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Eko Eko Azarak
エコエコアザラク
Genre Horror
Manga
Author Shinichi Koga
Publisher Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
Original run September 1, 1975March, 1979
Volumes 19
Live-action film
Eko Eko Azarak -Wizard of Darkness-
Director Shimako Sato
Released April 8, 1995
Runtime 80
Live-action film
Eko Eko Azarak II -Birth of the Wizard-
Director Shimako Sato
Released April 20, 1996
Runtime 83
TV drama
Original run February 1, 1997May 31, 1997
Episodes 26
Live-action film
Eko Eko Azarak III -Misa The Dark Angel-
Director Katsuhito Ueno
Released January 15, 1998
Runtime 95
TV drama
Eko Eko Azarak -eye-
Network TV Tokyo
Original run January 6, 2004March 30, 2004
Episodes 13
Live-action film
Eko Eko Azarak R-page
Released 2006
Live-action film
Eko Eko Azarak B-page
Released 2006
Original video animation
Director Nagae Toshikazu
Studio Toei Animation
Released January 30, 2007
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Eko Eko Azarak (エコエコアザラク ?) is a Japanese manga by Shinichi Koga. This is also known as the Wizard of Darkness. The manga serves as the basis of live-action TV-series and live-action movies.

Contents

Manga

TV Drama

  • Eko Eko Azarak (1997-1998)
    • THE SERIES (1~13)
    • THE SECOND (14~26)
  • Eko Eko Azarak -eye- (エコエコアザラク〜眼〜 Eko Eko Azaraku ~Manako~ ?) (2004)

Video Film

  • EKO EKO AZARAK (2001)

Film

  • Eko Eko Azarak Ⅰ -Wizard of Darkness- (1995)
  • Eko Eko Azarak Ⅱ -Birth of the Wizard- (1996)
  • Eko Eko Azarak Ⅲ -Misa The Dark Angel- (1997)
  • Eko Eko Azarak R-page (2006)
  • Eko Eko Azarak B-page (2006)

Eko Eko Azarak: The Wizard of Darkness

Eko Eko Azarak is set in an anonymous Japanese city, presumably a major one. A mysterious cabal of red-garbed black-magicians have apparently been cursing the local inhabitants. The film opens with a woman, inexplicably running in terror from an unseen pursuer. The fact that she is knowledgeably afraid of the wizards’ malice poses something of a plot hole later on, and the matter is never explained. Elsewhere, in a secretive corridor draped in satanic iconography, the spooky cabal chants about a voodoo-doll like fetish. When the cabal leader thrusts a knife into the head of the voodoo-doll, a large metal beam falls from high a top a nearby construction site and does more-or-less the same damage to the actual woman. This is the opening to Eko Eko Azarak, but from here on out, the only setting is a local high school. Apparently, the film’s first victim was the last to die in a series of such curses, the object of which was to provide the 5 points of a giant pentagram, with each victim murdered at a particular point. The purpose of the pentagram? There are 2, some pentagrams are meant to protect, and others to “invoke.” As one might expect, this one is meant to summon Lucifer himself and the high school is the nexus.

The story follows transfer student Misa Kuroi, who is actually a witch of considerable powers. She has been “transferred” from one school to the next, presumably fighting black-magicians on earlier adventures at each respective location. Many plot synopses of the film’s English language version horribly misrepresent her actual character, which is dramatically forthright and bold. She makes no attempt throughout the film to conceal the fact that she is a witch, contrary to the descriptions of many blurbs on the film. Also untrue, is the notion espoused in many of these blurbs that Kuroi is somehow unaware of, and only now “discovering” the satanic proceedings. Though rather tacit throughout the film, Kuroi is at least familiar with all the occult proceedings, and demonstrates on many occasions that she is at this particular school for the very purpose of fighting the satanic conspiracy. To make matters worse, these same descriptions allude to Kuroi having some difficulty getting the curse-fodder classmates to trust her along the adventure. Only 1 student truly mistrusts her, the insecure Misuno, who hunches, poses, glowers, and lashes out so as to otherwise appear unsympathetic. As the film progresses, he becomes even more so. So while there is some dissent concerning Kuroi’s intentions, it is hardly the main conflict of film.

The spell words themselves, along with the references to "pagan" gods (namely Cernunos and Aradia) are what gives Eko Eko its magic, just in case that wasn’t clear from the spell-like title. English stoner-doom metal band Electric Wizard (now called “The Electric Wizard”) liked them so much, they wrote a song using the title chant from the movie.

Eko Eko Chant

Eko, Eko, Azarak,
Eko, Eko, Zomelak,
Eko, Eko, Cernunnos,
Eko, Eko, Aradia!

Reception

Wizard of Darkness was selected for the official competition for best film at the 1997 Fantasporto.[1]

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