Anime / Genma Wars

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Genma Wars (幻魔大戦 -神話前夜の章- Genma Taisen: Shinwa Zen'ya no Shō?) the TV series has been released in the US under the name "Genma Wars" by Media Blasters on DVD, later re-released in a box set of the entire TV series.

It is the second adaptation of the Genma Taisen manga, the first being the 1983 movie dubbed as 'Harmagedon' in English.

Genma Wars is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where mankind has been subjugated by a demonical tribe known as Genma. The humans are reduced to little more than slaves for the Genma, who employ mutant armies of cyclopses, vampires, werewolves, highly intelligent simian soldiers, and other mythological beings, to keep the humans at bay. The authoritarian Genma leader, The Maoh King, desires to have an heir with immense, extraordinary power. He orders his men around the kingdom to abduct Hito women, who possess latent powers. The Maoh King is convinced that if he conceives a child with a Hito woman the child will possess amazing powers.

In one case, in exchange for the safety of her village, a Hito girl called Non submits to the Maoh King, and gives birth to male twins, Loof and Gin. Loof is taken to grow up among the Genma, while Gin grows up under his mother' care, however she is labelled as a whore by her fellow kinsmen. Eventually, Loof and Gin encounter each other and plan revenge against their hated father. However, their father reveals he only created them, and the whole hybrid Human-Genma, to bring the war across the Earth, out of boredom. He throws his sons in a time portal, back to the present time, when the war was initiated, in order to stop their dystopic world.


This series provides examples of:

  • After the End: Its revealed that the show takes place in a distant future where the coming of the Genma tribe brought down human civilization.
  • Aliens Made Them Do It: Ran attempts to kill Gin in his sleep under the influence of Dar, her demonic baby who is controlling her from within.
  • All Men Are Perverts
  • All Men Are Rapists: Nearly all male character barring the main protagonists... Sometimes not even then.
  • Anyone Can Die: This show has a very bleak tendency to kill off characters around Loof and Gin with extreme prejudice. By the end, Loof, Gin, Namie and Pogo are the only named characters to live at the end, surviving the Genma downfall and mankind's destruction in the distant past.
  • Apocalypse How - Class 2: Human society as a whole fell in the distant past, and the demons had completely taken over civilization. There are next to none pockets of resistance or remnants of the past still guarded by humanity. Its shown with more detail in the finale: the apocalypse was engineered by a Genma cabal who had infiltrated the government and various positions of power, they built a space station armed with nuclear warheads and created genetically-enginereed apes to serves as theirmooks. First they deployed the apes and then, nuked the whole planet to kingdom come, leaving their own homebase intact from where they would rebuild society in their image.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Big Bad: The Maoh King and Parome, as the despotic rulers of Earth and on the top of Genma's command, they are responsible for the lead characters' woes and suffering. Up until they are killed in Episode 9 and its revealed they are merely puppets to a higher power - the Great Genma King, who has reincarnated into Ran's baby Dar.
  • Bittersweet Ending: To put it midly. The heroes fail to prevent mankind's downfall after being sent back in time - millions are killed, civilization is destroyed and their original timeline still exists (meaning Non, Nuu, Mina and Ran are still dead). However, the Great Genma's plan to turn either twin into a new Maoh King fails, the Genma in the future are still destroyed, the sun rises again over the land the ending narration states that humanity will rebuild themselves with Loof and Gin watching over them, not as their guardians, not tyrants
  • Crapsack World: Imagine a world where normal humans are reduced to slaves and cattle to demons and their mutant henchmen. And on the top of the food chain, there is a Evil Overlord whose favorite pastime is finding females to forcibly mate with in a effort to produce a powerful heir. He has sired many children, but they always fail to live up to his expectations and end up being executed or banished. There are a few resistance groups, but its made clear they are out for themselves rather than to protect mankind.
  • Damsel in Distress: Nearly every female in the series.
  • Darkness Equals Death
  • The End of the World as We Know It: In the final episode, modern-day Earth is devastated by nuclear warfare.
  • Enfante Terrible: Dar, Ran and Dan's son turns out to be a vile Genma who is exceedingly powerful and vicious. He is also the true Big Bad.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • The Maoh King gets his in the very first scene in the show, where he murders his son after passing a test to join the Mah tribe. Then he transforms the son's mentor into a wolf for calling him out.
    • The Ninjas try to present themselves as freedom fighters who oppose the Genma, but they don't fool anyone when their first scene has then robbing peasants of their destined tribute to their masters. They are bandits pretending to be rebels.
  • Genre Shift: While the dark tone is consistent throughout, the series goes from a post-apocalyptic Dark Fantasy dealing with demons and magic, and towards the end it turns into an Urban Fantasy where the twins are investigating the hidden Genma conspiring to bring about the end of the world.
  • Godiva Hair: One of Loof and Gin's half-sisters.
  • Good Is Not Soft
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Whenever the Genma use their powers, their eyes glow white.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted with prejudice. Children are just as susceptible to the Genma's cruelty as adults, though we don't get to see them actually killed onscreen, its mentioned they taste delicious and in one instance, Loof saves a couple of kids from being devoured by Genma. Averted in Episode 10, where a little girl is ran over and killed by a reckless couple from the Special District.
  • La Résistance: The Ninjas consider themselves as such, since they oppose the demon's regime and claim to fight for human's freedom. In practice, however, they are little more than bandits that only target humans, robbing their crops and tithes destined as tribute to their Genma overlords. They don't do anything to relieve humans from their oppression and in fact make things even worse for them.
    • Loof and Gin form a proper one with some of their half-siblings, uniting to take down the Genma tribe. Its sadly short-live however, as their assault on the Genma's castle ends with all their brothers and sisters dead, though they succeed in destroying their hated father.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The only ones who get one new outfit were Meena, Loof and Gin.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Non, Meena, Rei and Mako.
  • Mama Bear: Non, Namie and Ran.
  • Meaningful Name: Katsu's name means "Victorious", which describes him well since he managed to defeat several genmas by himself.
  • Mooks: The Apes make up the bulk of the Genma's armies.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Practically every young female.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Maoh King, Parome, Genma.
  • Nice Girl: Non and Meena had a loving and caring personality and were very empathetic when their loved ones were hurt or unhappy.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: Non and Meena are pure of heart and the only humans with force powers. This may be the reason why the Maoh King was attracted to Non as she was beautiful and was pure of heart.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Genma. They come in several varied forms (some resembling humans with exotic eyes and skin color, others resembling animal-human hybrids) and they are said to come from another dimension in the distant past, where they had lay waste to Earth, established domain over mankind. They are almost Always Chaotic Evil, literally treating humans like cattle (no really, their markets sell human organs as dishes and human children are considered delicious dessert) with only a handful Genma being considered remotely decent people (Loof and Nuu) and its quite clear they are exception to the rule, rather than the norm. They are capable of interbreeding with humans, creating very powerful hybrids (such as the main protagonists) and its implied they can even elevate humans into Genmas (as Ran tries to plead Parome turn her into a Genma). They are also capable of taking human disguises in modern times to blend with society and install themselves in position of power.
  • Papa Wolf: Nuu.
  • Parental Substitute: Parome reluctantly becomes this for Loof, while Nuu is to Gin.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Non.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Meena and Loof. She is clad in a short pink dress in her introduction, while he is dressed in a blue outfit.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Meena.
  • The Pollyanna: Non and Meena.
  • Pregnant Badass: Meena and Ran.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Earie.
  • Rape as Drama: It happens with female characters depressingly often.
  • Rape Discretion Shot: Zig-Zaged. Due to his "force powers", we don't see Moah King raping the girls, although we do see the girls floating around the room moaning except for Non, who is allowed to remain on the floor and move freely while she is writhing in agony as this is happening to her. The girls are completely naked with their arms, legs, shadows and light beams covering their private areas.
    • Averted in episodes 3 and 11.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Loof is the blue to Gin's red.
    • Meena is the blue to Loof's red.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Non in the first episode as she is forced to strip before the Maoh King and his army.
  • Serial Rapist: Maoh King. Could qualify as mass rapist too when he is shown violating several girls at once.
  • Sex Equals Love / Villainous Crush: One-sided. Maoh King takes an interest in Non ever since the first time he sets his eyes on her and is (or at least tries to be) gentle with her when he rapes her.
  • Sibling Team: Loof and Gin when they are reunited.
  • Son of a Whore: Loof and Gin are seen as this by the Hito clan because their mother willingly offered herself to the Maoh King so they could spare her village.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The series finale plot. They fail..
  • Sweater Girl: Rei and Namie.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Parome would qualify as this since her husband doesn't pay her any attention, cheats on her and ends up being forced to raise one of her much hated step-sons.
  • Tagalong Kid: Pogo.
  • Team Mom: Non and Namie.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Non, Meena and Ran.
  • The Caretaker: Namie to Loof and Gin.
  • The Cutie: Non and Meena.
  • The Ingenue: Non and Meena.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Non is the only female protagonist who wears shoes.
  • The Starscream: Parome, when she decides she is through being cheated by her husband.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Non and Mako.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Non's and Mako's respective sets of parents.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Maoh King and Parome, though its not at all a healthy marriage. The former cheats on her with other women like there is no tomorrow.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: Moah King only rapes virgin girls.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Parome.
  • Woman in White: Meena's second outfit.
  • Woman Scorned: Parome.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Almost every adult in the series.
    • Parome has no problem using her powers to physically abuse an infant Loof.
    • Its frequently said human children are considered a delicacy in Genma culinary.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Meena and Ran have blue and green hair respectively.
    • Loof and Gin's half-sister has dark violet hair.
    • There are also several humans with green and blue hair.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Maoh King turns one of his minions into a doll after he brings Maoh King a rather vain and pretentious girl.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The Maoh King sleeps with girls that are much younger and prettier than Parome on a regular basis, which makes her paranoid and eventually drives her to insanity. She frequently sends Earie to see how the girls are like and has Non killed when the Maoh King requests to see Non again.

Alternative Title(s): Harmagedon

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