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
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.
- From Wikipedia, Anime News Network
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
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)