23-year-old Ryohei Yamazaki has just one thing on his mind: sex. And with his sweet-talking, honey-voiced ways, Ryohei has no trouble finding interested ladies. But none of them is just what he wants... none of them is PERFECT. Then he charms the beautiful editor of a hot magazine into hiring him. Journalism will never be the same again...
The closest thing that the anime community has to the infallibility of the Papacy is the animation studio Madhouse! It doesn't matter what the anime is about or who directed it. It doesn't matter how irrelevant the manga or previous version of the anime was. It doesn't matter if the anime only has one joke! If studio Madhouse animates it, that project WILL have at the very least decent ratings!
Has there ever been an anime SO terrible that even being animated by Studio Madhouse couldn't save it? Well...it turns out that there is such an anime, but you need to travel back 30 years
into the past. This is the 1987 atrocity known as "Junk Boy".
Story and characters (or lack thereof):
Junk Boy tells the tale of an incredibly obnoxious pervert named Ryohei Yamazaki. This asshole runs around harassing women and trying to be as obnoxious as possible. That's it. That's literally ALL he does! There are plenty of perverted anime characters that are actually funny and enjoyable from Master Roshi in DBZ to Kentaro Oe in Golden Boy or even Issei in Highschool DxD. The titular "Junk Boy" Yamazaki doesn't generate a single laugh in this 45 minute piece of shit! He NEVER stops talking rapidly in a voice that is simply ear grating in both English and Japanese. He has absolutely zero redeeming qualities or character moments that make him likeable. Finally, his supposed "inspirational" speech that is supposed to win the audience over to his side, is when he compliments a pop singer by saying he would have become a rapist if he didn't have her to jerk off to as a kid.
Now that I'm done describing our "hero", let's get to the sad excuse for a plot. Yamazaki decides that he wants to work for a porno magazine and shows up for a job interview. He gets a massive erection in the middle of the job interview and is hired as the magazine's "seal of quality". He is shown dirty pictures all day and if he gets an erection, that picture is selected for print. One of Yamazaki's female co-workers decides for some reason to go out on a fake date with him and write an article about how bad he sucks at sex! After reading the article, he decides to convince her to go out on another date and give him a second chance. For the sake of keeping the plot moving, she accepts for no reason and almost instantly falls in love with the annoying cretin! The next day, Yamazaki goes over to his boss's apartment to brag, but actually just wanted to steal her panties. The boss throws him out the window, but VERY unfortunately the fucker survives! It then reveals that he managed to remove her bra while she was throwing him and the anime just ends! This might be the most abrupt and inept ending I've seen since Monster a GoGo!
Despite the fact that Madhouse had great animation even in the 1980s, this 1 episode OVA still looks like dog shit. The character art is hideous and the animation is rather sub-par even for its time period. Madhouse doesn't have this series listed on their Wikipedia page and they have Reign the FUCKING Conqueror, listed on their page. Of all the anime they probably regret making, this one is the king!
I've seen bad comedies before. As a movie masochist I've sat through films like Car 54 Where Are You?, Movie 43, and 2 Madea films! This 45 minute OVA is actually worse than any of those. This an anime that not only doesn't make you laugh, it just annoys you every fucking second that you watch it. The scene that comes closest to actually being funny is when our "hero" randomly humps a hole into a Colonel Sanders statue for no reason! This OVA actually had me BEGGING for the comedic talent of Eli Roth! "Oh yeah, he's a professor...OF BEING A DOG! OOH FACED!" I did the calculations and that is approximately 5,000 times funnier than anything that happens in Junk Boy. If you ever see a copy of this at a comic or anime store, smash it into tiny pieces! You are doing that store a HUGE favor!
I did not see any reviews for this show plus it needs some justice on it.
During the late 80's and 90's there were many OVA's that were just one to up to six episodes long. All of these OVA's were in a way one shot shows that had either the potential to be a bigger series or just because of budget issues only had money for something shorter.This by no means make them bad but in my opinion makes them unique and interesting to watch since they usually bring issues one does not see very often in shows.
Anyway, Junk Boy is one of those shows.
It is a one episode show of a guy that has his mind in the gutter at all times and gets a job in an adult company. It starts out interesting and get straight to the point of the type of person the main character(mc) is. Besides that there is no overall deep plot but each moment with the mc brings good moments and kept me interested in watching more.
As expected of the art if one compares it to other late 80's to early 90's shows it is quite solid. There were few still moments since the mc loves moving around a lot. Overall, there are worse ones out there in this time period.
The ending song is very 80's for sure but quite nice to listen to. Besides that nothing worse noting besides the music within the episode fits quite nicely to the essence of the show.
This is big one. Out of all of the characters the mc had the "most" character development if you could call it that. One does not watch this show for that aspect though but more for the moments and situations he gets into which can be quite funny. As of a side note, they do portray women as "easy" which can be a big turn off to most people. That needed to be said.
Out of all of the categories this shines the most. It can be rare to find an eccentric character being the mc for any show and this is one of them. He places this show and makes it seem better than it is. In addition, there are some moments they take the same joke over and over but they do put a different spin to it even if it is just slightly done.
This show is not for the light hearted and is intended for a 18+ audience for much of the scenes of the show. While it isnt too deep it can place a smile to ones face. I would give it a try if you are open minded and want to experience something different.
Young fellow, be advised that you stepped onto damp marsh. Sinking down on its dense silt of unruffled stupidity, your feet may only lose ground critically fast. You should have chosen to watch the staples of fall 1987 instead... It could have been "City Hunter", "Maison Ikkoku", "Dragon Ball", "Saint-Seiya", "Esper Mami" or "Little Women"... So what would justify your choice for this obscure sleaze known as "Junk Boy"?
Bluntly put, a taste for most grotesque escapism of the raunchy kind, provided that your skull is idiocyproof. "Junk Boy" has all the hallmarks of a deviant epic. Firstly, the plotwise subtlety of a mina of pork
lard shortnening added to a ten shekel cake flour. Its disjointed narrative is a pathway littered with rose petals and humid underwear for its main protagonist, Ryohei Yamazaki. The transitions between the recruitment, photography inspection, photoshoot session and the other scenes are haphazardly laid out in a clip-like style. Is the final workpiece a greenlighted tech demo made from a few storyboards?
As mentioned above, the forces of evil have exiled Tastefulness in the barren highlands. Whenever that bizarre cross child of Kaede Rukawa and Kintarou Oe is aroused you are duly informed by an according crotch shot. He does not simply have an erection, no. Actually, it is as if the mittu mace of Ninurta stands ready to harass women mercilessly! Thankfully for him, it is enough of a resumé for the magazine board of recruitors to hire him. As such, it is more pertinent to talk about plot jockstrap rather than plot armor. At work as in privacy, Ryohei is the anime equivalent of Tex Avery's Wolfie drooling in a cabaret crowded with read headed hotties. Whereas this latter iconic character is played out for successful comedic effect, "Junk Boy" remains crassly backed up by alibi humor in the name of sexual awareness. Verily, Ryohei is not your common Japanese NEET. He is THE future, a paragon knead with total positivism, Japan's ultimate answer to turn around the infancy rate's dip. Not only his sexual prowess would fulfill frigid mortals like Aki Sawamoto but also deities. After all, who could resist the charm of that modern Lugalbanda pedaling at a steady pace towards his rendezvous point? Truck drivers are impressed by his sheer display of vitality; likewise Ryohei is the ointment in tramps' aweary heart and the streetwalking transvestites also salute him because there is no such a generous scorer. It is simple, were he a character in Sword Art Online, he would demote Kirito into a foil role while tripling the harem count. At least, he is no hypocrite or boorish like sir Gary Stu Gamer. He tips women right off the bat instead of leaving them at the edge of their chair, so to speak.
To end in a positive note, MadHouse's art is cut in the sturdiest boxwood. The animation is particularly crisp for a late eighties OVA. Music is fitting high-energy cheesiness, so sound-design is also beyond reproach. Aside from these positive points nothing redeeming about the title meets the eyes. (Un)fortunately this short-lived initiatic odyssey addressed to serial rapists closes to a foreshadowing at Oda Yuki's home. Ryohei ends up defenetrasted in a strangely accurate parallel with OVA's fate. How ironic.
All in all, one untangles from this with the impression of being trampled upon by an onager cart running amok. The comparison is more than appropriate as "Junk Boy" has no aim whatsoever. Too outrageous for an adult beholder and too corny for a hormone-ridden teenager drawn to more glistening ecchi, "Junk Boy" is condemned to slow putrefaction on the landfill of unsuccessful. Praise be unto Sacred Geometry~
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This section is dedicated to content indication in order to inform audience in a practical way. On the next paragraph, the buzzwords offer hints about the title's strong suits and drawbacks.
Violence meter: Apart from a hapless KFC figure humped, nothing exceedingly shocking. Most females are consenting despite being assaulted by a sex crazed freak. In this universe, it is considered as a mark of virility obviously.
xXx meter: The whole anime is a bundle of enthusiastic perversity, no surprise here.
Fishing scene(s): Oddly enough, no scene involving the main character fishing for bra. Even that is too funny to be included.
+ Animated by based-Madhouse
+ Good sound-design
+ A valuable demo about how to not write an ecchi plotline
+ You can record two episodes of Escaflowne or Hokuto no Ken with the VHS
Junk Boy is a 1987 ecchi OVA produced by Victor Entertainment. Having no Wikipedia nor TV Tropes page, I think it's safe to say I'll be reviewing another obscure anime today.
As an aside, while I don't want to get into the habit of spoiling anime in my reviews, as this is a forty-five minute OVA, its almost inevitable that I'll spoil most of the anime if I describe anything. On the bright side, knowing the plot doesn't detract from much in Junk Boy's case.
In the first minute or so of Junk Boy, we are treated to no less than four pairs of bare
anime breasts. The OVA wastes no time in telling viewers _exactly_ what type of anime it is - a hardcore ecchi at best and a tame hentai with a plot at worst. If you have someone that may enter your room, it's best to sit this one out, folks.
Step into the sneakers of Ryohei Yamazaki, a shameless hypersexual man who aspires to work at the gravure magazine, Potato Boy. If you're tired of the shy, dense, and borderline asexual protagonists of harem anime fame, Ryohei will be a breath of fresh air.
Or at least he would be if he wasn't a grade-A creep and jerk, a trait that's stated in exasperation by other characters in the OVA. If destroy the seriousness and charm of characters such as Master Roshi or Jiraiya and ramp up their skeevy pervertedness to eleven, you have Ryohei. It's hard to not roll your eyes in disgust as he embraces random women and rubs his giant gag penis against them while having a perverted fantasy. In the first five minutes, we see the extent of Ryohei's character - he's horny to an utterly obnoxious extent. The beautiful editor of the magazine causes his hormones to go wild, and he botches his interview.
He is promptly hired.
A big problem I have with this anime that it seems that for far too long, Ryohei's antics go unpunished; he's often __rewarded__ for his bad behavior. Towards the end of the movie, he starts getting rejected and slapped around, but by then the damage has been done. Junk Boy is completely ridiculous and not in the good way.
The OVA's too crude for my tastes, and it often ruins moments that could genuinely be good. As an example, there's a scene where Ryohei and the photographer go to take a gravure shoot of a singer. The singer seems disinterested and thus her shots aren't particularly appealing. Ryohei then decides to reveal how she was his idol and he masturbated to her when he was younger and encourages her to be better so she can be like the woman he once fantasized about. It would have been sweet...in a strange, off-color way. But then the anime ruins it by having him then lustily rub against her with his erect penis, followed by her being __pleased by its size__.
While breasts and derrieres are all that's shown, it still seems a bit much for an ecchi and comes across as the writers needing to slap a plot on an animated pinup. While this would be fine for a hentai, it's not and the poor plot shows.
Another problem the anime has is that it seems to have an identity crisis. In addition to being ecchi, it's a comedy. The problem with this is that it more often than not isn't funny and I was pretty ashamed the few times I laughed (which were due to facial expressions more than anything, if nothing else the anime is well-animated). More ridiculous still is that it tries to become a romance in the second half. With Ryohei being nothing more than a creep that lusts for any feminine woman that moves throughout the first half, I wasn't buying it. The fact that after getting the girl (because of course he does), he decides to harass his boss again just drives the point home that the romance plot was shallow. It doesn't help that the first half moves briskly while the second half is a crawl (or as much of a crawl you can be with twenty animated minutes).
Junk Boy _could_ have worked, honestly. Focus on Ryohei's antics and show off a few more scenes of him getting raunchy material for his job. You could dial back his personality to make him bearable and you'd have a pretty decent ecchi. If you actually do want to have him grow as a person, you'd need to have a few more episodes or an entire series. This was adapted from a manga, and I believe being one forty-five minute OVA could be the cause of many of my problems.
Overall, while this isn't anything to write home about, it's not terrible. It has that sleek, 80s anime look, the dub is pretty good for a late 80s anime, the music is decent, it's funny at times, and the women look nice if that's your thing. If you're just looking for a goofy ecchi, you could probably do worse. If you're looking for anything else, you could definitely do a lot better.