What Is It?
The 2003 Japanese anime (animated) cyberpunk three-part original video animation (OVA) / miniseries Parasite Dolls.
This is how Fandom describes this anime:
Parasite Dolls (パラサイトドールズ Parasaito Dōruzu) is a three-part original video animation produced by the Anime International Company and IMAGICA Entertainment, and written by Chiaki J. Konaka and Kazuto Nakazawa. The series is set in Megatokyo and focuses on a group of A.D. Police officers known as the Branch.
The Branch is tasked with stopping terrorist activities as well as Boomers (androids) that have become harmful to society. Branch officer Buzz must cope with having a Boomer for a partner, while officer Michaelson finds the line between human and robot to be a thin one. Together, they serve to protect a world that is slowly deconstructing around them.
This is how MyAnimeList describes this anime:
A secret unit of the AD Police, known as Branch, specializes in crimes involving humanoid robots called ‘Boomers’. Branch officer Buzz must cope with having a Boomer for a partner, while officer Michaelson finds the line between human and robot to be a thin one. Together, they serve to protect a world that is slowly deconstructing around them. Set in the Bubblegum Crisis universe.
I never heard of this anime until recently, when the YouTube channel Weird AF News briefly mentioned seeing it recently & he recommended it.
The cover image for this anime, except for one that was difficult to find, does not really match the anime itself.
The android woman on the cover looks like Lady Gaga, and not like anyone in the anime.
Also, the style does not match the anime, and I do not like the cover at all.
This anime looks surprisingly old, it looks like it was made in the early 1990s or late 1980s, but it was made in the early 2000s.
I am not sure if they made it to look old intentionally or not, it does not look old in a bad way, it just looks older & like the style used during the 1980s & 1990s.
This anime was better than I had expected, and they did an amazing job making three 25-minute episodes seem longer in a good way; even my brother GC noticed how they made them seem longer.
My only complaints are: with how episode 3 rushed too much & left us a bit confused, there was unnecessary nudity & sex & violence against women in a few scenes, and sometimes the animation was overly bright & washed out.
This anime is definitely not for kids, if they edit or censor the unnecessary parts, remaster the visuals, and flesh out the story a bit; this could be made into a slightly longer movie that could still work well today.
This anime still holds up, if you can get past some of the unnecessary stuff, fortunately most of the unnecessary scenes were short except for one long scene that was difficult to watch.
- John Jr