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Bio Hunter

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Genre: Action
Company: Studio Madhouse
Format: 1 OVA
Dates: 1995

Koshigaya and Komada live quite peculiar lives: university teachers by day, field agents for a shady organization by night. Their job is to deal with people recently affected by a virus that alters its host’s DNA, turning him or her into a lethal and ugly monster. Komada has himself contracted the virus but is able to control its effects for the time being. As a strain of murders occur in which the killer consumes the liver of young women seems connected to the virus in some way, the ambiguously well-matched duo will likely take a long leave of absence from their classes.

summary by Kjeldoran

 

Reviewed: 12/21/2004 by
Grade: 69% av-Kjeldoran

Highs: Surprisingly reflective; unpredictable; plenty of action to go around

Lows: Underdeveloped; plain characters; too little of everything

The first 15 minutes led me to believe I had a winning horror movie on my hands. I can but heave a sigh as this one turned out to be more in the vein of a murder mystery and battling-creature action flick than anything else. The writer of Wicked City and Ninja Scroll is still up to his old tricks; if you enjoyed those two, this one should hit the mark, once again.

One hour may seem too short for developing the proper setting and characters but should have been the perfect length for a clear-cut film noir. Straightforward, action-packed… what more should I expect? Bio Hunter came as a pleasant surprise in this facet as it offered a lot more than just rampaging mutants. Whether a poorly developed and complex plot is better than a plain-and-simple one is a delicate subject, though. As for character aspirations and storyline, they are resumed hastily but extensively enough to ensue interest. Too bad that in all this rush, the biological theories, which held everything together, were not described comprehensively enough and looked like an undemanding way to justify tentacle raping.

Bio Hunter gradually loses the mood it sets in the beginning and doesn’t stick with its original horror and suspense idea long enough. Instead, it switches to romance and psychodrama and tries to take on a lot more than it can chew in one hour. I always welcome character-based subplots but it all seems useless when they actually feature more action than actual character development. Furthermore, this anime does not interlace these themes but disjointedly hops from one to the next, spoiling the ambiance each time.

Provided you are not easily grossed out, Bio Hunter should provide a mildly entertaining ride. It tries hard enough but comes short of my standards on too many levels.

 

Bio Hunter can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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