Gootaman is back, and ready to bring justice to the Black Buddha gang who are still terrorizing the PR Academy! Unfortunately her alter ego Mari has fallen in love with the group’s leader Tobishima, who has been tasked with killing the bare bottomed hero! Will their romantic feelings overcome his murderous intent, or is Mari destined to be alone as the scantily-clad champion forever?
After seeing the first series of Gautaman, I knew I was destined to watch this sequel. Happily the final chapter has been subbed and I went into my viewing with some slight trepidation. The original had been surprisingly clever and entertaining, as inevitably sequels never seem to measure up. However this one does, even surpassing the original.
The story picks up where the original left off. Mari continues the fight as Gautaman against Tobishima and Black Buddha. Both carry on a relationship with each other completely unaware that they are archrivals. The echii content is ramped up as the story
features a lot more nudity, sexual humor, and yuri content, however you don’t ever feel like it’s been shown simply to titillate your hormones. Most of it is pretty humorous. There is not nearly the number of pop culture references in this story as the previous one, but the most notable and best one is from the final battle which features Mari doing battle with the Terminator.
Now I am certainly not going to tell you that this is anime gold here. The story is silly, the humor is perverted, and most of the characters have the weight and substance of a marshmallow. Like its predecessor, Gautaman knows it’s ridiculous and silly and never does it try to be something more than it is. I mean seriously, it’s about a girl who smashes evil wearing a thong, with her ass. If you can’t find something to laugh at about that, you either don’t have a sense of humor or you just find anything echii distasteful.
While the characters are not particularly deep, they are very likable. We aren’t shown any real new about any of the characters. However Mari and Saori still manage to be interesting. Mari's relationship with Tobishima and Saori are explored in greater detail but not really resolved satisfactorily. Though I can’t really hold it too much against the show because that’s not really what it’s about. Tobishima manages to become much more likable and perhaps tragic than he appeared in the first OVA. The cast is fairly small which works in its favor.
Visually, while dated, I found its animation and art to be quite good. When compared to other series of this age it, like its prequel, holds up well. The battles were fun, and the parody of the Terminator at the end was great. There is very little music but the acting was good.
Overall, Gautaman is sure to give everyone a few laughs. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and gave it the score I almost gave to the original series. If you enjoy slapstick and parody comedies then you should definitely have this little gem on your list.
You know, nobody would have ever thought that a ludicrously stupid and intentionally bad OVA like Gautaman would ever warrant a sequel; but here it is in all of its ass-inine glory! Ecchi haters beware: the behind is strong with this one!
Just like Gautaman 1, this one is super low budget cheesy 90s schlock. The difference between this and regular schlock is that this is lovably BAD. More boobies and booty show up here than before, and more ridiculous villains than you can shake your moneymaker at.
Artwork and Animation: 7
Again, pretty flashy and fluid for bargain bin, late-night,
no budget goofiness.
Sound and Voice Acting: 6
No Darth Vader breathing noises in this one, but there are quite a few Michael Bay style exploding buildings! With groaners like: "Make like a tree and leave with us", and "Think long and hard about what you've done with your heart... NO, WITH YOUR BUTT!!!" there's laughs to be had throughout the silliness.
Nothing special, Buddha shows again, up riding the Reading Rainbow to LITERALLY smash through the fourth wall:
Buddha:"If her belt gets sucked off, she will DIE!"
Girl in class:"STOP GIVING US EXPOSITION AND SAVE HER YOU IDIOT!"
Baddies include: Monstrous anti-villain Frankenmuscle, the sensitive giant; The Teenage Mutant Ninja Octopi, with BUTT SUCKING POWER!; Star Platinum; Super Shonen Parody Man aka love interest aka principal; and finally, THE TERMINATOR.
That's right- the pop culture references continue in the most ridiculous way possible. You thought Dark Vader was awesome? A Jotaro Kujo lookalike goes ORAORAORA on a building, levels it entirely with his fists, it explodes, and he then turns into the Terminator. You heard it here first.
As a continuation of Gautaman 1, it picks up right where the last one left off. That is, somewhere between Nobodygivesacrap Avenue and Whydoievencare Boulevard. There's a buttload of awkwardness in the form of a downright creepy love triangle, and one weird non ending that leaves you with a "what even?" reaction... much like the rest of Gautaman in general.
Enjoyment and Overall: 8, 7
What do I like about Gautaman? It's not pretentious. It "knows" it's stupid. It knows it's the butt of a lot of jokes. Gautaman doesn't care, it doesn't give a flying butt slam. The reference game is a bit toned down, which I missed, but there's just enough fodder here to make it goofy and schlocky enough to be enjoyable.
If you're one of the like 10 people who saw the original Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman, you owe it to yourself to finish the saga and see the
FINAL BATTLE BETWEEN LOVE AND TRAGEDY: GAUTAMAN R!
What a shame. I will never understand how sequels develop amnesia, forgetting everything that made the original appealing.
I wrote a very positive review of the prequel here;
The sequel features Mari, or Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman, continuing her battle against the Black Buddha cult. Unfortunately, that's about the only quality left intact.
You know how the original focused on zany characters and situations, and just tried to be funny? Well, that's gone. The enemies here are bland and they don't even attempt a joke for long portions of the run time.
What has it
been replaced by? Well, for one, there is more nudity and sexual content, and now it's presented for its own sake, annoying the portion of the audience that doesn't care about poorly-animated softcore porn from 1994.
However, the largest difference is how much time is spent focusing on emotional melodrama, particularly a love triangle between Mari and Tobishima (secretly her archenemy) and the lesbian lust Mari's roommate Saori feels for her. Throughout these nauseating scenes, which occupy far more time than the fights, the anime treats itself dead seriously, and genuinely expects viewers to buy into its romances.
This, from an anime featuring tentacle rape monsters in its first few minutes, including Mari being violated by an octopus in a pose similar to Hokusai's "Dream of the Fisherman's Wife";
Since they've abandoned the humor and colorful enemies and techniques, what we're left with is a really crappy, stupid romance mixed with equally lousy softcore porn. Watch the original, but avoid this disappointing trash.