If your dream in life is to become a womanizing, unfeeling sociopath who will do anything to climb to the top then Blue Flames could very well be your guide. Not very often to I see something so reprehensible that it has practically no value once so ever. I don’t know what the point of this was supposed to be, unless it was to be used as educational PSA for rich girls on how to avoid gold-digging gigolos.
In the story, Ryuuichi Kaizu moves from girl to girl, using them as he pleases for sex and money or influence until they are no longer needed. That’s pretty much it. I guess you could consider this a bit of a character study and a social experiment in the cruelty and stupidity of the human species. Despite its completely abhorrent plot, you can’t really say it’s not realistic. I know there are people out there in the world who are just as cruel, cold, and unfeeling as Ryuuchi is. There are an equal number of naive and stupid girls who would fit the characters in this show. So in a way, Blue Flames might be one of the most realistic anime ever made.
As disturbing as the story is, nothing can prepare you for its complete asshat of a lead Ryuuchi. He is without a doubt the most uncaring and unfeeling person I have ever seen. There is no silver lining. He isn’t misunderstood or did he come from a bad family or have a terrible back-story. Quite the contrary actually, his family seems to be quite normal and typical and there isn’t a logical reason for him to be the way he is. He is just a bad seed. His own father seems to realize this. Because he is such a jerk, you don’t care about what happens to him and well actually you are waiting for him to receive his comeuppance but sadly he never does.
While Ryuuchi is mildly interesting because of how detestable he is the rest of the cast are complete failures. There is nothing redeemable about any of them. I didn’t feel anything for his victims, mostly because I find it hard to sympathize with people that are so easily fooled and manipulated. Perhaps the only people you might feel the slightest twinge of sadness for is his estranged family who didn’t do anything to incur his wraith. Particularly his parents since I would likely wish I had been born sterile than be responsible for bringing a tool like this into the world.
While this OVA is full of fail, nothing more so than the poor excuse for artwork. I know the quality of the rip I saw was probably from a VHS source but I seriously doubt this ever looked good. Even for the 80s the animation sucks. I really can’t believe people actually got paid for their work on this. The sound quality is nearly as bad whether from a poor audio source or just from lame 80s music. The actor performances are boring and uninspired.
There is nothing to recommend about Blue Flames except to stay away from it. It has a lot of sex and sexual explicit content but it’s not hentai, so even if you’re looking for that you unlikely to be satisfied. Besides what is arousing about grainy poorly animated tits? Don’t waste your time.
Ryuuichi is sleeping his way to the top. Cool. This isn't a hentai FYI.
This anime revolves around Ryuuichi, a misogynist who sleeps with women to get to the top. However this OVA does nothing to prove that he reaches his goals, or does anything other than look like a total douche. Honestly, he's a male whore. Women beg to sex him. There is no story and I just told you all about it. This is definitely a woman repelant and this type of story would make a woman cringe at the sight of it. This is a fairly novel concept since it's post-OVA boom but still managed to deliver. I knew what I was getting into so the story was not at all that bad. Did I mention there are some sex scenes?
The art is as low budget as low budget can be. I've seen kids drawings with a better budget. It seems that the scenes get better during the sex. Sad, to say but I noticed there was much detail in the breasts. Even boobs can't save this anime. There is that old school vibe that you get with the artwork though. It kind of gives you a feeling that you're actually in the '80's. Everyone looks like they were ripped out of an '80's photoshoot.
The sound is actually not that bad, well in the case of the BGM. I pictured A-Ha playing in the background for some reason. The dub is quite poor and if bad timing is a pet peeve in anime then I would advide not giving this a look. You really can't expect anything to extravagant. Again, it seems like all of the budget went to the sex scenes. Really good moaning. Moaning to the point that it sounds like the anime is about that.
The character is a giant tool. He sleeps with the girl you like, forces you to hit him, rats on you, takes away your scholarship and kicks your ass. He somewhat makes Duke Togo look like a virgin. All the girls are pathetic and are poor excuses for women. They just sit there as they pant and moan about what a great lover Ryuuichi is. I didn't even bother to learn their names and they are forgettable with the exception of the girl that overdoses on pills when Ryu dumps her. If anything the girls are giant vaginas waiting for Ryuuichi to jump on them and take their money.
I have to tell you that I enjoyed it. Ryu is what I want to be. Despite the blood-in-piss quality it managed to make me a better man.
+ If you're a guy you can watch it and show it to your girlfriend and show her you love her.
- Not female friendly.
All in all if you're a woman don't watch it unless you like insensitivity. This anime gets 5 "OH!" out of 10read more
This is my first review so don't be harsh on me :P
This anime didn't suck at all; well, it could have sucked if I am stuck inside a romance bubble :P
The main character, Ryuuichi, is a modern demon that would do anything to reach the top. On his way he meets, not only girls that he wants to exploit to achieve his short-sighted goals, but also some allies as well. This anime shows in a direct way that society is, unfortunately, build and may be ruled, not by romance, but by heartless, ruthless people. Ryuuichi wants to become one of these - not because he chose too, but just because he feels this way.
It is very interesting to see how such a character perceives life. He is doing everything to reach his goals without any empathy at all, delving into his egoism and his own diminished ethics.
For me, this anime provides a life lesson, both for men and women.
For men, it is obvious that such characters do exist in real life and, if you consider yourselves one of the romantic, proud and ethical people, this is a good movie to think about how to face such characters. And "Ryuuichis" will appear throughout your lives and be prepared for that.
For women, this is also a life lesson; Ryuuichi impersonates those men that will use you. So, before falling rapidly in love with somebody, take your time to indeed understand his intentions; The good thing is that this movie showed that patience, in these kind of modern demons, has some limits; Ryuuichi will not wait for long to achieve his goals - he wants to live fast and exploit everyone around him, but in a short period of time.
Except from the extremely interesting plot and dialogues, art and music are (very) descent for the time that this anime was created (1989). And unfortunately, Blue Flames are increasingly felt in modern society, by men and women alike. Therefore, such a story is highly relevant and timeless.
I recommend this movie to all anime viewers since it provides something unique to think about.read more
One of the most hilarious anime I have ever seen. If you are easily offended by chauvinistic, patriarchal, sociopath protagonists, then this anime is DEFINITELY for you. Relish in the birth of the Blue Flames. Ryuuichi, the male protagonist, is set on ruling Tokyo, Japan. The Blue Flames of his inner consciousness directs a force so narcissistic - so horrifyingly dominant - that Ryuuichi will partake in anything to temporarily satisfy the insatiable hunger of his worldly desires.
Enjoy this downright hilarious portrayal of a bastard.
I admit, I laughed the entire way.