Saturday, May 15, 2010

Video Backlog: "Geobreeders"

Publisher: U.S. Manga Corps (Central Park Media, USA)
Format: Region Free DVD, NTSC, Japanese Dialogue with optional English Dub and English Subtitles
Length: 3 Episodes x 30 minutes
Production Date: 1998
Currently in Print (as of writing): No

Story Outline: Ayagane City is overrun by digital entities called phantom cats. Their true form is an actual cat, however they can transform into humans and have the ability to talk with real humans as well as entering computers and machines operated by computers so that they can escape via phone lines or control machines. The phantom cats are plotting something and have caused many disturbances throughout the city. Luckily a company called Kagura Total Security is on the case to rid the city of the problem, for a price though. They don’t work for free. Their work causes many headaches for government anti-Phantom Cats military team Hound, as Kagura usually ends their jobs with a lot of collateral damage. After completing a job, Kagura CEO Yuka Kikushima orders the hen pecked Yoichi Taba (the only male at Kagura) to go back to the scene of the last job search for several missing talismans which they use to seal the phantom cats. While he is away a group of men disguised as mailmen, delivery men and even the local newspaper chopper shoot up the Kagura office and abduct Maya, a phantom cat that Yoichi has adopted. Yoichi returns and pleads with Yuka to save Maya. However Maya has been kidnapped as part of a huge conspiracy that Kagura will have to crush.

Mini Review: Gotta love 1990’s OVAs. This is another beauty. I remember playing this show at the old anime club I used to run back in the very late 1990’s. The show itself is like a continuation of the manga, so if haven’t read it, this OVA series is going to make absolutely no sense whatsoever. However the action here (and trying figure out the plot) makes it really good OVA series. Not the best thing ever made, however it’s really slickly produced, colourful and glossy like all 1990’s OVA should be. A load of fun even if it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense (I've read the manga, but it was a long time ago). 7 out of 10.

Remaining Backlog: 21 months (it's much easier this way than listing the number of discs).

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