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A professor of folklore opens a forbidden scroll and becomes possessed by the ancient Japanese demons of Thunder and Lightning, who seek to return and dominate our world. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense sends Hellboy and a team of agents to investigate, but when Hellboy picks up a samurai sword, he literally disappears into a weird wonderland of Japanese legends, ghosts and monsters. Meanwhile, BPRD agents Kate Corrigan and Russell Thorne are on the trail of the possessed professor to bring Hellboy back. Written by
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Do you feel them? Our brothers are calling.
Then we should wake them and bring an end to this puny world of men.
[a chunk of stone flies in and strikes Lightning]
Think again, dumbass, 'cause now I'm pissed.
And you destroyed it. Hah. Stupid ugly monkey demon.
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Mike Mignola's "Hellboy" is a treasure among comics, both for its jovial quirk and its sublime visuals, that defy translation to the screen. Guillermo Del Toro's 2004 feature film succeeded beyond all hopes, thanks to his visuals (deep shadows and spot-on use of colors) and the casting (particularly Ron Perlman as our hero). Here's the animated version, meant to explore the character more and help us be patient until the 2008 sequel is released.
After a nifty prologue introducing our main protagonists in their new form and setting the tone, "Sword of Storms" develops its main plot (demonic possession in Japan and a mystical sword), blending several genres with ease by separating its main characters for most of the running time: part fantasy quest (as Hellboy journeys through a dreamlike Japan), part paranormal mystery (for Kate), part adventure film (Abe and Liz), it manages to remain fresh throughout while staying true to the spirit of original comics. Retaining the film's voice cast provides one of the main joys, as does Hellboy's animated physique (the lower part of his body, hooves as originally conceived rather than the film's humanoid feet, is more appropriate).
The story and tone might put off some newcomers, but kudos to the producers for defending Hellboy's "aquired taste" status that makes it so special. Fans will also note that while the story is mostly original, a small episode with a group of flying heads follows one of Mignola's short stories to the letter. The animation is not the stuff that will give Pixar or Disney nightmares, but is appropriate and some of the designs and settings are truly interesting. The way the sword's legend is recounted is visually daring, and a huge fight between Hellboy and a massive army of demons is truly a joy.
All in all, the animated series of features, of which "Sword of Storms" is the promising first, will more than adequately fill the gap until Del Toro's Hellboy 2 is released next year.
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