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A anime adaptation of Hideyuki Kikuchi's novel. Shinnjuku was turned into a Demon Paradise by the Dark Lord Rebi Ra ten years ago after he defeated Kenichiro Izayoi. Now Kenichiro's son has been asked to enter Shinjuku and defeat Rebi Ra before he completes his plans.
Ten years ago, the evil Rebi Ra killed Kenichiro Izayoi and cast him into a fiery pit. Ra is the earthbound emissary of the demon world and is preparing to open the portals for all his devilish allies. Only Kenichiro's son, Kyoya, can stop him, assisted by Sayaka, the daughter of an elder statesman who has just abolished nuclear weapons and solved the Arab/Israeli problem, and Chibi, a midget on roller skates. Kyoya and friends must walk into the demon-infested wasteland at the heart of Tokyo and stop Levi Ra before it is too late.
Based on a novel by Wicked City's Hideyuki Kikuchi and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, the passionless, perfunctory DCS (known as Monster City in the U.K.) is at least partly responsible for the popular mainstream notion that "all anime are the same." Opening with the stark red/blue color palette so beloved of Kawajiri, its lead character is a dead ringer for his Goku Midnight Eye. Its plot is not dissimilar to the second Urotsukidoji, which also features both a demon world trying to enter our own and a climactic battle at the Shinjuku skyscrapers. One apparent steal, however, is no such thing. An early shot that shows Rebi Ra almost split in two then repair himself was two years ahead of a similar image in James Cameron's Terminator 2.
Strangely paced, with long spells of silence broken by cheesily awful music, its ending is surprisingly anticlimactic, though perhaps nobody should expect too much from the story of a Ben Kenobi clone telling a Luke Skywalker clone to avenge the "death" of an Anakin Skywalker clone with a magic sword. One gets the impression that the crew were all working on autopilot, a feeling unchanged by the listless English-language dub, which inexplicably gives half the cast Tex-Mex accents while the pale Sayaka is played as a blue-blooded British consumptive. Listen for some classic Manga Entertainment "fifteened" dialogue (added to raise the rating to 15-year-olds and up in the U.K.), including, "I'm gonna tear his head off and shove it up his ass!" LV