A year later, the OVA was re-released in Japan in a new "Director's Cut" edit that turned the 3-episode OVA into a feature-length film, though only barely at just over 70-minutes; from what I can tell, little to nothing was actually cut out, aside from the OP & ED sequences. It would be this Director's Cut that would then get licensed by Image Entertainment for English release, first on DVD in 2004, followed by a release in 2005 on the most "universal" of "media"... Sony's UMD (you know, for the PSP). A few months after Image's DVD release, Galerians: Rion would actually start seeing heavy repeat airings on American television, and on a most-unexpected network at that: MTV2; this was during the network's short-lived attempt to air anime, like Heat Guy J. Therefore, there are actually people out there that would have some nostalgic memories of this OVA, especially because it aired on a well known network that didn't already have Toonami. Still, it's been a solid 15 years since Image's release, so I'd call it "forgotten" enough to be worthy of being covered on this blog. Also, the way Image handled the dub for this OVA is especially interesting, so let's see where on the infamous "video game-based anime scale" this endeavor comes out.
It's the year 2522, & an teenage amnesiac awakens in Michelangelo City Memorial Hospital strapped into a giant swinging mechanism, watched over by doctors. Hearing the calls from a girl asking for his help, he subconsciously breaks free, realizing that he has psychic powers based on various drugs that he was experimented with, like Nalcon (shockwave blasts) & Red (pyrokinesis); if he uses them too much, he risks shorting out, & without injecting himself with Delmetor, he'd die. After hijacking the hospital's computer, he finds out his name is Rion Steiner & where his family lives, leading him on his journey to find out who exactly he is, who the girl named Lilia Pascalle is that's sending him psychic messages, & what they have to do with Dorothy, the "Mother Computer" that's in control of Michelangelo City. Meanwhile, Rion & Lilia are being hunted by Birdman, Rainheart, Rita, & Cain, who are all Galerians, artificial humans with psychic powers created by Dorothy.