English: Betrayal Knows My Name
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 2010 to Sep 20, 2010
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisSakurai Yuki is an orphan with a mysterious ability. Found near the fence of his current home, the Asahi Orphanage, Yuki strives for independence. The last thing he wants is to be a burden on anybody. His ability makes this nearly impossible, however; whenever he touches someone, he feel their emotions and see the darkness within their hearts and exactly what caused such darkness. Unable to control his ability, Yuki has often made insensitive blunders while trying to empathize with the person he feels pain for. Now, however, with death threats clouding his judgement and his ability increasing immensely, what will happen when a man claiming to be Yuki's older brother appears?
Related AnimeAdaptation: Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru
Characters & Voice Actors
This is a bishounen anime. It's a showcase of gorgeous guys. It has very pretty animation--lots of the outdoor scenes have a rich, glowing atmosphere, characters live in ornamented rooms, and everyone has detailed hair and eyes that glow like gems. But the eye-candy factor is really the only positive thing about this anime. It's the only reason I didn't give it a lower rating, which it honestly deserves.
I don't mean to offend, but probably the only viewers that would actually enjoy this show are angsty teen girls who need some affirmation. Because the side characters spend most of their time worrying about, discussing, or affirming our main character (who comes across as a sensitive weakling who doesn't actually do anything).
I gave this series a low rating because there is practically no story. It's almost as if the script began as 4-episode OVA, but then someone decided to stretch it into a full-season series. For an incredible 24 episodes, practically nothing happens, and by the end of the series, we've barely learned anything about the characters. Even about Yuki, who's supposedly our hero.
The setup seemed promising. We meet our main character, Yuki. He apparently has some supernatural skill, including healing. More interesting is his ability to look into people's minds by touching them.
Yuki was raised at an orphanage. A guy claiming to be his long-lost brother takes him out, tells Yuki that he is a re-incarnated fighter, and now must live with other re-incarnated fighters. For centuries, the souls of these warriors have been fighting demons in each generation. Each character has a unique fighting skill. And most of these warriors are high school kids (and, of course, totally hot-looking).
The first few episodes were interesting, but after that, it seemed the series devolved into....Yuki-worship.
Yuki is the only one of the team who has no memories of his past. For some inexplicable reason, all the other warriors adore him. It's like their whole world revolves around him. When Yuki is sad, everyone sits around in the living room, doing nothing. When he is away from the house, they stand around in the dining room, doing nothing. And the whole time, they randomly call out his name: "Yuki," or ask, "I wonder how Yuki is doing now?" "I wonder how he's feeling?" "I feel so sorry for Yuki." It made me want to say, "SHUT UP AND DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE!!! DON'T YOU GUYS HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO?" For warriors, they spend a lot of time worrying about their comrade's...angst. I almost forgot this story was supposed to be about a big battle of good vs. evil.
It's stuff like that which eats up most of the time in each show. Again, and again, characters stand around, randomly saying each other's names. It's like the creators were scraping around trying to stuff in every possible bit of filler they could. I wonder if the actors felt ashamed, having to say such inane lines over and over again.
The things which I actually wanted to know more about was never discussed. For instance, Yuki and Luka's backstory is barely discussed, even though it's supposedly important. Yuki is said to be important to the team, but he barely uses any of his skills. (After the first 2 or 3 episodes, he barely use his super abilities any more.) There are a few meaningful conversations, and an occasional battle (which are decently done).
But for the most part, any chance to put in real or meaningful content was scrapped in favor of filler that communicated...nothing.
I think I've beat this series enough, so I won't say much more (except that a lot of the costumes and weapons were downright cheesy). Unless you're a major bishounen fan, you probably won't enjoy this series much. The last episode wasn't much of an ending. Nothing was really resolved. It was like, "Was that it? Did I miss something?"
(P.S. Despite the tag, it's not truly a shounen-ai) read more
The Zweilt Guardians are a bunch of hot males, plus one female, who have supernatural powers. Their purpose is to defeat these powerful, sexy demons called Duras who wish to destroy mankind. The innocent and oblivious main protagonist, Yuki, is approached by the Zweilts because he is their light and hope in this never-ending battle. Granted, this is just your basic good vs. evil story with pretty boys on the screen, but this by all means ISN'T a bad anime.
STORY & CHARACTERS
Uraboku gets off to a serious start, delving into heavy subject matter such as: orphans, troubled pasts, parental abuse, death threats, and world destruction. What an impressive way to begin things. It makes you wonder why everything is so dark and sinister around the most innocent person in the world, Yuki.
Yuki is a soft-spoken and mature boy who helps to take care of children in an orphanage that he had grown up in, and he often hangs out with his childhood friend. The peaceful days don’t last forever though as the Duras begin to stir activities nearby while his friend engages in more odd, secretive behavior. Furthermore, Yuki has these powers that suddenly awaken and cause problems. After a series of odd events, he meets a mysterious, sexy beast named Luka who claims to be his protector, followed by members of the Zweilt, and the head of the Giou Clan who tells Yuki that he is his half-brother and would like to take him away. So they end up taking him to the Twilight Mansion, and he comes to learn all about the Zweilt Guardians and their shared destiny.
Luka is a powerful duras fighting on the protagonist’s side, and it’s obvious that he is very attracted to Yuki and vice versa. Most of the time, he is standing around quietly with a deadpan expression and wearing ridiculous outfits. While he doesn’t seem to be that great initially, he gradually gets more involved with the other characters. In addition to that, he has an ancient love story that he is hiding from Yuki, and it eventually becomes a concern and interest to him.
The Zweilt Guardians are strong, courageous fighters who have a detailed history behind their group. Most of them look to be Yuki’s age, and they each have a close partner that they fight with. In fact, they’re almost always seen in pairs and act like a big family. Their characterizations are very well done, for they have distinct personalities, fully developed backgrounds, and a strong fighting morale. Seriously, they rarely ever hesitate in battle and emphasize on working as a team. Their close relationships give off a certain charm as they grow into very likeable characters. However, their main drawback is that they can be too sentimental and melodramatic at times, and they constantly worry about Yuki every darn minute. Let the poor feminine boy breathe!
The Duras are the big weakness of the show. None of them can be taken that seriously except for one that appears in a very late episode. The main bad guy turns out to be a horrible cliché (I’m sure you can guess who it is), and his henchmen consist of a pair of evil twins, a giggly girl who collects hot guys, a sexy woman who wants Luka, etc. Some of them easily get obliterated, but the higher-grade demons do receive a bit more characterization.
There are a few side characters who also reside in the Twilight Mansion, such as the doctor, the maid, etc. They are annoying, clichéd, and their comedy doesn't even beat Luka's bizarre outfits. But don’t worry; they don’t actually get a lot of screen time. I nearly dropped this series when they were introduced too.
This anime is classified as shounen-ai, meaning boy-love. But if you’re coming into this expecting something along the lines of Gravitation or Junjou Romantica, you will be disappointed. You will never see any obvious indication of shounen-ai, like 'kissing' for example. Some of the male characters are rather close, but they could also just pass off as best friends. They're left up to your interpretation. Personally, I am not a big shounen-ai fan, so I appreciate how the gay tones are handled in this.
Epic, just epic! This is undoubtedly the best OST that I have heard all year. The music is done by Shōgo Kaida whom I have not quite heard of before. During major battles, the tunes are orchestral, enchanting, and dark, such as “Zweilt Imashime no Te” and “Me wa Yaiba Kami wa Yoru.” Another great track that has a soothing, ghostly choir in the background is called “Bloody†Cross”. During slow scenes, the music is usually airy, melodic, and sweet such as “Kaeranu Hibi Shiroki Ashita.” You can easily find these on YT for streaming.
There are two OP songs, “Till the World without Betrayals” and “Inishie” by Rayflower. They’re decent Jrock at best, but they’re not my favorite, and I probably won’t listen to them again after the series ends.
Uraboku has a lot of things going for itself, such as a likeable, well-developed cast of visually-appealing characters, colorful action, dark undertones, and an epic OST. Plus, the shounen-ai tones are very subtle much to my pleasure. However, the plot really does lack originality, and the villains are clichéd and can’t be taken seriously. read more
Very similar art. both have a supernatural plot. In both there are many hot badass guys.
The art and details are very similar, even the plot is a bit similar. Shojo.
Drawing characters are very similar .. And they have some same voice actor in both of them
In his beautiful animation, many bishonens, in his style, in his kind of argument, drama, suspense, supernatural, romance.. same feelings.
they give off the same feeling and there full of bishies
They have characters that are alike.
Tsukumo and Zero are much alike,
Luka and Kaname are alike,
Yuki does have some things from Aidou,
Tsukumo and Aidou do have the same voice actor.
The anime Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru made me think alot of Vampire Knight.
In lots of ways. Just dose't exzacly have vampires. but if you liked/loved VK, then you will probly like this anime :)
Well...Actually Uraboku is actually a shoujo-genred. And besides it's all about to protect. In Vampire knight it's also about to protect what's precious to a person.
Psst: You will find a lot of siliar character in these two anime. And the art is quite similar too.
Vampire Knight and Uraboku shares similar story elements and themes: characters who possess supernatural abilities, tragic and dark pasts, and of course drama; however, unlike Uraboku, Vampire Knight heavily focuses on the element of romance and uses it to drive the story forward.
Pretty art/pretty boys
Fights that involve spells
Only one girl plays a more or less central role
Lonely central character with someone willing to sacrifice himself for him
Way sentimental and dramatic
Both have a tendency with Boys Love,
Characters design are really beautiful,
Story are both fantasy, with combats,
Protagonist, and some others characters are such tortured.
So Both are psychological and anxious.
If you like one, you may like the other !
They are very similar. They both have bishie characters, shounen-ai, fantasy, drama and romance.
First is that they both are supernatural animes, involves around a Servant/Master relationship binded by a contract and they fight against other people as well.
As a bonus, there is one character that has cat ears and cat tails XDb
it is also shounen ai and the characters are so alike
Opening Theme#1: "Uragiri no Nai Sekai Made (裏切りのない世界まで)" by Rayflower (eps 1-14)
#2: "Inishie (イニシエ)" by Rayflower (eps 15-24)
Ending Theme#1: "Aoi Ito (蒼い糸)" by Rayflower (eps 1-14)
#2: "Kizuna (絆)" by Rayflower (eps 15-24)
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