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Eko Eko Azarak II: Birth Of The Wizard

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on in notes. Updated . Tags: , , , , , .

Adaptation of the comic and follow-up / prequel to Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard Of Darkness. The witch Kuroi Misa evades an evil spirit with the help of magician Saiga; eventually Misa calls on '90s CG magic to defeat the spirit. Gorier than the first movie. No lecherous teachers this time, thankfully.

I like the tone of this and the first movie. They're cheesy but also weirdly burdened, heavy, and sad. I wonder if that's something director Shimako Satō brought to the production, her previous movie Tale Of A Vampire has a similar vibe. (Edit: Misa is a tragic figure in these movies, and so are some of the characters in Tale Of A Vampire. I think that's why I wanted to compare them.) The soundtrack by Mikiya Katakura does a good job capturing that feeling.

Watched tonight and felt like talking a little bit. Shoutout to Snowblood Apple for their review & recommendation of the first movie which prompted me to rent it over a decade ago.

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