Psycho Diver: Masei Rakuryu
1997 / 48m - Japan
Sci-fi, Crime - Animation
Psycho Diver: Soul Siren poster


January 16, 2023


A pretty fun OAV, held back by subpar animation and a somewhat messy plot. There's a little too much here to handle in a mere 45 minutes, which makes it feel like you're watching a best-of of anime cliches. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but if you're looking for a meatier or more elaborate anime, you won't find it here.

Yuki is a well-liked pop idol, but she isn't feeling herself lately. A psycho diver is hired to fix her mind, but when he dives in he is instantly murdered. Yuki is harboring some dark powers and a malicious cult is trying to awaken her true potential. Busujima, one of the most skilled psycho divers around, is handed the job to save Yuki.

The art style is pretty intricate and there are some cool sci-fi elements on display, the animation is pretty limited though. The plot really tries to do too much (detective, sci-fi, fantasy, action, and whatnot), but that also means it never gets dull. Psycho Diver is pretty decent anime filler, with some memorable moments, it's just not balanced enough.