Iria: Zeiram The Animation (Japan 1994)

Rating: ***

Divided into six installments

Features Iria as a young hunter's apprentice and her very first encounter with Zeiram (1991). With character designs by Masakazu Katsura ("Shadow Lady," "DNA2," and "Video Girl Ai"), Iria is very cute and perky - just what you'd expect from his work. The mecha design is strange, but consistent, and the story seems a bit convoluted. A lot of fun with icky monsters and bloody violence, but the firefights towards the end tend to get a litte ridiculous.