Warlock Asylum’s Review of Demon City Shinjuku


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Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Demon City Shinjuku (Japanese: 魔界都市 (新宿) is an animated thriller adopted from a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi. Originally released in 1988, The title has also been translated as Hell City Shinjuku and Monster City. It was also released as two manga by ADV Manga in 2003 and 2004.

Warlock Asylum’s Review: Demon City Shinjuku is an animation about the young warrior, Kyoya Izayoi, is led on a journey of self-discovery, which culminates in battling Rebi Ra, a demonic sorcerer that defeated his father. It’s an important film in the “historical” development of Japanese animation.

The fact many critics have graded this animation terribly is a sign that its message did not translate well to its audience. That said, the best approach in watching Demon City Shinjuku is to understand that it was produced as a tasteful horror tale. Sure, here is the element of the “void” because this is what the main character must battle to prevent the forces of evil from taking control of the earth.

This production was released in the 1980’s during the height of the “goth era.” Looking back while watching this film is sure cure for resurrecting the generation of the cold war. My only fight with the Demon City Shinjuku is in its predictability. Otherwise, it gets four out of five stars.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri  Script: Kaori Okamura

Music: Motokazu Shinoda Original Work: Hideyuki Kikuchi

Character Design: Yoshiaki Kawajiri Art Director: Yuji Ikeda

Animation Director: Naoyuki Onda Sound Director: Masafumi Mima

Director of Photography: Kinichi Ishikawa Producer: Kenji Kurata, Makoto Sedani

Assistant Art Director: Akira Yamakawa Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Ebata, Morio Asaka

Background Art: Kazuo Oga Editing: Harutoshi Ogata

Animation: Madhouse Film Processing: Imagica

Production: Japan Home Video

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