''Kite'' is an {{Anime}} series in the action genre, written and directed by Yasuomi Umetsu. Originally released as a two-part OVA in 1998 by Japanese studio Green Bunny, it has since been edited for release in North America as a single "movie" by Creator/MediaBlasters (general release) and Kitty Media (''Kite: Director's Cut'' and ''Kite: Special Edition''). The original series was followed in 2008 by a sequel, ''Kite Liberator''.

In Tokyo, a string of bizarre, unsolved murders have the police confounded and the media in a frenzy. The only known connections are the killer's use of exploding bullets, and the fact that each of the victims were famous, wealthy, or powerful individuals. Akai, the [[DirtyCop lead detective]] in these cases, knows more than he is letting on. Not only have he and his partner Kanie ordered each of the killings, but many of them have been carried out by his [[{{Squick}} lover and adopted daughter]], Sawa.

Under the pretense of "[[VigilanteMan cleaning up the city]]" by getting rid of [[AcceptableTargets corrupt politicians and child molesters]] that are outside the reach of the law, Akai uses Sawa as his personal assassin. [[StockholmSyndrome Holding misguided affection for Akai]] after he "rescued" her as a child from the scene of her parents' murder, Sawa has done his bidding for years without question. When she meets her male counterpart, a young man named Oburi who has been trained by Kanie, Sawa begins to question her role in life and the events that led her there. However, Oburi and Sawa soon find out that giving up their current lives will be no easy task, for Akai is not the kind of man that will take "no" for an answer.

Like Umetzu's similar work ''Anime/MezzoForte'', it has received three releases in North America: a General Release with most of the sexual content removed, a subsequent ''Director's Cut'' that leaves most of the controversial material intact, and a ''Special Edition'' that is presented as being totally uncut.

''Kite Liberator'' follows a new young female assassin named Monaka Noguchi, who poses as a waitress in a [[FanserviceWithASmile maid cafe]] and kills criminals as "The Angel of Death" by night (said cafe also serves as the FrontOrganization). There are two primary storylines: one about the older brother of one of Monaka's past targets seeking revenge, and the other about Monaka's astronaut father coming home from space... [[BodyHorror wrong]]. Additionally, the sequel features a cameo by Sawa, now all grown up, OlderAndWiser waitress colleague of Monaka (and a single mother). What ''Liberator'' [[BleachedUnderpants doesn't feature is gratuitous rape and sex scenes]].

'''This page is for the censored version only.'''

Has a LiveActionAdaptation directed by Ralph Ziman.

!!This series contains examples of:

* ActionGirl
* BodyToJewel: Akai had some of Sawa's parents' blood fashioned into an earring, which has been her most prized possession ever since.
* CorruptTheCutie
* CorruptionOfAMinor: Akai and Kanie are in the business of turning orphaned young children into ruthless assassins-for-hire.
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler:Oburi's death-from-out-of-nowhere that leads to the OVA's DownerEnding.]]
* DirtyCop: Akai and his partner Kanie, who make it a habit of kidnapping and raping young women, as well as [[{{Tykebomb}} training children to be their personal assassins]].
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:After they escape their former "guardians" to start a new life together, Oburi is [[DiabolusExMachina ambushed and murdered by the same young girl he encountered earlier]] while Sawa patiently waits for him at home.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After meeting Sawa for the first time, Oburi is struck by a puddle of water from an errant basketball as he walks by a pair of children playing in an alley. He overreacts slightly by tossing the ball at the basket before ''shooting it with explosive ammunition''. Tellingly, while the young boy screams and ducks, [[spoiler: the young girl just calmly watches him as he walks away]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Sawa''' (to Oburi's cats): "Be patient, my friends. Very soon, Oburi will come home to us - right?"]]
* {{Gorn}}
* GroinAttack: Happens to an unfortunate mook during a botched hit. [[spoiler:In addition, Akai is shot multiple times in the groin by Sawa at the end.]]
* IFellForHours: See OverlyLongGag below.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Every main character save Sawa is dead by the end.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Akai" means "red" in Japanese, and Sawa's flashback sequences often involve red (sometimes blood-related) imagery.
* OverlyLongGag: After a particularly lengthy and brutal fight scene, the mood is lightened somewhat ''after'' a bodyguard latches onto Sawa, throwing her and himself out the hole in the wall from said scene in a high-rise building. They then proceed to latch onto a neon sign, which breaks off at the hinges, sending them falling once more until they land on the roof of a car waiting on an overpass. The weight of their impact somehow sends the car through the bottom of the overpass, landing on a truck waiting below the overpass. This impact then sends the whole pile ''through the ground'' into a subway station. Then the neon sign falls onto everything, causing the truck to explode... sending Sawa hurtling through another window ''into'' an adjacent building. It's like ''Film/TheyLive'' crossed with ''Film/{{Wanted}}''.
* RapeAsBackstory
* SexySecretary: During the above mentioned action sequence in which Sawa falls down a skyscraper, the action briefly cuts into an office building in which a corporate suit is having sex with his secretary as Sawa falls past the window.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Sawa, though it's less the size of the gun and more about the size of the hole it makes moments after the bullets hit you.
* YourHeadAsplode: Sawa, taking a page from ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', uses bullets that explode five seconds after impact, typically causing the head to explode in bloody gore.