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Tokyo Revelation

Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku
1995 / 55m - Japan
Horror, Sci-fi - Animation
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A short and sweet Shin Megami Tensei story. While part of a much broader franchise, Tokyo Revelation is a film that stands well on its own and can be watched without any prior familiarity with the series of games and anime. As long as you feel at ease with some of its most prominent tropes, it's a film that won't hold too many surprises.

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A young boy with a strong affinity for the occult made a deal with a small-time demon to resurrect its master. Things seem to be going to plan until he runs into an old friend. When his personal issues take over his plans begin to falter and humanity is given a fighting chance to get rid of the demons. The fight won't be all that easy though.

The animation isn't all that great, but the art style is pretty detailed and the monster designs are cool enough. The pacing is slick, though that's a given considering the short runtime and the familiarity of the story. It's certainly not the greatest or most remarkable anime out there, but if you love yourself some demon action, it's pleasant filler.

The Tokyo Project

1988 / 53m - Japan
Action, Sci-fi - Animation
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A decent but somewhat standard action/sci-fi OAV. The first half leans more into its crime/noir elements, but the film gradually becomes more action-oriented and the finale offers some pretty bad-ass mecha mayhem. With just 50 minutes on the counter though, there's not a lot of time to do justice to it all.

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While Junpei is attending a pop concert, an injured man bumps into him and hands him a floppy disk. Junpei accepts the disk, but the contents are highly sensitive and it doesn't take long before some pretty shady people figure out that Junpei now has the disk in his possession. And they want it back.

The animation is a little limited, but the 80s anime style does have its charm. The start is hesitant and the political overtones fell flat for me, once the action kicks in things start looking up and I did really enjoy the finale. Not a stand-out OAV, but there's some solid fun to be had if you like this kind of thing.