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Mar 23, 2019
Basically, it's like reading through an issue of MAD Magazine, from back in the heyday of its run - the Al Feldstein days, when you had such luminaries as Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragones, and, or course, Don Martin. Only, an issue of MAD Magazine that is devoted to a single character and his coterie, jumping from one story to the next with the same cast. And, naturally, with a Chinese sensibility.

For the most part, it's all about the short gags - there really isn't a plot to this, although there is a recurring theme with an inept group of diamond thieves read more
Mar 16, 2019
"Hey, you got a revolutionary fighting story in my porn!"

"No, you got porn in my revolutionary fighting story!"

Mmmm, delicious - two great tastes that taste great together....

...except NOT SO MUCH.

I mean, first you have this grim-and-gritty story of factory workers rising up in resistance, fighting evil guys, with lots of smokestacks and gears and pulleys and rail lines and EVEN A GODDAMN STEAMPUNK GIANT ROBOT -- like something ripped right out of Laputa.

And then, you have a couple of full-on sex scenes shoved read more
Mar 16, 2019
Partially based on the classic 2001 Nights manga series, it's hard not to compare this anime with the manga. And for those who have read the manga, it does come up a bit lacking.

It's pretty much a straight-up hard sci-fi tale that falls in line with what you might expect from, say, Niven or Heinlein or Brin. Also the story is emblematic of the type of themes that were being explored at the time, as the grand hope of space comes crashing against the hard realities of humanity's foibles. And it's really three parts of a read more
Feb 23, 2019
In short, it's a studio show-reel, where an animation studio goes "Durrr hurrrr look at all the neat 3-D CGI animation we can do!!!" Six short animation bits, around five minutes each, nobody really says anything but there is musical accompaniment in the background. Each one showcasing a different lithesome computer generated girl going through some sort of motion-capture routine, in different settings.

May have been state of the art level of graphics around 1999, but compared to what is available today (when I write this 2019), it does not age very well. Rather than marvel at read more
Feb 2, 2019
If you grew up during the seventies and religiously watched Sesame Street and The Electric Company, this is basically the same thing - only in Japanese. Counting from one to ten as some really psychedelic stuff happens around you. L-S-D and 1-2-3's!

It's just a series of very short videos that count numbers, ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi, kyuu, juu. With the type of far-out hand-drawn animation that you would get from the time period, and groooovy disco music to boot.

It's just a series of very short videos that count numbers, ichi, ni, san, read more
Feb 1, 2019
Joker is a special forces super-cop, able to shape-shift between man and woman at will. Along with his cop buddy, they are investigating a series of unusual crimes in the city where the hearts of victims have been cut out. Soon they are battling up against a rogue android creation that yearns for the one thing it cannot have.

And if that confuses you, then you are not alone. Clocking in at just over half an hour, there's not a lot of time to really develop all the twists in the plot. And not a lot of read more
Feb 1, 2019
This is a Satoshi Urushihara joint, which means you only have to know one thing about this: Le boobies.

I mean, they do try to wrap a story around the whole fan-service-y bits, but in the end its all just window dressing. In this case, Lemnear is a scantily-clad sword-wielding silver-haired beauty who is out for revenge, and ends up being at the heart of a prophecy.

However, that's all just an excuse to get to what Urushihara does best: Drawing nubile young girls in various states of undress. No, it's not a porno read more
Feb 1, 2019
As I was watching this, I could have sworn on a stack of pancakes that this was a story by Rumiko Takahashi. The character designs, the slapstick action and improbable set-up, the thematic elements and pacing all scream Takahashi.

But after finishing and digging around online, I was gobsmacked - I can't find her name anywhere on this OVA. It was so obvious to me, I couldn't believe it.

And yet, here we are. Everything about this is basically recycled Ranma 1/2. Swap out the characters from one to the other, change the read more
Feb 1, 2019
Kousuke is just your average high school student...but with a secret. On the weekends, he jets off around the world as a super-secret spy! How can he manage to balance his James Bond missions with homework? (Example: He is ordered to head off to the Arctic Ocean to recover Hitler's secret gold, but that would mean missing out on his date with way-above-his-league-girl at Disneyland. Oh, and don't forget to finish that English assignment for class on Monday!) Wacky hijinks ensue!

Well, that's the idea, anyway. It would be best advised not to think read more
Feb 1, 2019
Does it have a ridiculous story? Why, sure does! Don't spend too much of your brain juice trying to logically following along with the plot. Because you'll only get frustrated.

Instead, just check your brain at the door and drink in all the action. Because there's plenty of it crammed into this short movie. And it wouldn't be an eighties OVA if they didn't throw in some ridiculously gory carnage to go along with it.

And unlike many of its contemporary counterparts, the quality of the artwork is actually pretty read more