A Two episode OVA of Clamp's Mystery Horror series Tokyo Babylon.
Subaru Sumeragi lives in Tokyo with his twin sister, Hokuto. A fey, gentle young man, he's a psychic by heritage and by trade, often called on by the police to assist on investigations that stump all normal crime-fighting methods. Each of the two videos (the second appeared in 1994) focuses on one case: the first a murder for power and money that is complicated when a bereaved young woman, out for revenge, unleashes psychic forces she can't control; and the other a genuinely chilling look into the world of a psychopathic serial killer. The stories contrast Subaru's unworldly gentleness with the cynical and self-seeking city dwellers around him. The religious symbols are leftover 1980s fashion statements rather than deep philosophical references-a superficial quality only emphasized by a truly awful English-language musical interlude. The real importance of TB is its part in the movement of elements from girls' manga into the commercial mainstream-though the U.K. distributors did hype it by falsely claiming that the tape contained scenes of phone sex! Both videos are enjoyable in their own right but are only fragmentary glimpses of CLAMP's much larger manga universe, missing many of its facets. Subaru has a part in the earth-shaking events of X: The Movie, in which the genial vet who has been his friend, suitor, and mentor, reveals his darker side, and the ancestral links between their two families are finally resolved.
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