Black Magic M-66 is an OAV adapted from Masamune Shirow’s 1983 doujinshi. It’s still, mostly, a fun watch but hasn’t dated well. Black Magic M-66 also proves that Shirow’s tendency to excessive fanservice is a long standing trait.
Black Magic M-66 is essentially a runaway terminator story, with military units trying to stop the two accidentally released M-66 combat androids from reaching their target. This is a classic case of a plot driven by the Idiot Ball: the test data that shouldn’t have been loaded into the M-66’s is targeting the inventor’s granddaughter Ferris.
Ferris is, for want of a better word, useless and somewhat annoying. She is a ditzy blond damsel in distress. Fortunately the other main female character, the journalist Sybel, isn’t useless.
Possibly crazy, simultaneously improbably skilled and unskilled, but not useless. 🙂
Sybel obviously ends up saving the day, although the military don’t come across as incompetent either. It’s a joint effort.
There’s a definite sense of humour running through this show, especially with Sybel’s offsider Leakey
At only 48 minutes, Black Magic M-66 simply rockets along and remains a fun show to spend a little time with. The visuals have dated fairly badly, and the early fanservice is somewhat annoying, but this is still worth a look.
 Sometimes referred to as Black Magic Mario M-66.
 ***COUGH*** Intron Depot ***COUGH*** (and I bet you were expecting me to mention Ghost in the Shell there).
 The introductory scene for Sybel, and to a lesser extent, Ferris are basically all fanservice.
 As acts of stupidity go, this is close to loading a nuclear warhead into a prototype mobile suit that’s about to be put through testing.
 A good pilot in the air, but useless on a motorcycle.
 Yes, he’s really called that. He deserves it too.