Tokyo Revelation

A relatively low-key entry in the time-honored Japanese anime genre of occult warfare among high school teens, TOKYO REVELATION boasts an attractive set of characters in a tale of a misunderstood boy whose power to unleash demons causes trouble for the kids who've been tormenting him. A new boy at a Tokyo high school, Akito is the tool of a host of demons...read more

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A relatively low-key entry in the time-honored Japanese anime genre of occult warfare among high school teens, TOKYO REVELATION boasts an attractive set of characters in a tale of a misunderstood boy whose power to unleash demons causes trouble for the kids who've been tormenting him.

A new boy at a Tokyo high school, Akito is the tool of a host of demons who need his help to unleash the power of Ose, a satanic entity of the modern world. Akito's classmate Kojiro is a childhood friend who had protected Akito from bullies and had initially introduced him to occult interests.

Kojiro is revealed to be the reincarnation of Masakado, the ancient God of Kumitsu, and is destined to fight Ose. Newly arrived to protect Kojiro are two additional classmates, Takahiko and Murika, who are trained occult ninjas.

On the orders of Gagasin, his demon mentor, Akito kidnaps Saki Agami, a beautiful young classmate who boasts a high natural content of magnetite, an element which the demons must absorb from suitable humans in order to materialize. The monstrous Ose is unleashed and wreaks havoc on Tokyo. Kyoko,

another young adept, uses her magic skills to turn Kojiro into the god of Kumitsu so he he can fight Ose on equal terms. Akito, alarmed at the danger to Kojiro, sacrifices himself by transmitting his life force to the now lifeless Saki so that she can assist Kojiro and vanquish Ose.

Based on a Japanese comic book and role-playing game, TOKYO REVELATION lacks the complexity and visual intensity of such similarly-themed Japanese animated series as DOOMED MEGALOPOLIS (1991), BAOH (1989), and PEACOCK KING (1988) and the sheer raunchiness of LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND (1993), but it

is slickly done and consistently entertaining, even if at times confusing. Not excessively violent or sexy by anime standards (which gives it some leeway), it nonetheless reveals some homoerotic moments and some curious "Tantric" skills demonstrated by a cute little high school girl to revive the

hero at one point. Short and sweet, the film ends abruptly and paves the way for a sequel. (Violence, profanity, sexual situations.)

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