Yet another in the long line of Japanese animated tales of ancient demons terrorizing modern Japan and confronting a designated hero, PSYCHIC WARS boasts some interesting design touches, but is otherwise formula fare.
Dr. Ukiyo Retsu operates on a mysterious old woman who has turned up at his hospital in Osaka and removes a massive, living tumor which later attacks and wounds one of the interns. When the old woman, Shunyu, dies after the operation, Ukiyo experiences a surge of power. Reading a book of
prophecies left by Shunyu, Ukiyo learns that he has received the woman's powers to fulfill an ancient prophecy and has been designated to become the warrior who will fight the resurgence of an ancient race of demons after 5000 years.
Ukiyo and his nurse, Fuyuko, journey to Ohdaigahara, site of the ruins of an ancient city from Japan's Jimon era. Fuyuko is abducted by demons and both she and Ukiyo are swept back in time 5000 years. Ukiyo is protected by a band of guardian spirits in the garb of nuns who pass on their power to
Ukiyo comes to the rescue of a primitive tribe of humans who are being terrorized by a band of armed demons on horseback. The nuns tell Ukiyo that his job is to wipe out the demons before they drive the humans to extinction. Ukiyo sneaks into the walled demon city and discovers explosives which he
uses to destroy the city. However, the head demon, a massive blue-skinned creature with a horned helmet, has created a beam which will transport the demons to the future. Ukiyo chases them and continues the fight in modern-day Japan. With his newly acquired powers, Ukiyo defeats and destroys the
demons. However, the nuns warn him that he must also destroy the Queen of Darkness, who turns out to have been with Ukiyo all along, in the guise of Fuyuko. Fuyuko transforms into the Queen of Darkness and summons the Demon of the Wind. In a final battle, the forces of good prevail. As Fuyuko lays
dying in Ukiyo's arms, she professes that her love for him was real after all.
Despite a pair of intriguing protagonists and some clever touches, the film's story line is never developed properly and lacks the suspense, imagination and authentic mystical lore found in such other Japanese animated tales of demons on the rise as the DOOMED MEGALOPOLIS and PEACOCK KING series.
The demons here look like standard kiddie cartoon bad guys found in the likes of "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe." The design is otherwise quite interesting, particularly the character designs which are more realistic than one often finds in horror anime. There are several quiet scenes
in a beautifully rendered Japanese countryside and, in general, a sophisticated level of illustration. The title refers to the psychic, extradimensional plane on which the battles take place. (Violence, nudity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1991
- Review: Yet another in the long line of Japanese animated tales of ancient demons terrorizing modern Japan and confronting a designated hero, PSYCHIC WARS boasts some interesting design touches, but is otherwise formula fare. Dr. Ukiyo Retsu operates on a mysteri… (more)