Name: DNA2, Dokokade Nakushita Aitsuno Aitsu
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction
Episodes: 15 (12 TV, 3 OVA)
Released: TV: Oct. 7, 1994 – Dec. 23, 1994; OVA: 1995
Based On: DNA2 manga series by Masakazu Katsura
Director: Jun’ichi Sakata
Produced By: Bandai, Nippon TV
|Character||Japanese Cast||English Cast|
|Junta Momonari:||Keiichi Nanba||Liam O’Brien|
|Karin Aoi:||Miina Tominaga||Jessica Calvello|
|Ami Kurimoto:||Hiroko Kasahara||Rachael Lillis|
|Ryuji Sugashita:||Takehito Koyasu||Tom Wilson|
|Tomoko Saeki:||Megumi Hayashibara||Veronica Lake|
|Kotomi Takanashi:||Hekiru Shiina||Lotus|
|Oharu:||Eiko Yamada||Barry Banner|
|Yokomori:||Ryunosuke Ohbayashi||Tristan Goddard|
|Lulara Kawasaki:||Sakiko Tamagawa||Rebecca Miriam|
|Mori:||Jun Hazumi||Michael Alston Baley|
DNA2 is about the typical high school loser, Junta, who runs into Karin, who has come from the 100 years in the future. Her mission is to find the so-called “Mega-Playboy” who is destined to father 100 children, passing his Mega-Playboy jeans on to them, causing each of them to have 100 children, and so forth. This obviously creates a massive population boom and it is Karin’s job to shoot the original Mega-Playboy with a bullet filled with DNA Control Medicine to re-write the Mega-Playboy’s DNA so that he becomes a normal person before he even has the chance to father any children.
Unfortunately for Junta, Karin identifies him as the future Mega-Playboy and shoots him with her bullet. The only problem is that Karin took the wrong bullet back with her – a bullet which, instead of wiping the Mega-Playboy DNA from Junta, turns him into the Mega-Playboy. Luckily for Karin, Junta’s DNA isn’t stable immediately after shooting him, and she spends the rest of the series trying to fend of Junta’s Mega-Playboy side while at the same time trying to hook him up with his childhood friend Ami, hoping that her influence will but the Mega-Playboy DNA within Junta into submission.
Dna2 was the first full anime series I ever watched, and to me it left a good impression as can be best evidenced by the fact that I’m still watching anime.
I thought this show was pretty funny, with comedy being the primary base of the series, at least through the first 8 or 9 episodes or so. However, the series takes a much darker turn in the final 6 episodes or so. One might think that switching from primarily a comedy to primarily a drama in the middle of the series would be an issue, but I actually think it works pretty well as the series switches over from the hilarity that ensues with Junta fighting his Mega-Playboy side and transitions into a pair of story arcs which deals with the danger of DNA manipulation and a conspiracy in the future to use the Mega-Playboy’s powers for their own purposes.
This is definitely an older series, running in 1994, so some parts may not be as high a quality as more recent series, but the story is still pretty solid overall. Given when it was released, I don’t think the music was about average, and I think the animation is actually pretty good. The English dubs I think were also done fairly well.
Overall, I think this is a series that quite a few people might enjoy. The switch in genre in the middle may turn off those who would watch the series for one genre or the other, but I think all-in-all quite a few people would enjoy this series.
First Watched: August, 2005
Do I Own: Yes
Do I Recommend: Yes