Kite

Movie (1 ep x 60 min)
1998
3.11 out of 5 from 5,733 votes
Rank #5,047

As a young girl, Sawa is orphaned when both her parents are brutally murdered and is taken in by a police detective named Akai, who trains her to be a professional killer. He turns Sawa and Oburi, a young boy, into his puppets and makes them kill to fulfill his own sense of justice against child molesters and other harassing members of society.

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Melanth
6

Story 4/10 Kite is the story of an orphan who was 'adopted' by a 'caring' detective who raised her to be an assasin and take out the people he deemed bad. The story was kind of bland and confusing. To be honest I'm still not quite sure what happened at some points, to me it seemed to skip around a lot. I feel the story could have gone a lot better if they didnt feel the need to have every other scene be a sex scene just to be sure they would attract customers. I mean half the time the sex scenes felt like random cut scenes/fillers you get from some cheap anime you found after accidently ending up on THAT side of youtube again. Animation 10/10 The animation left me wanting more. Even if the story was really poor, the animation was astounding, and the detail they put into each character was impresive. The style is very unique as it's almost realistic mixed with anime (reminded me of Kill Bill Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren). However, the realistic style disturbingly almost forces you to remember that the story could hold some truth to it. Also, the way in which they did the blood was (again) Kill Bill style with the spurting and the impossible-amount-of-blood-from-one-person display. Sound 8/10 Sound was nothing special in my opinion. The quality was good (didn't waver in and out) and it did what it needed to do, but if you had subtitles on I honestly don't think it would make much of a difference if you muted the movie and listened to some tunes. Characters 4/10 One of the worst group of charcters I've ever encountered. An assasin with no spine, a hyprocritical perverted detective, a hyprocritical perverted detective's friend, and an underdeveloped male companion character that is suposed to support the protaganist but fails miserably. It was one of those situations where you think it will get better, you think it will get better, and then it either ends or they all die. Either way it left me feeling unsatisfied with the characters' development, and annoyed at the unfulfilled forshadowing. Overal 6/10 One of the best assasin animes I've seen in a while. Definatly not a chick flick, never seen so much blood, sex, and guns in such a short amount of time before.*laughs* So overall, if your need a testosterone fest then this is the right movie for you. P.S. You should watched this on a stream via internet. Netflix supposedly sensors the sex senes which are key in charactor/story development (even if they overdid it a tad).

softbank47
5.8

What to say about this one...? Kite is one of those anime that I want to like more than I do, but is impossible to do so as a critic. Along those lines, it's also an anime that is almost impossible to hate...if you don't mind very high levels of violence, gore and some pretty graphic sex (if you see the uncut version). Kite is an anime of extremes. By that I mean it has some extremely bad storytelling despite the obvious efforts, but by the same token it has some truly excellent animation, especially for 1998. For the story (what little there is of it), it revolves around three people: two young assassins named Sawa and Oburi, and a crooked cop named Akai. Sawa just does the assignments she's given, but she's also Akai's sex slave. Sawa bonds with Oburi quickly due to their similarity in age, and thus sets in motion Sawa's desire to break away from Akai. If only the plot were handled that cleanly. In a word, the plot is incomprehensible. There's a string of double and triple-crossings towards the end that rivals Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and after all that, it ends almost like one would expect. What is really maddening is the dialogue at times, which literally had me yelling, “LINE!” Seriously, it's like half the script went missing during these dialogue scenes that could have been somewhat poignant.  What does make Kite enjoyable is the almost Tarantino-esque levels of stylized violence and gore. Many times I either caught myself laughing out loud at the sheer insanity of many of the kills, or making some kind of vocal response to the gore levels (which still don't approach Megazone 23 Part II levels). For those that have a strong tolerance to anime violence, it's actually fun in many respects, and you end up fast-forwarding to said fun parts. It makes me wish the story actually said more and relied a lot less on implication. There's not a lot else to say about Kite aside from that it's worth at least one watch, but your mileage will definitely vary. It's an anime that can be enjoyed, but not by very many. It's only 50 minutes long, so whatever pain you might encounter won't be too bad, and it won't be lasting. If watched, it's an OVA you'll likely forget about, and quickly.

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