Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Guyver - Bio-Booster Armor Vol 1|
Actors: Takeshi Kusao, Yûko Mizutani, Kôzô Shioya, Steve Blum, Melissa Fahn
Director: Kôichi Ishiguro
Genres: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Three high school students find themselves drawn into a plot to turn humans into metamorphic monsters or "Zoanoids" in this 1989 OAV, based on Yoshiki Takaya's manga. Sho Fukamachi finds a lost "control metal" that trans... more »
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Dana Geremonte | 05/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As my title says, this is a fantastic series! A normal high school student named Sho Fukamachi comes into contact with an living cybersuit called the Guyver. The Guyver is basically a living creature that merges with humans and gives them incredible superpowers. Sho has this thing on his shoulders that opens a dimensional portal that the Guyver comes through, then the Guyver wraps itself around Sho's body (However, we don't learn that the Guyver comes from another dimension until later in the series.). However, there is the evil Kronos corporation that created the Guyver, along with 2 other Guyver suits. The Kronos corporation wants all the Guyver suits back, and they'll kill anyone who tries to get in their way! The Kronos corporation experiments with people and turns them into horrible monsters called Zoanoids which they use as soldiers. Fortunately, the Guyver has incredible weaponry that Sho uses to fight the Kronos coporation. One of these weapons is the Mega-smasher, the Guyver's most powerful weapon. Sho grabs ahold of two fleshy panels on the Guyver's pectorals, and pulls them open to reveal two powerful lasers which can destroy anything. The Guyver can also make incredibly sharp blades come out of each of it's elbows. With weapons like these, the Kronos corporation had better watch out!"
We gather now, to talk of many things...
Matsugawa J. Andrews | New Wismexouri | 10/07/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Well, actually just one thing: Manga Video. Manga Video is to Anime what Clear Channel is to Radio. That may not sound entirely fair considering that Manga Video is responsible for bringing us Ghost in the Shell, Perfect Blue, the Patlabor Movies, and now Magic Knight Rayearth (on one disc!), but they are not without their poor decisions and bad calls. Yoshiki Takaya's Bio-Booster Armour Guyver epitomizes this.
Originally, the episodes were available in six VHS volumes with two episodes each (at about twenty to thirty dollars a pop) with original opening and closing credits and music. They were released through U.S.Renditions and L.A.Hero. Later, Manga Video revived the series by releasing each episode on its own videotape (called "datas" and for about twelve to fifteen dollars a pop) which seemed pretty economical (especially if you were picky about your favorite episodes) until you actually watched the tapes and found out that Manga video had changed the opening and closing credit music with "Guyver Rock!" If that does not make you cringe, you are of a stronger will than I. Also, Manga decided to change some of the voice actors for the english track (namely the Zoanoid Data files and some of the zoanoids themselves) which should probably not bother anyone, but I think it is still worth pointing out.
The quality of the transfer is spot-on, which may not exactly be a good thing. We get to see all of the poorly cleaned cels, all the sloppy camera moves, all the discolorations in skin-tones, and all the lousy english-text-boxes laid over the japanese credits. But fear not, you can see and hear the original opening credits in the special features menu. Why Manga did not just simply present the credits in their original format in the first place is beyond reasoning, so I have given up trying. My advice for watching: neither the english nor japanese audio tracks are particularly impressive, so just hit that mute button, pop in your favorite KMFDM album (or whatever you like) and let the images do what they do best.
The highlight of the disc, in my mind, apart from the archival quality of DVD over VHS (which should go without saying) is the complete collection of Zoanoid Data files. Reminiscent of the animation sequences of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (which is the ONLY time you will hear H2G2 and Guyver in the same context), these sequences are informative, imaginative, and give some great insight into character designs. Yoshiki Takaya did not simply draw monsters and let them go to town on each other, he was trying to create a universe. If only Guyver's escapades into the world of audio/visual media did the source material justice.
Final Word: Four out of Five for presentation, Two out of Five for butchery. Average is Three. NOW, ON TO VOLUME 2 AND THE FINAL INJUSTICE!"
J. K. Page | United States | 10/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great anime. its the first in the Guyver series, hence the title "genesis of the guyver." This one tells the story of how Sho, the big hero, becomes the guyver and fights human mutants, the zoanoids. The animation is good and the Guyver looks wicked. The megasmasher is the BEST FINISHING MOVE EVER. theres only one thing missing from this, as well as from alot of other animes: great music. Theres no good guy music when he does cool stuff. But thats the only drawback. I strongly recommend this title."