Bandai Visual, 1987 L.A. Hero/Dark Image Entertainment, 1993 Directed by Hiroshi Watanabe by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/) For years, Yoshiki Takaya's Bio-Booster Armor Guyver has been a manga favorite in both Japan and North America. Inspired by tokusatsu (live-action hero) shows like Kamen Rider and Ultraman, Guyver is the dark tale of Sho Fukamachi, a student who finds an unusual device and accidentally bonds with it, becoming the Guyver - a bio-mechanical warrior with unsurpassed physical abilities and deadly weapons. Throughout his ordeal, Sho must survive against the Zoanoids - huge, grotesque creatures developed by the Chronos Corporation. In 1987, the first animated adaptation of Guyver was released. Two years later, a second Guyver OAV series was made, retelling the story and sticking closer to the original manga. And then there were two live-action movie adaptations, which I'll leave aside for later. Guyver: Out of Control is not rated, but contains extreme violence and gore, nudity and sexual situations. Story: C- If you've read the manga, you will notice that Out of Control is rushed in plot. For instance, Sho's best friend Tetsuro is omitted in the adaptation. Also not appearing in the anime is Risker, the Chronos agent who becomes Guyver II. Apparently, in order to appeal to the adult audiences, Risker is replaced by Valkeria, a female Chronos agent who comes in contact with the Guyver II unit. Why? Blame it on Urotsukidoji for the disturbing trend of tentacles. Guyver III appears, but he only appears for a few seconds and his origin is never explained. Lame. Animation: C+ Despite having cleaner artwork than the OAV series, Out of Control suffers from repetitive footage. Soundtrack: C Too cheesy for any description. Sub vs. Dub The now-defunct Dark Image Entertainment (which was the adult division of US Renditions) never dubbed Out of Control. The Bottom Line Not the best Guyver adaptation, but it sure beats the first live-action flop.