Not one to be outdone by Tropical Mary’s tree and tentacle rape book reviews, I found myself sitting one day thinking about what would be better/more horrific than reading about tentacle rape, and inspiration struck me: watching tentacle rape! As luck would have it I recalled watching Legend of the Overfiend as a teenager, and thought that my now slightly more warped adult mind would be up to the task of watching this movie. I not only regret having this thought, but I rue and lament it as well. Having spent the better part of three hours watching this, it became abundantly clear that the version my teenage self had seen was a somewhat more heavily censored version than what now lay before me on the TV screen.
But no matter what else I may feel about this movie (and right now I’m feeling a lot), I must give it absolute credit for being the moistest thing to ever grace my TV screen.
While I refer to this as a movie for the sake of simplicity, the original animation was actually developed as three separate episodes (‘Birth of the Overfiend’, ‘Curse of the Overfiend’ and ‘Final Inferno’) between 1987 and 1989 which form one continuous narrative.
In the beginning the Japanese had a very different word to the one us Westerners are perhaps more accustomed to. Existence is made up of three realms: the realm of humans and the Japanese (my distinction, not the movie’s), the realm of the beasts, and the realm of the demons. Legend tells of the birth of the Overfiend, a creature of unimaginable power (and penis tornadoes) that will awaken after 3000 years to bring the three realms together as one united kingdom.
Our story begins with Tatsuo Nagumo masturbating in a girl’s locker room (which really sets the tone for the next two hours). Any of the flouncing fannies is enough to get our lecherous protagonist going, but he’s really got a thing going for Akemi Ito, who at first glance looks a bit like the old-school Princess Peach if Princess Peach ran a brothel.
After being humiliated in the middle of a basketball game and having blood licked off his face by Ozaki, the university’s studly and ultra-viral star player, Nagumo sees Akemi being taken into a classroom by a teacher. Here what started out as reasonably inappropriate teacher-pupil lesbian sex quickly devolves into exceptionally inappropriate demon-human lesbian(?) sex with more phallus-like tubes going into orifices (some of which I’m not convinced women actually have) that you could ever dream of. It is here that Nagumo meets Amano, a super-powerful being from the beast realm who quickly dispatches the teacher and her(?) various appendages. Confused and disoriented by what’s happened Akemi falls madly in love with Nagumo, believing that he was the one that saved her. And by ‘falling madly in love’, I mean ‘he’s going to finger her A LOT’.
Amano has been roaming the Earth for 300 years awaiting the Overfiend’s revival, convinced that its merging of the three realms will create a new and better existence for all creatures, whether they have one penis or many thousands. He’s accompanied by his nymphomaniac sister Megumi and horny little assistant Kuroko.
When it becomes apparent that Nagumo is the being destined to be reawakened as the Overfiend everything starts to go a bit tits-up (and tits down, tits swinging, tits dangling, tits grabbing, tits squeezing, tits licking etc.). The humans and the Japanese don’t know anything about this age-old struggle, but the beasts and the demons aren’t too keen on the Overfiend coming into existence since each likes their own little realm as it is, and the demons call on Suikakujū to destroy Nagumo before the Overfiend rises. To this end Suikakujū goes to a beaten little toad of a man called Niki who was recently left guarding a university lesbian orgy while only being allowed to lick a foot. In exchange for his soul he is gifted a demonic penis which gives him power beyond comprehension and semen more corrosive than acid, which he will use to kidnap Akemi from Nagumo.
This too goes a bit tits-up (literally – during a demonic battle Akemi’s busy masturbating in exchange for Nagumo to be spared) and the Overfiend is eventually awakened. Chaos ensues when the three realms are collapsed into one another, with humans and Japanese alike being subjected to the somewhat niche sexual tastes of the demons.
Amano, meanwhile, has since learned from the Elder Beast that the legend of the Overfiend may not in fact be entirely true, and the promise of a better world may first entail unimaginable (and damp) horror and destruction before a better existence can be brought about. With the help of his sister he must discover the truth of the Overfiend and its purpose before all of existence decays to such an extent that even inter-dimensional orgies won’t be enough to save it.
To be honest I’m not an expert when it comes to the various proficiencies of Japanese anime, but broadly speaking everything seemed to be suitably animated.
When it came to the blood and gore it was absolutely visceral in a way that only the Japanese can manage. Everyone has the blood content of several normal human beings, there are teeth and organs flying every which way and everything makes this slightly awful tearing sound when it breaks.
There’s not much to be said for the Beasts since they are generally just super-powered humans, but the demons were incredibly well done. None of them looked alike, with some on the slightly more humanoid side of things while others were just complete abominations.
And then there’s the sex. So much sex. Most people wouldn’t believe that every fold, nook and cranny of a vagina could be animated to such an extent, but the Legend of the Overfiend will succeed at proving you wrong. Coupled with the general moistness that imbues every sex scene (which, in essence, is every scene in the movie) absolutely no expense was spared in ensuring that the sex scenes were done to every pervert’s absolute delight and satisfaction.
This is tricky.
On the face of it Legend of the Overfiend is a completely disgusting affair which delights in obscene sex and gratuitous levels of violence that would leave the vast majority of those on Tumblr in need of heart medication. I myself felt that I might need to wear a rain coat to get to the end for fear of being drenched in bodily fluids.
The fact of the matter, however, is that that’s exactly what the movie sets out to do – it’s meant to be shocking, disgusting and horrifying, and going in with any other expectations are going to leave you in a rather sorry state if you make it to the end (even going in with the right expectations will leave you mildly stunned).
By the time the end rolled round and I’d become reasonably desensitised to the ongoing murder and vaginal intrusions forever being thrust at me what I was pleasantly surprised to discover was that there’s actually a reasonably decent story going on in the midst of the clammy chaos. Not a story for the ages, mind you, but a good enough one that makes Legend of the Overfiend something other than just violent and sexual for the sake of it.
Would I recommend this to everyone? No. Would I recommend this to parents of children you don’t like? Maybe. Would I recommend it to those with morbid curiosity who won’t find it odd when a human female literally explodes from being over sexed? Absolutely.
My Final Rating: 6 / 10
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