Legend of Basara (1998)

Categorization

Stylized post-apocalypse melodrama and heroic camp. A soap opera with gore, torture and a cute little mascot owl. Also the first late-night anime broadcast over UHF.

Subject

Japan, a long time after some kitschy sort of apocalypse. A boy is prophesied to grow into a great rebel. So the smart king cuts his head off. But he has a twin sister, young enough to pretend to be the boy and lead the people. During her quest to accept this responsibility, she falls in mutual love with the wrong man.

Commentary

Risible. Lots of small-headed, long-necked bishounen and/or bishoujo filled with chilly pathos in unlikely situations. Surprisingly, the ending theme is an excellent punk song.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture