Biohunter

I'd heard some good things about this anime, but rented it hesitantly. After all, my experience with most of these "demons 'n monsters" movies weren't very memorable, and the previews and video box didn't exactly get me enthusiastic about watching this. So you might say I was somewhat pleasantly surprised when I started watching. The beginning of the story has a very "detective" feel to it, coupled with good visuals, nice music and decent voice-acting. A demon virus, which transforms people into monsters, is being mysteriously spread among the populace. The two main characters, Koshigaya and Komada, are attempting to halt the spread of the virus and cure those infected by it. I particularly found the characters of Koshigaya and Komada to be believable and engaging. After all, these are relatively normal, geeky university profs and not a bunch of super-hero-ninja-secret-agents or something. The narration by Komada was also a nice touch. Unfortunately, all the good things this anime had going for it were shelved about halfway through. Since it's about about monsters, naturally we get treated to some. However, there is nothing unique or special about these guys. If you've seen one giant, fanged beastie then you've seen 'em all. Once the action started, things become predictable and tedious, and I was strongly considering hitting the "stop" button during the final ten minutes. That's not the way the viewer should feel during the climatic moments. Biohunter began with lots of promise, but couldn't keep it together by the end. If you've enjoyed other anime like Demon City Shinjuku, Wicked City and so forth, then this title is for you. For everyone else, it's a renter, but nothing more. The Verdict: * * * (average)

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