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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 and named Black Guard. The first of said novels was adapted into an anime movie by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Cyber City Oedo 808) in The '80s, and another volume was later made into a Hong-Kong live-action movie with Yuen Woo-Ping in The '90s.

It's not for the faint of heart.

This anime provides 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.
  • Ambiguously Human: The novel series describe Mayart as a powerful Italian psychic who is over 200 years old, but it never states he's meant to be anything but a human with supernatural powers. However, his small physique, pointy ears, horn-like head protrusions and Healing Factor make easy to believe he's a Dark World citizen just like Makie and the terrorists. The movie never really clarifies it, and its dubs can vary on the matter.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Hodgkins loses an arm to Jin's psychic screams. He reveals it was an artificial arm, however.
  • Animation Bump: Especially during action scenes, although the entire film is consistently well-animated.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Taki disposes of Mr. Shadow in their first fight by shooting at his mouth, the only part of his anatomy which is not covered in stone.
  • Badass Normal: Renzaburou has no supernatural powers, but gets by due to his quick wits and physical skills.
  • Bald of Evil: Mayart lacks hair on top and is an extremely unpleasant gentleman.
  • Battle Couple: Makie and Renzaburou become one of these by the end. Just as planned by Giuseppe.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Mr. Shadow can extend metallic-looking spikes from his shoulders.
  • Blob Monster: The soapland girl.
  • Blown Across the Room: Reconstructed 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.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Taki (human) and Makie (demon) were intentionally paired up in hopes of conceiving a child that would fulfill the terms of a peace treaty. That the conception of said child turned Makie into a Pregnant Badass was an bonus.
  • Devour the Dragon: Mr. Shadow liquefies and uses his fallen mooks to create a concrete-like armor for himself.
  • Dirty Old Man: Giuseppe, to an extreme and almost perversely comical degree. His insistence in going partying to soaplands and clubs in midst of their mission is a Running Gag. 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: This movie has a lot of sexual stuff, and a lot of it gets pretty messed up. 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...
  • Faux Action Girl: Like many eighties/nineties anime movie heroines, Makie is repeatedly kidnapped and molested throughout the film. She makes up for it at the end, though.
  • Femme Fatale: Makie, though not a villainous one despite Taki's initial distrust.
  • Gag Penis
  • 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. Reinforcing the trope even more, 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.
  • Hand Cannon: Taki's primary weapon, a revolver that's average sized but with a ridiculously large modification from what can be seen, is described as a large compensator (for all the good it does him). The resulting force from every shot in the entire film throws him into walls, and unlike some anime the shots always have devastating results. Judging from one shot of him reloading it, it seems to be loaded with .454 Casull which might explain the recoil and damage.
  • Healing Factor: Dark world citizens have one, which is probably which allows Makie to survive all the terrible things she is put through.
  • Healing Hands: Makie can generate a blue glow from her hands that can heal physical injuries and restore lost Life Energy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: An apparent but non-lethal variation. While being mouth-raped by the demon parasite, Makie manages to send all her psychic energy out of her body to break the spatial barrier in which they are all trapped and tells them to go without her. The energy also summons lightning which kills the demon.
  • Heroic Seductress: Makie pretty much allows Jin to strip and start molesting her before capitalizing on one of his moments of goading to trap him with her hair tentacles. Taki and his Hand Cannon end the job.
  • Honey Trap: Two of the male heroes have a high libido. There's no way this could possibly pose a problem. Cue Spider Woman and the High-Class Call Girl.
  • Horny Devils: All the dark world citizens, both male and female, use their sexuality as a weapon.
  • 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.
  • Knife Nut: Hodgkins’s signature weapon is a chained knife which he can apparently direct at his will.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Most demonic powers are like this. With good reason.
  • Lovecraft Lite
  • Made of Plasticine: Some of the demon mooks, judging for how Taki's fist goes through the head of one of them.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Jin's screams emit psychic waves able to push people away and to tear out limbs.
  • Mind over Matter: Mayart's power, with a touch of Shock and Awe.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: Mayart's height is roughly half of a regular character of the film, including women.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Mayart is referred as a doctor in the Spanish dub.
  • 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: Many of the characters, among them the spider woman, the soapland girl and Shadow's illusionist. The English dub gives the hotel chairman the name of Hodgkins, but he goes similarly unnamed in the novel.
  • Now, That's Using Your Teeth!: Jin stops Hodgkins's chained knife by trapping its blade with his teeth.
  • 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.
  • Prehensile Hair: One of Makie’s powers is using her hair as Combat Tentacles, which she uses to restrain Jin.
  • 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.
  • Sinister Shades: Jin wears those.
  • 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.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: For all the nasty things which happen in the film, the bad guys are defeated, the main characters end alive and well, and the two worlds are following a road of peace thanks to Makie's and Taki's child. It does have a bittersweet tinge since the novel series keeps on with more conflict, but both of them decide to keep living and going on.
  • 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: Makie and Jin can extend their fingernails in the shape of sharp blades. Interestingly, her red nail polish also extends.
  • Woman in White: Makie wears a nice white gown after being rescued.
  • Younger Than They Look: Taki is stated to be 25-year old, but his character design makes him look like something in his forties.