Darkside Blues

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Darkside Blues
DVD cover of Darkside Blues
(Dākusaido Burūsu)
GenreAction, Fantasy, Science fiction
Written byHideyuki Kikuchi
Illustrated byYuho Ashibe
Published byAkita Shoten
English publisher
Original runSeptember 1988December 1988
Anime film
Directed byYoriyasu Kogawa
Written byMayori Sekijima
Music byKazuhiko Toyama
Licensed by
ADV Films (expired), Central Park Media (former)
ReleasedOctober 8, 1994
Runtime80 minutes
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Darkside Blues (Japanese: ダークサイド・ブルース, Hepburn: 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.


The manga was published by Akita Shoten into two volumes between September 1988 and December 1988.[3][4] The series was rereleased three times in special one-volume editions: on November 22, 1993; on May 10, 2002; and on March 16, 2012.[5][6][7]

Darkside Blues was adapted into a film by J.C. Staff under the direction of Yoriyasu Kogawa and based on a script by Mayori Sekijima. It was released theatrically by Toho on October 8, 1994.[8] Central Park Media licensed it for a North American audience and first released it in VHS on May 6, 1997.[9]


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".[10]


  1. ^ Chapman, Paul Thomas (October 24, 2011). "The Vault of Error: Darkside Blues: Where high tech and low life collide". Otakuusamagazine.com. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "ADV Adds Former CPM Title Darkside Blues". Anime News Network. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  3. ^ "単行本:ダークサイド・ブルース 大判1". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "単行本:ダークサイド・ブルース2". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "ダークサイド・ブルース (ボニータコミックス・SPECIAL)" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "ダークサイド・ブルース (秋田文庫)" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "ダークサイド・ブルース (ボニータコミックスα)" (in Japanese). Akita Shoten. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "ダークサイド・ブルース" (in Japanese). J.C. Staff. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "US Manga New Releases". Central Park Media. Archived from the original on February 7, 1997. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  10. ^ McCarthy, Helen. 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide. — Harper Design, 2009. — P. 288. — 528 p. — ISBN 978-0061474507

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