by Allen Divers,

Jungle De Ikou (OAV)


Jungle De Ikou DVD
2000 years ago, the great and evil Ongo was forever sealed away. His evil power and destructive nature will never bother the Earth and its people again.

Right, like things always work out so easily. The ancient temple of Ongo is excavated and its strange artifacts make their way to Japan. Thanks to her archeologist father, young Nasumi finds herself in possession of a strange necklace that was a part of those artifacts. Soon, she discovers that she also has to baby sit Ongo, not to mention deal with the strange happenings that seem to follow him around. It's a good thing she's also inherited the power to transform into Mie, the flower spirit.

Jungle De Ikou is a three episode series collected on one DVD. Its been released by Media Blasters' Anime Works label. The DVD contains an English language dub and the original Japanese language dub with English sub-titles. It is recommended for ages 13 and up. This series is a quick and wild adventure with a large amount of comedy and sexual innuendo all rolled into one. Not bad for a show that seems to want to make fun of the magical girl stereotype.

The artwork is pretty standard fare. Character designs are pretty typical for recently released anime. There is a heavy lean on the fan service model, as the heroine of the series transforms into a well-endowed older version of herself. Production values are slightely above standard TV animation, but don't really hit the OVA standard that many expect. The transfer to DVD is a bit rough, showing that Anime Works might not have had a good master to work from. The picture seems grainy at times, and a bit dull. Other than that, the imagery is fanciful and fun to watch.

Both soundtracks for the series show a lot of life. The English dub stays pretty close to the original Japanese script, with only a few minor word changes. Lot's of sexual innuendo and word play are involved here. Both casts are very into their individual parts, bringing a large amount of realism to the characters they portray. The actors chosen for the roles fit fairly well, with no real awkwardness or out of place voices.

The plot is given away pretty much at the beginning of this series. The god of Earth, Ahem, sealed away the evil Ongo 2000 years ago. Now, Ongo is returning, and it's up to Nasumi to defeat him when the time comes. To this end, she is endowed, quite literally, with the power of Mie, the flower spirit. Of course, the seriousness of this plot soon flies out the window as it becomes apparent that Ongo is about 2 feet tall, and about as threatening as a small puppy. He does cause some trouble though, forcing Nasumi to transform into Mie.

Here's the bit where the comedy comes in. As is typical with all magical girl transformations, the heroine must perform some mystical motion or dance to gain her powers. Nasumi is taught this transformation by Ahem, who has to be one of the strangest anime characters to come along. And of course, there are plenty of Breast related jokes and comments resulting from this transformation.

Of course, by this time, most viewers will have forgotten about the serious plot, and are instead enjoying the humor. The three tales move fairly quickly, keeping a pretty hectic, comedic pace; and yes, at some point in the last episode the serious plot is dealt with.

For viewers looking for a quick change of pace, Jungle De Ikou is for them. It's a lighthearted fantasy which won't leave viewers with any lingering questions other than, "Will there be more." All the major plots are tied up within the three episode story arc. The set up is there for a longer series, but time will tell whether or not that will come.

Overall (dub) : A
Overall (sub) : A
Animation : B
Art : B
Music : B

+ A quick fantasy romp in the magical girl genre
Good groundwork for a longer series that has yet to come

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Production Info:
Director: Yuji Moriyama
Yousuke Kuroda
Haruo Takayama
Storyboard: Yuji Moriyama
Music: Parome
Original story: Yuji Moriyama
Character Design: Yuji Moriyama
Art Director: Nobuto Sue
Animation Director: Yuji Moriyama
Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
Director of Photography: Masahide Okino

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