The Guyver - Bio-Booster Armor

The Guyver - Bio-Booster Armor is an anime series in the The Guyver franchise
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A 12 episode OVA closely based on Yoshiki Takaya manga of the same name.

In ancient times, an alien race tinkered with human DNA to create the ultimate warrior, or zoanoid. Though these creatures were intended for battlefields on distant worlds, the Creators left before the experiment was complete. Zoanoids interbred with the human race in a number of incidents that survive today as stories of demons, vampires, and werewolves. The "bio-booster" suit was an advanced Creator armor that augmented its wearer's strength. Three such units are stolen in the present day by an agent of the Chronos corporation and scattered in an explosion. One ends up in the hands of Japanese schoolboy Sho, who activates it and becomes its designated wearer. Another is activated by Chronos' agent Lisker, whose power module malfunctions during a fight with Sho. Chronos' Commander Gyro arrives in Japan to recover the third Guyver unit and kidnaps Sho's friend, Mizuki, to draw him out of hiding. He also creates a hyper-zoanoid to fight the Guyver unit on equal terms. Agito Makishima, the son of the former head of Chronos Japan, becomes the third Guyver symbiont, and Sho's school is destroyed as Chronos' minions attack it in search of his control medallion. Though Chronos Japan is defeated, Sho learns that there are many other outposts, and he is forced to fight Dr. Valcus, who creates several new zoanoids and even works on "Enzyme," the anti-Guyver. Sho's father is transformed into a monster and Sho is forced to kill him. Losing the ability to bio-boost, Sho regains it by asking the spirit of his father for help in a time of dire need. Though the evil is defeated for now, Sho must face several more of the zoanoids' "Zoalord" controllers . . . one day.

Based on the 1985 Shonen Captain manga by Yoshiki Takaya, which continued the story long past the non-ending of the anime, this unremarkable sci-fi series remains a recognizable brand in the U.K. market, chiefly due to Manga Entertainment's policy of releasing it at an insanely discounted price that made it affordable for the young boys for whom it was originally made, though if they bought all twelve tapes, it would still cost them a pretty penny. An earlier version of the same story was animated as the 55-minute movie Guyver: Out of Control (1986), directed by Hiroshi Watanabe and also released in the U.S. It has the same basic plot but a female owner of Guyver Two, and it possesses a brevity that leaves less room for the pointless repetitions of its straight-to-video successor. But neither anime version really does justice to the material-humanity as the descendants of abandoned military experiments may be a clever idea, but it is used as little more than an excuse for visceral transformations and predictable fights against monsters-of-the-week. Two live-action movies retold the same early chapters of the story, Screaming Mad George's Guyver (1991, aka Mutronics) and Steve Wang's Guyver: Dark Hero (1994).

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Name The Guyver - Bio-Booster Armor
Name: 強殖装甲ガイバー,
Romaji: Kyōshoku Sōkō Gaibā
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Start Year 1989
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