If you loved Berserk, then this is it all over but with a less of a pull in the center. This anime was excellent in most regards and despite the weakness of the vampire theme lacking the “I will burn if I walk in the sunlight” it still remains solid.
Art: 9/10. I enjoyed the fights though I will admit not all were solid fluid with some cut/flash style of drawing. Still some fluidity was present and it made up for it. The drawing reminds me of Samurai 7 style of drawing. The gore was well done in most cases.
Music: 9/10. Probably one of the weaker aspects of the anime but I have to admit that the opening was very very good. The ending was okay and the intraepisode music was not significant. It could have used some serious thriller music during the gore scene to make it at Elfen Lied’s level.
Story: 9/10. If only the vampire theme was more solid in it with the burn in sunlight tradition. Still the begining and the ending are hard to predict and if it wasnt for the middle episodes, the anime would be a perfect thriller. It follows Berserk’s theme in the sense that the ending is out of whack and deep. Without spoiling it too much, lets just say that the anime changes setting from historical style to something else.
Character Design: 8/10. Probably another weak aspect of the anime. With exception of the main two characters, the other characters could have used a lot of tune up on both the good and the bad guys. You hardly cared for them in many cases which is a negative thing overall. Also Kuro was a bit too unpredictable and looked a lot like the “clueless” superhero who has “superpowers” hidden to him.
Overall, I loved this anime and encourage you to watch it if you like mini horror with some action and a deep story.
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