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Here’s a Restored Scene From Lost ’70s Erotic Anime Belladonna of Sadness

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If you were expecting the usual hentai, think again. No tentacles are involved here – just long, wavy animated strands of hair with people having orgies in them, as jazzy saxophone music noodles hyperactively on the soundtrack.

Never before seen in the U.S. outside of one-time special screenings, the restored Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Belladonna), directed by Kimba the White Lion‘s Eiichi Yamamoto, recently debuted at Fantastic Fest, and will see wider release later on. Per The Daily Beast, here is the plot, based on both a 19th-century non-fiction book about witchcraft and the story of Joan of Arc:

The young woman’s passion stirs innocently at first as she enjoys newly-wedded bliss with her husband, Jean. But when the powerful local Lord invokes his right of primae noctis and viciously rapes Belladonna on her wedding night, an escalating cycle of persecution and abuse is set in motion that leads her straight into the arms of the devil.

Belladonna’s affair with Satan—appearing first as a flirty phallic imp, he grows in size and intensity proportionate to his mounting desire to possess her—gets her ostracized by her peers, but also leads to a financial and sexual liberation that begins spreading to her fellow commoners, much to the dismay of the morally bankrupt religious-political order.

If you’re wondering why you didn’t hear about this movie before, it’s because it was a financial flop when it came out. But in the modern era of nerds downloading hentai, it has a shot once more.

Needless to say, the clip below is NSFW.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist