ryuko is very moved by Keisuke's story and says that she will help him accomplish his revenge. In order to get back to America, Keisuke decides to use his massive treasure pile that he keeps in a cave. He finds the best shipwright in Brazil, who is of course a blonde lady with massive boobs. Keisuke wishes to hire her to build a ship capable of smuggling all of his treasure back to America. Keisuke shows the shipwright his treasure horde which causes her to randomly piss herself...I'm serious. She explains that she pisses whenever she is happy and this has caused 3 divorces...I'm convinced this series was written by Aliens! The incontinent shipwright manages to build the massive ship, but they are attacked by gangsters while sailing up the Amazon. Keisuke defeats most of the gangsters by lowering his shoulder and Football tackling them off the boat, but one of them manages to kill Ryuko the reporter lady with a sub-machine gun. Keisuke is deeply saddened by the death of Ryuko and doesn't want to dump her body overboard, but he fears that the border patrol will discover the body and send him back to jail. Keisuke and the shipwright then devise a BRILLIANT plan to sneak past the border patrol without them ever inspecting the boat. This plan involves getting into a vicious fight in which they beat the shit out of each other, and then having passionate sex in front of the border guards. The plan works and the guards are too distracted to bother doing their jobs! Keisuke then decides to dump Ryuko's body overboard anyways, making the previous scene COMPLETELY pointless! The shipwright decides to take Ryuko's place as Keisuke's woman and help him with his revenge! End of episode 2.
Art and music: the soundtrack is largely lacking, which is sad because these shitty OVAs often have some gloriously cheesy soundtracks. MD Geist has an amazing soundtrack! The art is done by the same studio that did the anime adaptation of Riki Oh as well as Mad Bull 34. If you liked the blood and titties in those anime, you will like the art here.
HOLY SHIT was this anime stupid! If your jaw didn't hit the floor from the summary of the first 2 episodes, just consider that the anime actually gets EVEN WORSE! The second after I finished this piece of shit I had to know who the HELL wrote this atrocity! Surprise! It was the same motherfucker that wrote and directed Mad Bull 34! Suddenly everything made sense again! It could never have been anyone else. He can also write decent stories if he feels like it and somehow won a fucking Eisner award in the graphic novel category! I salute you Kazuo Koike for making some of the stupidest stories in the history of man! Live long and prosper you insane, glorious bastard!
Hard to fully understand what the hell I just watched. The dvd is an import with really bad subtitles. When I re-watch this years from now, I will turn off subs and just watch it raw and create my own dialogue. Reminded me alot of Dog Soldier at times.
Animation was pretty bad for the most part. Lots of nudity, but not well done in terms of stunning visuals. Violence was good at times with a couple scenes that were reminiscent of Riki-Oh, but not quite as gorey. Very dated as far as animation styling.
Story was ??? Not good, from what I could make of it.
Kinda self-explanatory, except that it just doesn't make much sense. One minute he'll be fighting with some chic who hates him and wants to kill him, then he mourns their death like they were married for 30 years.
I gave it a 6 because it picked up the action in the last 2 parts and story kinda told itself. It played out kinda like Crying Freeman, but not nearly as good in any particular aspect.
With 80s anime I feel I cannot do them justice since I was born way past the decade. But since I am looking for the worst anime shows The Wounded Man doesn't get any good commentary from me at all.
Before starting the first impressions when I saw the DVD cover of this thing was "is this a B-film right and/or Porno right?" and I wasn't too far from it. Some spoilers ahead.
The story of the Wounded Man is just an incomprehensive mess and that tries way too hard to be a tragic, mafia, porno with some historic points of what was happening in
So the story starts in Brazil and presents us about some Japanese reporters going to the Amazon Jungle searching for gold because there is a gold rush there, to my surprise this did happened, the real story is that during that time on a place called Serra Pelada there was a rumour abour gold mines and if you look for images and documentaries on the thing, those men look like ants destroying the land for gold. So just a little curiosity.
Well going with the story our protagonist, an american football player, Keisuke Ibaraki goes there to escape his life from USA because he is convicted by a false crime done to his girlfriend and all of this was caused by a blackmail pornographic company that extorsions famous people so they can sell porno movies of them on the black market.
The first thing I must say from this show is that is very sickening to watch btw MAL how do you categorize what is hentai and what is not hentai? Because this could be easily be considered hentai. Since I have mentioned that there is porn then this show will shove it your face whenever they can. Our "poor" protagonist the first thing he does is that when the reporters try to understand the situation going on the Amazon, the idiot decides to almost kill the camera man and then violently he rapes the reporter. Yes, for some reason the story tries to make us feel bad for the miserable guy with his back story but in the first minute he appears he does a more sickening stunt and for what reason, so they can undestand the troubles the japanese are getting into. Like What the hell dude? So your answer to say that the place could be dangerous is that you are dangerous too? Wow what a genius.
In the end of the first episode then the reporter has a change of heart and says that she loves him, even though he raped her. Yeah this is the kind of intelligence this show has. Unless she enjoys being raped than consensual sex then that's why she "loves" him maybe.
One big flaw of this show is the characterization of the female characters, they are sex objects, they just show them naked for just showing them naked. Do exercise; naked, use a pistol; be naked, cooking; be naked, everything these women have to do they have to shove their boobs all over the screen.
Also our main protagonist loves these women in this show so much that even has pictures of them even if they die. Keisuke is simply a MACHO MAN in everything and the asshole is inmortal yes, I am not kidding. He gets burned, he gets shot by guns, he gets wounded. But the girlfriends he has, they die in an instant. I don't understand the physical rules of this setting.
The other characters doesn't save also from this big rant. There is a scene where he decides to leave Brazil and go back to USA using a boat from another girl that lives there in Brazil and she decides to help her with the condition that some gold found must be shared which they do. But before leaving the maritime borders they get assaulted by some guys and his girlfriend reporter dies and for some reason when they are at the maritime borders, he and the ship girl have a fake discussion that leaves to this passionate sex and the officers just stand there enter look at the documents, see the dead girlfriend on the bed and they think she is sleeping. Like WTF? Try to do that on a border control and see what happens or simply the author treats the Brazilian police like idiots and besides passing the Brazilian guards, Tell me how you are going to be outside the view of 27 caribbean territories without knowing if you are near their maritime borders and remember this was a cheap boat that was built and not some highclass ship without some GPS or even a map. Yeah I am analyzing way too much.
Another factor that really sucks balls about this show is the action sequences and again the protagonist is the main problem, he has a special martial art that I am going to call Muay Quaterback Fu, because doing the same movements that you do as an american football player is very useful as a combat style and the action sequences. The action scenes are badly made. Oh look I am reviewing another Magic Bus anime, who would tell, and for being their first work it blows. With the action scenes they just repeat like 3-5 times the same movement over and over just to kill time. There is a fight between Keisuke and porn mafia guy that looks like F.A.N.G from SFV and they just do the same crappy movement with the knife. Other action scenes are just too quick with some flashy portraits to say that something "cool" happened but are lazy and terrible.
And since I am talking about animation, the producers couldn't decided what tone skin Keisuke has. Sometimes he is black, sometimes he is mixed, sometimes he is white and sometimes the mixed of obscure backgrounds make some characters make them look like are just eyes floating and yes I have seen that in animation but here it is so notorious that if someone has darker skin color he or she is also the background. It is embarrasing to even say it nicely.
To finish this review the ending is simply idiotic. Since he wants revenge of everything tragic in his life he will go to practice his Muay Quaterback Fu to the governement and also I forget to mention that when he arrives to USA he becomes famous again and plays the sport, but also becomes a mafia boss and the problem is that with these 80s productions sometimes you had to read the manga to know what actually happens it is not like today that are adaptations of the manga mostly done chapter by chapter. In the 80s they just grabbed some part of the story and animated to the way they wanted but again if the bits they had picked were good and tried to make at least some part of the story tolerable this wouldn't be bad or just go full fun like Cipher The video, which is what these guys from Magic Bus did years later. But no it is a mess from start to finish.
My final thoughts on this thing. If you want to watch this it would a big drag because 5 episodes of almost 40 minutes and with bad english subtitles or unless you know spanish because there is also an spanish subtitles version this will be hard. But also the payoff is not existent. The porn is stupidly bad and just to attract someone who really is desperately horny and the action is laughable with animation that seems to use their characters with toys physics instead of human physics and not understanding what the hell to do with a story that it could be horrible even for the manga, but I don't know that.
Thanks for reading the review, hope you enjoyed, sorry for any english mispelling/grammar mistake. Take care in whatever you do and see ya around.