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Baoh [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jim Clark , Sandy Clubb , Hiroyuki Yokoyama    DVD

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid anime thriller with sci-fi theme and nonstop action 10 July 2005
By Brian Camp - Published on
BAOH is a compact anime sci-fi action thriller about a teenaged boy injected with "Baoh," a parasitic worm which gives him a series of steadily accelerating super powers and bio-engineered weapons which he uses to defend himself against the onslaught of agents and assassins sent to kill him after he escapes from a top secret corporate-government project. Made in 1989, it has exactly the kind of detailed and boldly drawn comic book-style illustration and fluidly animated scenes of violent action that make so much anime of the mid-to-late 1980s so distinctive. When the boy goes into defensive "Baoh" mode, he dispatches his heavily-armed pursuers in the most spectacularly gory fashion this side of NINJA SCROLL. For those who need a break from such carnage there are scenes with the boy's cute and spunky sidekick, Sumire, a nine-year-old girl whose psychic powers make her a target of the bad guys as well. When the girl is eventually abducted and held hostage, "Baoh" launches a one-man assault on the organization's secret headquarters.

My only complaint is that, as a single OAV volume running just under 47 minutes, it's way too short. It's based on a manga that was published in English (by Viz) in two volumes and it follows the look of the manga and the overall storyline very closely. The anime leaves out various incidents that would have filled out the story, explained things a little more, and given it a little more depth. If they'd simply filmed everything in the manga they would have had a very satisfying 90-to-100-minute feature-length film or two-part OAV. Still, it's a consistently enjoyable work for fans of this genre and one which rates repeat viewings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a new Baoh fan 31 July 2005
By Ronnie Clay - Published on
Reason to get this movie. It has: action, drama, gore blood, profanity, emotion, great animation. This is a great classic 80's anime just like "Akira".
4.0 out of 5 stars very good for a Guyver wannabee. 4 Jan 2004
By DESTRO ATTACKS - Published on
Basically i don't give about the not so good reviews about this anime. BAOH in my opinion, is another good example why i love anime; it has a decent plot although borrowing elements from GUYVER and the movie firestarter. but adds a bit of originality of it's own especially regarding the charcter designs, weapons and powers; i.e. the shooting bees phenomenom
(baoh's hair is used as electric particles that shoot out like darts) and it doesn't hld back when it comes to action, although the gore is a bit gratuitous that one ends up thinking,is baoh a superhero/sci-fi actioner or a horror anime?
as for familiar designs, Dr. kasumione resembles G.I. JOE'S Dr. Mindbender, walken is a combination of the tracker from firestarter (played by george c. scott) and one of the mutants from x-men. Durdo has an endoskeleton like the terminator and the three steel masked finacers of Doress look like a certain villian from a certain toyline/comic/carton.
the arm saber however is exactly like guyver's and that's where the simularity ends. lol
the DVD is bare bones meaning; no extras but inside the case is a nice filecard which explains baoh and his mysterious powers along with song lyrics speaking of which; the original japanese version of soldier is way better than the english song.
the english dub from the dvd isn't bad, but the cheesy song "can't stop loving you" has got to go!!!
it does not blend into the dark superhero thriller world of BAOH.
INCLOSNG the animaton still holds up even 15 years later. thanks to th talented folks o toho/shinshuiea (FIST OF THE NORTHSTAR and ANGELCOP)
if your'e lokng for a short balls to the wall superheroesque title, this buds for you. for those seeking something more complicated..well there's always garasaki and boogiepop phantom..zzzzzzzzzzz
3.0 out of 5 stars Baoh Must Live! 19 Feb 2008
By Neil Barto - Published on
Baoh is based off a pretty good manga series. Unfortunately, they didn't translate it over to well to the anime form. Though the animation is pretty good, most of the plot is thrown out the window. Baoh is a parasite that the government has created that when injected into a host when work its way up to the brain and attach. When the host is harmed or adrenaline starts to pump, Baoh takes over the host body, creating the host to become superhuman with superpowers. When the host in this anime takes over Ikuroo, he comes underattack from the government after he has escaped. He must protect a young girl, who herself has a precognitive gift, from getting killed by the governments loose cannons. The anime is short and is only one episode so everything happens quickly and violently. Not an anime for kids.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with Baol 14 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on
This is a great Anime!! one of the best I would have to say. Lots of action and a bit of emotion. Get this movie if you get a chance.
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