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The Guyver - Bio-Booster Armor, Vol. 1 (2005)

Takeshi Kusao , Yko Mizutani , Kichi Ishiguro  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Takeshi Kusao, Yko Mizutani, Kz Shioya, Steve Blum, Gary Dubin
  • Directors: Kichi Ishiguro
  • Writers: Yoshiki Takaya
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008979Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Guyver - Bio-Booster Armor, Vol. 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Zoanoid Data Files
  • Character Bios and Trailers
  • Original Japanese Intros and Credits
  • Photo Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Three high school students find themselves drawn into a plot to turn humans into metamorphic monsters or "Zoanoids" in this 1989 OAV, based on Yoshiki Takaya's manga. Sho Fukamachi finds a lost "control metal" that transforms him into the super-warrior Guyver via a mecha suit derived from alien DNA. With his friends Tetsuro and Mizuki and the mysterious Guyver III, Sho fights an increasingly nasty series of Zoanoids created by the Chronos corporation: hands get ripped off, holes are blown and punched through bodies, and blood sprays everywhere. The character designs recall Ronin Warriors (1989), and the plot of a sinister corporation trying to take over the world through illegal bio-technical experiments has become a standard in the intervening years. Two live-action films were also based on Guyver. (Rated 13 and older but more appropriate for 15 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, profanity, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We gather now, to talk of many things... October 7, 2003
Well, actually just one thing: Manga Video. Manga Video is to Anime what Clear Channel is to Radio. That may not sound entirely fair considering that Manga Video is responsible for bringing us Ghost in the Shell, Perfect Blue, the Patlabor Movies, and now Magic Knight Rayearth (on one disc!), but they are not without their poor decisions and bad calls. Yoshiki Takaya's Bio-Booster Armour Guyver epitomizes this.
Originally, the episodes were available in six VHS volumes with two episodes each (at about twenty to thirty dollars a pop) with original opening and closing credits and music. They were released through U.S.Renditions and L.A.Hero. Later, Manga Video revived the series by releasing each episode on its own videotape (called "datas" and for about twelve to fifteen dollars a pop) which seemed pretty economical (especially if you were picky about your favorite episodes) until you actually watched the tapes and found out that Manga video had changed the opening and closing credit music with "Guyver Rock!" If that does not make you cringe, you are of a stronger will than I. Also, Manga decided to change some of the voice actors for the english track (namely the Zoanoid Data files and some of the zoanoids themselves) which should probably not bother anyone, but I think it is still worth pointing out.
The quality of the transfer is spot-on, which may not exactly be a good thing. We get to see all of the poorly cleaned cels, all the sloppy camera moves, all the discolorations in skin-tones, and all the lousy english-text-boxes laid over the japanese credits. But fear not, you can see and hear the original opening credits in the special features menu.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
As my title says, this is a fantastic series! A normal high school student named Sho Fukamachi comes into contact with an living cybersuit called the Guyver. The Guyver is basically a living creature that merges with humans and gives them incredible superpowers. Sho has this thing on his shoulders that opens a dimensional portal that the Guyver comes through, then the Guyver wraps itself around Sho's body (However, we don't learn that the Guyver comes from another dimension until later in the series.). However, there is the evil Kronos corporation that created the Guyver, along with 2 other Guyver suits. The Kronos corporation wants all the Guyver suits back, and they'll kill anyone who tries to get in their way! The Kronos corporation experiments with people and turns them into horrible monsters called Zoanoids which they use as soldiers. Fortunately, the Guyver has incredible weaponry that Sho uses to fight the Kronos coporation. One of these weapons is the Mega-smasher, the Guyver's most powerful weapon. Sho grabs ahold of two fleshy panels on the Guyver's pectorals, and pulls them open to reveal two powerful lasers which can destroy anything. The Guyver can also make incredibly sharp blades come out of each of it's elbows. With weapons like these, the Kronos corporation had better watch out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guyver Anime is a must have February 19, 2003
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This was one of the first anime's I ever watched along with Akira and Fist of the Northstar. This series was one of the best at the time and still is a classic to this day.
The series revolves around Sho, a young boy who has the mixed fortune of merging with an alien super weapon called the Guyver!
In this bio booster armor, Sho is nearly invincible and immortal but he must discover his pwoers while facing an evil corporation known as Kronos that is bent on conquering the world with its army of humans that can transform into Zoanoid monsters.
The action and battles are intense as is the mystery of one of Sho's allies who is also a Guyver.
The only downside is that only 12 episodes were ever made and the series is wide open for more, but to get the whole saga of the Guyver, you must locate the back issue comics from Viz Comics.
Also this anime series spawned 2 live action movies. The first one was horrid and the second one was more tolerable. Do not judge the anime by them, please. In fact if you must see the live action movies, do your self a favor and skip the first one. You'll thank me for that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guyver! October 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is a great anime. its the first in the Guyver series, hence the title "genesis of the guyver." This one tells the story of how Sho, the big hero, becomes the guyver and fights human mutants, the zoanoids. The animation is good and the Guyver looks wicked. The megasmasher is the BEST FINISHING MOVE EVER. theres only one thing missing from this, as well as from alot of other animes: great music. Theres no good guy music when he does cool stuff. But thats the only drawback. I strongly recommend this title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guyver Series February 5, 2004
This is one of the best anime of the time. This movie will get you hooked if you're truly an anime fan. I strongly recomend this action packed anime, once you get this dvd, you will truly get the second dvd for sure. Plus, its very cheap and affordable. Unlike the other anime series where you have to buy it for a couple hundred dollars. The other good thing about this animet is that it has more then two hours long! Unlike the other anime where you only get like an hour or half an hour. I don't know about you but I'm the kind of person who wants an anime to be as long as it can. The longer the better. Now thats something that you should drfinetly think about. And again, i stongly advise you to get this anime if you haven't seen the eposodes. I liked it and I know for sure you will too. (note: this is only for those of you who like action packed fighting anime).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anime ever
Im not going to get into the anime and give anything away. I feel its the best anime out there with the best subject matter. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Wayne Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Found IT!!!!
So happy to have finally found the right version been looking for this one for a while now! Thank You!
Published 16 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars An uncommon classic in anime
The Guyver has had 3 anime versions over the years. Since I find it hard to pick a favorite I kind of have to group them together. To me they are "The Guyver". Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by An Anime Seeker
1.0 out of 5 stars Got something else...
I bought this from goHastings thinking that I got Guyver vol. 1 but instead I received a copy of the movie If These Walls Could Talk 2. horrible service.
Published on May 22, 2010 by Zachary Mcjessy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The Guyver is one of the best anime I have ever watched. Be careful when buying the second one, make sure it says Bio-Booster Armor or else you will have episodes that do not match... Read more
Published on December 23, 2009 by M. W. Lamar
3.0 out of 5 stars Give and Take.
All in all, the DVDs are BAD my friends. The opening sequence is completely cut from the episodes, and replaced with this awful clip sequence of cuts from variouse episodes. Read more
Published on December 20, 2005 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream come true
Back then, in 1994, I only had the second episode on VHS. I also had the second movie, which I thought was one of the greatest movies with the greatest fight scenes. Read more
Published on June 11, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars a cool cartoon but not a masterpiece
Guyver is about a boy named Sho Fukamachi who accidently comes across one of three units known as the guyvers unbeknownst to him the evil chronos corporation and it's army of... Read more
Published on July 30, 2004 by the evil artist
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
When I was a wee little 4th grader, I discovered this gem at a local blockbuster. This series is just fraught with gore. Read more
Published on May 18, 2004 by Wrathchild862000
4.0 out of 5 stars "Ahhhh! It's going inside of me!"
This is a really good anime! OK, Lemme tell ya how Sho becomes Guyver 1:
First, he finishes school and hangs out with his best friend. Read more
Published on April 1, 2004
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