Ranked #6043

Koroshiya 1 The Animation: Episode 0

Alternative Titles

English: Ichi The Killer: Episode 0
Synonyms: Koroshiya Ichi The Animation: Episode 0


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 27, 2002
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 6.031 (scored by 2,407 users)
Ranked: #60432
Popularity: #3359
Members: 4,692
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Jan 15, 2009 6:07 PM
Man oh man. If you like twisted, violent, psychopathic and demented killers, YOU WILL LOVE this OVA. I laughed alot during this insanely twisted mindfuck of an anime. I watched it twice in a row, the second was to show my wife cause she got home about 10 minutes after I finished the first viewing. She thought it was stupid and sick. But she likes the anime Red Garden, so she don't know nothing. Animation was excellent and sound was great. The opening theme is a psychotic, energy filled kill song that may give you a siezure or at least the urge to laugh or read more
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Oct 27, 2008 4:52 PM
This is NOT worthy of the Takaashi Miike film that everyone loves. Avoid this anime for bad art, reused cells, boring plot development and confusing situations that are supposedly revealing details about Ichi's backstory. The shock level of the film is rather tame, despite the overtones of marital sexual abuse and of course violent sexual frustration. Watching this leaves you feeling dirty, and not the refreshing enjoyable dirty like watching the real movie. Go see a Miike film instead.
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May 24, 1:38 AM
Okay, I decided to review this for a number of reasons. For one thing, there are only a couple other reviews on MAL. Additionally, I disagree with much of what has been said about this OVA. Before I give my official review, I need to explain my history with Ichi the Killer. I watched the live action Takashi Miike film, and absolutely loved it. Then I read Hideo Yamamoto's original manga. I plan to review the manga separately, as I feel it also deserves a review. Then I read the prequel manga, and then I watched this OVA. I want to point out that this read more
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May 12, 2011 5:32 PM
I found this animated adaption of the manga hard to watch at times. Not because of the blood and violence, which I enjoyed, but because, in comparison to the manga, it lacked many of the qualities that made it so wonderful in the first place. Much of the story was lost as well as the development of the characters such as most of the main lead's past and why he behaves the way he does. Another flaw in this adaption is the animation. It could've been smother and faster to match the fight scenes but I digress. It hurts to read more
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Aug 7, 6:26 PM
It's no secret that sometimes I'm a masochist when it comes to anime, or film, for that matter. There's something about subjecting yourself to the blinding agony of something that's so terribly made that it makes you question your existence. There's something pure about the awfulness.

And that brings me to Ichi the Killer. Ichi is awful.

But it's the kind of awful that I can get a kick out of.
Ichi also gets kicks out of kicking people and being awful. But not for the same reason I... you know what? Just never mind.


Ichi has got some weird, wannabe arthouse stuff going on. Lots of read more
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May 30, 4:39 AM
I want to preface this review by saying I watched this anime thinking that it was a merely an episode zero for a longer anime series and not a prequel to a live action movie and because of that I don’t really hold a bias for it being good or bad depending on how I felt about the movie. So I can only judge the OVA and nothing else. Let’s begin, shall we?

In the terms of the characters, Shiroishi(MC) is the only one that kinda stands out. All the other characters were pretty one dimensional and stayed that way throughout the entirety of the OVA. read more
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