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Black Lion

Kuro no Shishi
1992 / 60m - Japan
Action, Adventure - Animation
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Weird and messy anime based on Go Nagai's manga. It's one of those short late 80s/early 90s OAV projects that condensed an entire season of madness into a single hour. There's really not enough time to do justice to everything that is crammed in here, at the same time, the pacing makes certain there is no time to get bored or worry about any of the specifics.

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During the 16th century, Oda is on a violent conquest of Japan, wreaking havoc wherever he goes. Ninja and samurai are combining their forces to stop him in his tracks, but they soon find out that Oda has a couple of nasty tricks up his sleeve. One of them is Ginnai, a fearless assassin who proves impossible to kill. Shishimaru and his team have their work cut out for them.

The art style is nice enough, and the animation is pretty rudimentary, but on par with other OAVs of that time. The true appeal lies with the batshit crazy premise and the utter lack of explanation given. Cyborgs, computers, and aliens are all part of the mix, even though the story is set in the 16th century. Obviously not the greatest anime ever made but good fun regardless.