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Japanese: KICK-HEART


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 26, 2013
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, SportsSports
Theme: Combat SportsCombat Sports
Duration: 12 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.411 (scored by 1104811,048 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #70932
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4590
Members: 20,687
Favorites: 34

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By day, Romeo Maki is a respectable man who loves bringing gifts to the local orphanage, and Juliet is a newly employed nun working at said orphanage. However, by night, they are Masked Man M and Lady S, popular professional wrestlers. Kick-Heart tells the story of what happens when this dynamic pair meet in the ring, the only place where they can express their hidden desires.

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Kick-Heart was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012.

Characters & Voice Actors


Nitta, Makiko


Kanuka, Mitsuaki


Takagi, Wataru


Oshii, Mamoru
Leach, Justin
Terakawa, Hidekazu
Yuasa, Masaaki
Director, Setting, Key Animation


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Jul 11, 2013
Pain and pleasure. They are two sensory feelings that are central to the experience of living as a human being. Although they are typically distinct from one another, it is certainly something else when the two feelings merge: something that may seem strange to some, enticing to others, or perhaps strangely enticing to the rest.

Masaaki Yuasa, the acclaimed director of titles such as Mind Game and Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, drew the idea for the main theme of Kick-Heart from this concept of pain and pleasure. He watched a French man getting tortured, and then amused himself at the thought of what it would be ...
Aug 20, 2021
Mixed Feelings
The story had potential, but there are just too many loopholes for it to be actually good; it's just a 12-minute movie so it makes sense, but even so that doesn't mean I'm gonna rate it higher overall. However, for the story I'll give it a 7/10, which is more for the potential than the execution.

The story is about 2 pro wrestlers, a sadistic woman and a masochistic man, who have 2 matches and who happen to encounter each other outside the wrestling ring without knowing. Its main theme would be the power to resist temptations to protect what's really important; we get to understand ...
Feb 22, 2020
I know that director Masaaki Yuasa is loved here on MAL but I was still shocked to see how many 8's and 9's this short by him was getting. Kick-Heart wasn't very good, guys. The short was only about 12 minutes long but I'm still giving it a 3/10. The story is bare bones: a masked wrestler is also a masochist who falls in love with a female opponent because she beats him up. Yeah, it's awkward. Don't watch this in mixed company. He literally gets turned on by watching her slap the shit out of his tag partner. Did I mention their names are ...

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