Darkside Blues

JPEG image Type: movie
Genre: Gothic science fiction, horror
Dub/Sub: Subtitled
Length: ~90 minutes
Copyright date: 1994/1996
Animation quality: 8
Why: V, n, mt, al
General overall quality: 8
Distributed by:U.S. Manga Corps

In a dark, gothic future the Persona Century company owns 90% of all the dry land on the Earth. One of the last hold outs of freedom and independence from P.C. is the center of Tokyo, Shinjuku, now called The Dark Side of Tokyo.

There are quite a number of colorful figures living in The Dark Side, one group is called the Messiah people. On the surface these are just juvenile delinquents. In fact, they are some of the most effective anti-P.C. persons in the world. Their leader is a pretty young girl named Mai.

One day a very odd event occures in this dark world. A strange young man arrives in a flying horse drawn carriage. This young man assumes the name Darkside, after the part of the world in which he arrives in.

Many people and places in this world have unique properties. For example, Mai can move as fast as though. The hotel in which Darkside ends up staying is called the Mirage Hotel and it lives up to its name in many ways. Many of the people who are a part of Persona Century have enhanced themselves, becoming a type of cyborg. Then there is Darkside, himself. As well as being virtually indestructible, he has the ability to perform a type of dream therapy that he calls a "renewal". He is able to bring renewal from sorrow and hatred.

Darkside Blues is brought to us by the same person who did Vampire Hunter D and Demon City Shinjuku and, in general, is pretty good. My major criticism is that they really needed to find a real blues singer to do the music. Phonetically sung blues came across as a somewhat painful experience.

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