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Hell City Shinjuku, US (1988)
"Makaitoshi Shinjuku" (original title)

Video  -  Animation | Fantasy | Horror  -  25 October 1988 (Japan)
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Kyoya's father was a great warrior, killed at the hands of the diabolical psychic, Rebi Ra, who has now opened a portal to hell in the city of Shinjuku. It falls to Kyoya to finish what his... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideyuki Hori ...
Kyoya (voice)
Bradley Lavelle ...
Kyoya (1994) (voice) (as Brad Lavelle)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
Sayaka (voice)
Teresa Gallagher ...
Sayaka (1994) (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
Rebi (voice)
Bob Sessions ...
Rebi (1994) (voice)
Kyôko Tongû ...
Chibi (voice)
Alex McSweeney ...
Chibi (1994) (voice) (as Alan Sherman)
Yûsaku Yara ...
Mephisto (voice)
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Mephisto (1994) (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Rai (voice)
George Little ...
Rai (1994) (voice)
Banjô Ginga ...
Genichiro (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
Hag (voice)
Arisa Andô ...
Waitress (voice)
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Kyoya's father was a great warrior, killed at the hands of the diabolical psychic, Rebi Ra, who has now opened a portal to hell in the city of Shinjuku. It falls to Kyoya to finish what his father started and battle his way through demons, while protecting a young woman from harm. The only problem is that he's not exactly your classic hero type, and his powers are still latent. Written by Sinedd

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demon | anime | sword | based on novel

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One Man Against An Army of Monsters......With The Fate Of The World At Stake!


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Based on the Manga by Hideyuki Kikuchi. See more »

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Mephisto: Men anger the gods with their pride, and in order to punish them, the gods looked on as Pandora opened her box letting chaos loose. And now here in Monster City, mythology will become reality.
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Old-School Kawajiri • 7/10
16 May 2014 | by (the Universe) – See all my reviews

This is another Yoshiaki Kawajiri Anime, based on Hideyuki Kikuchi's novel, and is another example of Kawajiri still learning his craft. EvenAnime by the less experienced Kawajiri, still betters most other directors works in most respects. That said, Ninja Scroll, an exemplary Japanese animated feature, a standard by which most Anime are compared, was created only five-years after 'Demon City: Shinjuku,' with 'Goku Midnight Eye,' I & II in-between the two.

Our reluctant hero (the best type of hero), Kyoya, has had very little training in his style of martial arts, but he's eventually persuaded to get involved in a war that's been going on for years. Demons have taken control of Shinjuku, and one man has managed to keep the peace in lots of countries, worldwide. Rama is paying Tokyo a visit, accompanied by his attractive daughter who's caught Kyoya's eyes as he watches her on TV, but just after getting off his airplane he gives a speech, but, Kyoya can tell something's wrong.

World President, Rama, is kidnapped by demons determined that he doesn't interfere with their plan to take over the world and have demons dominating everywhere, but, his brave daughter Sayaka, seeks out Kyoya and together they try to rescue Rama and fight with demon leader, Rebi Ra, who we see at the beginning of the Anime as he defeats the top defender for "good" in the world and now, years later, Rebi Ra is coming back to wipe out whatever remains of good in the world, so his demon army can finally rule, but, Rebi Ra hadn't counted on Kyoya stepping up and challenging him.

While the story is rather run-of-the-mill, and the main characters lacking depth, its stylish, imaginative animation cannot be faulted and as such, if the storyline becomes occasionally tedious, Kawajiri's animation technique always gives you much pleasure and provides more than enough entertainment on its own.


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