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Baoh - Movie Review

What would you do if you woke up and found out you were an escaped science experiment? In November 1989, Ikuro didn't know what Doress had done to him, he just knew he didn't want to go back there. 

Directing this 48 minute action/supernatural/thriller is Hiroyuki Yokoyama. 

Some of the cast is: Brian Hinnant as Ikuro Hashizawa, Kem Helms as Sumire, Mike Way as Dr. Kasuminome, Sara Seidman as Sophine, Dave Underwood as Dordo, Chuck Denson as Walken and Sean P. O'Connell as Number 22. 

Doress is a secret organization that deals in black projects. Doress's goal is to make Japan superior, so they've been gathering psionics and making biological weapons. Doress's latest project, Baoh, is a parasite that lives in the brain of a host body. When attacked, the Baoh parasite releases the "Armed Defense Phenomenons" into the host and turns it into a living weapon. During the transportation of Baoh, and its host Ikuro, a mishap releases Baoh from his containment and he escapes. Not wanting the public to find out about the work Doress does, they'll do what ever it takes to get Baoh back or kill him. Unfortunately, the Baoh project turned out better than they expected, which means catching him may not be so easy. 

Baoh started out as a manga, which was written by Hirohiko Araki back in 1984. The manga has two volumes and was the first series that displayed Araki's over the top gore, which is some pretty cool looking stuff. Unfortunately, Studio Pierrot took the series and adapted it into a single OVA. Personally, I would've dug seeing more OVA's or an animated series come out for Baoh. 

The story was written by Kenji Terada, which is based off the work by Hirohiko Araki. I dug the idea of the story. It's basically about a parasite that protects it's host by physically changing the host's body to do some pretty cool stuff for defense. Now, the script is kind of weak when it comes to the banter between the two main stars. The script also has a lot of your typical bad guy narrating over a fight scene to explain what's going on with the hero when new abilities pop up. The narrating is ok and fits with the story, while the banter between the main stars (luckily) is short and minimal. 

The playthrough was really good. It has a fast pace that starts out right off the bat and doesn't slow down till the end credits roll. There's almost always something going on to keep you entertained and hold your attention. The fight scenes were cool to watch and pretty gory. 

The character designs that Masayuki Sanaba came up with looked good. Downside, there aren't a lot of monsters or freaky looking science experiments to look at like I thought there would be. Upside: there's plenty of gore throughout the anime to make up for the lack of monsters or experiments gone wrong. The animation flowed really well and the fight scenes were cool to watch. 

Now, I caught the dubbed version of the anime, so as for the voice cast, I liked Chuck Denson and Mike Way's voice work. They both gave their characters an awesome creepy/evil vibe. Brian Hinnant and Kem Helms were both kind of annoying to listen to. 

Side note: This one has a mid end credits scene. As the story ends we get a narration that seems kind of odd but if you wait it out and catch the mid credit scene it helps make the ending feel a little smoother. 

Overall, this is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the story is short and simple but the action and look of the anime is what makes this one so great to me. If you haven't caught it yet, it's well worth your time to check out. 

It's rated UR (unrated) but has violence. 

4 stars

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