English: The Severing Crime Edge
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2013 to Jun 27, 2013
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisHaimura Kiri is a seemingly ordinary boy with one slight problem: he is obsessed with cutting other people's hair. One day he meets Mushiyanokouji Iwai, the "Hair Queen" who cannot cut her hair because of an inherited curse. Kiri finds out that his scissor, "Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge" is the only thing that can cut them. But little did he know that their meeting sparked the start of an old murder game to kill the "Hair Queen" using the cursed killing tools, the "Killing Goods." Can Kiri protect Iwai from the Killing Goods Owners? Let the game begin!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge
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Everyone has his pills, all it takes is just a prescription we end up in total addiction.
For Haimura Kiri , his fondness for cutting hair has led him to a series of unexpected events stuffed in a peculiar story.Action evolves around these Killing Goods, that are normal objects that have powerful enchantments placed on them that is said to have been placed there by their first owners. As you have guessed these special properties are a means to power and conflict erupts when you fight to the death for a wish granted through a lowly murder leaving you in the end with some questions and hopes for the future.
Ominous soundtracks back up the very well made fighting scenes that keep up the suspense and sometimes induce the owners feelings.
Artwork is a pretty impressive work of light and color that create a grand stage for the characters to perform on. Sparing no detail, be it architecture or natural scenery it is really meant to produce an impact on the viewer.
Characters are properly made to express their role through a stunning image, take the Hair Queen for example or Haimura under Graylands influence.
To my enjoyment all the fighting and suspense really mixed up with the fan service even though it had its own pathetic or odd moments. Personally I believe the feelings of people to be a good template for stories since they can be very powerful and sometimes they exceed the boundaries of human comprehension.
If you thought long hair was something of an eye catcher, get a load of this. Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge features a mysterious girl who has probably the longest hair length of almost any anime I've seen. I don't know if that's any sort of accomplishment, but this series takes strange to a new level as there's a particular young boy who is obsessed with the idea of cutting hair. Now the formula is complete with a young boy who wants to cut hair and a girl who has long hair. Oh but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Beyond that mountain of hair also lies danger for our two adorable friends. That doesn't stop the hair-crossed duo though because in Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, there's more than just meets the eye beyond that hair.
Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge (also known as The Severing Crime Edge) is an animated series adapted from the manga of the same name written by Tatsuhiko Hikagi. The series starts out in a mysterious way but later turns into a dangerous game scenario. The 'game' involves whoever can kill the “Hair Queen” and the victor would get a glorious prize for his or her efforts. Sounds catchy right? Well, that would be the case but this series here takes that theme and twist it in a way that can swift from adorable to murderous in just a matter of moments. Talk about change...
For starters, the series introduces more of a fantasy theme. The mystical encounter between our main protagonists of the story, Kiri Haimura and Iwai Mushanokoji, is quite unusual. It's not every day that we see people get connected by hair. In fact, what's even more strange is the length of Iwai's hair that seemingly is longer than herself. On the other hand, Kiri who seems like a normal boy quickly becomes entranced by that hair. This strange obsession with hair can be traced to borderline fetish as he seemingly can't take his eyes off of it. It's the beginning of this relationship connected by hair that sets them as the dynamic duo of this murderous game.
For the game itself, it seems to follow a winner takes all scenario meaning that it's every man for themselves. That means one thing: you can't really trust anyone because of the fear of betrayal. And of course, anime series involving a game scenario similar to this is nothing new. Series such as Mirai Nikki, Btooom!, Fate/Stay Night, Rozen Maiden, etc all follow this sort of format where the ultimate winner of the game is decided based on completing specific requirements. For our adorable Iwai though, the requirement is to kill her. That might sound gruesome but it gets worse because the majority of the contestants are nothing like Kiri. In fact, they can be literally tagged as serial killers. It also doesn't help the fact that Kiri himself has an origin related to them. The good news is that he seems to be on Iwai's side more than just that borderline fetish for hair. The bad news? Everyone else seemingly wants our adorable Hair Queen's head on a plate.
Although I find the adorable duo to be somewhat compatible, their relationship seems way more like fantasy than anything else. After all, they are connected by a strange encounter in the first place in that western-like mansion. Furthermore though, the two quickly becomes close despite the fact that Iwai is a potential candidate to win the game. He even proves it too as in the beginning, Kiri is able to take on six-foot tall man with just his scissors. He seemingly plays the role of the 'knight in shining armor' for our adorable Hair Queen. On the other hand, there's Iwai who seems to be the mascot of this show. She is so adorable that everyone seems to frown over her cuteness such as her classmates. She has the traits too with those long hair, those moe like eyes, the little fang-shaped teeth, and heart melting smile. However, she lacks the skill or power to protect herself during many situations. Oh and regarding that hair, it's of course not normal. It has 'magic' written all over it and we can see exactly why Kiri-kun seems to be so fascinated by it.
The people who are hunting down Iwai are known as 'Authors' which is a strange name at that. Going by the game scenario though, it's quite obvious that the Authors wants Iwai dead. The Authors themselves as mentioned earlier before are comparable to professional killers, skilled individuals who kills for his or her own reasons with efficient skill. These individuals themselves are also armed with dangerous weapons known as the 'killing goods'. Going by the trademarks, these tools are instruments of killing. In fact, many of the objects in this series are designed in a way to harm people. For example, there's Kiri and his scissors that also designates the title of the series: the Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge. Then there are the other killing goods that comes in all shapes and sizes such as an injection needle, ropes, and sharp knives. It's not doubt that these weapons are designed to kill. Yikes, talk about Iwai in a situation of life and death here. But thankfully she has her knight in shining armor right?
Well that might somewhat be true but it's clearly seen throughout the series that the duo struggles in their survival against the Authors. Is it because they are weak or because the Authors are too damn strong? I can barely tell since we don't see much back story of either character besides the basic origins. That's one of the weaknesses of this show as the connection built by Kiri and Iwai seems too unbelievable. They are connected based on a fascination of 'hair' in a fantasy like romance. Speaking of which, the romance between the duo seems to be rather strange. It's obvious Iwai is attracted to Kiri as well as vice versa. However, neither of them initiates the first move directly but rather expressed through teases; again involving....the magic word 'hair'. There's also hinted romance by another character towards Kiri throughout the series but the kid's too dense to realize it. Maybe, he's just too into the hair? I wonder.
The way the series is structured also seems to follow the typical 'monster of the week' format. This is expressed by the way in which some Authors make their debut but then some of them disappears to be never seen or heard of again. Then, there's the case of Kiri-kun who uses his killing good to protect Iwai. Being her knight in shining armor, Kiri plays the role of the hero kid who tries to do everything by himself. Most of the time he seems to succeed but other times seems to be on the falling edge. While I do like the fact that he isn't a coward, the way Kiri succeeds sometimes is also a bit unbelievable. Of course, he doesn't always succeed through Gary Stu-like scenarios but his abilities are quite a sight for the other Authors. He's proved himself many times already. On the other hand, the Authors who threatens their lives are constant on odds as they struggle to achieve the task of killing the Hair Queen. Their appearances may be diverse but their insights are not as most of their personalities are dull and lacking flavor from my perspective.
There's also fan service in this series of course. For whatever reason, the teases in this series expands to not just hair but also in the form of an injection as well. The way in which two particular character behaves in such scenes involving the injection shows a rather lewd way of 'bonding'. Then of course, there's Iwai who sometimes isn't full dressed and blushes out of nowhere for some eye candy scenes.
The artwork of this series seems magical. At some stances, it falls under the fantasy theme with the Western-like mansion, the Alice in Wonderland-like field, and stage plays. At other times, it brings out the more modern themes with the school and shopping malls. Then, there's our characters who are designed to look like normal people but have abnormal ways of expressing themselves. The most noticeable style of artwork is Iwai and her long hair that is eye catching for nearly anyone. Then, there are the Authors. Some of them are designed to look normal and innocent. Others are designed to really look like killers on the loose.
For soundtrack though, Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge actually has a catchy OST. It's catchy enough to maintain that magical theme through tense moments as well as those that are intimate. In one particular moment in one of the later episodes, there's a slow melody that is played to show how far Kiri and Iwai have connected in their relationship. Speaking of which, the voices for our main protagonists expresses themselves well for characters of their age. The OP song "Unmei no Ori" by Aimi shows montages of the various characters. Its tone is expressed in moments in which we see most of the Authors seemingly enduring the situations they are in. Then at the end of each song, there's the echo of 'Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge' giving off a more grim feeling of the series.
This series can be a hit or miss for potential fans from my perspective. For me, it was a bit of in between but leans more to the mediocre. Aside from the bizarre hair fascination and the weakly structured plot, the series does have some entertainment values at some occasions. It's also adorable with some of the moments our main two protagonists share throughout the series. At other instances, it becomes old quickly and rather forced rather than expressive. The Authors themselves may distinguish themselves from each other but they don't have much insight to go on. Ultimately though, the winner of the game will gain glory. What did I gain from Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge? Well, just a barely tolerable experience. read more
- Killing game
- Somewhat sexual
- Dark atmosphere
- Focuses on "pairs"
A deadly game involving people that have no other choice but to participate. By this, a certain goal is trying to be achieved.
The main character is now part of a survival game
Well from the initial premise, both Mirai Nikki and Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge involves a twisted game using dangerous objects. These objects has supernatural abilities that can be fatal to opponents when used correctly.
More than that though, the main protagonist from both series has seemingly has an obsession (although different in nature).
Both series contains a mystery like aura as well given the background of the game that the characters are involved in. Additionally, it seems that the game itself has consequences for losers.
Both series also adds in flavors comedy, drama, action, and inklings of romance between the two main characters from their perspective stories.
Both Survival Games with participants, who have different "weapons" of a higher power. Also they have much Blood and creepy Characters.
Both have a boy and girl fighting for their survival and similar atmosphere.
Both shows have people fighting using, or being, cursed instruments/tools. They also look cute at times, and very violent at others.
Both are about cursed tools and fall under the shonen genre.
While the premise differ, there are similar themes/elements from both of these shows. The cursed killing tools, atmosphere, battles, enemies the main chararacters have to face, etc.
Curses, Curse Tools, Killing Tools, Killing Goods. C³ and Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge may seem to focus on different things, but Curses and Killing Goods have more in common than you might think.
They both begin somewhat normal and take a little twist after an episode to illuminate the part of the story the anime really wants to aim at. C³ seems more supernatural than Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, but the similarities are present, even though the format of Survival Game isn't present in C³.
Both involve cursed objects and a couple of male and female protagonists that lead the story of the series even though one girl is powerless and the other one is powerful
Opening Theme"Unmei no Ori (運命の檻)" by Aimi
Ending Theme#1: "Glass no Mikazuki (硝子の三日月)" by Iwai Mushanokouji (Kotori Koiwai) (eps 1, 6, 13)
#2: "Kimi to Futari (君と二人)" by YURI*KARI (eps 2-5, 7-12)
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