“Wicked City” is an amazing anime film that borrows from numerous genres, including body horror, cyber punk, dark fantasy…and even hentai.
Almost a year ago, this Tubi Tuesday column started and, in the course of a year, we have covered all sorts of films from across the spectrum of horror. From ultra-indie films like Mad Cowgirl to mainstream horror classics like Evil Dead. We’ve covered and recommended Christmas Horror, Kung-Fu Horror, sequels, remakes, and reboots. But we have never covered any animated horror, until now.
This week’s Tubi Tuesday is an absolutely insane anime from 1987, Wicked City.
The film is set in an alternate, near future reality where humans coexist with an alternate dimension known as Black World, which is basically hell and inhabited by demons.
The main character, Taki, is a special agent from an organization called The Black Guard who is assigned to protect Guiseppe Myart, an integral character who keeps the balance between the human and demon worlds.
Taki is not alone on his mission as he is accompanied by Makie, a supermodel/demon from the Black World and a secret agent of the Black Guard. The two have to protect Mayart at all costs while they are pursued by a group of radical extremist demons from Black World.
Wicked City is the directorial debut for legendary anime director Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who is most famous for classics like Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D, and The Animatrix.
The film is a mixture of multiple different genres, with aspects of cyberpunk, body horror and hentai. For those unfamiliar with hentai, it’s basically anime porn, which, due to odd rules about censorship in Japan, contains a fair bit of tentacles. It’s worth mentioning because Wicked City opens with Taki meeting a girl in a bar and taking her home. Mid sexual intercourse, she transforms into a giant spider, then tries to eat him with her vagina.
At one point, Guiseppe Myart heads to a brothel. And again, mid-intercourse, a woman absorbs his body into her body. There are also a couple violent sex scenes, including at least three demon rapes with varying degrees of explicitness.
Be forewarned before watching this film, as some parts are very adult in nature.
The movie includes tons of insane visuals and body transformations.
Near the opening, Taki heads to the airport and is attacked by three demons whose heads explode before they transform into spider/octopus monsters in all their gooey glory. There is also another scene where a demon tries to seduce Taki by transforming into a giant vagina monster that tries to eat him whole. Yes, it’s kinda pervy. Yes, it’s very horny. But the visuals are absolutely insane.
To imagine that someone had to hand-draw all of this is amazing! It’s also terrifying that someone had in their mind the idea of a woman whose entire torso is a giant, pulsating, salivating monster vagina intent on devouring men whole.
Outside of the pornographic stuff, the film is absolutely amazing, as it creates its own contained universe and mythos in a very short, 82 minute run-time. The monsters are terrifying, and the mythos of Wicked City’s multiple universes and the related rules is very creative and unique.
The overall story arc of the love between the human Taki and the demon Makie is absolutely fantastic, although sometimes gets lost in the demon battles and sex.