Released in 1988, only two years after the first episode “Harem Bomber”, the second episode was written and directed by Sho Aikawa, who some of you may remember for his other works like “Full Metal Alchimist”, “Genocyber”, and “Angel Cop” just to name a few. The story in Evil Town revolves around groups of refugees who are seeking shelter from their mortal enemies who seek to massacre them, rape their women, and take over their territories. Now, unlike the previous episode “Harem Bomber”, “Evil Town” actually features some pretty good animation for its time. In fact, the animation is a 100 times better than the first episode. The characters and backgrounds are very well drawn and polished, the moving quality is very smooth and fluid, and it definitely holds up well by today’s standards. And I LOVE the level of detail. In fact, there’s no contest when you compare this to the first episode. Evil Town just looks and feels fresh even many years later. When I look back on this today, it still feels like I’m seeing something brand new. Oh, and before I continue on with this review, I want to let the audience know in advance that this second episode is not only heavy on its levels of violence and gore, but also with its attention to sexual content and rape scenes. And trust me, there’s plenty of that to go around here. And not only that, but it also has a lot of disturbing scenes that are just off the charts. Because of this, a lot of this episode’s content was cut out from the English dub. In fact, “Evil Town” is the most censored out of the three episodes. But I’ll get to that as I go over the general plot. Beware, for there are spoilers.
Because of the earthquake, an underground portion of Tokyo has been separated from the outside world. Because of the limited supply of food and the constant threat of intergroup warfare, the underground city's survivors have dubbed the area "Hell City". When the story begins, Evil Town has been in existence for several months, and it is split into three "sections". Section A consists of businessmen and ordinary citizens, and is the most regulated section due to the presence of police officers. Section B, which consists of criminals and psychopaths, is controlled by a large hulking gang leader named “Mad Saurus” who has a partially disfigured face, and his second in command, the transsexual Blue, who I honestly couldn’t tell was either a dude or a chick. In fact, there’s no better time than now than to go over this. Blue (yeah, that’s his/her name) is without a doubt one of the most bizarre characters I’ve EVER seen in an anime! And the first thing I noticed about him/her is that he/she looks feminine, but speaks with a deep masculine voice… I’m like what is up with Blue’s voice? Half the time she sounds like a freaking man! And she sounds masculine in both the English and Japanese versions respectively. And yes, she’s a hermaphrodite. Not just half man half woman, but the worst of both. Hmmm… I wonder if maybe… Just maybe mind you… She’s related to Frank ‘N’ Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show? “I’m just a sweet transvestite! From transsexual! Transylvania!” Or, to quote the kid from Mrs. Doubtfire, “He’s a she! He’s a sheshesheshe! He's a she! He’s a he-she! He’s half man! Half woman!” Yeah... Okay... Moving on now, the last area within the ruins of Tokyo is Section C, a former modeling agency full of women that avoids contact with the other groups except when necessary. Section C is the most vulnerable of the three sections, as they can be a means to a future for mankind if they mate with the right men. However, most of these Section C women are the typical damsel in distress stereotypes. Not only are most of the women helpless, but Sections A and B both pose a threat to their existence, which of course isn’t a good thing on their part, especially since they have no guardian to protect them.
Anyway, the episode opens up deep within the underground ruins of the devastated Tokyo, where two kids are seen wandering through the dark hallways which is invested with flies, roaches, and other kinds of vermin. And it just so happens that they are in possession of some stolen meat. The fat kid boasts that he was the one who stole the meat, and the smaller kid demands a slice. But just before they could enjoy their catch for tonight, they are spotted by Officer Kawamori, who although is a police officer, comes off as devious at best, and treacherous at worst. Don’t believe me? Just watch this episode and look at his face. He constantly has a creepy and sinister smile on half the time. Hey, you look me in the eyes and tell me that guy doesn’t look psychotic. Anyway, Officer Kawamori spots the two thieves. He states how rules are rules, that the kids should be punished for breaking those said rules, and threatens to shoot them where they stand for stealing from them. The two kids beg for their lives, but Kawamori isn’t buying it, and prepares to execute them in cold-blood with his gun. But then suddenly, the lights go off for a brief moment, giving the fat kid the chance to escape while the smaller kid is shot dead by Kawamori. After that bit of betrayal, Kawamori tells his men to bring the smaller kid’s corpse back to Section A to set an example, while the fat kid makes his way over to Section B in an attempt to get accepted into the group by the gang’s boss, Mad Saurus. But despite the treacherous kid’s pleads, Mad Saurus denies his request, and has Blue beat the shit out of him. After beating him senseless, Mad Saurus finishes the fat kid by crushing his head under his heel, saying that he shouldn’t have left Section A, and that he and his men stick together and don’t betray their own comrades. Damn… At least this guy’s got standards. I’ll give him that much at least.
Anyway, back with Section A, they’re attempting to dig their way back to the surface. But they unexpectedly unearth Violence Jack, who has apparently been sealed in a rock wall since the earthquake. So wait… First of all, how did he end up inside that wall? I mean if he's such a big hulking beast of a man with superhuman strength, why didn't Jack just break out by himself? And… Does this episode take place before or after the events of “Harem Bomber”? Is this a sequel or a prequel? Or does this episode completely ignore the events of the said OVA? This is confusing as hell. Anyway, Section A's leader invites Jack to stay as their protector, but the other sections have also learned of Jack's existence and call a meeting to see him for themselves. This results in a war between Sections A and B for total and absolute control over all territories. Now, as you can imagine, the English dialogue is pretty subpar, but it’s hilarious in some parts. And admittedly, Jack has some of the best lines. Yes, in this episode, Jack has more lines of dialogue than he did in Harem Bomber. And one of his best lines is when the leader of Section A asks his name, to which Jack answers “I don’t have a name. However, this jack knife has lent me its name. So… Call me Jack… Call me Violence Jack…” And I like the way he says those lines. It’s just well executed in my honest opinion. Not to mention it sounds badass. So, I take it that Jack doesn’t remember that he was Akira Fudoh in his past life? Well, if that’s the case, I guess I can’t blame him. Because what are the chances that someone could remember that they were someone else in a previous life? I honestly wouldn’t know. The leader of Section A tells Jack that his name suits the place because its called “Evil Town” due to it being plagued with violence and corruption. And he gives us a little backstory, although we already had this explanation at the beginning of the episode. But to its credit, the animation in this sequence is quite impressive. And it looks absolutely horrific with how the world fell into ruins. But rather than working together to survive, the three sections remain separate from each other due to their petty differences. And along with that they had to fight against diseases and hunger to stay alive. So anyway, Jack’s presence starts a riot between Sections A and B, and all hell breaks loose as a result of it. But before we get to the totally WTF parts of this episode, let’s first go over how the plot develops. Before Jack was discovered, we see that Section A has a bunch of children, and to pass the time, these kids chase and kill roaches and rats for food. Okay… Yeah, I know that this is a post-apocalyptic era and that humanity is doing whatever they can to survive, but eating roaches and rats is just… Gross… Not to mention those animals carry all kinds of diseases. And is it just me, or does the fat kid look like a 50 year old midget?
So anyway, with Jack on their side (at least for the time being), Section A boldly decides to meet with Section B, and Section B’s leader, Mad Saurus, is all too eager to meet with Jack to see if the legends about him were true. Turns out, they are. And if you have seen the English dub of this episode, you may remember how Jack constantly referred to Saurus as “Captain Butt-Wipe”. And I have to admit that is a pretty hilarious one-liner there. Jack and Saurus confront each other with threats of violence. Until suddenly, out of the shadows, emerges a young sexy green-haired woman named Alia Mu, the leader of Section C. She explains to Jack how Sections A and B have been waging a pointless war against each other, and how both Sections pose a threat to Section C’s existence. She then pleads Jack to be their protector against the two opposing groups. Aila offers to hire Jack as their guardian and tells him a disturbing story: where we learn that Officer Kawamori is nothing more than a hypocrite, a backstabber, and a pervert, (there was really no shock value here as Kawamori was suspicious to begin with) as he raped Aila for his own sexual desires. And the same is true of all the other men in Section A. And since the earthquake occurred, the men of both A and B ran rampant, capturing and raping the women for their own sexual pleasure until they learned that there was enough food for long-term survival. Many of the worst offenders are the current Section A leaders, who would revert to behaving like animals if another disaster occurred. And mind you, this flashback scene was cut from the English dub. Convinced by Aila's story, Jack agrees to aid Section C. And it is here where Jack discovers that Section C consists only of women, and their area is much better kept than the two other group’s territories; filled with water, electricity, and all the necessary needs for survival. In fact, judging from the looks of the place, Section C’s territory looks like an underground shopping center. But this makes me question, did Section C build this place all by themselves? Or was it salvaged from the remains? And why are there only women and no men in Section C? This raises the question on how Section C would reproduce to ensure the future of mankind, or if the group consists primarily of lesbians… Anyway, upon inviting Jack to their place, Aila tells Jack that he can stay with them for as long as he wants, and that they would see to his every wish. However, Jack is only concerned about dispensing justice on the evil doers, as he has no sexual or romantic interest in any of the women in his presence. But even so, he stays with them for a while. Later, Jack accompanies the women of Section C deep within the tunnels of their territory. And it is here where he displays his immense strength my punching a hole through a stone wall, breaking a passage way for the women to get to safety. But just then, another women arrives to the scene to warn the rest of Section C about the sudden outburst of violence between Sections A and B. Meanwhile, back in the said groups, Mad Saurus and his men break their way into Section A’s territory, and start slaughtering everybody there, including the children. Okay, now I have to say I’m rather sensitive about seeing violence being inflicted on children. And I know this is just an anime and everything but… This one scene with the kids being butchered and slaughtered like lambs is downright disturbing… And this red haired bitch with knives shows them no mercy; she ruthlessly hacks and slashes the kids like Jason Voorhees. She decapitates the fat kid, slashes the head of another kid, guts another one, throws a knife to the head of a kid who tries to escape, and slashes a little girl… I was like “Dear God! This bitch is a sadistic monster!” And understandably, this scene was cut from the English dub. But it was kept in the Japanese and Italian versions. While that’s going on, Aila begs Jack to stop the senseless bloodshed between the two factions. But Jack, being the only one with common sense, asks her “Didn’t you say you hated Sections A and B?” to which Aila says “Yes, I do hate them. But I can’t stand watching people kill each other.” But this raises the question, if Sections A and B posed a threat to Section C, why would Aila want the bloodshed to stop? If anything, if the two groups kill each other, then Section C would be safe from harm. I mean heck, even Jack has the common courtesy to point out the mistakes in Aila's decisions.
Later, Mad Saurus and his gang break their way into Section A’s base of operations, where Officer Kawamori reveals his true colors (again, I wasn’t that surprised because he was devious to begin with), and he shoots his leader dead along with the remaining Section A members. And so Kawamori, being the backstabbing bastard he is, gets accepted by Mad Saurus into his gang, and they continue their rampage throughout the ruins. Jack, who finally decides to take action, confronts Mad Saurus, and the two engage in a one on one fight to the death. The two really go at it with each other. And admittedly, this fight is better animated than the one between Jack and Harem Bomber from the previous episode. Saurus manages to deliver a few devastating blows, but Jack gains the upperhand, and delivers some blows of his own. But Blue interferes, and Jack turns his attention to him/her. Blue literally wets him/herself (which I admit was kind of funny), but Saurus defends him/her from Jack, and the two continue their fight. Meanwhile, Kawamori breaks his way into Section C, kills Ricky (a tall buff blue haired woman who was one of Aila’s closest friends), and leads the rest of Section B into the territory. And it is here where they proceed to graphically rape the women. Yeah, I’m not kidding. This scene actually shows the women being raped by the bad guys in graphic detail. Again, this scene was cut from the English dub for understandable reasons. And it is here were Kawamori attempts to rape Aila again. But his fun time is interrupted by Blue, who tells Kawamori that he has outlived his usefulness. So he/she kills him by driving a crowbar into his torso. After finishing with him, Blue attempts to have Aila for him/herself. Aila begs and pleads Blue to stop. But then suddenly, an enraged Jack appears out of the shadows, much to Blue’s shock and dismay. And without hesitation, he decapitates the crazy hermaphrodite with his knife, putting him/her down for good. Note, in the English dub, Jack says “Sorry! Not interested” before he decapitates Blue. But in the Japanese version, he says “Shineh geido!” (Die pervert!) Heh. After finishing with Blue, Jack goes on a murderous rampage, massacring the rest of Saurus’ gang. And there’s one part in this scene where the red haired bitch from earlier begs for her life, and offers herself to Jack as his sex slave. But Jack isn’t having any of that, and mercilessly rips her to shreds. Now, I would say that I felt sorry for her because of the way she screamed as Jack was tearing her apart, but it serves her right for murdering those children. Though, this scene was also cut from the English dub. Jack continues his rampage, and brutally dismembers the rest of the gang until there’s no one left standing (though he doesn’t hurt the women being raped). With Jack’s rage now satisfied, he calms down, and the women thank him for saving them amidst the carnage. But it’s not over yet, there’s still Mad Saurus to deal with.
In the next scene, Mad Saurus arrives to the site where he discovers the bloody and torn apart remains of his gang. But he is shocked and horrified upon seeing Blue’s decapitated head resting on the ground. Grief-stricken and heartbroken, Saurus holds Blue’s head next to him, and mourns his/her loss. In the midst of his grief, Saurus monologues that he will avenge Blue, or die trying. He also comments that sooner or later, he will be reunited with Blue in hell, and that hell will be an interesting place. And it is here were we get what is perhaps the most disturbing scene in this entire episode; Mad Saurus literally devours Blue’s head, and his/her decapitated body! Yeah, I’m not joking! He literally EATS Blue’s remains! Now if that isn’t fucked up, I don’t know what is! But then again, Mad Saurus is not exactly human now is he? And so after that bit of cannibalism, Mad Saurus mutates into a more hideous monstrosity, and seeks out Jack. Before the final battle, Jack tells the women to escape into the outside world, while he deals with Mad Saurus personally. The two confront each other for the second and final time, and exchange some epic dialogue. And it is here where Jack says one of his most epic lines; “Behind me is the outside world. I’m sure you must have dreamed about it. It’s where the sun shines, the wind blows, and the rain falls. But this world is only fit for human beings to live in. It’s not a place for a subterranean scum dog like you should ever infect!” And with those words, the final battle between them commences. And I like how the animation features intense light and shadowing to the point in which it looks black and white, with red being used for blood. In fact, this effect reminds me of Sin City. Although that movie came out years later. So I guess Violence Jack beat them to the punch. Not to mention the animation in this scene is really kick ass. Jack does his best to hold his own against Mad Saurus. But now in his more powerful and monstrous form, Mad Saurus is more formidable than he was before, and puts up quite a fight. He manages to kick Jack’s ass and land a few gashes and scrapes on him. But even so, Jack keeps on going despite Suarus’ advantages. Meanwhile, the women have escaped the underground ruins and arrived to the outside world where the sun is rising. And needless to say, the women are quite happy and relieved to finally see the outside world as it looks beautiful to them despite the ruined city. Meanwhile, back with the fight between Jack and Saurus, the effect is now in red and black monochrome, which kind of reminds me of the Terminator’s screen vision. And it seems as if though Saurus has the upper hand as he mercilessly beats on Jack, and jams his knife into his chest. Jack does his best to prevent Saurus from digging the knife further into his chest, but Saurus doesn’t let up and persists in hurting Jack. But just when things look hopeless for our main hero, Jack finally gains the upperhand. And after trading a few blows with each other, Jack manages to jam his knife into Saurus’s forehead… Which doesn’t kill him instantly, but causes him to mutate back to his regular self. And while still having the knife in his head, Saurus monologues to Jack on how they will go to hell together before finally succumbing to his injury, and dying before Jack’s feet. With Jack standing victorious, he leaves Saurus’ corpse where it lies, walks his way out of the tunnel, and disappears into the light. Back with the remaining survivors of Section C, Aila is reluctant to lead the rest of the women. But the other ladies reassure her that she has what it takes to lead them. And so the episode ends with the women as they watch at the ruins before them. And that’s the end.
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. That was Violence Jack: Evil Town. And what did I think of it? Well, minus the graphic rape scenes and the part where the red haired bitch slaughters the children, this was actually a pretty solid episode. In fact, I actually enjoyed this very much. The animation is incredible for 1988, and it’s a MAJOR improvement over Harem Bomber. The storyline is easier to follow along and understand, and I actually found myself invested in it. Granted, this episode is not without its flaws. It does have some pacing issues and it constantly uses fade ins and fade outs for the beginning and ending of certain scenes, and the animation does have its moments when it drops in quality. But other than that, despite its flaws, it had some stuff that I actually enjoyed. The characters are actually pretty interesting (especially the androgynous Blue and the obviously evil Kawamori). Mad Saurus was a pretty cool villain because he was downright ruthless and wicked. And Aila was actually a character who I routed for because I feared for her safety. And thankfully she and the rest of Section C do survive the end, unlike Ken from Harem Bomber who just wasn’t very fortunate. But perhaps the highlight of Evil Town is the final battle between Jack and the mutated Mad Saurus, which was just epic and climactic as hell. So yeah, I actually enjoyed Evil Town despite all the rape and the children getting butchered, and the hilarity of the English dub. It’s a pretty satisfying episode overall. Well, now that that’s over, the next Violence Jack episode I will cover is the third and last one, “Hell’s Wind”. Coming up next.