The Guyver box cover

Info

Available on VHS and DVD from Manga Entertainment.
OAV Series: 6 episodes on 6 VHS tapes or 2 DVDs
25 minutes per episode
Action/Science Fiction
Version I Watched: English dubbed
Objectionable Content: Graphic violence

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The Guyver

Ugh. I decided to rent this based on a friend's recommendation. Needless to say, I'm never talking to him again (just kidding).

The plot basically goes like this: Chronos corporation loses a strange, technologically advanced device, and it accidentally winds up in the hands of an ordinary high-school student, Sho Fukamachi. It turns out the device is a powerful suit of battle armor, which Sho uses to become a superhero called "Guyver". Chronos corporation is not very happy about this (naturally), and throws everything they can at Sho to recover the Guyver armor.

The Guyver is a typical superhero tale, chock full of nasty bad guys and a hero with wondrous powers. As tired as this premise is, this series doesn't even try for any originality. In the tradition of such flicks, monsters are continuously sent out to defeat the Guyver, only to be utterly crushed. So, naturally, even bigger and badder monsters are sent out, ad nauseam. This wouldn't be so bad if the action was half decent. However, there is so much corny dialog and over-posturing that my eyes almost permanently locked themselves into the "rolled back" look.

The characters are a little bit less shallow than one would expect, but they still comprise the usual cliche group. You've got the typical "nice guy" hero, his sidekick, the damsel in distress (who doubles as the love interest), etc. Yup, this series has it all. There's even an attempt at some mystery involving the secret identity of "Guyver 3", but the answer is so obvious that it's not even funny.

The art was good, as per most anime titles, but the animation suffered, especially during the battles. Still-shots an exciting battle do not make. The voice acting was pretty poor as well, but it really didn't matter given the cruddy dialog the characters had to spout.

The saving grace of this otherwise forgettable series, is that the first episode wasn't all that bad. It actually made me hope that the rest of the series would get a little better, and not end up resorting to all the tired cliches of this genre. Alas, that was not to be.

Repetitive, boring, and annoying sums things up pretty nicely. You can do better. Much better.

The Verdict: * 1/2 (very poor)