Call Me Tonight Review (1986)

Call Me Tonight Review (1986)

English Title Call Me Tonight
Japanese Title Call Me Tonight
Kana Title コール・ミー・トゥナイト
Director Tatsuya Okamoto
Release Date 1986
Distributor AIC

Given the premise of this 30 minute OVA you would expect something much more scandalous than what you actually get. So what is the plot of Call Me Tonight? Remi is a high school student by day, call girl by night whose life takes a turn when she receives a call from Ryo Sugiura, a teenager who literally turns in to a beast whenever he masturbates or has perverted thoughts. For whatever reason that I can’t quite discern, Remi finds this especially appealing and sets off to cure Ryo from his ailment by forcing him in to sexual situations.

Despite the scandalous premise Call Me Tonight is actually quite innocent. Whilst we see stereotypical tentacled antics in a parody of Roger Corman’s Galaxy of Terror in a scene set in a cinema, the film never really gets that mean. Ryo is almost raped by a female punk, and arousal induced nosebleeds are taken to new extremes, but the mood is kept quite light. Whilst this was actually quite refreshing it does remove the sense of danger from the film as it never adequately sets up what kind of troubles this causes in Ryo’s everyday life. At the beginning of the film we hear Ryo exclaim how his affliction prevents him from being able to masturbate, and his transformations cost him extortionate amounts of money in new clothes, but that’s pretty much it.


Call Me Tonight leans on typical werewolf tropes drawn from films such as The Wolf Man and An American Werewolf in London but without a death scene or two most of this has little meaning. In the aforementioned films the audience feels for the protagonists as they would rather see themselves killed than harm innocent people. But here the only trouble that Ryo has in life is that he can’t masturbate.

That said, if you’re a fan of 80s anime you’ll probably enjoy Call Me Tonight. It has that undeniably cool vibe that is synonymous with the era; the cityscapes, 80s j-pop and neon aesthetic. There are also a few nods to other 80s horror films such as The Thing, Fright Night and Galaxy of Terror. Call Me Tonight doesn’t live up to its potential but at half an hour it’s a good time waster.

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If you're a fan of 80s anime you'll probably enjoy Call Me Tonight. It has that undeniably cool vibe that is synonymous with the era; the cityscapes, 80s j-pop and neon aesthetic. There are also a few nods to other 80s horror films such as The Thing, Fright Night and Galaxy of Terror. Call Me Tonight doesn't live up to its potential but at half an hour it's a good time waster.