Wicked City

Alt title: Youjuu Toshi

Movie (1 ep x 82 min)
1987
2.892 out of 5 from 2,656 votes
Rank #6,705

In the near future, the human world exists parallel to a world of demons and dark magic. The two have long abided by an uneasy peace treaty, but its time is almost up, and a new one has to be negotiated. Now, two agents--a top human agent and a beautiful assassin from the other world--must protect the only man who can seal the treaty from dark world renegades or die trying!

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Thrawn
3.5

Story: I actually missed the first 10 minutes of this suckfest so I don't know if I missed much of the plot or anything BUT I did miss some worldbuilding because the first 3 minutes is always spent on narrating for whatever crapsack world some shit like this is taking place in. But all that? Total peanuts because what you're here for is demon on demon- oh, wait, I'm thinking of something else. Demon on Demon Hunter/Fighter (But isn't actually a demon) action. Admittedly, I'm starting to confuse this with some other shit I watched so bare with me, because we'll get to the goodies soon. But there is demon on demon action. Pretty much action with demons. By goodies I mean the gratuitous titties and sexual assault, which isn't as gratuitous as you'd believe because there is a chess game thrown in there. But there is at least...1... 4... like, 6 counts of boobs/"Intimate" scenes, intimate can be replaced with.... well, rape. It's pretty uncomfortable how long it sometimes lingers on the censored acts of coitus and then shows monster vaginas because plots, you know? It's all plots. Some acts lead to tying up loose ends or some shit while others are for kicks or making you uncomfortable because the fuck was the lady with the red dress. No fucks, that was what she was. No. Fucks. But the actual, actual plot, that is something that needs to be seen from the start as for the longest while I was wondering why they needed Jerky Binks (That wrinkly old man who wants to wet his trouser snake) and once I was told, I forgot a moment later because who gives a shit? You sure wouldn't, or would you? Because events in this story lead to nudity, which can immediately be followed by a bonerkiller, which is totally different from killboner. There are a lot of bonerkillers. Far, far too many. There are some plot twists along the way, because I literally have no fucking clue. One of them is like a -62 degree spin flip from north-west-south. It is dumb as gravel as to- Man, fuck it. It gets fucking stupid until it plays the love card, which I admittedly adored to bits. I knew this shit would happen, I fucking knew it! With a gal like her, you bet your fucking ass love was in the air. It is blatantly obvious with their obvious, clear as day chemistry because I am sure it was there and nuts to the details of it. LOVE SAVES ALL Oh, that last act? Completely fucking bonkers. But she looks damn fine in white. *I thought of something to say but I forgot. Think it got so repulsive it coughed up points. Animation: I'll be frank. The animation is quite good for it's time. Good designs, good stuff and boobs. But everything is pretty much complete shit compared to the Dark God Partner Chick Makie. She, is beautiful. Like, she makes everything else in this OVA/Movie/Whatever it is look like shit. Her in the suit? GOD YES. And those eyes... Oh, but where are my manners? Here is a pic, because google imaging Wicked City gets you nothing but tentacles, boobs, nudity and some violence: She has no fault and made this far, far better than it should have been. I should mention the bonerkillers again, which are followed by some unintentionally hilarious moments. It's like the animators stopped giving shits or just had some fun with it because they knew it was bad. I could stare at that picture all day. And rewatch it for her. She is that good. Sound: Ugh, I don't want to continue to anything else after her. Sound is whatevs, dub > sub and it's hilariously bad at times but sometimes they sound bored. Old man Jerky is what you'd think an old person would sound like and Makie has no fault. Characters: You know the drill. Other characters? Lets see: Old man, fuck him. Makie's human partner? Lucky sumbitch with a gun that compensates for all penises around him. Spider Woman? Hilarious! And disturbing! The Girl in the Red (Is it really red?) Dress? Clearly the best time of your life. Dang, I should not have added that picture in. Overall: This could be 5/5 or 10/10 because love triumphs over all and for Makie. Or just for Makie. But I have to take into account the rape, assault, sexual deviancy, the flimsy plot, dumbfuck twists and mostly lacking characters. But Makie, holy fucking shit man. She is like... an extra 1.5 to the overall score. She nearly fucking doubles it. And all the other categories? She buffs them. So worth watching. But seriously. In the end, she is that amazing. And they weren't kidding in how you'd recognize her as the most beautiful girl there. This has been another Damn That Anime is Bad Presentation: Sexual assault, wanton violence, a real fine, classy sexy gorgeous lady, more uncomfortable sexual assaults and "The fuck is this shit" plots and shit.

ComplainingQoheleth
1

Wicked City is terrible. I went into it expecting to like it with its interesting premise but gave up a few minutes in. Little did I know it would get far, far creepier and I'm not one who reacts to horror films much one way or another. It took me years to go back and finish watching it just to mark it as watched and even then half of the time I was doing something else while it was going on. This movie is like a recurring nightmare with the same things happening again; a woman turning out to be a demon (twice), seduction (three times) and rape and attempted rape 5(?) times. The whole idea of the movie was just cast aside in favour of sex and violence, both of which can be handled well but this is not a hentai nor is it a shonen so the amount of both is out of place here and the dissonance between what the premise is and what actually happens makes this movie easily one of the worst of anything I've seen in my life along with a horrendous flashing sequence in the last 10 minutes adding a sore pair of eyes to a sagging heart. With almost every other bad anime I've seen there has been some mitigating factor; Gundam F91 and Bokurano are only slightly bad, Ouran High School Host Club and Ladies X Butlers actually started off pretty well, Welcome To The NHK is pretty fun to watch once, but I can't stress only once enough and so on but all that can be said about Wicked City is the females are hot (though that's the case in nearly every anime) and it isn't Meine Liebe though not being the worst of anything is the bare minmum; not an acheivement. If I were to be punched in the stomach then the knowledge that the person is using their weaker fist wouldn't be the first thing on my mind.

JTurner82
3

Yoshiaki Kawajiri's Wicked City, based on a similarly titled book by Hideyuki Kikuchi (who also wrote Vampire Hunter D) has its share of devoted fans who consider this a classic in the halls of Anime, but I stand firmly behind this review. This is a disgustingly vulgar, reprehensibly distasteful, and needlessly gory animated mess with little in the way of genuine appeal. Despite a promising start and a potentially interesting plot, Wicked City goes all out on shock value at its most repulsive level -- to the point that whatever virtues it may have are all but forgotten. It's misogynistic as well, with extensive scenes involving a female character being raped (three times!), and other two femme fatales who use their sexuality as a weapon to deceive and/or kill unsuspecting prey. As mentioned, it's also quite violent, with plenty of moments involving blood splattering, again for no specific reason other than violence for the hell of it. Shock value for shock value's sake does not a good film make, animated or otherwise. Too bad, because Wicked City does have a few moments of redeeming qualities, although as mentioned, they aren't enough to elevate my star rating. The film's opening half hour is arguably the best; sans again another sequence that will make one queasy. The sequence in question involves Taki Renzaburo, a salesman by day, spy by night, who lands a "date" of some sort with a pretty girl at a bar after winning a bet. She takes him to her home, and, after an extensive sexual intercourse session, she transforms into some sort of monster with spidery legs. Her vagina, of all things, even transforms into a fearsome maw with sharp teeth! Taki survives the encounter, and his boss reminds him to "be a little more sexually cautious from now on." Shocking and revolting as that opening scene is, it is practically nothing compared to the other graphic bits that happen throughout this seemingly never-ending 80-minute "thriller." Following that unpleasant episode, we learn that Taki is a spy for some sort of "Black Guard", which apparently helps keep tensions between humanity and the "Black World" (in other words, monsters and ghouls) in check. He is assigned to protect an ancient (200 years old) midget named Giuseppe Mayart who has come to sign a peace treaty that will ensure public safety. Taki also meets Makie, a beautiful but skilled Black World woman who becomes his partner and something much more besides. Their mission to keep Mayart safe from attacking "Radicals" who want to sabotage their efforts proves to be anything but easy. Mayart, incidentally, is a most unpleasant character. He's a repulsively lecherous, crude, and generally foul-tempered pain in the butt who arguably proves to be more troublesome than one would expect. He refuses to stay put when his guardians take him to a hotel for his own good, goes off gallivanting to a "soapland" where he gets into trouble with a demon posing as a slut, and acts contemptuously toward the people who are in his best interests. At this point, the film devolves into a back and forth series of violent confrontations involving nasty, nightmarish creatures, mostly in the form of rapists and seductive temptresses. The most sickening of these creatures isn't even the last obstacle our heroes have to encounter. Midway through the film, Makie and Taki are attacked by some sort of "parasite" no bigger than a tongue (I kid you not) which burrows its way into the former and bursts from her stomach, transforming into a phallic tentacle which takes the unfortunate girl captive and begins to sexually assault her. As if that isn't enough to make one uneasy about seeing more, we are also treated to two other such scenes, both of which involve Makie being violated, and our hero coming to save her. And so on and on it goes, to the point where it becomes tiresome. If this is the sort of stuff viewers of Japanese animation demand, then Wicked Citycertainly delivers, but I found it to be very off-putting and too overdone. Part of this may be because I am of the standard that works involving violence and sexual assaults should present the material in question if the plot commands for it, or at the very least doesn't do so gratuitously. Satoshi Kon's far more interesting and arguably more terrifying Perfect Blue found the right balance in its effort to tell a "break the innocent" sort of story in which the protagonists is subjected to such atrocities and feels rightfully terrified because of it. Here, however, the unpleasant bits are thrown at the viewer in non-stop fashion that whatever story it tries to convey ultimately becomes forgotten. That, to me, is poor filmmaking, and it's a shame that Kawajiri's efforts are wasted on such a wretched work. To Kawajiri's credit, however, Wicked City does sport an appropriately gothic, smoky atmosphere. The animation, although at times limited, is smooth and legitimately frightening as opposed to being cheap and nasty. Produced by the folks at MadHouse, who are legitimately known for lavishly animated and often times disturbing series, the monsters are imaginatively drawn and while the transformations may again rub viewers the wrong way, they are at the very least convincingly depicted without looking hokey. On that level, Wicked City does at least excel. Kawajiri also treats the picture like a live-action movie, and it shows from the skillfully edited and choreographed action bits. It's almost enough to make the viewer forget that they're watching an animated feature. The film, interestingly, received two different dubs around its release. The version most American viewers are familiar with are done by Streamline Pictures, while international audiences had to endure a somewhat censored cut by Manga UK. Neither is a particularly outstanding effort, but of the two, the Streamline dub, surprisingly, is more effective, which is not something I usually say when it comes to their output. Their dubs have often been hit and miss, with most of their efforts (with the exception of Fox's My Neighbor Totoro) being in truly dreary territory. This is actually one of their better ones, with appropriately cast voices and smooth-sounding dialogue. Greg Snegoff gives Taki a very natural, tough-guy persona to match his personality, while Gaye Kruger, Mike Reynolds, and the late Jeff Winkless all excel. The Manga UK dub, on the other hand, is a seriously awful, laughable, choppy, stilted embarrassment with both bad acting as well as phony (and out of place) accents. Save for some characters like Makie and Taki's boss, everyone else is miscast. The dialogue adaptation is also needlessly profane, with smatterings of f-words every fifteen seconds as well as lines that come across as either rushed or so bad they're funny such as "Don't ever think you can win this battle, you pathetic ANIMAAAAAAAAL!" Not having seen the Japanese version, I can't say how either version compares, but if it's English you want to hear this movie in, the Streamline version is the less cringeworthy one. Discotek Media has recently rescued Wicked City from the morgue of oblivion, including both dubs in their rerelease, with superior video quality to boot. Considering the company's track record, fans will surely be pleased. I, on the other hand, absolutely detest this film and I can not recommend it to anyone who is faint at heart or even for pleasurable entertainment. Or for ANY reason. So... take my review with a grain of salt.

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