Megazone 23 (OAV)
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"Megazone 23" made its first SRW-related debut in the game "Super Robot Wars D" for Game Boy Advance.
Megazone 23 was initially conceived as the studio ARTMIC's next television project after Genesis Climber Mospeada with an unrelated story, but it was converted into an OVA after the sponsors withdrew during the production.
Megazone 23 was the thirteenth Original Video Animation (OVA) released in Japan, and among the first to be a commercial success. The first OVA, Dallos, was released in 1983 but was considered a financial disappointment.
The original planned title was "Omega City 23," then "Vanity City" and "Omega Zone 23."
Since the first OVA was not initially intended to have a sequel, it lacks the Part I subtitle on it's initial release however was added on video covers of subsequent reissues after the release of Megazone Part II.
ADV Films is currently the owner of the license. It has passed hands through Harmony Gold, Streamline Pictures, and Image Entertainment.
Reference to other anime: At about the 30 minute mark, Shogo is being chased by a police car driven by two men who look remarkably like Jigen and Lupin from the Lupin III franchise.
Reference to other anime: At about the 20 minute mark, Tomomi drops a bag on her chair that says "Dagger of Kamui" on it.
Reference to other anime: At about the 50 minute mark the Lupin cop makes another brief appearance, taking cover behind a car as it explodes.
In the scene where Tomomi drops her bag, you will see a reference to the 1985 anime film "The Dagger of Kamui" written on it.
In the scene where Shogo is being chased by the police car, the two cops driving look like Lupin and Jigan from the anime series, Lupin the III.
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