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The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor, Volume 1 (ep.1-6)

Takeshi Kusao , Yűko Mizutani , K˘ichi Ishiguro    Unrated   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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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 transforms him into the super-warrior Guyver via a mecha suit derived from alien DNA. With his friends Tetsuro and Mizuki and the mysterious Guyver III, Sho fights an increasingly nasty series of Zoanoids created by the Chronos corporation: hands get ripped off, holes are blown and punched through bodies, and blood sprays everywhere. The character designs recall Ronin Warriors (1989), and the plot of a sinister corporation trying to take over the world through illegal bio-technical experiments has become a standard in the intervening years. Two live-action films were also based on Guyver. (Rated 13 and older but more appropriate for 15 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, profanity, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon


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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic May 18 2004
Format:DVD
When I was a wee little 4th grader, I discovered this gem at a local blockbuster. This series is just fraught with gore. Episode 5, "The Death of Guyver", to me still has one of anime's goriest moments when we see Sho and Enzyme fight (severed/bitten off limbs, a fragmented head, a brutal impaling & coughing up a crap load of blood, and overload after Sho's control metal is ripped out). Anywhom, this series has a cool plot that is unique enough to not fall under average. An ancient race of people many years ago created 3 guyver units that grant their users the power of the bio booster armor. Sho and his friend Tetsuo are walking in the forest after school as a huge explosion occurs. Out comes a guyver unit and Sho ends up bonding with it. The Chronos company had been trying to retrieve the guyver units, and pursue Sho to obtain his for their needs. You'll definately dig this if you're into anime or gory flicks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Ahhhh! It's going inside of me!" April 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is a really good anime! OK, Lemme tell ya how Sho becomes Guyver 1:
First, he finishes school and hangs out with his best friend. Then, an explosion occurs and the Guyver unit falls in the grass. Sho takes a closer look and it explodes right in front of his face! His best friend is just standing there surprised while Sho is screaming in pain. he falls in a lake and never comes back...for the time being. Then, Sho's friend is attacked by a Zoanoid. BAM! The lake explodes. The Guyver is in the steam. The rest is a blood-messed fight.
It looks good, sounds good, and IS good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guyver Series Feb. 5 2004
Format:DVD
This is one of the best anime of the time. This movie will get you hooked if you're truly an anime fan. I strongly recomend this action packed anime, once you get this dvd, you will truly get the second dvd for sure. Plus, its very cheap and affordable. Unlike the other anime series where you have to buy it for a couple hundred dollars. The other good thing about this animet is that it has more then two hours long! Unlike the other anime where you only get like an hour or half an hour. I don't know about you but I'm the kind of person who wants an anime to be as long as it can. The longer the better. Now thats something that you should drfinetly think about. And again, i stongly advise you to get this anime if you haven't seen the eposodes. I liked it and I know for sure you will too. (note: this is only for those of you who like action packed fighting anime).
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3.0 out of 5 stars We gather now, to talk of many things... Oct. 7 2003
Format:DVD
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I lose my faith in humanity April 23 2003
Format:DVD
Really I do, it may be rare for customers to give negative reviews, but there are few titles as worthy of slander as The Guyver is.
The phrase "this series has everything!" has been used way too many times to describe pretty much anything. It needs to be inforced that just because s show may do something dosn't nessissarily mean that it does it well. Guyver has many of the elements mentioned above, it just fails to pull any of them off with any kind of flare. It also contains more cheese than you could possibly ever hope to fit into a cheese factory. The animation is a little below par, even for its time, and the designs are certainly lacking in character. All attempts to make you feel towards these 'bio-enemies' should generally result in fits of laughter, and way too many cliches are employed far too often (just how many times does Sho have to rescue either the girl or a family member!)
Guyver is distasteful at best; the first couple of episodes do show a small amount of promise, but it all goes downhill from there. The story is cheesy and poorly paced, the themes are pulled off in unconvincing manner, and really, it just fails misserably to do anything well at all. Not one of the better moments in the history of Japanese Animation by a long shot.
I highly reccomend you steer well clear from this, if you're interested in an 80's action anime then I would recommend the Bubblegum Crisis OAV Megaseries box set, true it costs more but at least it wouldnt be money wasted.
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This the best series ever. A creation of god, used for protecting the Gods, never meant for a mere mortal. Read more
Published on April 9 2003 by Cheng Xiong
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guyver Anime is a must have
This was one of the first anime's I ever watched along with Akira and Fist of the Northstar. This series was one of the best at the time and still is a classic to this day. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Excellent
The Guyver series is what started me on my collection of Japanese Anime. This series spawned a couple of so-so live-action movies, but if you've seen those, don't judge the anime... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2003 by Barrett Z Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Beat The Guyver!
I absolutely love this series, The guyver is one of the best series ever. Sadly, it is one of the most underlooked ones ever. Read more
Published on April 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Guyver!
This is a great anime. its the first in the Guyver series, hence the title "genesis of the guyver. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2001 by J. K. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars GUYVER IS AWESOME!!
Guyver is an EXCELLENT anime series. After viewing the live movies a few years ago I became hooked. I have watched vol. 2 and I can't wait to get the whole series!! Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2001 by "gundam-x"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is one of the best episodes of Guyver that I have ever seen, in this episode Sho, Tetsuro, and others all leave the forest. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars The Guyver Goes Off
This is quite possibly the most thrilling Manga series I have yet to come across in my lifetime. The graphics are so good and the storyline is ace. Buy me now okay?
Published on Oct. 18 2000
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