COMIC A7 Review - Mezzo Forte

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    Green Bunny, 1998
    AnimeWorks, 2001
    Directed by Yasuomi Umetsu (Gatchaman '94, Kite).
    Standard Version is rated 16-Up for graphic violence, nudity and profanity.
    Director's Cut Version is rated 18-Up for extremely gratuitous sexual content.

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    Set in the same universe as Yasuomi Umetsu's controversial anime Kite, Mezzo Forte is about Mikura, a female hitman assigned with her partner Harada to kidnap Momokichi, the owner of a Japanese baseball team. Of course, the assignment isn't so easy, as Momokichi is also the head of an underground mob, and his sexy daughter is a bit too triggerhappy.

    Story: C+
    The plot on the first episode is promising, but it loses its meaning on the second, as it's just filled with Hollywood-style action and violence. Another reason why the story fails is because of the excess fan service. Not as many panty shots as Agent Aika, but there's a lot.

    The Director's Cut version is no better, as it includes a pornographic rape scene. If you've read an earlier review of Mezzo Forte, the reviewer might have described this as "splicing porno into Beverly Hills Cop". I couldn't agree more.

    Animation: A
    Umetsu delivers with sharp artwork and explosive animation that outperforms Kite. The shootout scene in the bowling alley is great, even though it's pretty short.

    Soundtrack: C+
    Nothing much to talk about. No strong BGMs or theme songs that stand out in this OAV series.

    Sub vs. Dub
    The dubbing is pretty good; a little better than Kite. Of course, the Japanese dialogue is still better.

    DVD Extras: B
    You get character sketches and an audio interview with Umetsu.

    The Bottom Line
    If you're a fan-service junkie, Mezzo Forte is your cup of tea.
     

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