Anime / Genocyber

An ultraviolent OVA by AIC from 1993 about two psychic sisters. Elaine, who is mute and mentally deficient, and Diana, who is crippled, are part of an illegal experiment in unlocking psionic potential and aimed at creating Super Soldiers. When Elaine escapes from the research lab, Diana is sent to retrieve her, only to kill her in a fit of rage. However, Elaine's mind survives and takes over Diana's cyborg body, transforming into a mutant creature called the Genocyber.

Much bloodshed ensues.

The OVA was adapted into an unfinished manga that was based on some of the first episode's plot; reading it first reduces the Mind Screw levels a fair bit.

Genocyber was directed by Koichi Ohata, who also directed MD Geist, Cybernetics Guardian and Burst Angel.

Genocyber contains examples of these tropes:

  • Ambiguous Innocence - It's doubtful that Elaine really understands what she's doing whenever she goes on the rampage, but that doesn't make her any less dangerous.
  • Amputation Stops Spread - The Genocyber does this in episode 3 to stop the Vajranoid from corrupting it.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy - Diana in her cyber-body, Elaine after she takes Diana's body whether or not she's in the form of Genocyber, the two cyborgs in the first episode.
  • Blind Seer - Mel, from the fourth and fifth episodes, tries to obtain money by fortune telling with her amazing psychic powers.
  • Body Horror - A lot of it shows up, but the freaky way in which the two cyborg guns-for-hire remorph their bodies to take on the Genocyber has to get top billings.
  • Cain and Abel - Diana hates Elaine because their "father" loves Elaine more and regards Diana as just a tool to control her. This leads to her killing Elaine... only to have her own body stolen by Elain afterwards.
  • Cluster F-Bomb - The dub of the first 3 episodes. Due to the dark, gritty Cyber Punk atmosphere they create, it works extremely well.
  • Cute Mute - Elaine is mute, although she does occasionally communicate using her Psychic Powers and body language. In the manga, neither sister was mute.
  • Cyber Punk - Interestingly enough, this is one of the few anime that actually sticks to the Cyber Punk mold. Most so-called cyberpunk anime is actually Post Cyber Punk.
  • Dumb Muscle - Elaine is a rare Psychic Powers version, officially having the brain of an animal but tremendous Vajra reserves. This is precisely why she's so dangerous, as she has all that power and little higher reasoning to hold her back when she lashes out.
  • Dystopia - Come episode 4, the OVA switches from the after-mentioned Cyberpunk society to a full blown Dystopia [[created due to the result of Genocyber's self-proclaimed war causing humanity to initiate a full blown nuclear war to totally wipe her out.]]
  • Eye Scream - One of various examples of the Gorn in the manga. In fact, it actually happens twice- once to a random Red Shirt in the first chapter, and once to Diana in the third chapter. It also happens a few times in the anime, most noticeably in the first episode where the title mecha uses one cyborg mook's eye sockets as a hand-hold to tear its spine out.
  • Faceless Mecha-Mooks - Faceless and mecha, yes, but the mook part is played with. In the manga, they're very talkative and other than one beating the living crap out of Diana, their badassery is something of an Informed Ability. However, in the anime, we're given a close-up view of the handiwork of about 20: a hospital hallway absolutely covered in horribly mutilated corpses and body parts, followed by them horribly torturing the only witness. The most recognizable corpse is a nurse, whose head slowly detaches itself and falls off to the right, tendons visibly and audibly just snapping as it does so.
    • This may or not be true, as the event is shown to be a dream. Even if you didn't figure this out from the train with organs attached to it, the witness wakes up unscathed afterwards.
    • Double-subverted when the two cyborg gangsters slaughter most of them, including a rear lobotomy by way of drill hands. We only see about three get killed, but they're pretty much effortlessly slain.
  • For the Evulz - The Faceless Goons slaughter a bunch of hospital workers and mutilate a detective for no apparent reason in the first episode. There's also the whole, you know, torturing two innocent girls to make them go nuts and form a large green demon-robot-thing for no reason bit.
  • Gorn - The OVA contains such delightful sights as the aforementioned hospital scene and a scene of children being shredded by helicopter miniguns; the former is legitimately horrific, whereas the latter could be considered Narm.
  • Grand Theft Me - Elaine becomes the Genocyber by taking over Diana's body and apparently casting out or destroying Diana's psyche in the process.
  • Harmful to Minors - The entire manga is essentially Elaine and Diana getting tortured.
  • High-Pressure Blood - Surprisingly, only one usage is noticed. In the first episode, a mook is given visions of bugs crawling in his head by an unconscious Elaine, which prompts him to tear open his scalp, causing blood to spray all over the surroundings. The rest of the gore is rather realistic, especially in the second episode; the gunshot wounds aside from a head-explosion are disturbingly life-like, and they actually took care to draw the tibia and fibula snapping along with the muscle tearing on an ankle shot.
  • How We Got Here - The first chapter of the manga is set at the end of the story.
  • Hopeless War: The prologue of episode 4 reveals humanity has been fighting one against Genocyber for a hundred years.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Infant Immortality - Averted multiple times.
    • In the first episode, Elaine's friend gets murdered as an incentive for her to come back and form the Genocyber.
    • The second episode begins with children being disintegrated by a helicopter minigun.
  • Laughing Mad - Myra in the third episode.
  • Mad Scientist - Nguyen Morgan and Kenneth Reed, the two scientists responsible for the creation of the Genocyber. Not to mention Sakomizu, the scientist in episodes 2-3 who loses his shit and turns an Aircraft Carrier into a Techno-organic monstrosity.
  • Meat Moss: The aftermath of the aforementioned Aircraft Carrier.
  • Mega Corp.: Kuron/Kyuryu.
  • Mind Screw - There is almost no exposition whatsoever aside from a Mad Scientist explaining how the Psychic Powers work in the beginning of the first episode. This makes the totally unexplained Time Skip between the first two episodes even more bizarre.
  • Painful Transformation - The creation of the Genocyber, supposedly. We see it from within her psyche, and get glimpses of Diana's head on a fully robotic body afterwards, while her screams for the Energy Being Elaine to get out of her head play in the background.
  • Pink Mist - A child is shot in the head with a helicopter minigun in the series' absolute most infamous scene. It essentially vaporizes everything above his upper lip.
  • Person of Mass Destruction - Once the two sisters come together to form Genocyber, nothing is left standing!
  • Psychic Powers - Called "Vajra", but the idea is the same. It's more akin to the "vectors" from Elfen Lied, in function if not in form.
  • Shout-Out - A very weird one. The first episode, in both languages, starts with a scientist asking "What's the frequency, Kenneth?".
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: The very bleak views regarding the future of humans and society puts this so far down the cynicism side of the scale to the point of almost total nihilism.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance - An odd case where the series main theme is this, the upbeat "Fairy Dreaming". Also, there is the end theme of the second episode: "Instead of Standing Here Alone", which is even more dissonant.
  • Super Soldier - The purpose behind Elaine and Diana's existence.
  • State Sec: Ark De Grande city's police force.
  • The Future - The third story—which comprises the fourth and fifth episodes—is set in the year 2400.
  • Time Skip - The time between the first and second arcs is unspecified, but the time between the second and third arc is about 400 years.
  • Transformation Trauma - The OVA practically runs on this and Gorn.
  • Unskilled, but Strong - Elaine has tremendous power, but her ability to control it with finesse is hindered by her limited mindset. She simply reacts on instinct, unwitting of the chaos she causes as a consequence. Most poignantly, it's implied at the end of the first episode that she's the one who killed her "boyfriend", and she did so entirely by accident while trying to save him.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds - Elaine.