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|Background Info||BAGHI- 1984. TV special, 86 mins. With his mother, Dr. Ishigami, absent on a secret science project, Ryosuke rebels against his father and joins a biker gang. They harass a passer-by, who turns out to be a cat-girl and kills everyone in the gang except Ryo. He rears "Baghi," who grows into a sexy adult, walking on two legs and possessing human intelligence. The couple goes in search of her origins. Clues lead to Ryo's mother's original science experiments. Tracking down her follow-up project in South America, the two arrive just in time for Baghi to become the prime suspect in Dr. Ishigami's murder. Baghi flees, and Ryo swears vengeance, becoming a big-game hunter to track her. Years later, Ryo is hired to shoot a wild animal that has been terrorizing villagers in the Amazon. It is Baghi, who only fled from Ryo because she feared that she was reverting to a feral state and wished to protect the man she loved from harm. It is revealed that Baghi is innocent, and that Dr. Ishigami was murdered by the dictator who funded her illegal research.
Ahead of his time as usual, Tezuka [Osamu, Dir.] wrote this tale of genetic experimentation on animals for Shonen Action, the lead character named in homage to Bagheera as portrayed in Disney's version of Kipling's Jungle Book. Though this synopsis has been reordered for clarity's sake, the film is told chiefly in flashback, as Ryo the hunter relates his story to a local boy, and then in flashback-within-a-flashback, as Ryo the investigator remembers how he first met his feline friend. The anthropomorphic appeal of cat-women would become an anime staple, from Catgirl Nukunuku to Escaflowne's kittenish Meryl, while Tezuka's cautionary zeal would even influence the story of the first PokéMon movie, which featured a similar Frankenstein creation escaping from an amazon stronghold. [The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press 2001]
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