Demonic creatures coming from a parallel dimension are constantly trying to get into the human world. It's actually a phenomenon dating back many decades, hence why a special undercover police/military group has been created to deal with it: the Black Guard. Taki Renzaburou is a Japanese member of this task force, as well as one of the most badass.
Very recently, the leaders of both worlds have been working on getting a peace treaty signed. Since it needs to be ratified in our world, Renzaburou is chosen to keep an eye on the negotiations, and so is Makie, a beautiful Action Girl
coming from the demon world. However, not everyone is keen on having demons and humans living in peace. . .Wicked City
(妖獣都市 Yōjū Toshi) is an attack on the senses. It started as a series of horror novels written by Hideyuki Kikuchi. The first of said novels was adapted into an anime movie by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
, Cyber City Oedo 808
) in The Eighties
, and later into a live-action movie. Being the better-known part of the franchise, the tropes here will be taken mostly from the anime, so please add those from the movie and novels!
It's not for the faint
The Wicked City anime movie has examples of...
- Ambiguously Brown: Renzaburou is very tanned for a Japanese guy. His dark skin makes a nice contrast with Makie's pale skin and dark hair.
- Animation Bump: Especially during action scenes, although the entire film is consistently well-animated.
- Badass Normal: Renzaburou has no supernatural powers, but gets by due to his quick wits and physical skills.
- Battle Couple: Makie and Renzaburou become one of these by the end. Just as planned by Giuseppe.
- Blown Across the Room: Subverted with the Hand Cannon. It actually has enough recoil to justify the impact, and Taki has to brace himself against a wall to fire it.
- Dirty Old Man: Giuseppe. To the point that the demons use a beautiful demonic High-Class Call Girl to try killing him. They almost succeed... with a catch.
- Eldritch Abomination / Humanoid Abomination: Pretty much all the demons have this vibe; even those who stay human in appearance are very clearly not.
- Fan Disservice: Renzaburou's one-night stand? She turns out to be a spider woman who tries to kill him by eating him with her mouth that was once her vagina right after they go at it. The High-Class Call Girl that Giuseppe fondles in a soapland? Another demon woman, who almost kills him by absorbing him into her through her breasts. The times we get to see Renzaburou's beautiful and badass partner Makie naked? First fingerbanged by a guy who's holding her down against her will. Then a giant worm demon orally rapes her after exploding her clothes off. Then some gang rape. Then the gang rape again. And it goes on and on...
- Femme Fatale: Makie
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Makie and Renzaburou, after he rescues her from the other demons and they're both ambushed by the Spider Woman in her last fight.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Doubles as this, as their sex scene is very sweet and tender and Renzaburou goes out of his way to be gentle to Makie. Perhaps enforcing the trope even harder, theirs is the only pleasant and fully consensual sexual encounter in the whole movie.
- Half-Human Hybrids: Makie and Renzaburou are the parents of the first one, according to Giuseppe. Said child will be known as the living proof that humans and demons can co-exist in peace.
- Healing Hands: Makie can generate a blue glow from her hands that can heal physical injuries and restore lost Life Energy.
- Honey Trap: Spider Woman and the High-Class Call Girl.
- Kill and Replace: Subverted. A demonic spider woman apparently kills the woman that Taki Renzaburou has been trying to seduce for the last three months. She takes the woman's form and invites him over to her place so she can obtain his sperm. However, she later admits that she just rendered the victim unconscious instead of killing her.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Most demonic powers are like this. With good reason.
- Lovecraft Lite
- Names to Know in Anime
- Noblewoman's Laugh: After the female spider Dark World radical wraps up Taki and Makie in her webbing, she used this laugh as she's cutting them with her claws.
- No Name Given: The Spider Woman and the High-Class Call Girl.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Giuseppe. Holy SHIT, Giuseppe.
- Pregnant Badass: As soon as she and Renzaburou have sex and she gets pregnant, Makie's powers go past the ceiling. So much that she is the one who delivers the fatal blow to the Big Bad, while elegantly and badassedly wrapped in a Modesty Bedsheet.
- Rape as Drama: Most of what happens to Makie throughout the movie.
- The Right of a Superior Species: Makie's ex-lover Jin tries to make her admit this by saying, "Human are lower-class creatures than us. They're only fit for slavery. That's their heritage."
- Salary Man: Renzaburou's cover as an electronic salesman.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Renzaburou is forced to leave Makie behind, but then he leaves to rescue her from her captors/rapists despite knowing he'll be thrown out of the Black Guard.
- Stalker with a Test Tube: Renzaburou and Makie were intentionally paired up in hopes of conceiving a half-human/half-Black World child. as part of the proposed peace treaty. Giuseppe was actually put in place to facilitate this.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Renzaburou and Makie, by the end of the movie.
- Tempting Fate: Hodgkins, the manager of the hotel/safe house where Giuseppe stays, does this twice. First he says "If there's any place safe in this town it's here". Later, as the assassin begins his attack he says "Don't be ridiculous, no one can break through those..." It's like he wanted the attack to succeed.
- Unsafe Haven: The hotel/safe house where Taki Renzaburou takes Giuseppe has triple strength psychic resistance walls to keep out Black World assassins. Naturally one such assassin breaks in without any particular trouble.
- Unwilling Suspension: Makie and Renzaburou, after the last fight with the Spider Woman. For worse, they're hanging upside down and their bounds are made of spider web. Augh.
- Vagina Dentata: The Spider Woman. Eeeeeeew.
- Vampiric Draining: The Black World radical masquerading as a call girl absorbs Giuseppe into herself and drains almost all of his Life Energy.
- Wolverine Claws: The aforementioned Makie's Weapon of Choice.
- Woman in White: Makie wears a nice white gown at some point.