Ranked #650

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
Source: Manga
Duration: 1 hr. 44 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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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
Yuasa, Masaaki
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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Aug 16, 2015
This movie did something strange to me. Is there an awesome movie you remember watching as a kid that you haven't rewatched since then? How do you remember that movie? Or rather: What feelings does thinking about it evoke? That heavy and nostalgic feeling that triggers more emotions than can possibly be brought forth by just watching any movie now.

I watched Mind Game a few months ago and I honestly wasn't all that big of a fan in my memory. It certainly was special in every aspect but something about it just made me dislike it at the time.
But the more I think about read more
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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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Nov 2, 2014
Its been 3 year since I started watching Animes and it is the first time i has such a nostalgic feeling. Somewhere along the way, It just became part of my life. Mind game made me realise why I started watching anime. Only in anime can u laugh at a very intense chase scene.

The awesomeness of Mind Game is not in this semi-autobiographical Story, But the way it is potrayed, can be potrayed only in anime. The Humorous animation style of the movie is one of the best i have seen with those realistic chunks taking it to a new height. After all read more
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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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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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