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Movie Review: Violence Jack

Violence Jack

Released: 1986 (Slum King), 1988 (Evil Town), 1990 (Hell’s Wind)
Genre: Anime / Action / Horror
IMDB Rating: 5.3 (Slum King), 5.4 (Evil Town), 5.1 (Hell’s Wind) / 10

It’s been quite a while since my last run-in with anime when I was touched in a bad place by Urotsukidōji IV: Inferno Road. Given my complete lack of knowledge of the Japanese language I’m still trying to decide on the best way to watch the final episode in Overfiend’s saga, but I felt that it was time to bring the weird back to the World of Weird.

And so I settled on Violence Jack. It wasn’t nearly as soul-destroying as the Overfiend’s series, and for that I suppose I should be grateful for small mercies, but on the other hand it wasn’t nearly as much fun because I don’t need to undergo several counselling sessions to build myself back up. Perhaps I should be happy about that, but for some odd reason I’m not.

At first there was the death.

At first there was the death…

The Plot

The stories in each OVA don’t overlap with one another so I’ll deal with them separately, but they do all feature Violence Jack (obviously) in a near-future world where the Kanto region in Japan has been devastated by an asteroid strike and subsequent earthquakes and other natural disasters. I guess the Indigo League will need to move.

Slum King

Fuck only knows what the plot of this installment was. I watched all its 38 minutes of runtime had to offer, but everything I got out of it can be summarised thusly:

  • Asteroid strikes Japan, chaos ensues.
  • Mad Max-style breakdown of society.
  • Angry bikers rock up.
  • Angry bikers kidnap women to run their BDSM-inspired slave ring.
  • Star-crossed lovers (?)
  • Violence Jack rocks up to protect the weak and emancipate the subs from the doms.
  • Guns
  • Helicopter crash
  • Phoenix (?) flying across a beautiful dawn sky.

Evil Town

Ostensibly the most violent and deplorable of the Violence Jack OVAs, this was at least a lot easier to follow.

Following the earthquakes that rocked Kanto part of the Tokyo Underground has been completely sealed off from ground-level. The trapped survivors have broken off into what are essentially three tiny city states: Section A has all the white-collar survivors, who are trying to re-establish some kind of civil order; Section B has all the crazies and the loons who are headed up by Mad Saurus and his assistant Blue (who is either a transsexual or the victim of poor voice casting choices); and Section C, which is comprised entirely of models who got stuck on a train.

After being released from a concrete tomb Jack does the rounds for a bit before deciding that his brute strength is needed most in Section C after the women give him a little history of what’s been going on down in the Underground (all non-consensual sex, all the time). It’s up to Jack to help the ladies find a way out of the Underground before they fall victims to the outright loons in Section B and the suppressed loons in Section A.

...and then there was some light BDSM...

…and then there was some light BDSM…

Hell’s Wind

At least some form of normal society remains in the ravaged Kanto region: Hope Town. Hope Town’s a tiny little place filled with good people who are just trying to rebuild their lives and regain some sense of normality. That is, until Hell’s Wind blows into town. Hell’s Wind are a group of deranged bikers who were once a small nuisance but who have really found themselves in this apocalyptic wasteland.

The people of Hell’s Wind are arguably more interested in destruction and personal violation than they are in stealing supplies, and when faced with that type of foe you need to meet violence with yet more violence (Jack). Jack will be assisted by Jun, a young secretary-type turned fuming Amazon who’s single-mindedly determined to get revenge on Hell’s Wind for ripping her boyfriend in two with a chainsaw. Hell hath no fury and all that I suppose.

...and then there was this female (?) with the odd voice...

…and then there was this female (?) with the odd voice…

The Visuals

Much like the story line, you have to hang in there and wait for it to gradually get better.

In ‘Slum King’ the animation was horrible, where in fact most of what was on-screen was either a still photo with some effects added on, or a repeat shot of something else we’ve already seen just being played again for a different scenario. Coupled with the very weak story the poor animation made for a very bland and uninteresting romp.

‘Evil Town’ and ‘Hell’s Wind’ were much better off as the animation was brought up to standard. ‘Hell’s Wind’ is the best of the two by a slim margin, which I attribute to it being the most recent of the lot, but in both you really do get to see the intestines flying in all their squishy, blood-dripping glory. It’s such a pity that 3D wasn’t as advanced when this was made as it is today.

...and then we had some light cannibalism to finish off the afternoon.

…and then we had some light cannibalism to finish off the afternoon.

The Feelings

Boredom and disappointment.

Perhaps others will disagree, and maybe I’m running the risk of sounding like a completely unstable individual, but my primary disappointment with Violence Jack is that I didn’t find it to be particularly violent. To qualify that, there is a lot of killing going on, and a fair amount of blood is flying all over the place. With that said, however, the killing is largely a slash-kill-blood-next affair, rather than the sadistic violence I have been subjected to in other anime.

My main way of judging anime of this sort is by how uncomfortable it makes me when I watch it, and with one or two slight exceptions in ‘Evil Town’ Violence Jack didn’t make me feel uncomfortable. This is not the kind of letdown I want to feel when I’ve psyched myself up and whipped out the good poncho in anticipation of flying bodily fluids that hardly materialise.

My Final Rating: 4 / 10
Buy Violence Jack at Amazon.com

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Movie Review: Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend

Legend of the OverfiendReleased: 1989
Genre: Anime / Horror
IMDB Rating: 6.4 / 10

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.

Those are all penises.

Those are all penises.

The Plot

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’.

Do you have a moment to speak about our Lord and Destroyer the Overfiend?

Do you have a moment to speak about our Lord and Destroyer the Overfiend?

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.

The number of foursomes taking place in Japan seem alarmingly above the global average.

The number of foursomes taking place in Japan seem alarmingly above the global average.

The Visuals

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.

It's always best to leave the party before things get to this point.

It’s always best to leave the party before things get to this point.

The Feelings

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
Buy Legend of the Overfiend on Amazon.com

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