This sequel is everything you should expect from a live-action Guyver movie - great fight scenes, blood & guts, fantastic special effects (especially for it's time), cool costumes and scary, disgusting looking (rubber!) monsters.
If they made a Guyver movie today, it would be CGI and zappy-zap effects and explosions all over the place.
Guyver 2 (or Guyver: Dark Hero) has discreet, early CGI which doesn't overpower the rough & readiness of this great movie. And it has to be said: The transformation scenes are really cool - the best being when he jumps off a cliff and shouts Guyver and transforms in mid-air!
Overall, this is a fantastic piece of sci-fi/comic book junk-food cinema which is still as great now as it was nearly a decade ago.
This film was about as good as an anime to live action adaptation can be without a big hollywood budget behind it. It kept the mood of the original manga and anime, and even though the film was probably on an even tighter budget than the first, Steve Wang did a great job of masking the special effect deficiencies with good lighting and camera work. The acting was surprisingly good for this kind of film, with the lead David Hayter being the standout as the Guyver's tormented host, and the fight scenes were very well done.
I'm eagerly anticipating the remastered widescreen DVD version, and will be picking it up the day it's released. Thanks, New Line!