Gyo follows the adventures of Kaori, a girl-next-door who rushes back to Tokyo to find her boyfriend, who’s caught in the worst of a sudden and unexplained “fish-on-legs” epidemic. To say much more would spoil what little plot there is in Gyo, but suffice to say there’s not much of one anyways. It’s an OVA of more than an distance long, where the characters were a integrated bag and the result is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. Walking fish seem to be at the front line of the bizarro-world that is this anime and the more you find out, the more your new understandings of this new creature gets thrown out the window.
Into gross plots? This anime has got you covered! With tentacle rape and the sheer absurdity of walking carnivorous sea creatures, it is almost a shame that the production values are so high. It presents well drawn, pretty visuals and realistic animation throughout the entirety of the movie. Later, it is found that the Japanese Army was researching germs that produce the death stench during World War II in a desperate effort to turn the tide of the war. Infection by the germ produced large amounts of foul-smelling gas from body tissue, and since infection quickly killed the test animals, walking machines were built to carry them further, allowing them to reach and sicken enemy troops. Enemy planes sunk the ship carrying the prototypes for the walking machines, which ran entirely on the gas.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “In a movie about walking fish, what more could I want?” How about loads on T&A? What was the director thinking to go from his usual B grade horror to full on Z-grade exploitation? Gyo definitely brings about a lot of wierd stuff that we don’t see every day. Still, with production values so high, it was also a shame to see that the backgrounds are average and forgettable.
In conclusion, Gyo has 70 minutes to tell its story, so it doesn’t waste its time. Gyo can be summarized as a fast-paced horror genre given the disturbing source material, but if I can praise one thing about the film, it’s that it doesn’t lack creativity. I honestly had a relatively hard time taking it seriously. Even if I, personally, didn’t enjoy it, it was clear that they did put some effort into it. Needless to say, it wasn’t my cup of tea. I would recommend this more to fans of the manga then actual animation. Before I conclude, I will note that there were changes made. Most obviously, the characters Kaori and Tadashi have changed roles. If you can deal with that, you should enjoy this one.