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Japanese: サンクチュアリ
English: Sanctuary
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 1, 1996
Producers: VAP, TOHO
Licensors: VIZ Media
Studios: Pastel
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: DetectiveDetective, Organized CrimeOrganized Crime
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 1 hr. 7 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.371 (scored by 17661,766 users)
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Ranked: #76162
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Popularity: #8235
Members: 5,349
Favorites: 12


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Two Japanese survivors of the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia vow to find a sanctuary, even if they have to build it themselves. Returning to Japan, they take seemingly opposite paths: one becomes a politician, the other a gangster.

As Asami and Houjou work through the linked worlds of politics and crime in modern Japan, they don't hesitate to do anything necessary to secure their own positions and stay true to their vow. Loyal to no one else, they find their friendship increasingly tested as they rise in their chosen fields.

(Source: ANN)


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Original Creator
Ikegami, Ryouichi
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"A Baby's Born" by Chris Conner


Nov 24, 2022
Legit, serious yakuza anime are few and far between, and I'm happy to say Sanctuary handles the genre very nicely. I'm really bummed that all it amounted to is one 60 minute OVA, as the quality is very high and seeing as the manga is 12 volumes, there's much more material to pull from. Considering the dearth of this type of storytelling in anime, it could have filled a void if it had spun out into more OVA's or a TV series. It features some great animation and is just all-around well written, as it actually feels like a genuine '90s yakuza flick, just animated ...
Jun 22, 2021
Fun OVA, cool animation, and nice s3x scenes uwu... Whole-time it was entertaining, with not many boring parts. The overall story is pretty interesting because you get to see one friend join the Yazkua and the other one become a bureaucrat it is cool with the yakuza stuff in it. The fight scenes are good and interesting dynamics between the two friends.

The art is really good, only 90s kids can remember before anime art became manufactured corporate trash. The jiggle physics and the fight scenes have some high tier animation, especially the animation of the guns and blood

Wish there were more Yakuza anime like ...
Jan 23, 2019
Mixed Feelings
The gods can be quite cruel. For our unnamed protagonist, it’s as if unseen forces, far greater than himself, have conspired against him. What he wants is a simple, peaceful life; however, he’s forced to watch as that door is slammed shut by a vicious twist of fate. Having no other option, our protagonist turns to organized crime. After he acknowledges the situation he’s in, he resolves to make the most of it. His efforts, though, are rooted in humble beginnings. At first, our protagonist is little more than a performer of menial tasks, an errand boy for his superiors, and a victim to their ...

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