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The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor, Volume 1 (ep.1-6) [Import]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
The series revolves around Sho, a young boy who has the mixed fortune of merging with an alien super weapon called the Guyver!
In this bio booster armor, Sho is nearly invincible and immortal but he must discover his pwoers while facing an evil corporation known as Kronos that is bent on conquering the world with its army of humans that can transform into Zoanoid monsters.
The action and battles are intense as is the mystery of one of Sho's allies who is also a Guyver.
The only downside is that only 12 episodes were ever made and the series is wide open for more, but to get the whole saga of the Guyver, you must locate the back issue comics from Viz Comics.
Also this anime series spawned 2 live action movies. The first one was horrid and the second one was more tolerable. Do not judge the anime by them, please. In fact if you must see the live action movies, do your self a favor and skip the first one. You'll thank me for that.
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When I was a wee little 4th grader, I discovered this gem at a local blockbuster. This series is just fraught with gore. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Wrathchild862000
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. Read more
This is one of the best anime of the time. This movie will get you hooked if you're truly an anime fan. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004
This the best series ever. A creation of god, used for protecting the Gods, never meant for a mere mortal. Read morePublished on April 9 2003 by Cheng Xiong
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 morePublished on Feb. 11 2003 by Barrett Z Ryan
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 morePublished on April 8 2002
This is a great anime. its the first in the Guyver series, hence the title "genesis of the guyver. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2001 by J. K. Page