Monday, May 17, 2010

Video Backlog: "Takegami: Guardian of Darkness"

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 43 minutes
Production Date: 1990 - 1992
Currently in Print (as of writing): No

Story Outline: Teenage schoolgirl Terumi is constantly bullied by female students. She has a crush on childhood friend Kouichi, definitely the guy most of the girls go for, but unfortunately his self appointed girlfriend is the main girl that taunts Terumi. However Kouichi has got problems of his own. Someone or something is murdering women. Kouichi hears a voice that makes him believe some sort of demon maybe killing these women. He also has to deal with a mysterious Buddhist nun who is following him around. Meanwhile Terumi has suddenly gone from a homely girl to a complete babe. What has happened is that Terumi has been possessed by a dragon and ends up killing people against her will. The Buddhist nun explains to Kouichi that he is possessed by a god called Susano and that he must destroy the awaking dragons before they destroy the world. However how will he kill the dragon inside Terumi without killing her?

Mini Review: There seemed to be this period in anime where mecha (especially combat suits) were combined with ancient Japanese legends. This OVA series is yet another one of those. It’s OK, not too brilliant. Some great action sequences and the plot and characters develop nicely. Even though we’re told that Terumi is an ugly mo fo, well, I’d think you’d find it really hard to find anyone that would accept that she was ugly. She’s a bit of a babe, even before the transformation. Masami Obari did the character and monster designs, and they’re classics Obari designs, before everything stated looking plastic and horrible into the late 1990’s onwards. Overall, a little average. 6 out of 10.

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

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