Friday, April 23, 2010

Video Backlog: "Shuten Doji"

Publisher: ADV Films (USA)
Format: Region 1 DVD, NTSC, Japanese Dialogue with optional English Dub and English Subtitles
Length: 4 Episodes x 50 minutes
Production Date: 1989 - 1991
Currently in Print (as of writing): Yes

Story Outline: Two giant Oni (demons) travel through space and time fighting in a bloody battle. Eventually they end up in modern day Japan where one the Oni is killed by the other. In front of this scene of carnage are a young couple, Kyouko and Ryu Shiba. Though frightened at what has occured, the surviving Oni takes a human baby from it's mouth and offers it to the couple. It tells them to look after the child and that he will be back in 15 years for him. The couple name him Jiro Shutendo, and finally he reaches his 15th birthday. Jiro is painfully aware of what he is and curses his fate, he is a an Oni. A girl who secretly has a crush on him, Miyuki, is kidnapped by a group of thugs who are secretly controlled by an Oni worshipping cult (some of which are Oni themselves) and is replicted in plot to Jiro into a fully blown Oni and to eventally kill him.

Mini Review: As you'd expect from Go Nagai, demons, blood, naked women etc. Really crude in terms of story and animation (especially the second OVA). A lot of his animated stuff looks so low budget and crappy, especially the OVA stuff from the 1980's and 1990's. However the story had this amazing twist, which was highly illogical and silly, but a great twist which pretty much saved the show for me. 6 out of 10.

Remaining Backlog: 20 months (it's much easier this way than listing the number of discs).

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