APOCALYPSE ZERO (1996)

 

Format: 2 37-minute OVA episodes on one DVD

Rating: NC-17 (N, AC, GV, EG)

Type: Martial Arts/Horror

American Production: Anime Works

English Dub Production: Bang Zoom! Entertainment

Japanese Production: Big West/Victor Entertainment Inc./Ashi Productions

 

Grading

 

Premise:

C

Story:

C-

Writing:

C

Character Design:

D-

Animation:

C

Artistic Merits:

C-

English Dub:

C

Musical Score:

C

Songs:

C+

Closer:

C

 

 

Humor Content:

n/a

Action Content:

C+

Drama Content:

n/a

 

 

DVD Presentation:

C

DVD Extras:

D

 

 

OVERALL:

C-

 

Synopsis

      In the early 21st century cataclysmic earthquakes all but destroy human civilization, giving birth to an environment where giant cockroaches and monsters called Tactical Evils run rampant and only pockets of humanity persist (although this doesn’t stop them from carrying on everyday activities like conventional Japanese schooling). The world is a dangerous place for humans, but they do have their protectors. One is Kakugo, a young man who has bonded with the sentient Zero armor to become a defender of his fellow classmates. Opposing him is an array of monstrous creatures called Tactical Evils, but none is more dangerous than Kakugo’s own sister Harara, who controls a similar suit of sentient armor but has strayed so far into the “dark side” that she is now referred to as a Human Demon and seeks to wipe out all humanity.

 

Quotes

      “Without his dick there’s no way Eikichi can hope to beat Kakugo.” (Harara)

 

The Long View

      Apocalypse Zero will never be mistaken for a quality production. Its character design is atrocious and its artistry, technical merits, music, and writing, are all mediocre at best. The action and English voice acting are both decent but generic, but the cheery little ditties sung by one of the characters are respectable. The one selling point of the series it that it is easily one of the most outrageous anime ever made. No matter what you’ve seen before, there is stuff in Zero that will make your jaw drop, whether it’s the Tactical Evil who uses his genitalia as one of his main attack forms or the massively fat nude woman wearing the spiked crotch strap and a victim’s face sewed over one breast. This is the work of a truly demented mind, and should be considered a horror title because of it.

      On top of the gross sexual stuff (think horror-themed fan service), Zero is incredibly gory. It is not appropriate for many adults, much less anyone younger.

      In short, Apocalypse Zero is one truly sick puppy only suitable for those who want to see the extremes to which anime can be taken. I cannot recommend it.

 

DVD Extras

      Extras include only company trailers and a minimal art gallery

 

Principle English Voice Actors

Role

Voice Actor

Kakugo, Zero

Lex Lang

Harara, minor roles

Mona Marshall

Horie

Katie Ashley

Haoka, Rai

David Orasco

Pyonsuke

Zan

Ponta

Jane Alan

Aoki

Jessica Gee

Hiroko

Georgette Rose

Kazu, Jackal

Dave Mallow

Kagenari

Terrence Stone

Principal, minor roles

John Smallberries

Tactical Evil Hamuko

Sonja S. Fox

Tactical Evil Dogumakuro, Volt

David Umansky

Tactical Evil Chidukuro, Oboro

Anthony Mozdy

Tactical Evil Megumi

Melissa Charles

Tactical Evil Eikichi, Zenigata

Steve Kramer

 

 

 

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