Kite (OAV)

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©1998 YASUOMI UMETSU/GREEN BUNNY.


Alternative title:
A Kite
Domination Nakite (French)
Kite - Ein gefährliches Mädchen (German)
Kite: Angel of Revenge
Sexo Letal (Spanish)
Кайт - девочка убийца (Russian)
カイト (Japanese)
Objectionable content: Pornography
Plot Summary: Sawa is a school girl, an orphan, and an assassin. She is being controlled by a corrupt cop who gives her targets to kill, detailing to her the crimes these men have committed in order to justify their death. Some of his power over Sawa has to do with her deceased parents and the promise of revenge. When another orphan, a teenage boy called Oburi, is brought in to assist Sawa, the two teenage killers form a bond of sorts. As they heal each other's emotional wounds, they begin to dream of a life that would not be spent under the shadows of murder.
User Ratings: 1241 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 60 votes (sub:38, dub:19, edit.dub:2, others:1
1 Portuguese subtitled
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 Excellent: 134 votes (sub:95, dub:32, ?:2, raw:1, others:4
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
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 Very good: 242 votes (sub:152, dub:75, ?:2, edit.dub:2, raw:1, others:10
5 Spanish subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
1 German subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
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 Good: 346 votes (sub:234, dub:88, ?:6, raw:3, edit.dub:3, others:12
3 Russian dubbed
2 Russian subtitled
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
1 Spanish dubbed
1 German dubbed
1 French subtitled
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 Decent: 217 votes (sub:154, dub:52, edit.dub:3, ?:3, raw:1, others:4
1 Japanese edited subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
1 German dubbed
1 Polish subtitled
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 So-so: 80 votes (sub:50, dub:25, raw:1, ?:1, edit.dub:1, others:2
1 Russian dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
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 Not really good: 51 votes (sub:36, dub:13, raw:1, others:1
1 Italian dubbed
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 Weak: 51 votes (sub:41, dub:7, edit.dub:2, others:1
1 German dubbed
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 Bad: 29 votes (sub:22, dub:4, edit.dub:1, others:2
1 Russian edited dub
1 Spanish subtitled
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 Awful: 21 votes (sub:16, dub:4, others:1
1 German dubbed
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 Worst ever: 10 votes (dub:5, sub:4, others:1
1 Arabic dubbed
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Seen in part or in whole by 2215 users, rank: #497 (of 7013)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.690 (Good−), std. dev.: 2.0035, rank: #3566 (of 7029)
Weighted mean: 6.623 (Good−), rank: #3678 (of 7029) (seen all: 6.66 / seen some: 5.06 / won't finish: 3.52)
Bayesian estimate: 6.632 (Good−), rank: #3415 (of 5297)
Running time: 26 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 2
Vintage: 1998-02-25
Release dates: We have 19
Links: We have 35
Trivia: We have 4
Comment:
Two versions were initially released: a "General Release" version (rated 16-Up) and a "Director's Cut" version (rated 18-Up), which contains nearly 10 minutes of explicit footage. This Director's Cut version, however, is missing some scenes found in the original Japanese release. A third release, labeled "Special Edition", contains Kite in its original, uncut form.
Review:
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Blu-Ray (Region A)
    Kite (Blu-Ray) 2013-02-26
    Kite Collection (Blu-Ray) 2015-08-11
    Kite [Uncut] (Blu-Ray)
DVD (Region 1)
    Kite (DVD) 2000-03-14
    Kite - Director's Cut (DVD) 2002-01-29
    Kite - Special Edition [Uncut] (DVD) 2004-09-28
    Kite - Special Edition [Uncut with T-Shirt] (DVD) 2006-02-14
    Kite and Mezzo Forte - Double-Disc Umetsu Collection (DVD) 2008-03-04
    Kite and Mezzo Forte - Double-Disc Umetsu Collection [Uncut] (DVD) 2008-03-04 (from $29.99)
    Kite Collection (DVD) 2014-11-11 (from $14.02)
    Kite Dualogy (DVD) 2009-03-24
    Kite Remastered (DVD) 2009-03-24
    Kite [with T-Shirt] (DVD) 2006-02-14
VHS
    Kite (Dub.VHS) 2000-03-07
    Kite (Sub.VHS) 2000-03-07

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Yasuomi Umetsu
Script:
Yasuomi Umetsu (eps 1-2)
Storyboard: Yasuomi Umetsu (eps 1-2)
Episode Director:
Monjiro Kogarashi (ep 1)
Yasuomi Umetsu (ep 2)
Yuki Iwai (ep 1)
Music: An Fu
Original creator: Yasuomi Umetsu
Character Design: Yasuomi Umetsu
Art Director: Shigeru Ikehata
Animation Director:
Yasuomi Umetsu (ep 2)
Yuki Iwai (ep 1)
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Director of Photography: Yosuke Moriguchi
Assistant Episode Director:
Monjiro Kogarashi (ep 2)
Nobutaka Chikahashi (ep 2)
Assistant producer: Yuki Ogata
Background Art:
Kazumi Ishioka (Shakujii Koen Seisakujo; eps 1-2)
Kyung Hwa Lim (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Miyo Yoshida (Shakujii Koen Seisakujo; eps 1-2)
Oh Hyun Jung (Jiwoo Production; ep 1)
Park Myung Sik (Jiwoo Production; eps 1-2)
Seiko Ando (Shakujii Koen Seisakujo; eps 1-2)
Tadashi Kato (Shakujii Koen Seisakujo; eps 1-2)
Takahiro Okura (Shakujii Koen Seisakujo; eps 1-2)
Takashi Sekimachi (Shakujii Koen Seisakujo; eps 1-2)
Yasuomi Kishi (Shakujii Koen Seisakujo; eps 1-2)
CG Production: Keizou Kusakawa (ep 2)
Color design: Haremi Miyakawa
Color setting:
Haremi Miyakawa (eps 1-2)
Editing: Hiroshi Honda (ep 2)
In-Between Animation:
Eun Hee Lee (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Eun Ju Kang (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Eun Young Lim (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Hwa Ja Kim (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Hwan Su Park (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Hyuk Woo Jeong (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Jeong Ran Lee (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Jeoung Hee Shin (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Jong Hee Han (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Kazue Ohno (eps 1-2)
Kazuha Aihara (ep 1)
Kimiyuki Iwahori (ep 2)
Mi Ra Kwon (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Min Jun Hung (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Mitsunori Matsumoto (ep 2)
Myung Hyun Kim (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Ran Hee Park (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Seung Ah Choi (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Soo Il Yun (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Tae Ri Lee (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Young Ja Jung (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Young-Hee Kim (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Yu Yi Kim (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Yun Ju Jeong (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Yun Mi Choi (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
In-Between Check:
Goro Taki (ep 2)
Kawatatsu (eps 1-2)
Music Performance: Atsushi Ikeda (alto sax/sopranino)
Paint:
Choi Mi Jin (ep 1)
Deok Hee Heo (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Eun Jung Jung (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Eun Young Kim (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Hye Seok Ryu (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Hyun Ju Jung (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Hyun-Kyung Lee (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Ji-Yeon Lee (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Jiyoung Kang (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Joung Ju-Ha (ep 1)
Jung Ah Lee (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Kim Ji-Young (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Kim Young-Soon (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Kimiko Kitazawa (eps 1-2)
Koichiro Nagano (eps 1-2)
Kyung Rip Choi (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Mi Ha Jang (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Mi Kyung Jung (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Mi Nam Kim (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Mi Young Hong (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Myoung Eui Wi (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Ok-hee Choi (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Ran Su Lee (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Ryouta Nakata (ep 2)
Sun Deok Kim (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Yoo-Kyoung Lee (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Young Mi Yeon (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Young-Suk Seok (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Yu Jung Park (Jiwoo Production; ep 2)
Yun Sun Ji (Hanjin Animation; ep 2)
Paint Check: Haremi Miyakawa (eps 1-2)
Photography:
Hiroki Kato (Studio Wood; eps 1-2)
Ikunaga Sakamoto (Studio Wood; eps 1-2)
Noboru Matsuda (Studio Wood; eps 1-2)
Production Advancement: Yasuyuki Ogoshi (eps 1-2)
Production manager: Shintaro Nozaki (eps 1-2)
Publicity Manager: TOMOKO (eps 1-2)
Recording:
Shoji Hata (ep 1)
Sound Effects:
Daisuke Jinbo (ep 1)
Minoru Yamada (J-Works; ep 2)
Special Effects:
Futoshi Kirifuki (eps 1-2)
Han Kum Su (ep 1)
Supervision: Dr. POCHI
Title CG: Monjiro Kogarashi (ep 1)
Goro Shibusawa as Akai
Kinryuu Arimoto as Akai
Kotomi Naruse as Sawa
Kousuke Okano as Oburi
Shingo Oyamada as Oburi
Yuki Masuda as Sawa

Rokuro Naya as Kanie
Tatsuo Matoba as Kanie

Douglas Cartwright as Bodyguard A
Gary Wynn-Jones as Bodyguard C
Hiroshi Aida as Comedian A
Itsumi Sawada as Street Kid B
Jackie Sylvester as Twin A
Michiko Yamaguchi as Old Lady
Naho Hirokawa as Street Kid A
Nobuyuki Takano as Comedian B
Rei Igarashi as Reporter
Richard O'Sallivan as Twin B
Takayuki Hiramatsu as Investigator
Tomoko Furakawa as Reporter
William Rain as Bodyguard B
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Arms
Background Art:
Jiwoo Production (eps 1-2)
Shakujii Production Works (eps 1-2)
Editing:
Inoue Editing (ep 1)
Film Developing: Tokyo Laboratory (eps 1-2)
In-Between Animation:
Hanjin Animation (eps 1-2)
Jiwoo Production (eps 1-2)
Paint:
Hanjin Animation (eps 1-2)
Jiwoo Production (eps 1-2)
Photography:
Studio Wood (eps 1-2)
Recording Studio:
AVACO Creative Studios (ep 1)
Tokyo TV Center (ep 2)
Sound Effects: J-WORKS (ep 2)
Sound Production:
Rakuonsha (eps 1-2)
Telecine: Tokyo Laboratory (eps 1-2)
Telop Production: Yonchome Factory (eps 1-2)
VTR Editing:
Studio Brain (eps 1-2)
English cast
English staff
Translation: Tokyo Rose
Executive producer:
Gary Sierra
John Sirabella

5.1. Surround Mix: Joe Mendelson
Acquisition Liaison:
Megumi Kikuraku (Blu-ray release)
Yoko Hayama (Blu-ray release)
Additional Translation: Duane Johnson (Blu-ray release)
Audio Engineer: Nick Stuteville
Communications: Billie Houle
Dialogue Mixer: Ron Abfalter
Duplications: B.J. Toney
Editing:
Justin Ramos (Blu-ray release)
Scott Marchfeld
FX Designer: Skip Bowerman
Graphic Design:
Merideth Mulroney
Steven Vargas (Blu-ray release)
Music & Effects Editor: Kevin Turner
Packaging Design: Merideth Mulroney
Post-Production Supervision:
Carl Morano (Blu-ray release)
Justin Ramos (Blu-ray release)
Production Assistant: Clark Cheng
Production manager: Sam Liebowitz
Production Supervision:
Carl Morano (Blu-ray release)
Sean Molyneaux
Script Supervision: Scott Simpson
Subtitling: Clark Cheng (Blu-ray release)
Voice Direction: Scott Houle
Charlie Watson as Sawa
Dave Underwood as Akai
Shane Callahan as Oburi


Ann Connel as Old Lady
Bob Edwards as Detective 2
Daniel Richani as Bodyguard 1
Heather Laska as Reporter
J.R. Rodriguez as Bodyguard 2
Jeff Johnston as Comedian A
Kevin Potts as Bodyguard 3
Les Jenkins as Molester
Marc Matney as Comedian B
Michael Leigh as Manager
Paul Johnson as Prosecutor
Rick Sisk as Twin B
Scott Bailey as Detective 1
Sean P. O'Connell as Investigator
Suzan Somerz as Office Girl

English companies
5.1 Surround Mix: Gramercy Post
Broadcaster: TOKU (US)
Distributor:
AnimeWorks (Regular Version)
Kitty Media (Director's Cut/Special Edition)
Madman Entertainment (Australia)
Editing Studio: RG Video
Licensed by: Media Blasters
Recording Studio: Coastal Carolina Sound Studios
French staff
French companies
(none)
Distributor: Banzaï
French cast
(none)
Spanish staff
Spanish companies
(none)
Distributor: Jonu Media (Spain)
Spanish cast
(none)
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director: Fabrizio Mazzotta

Dubbing Assistant: Elvy Scalise
Mixing: Fausto Achilli
Daniele Raffaeli as Oburi
Valentina Mari as Sawa

Manfredi Aliquò as Comedian B
Roberto Stocchi as Kanie
Italian companies
Distributor: Yamato Video
German staff
German cast
(none)
Joachim Rudolph as Akai
Marco Steeger as Oburi

Nina Marschke as
Frau (ep 2)
Yun Ogata (Reporterin)
Sascha Kaufmann as S. Sasayaki
German companies
Broadcaster: VOX
Distributor:
ACOG
Animaze Germany (new release)
I-ON NEW MEDIA (new)
Dubbing: Aaron Synchros
Russian staff
Russian companies
(none)
Production: MC Entertainment
Russian cast
(none)

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