7.6/10
602
7 user 3 critic

3x3 Eyes (1991)

Sazan aizu (original title)
A demon girl's quest to become human, with the help of an unwitting boy named Yakumo.

Director:

Writers:

, (manga)
Reviews

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Yakumo has trained and searched for 4 years, following Pai's mysterious disappearance. However, when he finally finds her, not all is well as her memory seems to be gone.

Director: Kiyoko Sayama
Stars: Ralph Lister, Steve Blum, Lesley Boone
Roswell (TV Movie 1994)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Beginning at a 30-year reunion for members of a military nuclear bomb unit, flashbacks are presented that follow the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Kagan
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Martin Sheen, Dwight Yoakam
Paperhouse (1988)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book.

Director: Bernard Rose
Stars: Charlotte Burke, Jane Bertish, Samantha Cahill
Delirious (1991)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz
Stars: John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms
Kyôshoku sôkô Guyver (TV Series 1989)
Animation | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sho and his friend Tetsurou stumble upon an odd alien artifact while walking through the woods. Then, the alien artifact breaks free of its metallic bonds and enters Sho's body, turning him... See full summary »

Stars: Takeshi Kusao, Yûko Mizutani, Kôzô Shioya
Mirrormask (2005)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home.

Director: Dave McKean
Stars: Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind.

Director: Toyoo Ashida
Stars: Akira Kamiya, Yuriko Yamamoto, Kenji Utsumi
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A crass, womanizing duck works as a private eye with his level-headed pig sidekick, all-the-while raising a family as a single dad.

Stars: Jason Alexander, Gregg Berger, Nancy Travis
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A fired cop and useless lawyer sign up as security guards and find they've joined a corrupt union.

Director: Mark L. Lester
Stars: John Candy, Meg Ryan, Eugene Levy
Animation | Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Japan, the vampire-hunter Saya, who is a powerful original, is sent by her liaison with the government, David, posed as a teenage student to the Yokota High School on the eve of ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Stars: Yûki Kudô, Saemi Nakamura, Joe Romersa
Blood Lad (2013)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A fight to decide the survival of mankind. A boy is chosen to save and pay back what he has lost. Will he win and live to see another day or fail resulting in the death of all mankind?

Stars: Iori Nomizu, Ryôta Ôsaka, Sarah Emi Bridcutt
Angel Cop (TV Mini-Series 1989)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An elite anti-terrorist agent battles terrorists threatening Japan, but a mysterious third player is involved in their own way.

Stars: Mika Doi, Sharon Holm, Masashi Ebara
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Thom Adcox-Hernandez ...
Monkey (Manga Entertainment Version) (voice) (as Thom Adcox)
Takeshi Aono ...
Chou (voice)
Brigitte Bako ...
Pai, Sanjiyan (Manga Entertainment Version) (voice)
...
Benares (voice)
Steve Bulen ...
Steve Long / Hotel Manager (Manga Entertainment Version) (voice)
...
Yakumo Fujii (voice)
Susan Chesler ...
Ling-Ling Li (voice)
Lara Cody ...
Additional Voices (voice)
...
Mama (voice)
...
Additional Voices (Manga Entertainment Version) (voice) (as Julie Diamond)
...
Steve Long (voice) (as Bill Faggerbakke)
...
Pai Ayanokouji (voice)
...
Yakumo Fujii (voice)
...
Mrs. Wong, Newscaster (Manga Entertainment Version) (voice)
Banjô Ginga ...
Steve Long (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Pai, a demon in the form of a young, naive girl, is on a quest to become human with the Statue of Humanity. Yakumo, as a favor to his departed father, leaves his job as a waiter to help her. Along the way they must battle with mysterious forces who wish to use the Statue for their own purposes. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

3X3 is an excellent horror story with a human twist...


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3x3 Eyes  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The English Dub was Supervised by Greg Weisman, creator of the 1993 Disney Series "Gargoyles" The series makes several Homages to Gargoyles by including many of the old voice actors, a Homeless man is heard humming the Opening theme, and a character openly wonders "What could make Claw-marks in Solid Stone" See more »

Connections

Followed by 3x3 Eyes: Legend of the Divine Demon (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An excellent and underrated Anime with tremendous action, mythology and character depth
18 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Based on a long running Manga series by acclaimed comic book writer and illustrator Yuzo Takada - who was just twenty-four years old when the original series began in 1987 - 3x3 Eyes (1991-1995) is really one of the very best Anime adaptations that I have ever seen. I first saw it as a young teenager back in the mid-to-late 1990's and retained fond memories of those initial viewings - not to mention the characters and some of the more iconic images - until very recently when I watched the film(s) again. Nevertheless, the story stands up exceptionally well - even after more than a decade on from those preliminary late-night viewing sessions - with the film simply offering the audience a great deal of entertainment, combined with some memorable and intelligently written characters, an exciting strand of adventure that permeates the more fantastical elements of the plot and a truly unforgettable visual approach that still manages to impress this particular viewer, even when removed from the more obvious reminisces of teenage nostalgia.

If you're already a fan of Anime, then this particular adaptation from celebrated director Daisuke Nishio, still best known for his work on projects like Crying Freeman (1987) and Dragon Ball Z (1989), is really one of the very best; filled with exciting action sequences and moments of imaginative fantasy that play out within an entirely believable world, rich in detail and an incredibly pervasive sense of atmosphere. I suppose you could always argue that it has certain surface similarities to the work of director Yoshiaki Kawajiri, with films like Wicked City (1987), Demon City Shinjuku (1988) and Ninja Scroll (1993) all presenting a similar world in which warring demons and mystical forces are at work beneath the quiet, everyday facade of contemporary, metropolitan existence; with the natural progression of the film(s) in question taking us closer and closer to that other-world, merely hinted at throughout most of the series here.

Although the film ultimately lacks the eroticised nature of Kawajiri's work, it is still incredibly violent, with a number of prolonged sequences of torture and abuse, usually directed at the character Yakumo Fujii - who after being killed early in episode one becomes the "Wu", or "immortal companion", to the central character Pai - establishing this as one of the most extreme OVA's of this particular period. However, where 3x3 Eyes differs from many similar Anime productions of this era is in the sensitive nature of its characterisations; with the burgeoning relationship between Yakumo and the mystical and somewhat ethereal rendering of Pai suggesting a deep bond and connection that goes beyond even that of the conventional "will they/won't they" teen-pop romance. Nonetheless, there is a maturity to these characters - manifested by the very serious themes of humanity and the need to belong - which is represented by the (at-times) heartbreaking quest by Yakumo and Pai to make the young Sanjiyan a real, female human being; thus restoring Yakumo's own humanity and ending the threat of destruction from the demonic follows of slumbering demigod Kaiyanwang.

Through the excellent writing, imaginative direction and sheer enormity of the detail put into these characters by both the animators and performers, the relationship between these two central characters and their need to succeed in their quest is truly captivating, whilst the film continues to reward the viewer with an entirely interesting story that runs throughout the entire series, keeping us interested from the very first episode to the last. If you're not already a fan of this particular style of Anime, then 3x3 Eyes probably won't do much to convert you; with the usual themes and preoccupations (both visually and thematically) leading both the story and the characters, as well as underlining the film's impressive, though perhaps somewhat dated, visual approach. Nonetheless, if you have some familiarity with this style of film-making, then 3x3 Eyes seriously rewards and is worth tracking down; if not for the great story, scenes of violent action and emphasis on character and emotion, then for the touching sub-textual allusions, often overlooked in this particular style of film-making.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?