Type: Goku Furinji and his Cybernetic Eye
Synopsis: “Midnight Eye.” Get it? Like private eye, but in the future!
Pros: This anime is divided into two OVA stories. The first story is an origin story/80’s action movie. In it, Goku’s a rebellious private detective who takes the law into his own hands when the system fails. It has all the classic 80’s cliches: an evil business man, a sexy female partner, gratuitous violence, cyborg strippers that double as motorcycles. It’s like Paul Verhoeven directed it himself! The story is fairly passable, as Goku has to solve a string of murders loosely connected to him. Though they never really explain why Goku got his cybernetic eye, or why he wears no shirt but still insists on a tie. I have a theory that he moonlights as a Chippendale’s dancer to cover expenses. The second story completely forgets about all the previous characters except for Goku. It deals with Goku being hired by a dame with legs for days searching for her brother, who is a cross between a super solider and a terminator. Both stories pretty much have the same structure: Goku is given a case, he’s actively attacked by the antagonist’s cronies, he and the female lead have sex, female lead dies somehow, the antagonists dies, and Goku feels kinda bad about himself. The end.
Cons: Being an anime from the later 80s/early 90s, you can expect a lot of violence, nudity, and sexuality. Blood, guts, and naked ladies. These aren’t the negatives, but get really for a really grimy feel when watching it. You also shouldn’t expect any real female character development here. Their main function in this story seem to be: sex object, nude enemy, or thing to protect/regret not being able to protect. And while were on the topic of characters, I have to say that Goku is pretty one dimensional. We never really get a sense for who he is other than the “cool detective” that the anime wants him to be. But we all KNOW that there’s a story behind that no-shirt/necktie combo. Animation wise, it’s pretty cheap. The images are well done, the coloring is well done, the shadowing is well done, but the actual movement is clunky. (P.S. For some reason, this story seems to have a real problem with the Chinese).
Watch it?:….not really, no. Unless you want to, I guess.
MVP: Goku’s eye
(But it really does to that motorcycle chick. I just can’t put a picture cause she is always naked)
Best Moment: Goku never actually fighting the evil business man in the first OVA (really subverted expectations, ya know?)