Guro Meets Grindhouse — ‘Kite’ Mini-Review

by Tito W. James

Every so often, we like to look back at anime before it became an economic engine in the United States. Once upon a time, importing and subtitling work from Japan was the passion of enthusiasts instead of a profit center. Meanwhile, in Japan, a new outlet for animation was emerging in the late 1980s and into the next decade: the original video animation. It is from this milieu that Kite emerged.

The 1998 OVA is about a sexually abused assassin who kills her targets with explosive bullets and wears earrings containing the blood of her murdered parents. Kite is a mix of sexploitation and splatterhouse that’s sure to make audiences both cringe and gag. That being said, Kite isn’t just “edgy on purpose.” There are subtle atmospheric scenes and and a few empathic characters to really sell the story. For fans of darker, experimental anime like Devilman, Crybaby or Ninja Scroll you can’t miss out on Kite.

Tito W. James

Tito W. James is a journalist writing for Comicon.com with a focus is on highlighting high quality independent content. His comics draw heavy influence from hand drawn animation and incorporate action and comedy into various genres.

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