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Goku Midnight Eye is a Cyberpunk manga series by Buichi Terasawa. It ran from 1987 to 1989 and received a pair of OVA by Madhouse under the direction of Yoshiaki Kawajiri. It takes some inspiration from Journey to the West.

Private eye and former cop Goku Furinji has a bad night. He is investigating a number of suicides of police officers when he encounters the person responsible for those suicides, a mysterious woman who promptly ensnares him in her hypnotic trap, and the only way to survive is to stab his own eye out. Fortunately for him, he wakes up fitted with a cybernetic implant that allows him to access nearly every computer on Earth and the Sun Wu Kong rod, a multipurpose weapon that can extend to quite a length. Now turned into the most powerful man in the world, Goku resumes the investigation only to find out it falls deeper into the net of underground rulers.

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  • Boom, Headshot!: Genji Hakuryu is killed this way by the severed head of the gynoid Goku killed earlier, sending the rest of him into a Disney Villain Death.
  • Cyborg: Several in the series, but most importantly the main character (who has a cybernetic eye) and the peacock woman (who has... well, a cybernetic peacock tail).
  • Electronic Eyes: The title character receives a cyber-eye that does everything an eye, a computer and a microscope can do.
  • Everything Is Online: Which is justified by the cyberpunk setting. It is stated that Goku could hack even the Russian and American nuclear missile systems.
  • Eye Scream: It features one of the most horrifying instances of this trope.
  • Femme Fatale: Naturally, being a cyberpunk work, Goku encounters a few.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: The peacock woman, possibly for extra hypnosis.
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  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The midget assassin is killed by his own gynoid when it blasts him through the head with a laser.
  • Instant Expert: At least in the OVA, Goku masters the Sun Wu Kong rod offscreen and apparently quite fast. One can almost forget he is supposed to be a detective and not a pole vaulting champion when watching him Roof Hopping with the damn thing.
  • Mind over Matter: The villain of the second OVA has telekinesis.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Goku wears no shirt under his jacket and tie.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: As said above, Goku doesn't wear a shirt on his suit, yet nobody points this out. Apparently, either the future fashion is that weird or Goku has a pass because he is a hunk.

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