I’m amused by the diploma of satiric, hyperbolic offense that YouTube anime critic Kenny Lauderdale felt concerning the 1990 OVA Kentoushi.
In an ironic method, I’m considerably grateful that his evaluation video jogged my memory that this anime exists. I watched it again in June 2016. That is what I considered it on the time:
The primary episode of the 1990 OVA Kentoushi could also be one of many singular worst anime I’ve ever seen. The story isn’t particularly unhealthy; it’s merely mundane. A Japanese avenue fighter immigrates to New York Metropolis hoping to transition into an expert boxer. In lots of respects the OVA seems to be and looks like a extra typical prototype to the exceedingly related anime movie Heavy that was launched solely three months later. Some particulars of the primary Kentoushi OVA are a bit foolish. Protagonist Kenji rescuing a woman being chased by a gang of thugs is a story cliché. However him doing so twice in the identical 45 minute OVA pushes credibility into incredulity. Surroundings pictures of New York are sometimes both sepia-filtered pictures or laughable hand-drawn backgrounds that depict 1980’s New York Metropolis as a digital apocalyptic spoil. Regardless of Kenji lastly discovering a health club that may settle for him, he by no means appears to have a coach. He simply spends interminable quantities of time working the bag, exemplifying the OVA’s greatest weak point. This OVA isn’t a movement comedian, however it will be extra excusable if it was. The animation high quality rivals classic Knack productions. It makes 60’s anime like Tiger Masks appear well-animated by comparability. I estimate that greater than half of the episode consists of recycled frames of animation. Body charges are appalling low and sometimes frames are merely lacking, inflicting physique components to simply vanish. Continuity is inconsistent. In a single shot Kenji is sporting boxing gloves. Then within the subsequent shot he’s not. Then within the following shot the gloves are again. In a single scene a personality merely materializes as a result of the OVA doesn’t hassle to animate him getting into the room. The combat referee appears to rely to 12 or extra as an alternative of doing a ten-count as a result of his arm motions are simply arbitrarily repeated frames. Periodically by the episode even sound results are mistimed. Significantly through the climactic sparring match, a few of Kenji’s punches appear to be magical delayed-reaction punches as a result of the sound results are late. What ought to be an involving and thrilling OVA is rendered laughable and tremendously boring as a result of viewers get actual bored with seeing the identical pictures repeated advert nauseam.