When I started getting to anime in the
late '90s there was little of it available in the UK. The majority of
anime was geared towards an adult and was usually either a) violent b) confusing
as hell c) contained huge amounts of nudity or d) all of the above. This
was a time before teen anime such as Naruto was available and the market
was aimed at 16-25 year olds. A sub-genre known as cyberpunk was very
popular as this time as this style was sexy sci-fi with a good dose of action.
Parasite Dolls is a modern cyberpunk anime which is a spin-off from the
cyberpunk classic Bubblegum Crisis. I was looking forward to
watching Parasite Dolls as it has been a long time since I have seen a
OK, so the plot might be
clichéd and yes, you will have seen it before but that does not mean
you should ignore Parasite Dolls. The script is
well-written, the animation superb and contains excellent action.
The script does contain some surprises - particularly the final
episode - and is never boring despite the clichés that do crop up.
The animation is one of the main attractions of Parasite Dolls,
containing some outstanding lighting effects that really bring Genom
City alive despite being set at night. Several action scenes
also do justice to the Bubblegum Crisis franchise, including
a stunning car chase and stand-offs which are not over-the-top nor
unbelievable. In that sense Parasite Dolls has been
updated as it does not contain the ostentatious thrills of
Bubblegum Crisis, but instead a more sophisticated thriller.
So it is clichéd and yet also sophisticated? Well despite containing all those clichés Parasite Dolls is an improvement over its predecessors - the action-packed Bubblegum Crisis and the ghastly A.D Police. The script does produce some genuine surprises and manages to add some mystery to the characters but the different standpoints given by each character on 'Boomer' morality is tiresome. The moral questions raised by androids have been raised time and again and the viewer hardly needs to hear them yet again.