Darkside Blues

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Darkside Blues
DVD cover of Darkside Blues
(Dākusaido Burūsu)
Genre Action, Fantasy, Science fiction
Written by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Published by Akita Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Original run August 1988November 1988
Volumes 2
Anime film
Directed by Yoriyasu Kogawa
Yoshimichi Furukawa
Written by Mayori Sekijima
Music by Kazuhiko Toyama
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
ADV Films (expired), Central Park Media (former)
Released October 8, 1994
Runtime 80 minutes
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Darkside Blues (ダークサイド・ブルース?, Dākusaido Burūsu) is a manga series by Hideyuki Kikuchi. The story has been adapted into an anime film directed by Yoshimichi Furukawa.[1] The film was originally licensed by Central Park Media and then later licensed by ADV Films.[2]


The story involves the town of Kabuki-cho, home of a resistance faction called Messiah. In the futuristic setting, Kabuki-cho is one of the last places of freedom because the Persona Century Corporation has taken control of the majority of the Earth. Kabuki-cho is hence known as "The Dark Side of Tokyo". Furthermore, a mysterious stranger called Darkside appears to protect the citizens of Kabuki-cho.


Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies calls the film "one of the most atmospheric films" of the 1990s. She praises the design, but states that "the luxuriant designs are almost outdone by the well-crafted background track, with some superior foley editing and jazzy, atmospheric music".[3]


  1. ^ Paul Thomas Chapman. "The Vault of Error: Darkside Blues: Where high tech and low life collide". Otakuusamagazine.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ "ADV Adds Former CPM Title Darkside Blues". Anime News Network. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  3. ^ McCarthy, Helen. 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide. — Harper Design, 2009. — P. 288. — 528 p. — ISBN 978-0061474507

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