PSYCHO DIVER: The Soul Siren (1995)

 

Format:  55-minute featurette

 

Rating: R (N, AL, AC, GV)

 

American Production:  Urban Vision Entertainment

 

Grading

 

Premise:

C

Story:

C

Writing:

C

Character Design:

C

Animation:

B-

Artistic Merits:

B-

English Dub:

C+

Musical Score:

C

Songs:

C

 

 

Humor Content:

n/a

Action Content:

B-

Drama Content:

B-

 

 

DVD Presentation:

not reviewed

DVD Extras:

not reviewed

 

 

OVERALL:

C+

 

Synopsis

Bosujima, a psychic troubleshooter, runs into deadly problems when he attempts to help Yuki, a talented singer who is burdened by depression but possessing of potent psychic powers.

 

The Long View     

Psycho Diver aspires to be an adult-oriented psychological horror/thriller. It only partly succeeds at this, and in the process it does not break any new ground or offer any tricks that couldn’t be found in similar anime. As is common with anime stories of this nature, the hero Bosujima is an independent with a very peculiar specialty: he uses special equipment to Adive@ into the minds of a subject and help them sort out problems within. (A close parallel in American cinema would be the live-action movie The Cell.) In the case of 18-year old singer Yuki, however, one previous psycho diver has already died attempting to help her, and it seems that there are several individuals around that don=t want to see Yuki helped too much. Another mystery is the source of the dangerously destructive rage buried in her subconscious which seems to be fueling the outbursts of her psychokinetic power. The truth to this mystery, while not an original idea, is one of the few surprises Psycho Diver is able to carry off. The story is otherwise fairly predictable in its execution.

The technical merits to Psycho Diver are fair but not extraordinary. The same can be said for the voice work. The narration and musical scoring try to give it the feel of a hard-boiled detective story, but I did not find it convincing in that regard.

Psycho Diver receives its rating mostly for quite a bit of bloodshed and graphic violence. There is a bit of foul language and some nudity and one sexual situation that also contribute.

 

DVD Extras

      Not reviewed

 

Principle English Voice Actors

Role

Voice Actor

 

Yuki

Sherry Lynn

 

Bosujima

Michael Scott Ryan

Angelica

Iona Morris

Funky

Matt K. Miller

Kudo

Michael Forest

Kunimitsu

Kerrigan Mahan

Kuroiwa

John Demita

Kyoko

Julia Demita

Sawada

Scott Weil

 

 

 

 

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