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Darkside Blues (1994)

Dâkusaido burûsu (original title)
A mysterious man attempts to save "The Dark Side of Tokyo" from the control of a land-hungry corporation.


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Credited cast:
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Kenzo (voice)
Hideyuki Hori ...
Guren (voice)
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
Mai (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Enji (voice)
Masako Katsuki ...
Tamaki Hazuki (voice)
Maya Okamoto ...
Selia (voice)
Akira Natsuki ...
Darkside (voice)
Nozomu Sasaki ...
Katari (voice)
Keizo Horiuchi ...
Delirium (voice)
Hiroshi Yanaka ...
Jingo (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guren / Pigero (voice)
Kenzo (voice)
Tamaki Hazuki (voice)
Dan Green ...
Enji (voice) (as Jay Snyder)
Matthew Harrington ...
Darkside (voice)


The Persona Century Corporation has purchased nearly every parcel of land on earth. Dissension is not tolerated within the corporation's borders and those who oppose Persona are dealt with swiftly. Of those few places not yet under Persona's control is the free town of Kabuki-cho, also known as "The Dark Side of Tokyo". Within the town, under the leadership of a woman named Mai, is a small resistance group called Messiah. Into this world steps a man who takes the sobriquet of Kabuki-cho: Darkside. Sealed up in another dimension eighteen years ago by Persona Century, Darkside now returns to aid Messiah using his unique mystic power of renewal. Written by Anonymous

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Kenzo: Just who are you?
Mai: Oh, thank you, he's from around here. Uh, What's your- What's your name?
Darkside: What is the name of this place?
Mai: Kabuki-cho in Shinjuku. It's known as the dark side of Tokyo.
Darkside: Then that will be my name.
Kenzo: Darkside?
Darkside: Is there a good place to stay around here?
Mai: If you go south for two blocks there's several. Pretty cheap if you plan to live around here.
Darkside: I thank you.
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Metaphysical Head Scratcher
19 February 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This is a tough one to review. There are bits and pieces that are really striking and a dreamlike quality to the whole proceeding. Actually the film resembles a bizarre dream one might wake from and go, "what was that about?" and then when you try to remember it later you can't.

A strange futuristic city not unlike other anime future cities. Weird mutant humans who can shoot rays from their hands. Mysterious moody strangers with super-powers. Cute teenage girls with mega-fighting abilities. Sound familiar? Well it is but it's not as derivative as it could have been. The design is very good and the characters are all fascinating but...

I watched it with the hope that it would all somehow come together but it never did. A number of important plot points are hidden in vague dialog references. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's like we are in the middle of some larger story. It's an interesting world that deserved better treatment. However it's not as bad as a number of other pretentious animes and you might enjoy it, just expect a disappointing ending.

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