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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.

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It's not for the faint of heart.


This anime provides examples of...

  • Action Girl: Makie. Even although she is repeatedly overpowered and molested throughout the film, the female Black Guard actually owns the biggest part of the action: she makes her introduction saving Taki's life, fights back against Jin mostly by herself, destroys the blob woman and the tentacle demon on her own, and at the end, finishes off the Big Bad with her newfound motherly powers.
  • 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 describes Mayart as a powerful Italian wizard and psychic, but never states he's anything other than a supernaturally powered human. However, his small physique, pointy ears, horn-like head protrusions and superhuman physical skills point more towards a Dark World citizen. The movie never really clarifies it.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
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    • Hodgkins loses an arm to Jin's psychic screams. However, he then reveals he already lost that arm and it is an artificial prosthesis.
    • Shadow suffers this literally after getting his left arm blown off by Taki with a gunshot and ripping off his own right leg to escape Mayart's clutches.
  • 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 thanks to his athleticism, quick wits and big gun.
  • Bald of Evil: Downplayed in both senses. Mayart lacks hair on top and is an extremely unpleasant gentleman, though not evil.
  • Battle Couple: Makie and Renzaburou become one of these by the end. Just as planned by Giuseppe.
  • Big Good: Giuseppe Mayart is a big name on the heroes' side and an instrumental piece of the peace accords, but he subverts it by being an annoying, mostly useless VIP who only gets them in trouble. Then subverts it again by being an impressively powerful psychic who was manipulating events right and left.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Mr. Shadow can extend metallic-looking spikes from his shoulders.
  • Blob Monster: The soapland girl is actually a plastic blob-like demon, which enables her to absorb people into her body.
  • 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.
  • Casting a Shadow: The appropriately named Shadow sucks Mayart into a pocket dimension in his shadow, where he can freely attack him without worrying about comebacks.
  • 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 a 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. The demons capitalize on this by using a beautiful demonic High-Class Call Girl to try killing him. They almost succeed... with a catch.
  • Disney Death: Mayart is apparently killed by Shadow's tentacles in his pocket dimension, but he later peeks out of it and attacks again.
  • 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 tentacle 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 fits the archetype, being a sultry, morally ambiguous woman in black, though revealed to be not a villainous one despite Taki's initial distrust.
  • Gag Penis: The soapland girl is admired of Mayart's member, but we luckily don't get to see if she is right or just talking sweet.
  • 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.
  • Headlock of Dominance: In his comeback against Shadow, Mayart puts him in a rear naked choke and summons all his lightning on him. The baddie tries to counter it by stabbing Mayart with back spikes, but it fails and only gets him obliterated... temporally.
  • Healing Factor:
    • Dark World citizens have one, which is probably which allows Makie to survive all the terrible things she is put through.
    • Although he is supposedly human, Mayart also survives to all kinds of grievous damage in the fight against Shadow.
  • 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 molest 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, heroic and villainous, use sexuality as a weapon.
  • Kill and Replace: Subverted. A demonic spider woman apparently kills the woman that Taki 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.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Downplayed, though technically true. Although initially looking like a Squishy Wizard, Mayart is superhumanly athletic and once puts an enemy in a very professional looking rear naked choke.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Most demonic powers are like this. With good reason.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Kikuchi's trademark.
  • Made of Iron: Mayart is apparently human, yet he has a Healing Factor that probably surpasses those of Makie and the Dark World citizens. He is stabbed with countless tentacles and bone spikes by Shadows and appears just fine right after. This is never explained, although it is probably due to being an impressive wizard and psychic.
  • 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, yet his body proportions are not dwarfish.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Mayart is referred as "Dr." in the Spanish dub.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: After the female spider Dark World radical wraps up Taki and Makie in her webbing, she uses 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. Again, just how Mayart expected.
  • Shock and Awe: Mayart's specialty aside from telekinesis.
  • Sinister Shades: Jin wears those, although crossing into Cool Shades given that he is dressed as some sort of punk.
  • 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 anyway.
  • 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. And it can spew spider web.
  • Vampiric Draining: The Black World radical masquerading as a call girl absorbs Giuseppe into herself and drains almost all of his Life Energy.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Mayart is 200 years old, according to the novel series because he is a wizard.
  • Wolverine Claws: Makie and Jin can extend their fingernails in the shape of sharp blades. Interestingly, either her red nail polish also extends or her nails are naturally that color.
  • 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 rugged character design makes him look in his forties.


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