A cult classic in the schlock n’ gore OVA genre, Genocyber took an unlikely road from pitch to production.
Drawing from their experience in TV anime, 3D photo stories, and other media, ARTMIC created rich OVAs that, more often than not, shared familiar thematic elements along with a consistently recognizable visual style.
Originally conceptualized at the height of the real robot boom as a 26-episode TV series called Omega City 23, Megazone 23 went through numerous changes and iterations before it became a cutting edge OVA. For the first time, the original pitch document of Omega Zone 23 is available to read in Japanese and English.
ARTMIC’s classic “boy-meets-mecha” OVA was released in December of 1987. Three decades later, it still rocks.
From the pages of the Bubblegum Crisis Completed File No. 5, a brief interview with series creator Toshimichi Suzuki on the hard economics of OVAs and jidaigeki influences.
The story of how a remake of a failed film collided with a music exec and Bubblegum Crisis was born.