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Darkside Blues

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Japanese: ダークサイド・ブルース


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 1994
Producers: Akita Shoten
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 1 hr. 23 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.181 (scored by 3,163 users)
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Ranked: #74012
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The Persona Century Corporation has purchased nearly every parcel of land on earth. Dissension is not tolerated within the corporation's borders and those who oppose Persona are dealt with swiftly. Of those few places not yet under Persona's control is the free town of Kabuki-cho, also known as "The Dark Side of Tokyo". Within the town, under the leadership of a woman named Mai, is a small resistance group called Messiah. Into this world steps a man who takes the sobriquet of Kabuki-cho: Darkside. Sealed up in another dimension eighteen years ago by Persona Century, Darkside now returns to aid Messiah using his unique mystic power of renewal.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Ou, Natsuki
Ootsuka, Akio
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Sasaki, Nozomu
Hozuki, Tamaki
Katsuki, Masako
Yamadera, Kouichi
Hozuki, Guren
Hori, Hideyuki
Old Woman
Miki, Shinichiro
Yanaka, Hiroshi


Kogawa, Yoriyasu
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Sekijima, Mayori
Ou, Natsuki
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"Paradise Lost" by Natsuki Ou

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Jun 24, 2010
BlackMagic (All reviews)
If you are a fan of 90s anime, then I'd recommend taking a look at Darkside Blues. If you haven't seen many anime from this time period, then this is a fairly good example of the visual styles of the 90s. However, most people will probably find the story somewhat mediocre and maybe even confusing.

Darkside Blues is a nice little gem from the 90s based on a manga by Hideyuki Kikucho who is one of the most respected horror writers in Japan. Often called the Stephen King of Japan, many of Hideyuki's novels have been adapted to anime such as Vampire Hunter D, Wicked City, read more
May 15, 2010
Jaloyoloti (All reviews)
True to the manga, Darkside Blues is a little gem for the mid-90s with older looking art but it really goes well with the atmosphere of the story. There's a particular part my friend had pointed out to me during a fight scene when one of the men has a lit cigarette and as he's moving around there's a streak of red following the cigarette's movement. Sounds nerdy, I know, but it's things like that that makes good movies and anime REALLY good. If you like mysterious sexy men riding a horse-drawn carriage check this one out.
Jan 23, 2017
CynicalXperiment (All reviews)
Darkside Blues was the first big project by J.C. Staff, a relatively stable anime studio nowadays. Despite their current success, it is evident that this is not the film that started it, as their production studio in 1994 was unable to do Hideyuki Kikuchi’s world any reasonable sort of artistic justice. Ontop of that, a very confused screenplay doesn’t save much of its remains, resulting in a peculiar mess of a movie.

The setting of the film is a walled-off section of Tokyo, the only patch of land on earth that hasn’t been bought out by the big bad business with headquarters in space. A resistance read more
Aug 13, 2013
bedheadred (All reviews)
The evil Persona corporation dominates most of the earth with their iron fist, excepting small resistance movements, one of which is located in the free town of Kabuki-cho, also known as “The Dark Side of Tokyo”. Here a group of juvenile delinquents known as Messiah dwell. For a fee, they shelter and assist a terrorist who opposes Persona.

I really wanted to like this movie because it was based on a manga by Hideyuki Kikucho who also wrote Vampire Hunter D. You can see the similarities in the animation (which is superb for its time,) supernatural themes and mysterious, romanticized character of read more


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