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Violence Jack
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Cover
バイオレンスジャック
(Baiorensu Jakku)
Genre Horror
Manga
Author Go Nagai
Publisher Kodansha
Chuokoron-Shinsha (Complete Edition)
Shogakukan
ebookjapan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 1973-07-221974-09-29
Volumes 7*
Manga
Author Go Nagai
Publisher Kodansha
Chuokoron-Shinsha (Complete Edition)
Shogakukan
ebookjapan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 1977-011978-12
Volumes 7*
Notes

* Both serializations by Kodansha share the same volumes.

Manga
Author Go Nagai
Publisher Nihonbungeisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Manga Goraku
Original run 1983-08-051990-03-23
Volumes 31
Original video animation
Violence Jack: Harem Bomber
Director Osamu Kamijo
Producer Naotaka Yoshida, Toshihiko Sato
Writer Mikio Matsushita
Studio Soei Shinsha, Ashi Production
Licensor New Zealand United Kingdom United States Manga Entertainment
United States The Right Stuf
Released 1986-06
Runtime 40 minutes
Notes

The original title of this OVA was different. There is no agreement on the original release date. See the OVAs section.

Novel series
Author Yasutaka Nagai
Illustrator Go Nagai
Publisher Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Imprint Kadokawa Bunko
Original run 1986-081987-04
Volumes 2
Original video animation
Violence Jack: Evil Town
Director Ichiro Itano
Producer Kazufumi Nomura
Writer Shō Aikawa
Composer Hiroshi Ogasawara
Studio Soei Shinsha, Japan Home Video, Studio88 (animation), D.A.S.T (animation assistance)
Licensor New Zealand United Kingdom United States Manga Entertainment
United States The Right Stuf
Released 1988-12-21
Runtime 60 minutes
Original video animation
Violence Jack: Hell's Wind Hen
Director Takuya Wada
Producer Yoshio Nakamura
Writer Takuya Wada
Composer Kaoru Ohori, Hiroyuki Kozu, Takeo Miratsu
Studio Soei Shinsha, Japan Home Video, Studio88 (animation)
Licensor New Zealand United Kingdom United States Manga Entertainment
United States The Right Stuf
Released 1990-11-09
Runtime 55 minutes
Manga
Violence Jack Mao Korin Hen
Author Go Nagai
Publisher Nihonbungeisha
Chuokoron-Shinsha (Complete Edition)
Shogakukan
ebookjapan
Demographic Seinen
Original run 1993-11-011993-11-01
Volumes 1
Novel
Violence Jack: Ogon Toshi Hen
Author Tatsuhiko Dan
Illustrator Go Nagai
Publisher Kodansha
Published 1995-07
Manga
Violence Jack Sengoku Majinden
Author Go Nagai
Publisher Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Jump Special
Original run 2001-12-102001-12-10
Manga
Shin Violence Jack
Author Go Nagai
Publisher Coamix
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Bunch
Original run 2005-05-13·202008-04-11
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Violence Jack (バイオレンスジャック Baiorensu Jakku?) is a Japanese manga created by mangaka Go Nagai in 1973. It has had several serializations and oneshot stories which have ran in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Most of the stories have been compiled in around 45 tankōbon while a few of them have been published as special tankōbon or have yet to be published in that format.

A few of the sagas from the manga were adapted in three independent OVAs released in 1986, 1988 and 1990. These OVAs have been released in the USA, Italy, France, United Kingdom, New Zealand and some other countries. In some of these countries, the contents of OVAs have caused censorship issues while in Australia the second OVA was banned altogether.

Contents

Story

The series takes place in a world destroyed by a devastating earthquake in which the remnants of humanity are divided between the strong and the weak. Violence Jack is uncovered amongst the rubble and demolished granite by the inhabitants of this city where he is let loose upon them until he finally confronts the most ruthless of all the warlords, the Slum King.

Characters

Jack

Jack

Half-man, half-giant; Jack is large and incredibly strong and wields a large jack knife. Jack scours the underworld and lends his strength to good causes, protecting the weak and bringing justice to the post-apocalyptic world. At the end of the manga, it is revealed that Jack is Akira Fudo (Devilman) after his battle versus Satan.

Slum King

The ruler of earthquake-devastated Kanto. He was created by Satan as a punishment for himself after he felt remorse for killing Akira. The Slum King keeps Ryo Asuka and Miki Makimura, who are now quadruple-amputees, as his pets. He has two children, Zubaban and Jannu. While he faces off against Jack multiple times throughout the series, he is finally "killed" by a newly-revived Satan. His true identity is revealed after Satan merges Zubaban's head with the Slum King to form Zenon.

Slum Queen

The personal bodyguards of Slum King, made up of twelve beautiful assassins. All twelve look exactly the same. Their leader is the Slum King's lover. In the final volume, she betrays the Slum King, only to have her razor sharp whip impale her due to the Slum King mentally controlling it.

Zubaban

The Slum King's son. He secretly plans to betray his father. He is based in the character Zuba, from Zuba, the barbarian, a manga published in 1971. His real name is Ban Douma.

Ryo Asuka

In Devilman, Ryo Asuka was Akira Fudo's best friend and the one that told him about the demons' plan to take over the world. It turns out he was really Satan and battled Devilman to the death. It was their battle that caused the earthquake that devastated Kanto. Even though he "killed" Devilman, he felt guilty about what he had done. He created the Slum King to punish himself. In Violence Jack, Satan returns to human form. He survives the earthquake, along with Miki Makimura. The two try to evade the Slum King and in the process fall in love. However, Ryo is captured by the Slum King and his limbs are removed. He is treated like an animal by the Slum King and is routinely abused. His younger sister, Honey (borrowed from Nagai's prior work Cutie Honey), tries to rescue him, but dies trying. With the death of his sister and girlfriend, Ryo is able to return to his true form as Satan and "kills" the Slum King. He then resumes his battle with Devilman.

Miki Makimura

While she died at the end of the Devilman manga, Miki is still alive in Violence Jack. She manages to survive the Kanto earthquake and evades the Slum King with Ryo Asuka. She falls in love with him and the two are captured by the Slum King while having sex in a cave. Miki is tortured by the Slum King and has her limbs removed. Like Ryo, she is treated like an animal and a sex toy by the Slum King. Miki dies in the final volume when the Slum King's spear impales her during his final fight with Jack and after dying her true identity is revealed.

Ryou Takuma

A young boy who survived the Kanto earthquake. His mother was crushed under the ruins of their home and his father and sister were burned to death when Mount Fuji erupted. While he starts off as frail and weak, he gradually begins to grow stronger, especially thanks to Jack's influence. He leads an army of children against the Slum King's army early on in the manga.

Manga

Publication

The first serialization ran from July 22, 1973 (1973-07-22) to September 29, 1974 (1974-09-29) in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine, published by Kodansha.[1][2][3] The second ran in Monthly Shōnen Magazine, also published by Kodansha, from January 1977 (1977-01) to December 1978 (1978-12), with a few gaps between months.[2][4][5] This two serializations of Kodansha were originally published in 7 volumes.

Five years later, the serialization continued this time in the magazine Weekly Manga Goraku, published by Nihonbungeisha, and ran from August 5, 1983 (1983-08-05) to March 23, 1990 (1990-03-23).[2][6][7] This serialization originally produced 31 volumes in total.

In November 1, 1993 (1993-11-01), three years later after the end of the previous serialization, a special tankōbon called Violence Jack: Mao Korin Hen (バイオレンスジャック 魔王降臨編 baiorensu jakku maō kōrin hen?) was released by Nihonbungeisha.[2][8][9]. Seven years later, in December 10, 2001 (2001-12-10) a special oneshot story, Violence Jack: Sengoku Majinden (バイオレンスジャック 戦国魔人伝 baiorensu jakku sengoku majinden?, translated as Violence Jack: Demons in a War-Torn Land), was published by Shueisha in a special edition of Weekly Young Jump, Bessatsu Young Jump #14.[2][10][11] This story has not been re-printed or compiled yet.

In May 2005 (2005-05) (cover date 2005-05-13·20) in number 22·23 of 2005 of the magazine Weekly Comic Bunch published by Coamix, the most recent serialization started, with the manga called Shin Violence Jack (新バイオレンスジャック shin baiorensu jakku?, New Violence Jack).[2][11][12] This serialization was irregularly published, stopping in August 19, 2005 (2005-08-19) and re-starting in November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02) to end in April 11, 2008 (2008-04-11) in number 17 of Weekly Comic Bunch.[12][13][14] This series has not been re-published or compiled.

Volumes

The series has been published in tankōbon format several times. Because of the different serializations, each version is different from the previous. As such, only a few of them have the complete series (excluding Violence Jack: Sengoku Majinden and Shin Violence Jack which haven't been compiled yet).

  • Kodansha (1974-1978)
Japanese release date Vol. Japanese ISBN
1974-04-20 1 406109243X
1974-04-20 2 4061092448
1974-08-15 3 4061092561
1977-06-20 4 4061094580
1977-10-30 5 4061094599
1978-05-25 6 4061735047
1978-12-15 7 4061735187
  • Nihonbungeisha (1984-1990)
Japanese release date Vol. Japanese ISBN
1984-05-25 01 4537010177
1984-08-25 02 4537010185
1984-11-25 03 4537010193
1985-01-25 04 4537010207
1985-06-10 05 4537010568
1985-07-25 06 4537010576
1985-10-25 07 4537010584
1986-01-25 08 4537030011
1986-03-25 09 4537030135
1986-06-25 10 4537030313
1986-08-25 11 4537030445
1986-11-10 12 4537030593
1987-01-25 13 4537030739
1987-04-25 14 4537030917
1987-08-25 15 4537031158
1987-11-25 16 4537031336
1988-04-10 17 4537031468
1988-04-25 18 453703162X
1988-07-25 19 4537031786
1988-11-10 20 4537032006
1989-01-25 21
1989-04-25 22 4537032359
1989-07-25 23 4537035447
1989-11-10 24 4537035684
1990-01-25 25 4537035846
1990-05-10 26 453703601X
1990-05-25 27 4537036060
1990-06-25 28 4537036117
1990-07-25 29 4537036168
1990-08-25 30 4537036222
1990-09-25 31 453703629X
  • Kodansha (1984-1985)
Japanese release date Vol. Japanese ISBN
1984-10-06 1 4061010913
1984-10-06 2 4061010921
1984-11-06 3 406101093X
1984-12-06 4 4061010948
1985-01-10 5 4061010956
1985-02-06 6 406101126X
  • Nihonbungeisha (1989)
Japanese release date Vol. Japanese ISBN
1989-01-25 Evil Town 4537032138

A special tankōbon which contains the story arc Jigokugai, better known as Evil Town, released to coincide with the OVA release of the same name.

  • Kodansha (Deluxe edition) (1990-1991)
Japanese release date Vol. Japanese ISBN
1990-07-17 1 406313301X
1990-08-17 2 4063133028
1990-09-17 3 4063133036
1990-10-17 4 4063133044
1990-11-17 5 4063133052
1990-12-14 6 4063133060
1991-01-07 7 4063133079
  • Chuokouron-sha (Complete edition) (1996)
Japanese release date Vol. Japanese ISBN
1996-07-25 01 4120025640
1996-07-25 02 4120025659
1996-08-25 03 4120025667
1996-08-25 04 4120025675
1996-09-25 05 4120025683
1996-09-25 06 4120025691
1996-10-25 07 4120025705
1996-10-25 08 4120025713
1996-11-25 09 4120025721
1996-11-25 10 412002573X

This was the first edition to have the whole series up to that point, including all previous serializations. Each volume is around 900 pages long.

  • Kodansha (Deluxe edition) (1998)
Japanese release date Vol. Japanese ISBN
1998-03-23 1 4063199126
1998-03-26 2 4063199134
1998-03-26 3 4063199142
1998-04-23 4 4063199290
1998-04-23 5 4063199304
1998-04-23 6 4063199312
1998-04-23 7 4063199320
  • Chuokouron-sha (Complete edition) (1998)
Japanese release date Vol. Japanese ISBN
1998-04-18 01 412203129X
1998-04-18 02 4122031303
1998-05-18 03 4122031532
1998-05-18 04 4122031540
1998-06-18 05 4122031788
1998-06-18 06 4122031796
1998-07-18 07 4122032032
1998-07-18 08 4122032040
1998-08-18 09 412203227X
1998-08-18 10 4122032288
1998-09-18 11 4122032512
1998-09-18 12 4122032520
1998-10-18 13 4122032741
1998-10-18 14 412203275X
1998-11-18 15 4122032989
1998-11-18 16 4122032997
1998-12-18 17 4122033209
1998-12-18 18 4122033217

This edition has the whole series up to that point, including all previous serializations. Each volume is around 500 pages long.

  • Shogakukan (2000)
Japanese release date Vol. Japanese ISBN
2000-07-21 01 4091093507
2000-07-21 02 4091093558
2000-08-04 03 4091093590
2000-08-25 04 4091093736
2000-09-08 05 4091093760
2000-09-15 06 4091093817
2000-09-22 07 409109385X
2000-10-20 08 4091094031
2000-10-27 09 4091094082
2000-11-03 10 4091094139

Additionally, with the exception of Violence Jack: Sengoku Majinden and Shin Violence Jack, the whole manga has also been published in ebook format in 45 volumes by ebookjapan.[15]

Relationship to Devilman

When it was originally published there were several hints that pointed out the relationship between Devilman and Violence Jack. The most important being the physical appearance of Slum King human pets: Ryo Asuka and Miki Makimura. However, how they came to be like that was unknown, specially since Miki was already dead by the end of Devilman. At the end of the Weekly Manga Goraku serialization, after Slum King was beheaded, he mysteriously re-appears, just as Ryo does (both he and Miki were previously killed by Slum King), this time speaking and recovering his lost limbs. The final chapter reveals that the apocalyptic world in Violence Jack is in fact a world re-created. Satan (Ryo Asuka) is punished by being constantly humiliated by Slum King (Zenon). Jack is actually Akira Fudo, and is one of three parts that form Devilman, the others being a child Jack and woman Jack, both of which were normally seen as birds around Jack from time to time. They merge together in order to stop the recently awakened Satan. This time Devilman manages to stop Satan.

It should be noted that, towards the end, the manga of Devilman Lady is also a sequel of Devilman, but in this saga, the world is re-created by God and Satan returns to the Earth in the form of Asuka Ran (male) and Jun Fudo (female) in order to bring back Akira, and, at the end, Satan returns to his/her original form and this time Devilman joins him in the battle against God. How both series work with Devilman is not clear neither the relationship between Devilman Lady and Shin Violence Jack. It is also not known how Shin Violence Jack fits in the original Violence Jack since the series was cut short. The last chapter published in Comic Bunch reveals that the true Miki Makimura has been somehow transformed into Kerberos apparently.[16]

Character appearances from other Nagai's manga

Besides the relationship with Devilman, a great number of characters in Violence Jack come from several manga created by Go Nagai. Most of them have a dedicated story arc. These are a few of them:

  • Cutie Honey: Here Honey is the sister of Ryo Asuka and is looking for him. She makes several efforts to rescue him and gets the help of several women, each of which is one of the several forms of Cutie Honey. All of them die at the end.
  • Gakuen Taikutsu Otoko: The role of the main characters of this manga in Violence Jack is very large. They appear in several story arcs. The character Tsubasa Nishikiori, who appears in Shin Mazinger Shogeki! Z Hen as she looks in Violence Jack, originally appeared in this manga, though her appearance was younger.
  • Dororon Enma-kun: The main characters appears as adults with no relationship to the Makai. Kapperu is not a Kappa here.
  • God Mazinger: Aila Mu (also known as Aira Mu), who is the protagonist of Evil Town, is originally from this manga.
  • Harenchi Gakuen: The characters of this series appear with a serious tone. The only surviving teacher is Hige Godzilla, who still retains some of his lust, but is kicked out by the surviving students before turning into a monster.
  • Mazinger Z: Mazinger here has the physical form of a blind black man (slightly similar to Jim Kelly as he appears in the film Enter the Dragon) and is called Jim Mazinger. In order to fight at his best, he gets the help of a small kid named Koji Kabuto, who always rides on his shoulders whenever Jim needs to fight against enemies.
  • Tetsu Senshi Musashi: Musashi plays an important role towards the end of the manga. It is revealed that Slum Queen was in fact his girlfriend for whom Slum King lusted. Musashi faces Slum King but apparently loses, only to reappear some time later in order to try to defeat Slum King and get back his beloved. His death is one of the reasons for which Slum Queen betrays and tries to kill Slum King.
  • Zuba Ban: All characters from the original manga appear. Zuba has a special relevance to the series as he is the son of Slum King and later revealed to be the main face of Zenon (the reason why Slum King had no face).

OVAs

A few of the story arcs of the manga were adapted into OVA format. The first OVA, called Violence Jack: Harem Bomber (バイオレンスジャック ハーレムボンバー baiorensu jakku hāremu bonbā?, it can also be romanized as Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber and in the last Japanese DVD release it was romanized as Violence Jack: Harembombar) was released in June 1986 (1986-06) (some sources place the release date in June 21, 1986 (1986-06-21),[17][18][19] although others place the release date in June 5, 1985 (1985-06-05))[20][21][22]. The original name of the OVA was Violence Jack Bangai Hen Vol.1: Harem Bomber (バイオレンスジャック 番外編 Vol.1 「ハーレム・ボンバー」 baiorensu jakku bangai hen vol.1 hāremu bonbā?),[19][23][24] but there never was a vol.2 as the next OVAs were produced by other companies and published years later.[24]

The second OVA, called Violence Jack: Evil Town (バイオレンスジャック 地獄街 baiorensu jakku Jigokugai?, the Evil Town subtitle has been included since the original VHS release[24][25]), was released in December 21, 1988 (1988-12-21).[17] [26]. This is the most controversial OVA since part of its themes are rape, necrophilia and cannibalism.

The last OVA, Violence Jack: Hell's Wind Hen (バイオレンスジャック ヘルスウインド編 baiorensu jakku herusu uindo hen?, more commonly known simply as Violence Jack: Hell's Wind), was released in November 9, 1990 (1990-11-09).[17][24][27][28]

Non-Japanese releases

The English releases of the OVAs were out of their original order:

Japanese title Japanese release order English title English release order
Violence Jack: Harem Bomber 1 Violence Jack: Slumking 3
Violence Jack: Evil Town 2 Violence Jack: Evil Town 1
Violence Jack: Hell's Wind Hen 3 Violence Jack: Hell's Wind 2

Most non-Japanese versions also use the same order of the English version.

Violence Jack was originally released in an edited form in the US by Manga Entertainment.[29][30][31] As fans wanted to see it uncut, the Right Stuf arranged with Manga Entertainment the release of an unedited version in November 1996 (1996-11). The label Critical Mass was created since it was considered to be too intense for the Right Stuf line.[32] The censored version by Manga Entertainment only had dubbed audio, while the uncensored version by Critical Mass was available in both dubbed and subtitled formats. The censored version was also released in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment. In New Zealand, also released by Manga Entertainment, it was promoted as the banned version from Australia.

The OVAs were released in their uncut version by Manga Entertainment in France in 1999 and by Fox Pathé Europa in 2003, and in Italy by Shin Vision.

Censorship

The first release of Manga Entertainment was cut in most countries where it was released (USA, United Kingdom, New Zealand). In the UK release, the cuts amount 30s in Evil Town[33] of an already cut version for a total of 4:25 mins, 6:43 mins in Hell's Wind'[34], and 25s in Slumking[35] (Harem Bomber) and are related to sex, violence, bondage and cannibalism.[36] The US version also has similar cuts.[37]

The OVA with most censorship problems was Violence Jack: Evil Town. When Manga Entertainment submitted this OVA to the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification, the OVA was refused a rating in 1997.[38][39] It is suspected that this version was the already censored version from the UK (the print reviewed ran 55 mins, whereas the original print runs 60 mins.)[38] Since this OVA was banned the release of the rest was scrapped.[38] Customs seized most of the Violence Jack stock coming from the United Kingdom, that was among other Manga Entertainment VHS being shipped from the UK, but some went missing and went into circulation, and ended up in Blockbuster Video stores and independent video stores.[citation needed]

The OVAs were released uncut in Italy and France. In the US it was also released uncut by Right Stuf (under the label Critical Mass).[37][40]

OVA Summaries

Harem Bomber

A great comet hurls from space and collides with Earth, causing a cataclysmic earthquake that rocks the Kanto Plain of Japan, killing several and reducing the cites to rubble. In this time of weakness, a ruthless man known as the Slum King took control of the Kanto Plain with his brute force and rules it with an iron fist. However, in the middle of a trek across the land with his great forces at his side, he encounters a mighty beast-like man wearing a battered green jacket and a yellow ascot who slaughters his men and then targets the Slum King himself. They clash, but their fight is interrupted by a sudden massive tsunami that separates the two.

The Slum King survives the wave and returns to his immense fortress where he tells his men that no one can dare oppose him and be permitted to live. With that said, he promptly orders his men to kill one Violence Jack, the man whom he confronted before.

The episode revolves around a girl, Mari, being captured by the army and sent to a sex camp. Her boyfriend, Ken'ichi, rescues her with the help of Violence Jack.

At the end, Jack is challenged by Harem Bomber. With great difficulty, Jack manages to defeat Harem Bomber, but at the price of the life of Ken'ichi, who is killed when he is hurled out a helicopter which Jack used to subdue the Harem Bomber.

Mari awakens to witness a bright, shining bird soar into the air. Without hesitation, she pursues it as it glimmers high above.

Evil Town

Due to a massive earthquake, an underground portion of Tokyo has been separated from the outside world. Because of the limited supply of food and the constant threat of intergroup warfare, the underground city's survivors have dubbed the area Hell City. When the story begins, Evil Town has been in existence for several months.

Evil Town is split into three "sections." Section A consists of businessmen and ordinary citizens, and is the most regulated section due to the presence of police officers. Section B, which consists of criminals and lunatics, is controlled by the huge gang leader Mad Saulus and his second in command, the transsexual Blue. Section C, a former modeling agency, avoids contact with the other groups except when necessary.

Section A is attempting to dig their way back to the surface when they uncover Violence Jack, who has apparently been sealed in a rock wall since the earthquake. Section A's leaders invite Jack to stay as their protector, but the other sections have also learned of Jack's existence and call a meeting to see him for themselves.

At the meeting, the Section C leader Aila Mu offers to hire Jack as their guardian and tells him a disturbing story: After the earthquake occurred, the men of both A and B ran wild, capturing and raping the women until they learned that there was enough food for long-term survival. Many of the worst offenders are current Section A leaders, who would revert to behaving like animals if another disaster occurred. Convinced by Aila Mu's story, Jack agrees to aid Section C.

Riled by the lingering presence of Jack, Section B launches a surprise attack on Section A; as Aila predicted, A's leaders turn on one another in an attempt to survive, resulting in the near total destruction of the group. The survivors flee to Section C just as the women finish their own tunnel out of Hell City. Section B raiders arrive and finish off Section A, then begin assaulting the women. Jack defeats the raiders, killing Blue and severely wounding Mad Saulus.

Mad Saulus mourns the loss of Blue, who accepted her despite Blue's differences. In order to combine their power, Mad Saulus consumes her corpse, transforming into a devilish red creature to battle Jack a second time. Jack is heavily wounded in the fight, but manages to kill Mad Saulus by stabbing him through the forehead, returning him to his human form.

The battle between Mad Saulus and Jack gives Section C enough time to make their way to the surface, which is now a flattened ruin instead of a city. Aila Mu laments that her skills as a model are useless in the ruined world, but the rest of Section C assures her that she is a capable and beloved leader. Heartened, Aila Mu returns below ground to find Jack, but he has disappeared without a trace.

Hell's Wind

This time, there is a peaceful post-apocalyptic town known as Hope Town. The biker gang Hell's Wind show up and ransack it. Violence Jack makes his entrance here. The episode starts as a young woman, Jun, and her boyfriend, Tetsuya, are attacked. Tetsuya is murdered by Hell's Wind, and they assault and rape the terrified Jun soon after.

Jack fends off the gang by taking several gunshots which seem to have no effect on him.

Hell's Wind captures a young teacher and takes her to their base which is an abandoned airfield. They take her top off and strap her to a fighter jet. At the behest of a little orphaned boy, Jack goes to rescue her. They try shooting him with a rocket launcher, but Jack tunnels under the ground and bursts out whilst being set on fire to kill everyone. The bike leader tries to escape, but Jack throws his knife at him and cuts his legs off.

Jack departs, strangely heartened by speaking with the orphaned boy, who vowed to become stronger than anyone to protect the people around him.

Staff & production notes

Violence Jack: Harem Bomber[17][20][24][41]

Violence Jack: Evil Town[17][24][42][43]

  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Distribution: Japan Home Video (JHV)
  • Production: Soei Shinsha, JHV
  • Animation: Studio88
  • Assistance: D.A.S.T
  • Original work: Go Nagai
  • Planning: Naotaka Yoshida (Soei Shinsha), Tadao Masumizu (JHV)
  • Work producer: Kenji Miyashita
  • Producer: Kazufumi Nomura
  • Direction: Ichiro Itano
  • Scenario: Sho Aikawa
  • Character design / animation supervision: Takuya Wada
  • Art director: Mitsuharu Miyamae
  • Animation director: Toshinori Nishiguchi
  • Music: Hiroshi Ogasawara
  • Cast: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Violence Jack), Takeshi Aono (Mad Zaurus), Masashi Hirose (Shibaki), Arisa Ando (Aira Mu), Takashi Nakaki (Kawamori)

Violence Jack: Hell's Wind Hen[17][24][27][44]

  • Length: 55 minutes
  • Distribution: JHV
  • Production: Soei Shinsha, JHV
  • Animation: Studio88
  • Original work: Go Nagai
  • Production planning: Naotaka Yoshida (Soei Shinsha), Tadao Masumizu (JHV)
  • Direction / scenario / animation supervision / character design: Takuya Wada
  • Producer: Yoshio Nakamura
  • Animation director: Akihiko Nishiyama
  • Art director: Geki Katsumata
  • Music: Kaoru Ohori, Hiroyuki Kozu, Takeo Miratsu
  • Music director: Yasunori Honda
  • Cast: Unsho Ishizuka (Violence Jack), Run Sasaki (Jun), Kappei Yamaguchi (Saburo Tenma), Sakiko Tamagawa (Keiko), Kazunari Futamata (Joker), Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Dante), Kenyu Horiuchi (Tetsuya), Takeshi Yamaguchi (Gokumon)

Media

Home video

The first OVA, Harem Bomber was originally released in VHS format by Pony Canyon, and the other two, Evil Town and Hell's Wind Hen were released by Japan Home Video. (JHV)[24] Harem Bomber and Evil Town were also re-released by JHV in 1990, Evil Town in a two 30mins. VHS release. JHV also released the three OVAs in laserdisc format.

All three OVAs have been released in DVD format by At Entertainment:[41][43][44]

Release date Title Standard number
November 3, 2000 (2000-11-03) Violence Jack ~Harem Bomber Hen~ ATVD-10080
December 8, 2000 (2000-12-08) Violence Jack ~Hell's Wind Hen~ ATVD-10120
January 12, 2001 (2001-01-12) Violence Jack ~Evil Town Hen~ ATVD-10140

Outside of Japan, it has been released in VHS and DVD format.

Releases in the USA:

Title Format Company Release date
Violence Jack part 1: Evil Town VHS (dubbed) Manga Entertainment September 24, 1996 (1996-09-24)
Violence Jack part 2: Hell's Wind VHS (dubbed) Manga Entertainment October 22, 1996 (1996-10-22)
Violence Jack part 3: Slumking VHS (dubbed) Manga Entertainment November 26, 1996 (1996-11-26)
Violence Jack 1 VHS (dubbed) Right Stuf November 26, 1996 (1996-11-26)
Violence Jack 1 VHS (subtitled) Right Stuf November 26, 1996 (1996-11-26)
Violence Jack 2 VHS (dubbed) Right Stuf January 28, 1997 (1997-01-28)
Violence Jack 2 VHS (subtitled) Right Stuf January 28, 1997 (1997-01-28)
Violence Jack 3 VHS (dubbed) Right Stuf February 25, 1997 (1997-02-25)
Violence Jack 3 VHS (subtitled) Right Stuf February 25, 1997 (1997-02-25)

Releases in the United Kingdom:

Title Format Company Release date
Violence Jack: Evil Town VHS (dubbed) Manga Entertainment July 8, 1996 (1996-07-08)
Violence Jack: Hell's Wind VHS (dubbed) Manga Entertainment August 12, 1996 (1996-08-12)
Violence Jack 3: Slumking VHS (dubbed) Manga Entertainment September 9, 1996 (1996-09-09)
Violence Jack: The collection DVD (subtitled, dubbed) Manga Entertainment March 16, 2005 (2005-03-16)

Releases in France:

Title Format Company Release date
Violence Jack: Evil Town VHS (subtitled) Manga Entertainment October 1, 1999 (1999-10-01)
Violence Jack 2: Hell's Wind VHS (subtitled) Manga Entertainment October 1, 1999 (1999-10-01)
Violence Jack 3: Slumking VHS (subtitled) Manga Entertainment October 1, 1999 (1999-10-01)
Violence Jack DVD (subtitled, dubbed) Fox Pathé Europa April 9, 2003 (2003-04-09)

Releases in Italy:

Title Format Company Release date
Violence Jack Complete Edition VHS (dubbed) Shin Vision July 2003 (2003-07)
Violence Jack Complete Edition DVD (subtitled, dubbed) Shin Vision July 2003 (2003-07)

Novels

Two novels were written by Yasutaka Nagai with illustrations by Go Nagai and published by Kadokawa Shoten[45][46]. The first one, Tokyo Metsubo Hen (東京滅亡編 tōkyō metsubō hen?, loosely translated as Tokyo downfall chapter) was released in August 1986 (1986-08) with 251 pages and ISBN 404157711X[47][48] while the second one, Kanto Slum-gai Hen (関東スラム街編 kantō suramu gai hen?, loosely translated as Kanto Slum-quarters Chapter), was released in 1987-04 (1987-04) with 233 pages and ISBN 4041577128.[49][50]

In July 1995 (1995-07), another novel titled Violence Jack: Ogon Toshi Hen (バイオレンスジャック 黄金都市編 baiorensu jakku ōgon toshi hen?, loosely translated as Violence Jack: Golden town chapter), written by Tatsuhiko Dan with illustration by Go Nagai, was released by Kodansha with ISBN 4063304035.[46][51][52][53]

Picture book

A picture book based on the first OVA was released by Nihonbungeisha under the label Film Comics in August 1986 (1986-08) with ISBN 4537030429.[46][54][55]

Appearances in other media

Besides its related media, Violence Jack has appeared in other media. In music, some tracks have been published in some CD compilations:

Title Theme(s) Company Standard number Release date
Burst Violence Jack Victor Entertainment VICP-60007 1997-05-02
Devilman Densetsu + 3 ~The legends of Devilman~ jack holic BeeSmile BSCH-30011 2004-03-10
Nagai Go Dynamic!! The chronicle jack holic BeeSmile BSCH-30040 2005-12-21

The third OVA of CB Chara Go Nagai World is dedicated to the saga of Violence Jack, where it is also confirmed that Jack is Akira Fudo (Devilman) after his battle versus Satan. Jack also appears (along with several other characters created by Nagai) in the Japanese GBA video game Legend of Dynamic: Go-sho Den Hokai no Rinbu Kyoku published by Banpresto in October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24).

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バイオレンスジャック
(Baiorensu Jakku)
GenreHorror
Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Kodansha
Chuokoron-Shinsha (Complete Edition)
Shogakukan
ebookjapan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 1973-07-221974-09-29
Volumes 7*
Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Kodansha
Chuokoron-Shinsha (Complete Edition)
Shogakukan
ebookjapan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 1977-011978-12
Volumes 7*
Notes

* Both serializations by Kodansha share the same volumes.

Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Nihonbungeisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Manga Goraku
Original run 1983-08-051990-03-23
Volumes 31
Original video animation
Violence Jack: Harem Bomber
Directed by Osamu Kamijo
Produced by Naotaka Yoshida, Toshihiko Sato
Written by Mikio Matsushita
Studio Soei Shinsha, Ashi Production
Licensed by Manga Entertainment
The Right Stuf
Released 1986-06
Runtime 40 minutes
Notes

The original English title of this OVA was different. There is no agreement on the original release date. See the OVAs section.

Novel
Written by Yasutaka Nagai
Illustrated by Go Nagai
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Imprint Kadokawa Bunko
Original run 1986-081987-04
Volumes 2
Original video animation
Violence Jack: Evil Town
Directed by Ichiro Itano
Produced by Kazufumi Nomura
Written by Shō Aikawa
Music by Hiroshi Ogasawara
Studio Soei Shinsha, Japan Home Video, Studio88 (animation), D.A.S.T (animation assistance)
Licensed by Manga Entertainment
The Right Stuf
Released 1988-12-21
Runtime 60 minutes
Original video animation
Violence Jack: Hell's Wind Hen
Directed by Takuya Wada
Produced by Yoshio Nakamura
Written by Takuya Wada
Music by Kaoru Ohori, Hiroyuki Kozu, Takeo Miratsu
Studio Soei Shinsha, Japan Home Video, Studio88 (animation)
Licensed by Manga Entertainment
The Right Stuf
Released 1990-11-09
Runtime 55 minutes
Manga
Violence Jack Mao Korin Hen
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Nihonbungeisha
Chuokoron-Shinsha (Complete Edition)
Shogakukan
ebookjapan
Demographic Seinen
Original run 1993-11-011993-11-01
Volumes 1
Novel
Violence Jack: Ogon Toshi Hen
Written by Tatsuhiko Dan
Illustrated by Go Nagai
Published by Kodansha
Published 1995-07
Manga
Violence Jack Sengoku Majinden
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Jump Special
Original run 2001-12-102001-12-10
Manga
Shin Violence Jack
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Coamix
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Bunch
Media Factory (volumes)
Original run 2005-05-13·202008-04-11
Volumes 2
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Violence Jack (バイオレンスジャック Baiorensu Jakku?) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Go Nagai in 1973. It has had several serializations and one-shot stories which have run in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Most of the stories have been compiled in around 45 tankōbon while a few of them have been published as special tankōbon or have yet to be published in that format.

A few of the sagas from the manga were adapted in three independent OVAs released in 1986, 1988 and 1990. These OVAs have been released in the United States, Italy, France, United Kingdom, and New Zealand. In some of these countries, the contents of the OVAs have caused censorship issues, while in Australia the second OVA was banned altogether.

Contents

Plot

The series takes place in a world destroyed by a devastating earthquake in which the remnants of humanity are divided between the strong and the weak. Violence Jack is uncovered amongst the rubble and demolished granite by the inhabitants of this city where he is let loose upon them until he finally confronts the most ruthless of all the warlords, the Slum King.

Media

Manga

The first serialization ran from July 22, 1973 (1973-07-22) to September 29, 1974 (1974-09-29) in Weekly Shōnen Magazine, published by Kodansha.[1][2][3] The second ran in Monthly Shōnen Magazine, also published by Kodansha, from January 1977 (1977-01) to December 1978 (1978-12), with a few gaps between months.[2][4][5] This two serializations of Kodansha were originally published in 7 volumes.

Five years later, the serialization continued this time in the magazine Weekly Manga Goraku, published by Nihonbungeisha, and ran from August 5, 1983 (1983-08-05) to March 23, 1990 (1990-03-23).[2][6][7] This serialization originally produced 31 volumes in total.

In November 1, 1993 (1993-11-01), three years later after the end of the previous serialization, a special tankōbon called Violence Jack: Mao Korin Hen (バイオレンスジャック 魔王降臨編 baiorensu jakku maō kōrin hen?) was released by Nihonbungeisha.[2][8][9]. Seven years later, in December 10, 2001 (2001-12-10) a special one-shot story, Violence Jack: Sengoku Majinden (バイオレンスジャック 戦国魔人伝 baiorensu jakku sengoku majinden?), was published by Shueisha in a special edition of Weekly Young Jump, Bessatsu Young Jump #14.[2][10][11] This story has not been re-printed or compiled yet.

In May 2005 (2005-05) (cover date 2005-05-13·20) the magazine Weekly Comic Bunch published by Coamix, the most recent serialization started, with Shin Violence Jack (新バイオレンスジャック shin baiorensu jakku?).[2][11][12] This serialization was irregularly published, stopping in August 19, 2005 (2005-08-19) and re-starting in November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02) to end in April 11, 2008 (2008-04-11) in number 17 of Weekly Comic Bunch.[12][13][14] This series was compiled and published by Media Factory in two volumes in 2010.[15][16]

Relationship to Devilman

When it was originally published there were several hints that pointed out the relationship between Devilman and Violence Jack. The most important being the physical appearance of Slum King human pets: Ryo Asuka and Miki Makimura. However, how they came to be like that was unknown, specially since Miki was already dead by the end of Devilman. At the end of the Weekly Manga Goraku serialization, after Slum King was beheaded, he mysteriously re-appears, just as Ryo does (both he and Miki were previously killed by Slum King), this time speaking and recovering his lost limbs. The final chapter reveals that the apocalyptic world in Violence Jack is in a world re-created by God. Satan (Ryo Asuka) is punished by being constantly humiliated by Slum King (Zenon). Jack is actually Akira Fudo, and is one of three parts that form Devilman, the others being a child Jack and woman Jack, both of which were normally seen as birds around Jack from time to time. They merge together in order to stop the recently awakened Satan. This time Devilman manages to stop Satan.

Character appearances from other Nagai's manga

Besides the relationship with Devilman, a great number of characters in Violence Jack come from several manga created by Go Nagai. Most of them have a dedicated story arc. These are a few of them:

  • Cutie Honey: Here Honey is the sister of Ryo Asuka and is looking for him. She makes several efforts to rescue him and gets the help of several women, each of which is one of the several forms of Cutie Honey. All of them die at the end.
  • Gakuen Taikutsu Otoko: The role of the main characters of this manga in Violence Jack is very large. They appear in several story arcs. The character Tsubasa Nishikiori, who appears in Shin Mazinger Shogeki! Z Hen as she looks in Violence Jack, originally appeared in this manga, though her appearance was younger.
  • Dororon Enma-kun: The main characters appears as adults with no relationship to the Makai. Kapperu is not a Kappa here.
  • God Mazinger: Aila Mu (also known as Aira Mu), who is the protagonist of Evil Town, is originally from this manga.
  • Harenchi Gakuen: The characters of this series appear with a serious tone. The only surviving teacher is Hige Godzilla, who still retains some of his lust, but is kicked out by the surviving students before turning into a monster.
  • Mazinger Z: Mazinger here has the physical form of a blind black man (slightly similar to Jim Kelly as he appears in the film Enter the Dragon) and is called Jim Mazinger. In order to fight at his best, he gets the help of a small kid named Koji Kabuto, who always rides on his shoulders whenever Jim needs to fight against enemies.
  • Tetsu Senshi Musashi: Musashi plays an important role towards the end of the manga. It is revealed that Slum Queen was in fact his girlfriend for whom Slum King lusted. Musashi faces Slum King but apparently loses, only to reappear some time later in order to try to defeat Slum King and get back his beloved. His death is one of the reasons for which Slum Queen betrays and tries to kill Slum King.
  • Zuba Ban: All characters from the original manga appear. Zuba has a special relevance to the series as he is the son of Slum King and later revealed to be the main face of Zenon (the reason why Slum King had no face).

OVAs

A few of the story arcs of the manga were adapted into OVA format. The first OVA, called Violence Jack: Harem Bomber (バイオレンスジャック ハーレムボンバー baiorensu jakku hāremu bonbā?) was released in June 1986 (1986-06) (some sources place the release date in June 21, 1986 (1986-06-21),[17][18][19] although others place the release date in June 5, 1985 (1985-06-05))[20][21][22].

The second OVA, called Violence Jack: Evil Town (バイオレンスジャック 地獄街 baiorensu jakku Jigokugai?)[23]}}, was released in December 21, 1988 (1988-12-21).[17] [24]. This is the most controversial OVA since part of its themes are rape, necrophilia and cannibalism.

The last OVA, Violence Jack: Hell's Wind (バイオレンスジャック ヘルスウインド編 baiorensu jakku herusu uindo hen?), was released in November 9, 1990 (1990-11-09).[17][25][26]

Non-Japanese releases

The English releases of the OVAs were out of their original order:

Japanese title Japanese release order English title English release order
Violence Jack: Harem Bomber 1 Violence Jack: Slumking 3
Violence Jack: Evil Town 2 Violence Jack: Evil Town 1
Violence Jack: Hell's Wind Hen 3 Violence Jack: Hell's Wind 2

Most non-Japanese versions also use the same order of the English version.

Violence Jack was originally released in an edited form in the US by Manga Entertainment.[27][28][29] As fans wanted to see it uncut, the Right Stuf arranged with Manga Entertainment the release of an unedited version in November 1996 (1996-11). The label Critical Mass was created since it was considered to be too intense for the Right Stuf line.[30] The censored version by Manga Entertainment only had dubbed audio, while the uncensored version by Critical Mass was available in both dubbed and subtitled formats. The censored version was also released in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment. In New Zealand, also released by Manga Entertainment, it was promoted as the banned version from Australia.

The OVAs were released in their uncut version by Manga Entertainment in France in 1999 and by Fox Pathé Europa in 2003, and in Italy by Shin Vision.

Censorship

The first release by Manga Entertainment was cut in most countries where it was released (USA, United Kingdom, New Zealand). In the UK release, the cuts amount to 30 in Evil Town[31] of an already cut version for a total of 4:25 mins, 6:43 mins in Hell's Wind'[32], and 25 in Slumking[33] (Harem Bomber) and are related to sex, violence, bondage and cannibalism.[34] The US version also has similar cuts.[35]

The OVA with most censorship problems was Violence Jack: Evil Town. When Manga Entertainment submitted this OVA to the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification in 1997, the OVA was refused a rating.[36][37] It is suspected that this version was the already censored version from the UK (the print reviewed ran 55 mins, whereas the original print runs 60 mins.)[36] Since this OVA was banned, the release of the rest was scrapped.[36]

The OVAs were released uncut in Italy and France. In the United States it was also released uncut by Right Stuf under the Critical Mass label.[35][38]

OVA Summaries

Harem Bomber

A great comet hurls from space and collides with Earth, causing a cataclysmic earthquake that rocks the Kanto Plain of Japan, killing several and reducing the cites to rubble. In this time of weakness, a ruthless man known as the Slum King took control of the Kanto Plain with his brute force and rules it with an iron fist. However, in the middle of a trek across the land with his great forces at his side, he encounters a mighty beast-like man wearing a battered green jacket and a yellow ascot who slaughters his men and then targets the Slum King himself. They clash, but their fight is interrupted by a sudden massive tsunami that separates the two.

The Slum King survives the wave and returns to his immense fortress where he tells his men that no one can dare oppose him and be permitted to live. With that said, he promptly orders his men to kill one Violence Jack, the man whom he confronted before.

The episode revolves around a girl, Mari, being captured by the army and sent to a sex camp. Her boyfriend, Ken'ichi, rescues her with the help of Violence Jack.

At the end, Jack is challenged by Harem Bomber. With great difficulty, Jack manages to defeat Harem Bomber, but at the price of the life of Ken'ichi, who is killed when he is hurled out a helicopter which Jack used to subdue the Harem Bomber.

Mari awakens to witness a bright, shining bird soar into the air. Without hesitation, she pursues it as it glimmers high above.

Evil Town

Due to a massive earthquake, an underground portion of Tokyo has been separated from the outside world. Because of the limited supply of food and the constant threat of intergroup warfare, the underground city's survivors have dubbed the area Hell City. When the story begins, Evil Town has been in existence for several months.

Evil Town is split into three "sections." Section A consists of businessmen and ordinary citizens, and is the most regulated section due to the presence of police officers. Section B, which consists of criminals and lunatics, is controlled by the huge gang leader Mad Saurus and his second in command, the transsexual Blue. Section C, a former modeling agency, avoids contact with the other groups except when necessary.

Section A is attempting to dig their way back to the surface when they uncover Violence Jack, who has apparently been sealed in a rock wall since the earthquake. Section A's leaders invite Jack to stay as their protector, but the other sections have also learned of Jack's existence and call a meeting to see him for themselves.

At the meeting, the Section C leader Aila Mu offers to hire Jack as their guardian and tells him a disturbing story: After the earthquake occurred, the men of both A and B ran wild, capturing and raping the women until they learned that there was enough food for long-term survival. Many of the worst offenders are current Section A leaders, who would revert to behaving like animals if another disaster occurred. Convinced by Aila Mu's story, Jack agrees to aid Section C.

Riled by the lingering presence of Jack, Section B launches a surprise attack on Section A; as Aila predicted, A's leaders turn on one another in an attempt to survive, resulting in the near total destruction of the group. The survivors flee to Section C just as the women finish their own tunnel out of Hell City. Section B raiders arrive and finish off Section A, then begin assaulting the women. Jack defeats the raiders, killing Blue and severely wounding Mad Saurus.

Mad Saurus mourns the loss of Blue, who accepted her despite Blue's differences. In order to combine their power, Mad Saulus consumes her corpse, transforming into a devilish red creature to battle Jack a second time. Jack is heavily wounded in the fight, but manages to kill Mad Saurus by stabbing him through the forehead, returning him to his human form.

The battle between Mad Saurus and Jack gives Section C enough time to make their way to the surface, which is now a flattened ruin instead of a city. Aila Mu laments that her skills as a model are useless in the ruined world, but the rest of Section C assures her that she is a capable and beloved leader.

Hell's Wind

This time, there is a peaceful post-apocalyptic town known as Hope Town. The biker gang Hell's Wind show up and ransack it. Violence Jack makes his entrance here. The episode starts as a young woman, Jun, and her boyfriend, Tetsuya, are attacked. Tetsuya is murdered by Hell's Wind, and they assault and rape the terrified Jun soon after.

Jack fends off the gang by taking several gunshots which seem to have no effect on him.

Hell's Wind captures a young teacher and takes her to their base which is an abandoned airfield. They take her top off and strap her to a fighter jet. At the behest of a little orphaned boy, Jack goes to rescue her. They try shooting him with a rocket launcher, but Jack tunnels under the ground and bursts out whilst being set on fire to kill everyone. The bike leader tries to escape, but Jack throws his knife at him and cuts his legs off.

Jack departs, strangely heartened by speaking with the orphaned boy, who vowed to become stronger than anyone to protect the people around him.

Novels

Two novels were written by Yasutaka Nagai with illustrations by Go Nagai and published by Kadokawa Shoten[39][40]. The first one, Tokyo Metsubo Hen (東京滅亡編?) was released in August 1986 (1986-08)[41][42] while the second one, Kanto Slum-gai Hen (関東スラム街編 kantō suramu gai hen?), was released in April 1987 (1987-04).[43][44]

In July 1995 (1995-07), another novel titled Violence Jack: Ogon Toshi Hen (バイオレンスジャック 黄金都市編 baiorensu jakku ōgon toshi hen?), written by Tatsuhiko Dan with illustration by Go Nagai, was released by Kodansha.[40][45][46][47]

Other media

The third OVA of CB Chara Nagai Go World is dedicated to the saga of Violence Jack, where it is confirmed that Jack is Akira Fudo after his battle with Satan.

Jack appears in the Japanese GBA video game Legend of Dynamic: Go-sho Den Hokai no Rinbu Kyoku published by Banpresto in October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24).

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