Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review
Demon City Shinjuku
魔界都市 (新宿) (Makai Toshi: Shinjuku)


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.

Directed by
Written by
Screenplay by
Music by

TV Rating







October 25, 1988




  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great


  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great


  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great


World building


Character design
Character development



Demon City Shinjuku (Japanese: 魔界都市〈新宿〉(Hepburn: Makai Toshi: Shinjuku) is a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi that was adapted into an original video animation (OVA) in 1988, directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Portions of the opening fight scene were featured in the 1995 cyberpunk film Johnny Mnemonic.

Alternative title

– Demon City Shinjuku
– Makai Toshi: Shinjuku
– 魔界都市 (新宿)
– Hell City Shinjuku
– Monster City
– Синдзюку – город-ад

TL;DR Review

Despite Demon City Shinjuku was directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri a year after he directed Wicked City, the two anime are not related. Many have thought this was a sequel to Wicked City.

The animation style is so much like Wicked City, it is easy to see why people thought this was a sequel. Again, Yoshiaki Kawajiri loves the use of the prominent colors black, blue, and red.

The music is a little lackluster here.

We are starting to see a hint of character design which will show up later in the Ninja Scroll Movie. The story and characters in Demon City Shinjuku are a little weak. The main male character isn’t very likable while the main female is so unrealistically idealist. Some of the side characters just pop in without any backstory and their only role is to help the main character along.

Despite all my complains, I still recommend Demon City Shinjuku to viewers interested in older anime. The kind that lay the groundwork for modern anime. The anime contains moderate graphic violence and partial nudity. It is intended for young adults.

Similar Title 

Claymore-WP1-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Claymore Season 1 Review

Long ago, Youma, shape changing demons, took human form to live in disguise in human towns, feeding on them in secret. A secret, nameless society ...
LoveDeathRobots-Header-TV1-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Love Death + Robots Season 1 Review

A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy.
NinjaScroll-WP22-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Ninja Scroll Movie Review

Ninja Scroll takes place in feudal Japan and follows Jubei Kibagami, a mercenary swordsman who battles the Eight Devils of Kimon, a team of ninjas ...
Overlord-WP17-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Overlord Season 2 Review

In the year 2126, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game or DMMORPG called Yggdrasil was released. It stands out among all other DMMORPG's due ...
TokyoGhoul-WP26-O-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Tokyo Ghoul Season 3 Review

The Commission of Counter Ghoul is the only organization fighting the Ghoul menace, and they will use every tool at their disposal to protect humanity ...
TokyoGhoul-Header-TV2-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Tokyo Ghoul Season 2 Review

The ghouls of Anteiku invaded the Aogiri's site in order to rescue Ken Kaneki who is being tortured. Due to provocation, he unleashed greater power ...
ThunderboltFantasy-Header-TV1-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Thunderbolt Fantasy Season 1 Review

Set in an Eastern fantasy setting, Dān Fěi and her brother, guardians of a sword known as the Tiān Xíng Jiàn, are pursued by the ...
AttackonTitan-Header-TV2-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Attack on Titan Season 2 Review

Many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating ...
TokyoGhoul-Header-OVA2-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Tokyo Ghoul OVA 2 Review

Shuu Tsukiyama (aka Gourmet), is photographed by Chie Hori, a classmate while eating a meal. However, she doesn't seem fazed by him, or his choice ...
Psycho-Pass-Header-Movie2015-600 Demon City Shinjuku OVA Review

Psycho-Pass 2015 Movie Review

Due to the incredible success of the Sibyl System, Japan has begun exporting the technology to other countries with the hope that it will one ...

Featured Music

Demon City Shinjuku

A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

TV Series

  1. “Active Heart” (アクティブ・ハート) by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3)

Closing Theme

TV Series

  1. “Try Again…!” (トライAgain…!) by Noriko Sakai (eps 1-3)
Close Menu