December 30, 2009

Mystery Meat -- Legend of Lemnear

Today's Mystery Meat is Legend of Lemnear. It's a "movie" (i.e. 45 minute) OVA from 1979 1989 based on a manga by the legendary Urushihara, who is also credited for "Production Supervision".

It's not earth shattering but it isn't bad. It's pretty much a by-the-numbers sword and sorcery epic. It feels like something that could have been in the "Heavy Metal" movie. Lemnear is the "Silver Champion", one of three (along with Bronze and Gold).

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And it has all the usual things we expect: a monumental and terrifying fortress for the bad guy, who is powerful but ugly. A gorgeous heroine wearing a battle bikini, who spends at least some of the show without her bra, including fighting that way.

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We also get one rape that gets interrupted before it really gets started, lots of magical destruction, strange and wonderful creatures, prophecies, magic items, lots of violence, more blood than I felt comfortable with, and eventually Lemnear becoming a super-saiyajin. And, of course, the good guys winning in the end.

What we don't get is Urushihara's legendary nipples. I guess he wasn't that close to the production, and they didn't feel like spending the time and money to get it right. But it's still pretty good.

It's out of print in R1 but Bob still has a few, so I'll order a guilt copy in my next buy. Besides which, anything from Urushihara is worth having.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Mystery Meat at 12:56 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I'm pretty sure this was 1989 at the tail end of the brief heyday of OAVs...not 1979 when it would have been released as a featurete...and would have likely not utilized Urushihara.

(This was IIRC one of his earliest shows)


Posted by: The Brickmuppet at December 30, 2009 05:19 PM (NkKu7)

2 On all other points I tend to agree.

( I of korse have never evr maid a tiepo )

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at December 30, 2009 05:22 PM (NkKu7)

3 You're right. It was 1989.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 30, 2009 05:39 PM (+rSRq)

4 I'll tell you what the biggest shock in this was: hearing the voice of Frieza in a heroic character. I'm so to thinking of that voice as belonging to a slimy bastard. (Or worse. He did the voices of the aliens in "Alien 9".)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 30, 2009 07:09 PM (+rSRq)

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