I never thought I’d see the day that Japan would make something like this. I should not be surprised, yet I still am. This is Gyo.
Alternate Title: Gyo
Genres: Horror, sci-fi
Themes: Fish, Virus
Objectionable content: Significant, blood, sex and nudity.
Running time: 71 minutes
Plot Summary: Killer stinky fish equipped with mysterious walkers (Walking fish) emerge from the ocean and go on a rampage in Japan, infecting the air with their foul stench.
Both the manga and anime are perfect examples of hilariously bad B Horror movies. It has everything one would expect from a low-budget, crappy horror movie: Unlikable (and some stupid) characters, unnecessary fanservice, poor animation quality/CGI, silly villains and an insane explanation as to the threat’s origin, poor character development (Although the main protagonist’s main plot conflict is resolved, yet still poorly) and a bad ending.
What else can I say about this movie? It’s a movie about a swarm of killer fish rampaging around Japan, killing or infecting other people with a virus that turns them into belching and farting tubs of green lard machines. I just spoiled half of the movie but movies like this aren’t meant to be taken seriously. This movie would fit perfectly on the SyFy channel. It’s that cheesy and that bad.
I will give the show some minor compliments. Kaori is both a sexy protagonist and the ONLY likable character in the movie…or the least idiotic, I guess. Everyone else, like I said, is either lame, detestable or silly. There’s a reason why I posted this picture besides more views. It is because Gyo dared to do something different. I am not talking about killer land fish because that has been done with sharks…many times. What I’m referring to is the shower scene. Usually shower scenes start from the butt to the head. Gyo’s shower scene starts from the head to the breasts. I commend it for being indiscreet.
Overall, Gyo has to be an intentionally bad OVA/manga that was specifically made for low-budget direct to video exploitation fans. If this was meant to be taken seriously, which I highly doubt, then the writers must have been high when they wrote the script for both OVA and manga. If they knew they were making crap for the sake for the sake of a good laugh, then mission accomplished because I laughed a lot. I recommend this to anyone willing to sit down and enjoy something stupid for the lulz.
As a bonus, here’s a special Top 40 bad shark movies list, which I would personally like to switch one of those movies and add Gyo in it.