English: A Dark Rabbit has Seven Lives
Synonyms: Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi, Itsuten, Itsu-ten
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2011 to Sep 24, 2011
25 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 6.921 (scored by 22873 users)
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SynopsisTaito has been really sleepy lately, and keeps dreaming of a female vampire who says she has given him her "poison." Sometimes he even thinks he hears her voice when he's awake. But after surviving an accident that should have killed him, Taito's world changes drastically and he realizes that his dreams are more real than he thought.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi
Side story: Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi OVA
Other: Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi Picture Drama, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi Special
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"I will become stronger..."
This was one of those animes that I just found while browsing My Anime List and stumbled upon the recommendation section. I ended up watching the first episode as soon as I found it, despite some of the slightly low-rated reviews I read about it. Now, the thing that stood out the most about this series wasn't the story, the characters, or even the fight scenes. No, it was how fricking colorful this anime was. Seriously, despite the amount of anime I've seen in the past, I have never seen such colorful hair on characters, like, ever. Without further ado, let's get this review started, shall we?
To start off, let's get into the story. Upon first glance, this anime is supposedly about a vampire and a human, who met each other years ago. She fell in love with him, and granted him a power which allowed him to have 7 lives every 15 minutes. It sounded interesting, but then stuff happened and the main girl got kidnapped and trapped in another dimension for years and years, while the human boy's memory was erased. Later on, once he enters High School, he somehow gains his memory back after being hit by a semi truck and healing his scattered limbs. He remembers the vampire girl, and he finds her once again. Then more stuff happens, and the story just gets more confusing as it goes on. To be honest, I still don't know what the main plot of this was supposed to be. All I know is that it felt kind of similar to pretty much every romance/echii/action anime out there. To sum it up, the story will not completely hook you onto the show.
As I said before, the thing that caught my eye when first watching this was all of the colors. People's hair were multicolored, the sky was a completely abnormal color (never seen a sky turn bright purple and pink before), it was like I walked into a double rainbow and it suddenly started raining skittles everywhere. It was very strange, but it was decent quality. Most animes these days usually have pretty good art styles, so I was content.
Not much to say about the voice acting. They played their roles well, and that's pretty much it. Sound effects were good, I liked the Opening and Ending songs. That's about it for anything sound related...
I think out of all the characters in the show, the one that got on my nerves the most was Haruka. For those of you who have seen this, you will either be all like, "Oh yeah, I totally agree with you" or, "What?! What about Mirai! She was way more annoying!". To be honest, I liked Mirai a lot. She had loli written all over her, and I liked her energy and enthusiasm. But the thing I didn't like about Haruka was the fact that she couldn't let something go, even if it killed her. Obviously the 2 main protagonists are into eachother, but since she's into the main guy, she tries to steal him from Himea every chance she gets, and it got annoying. What's worse is that her entire class supported her. Other then that, I liked the main protagonist, Taito, he was pretty cool when he wanted to be. Gekkou was kind of a jerk at times, but he brought some pretty good comedy in the last episode, plus he knows how to handle weapons pretty well. Himea was probably my second favorite character out of the entire cast. With her love and compassion towards Taito, you can't help but root for her whenever you can.
Now, the main question, did I enjoy watching this? The answer: meh... to be honest, the only reason I continued watching this was because I wanted to just get it finished so I could move on to more anime. I can't not finish an anime once I'm halfway through it, so overall, it was so-so. I wouldn't recommend this to everyone. I know everyone has mixed opinions about it and that we all can't agree on everything, but if you were to put this on your list, this might be kind of a last option once you get all the other important anime out of your way. read more
Open endings, don't you just hate them? It's okay when a sequel is made but nothing of the sort is even planned. This is something Zexecs keeps doing, examples of this are Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu, Chrome Shelled Regios and of course this series, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi. However this series lacks a lot of things that the two other series listed above have. It doesn't leave you wanting for more like the other two.
The story is a mess. For a series that is only twelve episodes long, it jumps from place to place a lot. Although the events do have some sort of connections to each other, they seem to come out of nowhere. Even though there are a lot of things happen, the plot hardly goes anywhere. Almost everything that happens is not interesting or memorable. The ending does set itself up for a sequel but here’s the problem, when has Zexecs ever created a sequel to anything? The answer to that question is never, and it’s not just this anime produced by Zexecs that has an ending like this. They have produced a number of anime that don’t have a conclusive ending. However despite having a lot of negatives, the series does have some positives to it. The plot does have some uniqueness to it and it is not as predictable as one may think. The creativeness was there and if the series had been executed better who knows, the plot may have been interesting.
Any series that can develop characters well in 12 or 13 episodes deserves applause because that isn’t a lot of time to really give any character any deep development. Like many other series of that length, it falls short in the character department. The main male protagonist isn’t very bright, he just dives head first into any given situation without thinking anything out. He is nearly immortal but nearly dies on numerous occasions because of his own recklessness but without his reckless nature nothing interesting would happen so it’s understandable to why they made the character this way. He also doesn’t develop much through-out the series, he remains almost unchanged from the beginning to the end of the series. At least he isn’t oblivious or spineless. He does realize the love triangle that he is in even though it is blatantly obvious. The female characters don’t develop much either and they can also get pretty annoying with how clingy they are. They have no depth to their character. The side characters aren’t that much better either, none of the characters really stand out and aren’t memorable at all but since the series was only 12 episodes long, we can’t really expect much.
The art is colorful is say the least. Every character has a different hair color and some have more than one hair color but it looks like they got lazy with the character designs, they look very basic, nothing popping out and two of them even look the same. The animation is pretty average, not bad but not outstanding either, it looks like something you would expect from any other anime.
The sound is pretty average too. Nothing special, the opening is fast which gets you pumped and the ending is very sweet. Both are catchy but nothing special.
The genre of the anime gives the creators a lot of flexibility and because of that, there is a certain degree of expectation. It can be entertaining but at the end of the day the series just falls flat on its face.
Overall the series is very unique but it is lacking in many areas and negatives really overshadow the positives.
Both of these anime contain slap stick panty humor, not to mention the animation has an experimental side to them and they also happen to have a simular feel.
Young guy and unhinged loli 'magic girl'.
Death isn't a problem in either series, as both leading males are immortal, therefore, this series is grizzily for the sake of it.
'Zombie is a comedy with a somewhat serious tone, whilst Itsuka' seems entirly serious.
Both involve immortal protagonists & are great shows.
Both feature immortal main protagonists and vampires
Both are light hearted at first, but become more dark as the series progresses.
Plus, both main guys are immortal, except Taito can only die so many times.
In both the main character dies in the first episode by being run over by a truck, and the rest of the series deals with the ramifications of that on the rest of the characters.
Both have girls with dark magic that gave a boy immortality.
The protagonist of these stories can be 'taken apart' as much as they desire o3o
Both series contain the supernatural with the main protagonist being the center of it all. The main character are also considered "immortal" after a certain incident. Of course, that brings in the romance between him and the main character.
Both series also contain a lot of comedy, fan-service, drama, and action. While Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is humor, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi is a bit more serious. Still though, both series are titles that may spark your interest if you're interested in some fun entertainment.
The male lead is given immortality by a kind and introverted female lead.
They are both a supernatural anime with super powerful female lead characters. The leading male characters both happen to stumble upon the female leads and the girls both happen to save their lives. Later on something happens to both the female leads and the male leads along with their friends try to rescue them.
The characters have similar personalities, the story line is chaotic and the art style very similar, not to mention they blend well. The series also have supernatural elements and the characters have some of the same powers.
These two anime really have the same feel about them.
The protagonist of these stories try their best to be hero and protects those who are improtant to him.
Both have a lead protagonist that wants to become strong for the one he loves. In both of them the lead never does.
It has the same cliche childhood friend concept.
Both have a seemingly large group of protagonists.
1) both have a girl that turns into yandere
2) both have a love triangle
3) characters have similar personalities
4) both have a guy who can't really do anything
5) both have a different world where they fight ridiculously looking monsters
Opening Theme"Once" by Hitomi Harada
Ending Theme#1: "Utsusemi (空蝉)" by Shikata Akiko (eps 1-2, 4, 7, 12)
#2: "Sparkling Kiss" by Iori Nomizu (eps 3, 8)
#3: "Strawberry eyes" by Yamazo (eps 5, 6, 10)
#4: "Secret Tears" by Mina (ep 9)
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