Another Monkey Punch title turned into an OVA, Scoopers is a futuristic tale about a female investigative reporter and her android cameraman. Their latest investigation into the Technoland amusement park pits them against the evil Mister X. The OVA was filmed using a special 3D technique and requires specialized hardware to view the 3D effects. Dave Merrill's post provides a bit more information and a few pictures of the VHS release.
Scoopers is another example of why the one shot OVA is difficult to pull off well. The story starts with a less than interesting premise; a mysterious Mister X is doing nasty things like blowing up space shuttles during launch. Who better to track down this dastardly villain than a female reporter and her trusty, and slightly lecherous, android photographer. What follows is a series of lackluster action sequences culminating in an ending that leaves room for a sequel. Why anyone would be excited enough to create or watch a sequel after this entry would be the greatest mystery to solve.
The story is not necessarily awful, but there just is not enough time to really do anything interesting. It plays around with some interesting concepts -- androids, pulling people into a computer ala Tron. However, they are just thin devices used to move the action scenes along until the end credits roll. If you are a Monkey Punch fan, you will get some slight entertainment out of it, but this is an otherwise forgettable title.
- Director: Watanabe Hideo, Hirabayashi Jun
- Music: Kosugi Yasuo
- Character Design: Monkey Punch
- Art director: Matsudaira Satoshi
- Director of Photography: Sugaya Nobuyuki
- Original story: Monkey Punch
- Planning Producer: Sugaya Nobuyuki
- Sound director: Ota Katsumi
- Unit Director: Asada Yuji