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Apocalypse Zero

Alt titles: Kakugo no Susume

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In a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by earthquakes, grotesque monsters and powerful demons run rampant through the streets of New Tokyo. Only a select few people have been trained in the techniques necessary to defeat these creatures. Brothers Kakugo and Harara Hagakure not only possess the skills, they also harbor the power of the Zero Armor containing the souls of thousands of warriors. Separated from his brother, Kakugo roams the land fighting in order to restore some sort of peace and safety to mankind. However, he finds these monstrosities to be merely pawns to a much larger adversary from his past, who may prove to be his most dangerous opponent of all.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Apocalypse Zero 1994 TBD
Name Role
Keisuke WATANABE Character Design
Toshihiro HIRANO Director
Takashi KUDOH Music
Takayuki YAMAGUCHI Original Manga Creator
Hiroshi KATO Producer
Shinichi HIRAI Producer
Shiro SASAKI Producer

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Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
Apocalypse Zero KiraRin 2.5/10 Nov 1, 2010
Kakugo no Susume KiraRin 2.5/10 Nov 1, 2010

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Apocalypse Zero Naga 3.5/10 Aug 22, 2013
Kakugo no Susume Naga 3.5/10 Aug 22, 2013
Apocalypse Zero Thrawn 5/10 May 14, 2013
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Imagine a world devastated by nuclear war, where the strong oppress the weak and strength is the one thing that will ensure survival. A world where even close friends can betray you for power, a lesson that Ken, the Fist of The North Star, learns when he is nearly killed by his closest friend and left for dead. He's not an easy man to get rid of, and he returns - very angry.

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Korwin

I believe I heard "Omae wa mo shindeiru" (You are already dead) in Apocalypse Zero the other day. Joking aside, aside from the fact that there are battle suits involved in AZ, the similarities are pretty much striking. Post apocalyptic world and martial arts with sure kill techniques that are used, both main characters protect what little is left of honor and justice.

ZetaZaku

If you like Kakugo no Susume you might like Hokuto no Ken (and vice versa) because both of them deal with the same type of problem. It's a post apocalyptic world where violence rules. The only difference is that in Hokuto no Ken the enemies are humans, while in Kakugo no Susume they are mutants.

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MD Geist

MD Geist
  • OVA (1 ep x 47 min)
  • 1986

In the distant future, man has advanced into space and spread to worlds throughout the galaxy. On one such planet, Jerra, a brutal war began between the Jerran army and the Nexram - those who opposed a galactic Earth government. To combat the threat the Jerran army created the MDS - Most Dangerous Soldiers - who possess elite fighting abilities. However, one such soldier, MD Geist, was deemed too ferocious and imprisoned inside an orbiting satellite. Now, in the present, both sides have been decimated and the planet lies in ruins. After his satellite falls to the planet, MD Geist wanders the wasteland once more. And after killing the leader of a powerful gang, Geist finds himself in the company of a woman named Vaiya. Together, the two join with survivors of the Jerran army and set forth on a quest to exterminate Death Force - a doomsday device built by the Jerrans - before it activates.  

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Thrawn

Badass. Both of these cheesy, so bad it's balls out awesome OVAs are filled to the brim with moments that transend what humans can do. They have a high focus on blood, gibs and enough manly action to make you change the channel from flaming chainsaw bear boxing to either one of these, complete with rock your ass from the seat music that only adds to the manly experience. Prepare to shave your newly grown chest hair as these represent what 80s (Well, 90s for Apocalypse Zero but it fits in with the 80s mentality) anime with bad dubs are all about: Manly men, manly action, nudity, blood, explosions and tons of badass feats.

ZetsubouKaiji

These are the both typical kind of anime that got English dubs in the early 80s or 90s. They're hyper violence stories with little or no plot. Just lots of blood, gore, sex and boobs. These are both anime that jump from one violence scene to the next with only the thinnest story to connect it all together. 

MD Geist is probably the more enjoyable of the two with its cheesy 80s action movie sensibility, whereas Apocalypse Zero can be a lot more mean spirited and bizarre at times. However, these are both anime that thrive on the action scenes and fall flat on their faces when they try to do anything else. Also, MD Geist has a great soundtrack which helps to make the sometimes repetitive action scenes more enjoyable.

If you're looking for a mindless violent anime and don't care about plot or anything else then try these titles.

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Cybernetics Guardian
  • OVA (1 ep x 43 min)
  • 1989

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chii

Both anime have a "suit of armor" that takes over whoever wears it. Depending on how willed the person is they can control it or be controlled by the suit. Crazy action, violence, and weird characters a plenty. Both take place in worlds where mankind isn't doing so well and struggling to survive. If you liked one i highly suggest you check out the other.

Iczer Gal Iczelion

Iczer Gal Iczelion

Throughout the galaxy, two villains destroy and pillage anything in their path. Their names are Cross and Chaos, and they are ready to invade their next target: Earth. The only defense against these warriors are the Iczelions, a fusion of young girls, and Iczels, sentient body armor. Nagisa is a typical high school girl who is about to become the next Iczelion against her will, to defend the planet and save the human race! But not if she has anything to say about it...

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chii

Both anime have both bad guys being either a strange brother and sister combo (Iczer) or a very angry sister of the hero (Apocalypse Zero) that want nothing more than to beat the crap out of the good people that stand in the way of their goals. Apocalypse Zero has much more gore and shock value to their scenes than Iczer but both have similar story pacing and confusing characters. If you liked one check out the other.

MD Geist II: Death Force

MD Geist II: Death Force
  • OVA (1 ep x 45 min)
  • 1996

Since the activation of the Death Force program, mankind has virtually been wiped off the face of Jerra by brutal, flesh-eating war machines. A pocket of survivors live inside an island fortress led by Krauser, a MD (Most Dangerous) soldier. However, unlike MD Geist who lives only to fight, Krauser is motivated by his own ambitions for fame and power. The final battle between Krauser and Geist approaches, and with endless machines on their trail, there appears to be little hope left for humanity.

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Thrawn

What does Death Force have to do with Apocalypse Zero? Everything. Two badass OVAs but Death Force to a lesser extent, and to lesser quality if you can believe that. Still, both are packed with blood, violence, manly action, some awesome buttrock music that can heighten scenes of carnage, plenty of morals and terrible dubs. Also armor, the kind that badass people use to murder the everloving crap out of people. Neither have plots worth mentioning but you're here for the violence, and you get violence. This may not be the 80s, but it's 1996 and it punches the year in the balls.