Iron Virgin Jun

OVA (1 ep x 46 min)
1992
1.628 out of 5 from 235 votes
Rank #10,726

Jun Asuka is a member of an aristocratic family that has a tradition of marrying off its daughters once they reach the age of eighteen. For the athletic and independent Jun, this is a fate worse than death, and thus she escapes the castle with her servant, Kurata Onami. But escape, it seems, is not so easily achieved as her mother has sent a gaggle of goons to not only retrieve her, but to take her virginity as well. Will Jun's purity and kick-ass fighting skills save the day, or will she be screwed -- literally!

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therik
2

StoryHell, they say, hath no fury like a woman scorned. Some time ago I was given a TACO commission by KiraRin, who broke her usual pattern of unprovoked abusive behaviour towards me and asked me to watch and review the excellent Gankutsuou. However, after arbitrarily deciding that I was taking too long about my duties and that she was “sick and tired of your crap, therik”, KiraRin – cruel mistress extraordinaire – made an about face and thrust at me a new obligation: to review the pungently pointless Iron Virgin Jun. In truth, I wonder if my labours might be wasted; the synopsis that we have on the site tells you almost everything you might need to know about this unabashedly niche OVA. There is a story only in the sense there is a beginning, a middle and an end. The heroine faces and overcomes an obstacle, and any sub-plotting beyond this would just get in the way of the fighting and the high-larious rape attempts. Yes, rape attempts played for laughs. Rape generally isn't funny, and equipping a band of bumbling villains with animal-themed strap-ons does very little to change that. I was almost able to raise a smile when a helicopter launched a salvo of rapist-laden missiles at the luckless heroine, but the rest of the OVA's attempts at getting a laugh – whether it's a pointlessly ornate duck strap-on or an arrow directed at someone's anus – generally boil down to 'hurr hurr, penis'. There are “laughs” to be had at the expense a couple of crudely retarded characters, but the anime remains an abyss of sophistication. Unsophisticated is also a watch word for the script. It can't be easy to fit a narrative and backstory into 40 minutes, but plot exposition provided through shouted soliloquies represents one of the more grating ways to do this. Whether barking at length about why her daughter must be violated by ugly strangers prior to marriage or cursing her progeny for escaping a certain trap, Jun's mother strives, it seems, to insult the viewer's intelligence at every ridiculous turn. Others offer little more credibility or nuance, and a scene where Jun is told about a magical island on the horizon is remarkable only for its sheer irrelevance to anything else. As for the plot holes, such as the questionable wisdom behind having an easily-destroyed malevolent spirit in the house and actually taking the trouble to smash it with a hammer until people's lives are on the line, picking them apart doesn't even constitute sport.AnimationI've not seen enough anime from the early 90s to effectively gauge the relative quality of Iron Virgin Jun's animation. Suffice to say that most of its ugliness is largely intentional. Frighteningly butch females, trinagularly-torsoed henchmen, underwear-sporting rapists in various flavours of repugnant – the character design takes eye bleeding to a whole new level and supplements and the dour textbook looks of other individuals do nothing to rectify matters. Some scenes also sport a frankly bizarre dim-glow look, as if the events are taking place below some streetlights and being viewed from behind a steamed-up window. Shortcuts abound, as you might expect, but for every acceptable device, such as characters fading away when running into the background, there comes a more jarring workaround such as when it appeared to be raining colour gradients. If anything is worthy of credit, it would be the fight scenes, which encompass enough motion and style to stand out. If only as much work was put into making them less pointless.SoundAmidst a generally unremarkable voice cast, Kazue Komiya hams it up as Jun's mother sufficiently well to make the anime enjoyable for people looking for a laugh, as well for as any odd specimens who might be inclined to take it seriously. The sound effects complement the atmosphere in most cases, adding some welcome punch to combat scenes. However, on other occasions they are simply too loud and distracting. There are very few background tracks, which means the the music generally straddles the fence between utter silence and camp 90s tunes, and I would have difficulty in nominating which side of this fence I would have preferred it to fall on. Mercifully, it is largely unobtrusive – I had to rewatch bits of the OVA even to write this paragraph – so your ears should be safe on this front at least.CharactersWhen the most striking thing about the characters is how damn weird they look, it becomes difficult to speak about anything else. Personalities are largely absent, owing to the 40-minute format, which favours action over development. Jun's hulking mother at least has some direction with her desire to see her daughter molested, but the complete lack of credible motivation sets her up as an unredeemable pantomime villain.OverallI can only question whether there is any audience to whom this show appeals. The unappetising designs crush any scope for arousal underfoot, unless one postulates a simultaneous fetish for muscular females and bizarre penis substitutes. Meanwhile, the only real humour on offer is to be had at the expense of the ludicrous premise, but even this is limited. Iron Virgin Jun is a niche anime without a niche to fill. It offers not a shred of pay-off for the offensive ugliness or the brain-melting stupidity and represents – at best – a waste of forty minutes. For Go Nagai, that's pretty good.

Thrawn
2.5

Story: I'm a pretty classy guy and I've seen some real classy shit, and Iron Virgin Jun is as classy as a guy about to rape a girl with a spider dildo strapped to his crotch. Yes. Spider dildo. It makes sense in context and by that I mean that no one in their right mind would strap some animal/aviarian/reptile/insect-themed dildo to their crotch and rape an innocent women unless they're mentally deranged and clearly insane or a member of the Cherry Boys Gang (I'm not making shit up), as seen in this OVA. I just had to get that out of the way. The actual plot runs along the theme of rape because this girl, Jun, she's on the run because she doesn't want to marry some rich dunce who probably can't fap on his own or simply a chosen suitor from some rich family who doesn't share her views on wrestling. So she goes on the run and her masculine as all hell mother decides that to get her back, she needs to be subdued. Of the rape kind. Her mother posts a bounty on that ass and enlists the Cherry Boy Gang to rape her into- that's kind of a blur now but I think every villain had the same thought process. The story is pretty bad and I don't just mean from the overall theme above. It also features some "twists", including a terrible one before the credits roll. The twist twists the knife even further into the bloody corpse and further ensures that it'll be a closed coffin funeral. No way in hell would anybody watch it for the plot. I'm trying to think of a positive but I'm kind of drawing a blank. Maybe including creative dildos or some manly women, having a manly woman operate out of some porn hub... it wasn't particularly funny and the plot was horrendously bile worthy, script nothing to write home about etc etc. Animation: The women here can benchpress hundreds of pounds and are pretty manly, except the mother looks more man than woman and weighs about 5 of her husbands and has 10x the muscle and testosterone. Jun isn't that far behind as she takes after her mother in muscle density but less of her manly bulk and manly facial features. It's kinda disturbing, except the mother goes into full-on nightmare when you think how that skinny little father with the pre-mature white hair had to go down on that, but the other way around. And because I must, all the creative animal kingdom/machine dildos. And by machine I mean a spinning drill dick. That explains itself. The animation ranges from alright to crap but the all-rape network on those cameras didn't do the animation much justice. Sound: EP, pretty good. Everything else? Not as good. And the dub, not too shabby but below average and the ending conversation is so, so terrible. I've heard worse so it's the middle of the road but still has it's moments on unintentional comedy. Characters: Lets recap: Drill dick, Spider dick, manly mother who is more buff than a body builder, Jun who is a bit manly but pretty muscular with more muscle than fat... and now we have Swan dick- Duck dick, I mean. Totally different. And I fear to list any more dicks because that might spoil some of it. And if a good percentage (15%-20% or above) characters are known for what type of junk they have, you know the show isn't about the characters. Most are repulsive bastards, the few that aren't are merely alright. You don't care about them, you don't really want to care, you don't get much about them (OVA, 41 minutes, I can excuse deepening backgrounds) and really, I can give a point out for a guy who has a spinning drill dildo. Overall: I had a tendancy to switch between dick and dildo but you get the picture. Hopefully not because it'll linger as it spins a bore into your brain. And the OVA overall, garbage. Hardly anything redeemable and I even wonder why I decided to give it a 3, so I cut it down another half point because it's repulsive drivel. Really 2.5 or 2 but flipped a coin and it's 2.5. But creative strap-ons by a gang called The Cherry Boys Gang, manly women who can outman men, some real stupid developments and come on, drill dick. Haven't seen shit like that since Dead Leaves a few days ago.

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