Black Lagoon (Burakku Ragūn)

Black Lagoon (Burakku Ragūn) 2006 So! I was pretty certain I’d enjoy this going in, and I certainly did, and so thanks to everyone who voted back in April! I could probably centre most of this review on the OVA in a way (and most of my criticism) but I actually want to stay withContinue reading “Black Lagoon (Burakku Ragūn)”

Gunsmith Cats: Bulletproof

Gunsmith Cats: Bulletproof 1995 Gunsmith Cats maybe still holds that ‘cult’ status now, even after the internet has no doubt introduced more folks to this mid-90s OVA. (So too, the Kickstarter campaign that funded a re-issue a few years back now.) I love so much about this series but I’m torn when it comes toContinue reading “Gunsmith Cats: Bulletproof”

8 Man After (1993)

8 Man After is a short OVA series that I’d recommend to cyberpunk fans or folks who collect 1990s anime – especially if you crave a bit of violence, as it has what might now be called an ‘old-school’ violent anime feel. However, it’s not R-rated or anything, and there is a bit of characterContinue reading “8 Man After (1993)”

Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992

Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992 This is a fast-paced action OVA based on the 1971 manga. It’s also the second of three adaptations of the source material, with a longer series in 1973 and a thirteen episode release in 2001. Here however, the OVA compresses the storyline pretty hard, rushing through events across four episodes.Continue reading “Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992”

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part One: 1992

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part One: 1992 Time to review one of my favourite shonen series: Ushio and Tora! (Buckle up though – because it’s gonna be three posts worth of rambling :D) Okay, so I’m starting here with the OVA from the 1990s and then I’ll go on to the 2015Continue reading “Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part One: 1992”

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 at all comprehensive btw) has a kinda Power Rangers feel, though it’s not pitched at young folks either. TheContinue 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)”