Asian Movie of the Month: Urotsukidoji - Legend of the Overfiend

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  1. DVD Connoisseur

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    Firstly, a confession. I've not been keeping up-to-date with my Asian horror recently so I've decided to pick a title from way-back. Also, I've decided to pick a Manga (or Anime) title for a change. I feel that even though it's not live action, Urotsukidoji fits the bill for "Asian Movie of the Month." I'd be interested to hear other opinions on this controversial title and Manga in general. Until now, I can't remember Anime entering any threads in this forum...

    Firstly, Urotsukidoji - Legend of the Overfiend is quite groundbreaking in its delivery of content. As an animated manga production, the film is a mix of teen angst, humour, horror and sexual scenes. At times, the film is visually breathtaking - although I found the standard of animation occasionally slipped, unlike the always-consistent Akira.

    The plot of Urotsukidoji is difficult to explain in brief but the basic premise is that Demons have started to invade the Earth causing havoc in the form of depraved attacks. Two characters from the Beast World have come to try and put things right by finding The Overfiend. Hopefully, by locating The Overfiend, peace may be found. Failure will mean the end of the Earth....

    The Urotsukidoji (Wandering Kid) series are love-'em or hate-'em affairs. They contain excessive sex and violence (and usually violent sex) and may offend viewers. Certainly, these animated movies are a far cry from political correctness! The style of manga featured in this production is known as Hentai - this loosely translated is cartoon pornography. As a result, there are a number of sexual scenes which appear in the film and most of the characters involved meet a sticky end (and not the usual kind!).

    To see the film in its uncut glory, you need to catch the Urotsukidoji: Perfect Collection DVD set. This contains the first movie in its complete form and with subtitles rather than horrible dubbing. Contained within the 2 disc set is also the rather good sequel, the tastefully named Legend of the Demon Womb.

    If you like your horror adventurous, bloody and taboo-breaking, Urotsukidoji is the animated feature for you!
     
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    I caught one of them on video many years ago when i first started getting into anime. I would have to say that it was the 2nd one, because I remember it not being the first in the series. Anyway, I was young at the time, so I remember being shocked at some of the stuff in there, but if i remember correctly, it's still pretty brutal/sexual. I'll have to check them out again now, especially trying to see the original.
     
  3. keith70

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    I haven't seen too much in the way of Asian horror, but I suggest you check out Evil Dead Trap. A little bit Argento, Fulci, mixed with a touch of Lynch and Cronenberg. The first death scene is pretty damn impressive.

    As for Overfiend, I have the dvd and saw this movie back around 1990. I've only seen the first two, dubbed. I've been meaning to pick up the Perfect Collection.

    If you liked Overfiend, you may want to check out Wicked City. It's not near as ruff though, but features animation from the folks that did Ninja Scroll, which is a great Anime by the way.
     
  4. KillerCannabis

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    I'd check this out. Why not? Anime can be good, though in my mind it'll never be as good as the real thing. No CGI or animation, just real makeup FX. Thats what I love. But this title sounds like it has potential, so maybe I'll pick it up.
     
  5. Atmims

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    I bought the Urotsukidoji Saga Box set (1-4 on DVD). I really liked "Legend of the Overfiend". It had a lot of good monster designs and a lot of good parts. "Demon Womb", was alright but just not nearly as good as "Legend of the Overfiend". I started to watch "Return of the Overfiend" and the animation was so horrible I turned it off. I might try watching it again another time, but I can't stand undetailed animation.<br>

    I agree with you. It takes a lot for me to like an animated movie. I think the biggest problem with Japanese animation is it's usually to wacky and unrealistic. My favorite Japanese animation though is "Fist of the North Star", If you've never seen it I recommend it.<br>


    Adrian Mims
     
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    The downside of the Box set is it contains the cut version of Legend. I've seen both and was truly gobsmacked by the uncut version. Well worth checking out! I've still to check out Parts III and IV. Parts I and III, incidentally, are banned in their uncut state in the UK!

     
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    Urotsukidoji: Legend Of The Overfiend

    According to the legend, the world consists of three dimensions - the Human World, the World of Man-Beasts, and the World of Monster-Demons. Every 3000 years, the Overfiend is brought to life through the body of a human to destroy the existing world and unite these three dimensions into a world of peace and happiness.

    However, the new world that the Overfiend is supposed to create may be a sickening place of horrendous violence, uncontrollable lusts and supernatural forces beyond comprehension.


    Is there any hope for humanity? Will the Legend of the Overfiend become reality? From the animation geniuses who created Space Cruiser Yamato, this is the astounding and controversial theatrical masterpiece that single-handedly launched the "Erotic Grotesque" genre of Japanese animation, and has yet to be equaled - most definitely not a cartoon for children.

    Urotsukidoji 2: Legend of the Demon Womb

    Hi Ho, we're back in Nazi Germany and Hitler's even scientist/arch fiend Myunhi Hausen prepares to open the door into Hell. There's a big "oops" as the Rube Goldberg machine fails and the whole area is bombed into psycho-oblivion. Hausen is killed-- a bummer since he was one of the really interesting villains and we think he's gone until Hausen Junior, is flying over Tokyo fiddling with his magic orb (which we all know is to summon the beast demon Kohoki of the Maka (who bears a mild resemblance to Mothra in some of the shots. The demon reluctantly agrees to aid him in his quest to destroy the Cho-jin.

    This gives us a good chance to meet heroes from part one, and see how they've developed and/or changed.

    The plot shows every indication of having been written during Marathon sessions of Command & Conquer or Dungeons and Dragons, and there are more villains and plots and gimmicks than you can keep track of.

    Because of this, the sex is a great relief, and the animation in the foreplay scene with Nagumo and girlfriend is erotic and exciting and shows some real understanding. Likewise, the strip club sequence will probably make Anime Hall of Fame.

    The flick ends with the growl and groan and shriek of characters in their demonic forms (and ain't much here, like they say, you see one armaggedon, you've seen them all. There were some nice planar techniques and different inking styles which were jarring but maybe that's because everyone was going to hell.

    Urotsukidoji 3: Return Of The Overfiend

    In case you haven't been keeping up, the name Urotsukidoji, translates out, very roughly to the "kid or stud that wanders". The series that you are about to share in has been the most controversial of all anime series, and this "Part Three, Return of the Overfiend" has been one of the most censored and criticized of all the anime. We meet the main character in part One where we learn that there are three types of inhabitants of the world -- humans, demons, and human beasts.
    Also in Part One, we learn that these three levels are Ninju-ki (humans like you and I), Jujin-ki (manbeasts) and Ma-Ki (big time demons). All of these will come to a final, horrible battle when the Chojin (mega overfiend -- think of him as a 400 foot dick with 50 penises coming out from him) comes back to power. That takes us up to this part, which starts after the evil Nagumo destroyed most of the world in Part II, paving the way for a new race of super demon monsters (called the Makemono) who love three things: violence, crime, and fucking. There is an evil dictator (think of Dr. No from the James Bond movie) who is named Caesar and who thinks that all Makemonos are scum and only deserve to be factory workers and live in slums.

    in Azuma, a lovely and awesome city by the sea, lives and rules Caesar and his evil sorcerer Faust. Little does he know that the Demon-Beast Buju is even now joining forces and bodies and sex with Caesar's daughter Alectro. The newly born Chojin summons Amano Jyaku to Osaka and warns him of the coming threat of Kiojo, a being whose power may in fact even equal that of the Overfiend himself. And so the stage is set for Urotsukidoji III, where Amano must protect the Chojin from all of Caesar, the monstrous and evil ruler of men's hearts and souls, and of women's pussies.

    Our hero comes from this class (at least for this episode -- think "Sliders" or "Time Tunnel" from TV) and his first task is to rescue his girl from the evil clutches. She is the first one raped by the Chojin and the many penises. Look for some nice animation of her pussy here. Can't say much about the asshole, since it is drawn just like a target.

    This version designed for American audiences (and their endless desire for sex) has a lot of the footage that was cut out for European release. The sex here is the most blatant and revealing, and the rapes by the Chojin and the evilness of Caesar are incredibly well animated. You know how some anime just makes the dick look like a log with a cap on the end, but the Chojin's many pricks look real and frightening. However, our ladies still suck them well, even if there is some sort of toxic sludge that comes out. There is about four minutes altogether of some blurred sex (mostly with vaginal penetration). However, this is not consistent. The most occurs in part one, and then lightens up as the movie progresses. Even with the blurs however, the action is very clear, and if you pause during these scenes, you will see the penetrations.

    This is a fabulous DVD, with great sound and very clean anime transfer. There has been a great deal of effort at color matching, and the only thing missing is a recap of the story up to that time. However, a recap would take too long, and even if you don't know the story, the drawing, the animation, and the wild, raw, beautifully rendered sex will keep you going.

    This has been called one of the best animes of all time, and it is certainly the most controversial, since groups all over the world have tried to have it banned because of the extensive and graphic sex.

    Urotsukidoji Vol. 4: Inferno Road

    All three episodes are included in this final, apocalyptic part of the Overfiend saga! If you have been collecting Parts One, Two and Three, you need this one to see the awesome conclusion to what has been called the best Anime ever done.
    We are in the early years of the 21st century, and the world has changed incredibly. Civilization is gone, only to be replaced by powerful, supernatural forces that have used their evil powers and psychic dementia to sculpt our world into something more suitable, more conducive to their devious and wanton pleasures. These demons make Hannibal Lecter look kike a boy scout.

    It is the age where flesh-hungry demons and half-demons rule the Earth - raping and slaughtering thousands of human beings. This is the age of the Overfiend. But if Himi can be brought to Osaka, then the world can be made whole once more. Cool.

    Buju and Himi falter in their quest by refugees who are running away from a metropolis of pure evil. Together, they discover a city where innocence masks deadly psionic powers, and where others serve as slaves, or worse.

    This leads us to Episode Two, right in the heart of this evil city, where the only law is to obey the wish of the demons (and they are mean and nasty). If you try to escape, you can be punished by rape, torture, or worse. And that's what happens to Yumi who is tortured as an example for the other slaves. This is when the masters make a horrible discovery. Drinking Himi's living blood (just like a vampire), they can become immortal and their awful powers will last forever.

    And so it turns on whether Amano Jyaku (the half demon) cam rescue Himi.

    This takes us into the final episodic climax of this amazing series. Ini a bid for power enough to destroy Amano Jyaku, it is up to Yoenhime who slyly turns to the Overfiend's old nemesis - The Mad Regent Munhihausen! Under the Mad Regent's power, she is reborn as Munhihausen's newest and deadliest pawn - the demonic Yoenki (and wait until you see this transformation!) This leads into the final battle for the control of the Earth. Who wins? Ahhh, wouldn't you like to know?
     
  8. Atmims

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    Hah! That sucks. I though when I got the box set I was getting the best version of each movie. Please let me know how much more is added. I'm very interested!
    Thanks!!
    Adrian Mims
     
  9. thrashard76

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    WOOO WEEEE!!!

    I just love me that Urotsukidoji! Honestly, the first arc (Legend of the Overfiend) is one of my favorite anime of all time. It's the major catalyst behind the tentical porno explosion in adult anime, and let's be honest: most of 'em suck really bad. But you don't spawn a thousand imitators by sucking. Urotsukidoji has a complex and genuinely surprising plot with likable characters and (at least for the first two arcs) some damn good animation and style to burn. Though let's be fair, "Wicked City" did come first. It is the spark that lit the flame, and "Urotsukidoji" is the can of gasoline dumped on that flame that started the forest fire. Is it hateful toward women, as many have said? I think the female characters in the story are sympathetic and well-defined, for the most part. The story seems to be damning all of humanity for their weakness, rather than punishing women in particular...

    As for cuts, as far as I know, the R1 dvd set for Urotsukidoji 1+2 is missing one scene from "Legend of the Demon Womb", involving I believe a Nazi Dominatrix schoolteacher. The dvds for 3 and 4, however, have NO english subtitles... you MUST watch them dubbed, or in raw Japanese. That pissed quite a few fans off, so cavet emptor...
     
  11. thrashard76

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    I'm new to all this anime stuff. But I wanna check out Akira, Urotsukidoji, Dragonball, Vampire Hunter D, La Blue Girl and a bunch more.

    Jog, what info do you have on Wicked City? That's a new title to me? How old is it? ;)
     
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    Re: WOOO WEEEE!!!

    Thrashard, all the titles you mentioned are fantastic, even better than Urot. I think. Akira is a must, dont go without seeing it, it is a masterpiece. Same with Vamp. hunter D (the new one, the old one is pretty weak) I would strongly reccomend just buying those two, they are fantastic. La Blue girl series is another good adult series from Toshio Maeda (same mind behind Urot.) but it has less excessive gore and a bit more comedy. Dragonball is another classic. Although I'm just buying the movies, its too expensive for me to get the massive series'.

    Wicked city is another great one. its an adult thriller/horror done by the same team that did ninja scroll (madhouse). its pretty gruesome in some parts. Its not old at all, 1992. I just found out there is a live action version too that looks interesting, I might look into getting it.

    some other must see's (that are more in the horror/thriller/sci fi genre)are ninja scroll, perfect blue, ghost in the shell, amon; apocalypse of devilman, the superb Cowboy Bebop series (too bad I bought them all on VHS before I got my dvd player, damn!)and a personal fav. of mine, Bastard!! :D
     
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    As a guide (and I'm not sure how accurate it is), the boxes state the following:

    Part 1 (Dubbed): 108 minutes
    Part 2 (Dubbed): 88 minutes
    Total : 196 minutes

    Perfect Collection (Both movies - subtitled): 240 minutes!

    I wasn't aware there was that much cut from the films, can anybody confirm?

    What I can tell you, Adrian, is that the uncut Urotsukidoji is a lot harder edged than its cut alter-ego. If I can find a comparison, I'll post it here....
     
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    Re: Re: WOOO WEEEE!!!

    Is their a R1 version of Wicked City available?
    Is Cowboy Bebop gory and violent or is it more like Dragonball?
    I remember Ghost In The Shell from a couple years back when it had that crappy PS game out a while back. ;)
     
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    Thrashard,

    Cowboy Bebop is in no way violent or gory at all. Infact, it is one of the most overated anime series in existence. It is nothing like Dragonball though. So at least you can say that about it.

    Wicked City is very cool indeed. See it and see where the whole MIB concept was stolen from. Even the live action HK film is good.

    Ghost In The Shell and Akira are essential viewing! Genius filmaking and thought provoking stuff.

    Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is also worth your time and money.

    Ninja Scroll just out and out kicks ass! Must see stuff.

    Princess Mononoke is a beautiful film and nothing I say could ever do justice. It is a work of art that shows what a pure vision and true imagination can conjure.

    And, everyone should see Perfect Blue. A psychological thriller that explores questions about identity and obsession. Goes beyond what anime probably means to most people and delivers the whole way through. Absolutely one of my favorite films....period.

    None of these films is anything like Urotsukidoji (which I love by the way.How can you not love a film that has a "Nazi Death Rape Machine" and lines like "Let's see that hot Chojin dick of yours!" ? :D ) but they all are worth your time and effort to seek out.

    I aint an anime expert, just givin out my unasked for $6.66 worth as usual.:)

    Oh yeah ALOT of cool old school metal references in Bastard too!
     
  16. Atmims

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    Thanks for letting me know. It's unbelievable that a movie could be cut so much. I liked the cut version a lot so I'm definetly gonna buy the uncut version soon. I just wish the uncut version was dubbed. I think the dubbed voices on Urotsukidoji made it better and funnier.
    Adrian Mims
     
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    Here's a tip, the Wandering Kid "movies" are not suppose to be movies, they are cut and made to fit in a movie format. They are serials. This is why the perfect collection has so much more, since nothing was left out!

    Rent part the movie and part 1 of the 3rd one of the series, note how much better the anime is and just the insane amount that was cut out!

    The movie version of part 3 is shit, the serial version is great.

    So the lession here is ALWAYS get the multi part serial version of each saga to see the real deal!

    Urotsukidoji is amazing and should be seen the way it was meant to be seen.

    The perfect collection includes the 1st two sagas uncut, it's all the serials that make up the 1st two "movies" so get that! It also makes more sense than the buctered movie versions.

    Parts 3 and 4 or not on DVD in their true format last time I checked :(
     
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    Re: Re: Re: WOOO WEEEE!!!

    yep, Wicked is on R1, infact the disk looks pretty nice too. here's a review;
    http://www.animeondvd.com/reviews/viewreview.php?review=624
    Cowboy Bebop does have a few deaths and bloody scenes in most of the episodes, but overall its pretty tame. It isnt like dragonball, its only a 24 episode series that is more sci fi based.
    hey, I think horrordvds.com should have some horror anime reviews, or a horror anime msg board!
     
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    When I was heavily into Manga in the early '90s, I remember the series being available on the LD format.

    Two things were off-putting:

    a) The price!
    b) There were no subtitles

    Sadly, I've never seen the series advertised on DVD (bar, of course, the "movies").

    I doubt that there'll be a Perfect Collection of the later episodes but who knows?

    Originally posted by aoiookami

    hey, I think horrordvds.com should have some horror anime reviews, or a horror anime msg board!

    I'm very happy to include anime subjects in the Asian horror section. As I've said before, non-horror movies like Shaolin Soccer are welcome here as they're an important (and enjoyable) part of the Asian film world.

    A stand-alone anime section may not receive the hits to warrant its own board. I suggest we all post here, it'll keep this board busy and interesting.

    I'll be posting my usual mini-reviews at some point in the future (an excuse to buy some new titles, me thinks!;) ).

    I'm glad this thread has attracted attention as anime DVDs are fun and exciting and they deserve more coverage. Hopefully, we'll be able to share the enthusiasm and discover new titles, etc.
     
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    That's great dude. I'd support an anime thread cuz I'm really interested in picking up some great titles from this genre. A forum would be nice but like you said, I don't think there will be enough traffic to support it. ;)
     

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