We will never forget you, MEGAZONE (Part 3)

Despite the fact that Megazone 23 PART I and PART II look and feel completely different, they were only made a year apart from each other, and tell one complete and (somewhat) coherent story. PART III, on the other hand is its own thing– it was made in 1989 (three years after the release of PART II), takes place several hundred years after the events of the original story, and has an almost completely original cast. As is usually the case with a sequel like this, it’s not very good– a lot like The Godfather III or all the Pink Panther movies made after Peter Sellers’ death. Yeah, it’s pretty bad.

Strangely enough, the plot is the best thing about this part. Unlike PART I, which was clunky and lacked an end, and PART II which just made no sense– PART III actually tells a pretty decent story that mostly makes sense. I still think it suffers from the same problems the other Megazones suffered from in their storytelling, but less so.

Unfortunately, the praise ends there. This entire production is a disaster. For starters, the animation is horrible. There are some cuts which do look really nice, but for the most part the animation ranges from G-Gundam quality to… Gundress quality. I’m not even kidding, there’s entire sequences in the first episode that are just unfinished cuts of animation with no shading or inbetweening. Don’t believe me? See for yourself, then!

The characters in this are also really lame. Especially Eve, who for reason has a horrible seiyuu this time around, and I think Megazone 23 PART III was the only show she ever did. The main character is like a less good Shogo, and he even admits it in the dialogue. The villain’s also pretty lame.

Megazone 23 PART III is a pretty bad sequel to an otherwise good series of OVAs. You can watch it for the sake of completion of you really want to, but if you’re short on time, I say skip it.

ps: anyone up for a game of HARD ON??

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9 Responses to We will never forget you, MEGAZONE (Part 3)

  1. Link says:

    You have to wonder why there’s such a lack of budget here. Megazone 23 had to be popular enough to warrant a third followup and it was three years later. It’s still OVA, no less. :iiam:

  2. GreatSG says it’s a result of the bubble bursting at around the time it was made– a lot of OVAs from that same period look bad, too.

  3. Link says:

    Good to know. I’ve heard of the late 80s industry crash before.

  4. digitalboy says:

    Oi, well I’ve never given half a shit about plot, so I guess I’ll stop after part 2.

  5. BrendantheJedi says:

    >>GreatSG says it’s a result of the bubble bursting at around the time it was made– a lot of OVAs from that same period look bad, too.

    Yep, a time where we got great classics like Psychic Wars.

  6. Coaxen says:

    HARD ON… perfect, I’m in! :]

    If you want a good series with excellent animation, check out Ulysses 31. I mean, the animation used to be excellent, until the definition of “excellent” moved to the future full of computers and automation.

  7. GreatSG says:

    Yeah, a lot of OAVs and TV shows from ’89 to ’92 overall look pretty low budget unless they were big name productions like Gundam 0080. You think M23 Part 3 looks bad, you should see Ghost Sweeper Mikami and of course our old favorite Dog Soldier.

  8. haro says:

    G Gundam quality is pretty bad indeed.