aka Shihaisha No Tasogare (Original Title)
46 min., 1997
Written by Duane Dell’Amico/Tatsuhiko Urahata
Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo
My rating: ★★★
Leaves me wanting to know more, so much more
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The movie begins with Eiji asking Shizuka to marry him, and she says yes. After that we get a brief history lesson. You see, first there was the Great Mother, who created everything, starting with mankind, who were weak. So to help them, she created the demons to teach humans to fight, but they were too good, so she created the Guardians to be an ally to the humans. Next we jump forward (I don’t know how long) to Eiji turning into a demon, which attacks Shizuka and rips off most of her left arm. He jumps out the window and runs away. He is chased, caught and taken to a nightclub (or a sex club, which is more appropriate), named Club Crystal Box, owned by a man named Kudo. Some crazy shit happens and we meet some crazy folks.
Tsunami is the “hero” and seems like a nice guy, oh and he has “super powers.” Two others also have powers, Huang and Chen, a brother and sister duo, who tend to act more like a couple than siblings (those crazy Japanese). Why do the three of them have powers? Don’t know and it’s never really explained. But the fights are pretty cool, though not as long as I would have hoped for.
The animation is really 50/50 in this movie. Sometimes it looks beautiful and it even stands up to modern anime, but at other times it looks likes crap, almost like the old Jonny Quest or Speed Racer cartoons.
The voice acting is actually really good. Not the best that there is, but it’s really nice to see some good dubbing (as there was no original Japanese dialogue). The American voice actors are some true veterans of anime, and it shows. Good use of vocal tones and inflections make for great performances, and some believable character voices.
One of the problems that most anime movies face is that the ideas of movie are usually way beyond the time length of a standard film. That is why anime series work better than the movies. I’m not saying that the movie was terrible, but there were so my ideas that were just hinted at or barely touched that it left a bunch of lingering questions. It was good enough that I really wanted it to be longer and to have everything flushed out, which says something about how interesting it was.Have You Read...?