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Kite (1998)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anime Works
Genre: Anime, Animation, Cel, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 45 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
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In this two episode OVA, Sawa is a young woman whose parents were killed by a homicidal maniac when she was a little girl. Sawa was raised by the detective who was assigned to investigate her mother and father's death, and as she grew up seeing so many criminals fall through the cracks of the judicial system, she became determined to do something about it. Now Sawa is a college student by day and a deadly vigilante by night, going after the bad guys the law can't touch. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Kite, Oh those kids these days.... by Calbob October 2, 2007 - 7:16 AM PDT
Kite was violent, cute, and a trajic heroine. If you sat through the first 10 minutes of Elfen Lied, you can watch this. If not, the first minute will gross you out.

Poor childhood, the kids guardian took her. That is rough. Again, if you survived it in EL you will make it. The plot was good, the story good, the art awesome for the day.

I liked EL, therefore I like Kite.

Good Fight Scenes by Redcoffin December 5, 2003 - 8:12 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
For animation quality alone, Kite rates a little above average. Yasuomi Umetsu's character designs are unique and his women all look like dolls -- which could be a good or a bad thing. The other reviewers found the show perverse and it is, but the main problem is that Sawa never really matures into a character, and we are instructed to sympathize with her for some rather trite reasons. The story of the "child adopted by assassins" has been attempted several times in film, and I have never seen it done well. The ending of Kite is intentionally ambiguous and a little frustrating, since the film really isn't serious enough to merit a thought-provoking ending. On the good side, there are some wonderfully choreographed and self-indulgently messy battle scenes, marred only by characters inexplicably developing super powers, such as the ability to leap across 60-foot streets or fall from high buildings without severe injury. In short, a beautiful, artistically-ultraviolent show full of mean characters who will not involve you emotionally.

Only exploding heads and flying body parts by hneline1 July 30, 2003 - 11:27 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
If you want to watch bullets create holes in ugly men's heads and chests, then explode with generous splatterings of blood, Kite offers many scenes to satisfy you. You may also enjoy the numerous explosions, the handful of men puking after being kicked in the balls, and the occasional dismemberment of various body parts.

As for me, I didn't like this short film. At this point in my anime evolution, I am not adverse to violence (c'mon, Berserk is my favorite series), but I would like to have some meaning, some characterization, some good dialog, some logical plot, SOMETHING besides the violence. Kite is just a violent film that gratuitously uses child molestation as a plot device, and if you're looking for sex, there ain't any. Death is usually by exploding bullet, and once you've seen a bullet hole, you know what's going to happen next. Sawa the girl assassin, Oburi the boy assassin, Akai the skuzzy detective and Kanie the hulking partner-in-crime don't show any believable motivation for who they are. The ending is also a downer.

Then again, if you like anime such as Mezzo Forte, you may like this. Just be warned that there is no menu interface, so you'll have to use your DVD remote to change the audio to Japanese and turn on the subtitles. But, honestly, the Japanese dialog is pretty mundane. At least in the English dub, I can be amused by the flagrant cussing.

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