TWILIGHT OF THE DARK MASTER (1997)

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Format: 48-minute featurette

 

Rating: R (N, AC, GV, DU)

 

American Production: Urban Vision

 

Grading

 

Premise:

C

Story:

C

Writing:

C

Character Design:

C-

Animation:

C+

Artistic Merits:

C

English Dub:

C

Musical Score:

C

 

 

Humor Content:

n/a

Action Content:

C

Drama Content:

C+

 

 

DVD Presentation:

not reviewed

DVD Extras:

not reviewed

 

 

OVERALL:

C

 

Synopsis

      Demons have always existed to challenge mankind to overcome its weaknesses, and Guardians have always existed to protect a humanity not quite strong enough to fight them off on their own. In 2089 a new round of problems with demons arise when experimentation on an unwitting subject turns him into a demonic monster, causing him to attack his fiancée, police officers, and others. Shizuka, the fiancée, survives but at the cost of an arm. In seeking out her fiancé to end his rampage she encounters Tsunami, a detective/troubleshooter with potent powers, who agrees to deal with her fiancé. Other individuals with powers and demonic natures oppose his efforts, however, and of course Shizuka can’t be relied on to leave it all to him.

 

The Long View

      Twilight is a very run-of-the-mill supernatural/sci-fi crossbreed. There’s nothing especially original about its premise or story, nor is any aspect of its technical merits particularly impressive. The most noteworthy features are probably the empowered but kinky brother-and-sister team that opposes Tsunami and the slight boost in drama from the ill-conceived efforts of Shizuka to try to solve her own problem.

      Twilight is a quite graphic story. The rating is well-earned, as messy deaths and severed limbs abound as well as occasional bits of nudity and some very perverse suggestions of sexual depravity. It is a story intended for a mature audience.

 

DVD Extras

      The DVD was not reviewed, but it is available in the U.S. market.

 

Principle English Voice Actors

Role

Voice Actor

Tsunami Shijo

Andy Philpot

Shizuka

Denise Poirier

Huang Long

John DeMita

Chen Long

Julia DeMita

Tenku

Matt Miller

Kudo

Steve Bulan

Takamiya

Barbara Goodson

Detective Kumuzawa

John Hostetter

Tajima

Seth Margolies

Junk

Matt McKenzie

 

 

 

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