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Tokyo Majin

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Tokyo Majin, which is known in Japan as Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho To, is an anime series that is loosely based on a series of Japanese-only video games.

At night in Tokyo, mysterious deaths are taking place, and are being perpetrated by the "Reborn Dead." What happens is that people mysteriously disappear at night, and then reappear the next morning as corpses. When the corpses are sent to the morgue for autopsies, they disappear. When they vanish, the corpses leave signs showing that they escaped on their own.

A group of high school students work to fight off the "Reborn Dead." The leaders of the group are Tatsuma Hiyuu (a mysterious transfer student who is silent and carefree) and Kyouichi Houraiji (a delinquent who carries around a bokuto and fights with gangsters from other schools). They are joined by some of their classmates: Aoi Misato (the student council president), Komaki Sakurai (the captain of the Kyudo Club), and Yuuya Daigo (the captain of the Wrestling Club). It turns out they all have supernatural powers which they use to fight off the "Reborn Dead."

They are hounded by Kyoko Tohno, a member of the school's newspaper club, who is trying to figure out why these students who don't normally hang out together at school are together at night. However, the main adversary in Tokyo Majin is Tendo Kozunu, a man with superhuman abilities that can transform humans into ogres and demons.

When FUNimation Entertainment released Tokyo Majin, they gave it a TV-MA rating. After watching the first episode, I think this rating is justified. It's definitely an anime that's more on the violent side. In the first episode, there's also a shot of one of the characters looking into the girl's dressing room and seeing them in underwear.

When it comes to the execution of the storytelling, I have to admit that I had a hard time following what was going on with how scenes were intercut in the first episode; there just seems to be a lot of jumping around. However, I have to admit that the series has some decent animation.

With a rating of TV-MA, I would have to recommend Tokyo Majin to anime viewers who are 18 years of age and older.


Title
Episodes
Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
N.A. Licensor
Tokyo Majin142007Shinji IshihiraAIC SpiritsFUNimation Entertainment
2nd Act122007Shinji IshihiraAIC SpiritsFUNimation Entertainment
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Content copyright © 2014 by Lesley Aeschliman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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