->''You guys passed up'' Apocalypse Zero, ''literally the most insane anime I've ever seen in my life! Seriously, the first time I tried to watch it, I [[NoodleIncident woke up ten days later in a petting zoo in Croatia]]!''
-->--'''WebVideo/BennettTheSage,''' ''Anime Abandon''

''Apocalypse Zero'', also known as ''Kakugo no Susume'', is a manga and two-part OVA from TheNineties. It revolves around two siblings, Kakugo and Harara, who are given Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}-esque suits of PoweredArmor that let them defend [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] Tokyo from demons and mutants. After Harara succumbs to the evil within the armor, it is up to Kakugo to defeat his sibling.

This is basically the entire plot. Yes, it's that banal. The series' appeal comes from the ridiculous array of baddies it features, starting with a [[FanDisservice gigantic, nearly-naked woman]] who likes to call herself "Beauty," a building-sized homosexual leprechaun IdolSinger, and more.

Oh yeah, and it's violent. ''Really'' violent. We're talking [[LudicrousGibs "guts spewing, blood gushing, skin melting, bones-sticking-out-limbs" violent]]. Watch at your own risk, folks.


* AfterTheEnd: Though some places are still functioning pretty well such as Kakugo's high school.
* AFatherToHisMen: Compared to most villians, Harara has an unusual love and appreciation for his minions, being forgiving of their mistakes and grateful for their sacrifices. He genuinely cares for the lives and wellbeing of the monsters under his command. He's not quite AffablyEvil to people in general, but a homicidal mutant horror couldn't possibly ask for a better boss.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The Steel Balls.
* BearsAreBadNews: In the beginning of the anime, Kakugo and Harara have to fight one...which has several pairs of giant breasts, for some reason.
* CainAndAbel: Kakugo and Harara.
* CampGay: Dogumakuro, the giant blue leprechaun who dresses like a member of the Music/VillagePeople.
* CampStraight: Horie's boyfriend, or so he would like to think, is an incredibly flamboyant... creature that wears biker clothes and speaks with a girl's voice. He punches our hero a few times for no reason.
* {{Expy}}: Jin Saotome from ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}'' (and, later, ''VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever'') is a dead ringer for Kakugo. They even wear the same scarf!
* FanDisservice: Any time someone appears naked, it'll be {{Squick}}y.
* FullFrontalAssault: From villains and hero alike, you can count in one hand the number of times Kakugo remains clothed for a whole fight.
* GagPenis: *shudder* Some of the "Tactical Fiends/Evils" have mutated attack genitals.
* {{Gorn}}: Dear God. ''Apocalypse Zero'' has been called the most vile anime ever made, and not without very good reason. The very first bit after the titles has a woman being killed via being squeezed to death, and vomiting her guts all over her boyfriend. And the kicker? The anime is actually ''tamer'' than the manga.
* GrossoutShow: It features a constant stream of LudicrousGibs and heavily-sexualized villains.
* HumansAreUgly: Hamuko considers human girls ugly and wants to kill them all.
* IdiotBall: Harara in the anime, right after Kakugo beats all the demons that are thrown at him. Instead of going out and fighting Kakugo himself, Harara decides to possess the body of the last demon that he sent via a machine. The problem is that 1) Harara was told that any damage the demon's body takes will be transferred onto him. 2) The demon's body is stiffening due to rigor mortis, limiting Harara's movements, and 3) It was established that Harara was a better fighter then Kakugo and could more then enough take him in a full match. But no, Harara decides this is the best option. [[spoiler:End result, Kakugo beats the demon's body silly and finishes by punching its head off. Yeah.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Kakugo is such a boy scout that he's in shocking contrast to his enemies, which are disgusting mutants with terrible puffy {{Gonk}} faces and oozing with FanDisservice. His heroic speeches are better than anything you'd hear out of a standard superhero show...it's just ''weird.''
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Takayuki Yamaguchi is a '''huge''' fan of the legendary anime & tokusatsu singer [[note]]and occasional voice actress[[/note]], Creator/MitsukoHorie, so he named Tsumiko Horie after her [[note]]Tsumiko is a rearrangement of Mitsuko[[/note]], and naturally Mitsuko Horie ended up voicing her in the anime version.
* PronounTrouble: Harara has a female body after merging with his armor, Kasumi, but is still referred to by male pronouns.
* PuppeteerParasite: What happens to [[spoiler:Horie at one point.]]
* VaginaDentata: Just make a game out of it.