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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: 6.391 (scored by 1078010,780 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #69032
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4536
Members: 20,255
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 23, 2018

Masaaki Yuasa has a reputation on MAL SO high that it's actually difficult to find parallels. Old school, film snob magazines like Sights and Sounds will talk about François Truffaut, Federico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, and Jean-Luc Godard in the same way that MAL and 4chan talk about Yuasa. That should give you a hint of just how highly he's regarded among part of anime community. However, there is ONE Yuasa anime that nobody talks about. The one black mark on his record that MAL apparently hates. Kick Heart is that anime!


Kick Heart is a 12 minute, psychedelic romp about a masochistic luchador who ...
Sep 3, 2013
With a total of one episode at approximately 12 minutes long, this show is more than worth the time you will put into it. Do you like professional masked wrestling? Do you like characters with secret identities? Do you like S&M? Well, you should still give this show a try.

This show (or episode I should say) actually manages a plot in its short run-time. I've personally seen shows that can go six episodes without developing anything plot-wise, so seeing a show with an extremely brief story, that still makes itself humorous and interesting, was very refreshing.

The animation quality is good, and it fits ...

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