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Wicked City
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 01/10/2001

Synopsis:
For centuries, a treaty has kept the peace between the human world and the demon world. The two worlds have always existed side by side, but now the time has come for the treaty to be re-negotiated. A special envoy is scheduled to arrive for the treaty signing, and the two worlds send one agent (also known as a Black Guard) each to guard him at all costs. From the human world is Taki, a capable detective-type guy who has an eye for pretty girls. The demon world's agent is Makie, a woman of unearthly beauty who possesses skills and powers beyond human comprehension. Taki and Makie must protect their charge at all costs, before a full-scale war erupts between the two worlds!

Review:
I've always wanted to watch Wicked City for as long as I can remember. I've heard a lot of things about it, but I didn't want to spring for a VHS copy. Luckily, it got released on DVD and I was more than happy to add it to my collection.

For starters, Wicked City has a lot of nudity and sex. Taki's first several scenes involve him going to bed with a woman he's been courting. They go to bed, and somehow, she transforms into a spider-like monstrosity after their amorous session. As it turns out, she's some sort of spy from the demon world. Anyhow, the buck doesn't stop there as virtually all the main characters get naked in one scene or another. It doesn't help that the guy they are protecting is a sex-starved old geezer, and that Makie is captured and subsequently gang-raped by demons. Wicked City also has a lot of violence and gore. Decapitations, exploding guts, limbs getting torn off, blood blood blood... ah, is it any wonder as the same guy who directed the cult classic "Ninja Scroll" is responsible for Wicked City?

Despite the huge helpings of sex and violence, Wicked City has an excellent plot (even better than "Ninja Scroll" in my opinion). Just when you think you know what's going on, a surprise twist is thrown at you. To say more would be to spoil it for you, but trust me, things aren't as simple as Taki and Makie guarding a VIP. There's a lot more to the story. The art and animation are very good, and exude a very realistic feel. The backgrounds and objects are drawn in extensive detail, and the character renditions fit the overall theme.

Wicked City is an excellent hybrid of elements from several different genres. If you are looking for something that's got all the blood and violence of an action flick, the nudity and sex of a hentai anime, a good plot and cast of characters... it's all here.

Miscellanies:
Does all the sex in Wicked City make it a hentai feature? Well, it's never been classified as hentai... but it's definitely for adults only.

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Review Title:
Wicked City
Alternative Titles:
Demon Beast City
Type:
Movie
Episodes:
1
Duration:
90 Minutes
General Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Aired:
1987
Suitable For:
Young Adults
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Drama,
Horror, Supernatural
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