For centuries, a secret peace treaty has existed between Earth and The Black World, a parallel dimension populated by shape-changers possessing awesome supernatural powers. But now, that pact is up for renewal and a militant faction from the Black World plans to do everything in their power to stop the treaty from being signed. The fate of the world now rests in the ability of a pair of special agents, one a human, the other a shape-changer from the distaff dimension, to make sure things go according to plan.
– Demon Beast City
– La cite interdite
– La città delle bestie incantatrici
– Monster City
– Supernatural Beast City
– Yōjū Toshi
– Poderes Eróticos
– Cidade Maligna
– Порочен Град
– Cidade Perversa
– Nuodėmingas Miestas
– Град на Греха
Wicked City is one of the first adult-oriented anime that I’ve seen that defined my love for the medium. Yoshiaki Kawajiri, the director, and screenwriter of Wicked City went and create another anime you may have heard of, the Ninja Scroll Movie. Though Wicked City was created about 6 years prior, the film does not seem to be as well known as the Ninja Scroll Movie. I love both anime equally. Both anime shared the same haunting beauty and a horrific dark tone, the main difference is their setting, Feudal Japan for the Ninja Scroll Movie and modern city for Wicked City.
I re-watched Wicked City recently and I can’t believe this anime was made 3 decades ago. This still holds up very well in my opinion. The animation style may be a little dated, and very reminiscent of the 80’s New Wave design. The color tone tends to be on the black and blue spectrum, with some red thrown in.
As this is an 80’s anime, the music is also very 80’s. If you like that era of music, then this anime has great music. The ending song “HOLD ME IN THE SHADOW” by Hitomi Tōyama is your typical J-Pop of that era. Pretty much like every City Hunter’s songs.
I highly recommend Wicked City to everyone that is age appropriate. This film is intended for mature audiences only, due to graphic violence, sexual situation, and partial nudities.
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