December 8th, 2010
At least one of them no longer has a crotch.
I didn’t have a particularly good experience with the TV version of Monster Princess/Princess Resurrection, but honestly, I don’t remember much of it aside from it being really really poorly made. Nonetheless, I’m not about to let something as simple as not understanding what’s going on stop me from watching anything. I’m still watching Index after all and that defies all mortal comprehension.
Anyway, this is kind of a reboot of the series, but it bypasses such annoying things like character introductions or anything like that. All the more bizarre because the episode is only 19 minutes long with an extraneous and rather bizarre parody tacked on to the end of it featuring Tatsunoko magical pedophiles. That’s short for a TV episode, let alone an OVA. At least they crammed some nice action into it. I wish every action show managed to contain four minutes of actual violence. That’d be an increase of four minutes for most episodes. Still, the ending of the episode was tremendously disappointing. After cornering them and having a giant swarm surrounding a couple gimply little floodlights, there’s some talking, "your blood’s special," "No, it’s super special," a CG hand is cut off, and then everybody up and leaves. Uh, go good guys. Way to talk some zompires into submission. See you next OVA… is there going to be another one? I don’t even know.
Speaking of the CG… talk about abuse. The zombiepires are bad enough, but the chainsaw and backgrounds are just overkill. Thankfully the actual action segments seemed to escape that touch for the most part. Also, one of the zombiepires took a treetrunk in the crotch. I consider that a blow against CG if ever there was one. Production was mostly decent otherwise, although it took approximately the entire length of the episode for me to get used to the weirdly modeled faces. It was clear the budget was spent towards the action scenes and most of the rest was phoned in, but not so poorly that it was distracting.
Overall, it’s solid action fluff. I think fans of the TV series
have low expectations will be pleased. I enjoyed a good quarter of it and didn’t hate the rest either. You could just watch the clips below and get about 75% of the same entertainment though, with most of the rest coming from the Tatsunoko parody after the episode ended.