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Title: Urotsukidoji
Genre: Horror
Credits: Anime 18

Cover Description: For 3,000 years, humankind has dominated the world unchallenged...but that time is coming to and end. According to legend, every 3,000 years the three realms of demons, humans, and man-beasts are united by the revival of a being more powerful than them all - and the coming of this Overfiend means chaos and destruction! The saga Legend Of The Overfiend begins here.

Determined to find the Overfiend and prevent the cataclysm, demons scour the human world for signs of his coming. Two such creatures, Amano Jyaku and his sister Megumi have tracked the Overfiend to an unlikely place, Myojin University in Japan. Here, they believe, they will find a human whose destiny it is to mutate into the Overfiend...

Emerging from the little-known, yet powerful genre of Japanese erotic horror, Legend Of The Overfiend is a tour de force of startling images that redefines the limits of animated entertainment. Its intense blend of supernatural battles, sexual content, and intricate design work has made it one of the most controversial animated films in recent memory. Watch it tonight - if you dare!


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Munhaussun (07.07.2001)
Legend of the Overfiend
Anime or hentai, like most forms of entertainment, means different things to different people. However, I suspect with entertainment that dwells beneath the sub-surface of society, greater effort is required to appreciate its art and nuances. So it is that it may be much easier to watch and enjoy a movie made by a large Hollywood studio than one created by a small independent house, or even a medium-sized foreign company. But that is not to say effort spent in understanding and appreciating the less popular forms of entertainment is not well rewarded. For anyone who has seen a decent independent film (yes there are plenty of crap ones out there), or who has enough of an attention span to read the subtitles in a foreign film, will find their efforts well rewarded. So too it is with hentai. It is much easier to dismiss this artform than to appreicate it, particularly if you're a woman, and particularly if you're a little prudish about sex (as most of us are, but would not like to admit). To say that hentai is animated porn is to entirely miss the point, if by porn we mean the distribution and dissemination of explicit images and sounds of sex outside context, if by porn we mean the production of material without artistic merit. Yes, there is the explicit depiction of sex, and yes a lot of the story does revolve around the sex scenes, and yes some of them do become focal points of the story, but there can also be art in the character designs, art in the plot and the themes explored by some hentais are interesting and can provoke much thought. In this sense, hentai is an artform and ought to be appreciated as such, and not just as something to whack-off to. Of course its not easy to appreciate the art. A lot of the material is predominantly made for a young male adult clientele, overflowing with hormones, and surging with aggression. So there are plenty of excesses of violence, of sex, of fantasy, of the things that preocuppy such a young mind. Yet, beyond the petty and the fanciful, there lies the dark thoughts and themes that haunt our adulthood, and the humour we often use to fight them. And if we look hard enough we can see them in the best of the hentai, we can see them in the hilarious absurdity of La Blue Girl, and the dangerous angst of Urotsukidoji.

A lot has said about this series, and a lot of it has been less than complimentary. Nevertheless, this series remains a 'classic' in the Hall of Fame of Hentai-dom. What follows is my personal opinion as to why that continues to be the case.

This is essentially a love story, with all the elements of love lost, love found and love that can never be. But this is no ordinary love story. It is the darkest of dark anime. It tells of a love that is true, of a love that yearns to be free, to soar into the clouds, but doomed to fall, to fail and torn asunder by the gravity of destiny. It poses the interesting question whether perhaps man may be born with free will but imprisoned in circumstances beyond his control. As much as Nagumo loves Akemi and vice versa, Nagumo's fate is sealed and there is absolutely nothing he nor Akemi can do about it.

The story also introduces us to the Eastern concept of the cycle of life, of rebirth and death as being the one and the same. The legend is that once every 3000 years the Overfiend will arise and create a perfect world, yet what the legend neglects to mention is that he would completely obliterate this one in doing so. The scenes of mass destruction reinforce the idea that humans are small. We are tiny pin pricks on the body of the Universe. We would like to believe we walk like giants upon the Earth when we are really only ants. We scramble about in our pitiful lives unaware of the true nature of things, reassured by our own arrogance.

As much as it is excessive, the series pulls no punches. Niki, a whimp and loser bullied by everyone, and constantly beatened by his parents, lashes out at the society that has been so cruel to him. He kills both his parents and stuffs their heads in the freezer. He cuts off his own manhood, to replace it with a demon's so that he may inherit the demon's powers. Despite his heinous acts of barbarity, he nevertheless illicits sympathy from us. Which boy who has ever been picked on at school have not felt the rage of injustice curdling through his veins?

This series has everything for the young adult: the cool outsider who is more than he seems, a light fantasy of the dweeb who gets the prettiest girl in school, a dark fantasy of revenge, young love fighting against impossible odds, ego-soothing notions of power and domination, and of course, sex, lost of sex and violence. And to top it all off, a strongly repressed homosexual streak, evidenced by Nagumo's blood or sperm being licked by one guy or another.

This is the first hentai I have ever seen, and it remains my favourite. Its dark adult themes resonates, the character designs and animations are competent for its time, and the plot is confusing enough to mean almost anything you want it to mean. In short, this is one helluva series, and is a MUST for all hentai fans, and recommended even for anime ones. If you can get your hands on the DVD subbed collection, do so, because a lot of the scenes are cut from the movies. It may be over a decade old but this remains the premier hentai series for me.

Please be advised that the two movies are Legend of the Overfiend (Urosukidoji) and Curse of the Demon Womb (Urotsukidoji II). There is a third and fourth movie and their corresponding set of OAVs but they do not sustain the the quality of the first two movies or the original set of 5 OAVs, and this review does not apply to them.

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