Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2005 to Mar 30, 2006
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.641 (scored by 41834 users)
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Popular Tagsaction adventure comedy shounen
Dec 31, 2006
Plot: Since I haven't read the manga (yet) I can't compare the plots, I do know, however, that the storyline has changed a bit, however that doesn't really affect the story. The main part of the story consists of Train more or less wanting to confront a ghost from his past and this takes up roughly a little less than half the series. Though it's good that Black Cat had other small subplots, it felt rushed at times, as if they wanted to get straight to the action, which took away from the enjoyment. That aside, the story was wonderful, and kept me anxious for the next episode (which is why I finished so quickly), wanting to know what would happen to Train and company next.
Animation: If you want me to express what I though about the animation for Black Cat in one word that word would be "PWETTY." Not pretty, but pwetty. The animation is smooth and does look all.... icky. Yeah. If there's one thing about the animation that I have to point out is that Train looks younger, a few years younger. I mean, he's twenty three in the manga, but in the anime he looks nineteen (age change could be because of the changed time line...). What else should I say? The ending animation for the first twelve episodes is amusing, but only until... episode eight, but honestly I was missing it after a while. But, that's not the point, and the point is that Black Cat's animation nice... No reused animation, as far as I saw.
Sound: Ah~ The background music, it's music to my ears. The music pretty much matches the mood of the current scene, for example during the dramatic scenes some sort of opera sounding music plays giving you that... ominous (?) feeling. I absolutely adored the piano version of the song Konoyo no Uta, which plays at certain points in the series. The opening theme, Daia no Hana, is amazing as well... However, the first ending theme Namidaboshi sometimes doesn't match the mood of the episode that it's ending...
Now usually, I don't watch subs, this is because I'd rather hear it in English, with Black Cat, I had no choice but to watch it subbed... And how wonderful it was. Takashi Kondo pulls Train off extremely well, sounding one way when serious and totally lighthearted another way. Also Shin'ichiro Miki makes Creed sound absolutely obsessed, which is good... I guess...Cept, I dun like Creed...
Character: Ah. Do I have to put this? I totally love the characters of Black Cat... Even Creed, who scares me a lot. They aren't all that different than their manga counterparts, which is... good, and you can really tell the difference between then, Train is Train, Tanya is Tanya and Creed.... is obsessed.
Enjoyment: ... Must I explain?... Well... I sorta watched the whole series for Train... So... yeah...
Yay!: Animation is smooth and pwetty. Smooth animation is good on Ceray's glasses ridden eyes.
Nay!: Plot was way too rushed. Pull it out at least ten or so more episoes.
Dec 30, 2007
Story - The beginning part of the story i thought was very well made, it was very dark, mysterious but not scary at all for those who dislike scary storylines. But after a while the plot just seem dull and unoriginal. Typical protagonist trying to save the world, trying to protect his friends and trying to get revenge, all these types of storylines has been overused, if Black Cat had a better storyline, i believe it would have been better.
Art - I liked the design of the characters, especially Train during the beginning of the series. So i have nothing to complain about the art category.
Sound- Not much to review about sound, but i have to admit the gunshots were pretty real. Also, the voice actors fitted the role very well, especially Eve and Sven. The OP was quite nice, fitted into the anime quite nice.. Forgot how the ED goes so i can't review that.
Character- One of the things that makes Black Cat enjoyable are the wide variety of characters. It is quite amusing watching Jenos and Rins yell at each other. So if your looking for some humorous characters, Black Cat has that for you. The one thing that i thought lacked in the character section was the sudden change of Train Heartnet. Although it says half a year has passed, I'm pretty sure people other then me wants to watch the process of him from a deadly assassin to a overly energetic young man. Another reason i suggest Black Cat was rushed.
Enjoyment- Black Cat is actually quite enjoyable if you do not care about the unoriginal storyline seeing that the characters are greatly designed and there are many great fight scenes.
Overall- Overall i would say Black Cat is a fair made anime that fails to achieve better due to the lack of storyline and how it is quite rushed. Although i say this, i still enjoyed Black Cat to it's full potential. read more
Jun 19, 2007
The storyline was promising, but I felt like the creators tried to fit as much as they can in only 26 episodes. Only the last three episodes were dedicated to Eve’s true nature, which was almost forgotten.
Character design was average. The Numbers and the other villains who had the power of the Tao looked impressive (Specially Leon), but Sven was just weird, Eve had a big head (although she was adorable when she became a bit human) and Rins tried to pull of some fan service but it didn’t work too well for her. I have to say the characters were poorly managed – there were just too many of them and in the end, not everyone was able to get a good amount of screen time. I don’t even know the names of most of the sweepers from the sweeper alliance. A lot of them were unnecessary too. Although I still find myself liking Train. He was so cool and mysterious at first but in the end he became so wacky and funny and just adorable.
Drawing style was so – so. I felt like it was almost there, but still quite lacking. Train was well drawn, but there were times when the drawing style would change and his face would morph. Speaking of morph, I noticed that the colors were inconsistent, specially when it came to hair colors. Towards the end I noticed that Sven’s hair was a darker green, and Eve’s hair was a paler yellow, and Rins’ hair was also a lighter purple. The colors were just sub par. I would also like to note the use of CG, which complimented the animation.
The voice acting was okay. At first I thought Train’s voice didn’t match him, because he looked too young and his voice was too low. When he became more cheerful and friendly, his voice changed and became more suited to his personality. I was also happy to find out that Number X’s (Shaolee?) seiyu was the same seiyu for Kohsaka from Genshiken, Wolfram from Kyo Kara Maoh!, Junior from R.O.D the TV and Robert Haydn from Law of Ueki. I love all of those series and I thought the seiyu for all those characters did well too, so it was definitely a plus to have her be a seiyu for Black Cat as well, even if it’s just a supporting role.
I’m a big fan of the BGM for this series. I thought the BMG complimented the scenes well, and if not, improved the feel of the scenes. I was a bit indifferent towards the opening and ending themes, specially the first ending theme – I just thought it didn’t match the anime at all, but it grew on me. Same for the second ending theme which was a bit dull and boring, but in the end I got to appreciate its beauty.
It did reach my expectations – it lived up to the name of Gonzo after all. It was a good decision to watch it and I understand why it’s so popular in the Philippines. I can’t say it’s great, specially since the ending under whelmed me (yet again), but it was a good watch for most of the time. read more
Aug 6, 2008
The story revolves around Train Heartnet, a.k.a Black Cat. Chained down as a professional assassin, Black Cat is expected to adhere strictly to the orders of Chronos Organization. Betrayal to the groups ideals is unforgivable and leads only to death. Train lived his life, killing professionally without a second thought until he meets a 'Sweeper', Minatsuki Saya.
Being completely free and independent Saya believes strongly in choice, whether in taking charge of ones own life or choosing to take others'. With this contradiction, Train begins to doubt his methods and slowly yearns to search for more than cold murder.
Black Cat portrays different meanings of justice, honour and life as Train escapes from the clutches of indomitable Chronos and obsessive ex-partner to a "mercenarious" life of a sweeper. read more
Sep 23, 2009
--14 Episodes Watched--
BlackCat or 'kuroneko' in romaji is a great anime with a lot of action and funny moments. Train Heartnet, codename BrakoKato, is a boy around 20 years old, whose family were killed by his after-teacher. When his teacher murdered, he became an assassin whose bullets were faster than his mind. In the short begin of the story, he met a girl called Saya, from who his transformation came to effect. He resigned in assassination and became sweeper on his own will.
BlackCat is anime mostly based on action. There's a lot of cool-posing BlackCat situations, and a lot of fights, evasions, fun and indeed a lot of ... really big individualities: from a little childish and shy Train, to a very obsession Creed ... in midsts there's one head-aired person, journalist with passion and 'ohime-sama' who bare bio-weapon's burden. However ... some parts of characters looks like copied from other animes. For example Eve, bio-girl, looks almost identically like Yami-chan from ToLoveRu anime series. Kyouko looks like Kyoko from ToLoveRu too ... so lame in my opinion but from the other side - those 'copies' are copies of the best chars, so I can forgive this little 'defect'.
Music ... it is the best thing at this anime. I love music during battles, during some funny moments ... and thing about opening and ending ... just love it. When protagonists are fighting there's a lot of good tunes, when they're doing funny thing there's good music for it ... and when there's no music ... that's good moment to be so too.
Summary ... I enjoyed this anime a lot and hope it will continue a little bit more (14 episodes watched). Some moments of this anime are sad, some are happy but always there's not a 'boring time'. This anime is for peoples who like action, some dramatical scenes (mostly there's a one significant), a lot of darkness, insanity and add-ons of some funny scenes ;). I really recommend this anime for all those who think that mystery will work with fun.
Greetings 9/10 from me.
I've just finished watching this anime, and I can say, that it wasn't as good as I thought for the first time when I saw it. I did not change my mind about characters, sounds ... but I lower the grade of story, art and enjoyment as occurs. Why? There's no any logical sense between two close episodes. In the one episode train is doing something and that thing is not continuing in the next episode - you don't know what exactly happened!! About art: so ... further episodes, maybe after 15, have some charges at the background like "colorful lines" - it really annoys. And about enjoyment - heh - I think that I shouldn't tell that when the art and the story sucks sometimes, enjoyment is lower.
So in summary: After all, 'KuroNeko' degraded by me to 7 points of max 10. read more
Jun 14, 2009
The animation is okay, but it gets better during the action scenes. But during a few battle scenes, there aren't backgrounds, it just shows the characters brawling it out.
The music is quite good, it usually fits the mood and all. The opening is pretty awesome if you ask me, it's one of my favorites. The first ending theme is quite funny, and I always find myself thinking "This is pretty funny" and start laughing just a little bit. The second ending took me a little while to get used to, but the scene with all the characters is quite well done, in my opinion.
I find the story quite interesting. I really like both Sven's and Train's side of the story, and it's also enjoyable to find more on their backgrounds. I was surprised that some of the characters did die, I really thought that it would be a fighting series without actual deaths. Of course, the deaths aren't a bad thing. I found the main characters appealing and a great fit for a Shonen anime. The only thing I don't like is that absolutely none of the episodes are the same as the manga, but it gets the basic story through.
Pros- Fine Music, Great Characters, Keeps a similar story
Cons- Differs from the manga, Animation needs improvement read more
Oct 12, 2008
I almost never watched this show because I was told the show sucked....which I guess only goes to show that not matter what people say or how many people say it, it's really up to the individual and that person's preferences. Needless to say my review will probably be taken as a dissenting opinion from the majority who have given this show a medium to low score. Black Cat is not a bad show and it's not really a disappointing show either....only to those who selected this series with the expectation of finding the next Holy Grail of an anime, i.e., Cowboy Bebop or Trigun.
If you decide to pick this series to watch, then judge it on it's own merit and you will enjoy it a lot better. There's a nice mixture of funny and sad moments [expect some characters being killed off], there is some dramatic tension and a decent climax. Again, to me this was not such a horrendous story and I don't see where the big disappointment is. So I guess it would be best to say that this is the type of show you are going to have to watch and then formulate your own opinions about it.
At first I thought “Gee, what sucky animation! ....Especially for something that came from Gonzo!!!!” But then I thought it was unfair to “expect things” and not allow room for change or a different form of expression. So I guess I could say that the animation for this show was pretty standard during the non-combat scenes......and “experimental” during the battle scenes. By experimental I mean, that the movements aren't very stylish, fancy, fluid or even detailed for that matter, objects tend to move at a super fast rate and there's a lot of [over] usage of different blurring effects and overlays. Also during these battle scenes a lot of times you won't have any backgrounds just the characters duking it out with their own brand of super powers thru numerous repeated [non-looped] scenes and multi-angled shots. Nothing else really stands out animation-wise, there aren't any beautiful scenery or exotic locales, this show is pretty much character driven so expect most [if not all] scenes to involve these people with powers in various situations.
I can't remember there being much music in this show. My favourite song has to be the OP, not for any particular reason except for that I like the part where Saya spins at ½ speed in her star-printed yukata, and the sound of the singers voice at that part. The first ED song I don't remember....I just like all the cat-faced people running and jumping around, the second ED song was also very nice, but I didn't think it should have been part of this anime's soundtrack.....also again I did like the little filmstrip flashback with Saya at the very end.
Eventho I read some reviews on a couple of sites, I don't think the story was such a total mess. Yes! I DO think the ending was a little abrupt, it could have used a little cleaning up and with the series overall, a little tightening up here and there could have been done.....but it was still a fairly decent and entertaining story! But really I think just because this series started with that type of dramatic opening scenes with the shady characters jumping around on rooftops and a couple assassinations, people thought “YES! Guns, assassins, gangsters...Gungrave, Bebop, Trigun!!!” and then was put off by the shows apparent goofiness. The thing is the show was always goofy and was intended to be that way from the get-go. Now whether or not the manga was originally as goofy I don't know and honestly part of the reasons I used to not read mangas much was because I knew I would have issues with animes that didn't do a good job with the adaptation and I wouldn't be able to wholly enjoy the show. Black Cat I did enjoy because I watched it without trying to attach it to something else or try to compare it to anything else whether it be the original manga or other anime shows and it was a fun show.
So in other words, this was hardly a compelling drama or nail-bitingly suspenseful series it's just a superficially entertaining show where you'll laugh at the funny parts and be moved by the more touching parts, it's nothing you'll want to write a college thesis about.
You can definitely expect lots and lots of characters! I don't particularly go for shows with an infinite array of characters because it's too easy to lose focus of the actual plot and get all engrossed with “favourite” characters! Besides seeing too many faces and hearing a lot of names, gives me headache. This show does try it's best to keep it all around the five or so central figures, so this isn't as bad....and Sven does try to keep things light and funny which I could appreciate.
Worth it or not?
I liked it, I thought it was a good show and they kept it light and funny, except for a few poignant scenes. I would recommend this show to people...but not without making sure they're going to be really objective about it, otherwise they just be wasting their time to wind up as another disappointed viewer. read more
Aug 21, 2010
Whom I was talking about is Mr.#13/Black Cat/Train Heartnet.
Black Cat is about a former assassin, Train, and a former investigator, Sven. While Train was an assassin, he was known as Black Cat. He used to work for an organization known as Chronos. Chronos controls the world and maintains the peace. It has 13 of its own assassins. Train was the 13th. Train and Sven are now bounty hunters, known as Sweepers. Train bears the number 13, in roman numerals, on his left chest and on his gun. Sven wears an eye patch over his right eye. They make their living going from place to place and catching bounties. Another former member of Chronos, Creed, plots to destroy Chronos. Creed wants to make a new world. Creed creates an organization known as The Messengers of The Stars, and gather other people who have gained unique powers through a special potion. And the ending, good god both the ending in the Anime and Manga were anticlimatic.
***So I read all of the manga and only watched some of the anime, and I must say after reading the full story from the manga everything was medicore. I always wondered how you can make a genuinely good fight scene in a shonen series with guns, and the answer is not very well. Sure in Seinen Anime's guns shoot and kill people, but in Black Cat that never happens. The plot almost never develops it has always been a one track goal main character Train Heartnet is a sweeper and must find Creed to defeat him. Heck even the character development seemed rushed at some points, and man do I hate the scenes when Train goes into immature child mode, theres a right and wrong way to do it, and everything is wrong about him.***
Train Heartnet: Train is the main protagonist aka Himaru Kenshin except he uses a gun, besides that everything and I mean everything about him is an exact clone copy. His old girlfriend dies, so he swears to never use his weapon to kill again. Now Himaru Kenshin was able to pull this off, besides his immaturity scenes, because he had a strict moral code. Train however just seems to be goofing off every second he can get, it's like he almost never takes his enemies seriously if their not Creed. And I also never understand how his enemies never attack him when he is reloading his gun, I mean come on, really.
Saya Minatsuki : is an accomplished sweeper and close friend of Train. Her involvement with him leads to his more human outlook on life and his departure from Chronos. She is killed by Creed, who believes that Train's personality change is a curse due to her. Before dying, she tells Train to "forget about her", which causes him to struggle while deciding to get revenge on Creed or not. Her "spirit" lives on, often guiding Train and his friends and giving them strength. In the final scene of the anime, Train is seen walking past Saya's spirit.
Sven Vollfied : Sven now I knew was a good character from the start, it wasn't just his awesome suit and hat that he always wore, but it was his diligent all round gentleman personality. With Train literally a loose cannon running wild with his antics around town you need a more mature, more sophisticated type of person to keep him in check, and Sven is that man. He almost never had any action scenes because his main role was more of a support partner for Sven which is a good thing. However he has a briefcase gun so I don't care, that automatically beats Train in everything.
Eve : Every story needs a loli side kick if the main character is a young dude, and Eve is that girl, or maybe a better way to put it, biochemical weapon. She is one of those "damn I don't have any emotions and can't act like a girl my age" kind of girls and you get to watch her character development evolve throughout the course of the story, which is more then could be said for Train and Sven. Whats special about her is that she can turn her body into a living weapon, angel wings to fly? sure, molecular knifes to cut through steel? how about full body diamond defense? shes a pretty hax character.
Creed Diskenth : Wow this guy couldnt be anymore like Sephiroth even if he tried, except minus the mama's boy complex. He likes wearing long black overall's, long silver hair, killed Trains girlfriend because he was jealous, and torments Train every waking moment of his life. He is also a closet homesexual because he has an unearthly lust after Train good god. It's like he wakes up every morning thinking "I wonder what Train is doing right now? proberbly just getting out of bed just like me hehe" Seriously this villian has no character developemnt and is flat our boring.
Manga art/Quality :
The manga art/quality was okey I thought, nothing too special and nothing too bad, so it suprised me when the anime had at most, an above average quality of animation. It suprised me that they were doing quite well animating scenes at night time, using alot of random thunder and lightening for effect. The animation had a very crisp yet bold look to it that made the whole image of the show quite sharp. If it had the same animation quality as, oh lets say trigun, it would fail badly, even though their both gun slinging animes. The main reason being Trigun's desert setting matches quite well to the old classic animation style. Black Cat had to go about this in a more modern approach.
*** So I always saw the Black Cat manga up and about and it seemed that quite a few number of people had read and watched it. Seeing as how I thought "heck I should have a go myself" I felt very unsatisfied with the whole story, it all seemed way too predictable. Everything was way too generic, I mean I thought the story would of been a whole lot better if they focused primarily on the Chronos Organisation. But no, they had to focus on Creeds unhealthy obsession on Train and the countdown until the fatal finale. Heck even the endings of both the anime and manga left a very disatisfied feeling in my mouth, it was way to rushed and you just knew "yeah thats pretty much how Train's gonna beat Creed" Been there, done that is all I can say about Black Cat.*** read more
Nov 6, 2008
I would suggest watching it all over the other bounty animes. Like Cowboy Bebop, truelly i dont know why that one is that great. read more
Oct 26, 2007
Story-6/10-The story maintains a freestyle mood, where there are a lot of miniture conflicts that don't seem to have anything to do with each other. The series seem to really like to jump around with plots, which does keep the series "fast paced", but it also makes the storyline seem annoyingly choppy. The series was intended for 50 episodes, but was cut short at 23, which is really odd considering how series are usually 26. There is a noticeable jump in the series where its obvious that there could of dragged on.
Music-8/10-The OP is pretty good, the happyish ED really gives away the fact that the series is always gonna have happy ending. The soundtrack is very similar to Getbackers, and is almost as good.
Animation-6/10-The fight scenes are okay, but sometimes everything seems like the artist was high, for the colors of the scenes would just be so random. The ART is average, with some average to below average animation, those lame freeze frames.
Character-7/10-Its like a lot getbackers with the fact that the "main" characters are two guys who have different special techniques or abilities, that are trying to stop crime, while trying to earn money. The series introduces a lot of characters and just like getbackers they often meet each other. There is character development, but it usually seems to rushed or calculated.
Enjoyment/Value-7/10-This series is pretty cool, but doesn't seem extremely special or great. You can build up a lot of excitement through some arcs, but the excitement just dies right after every arc.
Overall-7/10 read more
Dec 9, 2008
None of this is to say that the anime is not worth watching if you have not read the manga, or even if you have, everyone is different and you might wildly enjoy it. It has a genuine plot that has a clear goal and approaches it with a fairly consistent pace; it is rather all the little details which detract from this anime for me. The manga's art is more enjoyable since it is not poorly animated, its plot is executed more grandiosely, which is the main difference besides art that bothers me, and the manga allows you to imagine how the characters act a little more, and while sometimes an anime exceeds my imagination, as I am not very creative, it did not in this instance.
I think the easiest place to start is the art. If you have watched a lot of Gonzo, then you probably have found that although maybe not always superb, they have had a hand in such creations as Gankutsuou or Last Exile with superb animation that moves very naturally (except in the terrible mech scene), and even in less refined instances like Full Metal Panic! or Gantz is still quite acceptable typically. In this anime it moves very awkwardly and left me rendered uncomfortable the entire anime. It is not the worst art ever, and I am giving it a three not so much for the actual drawing style, which is probably around fairly typical, but for the emphatically terrible way in which movement occurs.
The voice acting is stellar. In regard to music, I usually try to rate it this way: if it does not detract from the anime, then I am not upset (if it detracts I will rate it a 1 or 2 by default). In this case, it is certainly no Cowboy Bebop or anything, but it never terribly detracts, distracts, or annoys.
I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that the plot changes they made were for the amount of time they had allotted to do with the amount of episodes, but I found almost every plot change to be for the worse, which is why I penalized the story so highly. It is much more exciting and constantly 'epic' in the manga. I will not spoil them here, but if you have read and not watched or vice versa, then you will easily notice them. read more
Nov 3, 2011
The story is not that unique but still manageable. You will still enjoy the twist and turns of how the plot was played. But I am totally disappointed on how "fast" the stories were. It's like it was rushed. It could have been better if they would have at least 40 or more episodes just to stretch out the details. It's like I just watched a long movie, not a series.
The art and sounds are good enough.
When it comes to character, since the story, in my opinion, was rushed, they weren't able to give the characters depth on why they were like that.
Everything was compressed in an episode and all willing to do everything after meeting them once. The shifting of black cat's character was not smoothly shifted as well. It's like he turned 180 degrees after just a few conversation.
But still, like what I said earlier, nonetheless, this is still a good anime to enjoy. I would still recommended it, esp to those doesn't like much talks but more on to action. You will not regret watching this. read more
Jun 9, 2011
The story focuses on the life of Train Hartnett, a former assassin of Chronos and the manner in which he transforms from a cold blooded assassin into someone living with a purpose. The story was not bad, just needed a few loose ends clearly up sometimes and some characters needed a bit more depth in them especially some of the supporting characters. Characters were thrown in and out of the story and there was no one with whom one can truly identify with. Also, the quick progression of the story saw characters changing sides from one episode to the next. Nevertheless, it made for some entertaining watching.
The artwork and setting reflected the mood of the anime since most of the action took place at night. This was due in part possibly to the name of the anime so the animation reflected this. The characters were well drawn and Train features did contain cat-like features.
The music was excellent. The opening song was mellow yet spirited and the ending song was cute. The musical numbers in the anime were reflective of the mood at any one particular moment in time and even Saya’s song was melodic and peaceful.
The characters had some unique qualities and the way they were drawn as well as their attire also reflected such. Train’s character went through changes in the anime but there was no other significant development with regard to the other characters in the series.
Even though there were a few inconsistencies in the story at times, I did enjoy the series since the characters, although not anything especially special, were quite entertaining and there were times when it there was some suspense as to what was going to take place next so it was because of this that I found it quite okay.
The anime had potential but it was too rushed. The story, although interesting and engaging at times was not developed to a point where there could be justifications for some of the actions of some characters that took place in the anime itself. Otherwise, this series was pretty okay but you need not watch till the last episode although if you do watch, you’ll understand why it was not necessary.
Jan 2, 2009
edit after finishing it: I still have the same opinion, but I must say, the last few episodes were kinda good, and saved the whole anime. They stop acting like retards, the jokes are funny again. So I try to think of the middle part as an accident. The story had a great potential, but oh well, it was still nice... read more
Jun 6, 2008
Train heartnet is one bad-ass... he always keeps the lock on things, If you know what I mean? well, the anime itself has a pretty good story line... It focuses on change and on making the right choices for yourself... And btw, the story can really break your heart... you want to know why? watch it and find out... :)
Feb 15, 2009
it's all about friendship, comedy, and also it makes me cry in episode 1X......
but overall, i like Black Cat because Train is cool, Cute, and his golden eyes is cute!!
you should watch this anime!! even though in some episodes the artwork is kinda lame, but you still can stick with the manga.....
it's a worth-watching-anime!!
Aug 3, 2010
But you'll soon be disappointed, as inspiration fades and the episodes soon turn into a pour-whatever-comes-into-your-mind-and-make-it-look-as-if-it-were-good.
There is a promise of a good plot, with secret organizations, killers, and supernatural beings. There is also a promise of interesting characters. But all this truly is is an excuse to make quick money by putting together sketches of ideas which aren't really original per se.
They just become silly excuses for vulgar fight scenes, which should appeal to younger audiences in that they blend supernatural techniques and fast action. Then, there is the big rivaliity between two characters which is some sort of poor spinoff from cowboy bebop.
Globally, you're better off not watching this. Do download the OST though! Thrilling. read more
Nov 19, 2008
from the underworld called Chronos.
then he changed...to the better(thats good)
i liked it because i was fun while serious.
but sometimes is was too much of the good,
^^ but one of my fav.
if you like this kind of stories you can try it^.^
Aug 30, 2009
That is a good way to describe this anime. Don't get me wrong. This has all the needed ingredients for a top hit, but the story is severely lacking. At the end of the series, I was badly wishing for the main cast (all 4 of them) to be put in another anime or something. Their backgrounds were all good too, But the glue that binds it all together, the plot, well it's just too average to think about.
If this is your first anime, you'll probably enjoy it.
But, if you're an anime addict (like me), then you probably want to spend your time elsewhere. YAWN! There were some times when I was just watching this series just to put it on my completed list. It isn't as bad as something that deserved to be dropped, but it was a pain just to finish it.
The main 2 characters, Train & Sven, I'd love to put them as my avatars or something, but they deserve to be in another anime. Or at least, another plot. read more
Aug 22, 2012
Angst fueled stylish haired gun waving smart ass, a lifeless lady of massive destruction, assassins, goofy support character, an insane villain and a few happy go lucky ladies.
Despite the line up it doesn't quite come together right. I liked the premise of the story, a man fighting his dark past is something that is released in Japan about as often as a new Rihanna song in the pop industry but hey I find that a unoriginal story is not a death sentence and can be made into something truly unique with character development & plot twists.
Black Cat started out great with action and humor and had Trains fancy gun skills to boot, it felt like it was going to become a great anime. Then episode 8 happens, the anime takes a turn for the worse and feels like I am watching all filler which I was quite curious about due to Black Cat only having one season. Once the anime finally stops showing the viewer how to capture Reptar and helping the next Hercule out of the mess he had created, it picks up from where it left of and tries to make up for lost time which it does quite well despite the last arc being incredibly rushed.
The art work for Train in the first few episodes were beautiful, I don't blame Creed for wanting to see the killer look it was quite captivating. The fight scenes were done well not the best I have seen but nothing really to complain about. The backgrounds buildings were done well and set the tone of the anime without drawing away from the characters.
Soundtrack for Black Cat, I loved the opening song but the rest of the soundtrack... I didn't really notice it, I guess that can be classed as a good thing it wasn't so bad to mute or be distracting but when it comes to creating suspense and enhancing action scenes it's not really doing it's job.
Ugh. This is where my problem with the anime lies Train Heartnet's character development, when I got to episode 8 I had to pause the anime to check I hadn't missed any episodes I looked on Wikipedia I apparently was on the correct one and six months had passed. From assassin to goon in an opening sequence and becoming surprisingly chatty whoever his therapist was they should set up a shop in Apostles of the Stars and all the problems would be solved. For those saying "well six months have passed" I hardly believe that a lifetime of murder and Cloud Strife syndrome is overcome in that short amount of time. I would of felt better about the transformation if it was gradual and was included in the anime.
I enjoyed the series up until episode 8 and the anime became preoccupied with looking at the scenery. Though it did rescue itself from good ol' filler pie and continue on with the story and I found the end product satisfying.
Overall I would say it's probably unworthy of the 7 I have given it. Don't get me wrong the anime had some great ideas it just fell at the last hurdle, Black Cat was held up by it's supporting characters, interesting story and great art style.The anime feels like an advert for the manga "here is a poorly executed anime, would you like to buy our manga?" No, no I don't. An anime should be able to stand on it's own and not be held up by it's better manga counterpart. With only 24 episodes to work with it spent too much time on dillydallying and parts became rushed and parts seemed unnecessary. If you are looking for comedy with action then this is for you, if you are looking for a dark story with character developments then you're in the wrong place. read more