To help try and lower the crime rates the Cyber Police unit decided to employ hardened criminals with talents suited to certain jobs by promising to reduce their sentences if they comply. Cyber City Oedo 808 follows three such criminals Sengoku Gogol and Bentan who happen to be serving more than 300 years each in an orbital penitentiary. And how do the keep these criminals in check? They give them collars that can be remotely detonated killing them instantly if they dont do what theyre supposed to. Each episode focuses on one of the criminals meaning that none of them go without being featured in the spotlight. With the little amount of time that this OVA is given a mere three episodes I think that this is probably the best way to deal with this anime. Sure the overall plot is ends up being slightly underdeveloped in places but as a result each character ends up being memorable in their own way. The first episode focuses on Sengoku sent into try and save 50000 people trapped in Oedos largest skyscraper after its central computer is mysteriously taken over with the only suspect being a dead man. The second episode focuses on Gogol who is up against a mility cyborg as he crosses paths with his expartner. The third episode follows Benten who investigates one mans quest for immortality as well as comping across a young woman who seems to have been transformed into a vampire with telekinesis powers as a result of the quest for immortality. As a result of each episode focusing on a different character each has its own feeling playing off each characters characteristics. As a result each episode has its own distinct moments to go along with each their respective characters. The series comes with an awesomely cheesy English dub filled has lots of unnecessary swearing. I was never really bothered by it since it adds to the cheesy nature of the series but I can see how some people might be annoyed at the strenuous amount of cursing. This leads to this OVAs most infamous line You wouldnt know if a Vampire bit you on the end of your fucking dick. Sure it goes in different direction than the original dub but considering the time this dub came out awesomely cheesy is probably the best we could hope for. Either way you still have the original dub if that annoys you. There were actually 2 different versions of the dub. Both use the exact same voice actor dialogue but in the UK version the soundtrack is completely different. The soundtrack for the UK dub was done by a British musician Rory Mcfarlane. He did do some of scoring obscure video games and anime but he had a much more prolific career as a session musician for Richard Thompsons band who is an English singer songwriter and guitarist. That version seems to be hard to find these days but you could always find a copy that has that particular dub by sailing the seven seas of the internet. The soundtrack in the UK version is appropriately cheesy rocky music sounding right out of the late 80s early 90s. While the UK version has both its energetic rock moments and more upbeat atmospheric tracks the original Japanese soundtrack has a few catchy songs too. But the stand out track is the beautiful ballad Aishiteru kamoshirenai Maybe Im in love with you by Hidemi Miura as the ED. Both versions of the soundtrack are fantastic in their own rights but for completely different reasons. Cyber City Oedo 808 might come from a different era of anime but its one of the stand out titles from that time period when the anime boom could produce some more unique titles. Its not perfect but it does have a ton to appreciate such as its setting animation soundtrack and even characters to a certain extent and is highly entertaining. Cyber City Oedo 808 comes highly recommended.
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