Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2009 to Sep 25, 2009
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 8.261 (scored by 43205 users)
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SynopsisMafia is rife in America where assassinations are a regular occurrence on the streets. Inferno, a mysterious company, is behind most of these dealings through the use of their near-invincible human weapon, "Phantom."
One day, a Japanese tourist accidentally witnesses Phantom's latest murder. Desperate to escape, the tourist hides in a secluded building. However, Phantom, revealed to be a young woman named Ein, and the leader of Inferno "Scythe Master" captures the tourist and brainwashes him.
Given the name "Zwei," this once peaceful tourist is now a puppet of Inferno with no memories. Drawn into a world of lies, deceit, and violence, Zwei must fight to survive, hopefully to one day regain his memories and escape from this world where he is constantly on the brink of death.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~
Alternative version: Phantom: The Animation
Spin-off: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Picture Drama
Characters & Voice Actors
I can imagine many people bashing their heads against the wall trying to write a review for this anime without revealing spoilers; so I'm going to do this as best as possible...
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. One thing for sure is that this is one masterfully written and awesomely portrayed bit of story telling. In the twenty six episodes you'll find that you keep saying to yourself: "just one more episode", since it is almost impossible to watch just one episode at a time. (I gave the story a solid 10/10).
The art and sound department did a superb job (the opening theme "Karma" in particular is amazing, I'm ordering the OST that's for sure). English Dub fans will recognize most voices too.
The characters are like none other. Character development is amazing, all are brilliantly depicted and each has their own unique 'aura'. The relationships between characters, the twists & turns; it's all is part of this awesome bit of story telling. Character design was without a doubt engineered towards stirring emotions, you will unknowingly become immersed in their world(s) and be eager to find out what happens next (going back to what I said earlier).
The way it throws you around with plot twists, action, betrayals and emotions... it truly is one awesome roller coaster... to carry on with that analogy: just imagine this superb roller coaster, a few aches and pains from the ride, you're left feeling euphoric, only to realise it's still not quite over.
I'll leave it at that. sorry, but that's just one of the ways this anime really does it's magic.
It's hard to nit-pick but there are a few minor things here & there, but they're all easily forgotten. For example it's fairly evident who the real 'baddy' is early on (it would involve spoilers too so please excuse if I don't elaborate). loose ends are definitely my only main grievance with this anime. Believe me you will say: "did I just hear that!?" at one point...
So if you're a fan of action, hit-man/criminal syndicate, psychological thrillers; or if you just needed convincing, you will not regret picking up this anime. read more
Assassins are generally shown to be stoic, pragmatic machines only capable of performing their duties, no matter the situation. But what lengths would it take a person to completely rid themselves of their humanity in order to survive? Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom delves into this concept through the eyes of a brainwashed teenager forced into a dark and merciless mafia/crime war. Desperate to reclaim memories of his past life, the newly renamed Zwei must take up the occupation of an assassin in order to stay alive and escape this harsh, dark world.
Story: 8.5 – Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom’s story is shown through the eyes of “Zwei”, a young teenager who has just been brainwashed, losing all former ties to the outside world. He soon realizes that he will be groomed into an assassin, and is placed under the orders of another brainwashed teenager given the name, “Ein”, otherwise known as “Phantom”. Unable to escape the situation, “Zwei” is forced to become a weapon of Inferno, a massive mafia organization bent on taking over the mafia underground. The story Phantom brings to the table is incredibly dark and bleak, with a very realistic approach to the concepts brought into the story. The anime doesn’t leave any room for silliness, making the show extremely serious and heavy-handed. The storyline is full of symbolism and abstract themes, allowing the audience to create their own impression of the story. As a psychological thriller, Phantom contains plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep the audience on its toes. Action is used in the show, but the show focuses most of its effort in the characters and storytelling, allowing a clear focus on the narrative. Unfortunately, the pacing of the show slows down during certain sections of the show, particularly during the second arc. Due to the Phantom’s beginnings as a visual novel, some of those aspects are painfully obvious within the show (teenage main cast, relationships, obvious arc transitions etc.). The last arc of Phantom is also somewhat of a mixed back with a heightened drama aspect, plot holes that the anime never bothered to build over, and an INCREDIBLY divisive ending. Overall though, the story was amazingly well done despite the slow pacing, and will leave the audience immersed in the setting and atmosphere of the show.
Art: 7.5 – Production studio Beetrain, also responsible for the .hack// series, handles the art and animation used in Phantom. The character designs are rather bland and simple, but you will come to appreciate the aesthetic changes some of the lead characters go through during the show’s run. Unfortunately, the show’s animation efforts are lacking in some areas. The animation used in the show is inconsistent, with some parts of the anime being far better animated than the others. The fighting scenes are generally well-animated, but even that takes a dip as the show plows through. The lack in animation during some scenes really accentuates the plodding feeling of the show, making it a lot less engaging to watch. Beetrain did a rather inadequate job in this department of the anime.
Sound: 8.5 – Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom’s soundtrack does an excellent job of matching the anime it’s used in. The first opening song,” KARMA”, by KOKIA is an incredibly beautiful, yet eerie song that fits the dark atmosphere of Phantom. The ending song, “Senritsu no Kodomotachi”, by Ali-Project portrays the underlying insanity lurking underneath the show’s melancholy. The insert songs have an epic scale to them, especially during the battle scenes. The sound used in Phantom really assists in creating the atmosphere the show is trying to portray to the audience.
Characters: 8 – The characters in Phantom all have their own unique motivations and personalities. “Zwei” and “Ein” are very sympathetic lead characters and the audience will certainly root for them to find their lost memories. These two characters go through a lot of excellent character development throughout the show making them more realistic and believable as characters. Quite a few characters are introduced in the show, each bringing with them their own brand of ambitions and traits, but due to Phantom being the dark show that it is, a lot of these characters are lacking in morals, and can come off as unlikable.
Enjoyment: 8 – Phantom is an entertaining thriller anime with twists and turns that will leave you shocked and wanting more. Phantom’s presentation is a lot more subdued than other thriller genre anime (ala Death Note) but the show is still enjoyable to watch. Fans of more action-oriented show may be turned off due to the high amounts of dialogue and inaction sequences however.
Overall: 8.2 – The world of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom has an amazing concept, matched with stellar leading characters and a focused narrative. However, I feel as if the show could have achieved so much more if it were created in the hands of a different production company. The lack of animation during some scenes really seems to drain the life in the show, making it understandably boring to people who aren’t interested in the dialogue. The potential in Phantom is clearly shown however, especially with the atmosphere the show creates as well as the amazing plot and narrative. I recommend this show to fans looking for a dark, seinen tale where crime is abundant and hope is almost non-existent.
Darker than black, combined with a few "American hitman movies" like Bourne, Leon, Wanted... would get you Requiem for the Phantom,
as both main characters are assassins working for a crime Syndicate.
Darker than Black and Phantom are animes that give me a dark and mysterious feeling. Both the main male characters are much alike, and are in an organization which they have to obey.
Both of the character are a good fighter.
Darker than Black and the re-make of Phantom surely do share a lot of points:
- both face stories involving around assassins and criminal organizations
- both have a main male character (Hei / Zwei) which a similar personality and job
- both main characters are accompanied by two emotionless girls (Yin / Ein) which they both somehow develop to love
- both series have this dark atmosphere all around characters and places
- very good, and maybe similar a little, art style and character design for both anime
- well done the character development in both series too
Mystery, action and fight scenes wont miss in either of them.
So, for all listed reasons i see a strong connection and similarity between DTB and Phantom, due to this i can't avoid to advice to watch one if you already liked the other :3
Both anime deal with cold blooded assassins as the main characters and organizations that use these super skilled assassins to achieve their goals. Although unlike Phantom, Darker than Black has some supernatural elements these two anime have the same kind of atmosphere.
zwei and hei are "actors" in their own way...
they have emotionless companions: ein (who gradually changes) and yin (who, slowly changes... as i see her)
they are both under a powerful organization from which they cannot easily escape: inferno and syndicate
Not very similiar story but İf you love yandere characters, Yin and Ein too smilar.in both action and romance anime.two anime protagonist contractors Hei and assassin Zwei.
For one, main characters use almost indentical masks and work for Underground organizations (mafia).
Whenever it comes to assasin work, both characters are unemotional and are good actors.
The difference is that Reiji is far more lively, believable and emotional than Hei who most of the time doesn't give a damn and sometimes seems two dimensional.
Also in Phantom they use real life guns, no super powers.
this is similar to phantom
they similar in the main idea about the animation
you know.. about the gangs and another things
and There are similarities in Hero of the animation
Dude in a mask that works for a shady organization goes around killing the shit out of people.
Psychic of the main characters is similar. Both of them under the mask of calmness and silence are very emotional. They both got their girls ;). The fight scenes are other but also very good. I enjoyed Phantom really much and i think if you like DtB than Phantom is something for you.
They both have Assassins and an organisations that they work for If you liked Darker Than Black then you will more then likely enjoy Phantom ~ requiem for the Phantom~
I thoroughly enjoyed both series for a lot of the same reasons, particularly the changes in the main cast as the series progressed.
I would say Phantom has a darker theme with more powerful and memorable scenes, however Darker than Black I felt had an overall more intriguing plot and cast of characters.
So similar. Both have underground organizations groups working as the main background figures. Main characters are used for killing (assassins).
It is impossible to say that Darker than Black (specifically the first season of DtB) and Phantom: Requiem of the Phantom are not similar, especially the characters. Hei and Zwei are both assassins who work for an organisation they don't really know much about; while Yin and Ein both start out seemingly emotionless but undergo significant character development throughout the series. If you liked one, it is very likely you will enjoy the other one as well.
i think Hei (DTB) is like an assassin who works for a private organisation Called the Synicate (although he has supernatural powers which makes him a Contractor) and as such killed with his powers and with guns; Renji in Phantom: RFTP was turned n trained in Assassination, working for a private organisation called Inferno and has killed with guns, both men were apathetic/indifferent at first but then began to have emotions. Both assassins turn against their Organisation at the end of their respective series and go on the run with their partners, both men taught little girls how to become assassins/contractors (though in DTB it was in the second season when Hei did this) both men betray the little girls for another woman that they have been partners with; (hei was trying to save Yin and by doing so, condemned Suou to death) and (Renji killed his Calie to be with Erin) ....
Though Darker has a supernatural/scifi premise and Phantom is about brainwashed mafia assassins, both series follow a protagonist of dubious morality embroiled in a violent underworld who becomes motivated by a faint hope of redemption. Both also have a female figure from the protagonist's past who shows up later to oppose him, although Phantom attempts to develop (quite literally) this character type while Darker leaves her origins somewhat ambiguous. And although the assassins of Phantom don't have superpowers, the action sequences and plot points in the series can be almost as implausible. ;)
Both focus on assassins who don't quite have everything figured out. Both have emotionless female characters. Both focus on criminal aspects and some stories tend to be alike.
Both main characters are assassins working for an organization, both animes have great batles and are very sad. Same feelings.
The sense of thriller, action, drama, and the darker side of anime tends to be rare these days. But when you watch Darker than Black, it's hard not to think about Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom.
As such, these two series have quite a lot in common.
First of all, both series features a main protagonist with a stoic personality with extraordinary abilities after a certain event. Not only that, but in both series, the main male protagonist wears a hollow mask. Additionally, they are both assassins owned by a governing power.
Secondly, both series has a darker tone that has a thriller feeling to it.
Third, both series has a similar feeling as well as artwork that reflects more on the darker side of anime.
Both series also has plot twists, emotional drama, and occasionally some comedy.
Both series also has a main female protagonist accompanying them who also has a cold/indifferent attitude. Nonetheless, DTB and Phantom should be on anyone's watch list if they enjoyed one or another and vice versa.
Feels very similar in terms of atmosphere and character wise. They have one thing in common is to complete tasks/missions
Both of these series share many areas such as:
Mood: the same dark mood, us against the world
Topic: an elite group working for a secret organization
-Well developed story which is revealed through the series
-Very good character development
Some Of The Similarities -
- Both Main Characters Are Top Notch Assassins Working For A Criminal Organization.
- Both Main Characters Try To Escape From Said Organization.
- Both Main Characters Wear Extremely Similar Masks :P .
- Both Are Sort Of Darker Actions Dramas With Psychological Elements.
- Both Heroines (Yin/Ein) Start Generally Emotionless, But Slowly Develop Throughout The Series.
Some Of The Differences -
- Hei (Dtb) Has A Goal And Is Using The Syndicate, Zwei (Rftp) Is Forced Into The Origination Via Kidnapping And Brainwashing.
- Darker Than Black Is Based Around Super Natural And Sci Fi Elements.
- Requiem For The Phantom Focuses More On The Mental/Moral Difficulties Of An Assassin.
Both Stories Are Great And If You Liked One You Will Probably Like The Other; I Did :)
If you enjoyed the neo-noir themes in DtB you might enjoy Requiem for the Phantom; while lacking the supernatural element present in DtB the protagonists share a few similar traits. They were both ordinary citizens before going through a life changing event which is wrapped in a conspiracy.
- awesome action scenes
- mask wearing protagonists
- work for a less than legal orginization
- (lack of) supernatural elements
This is my first recommendation sorry if it's a bit choppy and long.
Darker than Black deals with similar moral convictions that people have regarding death, survival and friendship. Both are vary intense more so Phantom, but DTB can still be a lot to handle.
Both basically the same thing: some badass asassin main character who goes around killing people. They have generally simillar atmospheres except Darker than Black also has some comedic moments. I guess it's slightly less serious. Basically, if you like watching people kill other people, you'll probably like both of these.
Both main characters are involved in the world of assassins/contract killers. Both main character duos are trying to leave said world of crime. Both are top-notch action/drama series!!
The concept of these anime series is quite similar, but Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom executes it far better in my opinion.
Both revolve around a male and female lead with talents/powers that have little to no emotions. Action is a main element of both as well as them both being thrillers/mysterious. The MCs work for a powerful syndicate and are told to complete missions that involve assassinating important people so the syndicates can have their way. The art is very simple in both as well. These two really could not be any more alike. I highly recommend those who liked one to watch the other.
Darker than Black and Phantom are great examples how to make anime with exciting action and interesting mystery. Plot of both serial is focused on Syndicate (criminal organization) and fates of main characters. Storyline is very good made and it has got unexpected plot twists. The main characters are really cool. They are professionalists and always keep cool head. Overall, They are empathic and their stories are really enjoyable to watch. summarizing, if you look for a lot of action, interesting characters and good mystery, you won't be disappointed.
Both anime revolve around a cast in the midst of a emotionless and cold vs. humanistic and livable lifestyles. Characters will fill nihilistic ideas with reason and logic whilst being forced to deal with unforetold emotion and gut feelings. Filled with only the slightest glimpses of hope at some times they show you what it's like to hang on. I recommend if you like high action, suspense, and strong characters.
The similarities between these two great series are evident.
Average Japanese guy gets involved with a not exactly legal organization and sees his life changing completely. His initial innocence also fades more and more.
Both anime are mature, dark, violent, with a rotten and outlaw feeling, and have great animation and music. Add guns, mafia, action, and you'll get some really good entertainment.
Mafia, assassins, outlaws, guns and a lot of action
Both anime are about a rather nice and innocent person drawn into a world of crime. Both anime are rather heavy with little sugarcoating.
Both are about killers trapped in the middle of a war of interest between criminal organizations. Both have a dark theme, cold hearted, and awesome gunfights.
These series both series have a very dark feeling to them. There is plenty of blood and violence and great action to keep you entertained in both series.
Innocent Japanese guy betrayed by superiors and becomes mercenary outlaw. Gun toting asian hottie works with him. Different from Phantom because you get more of the sense the Black Lagoon crew have some moral standards. Still, fun, violent romp through the darkness.
very similar with the gangs and gunfighting
The atmoshere is really close. Both are realistic. Those are great manga. There is no question of superpower or surnatural, but about choises of life.
Both are great anime. I really enjoyed to follow them
if you like action, mafia and gangs than they're both the nice choice
Guns, mafia, crime and a guy who has nothing to do with that getting involved.
Normal Japanese guy meets gun-crazy world of crime, and excels. Black Lagoon is mostly excuses to blow shit up, and Phantom has a bigger story with action interspersed.
Two Japanese men get suck into the underground world of gangs, violence, drugs. They even have reminiscence yakuza plots in both series. They differ prominently in the character section, phantom having bland characters while black lagoon's cast is more creative, exuberant, and enjoyably funny.
Black Lagoon and Phantom have a lot of similarities. Although Black Lagoon seems a lot more light hearted at times with more humor and some awesome action, Phantom has a special kind of story. Both are pretty mature, but they are incredible in their own ways.
Similarities between the MC from both series and the dark, violent atmosphere, on top of that both series involves guns, gangs, blood and tragedy.
Action with gun shooting.
Zewi and Rock Both in a situation that they have to work in a gang, in order to stay alive.
Both have a lot of violence and are awesome. Black lagoon is a fun ride and phantom is a mind fuck, what's not to love? Assassins in one! Cartels, gangs and torpedo boats in another! good stuff
Both anime happen at mafia's world where a normal guy is involved and is begin to get used to that kind of life.
- Both Have Guns
- Both Have the main character Draged from a normal life
- Both Have a Female character who draged the male character
- Alot of blood
Phantom and Black Lagoon both have action packed episodes with guns blazing.
Opening Theme#1: "Karma" by KOKIA (eps 1-19)
#2: "Senritsu no Kodomotachi (戦慄の子供たち)" by ALI PROJECT (20-26)
Ending Theme#1: "Jigoku no Mon (地獄の門)" by ALI PROJECT (1-19)
#2: "Transparent" by KOKIA (20-26)
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