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What if your loved one became the enemy of the world? What would you do?

Kung Fu Love: Even If You Become The Enemy Of The World is a 2006 anime short film made by Studio 4°C. It was released as the third of four short films in the Amazing Nuts! collection.

It tells the story of high school student/kung fu master Hanako and her boyfriend Ichimonji, who one day suddenly find themselves on the run after Hanako is announced the enemy of the world. Pursued by the police as well as independent assassins, and still unsure how exactly any of this happened, Hanako and Ichimonji's feelings for each other are put to the test.

Originally planned as a series, but for various reasons cut down to a single 10 minute episode, Kung Fu Love still manages to be packed full of action, romance, laughs, gorgeous scenery and plot to make the mind boggle.

This anime provides examples of:

  • Deadly Closing Credits: Although the final fight seems to be in her favour, the scene suddenly cuts to Hana's opponent strangling her just before punching her in the head as it cuts to black.
  • Declaration of Protection: "Even if you become the enemy of the world, I will be your ally!"
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Hanako's hair is colored like a yin yang symbol, and she was born in the year of the dragon. So yeah.
  • Generic Graffiti: Subversion. The city is covered in it, from billboards to floor chalk to stickers and tags; but it's usually got something to do with the plot.
  • Meet Cute: When Ichimonji opened a window Hanako was struggling with on the train. She fell in Love at First Sight.
  • Mind Screw: The whole 'Enemy of the World' plot - it's never explained what Hanako supposedly did or why or how. Even she doesn't seem to know whether she's guilty or not.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ichimonji finally has a change of heart about breaking up with Hana. However at that point he may be too late to save her.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: One of Hanako's fights takes her into a shop where she and a bounty hunter fly fists at one-another with a wooden table top between them. Their fists are flying so fast that the tabletop is unable to drop to the ground because of the momentum of the punches from both sides.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hanako wears red and is pretty hyperactive, whereas Ichimonji wears blue/green and is more laid back.
  • Scenery Porn: Some absolutely gorgeous detailed shots of urban Tokyo and Kyoto too.
  • Shout-Out: To the "What-If" box from Doraemon.
  • Stripperiffic: One of the bounty hunters (posing as a stripper) fights wearing nothing but high heels, panties, nipple tassels and a fish-shaped hat.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Sort of. Their fellow students attempt to push Hanako and Ichimonji off a roof wielding brooms and mops.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Ichimonji is baffled by the situation, but sticks with Hana anyway. Even he has his limit though.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Hana appears in a different outfit for each of her fight scenes. Averted by Ichimonji, who always wears his school uniform.
  • Weather Dissonance: One of Hanako's attacks is powerful enough to create a butterfly-shaped cloud over Japan that can be seen from space.
  • We Will Not Use Photoshop in the Future: One scene shows a computer screen of someone (likely an actual criminal responsible for the crimes the news is saying Hanako is responsible for) as a mouse cursor drags over a picture of Hanakos' head over the criminals' face.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The robot with a head like a video camera that was spying on Hanako and Ichimonji only appears for one scene.