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Goku Midnight Eye 

Midnight Eye: Gokû (original title)
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An ex-cop turned private eye uses his bionic eye that can hack into any computer system in the world and his mechanical quarterstaff to fight organized crime.
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Series cast summary:
Juji Matsuda Juji Matsuda ...  Goku 2 episodes, 1989
Norio Wakamoto ...  Genji 2 episodes, 1989
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ...  Ryu 2 episodes, 1989
Ichirô Nagai ...  Yamazaki 2 episodes, 1989
Takeshi Aono ...  Won 2 episodes, 1989
Issei Futamata ...  Isozaki 2 episodes, 1989
Kimie Hantani Kimie Hantani ...  Victim 2 episodes, 1989
Masato Hirano Masato Hirano ...  Tech 2 episodes, 1989
Kazumi Tanaka Kazumi Tanaka ...  Agent 2 episodes, 1989
Kôji Totani ...  Thug 2 episodes, 1989
Yoshio Kawai Yoshio Kawai ...  Thug 2 episodes, 1989
Jeff Harding ...  Goku / ... 2 episodes, 1989
Helene Kvale ...  Yoshiko / ... 2 episodes, 1989
William Roberts ...  Zenzo / ... 2 episodes, 1989
John Bull John Bull ...  Ryu (Manga UK dub) 2 episodes, 1989
Hiroshi Kobayashi Hiroshi Kobayashi ...  Col. Kadoma Zenzoh 2 episodes, 1989
Stuart Milligan ...  Isozaki (Manga UK dub) 2 episodes, 1989
Kôichi Yamadera ...  Medical Examiner 2 episodes, 1989
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Episode 1: In the near future of 2014, Goku, a former police detective turned private eye, is investigating a mysterious string of apparent suicides of a special police unit investigating a ruthless weapons merchant. In his aggressive style, Goku almost joins that list, but he mysteriously survives and receives a cybernetic eye by parties unknown that can literally control any computer in the world. Now, he has a score to settle and is armed with what he needs to accomplish that. Episode 2: A desperate woman hires Goku to stop her brother, a nearly indestructible and increasingly unhinged supersoldier bent on revenge through rampage. Goku learns that the supersoldier was an unwilling guinea pig in a secret military experiment conducted by his father, a sadistic army general with getup quite similar to Street Fighter's M. Bison. However, all this is just the tip of the iceberg of dark family secrets in this extremely dysfunctional family. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Based on a manga series by Buichi Terasawa See more »

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Featured in Mean & Mercenary (1999) See more »

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Performed by Yuki Katsuragi.
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The Best Bad Anime Ever?
22 July 2014 | by DonaldDooDSee all my reviews

Some fans out there like to believe that anime is some higher art form, superior to the kiddy cartoons or Hollywood blockbusters in the states. As someone who is on constant lookout for new anime, I can confirm that's not the case. Plenty of anime play overused, immature tropes, and have little value beyond an occasional good time. Nor are older anime necessarily better than newer ones. Many new shows solely focus on being cute and "sexy"...but many 80s/90s examples are shallow, violent, crudely sexual, stereotypical pieces of trash. Yoshiaki Kawajiri is a master of this craft, director of such "classy" films as Wicked City, Demon City Shinjuku, and Ninja Scroll.

Goku Midnight Eye and its sequel show no more ambition. Once again we find ourselves in a dark, futuristic Tokyo. There may be no demons, but shady figures and their cybernetic henchmen rule from their skyscrapers. The action is violent, the characters are flat, and women only exist to be saved and provide fan service.

Yet GME is so outrageous, its attempts to be dark, thrilling, and mature are hilarious.

Peacock women? Swan-based WMDs? A Chinese man rollerskating down a glass building? What!? GME plays to absolutely every stereotype of the time, then goes the extra mile. If you're with friends, there is plenty to riff on, and never dead air. Bloodshed is never far away, and you won't go 5 minutes without being shocked at what's happening

In addition to its amazing camp, GME dodges banality because of Goku's powers. The abilities of his eye give him an endless plethora of options, to the point where its difficult to tell what he'll do next. With x-ray vision, access to the world's databases, control over most electronic equipment, and a surprisingly deadly staff, Goku is a unique hero in the bargain bin. He could honestly be in a great anime if anyone took him seriously. As is, he adds some spice to a generic plot.

I can only go so far before you need to experience the OVAs yourself. When you're in the mood, call some friends over for Bad Movie Night. Its everything wrong with the bad sci-fi anime of the time, and everything right for commentary.

One more thing - don't forget to listen to the English dub. Not only is it equally bad, but freaking Steven Blum, lead voice actor in Cowboy Bebop and The Big O, plays Goku!


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