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Melanth's avatar
Jun 5, 2012

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).

4/10 story
10/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
6/10 overall
angelsreviews's avatar
Aug 6, 2013

This is… I don’t really know how to explain this one. It’s not all that enjoyable, and yet, it’s got a strange feeling. It’s not even what I would consider a Hentai since there were very few sex scenes, most consisting of story plot instead. The story is actually very easy to understand because it’s actually a plot that has been played out over and over again.

Sawa is a rather interesting character as she seems to only have two emotions, mysterious and shouting out. Seriously, out of all the characters, she being a main character should have more then those two emotions. It also seemed that there were more scenes of Oburi or Akai instead of Sawa.

The animation is pretty vintage and doesn’t really stand out much from most hentai related anime though it does have a small air of people holding back trying to make some things look too out of proportioned. Sadly, they did not hold back on the large masses that the men have. They feel rather unrealistic and way to big for the body and old man style.

The English Voices were hard to hear as I had to keep turning it up to listen to the voices, then turn it down at the sex scenes and fight scenes because of all the screaming and yelling in it. The music didn’t stand out at all and really needed to be turned up a hair. Sawa was actually done pretty well for what it was worth though she was reading most of the lines it seemed.

4/10 story
4/10 animation
3/10 sound
3/10 characters
5/10 overall
softbank47's avatar
Feb 21, 2012

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.

3/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.8/10 overall
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Wickerman's avatar
Jul 7, 2013

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Kite - the Original Infamouse Animation

Before I start I want to say that this will be an upset response rather than a review as you can see by my rating.  I have only watched about 20 minutes but it was long enough to leave its impression. This will contain minor spoilers but there's not a lot to miss out on in my opinion.

I'm a fan of Gekia and approve people's right to takle dark subjects about society and the human condition in the hopes of raising awareness, yet any power can be corrupted.  The anime all in all is about an assassin android roughly 12-15 who is being asked to kill dregs of the earth such as murderers and pedophiles yet her master is in a sexual relationship with her as suttely shown in a scene. Besides that condradiction what made me turn it off was the fact that in a long scene there were pictures making up the background were pictures of real life murder victims.  I wanted to let it pass since I remember seeing a large photo of the famouse Vietnam shooting picture in Stardust Memories but then I put the pieces togeather. In Stardust Memories the photo was put there to reflect on the gritty side of man when all about in the first world seems to be ok, in Kite they were just there to show just how much you can get away with in making an OVA.

On the "good" point about this anime I have to say mid that it can show just how smutty the otaku culture can get when you make an OVA compared to tv.  If your watching it for something retro to watch or for cultural purposes then go ahead but take my advise, "may contain some scenes that some viewers may find disturbing". 

1/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall
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DavidWP's avatar
Oct 16, 2011

Kite has a very unique and gritty style to it, but the film has so many plot holes that its hard to ignore, as well as having little to no character development. 45 mins just doesn't seem like enough time to develop the story and characters, but Kite has the best shoot-outs/fight scenes I've ever seen in animation. More in video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72oeqAZegpU

BBFC rating - N/A

My BBFC rating - 18 for strong bloody violence and sexual violence

7/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall
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