PG-15, contains delicate scenes
1993 ARTMIC, BANDAI, PLEX
|Genocyber DVDs |
As the nations of the world begin to merge, world peace is threatened by the private armies of individual corporations. The Kuryu Group has just discovered a weapon that will tip world power in their favor. The Genocyber: a nightmarish combination of cybernetics and psychic potential. Many desire to control this monstrosity, but can its hatred be contained? Battle erupts, and the cyberpunk world of the future is about to explode with violence!
(5 episodes )
A good start. >>> by skysenshi
The very first Genocyber OAV released was quite long, twice as long as each of the next succeeding episodes. That one feature alone can actually stand on its own, like a movie release of an action anime that may have had a large following. Judging from its quality, it was able to tap the interest of many an anime fan due to its philosophical nature and complicated action-packed scenes. Dig the scenario: two sisters become veritable ping-pong balls tossed back and forth amongst power-hungry madmen. One sister's misfortune is to be born with the mind of a lower being, while the other is denied control of her muscular functions. What they have in common are minds so powerful they could bring about utmost destruction. Couple this with a strangely enchanting violin-based background music that ironically makes a stark contrast to the excessive gorefest, and you have something utterly inimitable in the palm of your hands. Concepts like these make for one good watch. Indeed they do.
The rest of the volumes that followed, however, seem to go off-track. No longer does Genocyber focus on the two most abused gifted children. It switches on to the different eras that these two find themselves in, wallowing in the lives that they touch. Suddenly religion, politics and issues such as moral dilemma join the fray. A nice combination to be sure, but the loss of focus in the main storyline suddenly reminds me of an off-balanced anime website that tries to cover too many things beyond the realm of its grasp.
Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 8; Characters 8; Sounds 8