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DVD Connoisseur
06-04-2002, 08:41 PM
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!

TobalRox
06-05-2002, 01:29 AM
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.

keith70
06-05-2002, 04:54 AM
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.

KillerCannabis
06-05-2002, 12:33 PM
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.

Atmims
06-05-2002, 03:22 PM
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>

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.

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

DVD Connoisseur
06-05-2002, 09:24 PM
Originally posted by Atmims
I bought the Urotsukidoji Saga Box set (1-4 on DVD). I really liked "Legend of the Overfiend".

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!

[QUOTE] Originally posted by keith70
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.

Great film - one of my favourites. This will be appearing as an Asian Movie of the Month at some point.... ;)

thrashard76
06-05-2002, 10:11 PM
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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?

Atmims
06-05-2002, 10:39 PM
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!

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

thrashard76
06-05-2002, 10:54 PM
Hentai Anime!!! (http://www.horrordvds.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4549)
Akira??? (http://www.horrordvds.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1870)
Akira (http://www.horrordvds.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1975)

Jog
06-06-2002, 05:57 AM
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...

thrashard76
06-06-2002, 08:22 AM
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? ;)

aoiookami
06-06-2002, 08:39 PM
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

DVD Connoisseur
06-06-2002, 09:18 PM
Originally posted by Atmims


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

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....

thrashard76
06-07-2002, 03:05 AM
Originally posted by aoiookami
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

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. ;)

6sick6
06-07-2002, 04:47 AM
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!

Atmims
06-07-2002, 05:09 AM
Perfect Collection (Both movies - subtitled): 240 minutes!

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

KR~!
06-07-2002, 06:31 AM
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 :(

aoiookami
06-07-2002, 08:35 AM
Originally posted by thrashard76


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. ;)

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!

DVD Connoisseur
06-07-2002, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by KR~!
Parts 3 and 4 or not on DVD in their true format last time I checked :(

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.

thrashard76
06-08-2002, 07:30 AM
Originally posted by DVD Connoisseur
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.

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. ;)

Jog
06-08-2002, 07:55 AM
Here is everything anyone will ever need to know, all in one place!

Urotsukidoji is a direct-to-video (or "OVA") serial. There are four "arcs", each consisting of several parts.

Arc 1: Legend of the Overfiend is 3 episodes.

Arc 2: Legend of the Demon Womb is 2 episodes.

These 5 episodes are available IN FULL on the Urotsukidoji: Perfect Collection dvd. There are subtitled into English.

A movie was made by cutting down each arc.

Movie 1: Legend of the Overfiend is a DRASTICALLY CUT version of Arc 1. It is rated NC-17 by the MPAA(!). It is also out on dvd.

Movie 2: Legend of the Demon Womb is a cut, though less drastically cut, version of Arc 2. It also contains a scene shot just for the movie, involving a Nazi dominatrix teacher. This is the only scene NOT in the Perfect Collection dvd. This movie is also out on dvd.

Both movies are dubbed ONLY.

Arc 3: Return of the Overfiend is 4 episodes. It is out on dvd in full, but dubbed only.

Arc 4: Inferno Road is 2 episodes and a conclusion movie. This movie is often mistaken for a third episode, and it is, but it was a theatrically released film as well. Both episodes and the movie are on one dvd. Again, dubbed only.

There were also cut down movie versions of Arcs 3 and 4, but they are VHS only.

There is a Urotsukidoji box set dvd as well. It, however, contains the CUT movie versions of Arcs 1 and 2, along with the complete Arcs 3 and 4. Why? Who the hell knows?!

A new Urotskidoji series is in the works... it'll hit the US fairly soon!

PS: oddly enough, Wicked City, Ninja Scroll, and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust are all by the same director. Urotsukidoji is by a different team. Look for the all though!

And Cowboy Bebop does NOT suck!

thrashard76
06-08-2002, 08:15 AM
Thanks Jog...this info is great. I'm cutting and pasting as I type this. I'm saving all this info for future reference. ;)

DVD Connoisseur
06-08-2002, 05:03 PM
Originally posted by Jog
A new Urotskidoji series is in the works... it'll hit the US fairly soon!

Great news, Jog!:) As soon as you hear anything, please post the details here.

Thanks also for the definitive guide to the Urotsukidoji saga! Shame the Perfect Collection is missing one scene but I must admit, it does sound very controversial!

KR~!
06-08-2002, 11:56 PM
Arc 3: Return of the Overfiend is 4 episodes. It is out on dvd in full, but dubbed only.

really I have never seen a dvd of the 4 eps. I have seen the movie, which I have on VHS and one of the ep. It seem like a totally different thing.

Example, in the ep, I remember the guy with metal cock with the spikes, he's not even in the movie.

thrashard76
06-09-2002, 06:44 AM
What can you all tell me about the DVDs of Jin-Roh and Metropolis? Are they any good? I've seen both at Walmart but hesitated to pick 'em up? What's the story on these DVDs? ;)

Atmims
06-09-2002, 07:43 AM
What can you all tell me about the DVDs of Jin-Roh and Metropolis? Are they any good? I've seen both at Walmart but hesitated to pick 'em up? What's the story on these DVDs?

I snagged Metropolis at Wal-Mart, I haven't watched it yet but It sounds pretty cool. I bought Jin-Roh also because I heard so much great stuff about it. I would say it's a pretty good movie to watch but not much action at all and mostly talking so don't expect an action or horror type movie. I heard it was the goriest animated movie ever, It's definetly not though. Near the end I missed part of the story and I didn't know what was going on. I might have liked it a lot more if I hadn't of missed anything. If it's $20-$25 I would say get it if your interested in animation. It would be worth the risk. I paid $35 for the deluxe edition and I didn't regret it even though it wasn't the greatest movie.
Adrian Mims

Jog
06-09-2002, 08:16 AM
Both are good films that I enjoyed. But neither are horror films, though I guess that Jin-Roh has some horror elements. Atmims, whoever told you that Jin-Roh was the goriest anime ever was either not in his or her right mind, or simply has not watched a lot of anime. If you want gore, go see Ninja Scroll or Fist of the North Star. And you can't miss a second of Jin-Roh, or you'll be lost! :)

Jin-Roh is a quiet, deeply realist film about terrorism and man's beastly nature in an alternate-reality mid-20th century. There are some horrific moments, but it is a meditative film. Very good though. The standard dvd is almost bare-bones. The special edition has lovely packaging, the entire (wonderful) score on cd, and a bonus dvd with about an hour's worth of interviews plus sketches and trailers. But... it's around $50 ($35 was a nice price...). Maybe you should rent it first...

Metropolis, on the other hand, is big, loud, colorful fun, a celebration of anime and its history, with all the classic cliches rolled out and executed perfectly, with some very old-school stylings. It's like a summer blockbuster, only fairly intellegent and very stylish. I liked it a lot, but I think you need to really enjoy anime to get the most out of it. The dvd has a mini-disc enclosed with interviews and other fun. Wal-Mart had it for $14.95 the first week, but I bet it has gone up...

Jog
06-09-2002, 08:20 AM
Originally posted by KR~!


really I have never seen a dvd of the 4 eps. I have seen the movie, which I have on VHS and one of the ep. It seem like a totally different thing.

Example, in the ep, I remember the guy with metal cock with the spikes, he's not even in the movie.

Heh. If it makes you feel any better, I've never seen ANY of these dvds in a store... it was all online for me. :) And while I'm not an expert on the later Urotsukidoji movies, I do know that they were changed around quite a bit from the original sources, with a good number of new scenes animated for the movies... so yeah, they might actually BE totally different things...

Atmims
06-09-2002, 09:41 AM
Atmims, whoever told you that Jin-Roh was the goriest anime ever was either not in his or her right mind, or simply has not watched a lot of anime. If you want gore, go see Ninja Scroll or Fist of the North Star. And you can't miss a second of Jin-Roh, or you'll be lost!

Heh heh, I agree. I was excited because I already saw Fist of the North Star and I was expecting some ultra gory animation. I was watching the movie at first expecting a gory, horror type movie after I realised it wasn't that type of movie I began to like it anyways.
Adrian

thrashard76
06-12-2002, 02:19 AM
Originally posted by aoiookami


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!

http://www.animeondvd.com/images/boxart/wickedcity.jpg www.animeondvd.com

Thanks for posting the review aoiookami. ;) I've since bookmarked this site and read up on some other titles I've been meaning to check out. :D

KR~!
06-12-2002, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by Jog


Heh. If it makes you feel any better, I've never seen ANY of these dvds in a store... it was all online for me. :) And while I'm not an expert on the later Urotsukidoji movies, I do know that they were changed around quite a bit from the original sources, with a good number of new scenes animated for the movies... so yeah, they might actually BE totally different things...


ok, for everyone who is reading this, let's clear this up once and for all for those of you who are thinking of getting these movies:

There are 4 parts that make up the 3rd chapter, each tape runs 45 mins long, for a total of 180 mins.

The movie is 120 minutes long.

so we are missing a full hour of stuff, that is a lot don't you think? and since there are new added scenes like you said, it's really OVER an hour worth of film that is missing.

Atmims
06-12-2002, 05:12 PM
There are 4 parts that make up the 3rd chapter, each tape runs 45 mins long, for a total of 180 mins.

If the 3rd chapter you are talking about is "Urotsukidoji III Return of the Overfiend" I have a version on DVD that is 210 minutes long.
Adrian Mims

KR~!
06-13-2002, 12:23 AM
Originally posted by Atmims


If the 3rd chapter you are talking about is "Urotsukidoji III Return of the Overfiend" I have a version on DVD that is 210 minutes long.
Adrian Mims

That would be the one,

I hate all these different versions.

Can you please post a pic of the cover, so that I will know how it looks like.

Also how much more was it than the movie version and is it uncensored ( aka not burred, the version I saw on tape was burred, but the movie version I have is not)

Have you seen the movie version? I can also swear that the animation looked different, but I can't confirm this, can you?

Also, Jog where on-line did you see them, I can find everthing expect these uncut versions at stores (brickhouse), I even found the perfect collection DVD, yet not these. :(

Atmims
06-13-2002, 12:59 AM
http://www.animeondvd.com/reviews/region1/u-z/urotsukidoji_iii-1.htm

This is the exact DVD I believe that is included in the DVD box set. It has the same running time and the same cover minus the warning sticker.

I actually haven't watched Urotsukidoji III yet. I started to watch Urotsukidoji III after watching I and II but the animation was poor, especially compared to the first 2 so I didn't bother with it at the time (that was about a half a year ago and I still haven't watched it). Then I found out that I had the cut version of I & II so I decided to get the Urotsukidoji Perfect collection before I watched Urotsukidoji III.

It sucks that they are so many versions of Urotsukidoji. Why the hell would they put the cut versions of Urotsukidoji I and II in the box set when I believe Urotsukidoji Perfect Collection was already out at the time it was released?

Jog
06-13-2002, 03:59 AM
I don't know about the blurring... it's likely still there (even in the Perfect Collection there are instances)... usually the unblurred masters were not kept around for earlier adult anime (today it is different). And since the movie for 3 was probably released theatrically, I sus pect that the new scenes will look different and likely better than the original scenes (the same thing was done with the movie version of "Macross Plus", which rearranges plot details from the original series along with adding stuff) As an added slap, keep in mind the the Urotsukidoji 3 dvd, while uncut, is DUBBED ONLY... well, no, actually the Japanese track is included, there's just no subtitles. Same goes for 4... so actually there is no way to see Urotsukidoji 3 and 4 subtitled (all the vhs was dubbed too). If you're still in the mood...

http://store.yahoo.com/animenation/a18d-2035.html

As for why the cut versions of 1 and 2 were included in the box with the uncut 3 and 4... as I stated before... who the hell knows? I suspect that it's the same reason why 3 and 4 aren't subtitled: because the dvds come from a time when adult release studios felt that adult anime fans didn't care about quality. Things have changed, but no re-released are planned...

KR~!
06-13-2002, 04:51 AM
I am guessing that their logic was that they didn't want to screw fans that brought the perfect collection by making them buy it again in the box set, in order to get the other two.

but maybe I am giving them too much credit?

Atmims
06-13-2002, 05:14 AM
How is the Demon Beast Invasion series? Is it even close to Urotsukidoji's goodness?
Thanks!
Adrian Mims

aoiookami
06-13-2002, 06:06 AM
Originally posted by Atmims
How is the Demon Beast Invasion series? Is it even close to Urotsukidoji's goodness?
Thanks!
Adrian Mims

I'm looking into getting this series too. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this one also has a 'perfect collection' only..it -is- perfect, because it has the -entire- series on it, unlike the Urot. perfect collection which does not. It is also from Toshio Maeda, same creator as Urot. and looks like it runs along the same lines too.
Another suggestion is Nightmare Campus. Its also by Toshio, and is very similar to Urot. The dvd also contains the entire series....even tho the ending seems unfinished.

Paff
06-13-2002, 06:11 PM
Originally posted by aoiookami


I think horrordvds.com should have some horror anime reviews

D'oh! I'm way late in coming to this thread, but I definitely plan on doing some anime reviews here, at least Perfect Blue. As soon as I get a lull in my reviewing schedule, I'll write one up.

Cowboy Bebop is a fantastic series, probably my all time favorite. They run it on Cartoon Network sometime on Saturday nights, check the listings. It's dubbed, but Bebop is one of the better dubs out there.

While nowhere near as disturbing as Urotsukidoji, I kinda like Blue Seed, which features a different "monster of the week". Some are pretty cool. I just got the Perfect Collection, all 26 episodes, for $38. That's highway robbery for anime.

One show I find REAL disturbing is Hand Maid May. It's about a guy who accidently acquires a 12" robot cyber-doll. What makes it so damn weird is that the whole show seems aimed for children (everything, especially May, is relentlessly cute and perky). However, there is major T&A. Panty shots, bra shots, you name it. I'm still at a loss who this show is meant for....little kids or perverted adults.

Another great series to check out is Serial Experiments: Lain. This is a real mind-f**k of a series that does not get any clearer by the end. I also have the first disc of Boogiepop Phantom, but haven't had a chance to check it out yet.

Has anyone seen Darkside Blues? My local video store has it, I'm thinking of checking it out.

And not even remotely horror or hentai related, but I just love wacky space adventures like The Irresponsible Captain Tylor and Martian Successor Nadesico. They used to show Tylor on the International Channel. Right now, they're running Slayers, a show that's starting to grow on me. Plus, I can't get over the fact that the helium-voiced Lina Inverse is done by the same actress (Megumi Hayashiabara) who played the sultry Faye Valentine in Cowboy Bebop.

Anime - like crack cocaine, except it's not as cheap.

KR~!
06-13-2002, 09:07 PM
Paff,

This site should review ALL the Urotsukidoji DVDs, that would kick so much ass!
I think that maybe people get confuse with this series due to it having so many hardcore sex scenes, but it's not really true anime porn like most people who never see it or only see it and never seen true anime porn think.

thrashard76
06-15-2002, 07:05 AM
Originally posted by KR~!
[B]This site should review ALL the Urotsukidoji DVDs, that would kick so much ass!/B]

I'm up for that. What do you'all say Paff and co.? Also, how 'bout doing reviews on other horror / anime series so fans of horror can check out other anime series?

Jog
06-15-2002, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by Paff


D'oh! I'm way late in coming to this thread, but I definitely plan on doing some anime reviews here, at least Perfect Blue. As soon as I get a lull in my reviewing schedule, I'll write one up.


Well, if there's any anime on this planet that begs to be reviewed on this site it is Perfect Blue... :)


One show I find REAL disturbing is Hand Maid May. It's about a guy who accidently acquires a 12" robot cyber-doll. What makes it so damn weird is that the whole show seems aimed for children (everything, especially May, is relentlessly cute and perky). However, there is major T&A. Panty shots, bra shots, you name it. I'm still at a loss who this show is meant for....little kids or perverted adults.


Likely perverted adults who have a thing for uber-cuteness... KAWAIII! (Jog's anime roots continue to creep to the surface)


Another great series to check out is Serial Experiments: Lain. This is a real mind-f**k of a series that does not get any clearer by the end.


Also my favorite anime of all time!


Has anyone seen Darkside Blues? My local video store has it, I'm thinking of checking it out.


Speaking of mind-f**ks... it's not an action anime, probably closer to Jin-Roh or Ghost in the Shell, with LOTS of philosophical musing and beautiful animation. Try it... I liked it.


Anime - like crack cocaine, except it's not as cheap. :) :)

DAAAAAAAMN RIGHT!!!

thrashard76
05-22-2003, 01:12 PM
So does anyone know if a definite version of the Urotsukidoji series ever got released (uncut)? ;) I still want to pick up both La Blue Girl box sets, are they uncut as well? :D

Atmims
05-22-2003, 04:00 PM
Hey Thrash the most definitive you can get is the Perfect collection plus the Hell on Earth box set. In my opinion though only the episodes in the Perfect Collection are worth seeing.

DVD Connoisseur
05-22-2003, 09:12 PM
thrashard76, you are the master of thread resurrection!;)

Good to see this thread back up! I really must dust my Perfect Collection down and give it a spin.....

aoiookami
05-23-2003, 01:29 AM
since this thread is resurrected, I might as well mention that the brand new Urotsukidoji (think its part 5) is coming out within the summer. you can check it out on the anime18 catalogue at www.anime18.com even tho its just 1 screenshot and a short description.

thrashhard- if you want 'definative' as in 'uncut' for Urotsukidoji, you're out of luck. Since it was made years back when the nudity laws in japan were still strict, I believe there is no uncensored version availible. But the best version right now if you dont mind the 'fog' is definately the Perfect Collection (its the first few episodes, the best imo)
as far as I know, the la blue girl boxsets are uncut except for the old series a few scenes involving the ninja 'Nin-nin' are removed. but the new series lablue girl returns is 100% uncut, and really cool. one of toshio's best.

WrongTurnLover
04-14-2009, 07:07 PM
Over-the-top and explicit X-rated Japanese animated horror fantasy shocker that is like a cross between "Heavy Metal", "Akira", "Hellraiser" and even "The Gate". It's about this demon god who arises every 3000 years in the form of a human as it must unite three worlds of humans, demons and man-beasts into one huge world as evil and chaos spread.

It has lesbianism, bisexuality, graphic gore, explicit animated sex, rape, tentacle naughty doings, exploding heads, mutilation, murder, body rippings, fellatio, and every excess around, definitely not for the faint of heart.

hellraiser40
04-14-2009, 07:30 PM
yeah, i have it on DVD

i remember seeing this when i was about 12 years old, i wonder if this had an influence on me then :p

KR~!
04-14-2009, 09:59 PM
This was a stable of my freshman year of high school! Back then, NO SUBTITLES!!!

Anaestheus
04-14-2009, 10:06 PM
It has lesbianism, bisexuality, graphic gore, explicit animated sex, rape, tentacle naughty doings, exploding heads, mutilation, murder, body rippings, fellatio, and every excess around.

And that's just in the trailer.

NaturesMistake
04-14-2009, 11:16 PM
Gotta make sure you see the "perfect collection" as that is the only uncut version. The Nc-17 dub is missing a half hour or so of footage (plus the perfect collection comes with it's first sequel). Yes, it's mostly sex and violence, but the movie makes less sense without those scenes.

Regurgitate
04-15-2009, 12:20 AM
Gotta make sure you see the "perfect collection" as that is the only uncut version. The Nc-17 dub is missing a half hour or so of footage (plus the perfect collection comes with it's first sequel). Yes, it's mostly sex and violence, but the movie makes less sense without those scenes.

It's not completely uncut. There is some fogging in some of the episodes.

Misanthrope666
04-15-2009, 02:17 AM
Some of the heavy metal fans here might recognize that as the title of a Testament song.

NaturesMistake
04-15-2009, 07:27 AM
It's not completely uncut. There is some fogging in some of the episodes.

The fogging in the episodes after the first part are in all versions. There isn't a completely uncensored version, but it is the most complete and uncut available (all scenes are intact and aren't removed). Add that the fog doesn't really do it's job. Even with the optical blurring, the plot makes more sense.

Erick H.
04-15-2009, 07:46 AM
Saw it at an arthouse long ago,pretty hardcore film,not for kids.

thrashard76
04-15-2009, 03:57 PM
Some of the heavy metal fans here might recognize that as the title of a Testament song.

Yep, from their Low album.

WrongTurnLover
04-19-2009, 03:33 PM
Would anyone compare this to the similar 1981 animated movie "Heavy Metal"? or was that movie mild compared to this?

russweiss
04-19-2009, 04:41 PM
I originally saw this on Japanese laserdisc but now own the DVD.

KR~!
04-19-2009, 07:39 PM
Would anyone compare this to the similar 1981 animated movie "Heavy Metal"? or was that movie mild compared to this?

urm.. LOL, yeah well this is just horror porn with a actual plot and it's XXX hardcore porn at that.

The fact that it has a cool plot, animation and characters is the only thing that makes it more than just a porn flick.

frankie33
04-19-2011, 11:08 PM
UROTSUKIDOJI -LEGEND OF THE OVERFEIND


urotsukidoji legend of the overfeind was the ultimate sex horror shocker
thats a unique blend of sex and mega violence with dazzling special
effects and according to sources the film was dissmissed in germany
due to the films heavy content and it was also censored for tv in the
uk in which five mins was cut from the film and it was attended not aimed
at children because the parents were concerned of seeing a portrayal of
highschool teachers having sex with underage teens in a cartoon and deemed it highly unappropiate
to show children under age 18 but spite criticism the film became a worldwide phenomenon and still generates legions of fans today .

frankie smales
(frankie smales tv and movie review uk)

frankie33
04-20-2011, 08:51 PM
urotsukidoji legend of the overfiend 1989

the film was a bit like heavy metal the 1981
animated film filled with sex blood and gutts
and urotsukidoji has all thoes combined into
one graphic feature film and became the most
ranted about manga feature film in decades
and still is talked about today and became
a cult following with legions of fans.

frankie smales

(frankie smales tv and movie review uk)

Shawn Francis
05-05-2011, 03:21 AM
Media Blasters is going to be re-releasing this. The movie version and the UNCUT version, though, it keeps getting delayed. On their facebook page they have photos up of the blu-ray and standard DVD of the CUT version.

buck135
05-05-2011, 03:53 AM
Media Blasters is going to be re-releasing this. The movie version and the UNCUT version, though, it keeps getting delayed. On their facebook page they have photos up of the blu-ray and standard DVD of the CUT version.

Wow. This is one title I never would have thought would see the light of day in HD. I'll pick up the blu-ray if it's reasonably priced.

Shawn Francis
05-05-2011, 04:10 PM
I think it's supposed to be a DVD/blu-ray combo. Every time I ask them about it on their facebook page, I never get an answer. It's been dated and delayed several times. Who knows when it'll be out.


http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/8374/15574246629961371529084.jpg

russweiss
05-06-2011, 12:04 AM
I see that the DVD is using the same image as the Japanese poster.

Darga
05-06-2011, 10:11 PM
I'll look forward to seeing this as I've only ever viewed it in Japanese (with no subtitles as far as I can remember), and that was many, many years ago. So I guess I'm OK with waiting some more for however long it finally takes them to actually release it.

DVD Connoisseur
05-06-2011, 10:17 PM
Great cover. It's a shame that subsequent volumes in the series deteriorated in terms of quality (both on the animation and story telling side). I really must revisit these films.