Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Goku: Midnight Eye DUBBED IN ENGLISH!

I didn't sleep last night and it's possibly because of the late 80's OAV Goku: Midnight Eye. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Wicked City) and created by Buichi Terasawa (Space Adventure COBRA) with key animation by Koji Morimoto (Mind Game, Sharon Apple concerts, City Hunter opening) I knew what to expect. I'm a big fan of the Space Adventure Cobra TV series so I figured this would be Cobra plus excessive tits, gore and possible vagina monsters. I was mostly correct! Goku: Midnight Eye Part 1 is only 60 minutes long, but it keeps the action tight and the plot uncomplicated. Goku himself is detective fed up with the injustice of "the system" who's out to get revenge for his current girlfriend and her murdered police squad. After a certain point Goku receives a cybernetic eye implant from a mysterious god-like person which allows him to control pretty much anything connected to a computer as well as 24/7 access to information giving him the abilities to operate whatever machinery or weapons he comes upon. He also has a extendable metal rod (wah?) he can use to decapitate cyborgs and use it to jump akin to EXTREME pole vaulting. I can't say much else without spoiling things, but as you can imagine, it's pretty fun.

Goku's a pretty studly man with long rebel hair, sweet sideburns (much like Cobra) and and a questionable wardrobe consisting of a suit with a tie minus the undershirt. Being voiced by Steven Blum (Spike in Cowboy Bebop, Roger Smith in Big O) Goku comes off as a believable badass. This VHS TAPE had a great dub that fits the show perfectly, but sadly the sound kept breaking up on my copy. Sadly, this show isn't available in Region 1 on DVD. Absolutely tragic.

I suppose I should also mention this red headed topless cyborg girl with motorcycle bars coming out of her back. She also makes the appropriate motorcycle sounds and shoots lasers from her mouth. When you see her for the first time you know it's inevitable that there will be a scene with someone riding on top of her and Kawajiri grants your wishes with a battle scene on a stairwell with a freakish looking midget perched on her back grasping her handlebars telling her to FIRE HER LASER!

I guess you can't say this show is anything incredibly special, but anime like this doesn't really get made anymore. It's simply entertaining, has nice art, and cool characters. So what if the plot isn't golden and the drama is laughable. Give me beers and an infinite supply of anime like this one so I can forget about all the moe garbage flooding the anime shelves in Best Buy. There's another 60 minute episode that I ordered the minute I finished this one. I've heard it's even better than this one so I'm really looking forward to it.

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