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  • Its been awhile since I have been impressed with an anime storyline. Usually its the visuals that have to grab me first. Biohunter did both. I was really impressed with the storyline, the visuals, and how well everything just flowed and above all kept my attention. I really liked the idea of one of the creatures being torn between his human self and his dark other half and how it was in his nature to try and save his friends from this "virus". Is there a Biohunter II??
  • This anime is from the same man (Yoshiaki Kawajiri) who created Ninja Scroll and Wicked City. Bio Hunter is a very well written movie with some decent action. It seems to run a little short almost as if they didn't spend enough time developing the characters. But, in any case if you like anime then this won't disappoint you.
  • Demon virus busters!!! This OVA follows a routine narrative structure, yet the inner workings of Yoshiaki Kawajiri's punchy writing dynamics establishes engrossing core characters, draws upon mythical meditation counterbalanced by scientific lore and gruesome horror escalating into a whirlwind of dazzling inner demons wanting to breakout. And some do in grisly fashion! How these aspects arrive and come together, gel perfectly with director Yuzo Sato's eye for details and story pacing. Never once did my interest dip, because I was so invested in the on-screen interactions and metaphysical tailoring. It was well-written with moments of snappy banter and a strong basis, which never succumbs to any sort of tawdriness, or complexity.

    Two molecular biologists, Komada and Koshigaya have day jobs lecturing at a university, but on the side they're self-proclaimed bio-hunters who track-down, or receive call-outs to those who are infected by the unusual demon virus that transforms humans into hungry demons with special powers. Soon they find themselves dealing with a mysterious lady, who somehow shares a connection with a mighty strong demon terrorising the night streets of a Tokyo ripping open young women to devour their livers.

    The fascinating facet here, is that Komada happens to be half-human, half-demon, as he was infected by the demon virus. However his human qualities are able to control the hunger of his demon side, not without some growing pains, but in spite of it, this ability can help him sense out demons which makes it easy for the duo to do their jobs. It gave the character another dimension to work off, especially his inner battle over his responsibility to this infliction and desire to live a normal life. The final image, after the insane encounter with the chief demon, tentacles and all. Had him walking away from possible happiness painting the heartache, but also the fear of what he is, hanging over his head. His needs, while there, aren't important, as the dedication to his work is his safeguard. And the otherworldly experience brought upon by the final demon encounter heightened those senses to shut himself away.

    I really enjoyed the interesting combination, and character shades between Komada and Koshigaya, as I found it to overshadow everything else. Yep, even the nasty demons and their messy aftermath. This included the strong opening and closing sequences. Whenever the demons are on the screen, the way the virus attacks the human genetic code causing the infected to morph, or grow monstrous deformities with a life of its own had me thinking of a few of Rob Bottin's practical effects from The Thing. It's just uncanny. Well, excluding Komada's demon transformation, which is a neat looking design. The music score hits all the right notes, at times, quite haunting and the animation looks good. I just wish it was longer.
  • This is definitely a bit of an overlooked anime. Its not the best of its kind, but definitely worth seeing for fans of both Kawajiri and this style of animation (which basically is him when you boil it down). If you liked any other of Kawajiri's projects you should be able to get into this too. I would place it close to wicked city, Cyber city oedo 808 and goku midnight eye, both style-wise and in its general mood. But you will find some more general elements in it as well. I find it better than wicked city almost as good as goku & cyber city The story is pretty straightforward, and not incredibly complex, but still it works well with he overall dark mood and atmosphere of the film. Soundtrack is imo incredible and well-fitting with the dark animations, characters are also good considering the shortness of it all..and very importantly to me the dialogue isn't too cheesy (from subtitles at least, i don't know Japanese). It doesn't really bother me that it only runs short of an hour, cause it makes it more dynamic i think.

    Overall i say 7 out of 10 for this kind of anime
  • In Japanese Anime' director Yuzo Sato's "Biohunter," the greatest enemy is that of within: a strange virus is infecting the human genetic code and turning people into bizarre monsters who have demonic powers. One of these mutant creatures is prowling the streets of Tokyo, killing young women and devouring their livers. Two scientists, dubbed "biohunters," are out there trying to get a handle on the "Demon Virus," as it is called, before it conquers the whole world.

    One of these scientists, Komada, is infected with the virus, but something in his immune system prevents it from fully taking control of him. He can transform into a beastly creature at will, but it's easy to see that he's loosing the battle for his soul, and it's up to him and his partner Koshigaya to try to find a cure. Along the way, they meet a beautiful young woman who is being chased by some political/mafioso types because her uncle is a famed psychic with a unique knowledge of the murders plaguing Tokyo.

    Based on the comic book by Fujihiko Hosono and written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Wicked City), "Biohunter" contains the usual elements of Kawajiri's past work including Asian spirituality and stylish writing. There is plenty of sex (the film opens with a graphic sex scene where a woman suddenly contracts the Demon Virus and attacks her lover) and nudity, and the violence is well up there, even though strangely enough "Biohunter" is restrained in this particular aspect.

    The main problem with "Biohunter" is that it's just too short, coming in at barely 58 minutes in running time. So much happens during this picture that a lot is left unexplained to the viewer, which may be an even greater turn-off to those not accustomed to Japanese animation. It sort of gets to a point where things are happening, you don't know why, and you're just going along with the movie. I was seriously disappointed with this film's length, even though there is a lot working in its favor (mainly the big names behind the production), and the animation is fantastic.

    But "Biohunter" is squarely reserved for die hard Anime' addicts. And as the ending shows, more is on the way, though I have not heard a peep about a "Biohunter 2" or "Biohunter: The Series."

  • Cees-Timmerman22 October 2020
    The Guyver ('80s) and Wicked City are similar and do manage to hold my attention. This could've been a 20-minute episode.