Gokiburi-tachi no Tasogare

Twilight of the Cockroaches

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Japanese: ゴキブリたちの黄昏
English: Twilight of the Cockroaches
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 21, 1987
Producers: Kitty Films, TYO
Licensors: Discotek Media
Source: Original
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.851 (scored by 556556 users)
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Ranked: #95702
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Popularity: #9961
Members: 1,915
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Hybrid film with animated cockroaches interacting with live-action actors.

In a trashy bachelor pad lived a colony of roaches who were able to roam freely for food or for games. Because of the homeowner being gentle with the roaches, they have no fear of traps, spray, or being stepped on. However when the homeowner starts bringing over a woman over, life starts to change for the roaches who are already living an easy life.

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Characters & Voice Actors







The Shrine



Macek, Carl
Producer, ADR Director
Amano, Yoshitaka
Art Director
Urahata, Tatsuhiko
Assistant Animation Director
Hirata, Toshio
Chief Animation Director


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"Fantasia (ファンタジア)" by Caoli Cano

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Jan 25, 2022
literaturenerd (All reviews)
Twilight of the Cockroaches is quite possibly the strangest anime I have ever seen in my life. The more I think about it, the more I struggle to believe this thing exists. This is a super ambitious, big budget children's film with seemingly zero audience. I could compare it to Titan AE, which lost 50 million dollars and seemingly wasn't made for any one demographic. However, that would be dishonest. Titan AE could have performed fine targeting the tween market if it were advertised better. Don Bluth was an experienced and highly capable director who had performed well before with unusual films like NIMH. Joss read more
Mar 23, 2014
AnnoKano (All reviews)
It is always interesting when a children’s film attempts to explore deeper subjects thematically, and Twilight of the Cockroaches dares to cover the international relations and economics of Japan at the peak of its economic success in the late eighties. The great nation of Japan, at the time the second most powerful economy in the world, flatteringly portrayed as a colony of cockroaches infesting the apartment of a slobbish Japanese man.

This self-deprecating analogy is quite the contrast to what one might expect from the Japanese, who are usually more closely associated with qualities like ‘honour’, ‘strength’ and ‘tranquility’. Indeed for any group or read more
Nov 12, 2018
ArcFloof (All reviews)
I had a hard time getting into this one and for good reason. The premise is absurd but not in an endearing way. A society of cockroaches is allowed to live in some guy's apartment because he's too much of an alcoholic slob to do anything about them until he gets a girlfriend or something. A female cockroach falls in love with a random cockroach from another apartment. There's a bit about cockroaches being at war with the humans but it just comes across as odd. It's creepy. The roaches are not endearing and their interactions with humans will make your skin crawl. Think A read more
Jul 12, 2012
amayakaida (All reviews)
imagine a cockroach ...
a girl ...
and hundreds of baby cockroaches .
these baby cockroaches have same mother(that girl) , but not same father . and they are immune to insecticide .
now put that scene in the end and make it your happy ending .
what do you expect from such anime ?!
it's exactly as you expect it !
the story could have been great if you exclude that happy ending .
for art and sounds you can not expect something more from something that old .
the combination of animation and live action make the art look even worse .
the supporting characters were more developed than the main characters .
our read more

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