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Release Date:
22 February 1991 (Japan) See more »
One Man's Desperate Race to Save The Earth From Anchint Demons! See more »
A strange growth on a mysterious old woman leads the brilliant surgeon Ukyo Retsu into a 5,000-year-old battle for the fate of Japan... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Occult anime thriller with good buildup, but abrupt payoff See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)
Alan Blyton ... Ukyo Retsu (voice: English version)
Frank Rozelaar-Green ... Elder (voice: English version) (as Frank Rozzler Green)
Julia Braams ... Fuyuko Asahina (voice: English version) (as Julia Brahms)
Lesley Rooney ... (voice: English version)
Liza Ross ... Shun-You (voice: English version) (as Lisa Ross)
Robert Chase ... Assistant #2 (voice: English version)
Roger May ... Prof. Takase (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shigeru Chiba ... Prof. Takase (voice: Japanese version)
Daisuke Gôri ... Demon of Earth (voice: Japanese version)
Junko Hagimori ... Shun-Min (Nun) (voice: Japanese version)
Shingo Hiromori ... Assistant #1 (voice: Japanese version)
Masami Kouyama ... Shun-Kou (Nun) (voice: Japanese version)
Ryûji Saikachi ... Elder (voice: Japanese version)
Masaha Satoh ... Demon of Sky (voice: Japanese version)
Nobuo Satouchi ... Assistant #2 (voice: Japanese version)
Ikuya Sawaki ... Demon of Water (voice: Japanese version)
Hideyuki Tanaka ... Ukyo Retsu (voice: Japanese version)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Fuyuko Asahina (voice: Japanese version)
Yuka Ôno ... Shun-Sui (Nun) (voice: Japanese version)

Directed by
Tetsuo Imazawa 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Wolskel  dialogue: english version

Produced by
Akira Sasaki .... producer
Art Direction by
Tsutomu Ishigaki 
Art Department
Masato Itô .... background art
Hiroshi Misono .... art advancement
Miyuki Satô .... background art (as Miyuki Sato)
Hiromitsu Shiozaki .... background art
Eiko Sudô .... background art
Junichi Taniguchi .... background art
Animation Department
Chisato Ikehira .... in between animator
Chisato Ikehira .... in-between animator
Naotaka Isegawa .... in between animator
Naotaka Isegawa .... in-between animator
Eriko Kimura .... in between animator
Tsuyoshi Komatsu .... in between animator
Tsuyoshi Komatsu .... in-between animator
Kumiko Ohta .... in between animator
Takami Oshima .... in between animator
Takami Oshima .... in-between animator
Michiko Sato .... in between animator
Osamu Sato .... in between animator
Osamu Sato .... in-between animator
Masayuki Sekinuma .... in between animator
Masayuki Sekinuma .... in-between animator
Masami Suda .... animation director
Masami Suda .... character designer
Isao Sugimoto .... in-between check
Takeshi Takeda .... in between animator
Takeshi Takeda .... in-between animator
Hiroshi Tanaka .... in between animator
Hiroshi Tanaka .... in-between animator
Mihoko Tomita .... in between animator
Mihoko Tomita .... in-between animator
Atsuko Ueno .... in between animator
Maki Yamada .... in-between check
Yukitoshi Yamaguchi .... in between animator
Yukitoshi Yamaguchi .... in-between animator

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Also Known As:
"Psychic Wars" - , USA (video title)
"Bestial Warrior Psychic Wars" - Japan (English title) (alternative title)
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USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
UK:15 | USA:TV-14 (S, V) (TV version) | USA:Not Rated (Suggetsed 17+) (DVD release)

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Based on a novel by Yasuaki Kadota.See more »
Fuyuko Asahina:[Ukyo is fighting a giant demon] Ukyo!
Fuyuko Asahina:Keep back.
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Occult anime thriller with good buildup, but abrupt payoff, 14 July 2002
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

PSYCHIC WARS (1991) is a short (51 min.) made-for-video Japanese animated occult thriller about a modern Japanese doctor summoned by the spirits of a group of Buddhist nuns to fight demons in Japan's distant past. It's got some very nice artwork and design and includes some picturesque scenery of Kyoto and ancient ruins in the surrounding countryside, done in a style reminiscent of the charcoal paintings of traditional Japanese art. The storyline is pretty straightforward, focusing on the hero's travels into the past of 5000 years ago to protect the early Japanese people from being wiped out by a race of technically advanced demons. The demons don't go quietly and a handful wind up escaping into the future where the hero, Ukiyo, continues the battle, only to learn that his girlfriend has a secret link to the conflict, putting him in a serious moral and emotional dilemma.

The build-up to the climactic series of battles is quite suspenseful, but the final action doesn't deliver much of a payoff. Things turn out much too easy for the hero, a doctor with previously hidden powers that have been triggered by a dying patient who's a reincarnation of one of the Buddhist nuns. The demons themselves are huge, grotesque, scaly beasts, too much like comic book monsters to be taken seriously. The final segment, in which the doctor must confront his girlfriend, is quite compelling, but ends too quickly. Perhaps a bigger budget and a longer running time would have allowed the story to play out properly. But this is a problem with many Japanese OAV (Original Animated Video) productions. A story that requires feature-length or multi-part telling is often forcibly compressed to standard one-shot OAV length.

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