Baoh box cover


Available on VHS and DVD from AnimEigo.
50 minutes
Action/Science Fiction
Version I Watched: English dubbed
Objectionable Content: Extremely graphic violence

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In an attempt to turn an ordinary human into a weapon, scientists implant a parasite called "Baoh" into an unwilling host named Ikuro Hashizawa. He accidentally escapes, however, which makes the scientists rather displeased. Soldiers are dispatched to either bring him back or failing that, eliminate him.

Hmm. An anime about a guy who gets turned into an enhanced super-being and then escapes captivity causing all sorts of trouble. Where have I heard this before?

When you get right down to it, Baoh is nothing more than a typical action flick. There's not much in the way of plot and the characters are pretty cliched. If you're an action junkie, you'll probably enjoy this regardless. There's plenty of violence featuring mutilations, decapitations, eye-poppings, face-meltings, and about every other type of gore you can think of. I dare say this is one of the goriest anime I've seen. Personally, I didn't find the action terribly enticing, and it became a bit predictable and repetitive. During some action sequences the action would pause and a caption would appear to explain Baoh's super powers. This was an interesting touch and something I haven't seen before. There was also one rather humorous moment at the end, when the mad scientist gets impaled and proceeds to chatter on for a bit as though nothing had happened. Still, the predictable action had me rather bored throughout this movie.

The art and animation sure were pretty, though. I'm wondering why such good technical talent was wasted on such a cliched title. The dubbing was another story. A lot of characters sounded pretty poor, especially Baoh. The corny dialog they were forced to spout certainly didn't help matters.

If you're a die-hard action fan, and you simply must see every action anime out there, then go ahead and watch this title. Just don't expect anything original.

The Verdict: * * (poor)