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Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 (2002)

Koroshiya 1: The Animation Episode 0 (original title)
Animated prequel to Ichi the Killer (2001), focusing on the origin story of the psychopathic killer Ichi.

Director:

Shinji Ishihira

Writers:

Sakichi Sato (script), Hideo Yamamoto (manga)
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Credited cast:
Chihiro Suzuki Chihiro Suzuki ... Hajime Shiroishi (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji Shinpachi Tsuji ... Jijii (voice)
Sayaka Ôhara Sayaka Ôhara ... Midori (voice)
Takashi Miike ... Kakihara (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Aarons Bruce Aarons ... Prison Guard (voice)
Shannon Conley ... Mother (voice) (as Holly Bobbit)
Dan Green ... Mr. Shiroishi (voice) (as Jean Masters)
Rebecca Honig ... Midori (voice) (as Rebecca Miriam)
David Moo David Moo ... Hirano (voice)
David Logan Rankin David Logan Rankin ... Tanabe (voice) (as Tristan Goddard)
Michael Sinterniklaas ... Hajime Shiroishi (voice) (as Michael Tremain)
Tom Wayland ... Kaneda (voice)
Buddy Woodward ... Teacher (voice)
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A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his mind, and his hands deal death without mercy. At last, the shrouds of mystery are parted to reveal the origin of the monster. The city will know its greatest fear at the unveiling of Ichi the Killer.

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Anime at its most extreme.


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Director of the live-action adaptation, Takashi Miike, stars as the pivotal character Kakihara. See more »

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Version of Ichi the Killer (2001) See more »

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Ichi the Killer: The Anime
15 November 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This anime acts as a prequel to Takashi Miike's infamous live action film. It shows how bullied school boy Hajime Shiroishi comes to discover his violent side; something that will lead to brutal murder and him being institutionalised. When he is released he has no memories of what he has done, and has the mind of a six year old, but others plan to find a way of using his violence for their own needs and making him 'Killer Number One'.

If you haven't watched the original film, or read the manga, this anime is unlikely to appeal too much; however if you liked the film this is well worth watching. Be warned though it is disturbing at times. The animated violence might not be as extreme as the live action film but it is made more disturbing by the fact that it is made very clear that Hajime is aroused by extreme violence. There is also violent sex in a couple of scenes. The story is interesting enough but at forty six minutes in length it feels a bit rushed; apart from Hajime the characters aren't particularly well developed. The animation might not be of the highest quality but that roughness seems to suit the material. Overall I'd only recommend this to Ichi fans.

These comments are based on watching the animation in Japanese with English subtitles.


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Language:

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Release Date:

27 September 2002 (Japan) See more »

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