Koroshiya 1 The Animation: Episode 0

Ichi The Killer: Episode 0

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Synonyms: Koroshiya Ichi The Animation: Episode 0
English: Ichi The Killer: Episode 0
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 27, 2002
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: AIC
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror
Themes: Martial ArtsMartial Arts, PsychologicalPsychological
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 5.651 (scored by 44034,403 users)
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Ranked: #99302
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Popularity: #5460
Members: 9,393
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A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his mind, and his hands deal death without mercy. At last, the shrouds of mystery are parted to reveal the origin of the monster. The city will know its greatest fear at the unveiling of Ichi the Killer.

(Source: ANN)


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Nakayama, Katsuichi
Yamamoto, Hideo
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Oct 27, 2008
Starman (All reviews)
This is NOT worthy of the Takaashi Miike film that everyone loves. Avoid this anime for bad art, reused cells, boring plot development and confusing situations that are supposedly revealing details about Ichi's backstory. The shock level of the film is rather tame, despite the overtones of marital sexual abuse and of course violent sexual frustration. Watching this leaves you feeling dirty, and not the refreshing enjoyable dirty like watching the real movie. Go see a Miike film instead.
Jan 15, 2009
animegorey (All reviews)
Man oh man. If you like twisted, violent, psychopathic and demented killers, YOU WILL LOVE this OVA. I laughed alot during this insanely twisted mindfuck of an anime. I watched it twice in a row, the second was to show my wife cause she got home about 10 minutes after I finished the first viewing. She thought it was stupid and sick. But she likes the anime Red Garden, so she don't know nothing. Animation was excellent and sound was great. The opening theme is a psychotic, energy filled kill song that may give you a siezure or at least the urge to laugh or read more
Apr 24, 2017
literaturenerd (All reviews)

Since I reviewed a children's film last time, I decided to change things up and review something a bit more "edgy". Ichi Episode 0 is a prequel to the cult film Ichi the Killer directed by Takashi Miike. While the film I believe deserves its cult status in the world of gory exploitation movies, this anime...kind of sucks.


While the manga came before both this anime and the film, the anime was ONLY made due to the film's massive success. Takashi Miike started out in the 1990s in Japanese "V-Cinema" which are mostly direct to video porno films and violent exploitation movies. I think the read more
Aug 7, 2015
lawlmartz (All reviews)
It's no secret that sometimes I'm a masochist when it comes to anime, or film, for that matter. There's something about subjecting yourself to the blinding agony of something that's so terribly made that it makes you question your existence. There's something pure about the awfulness.

And that brings me to Ichi the Killer. Ichi is awful.

But it's the kind of awful that I can get a kick out of.
Ichi also gets kicks out of kicking people and being awful. But not for the same reason I... you know what? Just never mind.


Ichi has got some weird, wannabe arthouse stuff going on. Lots of read more


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