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  • Audio Rating: C
  • Video Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.95 Aus
  • Running time: 192
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Urotsukidoji

Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend/Legend of the Demon Womb

    May 11, 2002
Release Date: December 06, 2001


Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend/Legend of the Demon Womb
© Madman Entertainment


What They Say
Legend has it that the world of ours is really three worlds: the world of humans, the world of Man-Beasts (the Jyuinkai), and the nightmare world of the Monster Demons (the Makai) who take on earthly forms to pour their mighty energies into the bodies of human girls. Every three thousand years comes the superfiend Chojin, whose destiny it is to unite these three worlds into The Land of Eternity. As Amano, from the world of the Man-Beasts, battles the forces of the Monster World in his quest for knowledge, he realises what the Chojin’s Land of Eternity will be… a sickening place of horrendous violence, uncontrollable lusts and supernatural forces beyond the imagination.

Legend of the Demon Womb continues with our hero Amano’s quest to seek out the Superfiend, Chojin. Therather shy Nagumo, a high school student, has already been experiencing some twists in his personality, but can this clumsy kid be the Chojin? Why is his good friend Takeaki, also his cousin, acting so strangely since his blood transfusion? Will Myunhi succeed in his evil manipulation of Takeaki? Will the three worlds ever be united into the Lands of Eternity?

The Review!
Urotsukidoji. Now that brings back memories of a time when all the anime Australia basically got was “All Anime…we mean Manga is ultra-violent Japanese tentacle porn” Manga Video titles direct from the UK. Now we get another Manga title imported direct and unchanged from the UK, with the single pro, getting both Manga licensed Urotsukidoji movies on the one disc, and the large number cons that entails.

Audio:
And now the killer blow: English dub only. Any and all enjoyment I might have derived from this disc was getting to see this with the Japanese track. Technically fairly dull and centered stereo track, with the kind of emotional dead dubbing that has turned many off English tracks altogether.

Video:
The source is the censored, passed by the BFCC, release of Urotsukidoji, so it’s no worse than the censored and passed by the BFCC version Australia has received previously on video, but is a far cry from the US/R1 releases. The quality of the source materials goes up and down. Likewise the authoring is of the up and down, just serviceable kind, with some sections getting hit by macroblocking, with no technically excellent sections to balance it out. Like many dub only releases, no subtitles are provided.


Menu:
The menu is nice and flashy, with music from whatever techno group Palm Pictures/Manga UK was trying to plug at the time. Apart from the transition animation, there is nothing to really write home about.

Extras:
Madman prefers menu accessible extras. Manga UK go for DVD-ROM based extras. The DVD ROM content consists of a generic QuickTime presentation with scenes from Urotsukidoji, Legend of the Demon Womb, Street Fighter II, Fist of the North Star, with links to Manga, and short clip and info on the techno dance band that provide the music used in the disc’s menus. The sole menu extra is a collection of Manga UK trailers.

Packaging:
I can’t think of a better choice than the Steve Kite art of the Overfiend for the front cover, all nice and drooling and threatening. The rear cover features the combined blurbs from the previous VHS releases, you’ve just got to love their eumphism for what the demons like to do, along with basic technical data such as audio and regional code (ALL). The inside cover is used for advertising, with covers for 8 other Manga/Madman discs (Blood, Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Wicked City to the left, Ninja Scroll, Street Fighter Alpha, X and the Castle Cagliostro on the right) on top of the main cover image. The disc itself features the front cover image.

Content:

The Overfiend Universe is split into three: Our Earth populated by us rather clueless human types, the Beast world which is populated by the Man Beast (half beast, half human) and the Demon world which is populated by oversexed tentacle demons called the Maki. The worlds cross over, with the Maki fighting the Man Beasts, when they’re not humping human girls, and things are not that great. There is a story however, of an all-powerful being from the human world called the Overfiend, who will unite all three worlds and create a world of paradise. Amano of the Man Beasts has been scouring the human world for centuries for him, and is rather unprepared when he learns that rather oversexed nerd named Nagumo is the Overfiend. But while he does hulk, Nagumo seems to be anything but a benevolent being who will bring peace to the three worlds. Not that someone called the Overfiend wouldn’t set alarm bells ringing…

Urotsukidoji helped project the image that anime consisted of nothing but…overly violent rape sence with tenticle demons. While there is a story rattling about in the proceedings, the dub has rendered comprehension spotty at best. I have also yet to fully get the link between Demon Womb and Overfiend. Which comes first? Does Demon Womb supercede parts of Overfiend? Ignoring the Munihousen flashbacks, sections of Demon Womb feel like they’re take place first, and yet they have scenes that conflict with what will later happen. You tend to think people would realize that one of Tokyo’s major ports turned into a demonic nexus point…

Nothing of that much interest to most anime fans, and fans of Urotsukidoji will probably go for the superior Region 1 Perfect Collection release. Not recommended for anybody.

Features
Two features on same disc,English Language,Manga UK Trailers,DVD ROM based trailers


Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

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