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Midori is a young girl who sells flowers until her mother dies, leaving her an orphan. She’s conned by a freak show manager into joining his troupe, but once there she sees a shocking variety of deformed people and is occasionally the victim of their depravity. Midori’s situation changes, however, when a mysterious dwarf with a unique magical act joins the freak show. This dwarf is able to put himself through a bottleneck into a glass jar – and that is not the extent of his powers. Midori falls in love with the dwarf, but his ambitions and jealousy will have further unpleasant consequences...
In medieval Europe, the peasants Jeanne and Jean are in love. But when they finally decide to marry, Jean discovers he is required to pay a tax to the baron; and having insufficient means to pay, Jeanne is raped by the baron instead. After this traumatizing event, Jeanne is drawn by the Devil into a forbidden, occult world of power and lust. Witchcraft, orgies, assaults and surrealism abound in this erotic, psychedelic arthouse film.
Both of these anime feature surreal and shocking imagery, often of a sexual nature. Each are fine examples of anime both artistic and disturbing.
The way both anime are presented are eerily similar, from disturbing imagery to the sexual. They look like siblings.
Plenty of disturbing and surreal imagery, female protagonists getting abused constantly and a heave emphasis on sexual perversion. These are the things that unite Midori and Kanashimi no Belladonna. If you liked either, make sure to see the other one.
The dark and brooding Ayakashi is composed of three horror stories: the narration of a young woman named Oiwa who was abandoned and betrayed by the one she truly loved, leading her to curse all who stood in her way; a story of two star-crossed lovers – a human and a forgotten god – and their struggle to have a future together; and the tale of an evil and malicious demon who is haunting and murdering a family for unknown purposes. Though different in animation style and tone, each story shares a similar theme: the darkness of the human heart.
I'll be blunt, Midori could have been an Ayakashi - JCH story. It would fit in quite nicely. If you like horror and the freaky, you will like both of these anime.
Twisted people dealing with each other having typical human emotions getting in their way. Love, hate, revenge surrounds these tormented characters in both these anime. If you enjoy seeing how people react and solve their emotional problems that arise check one out if you liked the other.
One dark and blustery night, a lone doctor is called to a village ten miles away in order to help with a sick patient. Quickly losing his servant to ill-intentioned hands and whisked away upon frightening horses, the doctor meets his young and ailing patient under the scrutinizing eyes of his family. It is here that the doctor will try to discover the root of the boy’s illness and also try to make some sense out of his own psyche.
In a distant future, mankind has been wiped out and only its robot creations are left to roam the earth. Amongst the cleaners, plumbers and maintenance droids lives a group of Dolls whose soul purpose was to sexually entertain their clients. With no more patrons, Malice spends her days singing and walking the empty streets, dreaming of the days when she had a purpose. Now all she can give is a simple kiss – something that causes an ancient being to awaken and grant the android a real human body. Shunned by her former robot companions, can Malice find true happiness in her new form?
Deeply unsettling anime titles with perverse and disturbing sexual activity, combined with a sensibility that's obstensibly arty. The actual plots have little in common - Malice@Doll is Serial Experiments Lain meets tentacle rape, while Midori is about unsettling experiences within a freakshow - but they both arguably appeal to the same small niche.