English: Black God
Synonyms: Kurokami, Kurogami, Kuro Kami, Dark God
Japanese: 黒神 The Animation
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2009 to Jun 19, 2009
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.381 (scored by 20594 users)
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SynopsisHigh school student Ibuki Keita has been haunted by misfortune for as long as he can remember. For no apparent reason, everyone around him dies tragically. Ultimately, he refuses to become too close to anyone, even his childhood friend Akane. This leaves Keita alone in a life full of misery and disgrace.
While eating at his favorite ramen shop one evening, Keita meets a strange young girl named Kuro. Possessing abilities that surpass that of a normal human being, Kuro classifies herself as a Mototsumitama. She explains to Keita about "Terra," a life-energy force split between three identical looking people; a global phenomenon dubbed the "Doppeliner System." As a Mototsumitama, Kuro guards the "Coexistence Equilibrium," the beings that protect the flow of Terra around the world. Keita refuses to believe her story, until he is caught up in the crossfire of this hidden world. On the verge of death, he makes a contract with Kuro, unbeknownst to its true meaning. Now he is bound to Kuro, and must be with her at all times. Could Keita's misfortune possibly get any greater?
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I "love" it when an anime tries to ask deeply philosophical and ethical questions, only to answer them with fists, feet, and super powers. Personally I find it annoying when characters claim that they can overcome things like God, Fate, Destiny, Karma, etc, with nothing more than willpower and a kickass partner (since the main character so often is a complete novice in combat, or has no redeeming qualities whatsoever).
Enter then Kurokami, as a shining example of these things at work.
Now, when I started watching this I had no idea that Kurokami was originally a manga Sung-Woo Park (illustrator), and Dal-Young Im (story), and to say that the anime and manga are like chalk and cheese would be an understatement.
The story in the anime version centres around Ibuki Keita, a highschool student with a very similar isolationist attitude to Ikari Shinji from NGE. The reason for this is that, for no apparent reason, everyone around him seems to die. One evening he meets a young girl named Kuro, and it is from her that he learns the true nature of the world.
I'll stop there as the story is quick to hit its stride, however I have some big issues with the plot on the whole, the first issue being why Keita, who in the manga is a 19 year old games programmer, is suddenly a high school student in the anime. Now, many of you may think this isn't a problem, but in actuality it causes a major incosistency in the flow of the story and the development of the characters.The plot for the manga has been written with Keita as a 19 year old who is working. This means that many of the thoughts, feelings and actions he takes in the story are based on the fact that he has already completed high school and is effectively an adult. The anime, on the other hand, portrays Keita as a teenager, a "child" so to speak. The reason for this change is purely a marketing issue. The producers wanted this series to appeal to a teenage fan base, in paritcular the fans of shows like Shakugan no Shana, Zero no Tsukaima, Fate/Stay Night, etc.
Imagine for a second the difference in your own thought processes over over a two year period, in particular, the difference in how you perceived the world, and more importantly, how you reacted to it. Beginning to see what I mean? The plot for the anime stays true to the manga for the most part when, in truth, it should have been rewritten completely.
Another big change is the fact that the manga involves transplanting an arm. The whole idea of transplanting hearts was, again, purely a marketing strategy. That change was made so that it would appeal to a more "romantic" audience, something which the anime could have done without.
Both changes (and they're unfotunately not the only ones), have severely damaged the flow of the plot and the development of Keita and Kuro as characters. The original concept was very good, and if they'd stuck to it instead of pandering to the audience in an effort to cash in on the Shana/Louise/Sabre franchise, then it would have been a much better show.
Animation is another issue I have with this series. Overall its not too bad, but Sunrise and Bandai really didn't seem to put any effort into this show on the whole. The animation is often jerky and confusing, especially during the action sequences. The studio has tried to make the show look "cool", with the proviso that this be done at the lowest cost possible. There's naked character transformation scenes in the style of the mahou shoujo genre, overblown, overpowered special moves with silly names in the style of Bleach et al, strange character actions (like running, eating, etc), and an overall sense that the animators really couldn't be bothered to get their fingers out.
The art for the backdrops is actually pretty decent on the whole, and is the main reason why I scored the art as mediocre instead of bad. Unfortunately, these backgrounds don't have the same kind of vitality to them that can be found in other shows, and are often there so that one of the characters can be sent crashing through it with a punch.
The characters have been designed along the lines of the manga, so no real issues there. I just wish they'd put more effort into the overall work though.
As far as the sound goes, the only reason I didn't give this area a good rating is because of the cumulatively annoying OP and ED, and the change of OP midway through the series only compounded this.
The rest of the music throughout the series can is generally okay, however there are points where the music and mood don't match. The voice actors are on the capable side, but once again there doesn't seem to be any real effort involved in their portrayals as the acting is sometimes very wooden.
The characters are, again, pretty decent on the whole. There isn't any real development that goes on with any of them barring the two main characters, and any changes in the persona of the sub characters tends to happen off-screen. As for Keitaand Kuro, the fact that Sunrise and Bandai's marketing teams got involved with production means that there's some annoyingly inconsistent threads running through their development, Keita's relationship with Akane being an example of this.
This is an odd anime. It's clearly influenced by the likes of Fate/Stay Night and Shakugan no Shana, as well as Bleach and DBZ (surprisingly). The confusing plot and the inconsistencies stand out so it makes suspension of disbelief more difficult. It's enjoyable in it's own way, but is still one of those "watch once and forget" titles that seem to be cropping up more frequently.
On the whole, this is not a good series, but it isn't bad either. The fact that it tried to include a complex plot with some deep philophical and ethical issues is one of it's few saving graces. read more
"Can you change a destiny that has already been written for you?"
Enter "Kurokami", a series that shows the struggle of two individuals, as they attempt to change their own path that others say can not be changed.
The center of the plot revolves around "the Dopleliner System". What this means is there exists three versions of the same person (2 subs and 1 root). Should any one of these three come in plain sight of the other, they will perish, and only the root will live, and thus will consume the energy force of them known as tera. Our main heroes are Kuro (a Tera Guardian trying to stop the Doppleliner system and defeat her brother) and Keita (an ordinary boy who unwillingly ends up becoming her partner). What interested me the most about the anime, is the way that the actual battles take place. It almost feels like you are watching a more mature version of Pokemon at times. Each Tera Guardian can form a pack with a human, and thus use their power in conjunction with their own. So fights take place with the two helping each other--ie: the Tera Guardian fights, and the humans remain on the sidelines channeling their powers to their partner. The fighting scenes are also quite good, because despite the characters featuring "power/energy" moves, the fighting scenes themselves feel very street brawling oriented, and stylized. It overall does a good job of mixing the super powers with more authentic looking moves. Now regarding the way the actual storyline progresses, here is where I feel Kurokami tends to miss the mark. There are enough plot threads going on, and many of them do evolve throughout the series. However, they end up happening few and far between. A lot of episodes play the role of fillers, and some fight scenes that take place seem unnecessary. This can make the plot a bit tedious to follow, as it can sometimes take many episodes for something simple to be made clear. Still, making your way through the anime just to see the last few episodes really makes things worth while, as the final episodes are exciting and fast paced, though I did find it a bit odd that episode 23 ends up being a re-cap of all the others, but through a slightly different perspective. Where this anime really shines through is with its actual ending. Everything concludes nicely, and feels very satisfying at the end. And some events even end up being a bit unexpected. As a whole the story is good, there is plenty of action and plot twists to keep things exciting. But due to the storyline tending to drag on, does hinder it as a whole, but nothing too drastic.
As far as offensive material goes, Kurokami does have a few scenes which contain gory elements where blood spurts and/or is smeared on the ground. These scenes don't happen very frequently, in fact only the first few episodes really have them, with it only happening occasionally after that. Some battles even end with little to no blood spilled at all.
The arts style to this is dark and moody, but not really in a creepy kind of way. The backgrounds come off pretty well detailed, with nice looking city designs and foliage areas. Even so, the overall color schemes tend to make the series look a bit washed out. The character design is good, all of them are well proportioned and have a good sense of style to each one of the cast. The super moves (also known as "Exceeds") are flashy and colorful, with each character’s move set differing from one another. The fight scenes are by far the best part in the animation. Character moves are animated smoothly, with every punch and kick shown off with just the right amount of impact.
For me this was the weakest point in the series. The voice acting in both the English and Japanese version is very well done, I still feel the Japanese audio is better by far in the long run. However, a majority of the soundtrack seems to favor one style of genre in music...rock! The opening and ending themes change twice through out the series. The opening animations both play rock style music tracks, while the ending theme (surprisingly) plays soft lite hearted melodies sung by Yousei Teikoku. The background music it plays also consists of rock music. I can see where they are going with this, and while I don’t care for heavy rock music, I can at least appreciate it for this anime. If you like this type of genre in music then you will love the soundtrack, but if you’re like me and don’t care for it, then you will most likely turn the volume down during some of the scenes.
The characters are hit and miss. I will go on record of saying that Kuro is one of the coolest female heroines to come along in an anime as of late. She has a sweet and funny personality, yet holds back a lot of sorrow in here life--she is quite the layered individual. Of all the characters in the series, Keita is probably going to be the one that is hardest to tolerate...especially during the beginning. He tends to complain a lot, and is unwilling to help anyone towards the beginning, and will most likely annoy many viewers. To his credit though, he does end up changing as the story progresses, and at least becomes more tolerable in the end. The supporting cast is also the same, some characters such as Excel, Reishin and Daichi do a good job off adding to the storyline. However, there are a number of supporting characters that just don’t make the cut. Many of them don’t really seem to have much impact on what is going on, and thus make some feel unnecessary to the storyline. They’re not a bad cast by any means, some of them just don’t seem to have a staple purpose in the anime. As a whole though, the main characters themselves do end up doing their parts well for the stories’ purpose, and in that regards it is done right.
Despite some of its flaws, Kurokami is a good anime. If you can make it through some of the fillers, and don’t mind the story dragging on somewhat, then I think you will find this a deep enough series to check out. There is enough action and plot in this to keep both the Seinen fans and casual viewers satisfied. And as it stands, it’s a series I think anime fans should give a try. read more
The atmosphere (battles and other) is quite similar with villains popping out and a black/red-haired girl intruding on the days of an innocent male.
The main male character meets a girl with extraordinary power, both anime are very similar in some way that i can't really explain it >
Supernatural and a ordinary guy with extraordinary power :)
They have very similar, if difficult to nail down, feel about them.
Very similar. At first I thought it was done by the same studio, but I was wrong. Now a "ordinary" guy meets a girl with supernatural powers. In Shakugan this "ordinary" human, Yuuji, is the compartment of the Reiji Maigo, in Kurokami it is yet unknown what role does Ibuki Keita plays, but he "isn't a ordinary human" like Excel says on episode 4. The girl with supernatural powers is forced to stay near the human boy. In Shakugan because Shana has to keep a eye on the Reiji Maigo and in Kurokami because if Kuro doesn't stay close to Keita her fighting abililies decay due to the contract they made. Lastly the "world balance"concept is the main similarity present in both animes, in different yet similar ways. In Shakugan people gets eaten by Guze no Tomogaras and has to be replaced with "torches" for sake of balance. In Kurokami a person's soul divided in 3 parts, each one containing a porcentage of luck (50%, 30%, 20%) to maintain a balance in the world. Yet people try to consume their other part to have as maximium luck as possible. A "Flames Haze" maintains that balance in Shakugan no Shana and a "Mototsumitama"does sort of the same in Kurokami.
Oedinary guy meets a supernatural girl and at some point they start to fight together. Similar atmosphere
Both are about a male who get's caught up in trouble because of being around a strange godlike girl. They both are fairly action packed as well.
Boy & Girl partners in the quest of justice, and some lovey-dovey stuff
Both anime share the same types of characters : Tsundere with high power and an lonely boy.
Both anime share a lots of rebound in the story and high fighting rhythm.
They have too similar stories. A guy runs into a girl with red hair who is not really human. He finds out that he is not real from her and then the go on a journey to save the day. The fact that Shana and Kuro don’t seem to have any shame or knowledge of regular social female behavoiur. I was almost confusing the stories that is how similar they are.
Both consists of a main character who's a guy. He meets a special girl with fighting abilities, both very powerful. The guys are somehow bonded to the girls, forced to, and they help fight enemies and such. there are also romantic moments.
Kurokami and Shakugan no Shana are very alike, Shakugan no Shana might be a bit better, but if you want more, go watch Kurokami
Similar character situation, similar story. Kuro is no tsundere!
The both seem to have the same idea around them, both end up having magical powers and have to fight stronger people, Both have partners that use there own life/power to help the other.
Involving Team work,Defeating evil and has the same feel of atmosphere. The only difference is shakugan no shana has more comedy,romance while Kurokami violence and blood.
Both main Girl characters have Red Hair
Both Guy characters are just another life and not really do much
Both guys wants to help their red haired partners
These are both fantasy anime about a man who has a contract with a rather skilled girl that comes from nowhere. Moreover, the guy seems really useless at the beginning but will begin to fight along with her.
In both anime, the main character makes a contract with another character. You also get the same vibe from watching both.
Both anime are about an average and boring guy who suddenly meets a strong and cute girl who has super powers. The two make a contract together and (initially) have a master-servant relationship, where the girl fights, and the guy is basically useless.
Also, in both anime the main guy is an orphan, and has a childhood friend who is clearly in love with him (Sakura in FSN, Akane in Kurokami).
Both are shounen anime which have fantasy, magic, action, and drama.
Kurokami is more fast-paced and overall better than FSN, though.
In both anime we have a more or less normal male protagonist who makes a contract with powerful supernatural being (or more precisely a girl). As time passes both are trown into a lot of fights and they learn to how to effectively support their supernatural partners (althought they are always supporters and they practically cannot fight on their own).
The story is about a man who make contract with unknown woman because he was in the verge of death,after he was been saved by the woman he is find out about doppel liner system bit by bit then he find out that he was root.although he was not root he still fight to change his destiny.
They both surrend teams of tweo people working together for a cause.
They both have's similar aspect's like FSN...In both anime's there are mark's on the hand's of the fighter and in both anime's just 1 person fights and the other one give's commands.Very similar stories
These two anime have a similar air to them. Shirou can be compared to Kurokami's male protagonist Keita, as they both enter a world of fighting with beings far greater than themselves. In F/SN we have servants while in Kurokami, we have Motutsumitama. If you like F/SN, you'll definitely enjoy Kurokami
although the ambition of the protagonist in each anime is different but both protagonist character is rather similar very determined despite their lack of power and willing to sacrifice itself to save the people. theres also about forming contract however in kurokami is not a contract between ancient champions but more with a powerful race known as motosumitama.
Opening Theme#1: "Sympathizer" by Minami Kuribayashi
#2: "tRANCE" by GRANRODEO
Ending Theme#1: "Irodori no Nai Sekai (彩の無い世界)" by Yousei Teikoku
#2: "Gekkou no Chigiri (月光の契り)" by Yousei Teikoku
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