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Demon City Shinjuku (1988)

Makaitoshi Shinjuku (original title)
A young warrior must finish what his father started by battling his way through a city of demons and defeat a diabolical psychic who has opened a portal to hell.

Director:

Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Writers:

Hideyuki Kikuchi (novel), Kaori Okamura (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideyuki Hori Hideyuki Hori ... Kyoya (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Sayaka (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ... Rebi Ra (voice)
Kyôko Tongû Kyôko Tongû ... Chibi (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Mephisto (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Rai (voice)
Osamu Saka Osamu Saka ... Rama (voice)
Banjô Ginga Banjô Ginga ... Genichiro (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Hag (voice)
Arisa Andô Arisa Andô ... Waitress (voice)
Junko Akimori Junko Akimori ... Girl (voice)
Kôji Totani ... Rapist (voice)
Asami Mukaidono Asami Mukaidono ... Yin (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ... Water Demon (voice)
Hirohiko Kakegawa Hirohiko Kakegawa ... Earth Demon (voice)
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Kyoya's father was a great warrior, killed at the hands of the diabolical psychic, Rebi Ra, who has now opened a portal to hell in the city of Shinjuku. It falls to Kyoya to finish what his father started and battle his way through demons, while protecting a young woman from harm. The only problem is that he's not exactly your classic hero type, and his powers are still latent. Written by Sinedd

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One Man Against An Army of Monsters......With The Fate Of The World At Stake!


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Based on the Manga by Hideyuki Kikuchi. See more »

Quotes

Mephisto: Men have always fought each other, always creating chaos. That's familiar and safe. They know where they are in those circumstances, but to hazard a step into the unknown and actually love on another is far too risky for them. So if the demons do invade the world, bringing terror and misery with them, don't you think that men might welcome them as bearers of what they desire?
Kyoya: Are you one of them? Are you, Mephisto?
Mephisto: I have been called demonic, unjustly. I only ask if this world is worth giving ...
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Referenced in Anime Abandon: Vampire Hunter D (2012) See more »

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Another classic from the crew who brought you Ninja Scroll
7 December 2003 | by moneenerdSee all my reviews

*note: this review is based on the subtitled version*

For an anime thats duration is a little under an hour, "Demon City: Shinjuku" is definately up there with some of my all-time favorites. Since it was created by some of the same dudes who made the HUGE hit "Ninja Scroll", "Demon City" is very often compared to it, and is therefore, looked down upon for being nothing like "Scroll" (just look at some of the other comments on this film made by other IMDB users). That's probably why I love it so much.

I HATED "Ninja Scroll". Sorry, but I thought it was worthless. So really, I had no real big expectations, other than the fact that it *could* be a bomb, being released on U.S. MANGA, who are known for some really mish-mash anime releases. However, "Demon City" blew me away with it's clean animation, in-depth storyline, amazing character design, and an ending that's just cheesy enough to still be cool.

The best thing about "Demon City: Skinjuku" is it's evil side. The demons, the big bad guy, and the cursed city of Shinjuku itself, all well though out and beautifully designed. Each battle scene is very different from the next, my favorite being the one in which our heroine confronts a wall of fire conceived from the pain, hatred, and sorrow of the dead.

My only complaint about "Demon City: Shinjuku" is the ending. It's a good cheese, so it's not what the ending IS that bothers me, but just how abrupt it ends. Our hero saves the day, kisses the girl, roll credits.

Using my grading system that seems to p*ss so many off, I'd give "Demon City: Shinjuku" a B+. I love it. I don't really know why, because it's quite different from what I usually enjoy in anime titles, but I love it nonetheless.


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 October 1988 (Japan) See more »

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