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"Parasite Dolls": Infectious Action or Deadly Dull?

In the not-too-distant future of Parasite Dolls, androids called “Boomers” live among us. Some do our chores, some run our radio stations, others… well, they randomly go on killing sprees in Genom City. Enter Basil “Buzz” Nikvest and his Boomer ally Rod. Together they’re off to figure out why these Boomers are going kaboom in this three episode series spin-off from the Bubblegum Crisis universe.

Easily a more mature “flick” (the three episodes are combined into a movie presentation of sorts) than something you would expect with ties to a show called Bubblegum Crisis, I feel the need to point out that things get gory and racy at times (how ironic considering my recentMalice @ Doll review), so much so that this would easily win an R rating in the U.S. True, the case does say “17+,” but just throwing this out there in case you were ready for the standard Dragonball GT/Kiddy Grade review material.

In Genom City, these mechanical men known as “Boomers” live side by side with us. Naturally, this doesn’t sit well with some people, from politicians to hookers. They’re not racist, they just don’t see why anyone would, quote, “do it with a can opener.” Oww. So when Boomers start acting nutso in the streets, in back alleys, in hotels, and everywhere else, Boomer haters begin to find out that the problem’s worse than even they anticipated. Boomers are programmed, and if they get a virus, they can kill.

The creators have actually been trying to cure defective ones, but instead of issuing a recall or releasing Service Pack 2, they instead release nanomachines into the populace through drugs (narcotic style, not Sudafeds [Actually Sudafed is a legal narcotic in Oklahoma -Ed]). Buzz and Rod are at the center of the investigation into the mysterious changes in the Boomers, but they are also aided by the shy Reiko Michaelson, Boomer analyst/part-time manic depressive Bill Mysers, and the drop-dead gorgeous (for ink-on-cel, of course) Elza “Angel” Lynch.

Their investigation will lead them to a… yes, I get to say it more than once in my life, and within a month no less!

Freaky zombie porn-bot.

Never thought I’d be able to say that again. Actually, scratch that.

Freaky psychotic hooker-bot.

Yes, Japan must have a fascination with mechanical working gals that go psycho and kill people in a ravenous quest to make men’s dreams come true.

After the drugs are figured out and the hooker-bot is taken care of, the final third tries to bring some sub-plots together in an explosive finalé. We learn a little bit more about Buzz but then everything topples like dominos.

Though I might have thought it to be the greatest thing since sliced bread if I was more familiar with the other installments in this universe, I don’t think it’ll be remembered as fondly as other post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies such as Akira and Ghost in the Shell. As it is though, it’s a decent watch even for someone who has no idea what they’re getting into.

Extras include production sketches, a “Get on the Beat” music video, the original Japanese promo video, an exclusive promo video shown at Anime Fair 2002, trailers for other ADV discs, and a mini-poster. Nothing too exemplary, but at least it isn’t bare bones.

Should you grab it? I’d say give it a watch if you find a good deal, but don’t track it down like it’s the Holy Grail of PornBots.

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