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Shuten Doji: The Star Hand Kid (1989)

Shuten Doji: The Star Hand Kid 1 - Hyoki (original title)
Unrated | | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy | Video 1996
Student Jiro Shutendo is unaware that he has mystical powers which could lead mankind to heaven or hell.

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Ketsumei Knife (voice) (as L.B. Bartholomee)
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Ketsumei Shadows, Enemy Oni (voice)
Adam Dudley ...
Senki (voice)
George Franklin ...
Monk (voice)
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Ms. Tanemura (voice) (as Lydia Blanco)
Brian Gaston ...
Jiro (voice)
Claire Hamilton ...
Kyoko (voice)
Eric Henshaw ...
Kitani (voice)
Samantha Inoue Harte ...
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Seizô Katô ...
Shikaisen (voice)
Gary Lipkowitz ...
Ketsumei Dolt (voice) (as Gary Dehan)
Les McGehee ...
Ketsumei Scarred (voice)
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Miyuki (voice)
John Paul Shepard ...
Majari (voice) (as John Paul Shephard)
Allen Smith ...
Ryo (voice)
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Student Jiro Shutendo is unaware that he has mystical powers which could lead mankind to heaven or hell.

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This title comprises four episodes: 1. Hyoki 2. Chapter of Goma 3. Chapter Of Tekki 4. End Game See more »

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Dated but enjoyable
10 May 2004 | by (Killyleagh, Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

The people of He'ankyo witness a battle between a group of Oni, one of whom carries a baby in its mouth. The scene cuts to deep space where the battle between the Oni causes ships to explode. Another cut takes us to the modern day where a young newlywed couple, Kyoko and Ryuichiro, are visiting a temple. The battling Oni appear, and the one carrying the child is victorious. He presents the child to the couple and asks them to raise him. "I shall return for him in 15 years" says the demon and disappears. Kyoko and Ryuichiro name the boy Jiro Shutendo (referencing an ancient legend). The story then cuts to 15 years later when Jiro is at high school.

Jiro exhibits strange powers but is plagued by nightmares. When he is run over, Jiro is forced to come to terms with who he is. Other oni, led by Kitani the conjuror, pursue him but other forces intervene to protect Jiro. Using his classmate, Miyuki Shiratori as bait, the "bad" oni lure Jiro into a trap . .

Entitled Hyoki, this tape is the first of (according to Helen McCarthy's Anime Movie Guide) four OVAs. I'm not a great fan of Go Nagai, so I approached Shuten Doji with some trepidation. Although having a number of "etchi" scenes, Shuten Doji is no Urotsukidoji. It is story-driven, with the mystery of Jiro as it's focus. Of course, being the first part of a longer story the plot is incomplete, many of the mysteries of "hyoki" remain unexplained and are carried forward into later episodes.

Made in 1989, the animation and character designs are noticeably dated, though most backgrounds are nicely illustrated. When placed alongside more modern OVAs, most of which rely on "eye-candy" to catch and maintain their audience, Shuten Doji has a tough time. It doesn't have the most original plot in the world, and though watchable. could never be described as brilliant. It comes as no surprise that Shuten Doji has never attained the following of Nagai's other work (like Devilman or Cutey Honey).


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