Koroshiya 1 The Animation: Episode 0
Ichi The Killer: Episode 0
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English: Ichi The Killer: Episode 0
Synonyms: Koroshiya Ichi The Animation: Episode 0


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 27, 2002
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: AIC
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DementiaDementia, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, PsychologicalPsychological, SeinenSeinen
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 5.761 (scored by 37083,708 users)
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Ranked: #84882
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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.

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Ishihira, Shinji
Yamamoto, Hideo
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Wayland, Tom
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Ninomiya, Tsuneo
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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
Feb 13, 2018
AnimeMarathon (All reviews)
I was expecting some good dark humor. And in a sense, because of the atrocious animation, disgusting dubbing, and unrealistic-absurdist type violence, it was so terrible it was a little bit funny. But the subject matter itself isn't funny at all. There are people who are turned on by violence and that's something it's about time we as a culture had a talk about. It's a part of human nature that most people are too afraid to talk about. But even worse than being afraid of it is pointing it out and mocking it. Making it into a joke. I can't appreciate it. That's really read more


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