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Kite / Kite Liberator


Genres: action, drama, erotica, psychological
Themes: assassins, girls with guns, police, rape
Objectionable content: Pornography
Plot Summary: Sawa is a school girl, an orphan, and an assassin. She is being controlled by a corrupt cop who gives her targets to kill, detailing to her the crimes these men have committed in order to justify their death. Some of his power over Sawa has to do with her deceased parents and the promise of revenge. When another orphan, a teenage boy called Oburi, is brought in to assist Sawa, the two teenage killers form a bond of sorts. As they heal each other’s emotional wounds, they begin to dream of a life that would not be spent under the shadows of murder.
Number of Episodes: 2
Vintage: 1998-02-25

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Note: There are three versions of this released on DVD by Media Blasters. Two 18+ versions (one completely uncut, the other mostly uncut incorrectly labeled as the “Director’s Cut”), and a 16+ version that has some big cuts/edits.

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Kite Liberator OAV

Genres: action, science fiction, thriller
Themes: assassins, death, family, future
Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: Years after the events that transpired in Kite, Sawa’s whereabouts are a mystery. During this time, rumors of a new killer have begun to circulate the city. They call her the Angel of Death, an unfeeling assassin who eliminates her targets with grace and precision, leaving only a flurry of feathers as her calling card. What the public is unaware of is the fact that this notorious hitman is a actually a polite young lady named Monaka. Like her spiritual predecessor, Monaka has lost most of her family, and her father’s duty as an astronaut keeps him practically worlds apart. However, they are close despite the physical distances and Orudo promised his daughter that he would return. Until then, daily life for the timid and somewhat clumsy Monaka involves mostly school and her part time job as a waitress, but her nature completely changes once she receives an assignment.
Running time: 57 minutes
Vintage: 2008-03-21

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Well I was just talking about this OVA, and was put into the mood to give it a re-watch recently, since the first episode of Noir I just watched reminded me of this so much. Perhaps I’ll watch it again in a few minutes. Anyway this is an excellent OVA by one of my favorite directors, Yasuomi Umetsu . Anyone ever see it? A true classic IMO. It’s incredibly dark, and entirely serious. It’s also disturbing at times, and has some truly horrifying scenes. I love the “Neo-noir” (as wikipedia calls it) style of it all, and it’s cynical nature is very interesting. This anime shows some of the worst of humanity, and it’s really not afraid to get dirty and gritty if it must. It’s very depressing at times too. Still I really think this is something here, well worth a watch. It’s a slow drama, but it has interesting and compelling characters (and also some interesting and truly despicable characters as well). I highly recommend it, but only for those who feel up to it. It’s pretty screwed up at times, so beware. It’s one of my favorite “girls with guns” animes though.

(Also the 18+ versions are rated that for a reason. Only watch them if your ready for something terrible…I’m pretty sure the 16+ version doesn’t cut anything vital out. And I don’t own the completely uncut version, so I’m not sure exactly what I’m missing, but I’m happy with this version)

OK so I just re-watched this last night. It’s still screwed up, it’s still disturbing, and at times truly horrifying. I highly recommend it for those who have the guts. And you **Noir ** fans here…will eat it up IMO. They are both much alike.

You know, this is one of those titles I would recommend NOT to watch the adult version. It is plenty messed up enough to avoid the other cuts.
I liked it, and it still looks pretty crisp for animation. the shadows are what really pop. My personal fave of Umetsu was the re-imaging of Gatchaman. His look to his characters are very fresh and unique.

Yeah…I’m not sure I could deal with the truly uncut verson. Although I do wonder what it is I’m missing. I’d like to know what small things I’m missing here, but I don’t think I could/would watch them.

if i remember correctly, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen both the kitty media uncut version and anime works versions of Kite, mostly sex scenes.
Hot, erotic, steamy sex scenes…

Same thing with MezzoForte (Kitty and amime works versions)

this is the listing for parental advisory from


Sex & Nudity

We briefly see a topless young woman. It is implied a young woman was raped.

The following is for the uncut version: An older man rapes a young woman. She screams while he thrusts into her. We see the intercourse. A naked young girl and a naked older man have sex. We see the penetration. In one scene a man rapes a teenage girl. Her mouth is taped shut and he thrusts into her, we see the intercourse, and the man’s penis is covered in vaginal discharge. Eventually the girl thrusts herself. We briefly see a naked man’s intercourse with a naked woman.

Violence & Gore

A man is shot in the head and in the chest with exploding bullets. The man’s head and chest explode, blood sprays everywhere. Three men are shot with explosive bullets and they all explode, blood sprays everywhere.

A young woman repeatedly shoots an older man. The older man’s fingers are shot off and he is shot in the crotch. A young woman repeatedly shoots a man through a bathroom stall with explosive bullets. The man’s wrist explodes and his hand goes flying into a urinal. A young woman repeatedly shoots a man. A man is accidentally shot through the hand and in the head.

A girl shoots a man with exploding bullets. He explodes and blood sprays on her face. A man throws explosives at a man on a subway, he shoots the explosives and the subway blows up. People run and scream, we see the man’s head bounce away.

A young woman stabs a man’s hands with needles, she pulls them out and the man bleeds. A young woman stabs a man’s ankles with needles.

A young woman kicks a man in the groin, he vomits.

A man grabs a young woman and jumps out a building. The young woman hangs onto a sign, and the man hangs on to her ankle. The sign breaks off, and the young woman uses the man as a shield and they fall to the ground, first landing on a car, which falls through the street which lands on a truck, which falls through the ground into a subway station. The sign falls through the hole and everything blows up. The young woman and drivers survive.

A flaming dead body flies through a window and lands on a dining woman’s table.

A young man holds an older man by the neck with a knife. His neck briefly bleeds. The two men get in a fight.

A girl shoots a young man.

We see a dead old woman. We see a bloody, dead man. We see corpses in a morgue. We see pictures hanging around a room of mutilated dead bodies.


Some strong language.


The character Akai is seen either drinking or smoking in most scenes.

Frightening/Intense Scenes

Both the cut and the uncut versions of this movie are very intense and frightening. The uncut version is pretty much hentai (animated porn) that shows graphic depictions of sex and violence between older men and younger females.

more than likely the uncut version just has more of the graphic sex scenes.


Reading that sounds really disgusting. But the movies really compelling. It’s a very well done little story. Just kind of distubring and graphic. It’s incredbly dark and gritty though. Thanks for the info tho.

it caught me by surprise when


the kid in the alleyway shot oburi… i really didnt see that coming… kinda sad how sawa just sat at his house with the cats waiting for him to come home… i like the rollercoaster of a ride it took me on though… it was pretty intense at times but nothing i havent seen before…

call me crazy but im looking for the most shocking anime i can find and this is probably in the top 10 list… thanks for the info on it…
after reading this thread i went to the mall and found it at FYE… and it was in the hentai section… used and still 34.99 !!!
coulda shoulda and woulda bought it on amazon but i wanted to see it right now…
my addiction and impulses are terrible to my wallet…


you can’t go wrong with hentai

I found it in FYE for cheaper…new. That was awhile ago, and that DVD has Mezzo Forte with it too. LoL…sorry? But yeah this is pretty shocking and disturbing. I think the “worst most shocking and disturbing” anime is Legend of the Overfiend. Bought it for my cousin’s boyfriend, ganna watch it with him one day. It’s his favorite, but he only had the VHS and lost it years ago.

As for something new, Mnemosyne is the new big shock, gore and sex show. Funimation just released that (ganna buy it asap, looks GREAT). Before that was Black Lagoon and Speed Grapher…but they’re kinda tame. Before that I can only really think of Gantz and Elfen Lied, both released couple years ago. Those are some serious stuff though (but I HATED Elfen Lied) With the move to TV series, the content has really been toned down a lot. OVAs used to be where you would go to see some screwed up stuff, but the OVA market is pretty dead today.

As for Kite…


The bathroom scene was always incredibly horrifying for me. I really thought she may die there. The fight drags on forever and ever. Before then Sawa had no trouble killing people, she is an experienced assassin, so this makes sense. But she had to deal with too many people, and it really screwed her. When that shot went off by her ear, I really jumped out of my seat (the first time I saw this.) That whole bathroom scene is something to study though, it’s incredibly well choreographed. Down to the ludicrous fall from the building, which is very scary as well. Then after all that…she shot the WRONG guy! Damn…

And I was caught off guard with Oburi being shot by that kid. That’s such a terrible scene. Very sad show. But at the very end you hear someone coming into Sawa’s apartment I think…so who was it? I never figured that out. The kid? Is the noise just a cat? I don’t get it…

All in all though, easily one of my favorite OVAs.

I was reminded the other day of Violence jack. I think that might be the most disturbing for gore. Beating out Overfiend/Elfin (on the violence factor)

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