COMIC A7 Review - The Guyver: Out of Control

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  1. TriShield

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    Bandai Visual, 1987
    L.A. Hero/Dark Image Entertainment, 1993
    Directed by Hiroshi Watanabe

    by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/)

    For years, Yoshiki Takaya's Bio-Booster Armor Guyver has been a manga favorite in both Japan and North America. Inspired by tokusatsu (live-action hero) shows like Kamen Rider and Ultraman, Guyver is the dark tale of Sho Fukamachi, a student who finds an unusual device and accidentally bonds with it, becoming the Guyver - a bio-mechanical warrior with unsurpassed physical abilities and deadly weapons. Throughout his ordeal, Sho must survive against the Zoanoids - huge, grotesque creatures developed by the Chronos Corporation.

    In 1987, the first animated adaptation of Guyver was released. Two years later, a second Guyver OAV series was made, retelling the story and sticking closer to the original manga. And then there were two live-action movie adaptations, which I'll leave aside for later.

    Guyver: Out of Control is not rated, but contains extreme violence and gore, nudity and sexual situations.

    Story: C-
    If you've read the manga, you will notice that Out of Control is rushed in plot. For instance, Sho's best friend Tetsuro is omitted in the adaptation. Also not appearing in the anime is Risker, the Chronos agent who becomes Guyver II.

    Apparently, in order to appeal to the adult audiences, Risker is replaced by Valkeria, a female Chronos agent who comes in contact with the Guyver II unit. Why? Blame it on Urotsukidoji for the disturbing trend of tentacles.

    Guyver III appears, but he only appears for a few seconds and his origin is never explained. Lame.

    Animation: C+
    Despite having cleaner artwork than the OAV series, Out of Control suffers from repetitive footage.

    Soundtrack: C
    Too cheesy for any description.

    Sub vs. Dub
    The now-defunct Dark Image Entertainment (which was the adult division of US Renditions) never dubbed Out of Control.

    The Bottom Line
    Not the best Guyver adaptation, but it sure beats the first live-action flop.
     
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    The Bio-Booster Armor Guyver
    Animate Film/Bandai Visual, 1989-1990
    L.A. Hero/US Renditions, 1992-1994
    Manga Entertainment, 1995
    Directed by Koichi Ishiguro
    Not rated. Contains graphic violence and language.

    by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/)

    This new review covers the 1989 OAV series which uses nearly all of the elements from Yoshiki Takaya's best-selling graphic novel. No T&A and no tentacles. No cheesy acting and cheap special effects. Just everything you expect from the manga.

    Story: B+
    Unlike Out of Control, this series is more faithful to the original manga. A good plus is the Kronos Data Files section after each episode, which gives details on the Guyver and the Zoanoids.

    Animation: B-
    The first episode does not look as good as Out of Control, but the animation improves throughout the series.

    Soundtrack: B-
    A lot more tolerable than the soundtrack of Out of Control. The series' opening theme was composed by Yoshiki Takaya himself.

    Sub vs. Dub
    L.A. Hero and US Renditions released the series in English only. While not as good as Animaze's other dubs, Guyver has much better voice acting than Macross II.

    I've been told that when Manga Video picked up the US rights after the demise of US Renditions, they re-dubbed the series with new voices and a completely different soundtrack. Has anyone seen the Manga version?

    DVD Extras: N/A
    Manga doesn't seem to have any plans to release The Guyver on DVD sometime this year. Probably next year, if they stop procrastinating.

    The Bottom Line
    Of all the Guyver adaptations, this is the one to watch.
     
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