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Day 17: Wicked City (1987)

By Sam Reeve

For today’s Japanese Horror Month we have Wicked City, an anime film directed by the same guy who wrote Bio Hunter (featured four days ago). Wicked City is a neo-noir horror about the worlds of mortals and “black” supernatural beings. These beings can cross over into our normal world, but often do so to eat us or destroy shit.

A peace treaty is being signed by the two worlds and an “important” man, Giuseppi Mayart, is coming to town to oversee it. Of course the radicals from the black world keep trying to kill him, so he has two guards: Taki (a man from the Black Guard), and Makie (a woman of the black world who wants peace). I out “important” in quotations because although you think at first Giuseppi will be a wise old important dude like yoda, he’s actually a rude, stupid pervert who just wants to bang girls and look at porn. He also wears a track suit.

There’s quite a bit of sexual content in this movie, and Wikipedia aptly describes it like this:

The film is a sexual thriller in which sex is portrayed mainly as a weapon (sex with monsters, rape and torture), and only briefly used as a form of romantic expression, though in such a way as to not consider the film hentai. The film portrays demons as beings that can walk in human form and seduce their prey much like a Siren, instilling castration anxiety in the viewer through use of demons with vagina dentata.

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: There are lots of demons, melting tits, succubi and even tentacle rape. If you liked Akira, you could probably get into this movie too. The ending wasn’t one I saw coming, and though it kind of annoyed me for being too perfect, it wasn’t totally predictable (or maybe I’m just dumb).

Wicked City starts off pretty exciting too. Just like Bio Hunter, within the first five minutes a couple is having sex. She didn’t turn into a demon during the sex like the woman had in Bio Hunter, so I was a little disappointed. BUT THEN, right after they do the deed, she turns into a spider monster with a vagina-mouth. YES. These people delivered.

Here is a clip of the spider woman scene I just described, and below I’ve posted the full movie which can be watched on Youtube in English.

Day 6: Hellsing (2001-2002)

By Sam Reeve

Today I’m sharing with you folks the anime series Hellsing, which had an original run of only 13 episodes. It’s based on a manga series of the same name by Kouta Hirano.

Set in modern-day England, the series follows several members of the vampire-extermination group called The Hellsing Organization. The series starts off with Alucard (‘Dracula’ backwards), a powerful vampire employed by the organization, converting a young female police officer during a mission. She joins the organization as well but doesn’t immediately take to being a vampire, and initially she refuses to drink blood.

The organization is seeing more and more vampires turn up, and finds out they’re being artificially created with some kind of micro-chip.

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: Alucard, though he actually doesn’t appear much in each episode, is a pretty bad ass anti-hero. He’s a pretty old vampire and has a lot of pride for the vampire race, and enjoys nothing more than destroying the immature, freshly-turned nobodies who just want to be vampires for kicks.

There are some pretty good scenes with creepy ghouls and vampires attacking people, and though I’ve only seen half of the episodes so far, it’s good enough that I’ll continue to the end of the series.

WHAT DOESN’T WORK: The only thing that really gets to me is the new vampire girl, Seras Victoria. She’s dumb, weak, and annoys the fucking pants off me because she can’t decide what the hell she wants to do or how she feels about anything. Maybe I’m just being picky, but every episode there’s at least one moment where I want to reach into the screen and give her a good smack.

It also sucks that Alucard, the coolest character, isn’t actually the one we see the most of, like I initially thought after the first episode. There’s another series called Hellsing Ultimate, which I haven’t gotten to yet, that seems to focus more on Alucard.

The show isn’t the creepiest, so if you’re looking to be scared this won’t be your cup of tea. The soundtrack actually does little to help it have a scarier or more actiony feel, since a lot of the music is pretty jazzy and seems like an odd fit for the show.

Here’s a trailer for the series, and below that I’ve posted the first episode in its original Japanese, with English subtitles. Cheers!