Sho Fukamachi was your average seventeen-year-old student until he stumbled upon a mysterious device in the woods. It reacted to his presence and bonded with him, transforming him into a biologically boosted weapon.
Cronos Japan is desperate to recover the device known as the Guyver and they’re willing to do anything to get it back. Sho’s life is about to be turned upside down, slammed against the floor, and then tossed into the air again. Everyone he holds dear will potentially become collateral damage as Cronos stops at nothing.
Utilizing their biologically enhanced soldiers known as Zoanoids they pursue Sho relentlessly. Every time Sho looks to be winning, Cronos rolls out another stronger and more deadly Zoanoid. There appears to be no end to Sho’s nightmare.
I had fond memories of collecting the series on VHS when they were first released back in the 1990s. Each video contained a thirty-minute episode and cost five pounds, which was insane at the time. Well, all of those memories have been smashed to smithereens.
This really was a disaster. The series was riddled with internal monologues, often when the character had absolutely no right to know these things. Then just to annoy the viewer they would repeat it all again aloud.
There really was no sense in trying to understand the motivations of the character because, for the most part, they didn’t know why they did things either. The Guyver was cool and some of the Zoanoids were very cool, but other than that, it really was a mess.
Even with the fond nostalgia, I really can’t recommend that anyone watch this unless it is to get a good laugh at how not to structure a story, dialogue, motivations, or develop characters.
We discussed The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor in the Otaku on Writing podcast. If you want to find out more head on over to http://otakuonwriting.libsyn.com/.