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Obscurities - Part 04: No Rules

Sep 09 2022, 8:43 PM | Updated Apr 6, 5:45 PM
The criteria this time is no criteria. This is the final list in my Obscurities series. If there is any criteria, it's that I think you should watch these despite their quality, popularity, or even my rating, because you should see 'em. There's some good, some bad, and some real head-scratchers in here. It's mixed bag time in here!

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Tags: Old, Obscure, Oldtaku, Retro, Underrated, Hidden Gems
Chargeman Ken!
TV, 1974, 65 eps Me:- Author:4
This one's kind of amazing. It's repetitive schlock, but boy is it excitingly stupid every episode. You'll never quite know what to expect, just that it'll probably be hilarious.
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
Movie, 2010, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
This is a good cyberpunk movie trilogy. There's murder. There's Gunkata. There's a glowing mouse that can transform into a weapon. There's a talking cyborg dolphin. There's a villain named Welldone the Pussyhand, and the pussy hand thing is literal. Oh, and warning, rape and abuse is a central topic.
Omae Umasou da na
Movie, 2010, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Super cute!

Xiao Qian

A Chinese Ghost Story

Xiao Qian
Movie, 1997, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
Pretty good with some nice animation. I like the art style, and I like the villain's musical number. I'd actually suggest watching the live-action A Chinese Ghost Story movie trilogy though, they're wildly entertaining.
California Crisis: Tsuigeki no Juuka
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:4
This sure has a unique look. [ A E S T H E T I C ] It's also features some real California locations like Annie's in Venice, Canter's in LA, and the Nazi club in Holly...wait, nix that last one.
Majo demo Steady
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
Ya'll ever run until your clothes tear off your body, then leap into the air and tuck into a cannonball, so that you can burrow through a pyramid to rescue your magical girlfriend who's trapped in a crystal cave?
Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou
TV, 2003, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
Some of the most unhinged animation and voice acting around. Very funny! The English dub is great.
Tteotda Keunyeo!!
ONA, 2003, 5 eps Me:- Author:7
Variable Geo
OVA, 1996, 3 eps Me:- Author:6
These girls gotta fight, because this is based on a fighting game. Which also means they have all kinds of different abilities. It's good fun.

Minky Momo in Yume ni Kakeru Hashi

Minky Momo in the Bridge Over Dreams

Minky Momo in Yume ni Kakeru Hashi
OVA, 1993, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
A cute, feel-good short film with a nice art style.
Kakugo no Susume
OVA, 1996, 2 eps Me:- Author:6
Alright, look. I'm here to tell you that Apocalypse Zero is actually pretty good. It's dumb as hell, it's crass, it's edgy; it's got more gross boobs, pubes, and dicks than you might expect, but even so it's pretty good. Somebody should make more Apocalypse Zero and go even further with it.
Call Me Tonight
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
Get horny, become monster. That's how it works.
OVA, 1984, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
This anime is full of dynamic camera motion, it's great. The motion, not the anime, the anime is okay.
Ibara no Ou
Movie, 2009, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Chika Gentou Gekiga: Shoujo Tsubaki
Movie, 1992, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
This anime is gross. It's got rape. It's abusive. It's disturbing. It's a lot, but it's also good. It's a fascinating film with some wild animation sequences.

Jikuu Tenshou Nazca

Dimension Movement of Nazca

Jikuu Tenshou Nazca
TV, 1998, 12 eps Me:- Author:4
This is the anime that's featured for a brief moment in the intro to Malcom in the Middle. A kendo tournament unlocks the repressed memories of reincarnated Incan warriors. Cue the feathered headdresses and pan flute music.
OVA, 1991, 1 ep Me:- Author:4
It's a dungeon crawler.

Umezu Kazuo no Noroi

The Curse of Kazuo Umezu

Umezu Kazuo no Noroi
OVA, 1990, 1 ep Me:- Author:4
Grungy Horror full of shocked faces and bloody dismemberments.
Twilight Q
OVA, 1987, 2 eps Me:- Author:4
Huh. Well, okay.
Devilman: Tanjou-hen
OVA, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
It's Devilman! Have you watched the Devilman series? Get ready for gratuitous violence and tits! Tits with teeth! Harpy tits! Acid-spitting tits! Dragonfly demon tits! That last pair gets torn off in a hilarious manner. After the OVAs, check out the Devilman Crybaby series.
Batman: Gotham Knight
OVA, 2008, 6 eps Me:- Author:7
I think I like liquid-y shadow Batman by the Tekkon Kinkreet director the best.
Boogiepop wa Warawanai
TV, 2000, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
I hope you like hazy green tinted visuals and non-linear storytelling. I know I sure do! The 2019 follow-up series is pretty good too.
Assemble Insert
OVA, 1989, 2 eps Me:- Author:6
You know you've found your crimefighter when she can twist a microphone stand into a knot without thinking about it. Only she can defeat Demon Seed. Also, there's a live-action TV commercial for an energy drink.


Tekken: The Motion Picture

OVA, 1998, 2 eps Me:- Author:4
It's Tekken, which means a guy tears a dinosaur in half at the mouth, another guy uppercuts his metal doppelganger, and another guy gets punched in the face by a kangaroo wearing boxing gloves.
Bus Gamer
TV, 2008, 3 eps Me:- Author:7
Legend of Lemnear: Kyokuguro no Tsubasa Valkisas
OVA, 1989, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
A decent Action Fantasy romp from the 80s. Ya like monsters? Dragons? Explosions? Gaping chest wounds? Bikini armor? Lightning effects? Then get in here.

Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

Long Life To The Ancestors

Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!
OVA, 1989, 6 eps Me:- Author:4
I don't think this is a good show, but it's got some great stylistic elements and direction choices. I think the final 6 minutes of the first episode are fantastic, and I wish there was more of that.
Pui Pui Molcar
TV, 2021, 12 eps Me:- Author:7
Who knew felt guinea pigs with stop-motion toys and live-action actors could be so rad?

Shin Angyo Onshi

Blade of the Phantom Master

Shin Angyo Onshi
Movie, 2004, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Yuri Kuma Arashi
TV, 2015, 12 eps Me:- Author:7
These bears, man. There are things in here that'll never leave my mind for the rest of my life. This show is very cute, and very horny, and very weird.

OVA, 1988, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
This one actually spawned a pretty big franchise, though none of it seems to have received that much attention. Watching the CGI evolve with each installment is kinda fun.
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
OVA, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
Did you know you can program software that can summon demons? Oh no, the software has summoned too many demons. What am I going to do about all these digital demons?
Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku
OVA, 1995, 2 eps Me:- Author:5
Anyway, time to install that demon summoning program onto the computers in the school computer lab and get naked with my classmates. I hope everyone's ready to be possessed by goblins and demons! Oh no, the software has summoned too many demons. What am I going to do about all these digital demons, again!?
Eiken: Eikenbu yori Ai wo Komete
OVA, 2003, 2 eps Me:- Author:7
Comedically Large Tits: The Anime. That's the joke. It goes so far with that joke though, and is so centered around it, that it's pretty hilarious. The jiggle physics are ridiculous. The girls also compete in a race down a yogurt slide. Oh and later a banana race down the chocolate chute. Jesus Christ.
Birthday Wonderland
Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Do you enjoy whimsy?
TV Special, 2007, 15 eps Me:- Author:7
There are some good shorts in this anthology series.

Giniro no Kami no Agito

Origin: Spirits of the Past

Giniro no Kami no Agito
Movie, 2006, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Puni Puni☆Poemii
OVA, 2001, 2 eps Me:- Author:7

Is this the work of an enemy stand?
Koroshiya 1 The Animation: Episode 0
OVA, 2002, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
You know, there's a live-action Ichi the Killer movie. It's sure something. You should watch that. This anime isn't as good as that, but hey, it's here and it's only 45 minutes, and it's got some wacky music and cry-fighting.
Bobby ni Kubittake
Movie, 1985, 1 ep Me:- Author:3
There are some really cool art styles in here. Some markers, some pencils, some...what looks like Xeroxed cutouts. There are several cuts of real smooth animation too.
Cool Cool Bye
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:4
Not great, but it's got a unique look that's fun.
Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru
OVA, 2005, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
>__> Am I recommending an incest anime? Yes, I am. o__o
TV, 1999, 16 eps Me:- Author:7
The male gaze. This anime is full of creeps who be creepin'. Such a horny series, but like, this shit is kinda hilarious. The frantic editing and dumb faces are great.
Twinkle Nora Rock Me!
OVA, 1985, 1 ep Me:- Author:3
Is the framerate of this production low enough that it no longer counts as animation? You decide.

Hametsu no Mars

Mars of Destruction

Hametsu no Mars
OVA, 2005, 1 ep Me:- Author:2
If you're seeking out the worst anime available, you've probably already heard of this one, so the inclusion here is pretty perfunctory. It's here because it has to be here. It's more boring and unfulfilling than it's bad. It'll leave you wondering why it even exist.
Tenkuu Danzai Skelter+Heaven
OVA, 2004, 1 ep Me:- Author:2
If you're seeking out the worst anime available, you've probably already heard of this one, so the inclusion here is pretty perfunctory. It's here because it has to be here. It's more boring and unfulfilling than it's bad. It'll leave you wondering why it even exist.

Uju Heukgisa

Captain of Cosmos

Uju Heukgisa
Movie, 1979, 1 ep Me:- Author:2
Did they literally trace shots from the Gundam series?
Forest Fairy Five
TV, 2017, 13 eps Me:- Author:2
Sometimes you watch something thinking it's gotta be some clever anti-humor, and there are little hints to where it seems like the creators are in on the joke and getting ready to blow the doors off...but then it never happens, and you realize that it's just a bad show.
Super Child
Movie, 1994, 1 ep Me:- Author:2
You're down here because you hate yourself and have too much time on your hands.

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