Gude Crest – The Emblem of Gude (Onna Senshi Efe & Jīra: Gūde no Monshō)

Gude Crest – The Emblem of Gude (Onna Senshi Efe & Jīra: Gūde no Monshō) 1990 Gude Crest is a JC Staff one-shot OVA. It’s based on the high fantasy novels of Hikawa Reiko’s (Onna senshi Efera & Jiriora, 1989 -) and at 45 mins it really zooms through the story, so that’s a plusContinue reading “Gude Crest – The Emblem of Gude (Onna Senshi Efe & Jīra: Gūde no Monshō)”

Vampire Hunter D (D Banpaia Hantā Dī)

Looking back to another classic for this review – this time it’s Vampire Hunter D which is very much a ‘monster hunting other monsters’ film but while there are definite horror aspects present, the Western and post-apocalyptic/sci-fi elements are just as clear. Vampire Hunter D (D Banpaia Hantā Dī) 1985 So many of the storyContinue reading “Vampire Hunter D (D Banpaia Hantā Dī)”

Appleseed (Appurushīdo) (1988)

Appleseed (Appurushīdo) (1988) Some classics hold their status by virtue of reaching certain storytelling spaces early, by being perhaps more influential rather than brilliant in their own right. I’d argue that the 1988 OVA adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga fits that mold pretty neatly, since so many tropes, settings and ideas have carried forth wellContinue reading “Appleseed (Appurushīdo) (1988)”

Iria: Zeiram the Animation (I.R.I.A. Zeiramu Ji Animēshon)

Iria: Zeiram the Animation (I.R.I.A. Zeiramu Ji Animēshon) 1994 This short OVA series serves as a prequel, kinda, to the sci-fi/comedy/action film Zeriam from 1991 which, based on my quick comparison via youtube (which was not in any way comprehensive btw) has a kinda Power Rangers feel, though it’s not pitched at young folks either.Continue reading “Iria: Zeiram the Animation (I.R.I.A. Zeiramu Ji Animēshon)”

Armitage III (Amitēji Za Sādo)

The late 1980s up to the mid 1990s represented a real peak of cyberpunk in anime, with the obvious giant that is Ghost in the Shell joined by Bubblegum Crisis, Appleseed and Battle Angel etc but one OVA that can go overlooked seems to be Armitage III. Armitage III (Amitēji Za Sādo)1995 I think IContinue reading “Armitage III (Amitēji Za Sādo)”

Battle Angel (Ganmu)

Until the start of this year I’d never seen Ganmu – which I realised was odd, since I do consider myself a cyberpunk fan. At the time, the then upcoming live-action remake (Alita) prompted me to finally see Battle Angel and while I still haven’t seen the CGI-version, I did at last watch the OVA.Continue reading “Battle Angel (Ganmu)”

Green Legend Ran (Gurīn Rejendo Ran)

For me, this OVA series was in no way terrible… but it just seemed like it included a really wide range of ideas that didn’t quite come together by the end, and so missed the mark a little for me. Green Legend Ran Gurīn Rejendo Ran (1992) A lot of folks mention the influence ofContinue reading “Green Legend Ran (Gurīn Rejendo Ran)”

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