Ranked #643

Mind Game

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Mindgame
Japanese: マインド・ゲーム


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 7, 2004
Producers: Studio 4°C
Duration: 1 hr. 44 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #6432
Popularity: #1390
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Nishi has always loved Myon since they were little. And now as adults, he wants to pursue his dream of becoming a manga artist and marrying his childhood sweetheart. There's one problem, though. She's already been proposed to and she thinks Nishi is too much of a wimp. But upon meeting the fiancé while at her family's diner and accepting him as a good guy, they encounter a couple Yakuza (Japanese mafia), only to have Nishi grasp a certain revelation. And, with his newly aquired look on life, adventures abound as he, Myon, and her sister Yan escape the Yakuza into a most unlikely location where they meet an old man...

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Imada, Koji
Imada, Koji
Maeda, Sayaka
Maeda, Sayaka


Tanaka, Eiko
Tanaka, Eiko
Yuasa, Masaaki
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Director, Script, Character Design
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Morimoto, Kouji
Morimoto, Kouji
Animation Director

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Ending Theme

"Saisho de Saigo no Koi" by Fayray

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Jul 22, 2008
Contrary to the title, this doesn’t so much play with your mind as it rubs its crotch against it furiously and dunks it in an ocean full of hallucinogen.

Produced by one of the most innovative animation studios around, Mind Game takes an abstract approach to a theme that a lot of mainstream anime has been promoting to viewers for decades: Don’t give up, live life.

You see it everywhere, from Naruto to Mobile Suit Gundam to Ghibli. Anime is always reminding you of how short life is; encouraging you to stop watching it and go outside. Stop being self-conscious, act freely, chase your read more
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Nov 25, 2007
Mind Game is easily one of my favourite anime movies....all the way through. At first I was a little offput by the art, some scenes work REALLY well...some scenes don't. But seriously, this anime is the best thing I've seen in a LONG time of watching anime.

Story: It's a story that you cannot take seriously. There are essentially 3 different scenes in it. All three of them are beautifully executed. The pacing in this movie is also very nice, the few slow scenes are beautifully shown, there's never a single moment of tediousness.

Art: " I think that Japanese animation fans read more
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Dec 17, 2008
This was a 'solid' effort. Fair. Decent. Average. 6 out of 10. There isn't a modest and balanced review for this movie on this site yet, and I feel its fair to those who are interested in it to realize its not the '10 OUT OF 10 FIVE STARS 1000%!!!!' bonanza its been made out to be. However, if you're convinced this movie is just that, don't read on.

Despite the title, this isn't a movie that will mess with your head or challenge you to think. It has a very simple message, one that was clearly stated: Live Life. The characters go on read more
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Sep 1, 2010
It's raining outside, and you’re eating in a small diner with the girl you’ve been in love with for eleven years. Beside her, talking calmly, is her current boyfriend. Things are going smoothly, while you fester in guilt over lost opportunity yet try to hope the best for the two of them—when all of a sudden, an unshaven squinty-eyed bastard strolls in with his angry pinheaded diaper-wearing charge, and start a ruckus. What do you do in this situation?

One possibility is to cower on the floor while your love interest is about to be raped, hope nothing bad happens, and eventually read more
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Both of them deal with the inner universe within a human's head. We explore various images of unconscious through an unique style of animation and character designs. Mind Game and Kuchu Buranko also features some real actors playing roles of anime characters. Sometimes they're integrated in the whole picture, by adding some drawn elements to their appearance, sometimes they completely separate from anime.

PS personally don't like to write recs after the first ep, but in this case it seems that Kuchu will work out in Mind Game style. 
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Crazy, mind-altering, acid-dropping, surreal effects make for a great visual experience. Also both have an interesting philosophical undertone besides all the insanity that ensues. 
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same artist.. so chances are if you loved/hated the animation in one, you'll feel the same way about the other.. personally i'm a fan.. the artwork is very surreal, and you feel like you're watching some kind of bizarre dream.. through a painting.. or something.. tis tough to explain.. but both require somewhat of an open mind.. the animation might take getting used to.. the plot-lines are both very twisted and sometimes hard to follow.. but it has its own beauty=] 
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Though settings, drawings and intentions are completely different both movies match in some ways: they're colourfull, noisy, mindfucking and completely out of the ordinary.
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