English: Witch Hunter Robin
Japanese: ウィッチハンター ロビン
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2002 to Dec 24, 2002
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.411 (scored by 23919 users)
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action drama mystery supernatural
SynopsisWitches are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. (not the typical hogwart and newt potions). Robin, a 15-year-old craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J's witch hunters who was recently killed. Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place.
Characters & Voice Actors
Witch Hunter Robin (WHR) is a dark, mysterious Anime centering around Robin Sena, a witch. Though technically, Robin is no witch, but actually a "craft" user. I won't go into details, but craft users hunt the witch users. Sound interesting? It is.
The story behind this show really draws you forward throughout each episode. It's not a boss of the week show, and it's not a mindless action flick. You'll follow Robin as she finds out more and more secrets about the witch hunting organization she works for. The trials she goes through in order to achieve these hidden secrets are quite entertaining.
The animation is nothing amazing, but far from mediocre. Most of the series is shot in a dark environment, so be prepared to possibly turn up your screen/video gamma or you might miss a thing or two.
By far the biggest plus for WHR is its music score. Absolutely superb opening song "Shell". All the other background music throughout the show fits in wonderfully too. I could not have asked for a more perfect soundtrack.
The relationship that grows between Robin and her work colleagues is well drawn out. Robin's motives and actions are appropriate for her personality, and we see her change throughout the show as different things are presented before her.
All in all, I really enjoyed this series. There's even some romance development, which is just enough to keep you hoping for something more. Gotta please us Robin fans. :) read more
I'll admit it right now. I struggled to finish this anime. The characters I enjoyed, but didn't love. The plot (what plot?) was non-existent until the 15th episode, the setting and general storyline got boring, and after a while I just didn't care any more.
Now, although I did not like it, I would not call it a bad anime. It does have a level of drive that you don't really notice until you realize, "wow, I finished this after all?" It does not have much substance, but the little it does have it works with well and makes sure to tie up all the loose ends. WHR is well-structured.
Character-wise, as mentioned before, I liked them but didn't love them. It goes back to the setting. They do the same thing while you slowly learn more about them, and though the base concept is definitely interesting in its own way, it was not enough to keep me enthralled.
For people who are looking for something action-filled, and creepy and gory, look elsewhere I say. While it does have quite a bit of action, and a few creepy scenes here and there, gore is completely absent (which, in my opinion, is not a bad thing). WHR takes itself seriously in its level of what's needed is there, and what would be excess stays absent. Deaths are also very subtle, not dumbed down in the "his throat was slit why is there no blood?" sense, but just hinted at enough to get what happened.
WHR's small substance of a story worked for and against it. To some it might be for, whereas you can immerse and follow easier if you love the characters. But for others, such as myself, it lacked the quirks that make a story worth following. It was all story without plot and without the character of fiction. read more
Let's just say Darker Than Black is much grittier and darker, and there are nothing assumed. It's also more intelligent and you can't find any over used cliche at all. If Witch Hunter Robin was an excellent show for you, then Darker than Black will be a superior show for you.
Both shows focus on the slow unravaling of a mystery and conspracy through police work and investigation, with small bits of action in between. Both have a case of interesting characters, great music, and high production values.
People with mysterious supernatural abilities join secret organizations designed to watch/control other people with similar abilities
Similar premise to both shows, superpowered people in a quasi-future society, both centered around a character with above average powers that seem conflicted. Both have elements of mystery, Darker than BLACK just feels a little more hardcore.
Witches and contractors seems like similar, ^^
They are both similar in that they have a dark and ominous overtone throughout each anime, giving them a sense of realism and making the characters seem as thought they could live in a darker more fantastic world much like our own. Also both anime are based around characters that deal with supernatural powers or they themselves have supernatural powers.
Very similar premise; Contractors are very similar to Witches.
Both anime are about peaple with supernatural powers and about organizations trying to control/eliminate such peaple. They also have somwhat more subtle character development than usual "from powerless idiot to superhero" seen so often in more common anime.
Very similar themes and both protagonists face the same kind of conflict about what they are. Shadow organizations, a slow start, a quite a few stand-alone episodes make them even more similar.
very similar in theme. Super-powered individuals working for agencies/organizations.
Both revolve around a small group of people with certain abilities and follow a "case of the week" sort of pace until the end where they both break into their main story arcs dealing with the mysterious pasts of the protagonists.
Witch Hunter Robin and Darker Than Black both focus on organizations that deal with those who have supernatural powers, one being witches and the other "Contractors." The episodes run in a similar "monster of the week" fashion while developing the characters and story into something bigger and better later on. If you are a fan of either show, I would highly recommend the other.
-Individuals with powers hiding from society's sight.
-An organisation using these individuals to fight each other while carrying out their secret plan.
-Slow pace and lack of excitement at first.
Both are about people with special abilities. Dark atmosphere! Keeps you on the edge of your seat. A lot of plot twists! Not to scary, but not a children's show. I really enjoyed both of these that I am alway rewatching them and seeing things I missed the first time around!
Very similar art style, and dark atmosphere. Deep psychological and a tad distopic with action. Also have the same director.
The general atmosphere in these animes are very similar. There are minimal cute/funny elements, the general color of the series is black. However, the complex plot with sudden twists and climax makes these series beautiful works of art.
They are both by the same director. They have a slow pace, but everything comes together in the end. They each have some action but that's not the main focus. Character development plays a large role.
Both have similar dark tones in their story lines, as well as a very deep psychological aspect. As well as a similar style in art and experiences with the "supernatural". It also helps that both anime have the same director ;)
Both series have the same director, simlur animation style, similar character designs, the plots are a little alike, and they are both pretty dark. They both also share the same "atmosphere" and "feeling". Also R-el reminds me of Robin (and they both even have weird hair styles that are alike), and the "vilians" in both series are very much alike, and in both series your really not sure if the bad guys are all that "bad". Also both series will have you asking "What the HELL is going on" multiple times. Oh and both series have disapointing endings."WHR" has one of the worst endings I've ever seen, and "Ergo Proxy" seems to have more to say, but doesn't. I think "Witch Hunter Robin" is slightly marked by poor writing too. However Dai Sato makes sure that "Ergo Proxy" does not fall into the same trap "Witch Hunter Robin" did.
Both series are great anime, for those who don't need riveting action every single minute, but would instead like some smart, interesting, and suspenseful shows. They are both evenly paced (although Ergo Proxy does get a little too slow at some points) mature, and have a great mystery, and up until the end in both shows your never quite sure what's what, and what's going on.
Incredibly similar character design (and animation, since they have the same director, Shukou Murase), slow pacing, dark atmosphere, and serious mood.
Both anime are mature, supernatural, and psychological; both are dominated by black and consequently almost colorless; both have basically no comedy and light-hearted moments at all.
Both also have a very disappointing ending.
Both are dark with mysterious young women as the main role or story
Both series' plots feel very similar, in terms of both the overall tone as well as the fact that they both deal with supernatural elements. The art style and all of the main characters from both shows also seem very similar.
Opening Theme"Shell" by Bana
Ending Theme#1: "Half Pain" by Bana (eps 01-14,16-25)
#2: "Shell (instrumental)" by Bana (eps 15,26)
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