I know it's kinda hard to make it out through that geyser of blood and everything, but that's Rin standing over there on the other side with her razor-sharp mutant talons outstretched. ...and that poor bastard's head who was just sliced down the middle? Don't feel too sorry for him 'cause just moments earlier, he and his paramilitary buddies were blasting away at Rin with the semiautomatic machine guns in their noses.
Kind of a hell of a way for Rin to ring in her sweet sixteen! The mean girls at school torment her relentlessly. Her right hand is aching somethin' awful. The school nurse chains her up all Snidely Whiplash-style. She only has a couple of minutes for it to sink in that her pop has sentient mutant genitalia before his head is lopped off and Mom's noggin goes kaboom. Before you know it, Rin is inducted into a secret society of barely-legal mutant warriors hellbent on reclaiming their rightful homeland of Japan. Turns out that ethnic cleansing isn't her thing so much, and that sparks some mutant-on-mutant rebellion.
Mutant Girls Squad is just...I don't even know what to say. Skim through this big stack of screencaps -- all snapped before the final half hour so I don't spoil any of the truly batshit insane stuff that happens at the end -- and you'll get a preeeeeetty good sense of what you're in for. I didn't even get to the part where Poppa unzips his trousers in front of Rin and says "it's not my pecker!", the genocidal music video, or the "my belly sword's got a hard-on!" deal from the finalé. So, here goes:
Yeah, so Mutant Girls Squad is gloriously incoherent and sopping with more fake blood than any movie I've ever stumbled across, and if you've suffered through enough of my reviews, you oughtta know that that's really saying something. The low-rent production values wind up infusing Mutant Girls Squad with a lot of charm, and it sure doesn't hurt that the movie's wrangled together some of the most ridiculously cute girls on the that side of the Pacific. Rather than lob out a bunch of absurdly random ideas and then coast for a while, Mutant Girls Squad refuses to ease up on the throttle. There's something bloody or something bizarre -- usually both! -- just about every fifteen seconds. The movie never drags to a screeching halt to dole out a bunch of exposition, always screaming forward, and I seriously wouldn't be surprised if, say, 79 minutes of its hour-and-a-half runtime were devoted exclusively to carnage. It can get exhausting after a while, sure, and Mutant Girls Squad' unwavering fascination with sleaze and splatter leaves it feeling a little less inspired than such other legendary WTF? imports as House, Wild Zero, and Zebraman 2. I mean, I'm all for dick jokes and barrel drums of the red stuff, but it does start to feel as if Mutant Girls Squad keeps hammering away at variations of the same few notes after a while. I dug it, though, and if you're somehow still reading this review, the smart money says you will too. Recommended.
Mutant Girls Squad was shot on the cheap and sorta looks the part, so it's kind of all over the place. Sometimes the digital photography will look pretty slick with its cranked-to-eleven palette, and other
This Blu-ray disc is unmatted and shoved onto a BD-25. The other disc in the set is an anamorphic widescreen DVD.
Presented exclusively in its original Japanese, Mutant Girls Squad's 16-bit, six-channel DTS-HD Master Audio track is kiiiiiiind of a mess. Early on, the audio is really thin, insubstantial, and excessively trebly. The fidelity is piss-poor, as if it were recorded with the mic built into a $400 HDV camcorder at Best Buy. Those early stretches are backed by borderline-zero bass, and a lot of dialogue and effects lurch from five speakers at once. The track does get a little better as it goes along, with dialogue generally rooted up front and the subwoofer kicking in to modestly punctuate the carnage. Mutant Girls Squad never really figures out what to do with the surround channels, though, and some of the shouted dialogue is still peppered with distortion. Yeah, not a whole lot of stars in the sidebar this time around.
Optional English subtitles are enabled by default, and there are a couple sets of Chinese subs that I didn't really try out. There's also a Dolby Digital stereo (192kbps) track if you're feeling masochistic.
There are a metric ton of trailers for other Sushi Typhoon releases too, and Mutant Girls Squad also sweetens the pot with a DVD.
The Final Word
Mutant Girls Squad is kind of like a horny Japanese fever dream version of the X-Men, and...yeah, I'm not going to think of a better way to close this review than that. Recommended.