Animation: Good
Depth: Fair
Design: Fair
Characters: Fair
Story: Fair

Type: movie

Vintage: 1993


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Demon City Shinjuku

Summary: >

Shinjuku: Once a bustling district of Tokyo, now an isolated hive of demons. Ten years ago a duel to the death between two martial arts masters ended with the death of Genchiro, and Rah becoming empowered by a dark evil which plans to take over the world. However the time for total world domination is not at hand yet, so instead the district of Shinjuku becomes a sort of hell on earth, and cut off from the rest of the world. Although shocked at the events that took place there, the world grew used to a place like Shinjuku which was just not considered a part of the world anymore.

On the eve of what looked to be a time when humanity was finally at peace, the man that brought everyone together is being held captive by the same evil that resides in Shinjuku. His daughter Sayaka is desperate to save her father. But the only one who truly has the chance of defeating Rah is the son of Genchiro - now a teenager. Although not excited by the prospect of going into Shinjuku, Kyoya ends up going in anyway while accompanied by Sayaka.

Shinjuku however is a labyrinth of danger and demons lurk in every shadow. Not to mention it's not like there are any signs pointing to "high priest of all evil this way". Each demon they encounter proves to be a new challenge in their fight for survival. But what if they do find Rah? Kyoya isn't as strong as his father Genchiro was. And Genchiro met his fate at the hand of Rah. In any event Kyoya must give it everything he's got, because if he fails, there won't be much of a world left to return to.

Thoughts: >

To me, Demon City Shinjuku is an all out classic title. If you haven't seen it, you've probably seen a lot of titles that run in a similar vein. This title however is all around solid from beginning to end, and few titles that came after ever really got the balance all the way around. The demons are cool. The characters are interesting. The story is... okay. Not epic or mind bending, but not linear to the point of boredom either.

My favorite aspect of this anime is the girl Sayaka. Sayaka is just an ordinary girl who accompanies Kyoya to Shinjuku. She has no special powers, nor any unusual skills: she's just a girl. Yet Kyoya depends on her help many times. Just having an regular person in the story instead of being all out over the top is really cool in my opinion.

Anyway the bottom line here is that it's a pretty cool show. If the description doesn't sound like your cup of tea, then skip it because there is nothing hidden in here. This title is exactly like it sounds.

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reviewed by archen in 1998