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English: Ichi The Killer: Episode 0
Synonyms: Koroshiya Ichi The Animation: Episode 0
Japanese: 殺し屋１ THE ANIMATION EPISODE 0
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 27, 2002
Duration: 45 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 6.071 (scored by 2051 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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The story follows some of the manga excluding most of the Kakihara arc unfortunately. The story is more focused on Hajime when he was in school rather than him when he's with Jijii. We still get the scenes we wanted though leaving little stones unturned.
The animation and artwork is a bit shady but it's definitely not worth all the hate that's been given. Artwork wise, It's just a few notches better than your typical H-anime though it's rated way back in the 5000s with an actual story (fuck you mal users)
Without a doubt the thing that makes this OVA truly shine it's bloody red color is it's sound. The OST that plays is really good and suits the overall tone flawlessly. The sound effects are iffy but not anything to hinder my enjoyment so I would put that their average. The voice actor is very talented with quite a bit of experience.
It's all about Hajime! And it's done very nicely, his backstory and everything in between is nice. It shows everything from the beginning of his school life to the end, the OVA could be considered a prequel.
In the end, regardless of the quality of the animation, artwork or any of the other vital aspects that many casual viewers take anime for, it's all about how much you personally enjoy the anime. If your interested in seeing a bit more of Hajime in anime form go ahead and give it a watch. If you didn't really enjoy the manga or haven't read it then this obviously isn't an anime for you.
May 12, 2011