TERRA FORMARS #01 — Ali MacGraw Disease Strikes Again

September 26th, 2014


I don’t want to puzzle out the numbering with the OVA, so let’s just call this episode 1.


I wondered how awful the broadcast would be animated after how barely animated the OVA was, and the answer was extremely, although the hellaciously awful censoring might even overcome that. I don’t even know what was supposed to be going on when he mutated. Sure, there were a bunch of shocked faces, but they were pretty much the same faces as before. It decided to trade the rape melodrama card for the sick childhood friend melodrama card. Of course, the kind of sickness where they look perfectly fine and have no symptoms whatsoever, becoming only more and more tragic. Although there’s not really much tragedy here. I think he spent more time with strange liquids seeping out of his eyes and nose than she had screen time, not to mention that the entire thing took place in a flashback taking place over a few minutes that the bear spent apparently chewing on his crotch. And no, I’m not exaggerating. Even if you remove the flashback, between the reactions and people commenting on it before he hulked out, the bear just sat there gnawing on him to apparently no effect. So we’ve already got ridiculously drawn out and moronic covered.

From that, you might assume that it was not a good first episode. And you’d be right! The first half was entirely concerned with making a pro wrestling match against a bear as boring and melodramatic as possible without having its cubs weeping in front of them, and the second half split between a tour of characters and a talking head laying out the plot for the slowest members of the audience. Wouldn’t want to confuse people by jumping right into something as complicated as “fight alien-monsters” after all.

My impressions haven’t really changed much from the OVA, except that even less happens here and it’s so ridiculously censored that I doubt even people who would want to watch it solely for shock value could find anything to enjoy. It’s overly melodramatic, production is godawful, and takes a whole lot of time to do very little.


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8 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • ZakuAbumi says:

    I find it all sorts of wildly amusing how, once that bear starts eating away his crotch, he begins reminiscating about that one moment when his girlfriend was mean to him.

    I think there’s a lot to be said about that.

  • algorithm says:

    The bear’s introduction was kinda funny. I also expect it to be the peak of the show.

  • Sanjuro says:

    The main draw for this is the gory fighting. And all the fighting is pretty bloody so I imagine 80% of this anime will be a huge black fuzz taking up the screen. They might has well have aired a single picture saying “Buy the BDs” for 20 minutes.

  • Dynellen says:

    Overly melodramatic is a good description of the manga. There’s a million flashbacks to tragic pasts during fights and/or page after page of describing various insects instead of actually focusing on the fighting.

    On the good side the fights are fairly entertaining and you can just read through all the fluff pretty fast in manga farm. I’m afraid in animated form it’ll just feel incredibly slow and drawn out when they spend half of each episode showing things completely unrelated to what’s actually happening.

  • anon says:


    Really, hope that his surname is nothing we know in our History…


    so many names… but Adolf… yeah…

  • anon says:

    I need to get used to this Style, but what more important it is, do this show entertain me?

    i really was about to shut it down, when the Bear was feasting his stomach in the ring. Let’s see

  • Elder says:

    :SPOILER: the story is shit.