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kawaiiguy's Variable Geo Tv Review

Variable Geo tv Review

Story & Characters

Note: This is a review of the OVA, published in 1996 and not the recent TV series.

Before I get deeper into this review, here's what's written on the back of the ADV DVD box:
"The special of the day is Variable Geo: a brutal battle between waitresses who serve up generous portions of energy blasts and vicious side orders of murderous martial artistry. For buffed beauties who make below-minimum wage, VG is the perfect way to score some fast cash. The victor walks away with millions, and the defeated loses everything (namely, all her clothes)."

So the story basically is this: waitresses of the future not only wait tables at diners and restaurants, they also beat the crap out of each other and strip. Sounds like a winning combination to me! When I first read the description, I decided I had to watch it. The plot of the three episode series is extremely lacking. It centers on a tournament of some sort, but some bad guy wants to take over (as a sponsor). The main character must combat this evil corporation and bring justice to the world!

Fights can happen anytime, anywhere. An arena will appear out of nowhere if two opponents decide to go at it, so expect action in the strangest places!

Rating: 4

Art

This series is not for the young or easily offended audience. Breasts are everywhere. When discussing this series with a friend, he said this: "it's like the animators wanted to draw lots of women and breasts, so the script writers said, 'here, use this. It's a concept script we had laying around.' Variable Geo was born!"

As with most series I've seen, I wasn't impressed or unimpressed by the art. The one thing that seriously stood out was the horrible title screen used in the ADV version. It looks like someone hacked it together with WordArt. Beyond that, the fights look well done and the character designs are well done.

Rating: 5

Sound

The music paired with this series works well but isn't astonishing by any accounts. It has a very 80s feel and conjures up memories of Project A-ko. The opening and ending themes don't really stand out or work well on their own either. Overall, the music plays a secondary role in this series.

The voice actors used put on a good performance, but nothing stellar. The cast includes Mitsuishi Kotona as Yuka (Tsukino Usagi of Sailor Moon, Mirielle of Noir, Ebichu of Ebichu, and Excel of Excel Saga), Miyamura Yuko as Satomi (Asuka Langley of Evangelion, Alyssa Searrs of Mai-HiME), and Orikasa Ai as Jun (Ryoko of Tenchi Muyo!).

Rating: 5

Presentation

As plot devices go, Variable Geo is definitely one of a kind. It's a strange cross between magical girl, ecchi, and a whole lot of messed up. There is definitely a hint of adult humor and situations throughout, including lots of things that make me wonder how this series wasn’t classified as hentai. To make up for it, the series doesn’t take itself seriously. I can’t see how this could possibly try to be serious.

For those who are looking for something lighthearted with action and a large side of ecchi, VG is the ticket. It definitely is a "watch and forget" series with some mild rewatchability. There’s plenty of action for the casual fan and more than a fair share of breast. I would recommend this as a “group anime,� so you don’t feel dirty watching it all by yourself.

However, if you're a fan of people with the proper proportions keeping mostly covered, then I'd recommend you not watch this. There's far too much random nakedness and far too little actual plot to qualify as a quality material. Also, this is not intended for minors (as warned on the DVD box) since it contains “brief nudity� (cough) and “mature situations� (cough, cough).

Variable Geo is one of those "so bad it's good" type series. The premise is so outlandish and so absurd that it makes the viewer scream "wtf?!" If the description on the box entices you, go out and get a copy. Be prepared to be dazzled at the absurdity and nakedness!

Rating: 6

Final Verdict

5.00 (moderate)

Reviewed by kawaiiguy, Jun 19, 2005

Comments

  1. UberDog Mar 23, 2015

    As I'm the first to give this review some love, not a bad review and thanks for the warning of content within. Good job.

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