Post by Old Man Dream on Jun 28, 2015 17:45:46 GMT
Baoh is a 48-minute one-shot OVA series that was released by Studio Pierrot on November 1, 1989. It is adapted from a manga series created by Jojo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki for Weekly Shounen Jump magazine in 1984 and 1985. Baoh was licensed by Animeigo for American video distribution, who released it on VHS in 1995 and later on DVD in 2002. Both releases of the series are now out of print as Animeigo no longer has licensing rights to it.
The Plot Following a car accident that killed his parents, high school student Ikuro Hashizawa is abducted by a secret organization called Doress who inject him with a bioweapon called Baoh that mutates his body and gives him superhuman abilities. Escaping from Doress along with a girl with psychic powers named Sumire, Ikuro winds up on the run as he and Sumire try fleeing from the organization's assassins.
Ikuro Hashizawa- The 17-year old male lead of the series who was abducted by Doress following a car accident and injected with the Baoh bioweapon. With the bioweapon in his body, Ikuro is capable of regenerating his body from injury and transforming into a mutated state that gives him superhuman attributes, can generate electricity, emit a corrosive substance from his body that can melt down walls and human flesh, create two blades from his wrists to attack enemies and healing others through consuming his blood.
Sumire- A nine-year old girl with psychic powers and keeps a mutated squirrel in her possession. She accompanies Ikuro as the two flee from Doress agents.
Dr. Kasuminome- The head scientist for Doress responsible for creating the Baoh bioweapon.
Dordo- A cyborg assassin and skilled sniper who is one of three assassins assigned by Doress to attempt killing Ikuro.
Walken- An American Indian assassin under Doress' pay who possesses powerful psychic powers that allow him to melt down anything in his vicinity with psychokinesis.
Why It Sucks Baoh is one of many OVA titles made during the 1980s and 1990s that exist only to promote its manga source material. The 48-minute run time of the OVA gives the series little breathing room to effectively tell a cohesive story with its haphazard pacing rushing through the show's plot and little breathing room for viewers to settle into Baoh's plot developments. Plus once Ikuro is able to mutate into his transformed state, it kills all sense of tension one can get out of the series as he makes easy work of Doress' forces and seemingly gains new abilities when required by the plot.
The bad storytelling isn't the only thing that makes Baoh so laughably bad. Like many OVAs made during the late-1980s, Baoh possesses ridiculously over-the-top violence with characters having their flesh melted away, dismemberment and decapitation being seen at a number of points throughout the OVA. The series gets in the bad habit of stating the obvious as it usually pauses to unveil the name of a new attack done by Ikuro in his mutated form a la Fist of the North Star or characters state what is happening directly in front of them, this shown most often with Dr. Kasuminome. Also, the English dub is laughably bad with voice actors getting either too deadpan in the delivery of their lines (the case with Ikuro) or hamming it up at many points throughout the OVA (seen with Walken and Kasuminome).
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
I never knew Baoh was made by the same guy who made JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Tempted to watch this because of that fact. This reminds me of what I heard of Fist of the North Star which is also bloody. In those years what Audioninja told me, anime series tend to feature really buff guys and violence.
This one is more hardcore than JoJo's. I'm guessing it was not in their budge to make a longer OVA to promote the manga. I wonder if they would have done an anime exclusive OVA not bound to the manga. Would that made any difference? Who knows?
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