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Program Title: Betterman
EASC Code: JB-25
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Subtitles: English
Subject: Animation, Science Fiction, Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
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Producer:
Release Date: 1999
Running Time: 30 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Betterman is an anime series that revolves around the psychological and emotional consequences of the main characters due to the threat of "Algernon,” a mutation in the brain which causes an accelerated alteration in the sensorineural and nervous faculties. Those subjected to the phenomenon become violently hostile and suicidal, while showing traits of a hive-mind collective with those who share the disease. The protagonist of the series, Betterman, is a life form of superior physical and mental capabilities via adaptation of 'seeds'. Through the resulting consumption of these plants, Betterman can metamorphose into situational combat forms, his default being the humanoid 'Lamia'. Each transformation allows Betterman to attain distinct physical, psionic, and mobility related abilities.
Data Entry Date: 5/4/2006