Tentacle Film with Character and Depth? The Legend of Overfiend on Retro Bizarro

A guy sporting converse sneakers and whiskers comes to earth with his horny sister and a little purple alien whose penis, though incredibly small, is always just  . . . there. The biggest loser in school is chasing after the school’s most popular cheer leader. Could he be the one? No. Never.

Until he gets hit by a car and giant penises obliterate the hospital where said loser is resting. Somehow, he manages to survive, piquing the interest of a demon who sports a huge fucking vagina harboring tiny, penis-like appendages in the middle of his forehead.

And that’s just the first twenty minutes.

Created in 1987, Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend is quintessential risque anime. Some might refer to it as tentacle porn. But there’s a lot more going on here than that. This film features compelling characters like Amano Jyaku, the half-animal half-man. He’s been sent to earth to find the Overfiend, and he’s not having much luck. By the time he actually does find the chosen one, he learns that the rebirth of the world will be prefigured by imminent destruction of just about everything, except for the hot cheerleader who carries the Overfiend’s baby.

Just about every character in the story has some layer of depth going for them. Even arguably foil characters like Suikakuju (pronounced sweet caca jew), who unleashes leviathan during his short appearance, is pretty kick ass.

There are some excellent battle sequences, a love triangle, and some great villains. There’s a rags to riches story of sorts, and a hell of a twist ending, which I guess by today’s standards isn’t really as hard to predict by the middle of the film as it was when I first watched it at 14. And looking back, the film is extremely gory at parts, which might be considered a good thing by some, but I’m not necessarily a fan myself.

At the time, the local video store let 17 year olds rent filthy anime. While we could sneak a peek at the porn rack at the D&L convenience store, Overfiend was the one thing 17 year olds could check out without being shooed out of the store, or questioned for loitering around the adult section. Overfiend was the last passage of right before we had access to nicotine.

This film was so widely circulated in my area that by the time I graduated I think every guy and half of the girls in my school from Sophomore year forward had watched it. And now it is the welfare and suicide capital of the north country, and our neighboring town has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country. I’m not saying there’s a definitive connection, but there’s definitely a positive correlation.

"I know you have a pair of pants, Kuroko. Now go and fetch them."

The film version released in the United States is heavily edited, but if you watch the original series you’ll soon see that you’re not missing much. A lot of the unnecessary sex scenes (not to say there are no unnecessary sex scenes in the western version) are chopped out, which actually improves the pace of the story quite a bit.

The later films are not quite up to par with the first. The first two contain allusions to actual historical events, with a hentai twist of course. For example, the sequel features a weird sex machine that was allegedly created by Hitler for the purpose of world domination. I’ve always enjoyed fictionalized history, but I think that’s where the “merit” of the sequel ends. Still, if you’re into bizarre stories with a little gore and sex, the original edited version of Urotsukidoji is worth checking out. I would even go as far as to say that if you are a little squeamish, it still might be worth watching for the characters and storyline alone.

Check out a short battle from the film:

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