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ANIME: Wicked City (1987), classic demon Anime loaded with succubi, gore and tentacles.

March 26, 2016


MY CALL: Whether you love Tokyo Shock cinema (e.g., Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl versus Frankenstein Girl), or simply love anime and generally weird shit, you should probably give this classic demon Anime a shot. I thought it was awesome 20 years ago and still think it’s pretty damn cool today! MORE MOVIES LIKE Wicked City: Demon City Shinjuku (1988), Bio Hunter (1995), Vampire Hunter D (1985), Ninja Scroll (1993), Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990 mini-series), and all manner of Tokyo Shock cinema like Tokyo Gore Police (2008) and Vampire Girl versus Frankenstein Girl (2009).


This movie kicks off strong as our hero Taki goes home and gets lucky with a woman who turns out to be a spider demon! Maaaaaybe not so lucky. After sex she transforms, with her arms eerily elongating and her lady parts becoming a menacing toothed maw. I see where Tokyo Gore Police (2008) got the idea. Not to be confused with some pornographic hentai, this very mature Anime does feature abundant nudity and sex scenes…and “sex-like” scenes. It also manages to mix some romantic elements into this otherwise largely perverse movie.


Our human world and the Black World, a parallel dimension, have had a treaty in place for centuries. The denizens of the Black World must use approved channels to come to our world and when they violate these rules, members of the Black Guard keep them in check–Taki is one of them. The Black Guard is a lot like the Men in Black (1997), operating in secret to protect people from the harm and even frightening knowledge of these extra-dimensional beings.



Now that the 1851 treaty is nearing an end, a new treaty must be signed and interdimensional political turmoil ensues as Taki and a Black Guard from the other side (Makie) must team up to protect an important old man from assassination attempts by Black World demon radicals.



All manner of weirdness can be found. Weaponized ribcages, prehensile gut tentacles and a crawling eye-stalked head are all reminiscent of The Thing (1982) and likely pay kind homage to its effects.

(go to the 3:00 minute mark for the head crawling)


There’s also prehensile hair, strangely erotic engulfing and elongating fingernails of death. We find various succubus demons seeking to engulf their victims in various ways, demonic parasites, stone demons, the return of our web-slinging (from her crotch) spider demon, and spiky tentacle demons that regenerate. Clearly, this movie is loaded with awesomeness.

mr-shadowSHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, 1991. ©Warner Bros.





Whether you love Tokyo Shock cinema like Tokyo Gore Police (2008) and Vampire Girl versus Frankenstein Girl (2009), or simply love anima and weird shit, you should probably give this classic demon Anime a shot. I thought it was awesome 20 years ago and still think it’s pretty damn cool today!



11 Comments leave one →
  1. Victor De Leon permalink
    March 26, 2016 3:51 pm

    great review! I LOVE this flick. have it on VHS. off of the wall, right?

    • John Leavengood permalink
      March 27, 2016 2:31 pm

      Dude, I liked it (again) so much I just hopped on r/anime on reddit for more suggestions!

      • Victor De Leon permalink
        March 28, 2016 11:18 am

        try the vampire hunter D series, and the ninja scroll flicks. they are pretty rad bro.

    • John Leavengood permalink
      March 28, 2016 11:20 am

      I’ve seen them…like 10-20 years ago. Gotta get em and rewatch for sure. I remember loving them…especially as a D&D dork.

      • Victor De Leon permalink
        March 28, 2016 11:22 am

        Ha! I haven’t watched them for about that long as well, too lol. I should watch them this go around with my kid. He’ll freak at that shit. He loves animation and horror.


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