OVA: Obscure Video Awesomeness (Anime Midwest 2018)

Here’s the list of the anime I showed, probably in order. I’ve put a “+” next to the titles worth watching and a “-” next to those that suck. If there’s no mark, I haven’t seen it.

Hon Ran (Crimson Wolf)
Black Lion+
Dark Cat
Raven Tengu
Robot Carnival+
Wicked City+
Burn Up!+
Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman
Ai City
Baoh+
Goku: Midnight Eye+
Bubblegum Crisis+

Classics OVAs (Not listed above):
Legend of the Overfiend
Mad Bull 34+
Giant Robo+
Riding Bean+
Vampire Hunter D+
Cyber City Oedo 808
Legend of the Galactic Heroes+
Patlabor+
Tenchi Muyo
Devil Hunter Yohko
El-Hazard: The Magnificent World
Gall Force
Gunbuster
Macross Plus+
Megazone 23
Project A-Ko+
Record of Lodoss War+
Nasu: Summer in Andalusia+

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OVA: Original Video Awesomeness Notes (2016)

My computer crashed so I apologize if I forget any titles. Also the titles listed aren’t in the order they were shown, because I lost my playlist. I’ve put a “+” next to the titles worth watching and a “-” next to those that suck.

Baoh+
Bubblegum Crisis+
Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman
Crystal Triangle
Devilman+
Goku: Midnight Eye+
Riding Bean+
Vampire Hunter D+
Cyber City Oedo 808
Giant Robo
Mad Bull 34
Black Lion

Classics OVAs (Not listed above):
Legend of the Galactic Heroes+
Patlabor+
Tenchi Muyo
Devil Hunter Yohko
El-Hazard: The Magnificent World
Gall Force
Gunbuster
Macross Plus+
Megazone 23
Project A-Ko+
Record of Lodoss War+
Robot Carnival+

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“OVA Madness” Notes

My computer crashed so I apologize if I forget any titles. Also the titles listed aren’t in the order they were shown, because I lost my playlist. I’ve put a “+” next to the titles worth watching and a “-” next to those that suck.

Psychic Wars
Legend of the Overfiend
Devilman+
Baoh+
Riding Bean+
Robot Carnival+
Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman
The Guyver+
Crystal Triangle
Digital Devil
Goku: Midnight Eye+
Bubblegum Crisis+
Wicked City+

Classics OVAs (Not listed above):
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Vampire Hunter D
Patlabor
Tenchi Muyo
Devil Hunter Yohko
El-Hazard: The Magnificent World
Gall Force
Gunbuster
Macross Plus
Megazone 23
Project A-Ko
Record of Lodoss War

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Legend of the Overfiend (1989) Review

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This is a fairly old review that I never got around to publishing. I’ve left it unedited for the sake of… something I’m sure. I’ve also left images out because I honestly don’t feel like censoring a bunch of screencaps.

When anime was introduced into the west in the late 80s/early 90s, it became notorious for being dramatic, dark, and extremely violent and/or sexual. There were a handful of films that created this image in both the geek and mainstream culture: Akira, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D, and Legend of the Overfiend amongst others. Legend of the Overfiend is certainly the most sexually explicit of these, leaving images of tentacle rape in the minds of westerners to this day. It’s fascinating that anime has strayed so far from this “extreme” image, but the rampant sexual perversion still remains, whether perceived or actual.

Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend is a compilation film of three OVAs (Original Video Animation) that were released between 1987 and 1989. Now it’s important when going into this film to keep in mind that the “R-rated” DVD release cuts out about 40 minutes of footage and yet in the first 30 seconds there is a demon orgy. Now imagine what they cut out. Legend of the Overfiend is unforgiving in its content, assaulting the viewer with frequent tits, ass, demon dicks, and exploding bodies. While the variety of demon debauchery and violence is well animated, it’s far from comfortable to watch. However, if you can get past the –to put it lightly– explicit content (and that is very hard to do at times) Overfiend is an incredibly silly and enjoyable film.

The story of Overfiend (yes there actually is a story) centers around Neguma, a bland high school student who also just so happens to be the reincarnation of the Overfiend, aka Chojin. Chojin is a being that, according to a 3000 year old legend, will unite the three worlds: those of the humans, beastmen, and demons. Naturally both the beastmen and the demons are after the most powerful being in the universe, which means plenty of problems for Neguma and his love life! Wackiness ensues!

It’s no surprise that the writing in Overfiend is awful, but that in no way means that it’s not entertaining. Like the best of cheesy 80s/90s action OVAs, Overfiend is ridiculous enough that it easily breaches into “good-bad” territory. It’s hard not to laugh at the two demons dueling with their dicks, or just simply enjoy the fight scenes between the uniquely designed monsters. Where Overfiend ultimately fails is in its ending, which manages to be so boring that it almost loops back around into engaging because you can’t believe the disaster unfolding on screen. The deflation one feels at the end, due to plot device after plot device being thrown in, is enough to piss off even the most forgiving moviegoer, especially after the incredibly long build-up the ending had. In almost every scene a character hypes up the rise of the Overfiend, but once he does they introduce several new elements and unexplained character bits in order to make the film have a somewhat happy ending. It’s lazy and makes the rest of the film feel like a waste of our time.

The ending is almost enough to soil my recommendation, but not quite. The film clocks in at about 100 minutes, meaning you still get 1 hour and 20 minutes before the final act that is solid entertainment. Feel free to shut off the film at that point, because the ending is truly not worth your time. Legend of the Overfiend may be infamously graphic, exploitative, and offensive, but it’s because of these crimes against decency that it manages to be an entertaining and fun watch for you and a few willing friends if you have them.