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Shadow Skill (1995)

Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
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In a war torn world of deadly conflict, one small group of heroes stand against the forces of darkness, armed only with two weapons - their unswerving dedication to good and the superhuman ... See full summary »


Hiroshi Negishi


Okada Megumu (manga)



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Credited cast:
Yuri Amano ... Rirubelt (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Ella Lagu (voice)
Chieko Honda ... Fais (voice)
Rei Igarashi Rei Igarashi ... Falstese (voice)
Tomoko Ishimura Tomoko Ishimura ... Gian Deez (voice)
Jonathan Keeble Jonathan Keeble ... Scarface (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Kai Sink (voice)
Takeshi Kusao ... (voice)
Stephen Lyons Stephen Lyons ... Wolfman (voice)
Daniel Marinker Daniel Marinker ... Screb Lohengrin (voice)
Yasunori Matsumoto ... Scarface (voice)
Roger May Roger May ... Blackwing (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Dias Lagu (voice)
Yûko Mizutani Yûko Mizutani ... Follymayer Razmatizer (voice)
Chinami Nishimura Chinami Nishimura ... Kara La Luka (voice)


In a war torn world of deadly conflict, one small group of heroes stand against the forces of darkness, armed only with two weapons - their unswerving dedication to good and the superhuman martial art known as the Shadow Skill... For fourteen-year old Gau, it is time once again for him to return to the graves of his parents, murdered by bandits when he was just ten. In the company of his adoptive sister Ella, Gau quickly comes to realize that his journey is more than a pilgrimage, and that his combat abilities as a student of the Karuda school of martial arts are about to be pushed to the breaking point! Attacked by the demonic Wolfman, left for dead and then forced to fight by Ella and Karuda master Scarface, Gau's dreams of becoming a new generation of warrior are put to the ultimate test - can he face his sister in single combat? Will he be able to match the unearthly abilities of Scarface? And can Gau ever uncover the secrets of the Shadow Skill? Written by Kentti

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The FIRST fighting/bloody anime I've seen
3 September 2013 | by chribrenSee all my reviews

"Shadow Skill" is an Action/Anime OVA directed by Hiroshi Negishi. This anime was released in the US/UK by Manga Entertainment.

Basic plot: 14-year old Gau Ban goes once again to his parents grave; his parents were killed by bandits when he was 10, while his adoptive sister Ella Ragu can martial arts. But after getting attacked by a monster called Wolfman, he is later forced to fight Ella and master Scarface. Ella wants to teach him a powerful martial art called 'Shadow Skill'...

This is my story in relation to this OVA; As a little boy, the only anime I had seen was the Norwegian dub of "Panda no Daibouken (Panda's Adventures)", which was my childhood favorite film before "Toy Story (1996)" came. Where I live, bloody animations and such stuff simply didn't exist. I didn't know anything about this kind of animations until I accidentally discovered "Shadow Skill" (released by Polygram Video) year 1998. This one was rated 18 according to the Norwegian video box, and I was only 12-year old. My dad even had to pay some money to rent this, so my big sister and I got to see this anyway. No kidding here.

This 50-minute long film happened to be my first time in my life to see an animated film where characters beat the crap out of each other, blood splatters everywhere, and some complicated talking go on. Despite released on Norwegian VHS, the film was the English dub version by Manga Entertainment without any subs. The same with "Venus Wars", "Akira" and "Ninja Scroll" which we saw the next three years. Anyway, my big sister and I really liked this film, and happened to be noted on big sister's wish-list.

Once again, this was my first time in my life to see such violent anime OVA, and "Shadow Skill" (as well as the other three anime movies I mentioned above) will always remind me about this being the beginning of my life as an anime-interested guy. My rating for this anime is 5 of 6 points. ;-)

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