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Doomed Megalopolis
Doomed Megalopolis
Actors: Shintar˘ Katsu, Kyűsaku Shimada, Mieko Harada, Junichi Ishida, Tamasaburo Bando
Director: Akio Jissoji
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2002     2hr 15min

The four-part OAV Doomed Megalopolis (1991) is more notable for its misogynistic violence than for its coherent storytelling or skillful animation. In 1908 the ghost-demon-sorcerer Kato tries to resurrect Masakado, a hi...  more »


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Actors: Shintar˘ Katsu, Kyűsaku Shimada, Mieko Harada, Junichi Ishida, Tamasaburo Bando
Director: Akio Jissoji
Creators: Masao Nakabori, Akio Jissoji, Keiichi Uraoka, Takashige Ichise, Hiroshi Aramata, Kaizo Hayashi
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 11/26/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Japanese
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Movie Reviews

Tokyo under Siege
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 12/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a four part series, originally created in 1992, that tells the story of an evil necromancer dead set on the destruction of Tokyo and the small group of people who desperately try to stop him. Kato Yasinori is the magician whose plan is to raise the spirit of Taira No Masikado a 10th Century samurai rebel. If woken, Masikado's anger will trigger the end of Tokyo.Caught up in the opening stanzas of Kato's plot are Yukari Tatsumi and her brother, Yukari's daughter Yukiko and Naritake a close friend. The mage intends to use Yukari as a vessel for the re-incarnated samurai. When this fails he turns to Yukiko, but she is unsuitable because she is the result of Yukari's rape by her brother. Although unsuccessful at awakening the spirit, Kato manages to disturb the dragon of the earth sufficiently to trigger the devastating earthquakes of 1923, where over 74,000 died and millions left homeless.In the last two episodes, Kato plans to renew his efforts at the destruction of Tokyo but taking advantage of the reconstruction effort. Secretly he works to draw down the moon, using a slingshot effect to ruin the city, and possible, the earth. This time, however, Tatsumi has married Keiko, a priestess of Masakado. With the help of a psychic, Kureda, she wages the battle with the necromancer, but it appears to be a hopeless struggle in the face of overwhelming magical powers. In its final form, it becomes a struggle between the Goddess of Mercy and the Spirit of the Dead.Director Rin Taro based this screenplay on an original story by Hiroshi Aramato, oulling no punches in the process. This is a violent film - not do to a lot of killing, but due to an undercurrent of sexual sadism that periodically breaks loose, leaving the viewer more than a little unnerved. While the plot does stay within certain limits, it is decidedly and adult story, more properly a horror film than a fantasy story. It combines just enough of real history and common legend to make the tale compelling, but occasionally prone to unexplained events.The basic art work is good, evoking the Japanese equivalent of gothic atmosphere. But the animation uses to many short cuts and lacks fluidity. Even so it has an atmospheric strength that is the perfect counterpoint to the rough edges of the story line. If your taste runs to noir horror make a point of seeking this out."
The Relic is Reborn
madnessmark | Maple Grove, MN | 11/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Back in the early nineties, Streamline Entertainment seemed to be going after some of the explicit work from Japan. Most of them were very successful and lead to other series, but Doomed Megalopolis seemed to not have gotten the attention it so deserved. I mean it was directed by the famous Rintaro (Metropolis, Galaxy Express 999).Doomed Megalopolis obviously takes place in Tokyo. The story occurs during the early 1990's when Japan was just starting to modernize. However, evil is afoot as an ancient ghost from China's army called Kato seeks revenge on Tokyo. He tries to summon the soul of Masakado to aid him, but to no prevail. Thus, Kato starts to manipulate certain people in order to get his revenge.DM contains lots of Japanese mythology references such as the belief of the Earth is a dragon with arteries underground. Another element that is present is actual events like the 1923 earthquake in Japan. When you can successfully mix actual events with mythology, you have a great story. I've heard many people call DM a horror anime, but it doesn't seem to be setup like a horror movie. There is very little death, if any, of the main characters. There are some moments that will remind you of Nightmare on 34th Street, but the similarities end there.Thats not to say there isn't any action. There are some strange, but quite pleasing battles of spiritual war. To put it simply, it's a good-vs-evil war. The characters all have good qualities and some seem pretty realistic. Actually, character development seems to be driving this anime. And, yes, there is some sex, but not much. There is are some tentacles in the first episode and there is a rape scene, but it's not explicit. However, with an exception for nudity during the last couple of episodes, DM is pretty clean.I am proud ADV finally picked up this title, but they could have done a lot better. First off, they didn't include the Japanese track. I am happy that now I don't have to worry about wearing out those old DM tapes from Streamline, but the purpose of anime on DVD is to get both tracks. The dub is fine and all, but I wouldn't mind to hear the original track. Moreover, there is some kanji in DM that I really think they should have translated. Soft subtitles could have done the job, but all ADV did was just rip the original prints from Streamline and slap them on a disc.Overall, DM is a good value considering you get all four 50-minute episodes in one convient package. Doomed Megalopolis is a great anime title that I think every anime fan should atleast try."
A WTF Movie
Ironman | Carmel, IN USA | 12/31/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What is a WTF Movie you ask? A WTF movie is a What the (Fill in the blank) movie. Doomed MEgallopolis is a Mid 90's sci fi anime involving Sorcerors, Dragons, and gods. The story revolves around a sorceror named Kako who wishes to destroy tokyo. This two DVD set expands upon this story starting with Kako going after a young women in order to use her to resurect a god, after realizing that she is two weak he impreginates her and 11 years later he uses the daughter to destroy tokyo. However Tokyo is not so easily vanquished as a few years later Tokyo is rebuilt and he realizes that the spirit is to weak. So he goes for the dragon sleeping underneath to destroy tokyo for good. At this point the Goddess of Mercy shows up to stop him ending in a fairly bloody battle.The reason this a WTF movie is the small things that catch your attention, and or disgust you. For example in episode one the woman about halfway through ends up vomiting out a demon that has a penis for a tounge. That is only in the first episode. There are other moments to include the bizzare ending which does not needed interpreted but is strange none the less."
20 some dollars = 4 hours of greatness
vikingwarlord | 06/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Lots of people dont seem to really like this film, Im not sure why, it has the typical amount of violence and strangeness that one would expect from most anime films. Who knows?Anyways, for all of you graphic freaks out there, this movie will not sit well with you. As it is not up to todays standards, because it was released in the early 90's. However for those of us who arent graphic freaks, the graphics are still good regardless.The story of this movie, revolves around a man hellbent on destroying Tokyo. This man is Kato Yasunari, and he isnt your every day Joe. He wields awesome power, at one point pulling the Moon into the Earth. To stop his crusade of destruction are an assortment of individuals, a scientist, a college student, a psychic, and most importantly a temple maiden who isnt all she appears to be. The charcters are all interesting in their own ways, and stay a large part of the story throughout the movie.There are really two parts to the story, Kato, and the family he is using in his evil schemes. This family is really screwed up thanks to the older brother, who is a man obsessed with work and social status. You will not like the borther, as he is a very bad person. The sister is insane thanks to her brother and the demon Kato, who each in some way traumatize her. Later in the movie a focus is also placed on the daughter of the sister, who possess some magical power, and who is a tool of Kato.This is a great story as far as anime standards go, and the ending involving Kato and the temple maiden is excellent.Warning: This movie is definitely not for children."