Do you like mindless gore?
dO YOU LIKE MINDLESS GORE??
DO YOU LIKE MINDLESS GORE??
DO YOU LIKE…?
Genocyber: The Animation is a 1993 anime OVA series that is adapted from an unfinished manga series by the same name. It revolves around two sisters, Elaine and Diana Reed. Both were revealed to have extremely powerful telekinesis powers and are raised as biological weapons. Kenneth Reed, claiming to be their father, wanted to fuse the two sisters together in order to create a bigger, stronger monster with unlimited power.
However, Kenneth Reed wasn’t the only one who wanted to get his hands on this weapon that is capable of mass destruction. His superiors and employers, Kuryuu Group, discovered the existence of such a weapon and proceeded to capture Elaine Reed, who was more powerful than her sister, Diana.
Here’s the catch, though. Unlike Diana, Elaine is utterly disobedient towards her father and often escapes from the facility in which she was kept in. During one such occasion, she meets a homeless boy and becomes attached to him. When the people of Kuryuu Group decides to capture Elaine, and Diana was sent by Kenneth Reed in order to prevent Elaine from falling into the hands of the Kuryuu Group, all hell breaks loose.
This OVA series is split into three story arcs and there are time intervals between the three. The plot is rather complex, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself lost in the midst of all the chaos.
This OVA series is produced in 1993 and is infamous for its controversial graphic violence and gore. The show really pulled no punches as it cynically, almost gleefully, unfurls the madness that is Genocyber. Despite having so many weight-y themes in the story, I find myself unshaken by everything that is going on. Why, you may ask?
Well, even though I didn’t want to admit it, I am after all, such a strong and willful person. I have endured the darkest recesses of the Internet and developed a heart of stone. Puny human beings like you wouldn’t possibly comprehend my hardness. In fact, I am so hard that I…
*Ahem* As I was saying, this show isn’t for the light-hearted, for sure. More so, for those people who actually get offended easily, because this show tries its very best to offend. Ranging from child sexual molestation to severe mutilation and decapitation, this show is extremely violent and graphic.
Most people who watch this show would either loathe it or love it, mainly because of its gore and violent plot. While I do understand the reasoning behind them liking or hating it, I find myself rather unaffected by all of that.
It isn’t necessarily because I am a strong person or whatever. The main reason for me not over-reacting like the others is because I found the show to be rather pointless. Aside for to establish itself as a cyberpunk gore anime and to penetrate the Western market by shaking it to its very core, I couldn’t find much other reason to justify the usage of graphic scenes.
Genocyber tries way too hard to be what it isn’t and is better off without so much gore. If it wasn’t trying so hard to shake things up, the story wouldn’t be drowned out, and at its fullest potential, it could very well shake up the community despite having considerably less gore.
For example, if the more sentimental parts or the complex portions of the sci-fi story were to be explained more thoroughly, I’m pretty sure it would have been so much more than just a bloodbath that it is now.
It’s too bad that the plot is under-developed and drowned out by all the gore and bloodshed. The motives of the characters weren’t explained thoroughly enough either, and that causes the viewers to be unable to relate to the them.
The animation, on the other hand is rather detailed and it kind of brings out the troubling atmosphere of the show. Despite that, this is 2015 and I doubt the old school animation, no matter how detailed, can be successfully translated into the modern world today. I mean, how can animation of old be able to match up against the technology we have now? (Aside from Cowboy Bebop, that is.) Surely, it wouldn’t be able to retain the same impact as it had back in those days. The music, the BGMs and the ending theme were old-school but suited the show rather well. At least, that’s what I think.
With all that being said, after meticulously calculating the points awarded for story, character, music and animation and my personal enjoyment, having it undergo a massive surgery which removes all its skin and muscle tissues, revealing internal organs within, had me awarding this show with a rating of:
If you like gore and want more of it, I point you towards the revered gore anime of all time, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls. I mean, it’s not everyday that you can find so much intestines and psychological torture in one place. Intestines are fine, but if it were to be human…
If you want more 1990s anime bullshit crap, I recommend you City Hunter, another one of my all time favourite anime from the 1990s.
So, there you have it. I’ve finally gotten around to watching Parasyte: The Maxim and may appear with a review soon enough. Or with a right hand that shapeshifts and do as I pleases.
So, till the next review, cheerio!