24 of 24 episodes seen
Overall, it wasn't a terrible effort; but it was a poor adaptation, and it does not deserve half the praise it gets. read more
6 of 6 episodes seen
The plot of the first movie (or the first three episodes, depending on which format you're watching) is left 100% in the dark. Bear with it. Enjoy the beautiful animation, the variety of characters, the amazing fight scenes. The second movie explains everything the first one failed to, giving you much-needed background information on top of even more amazing action. Because of this huge disparity in the pacing, it's the kind of anime that gets better and better the more you re-watch it.
Even if you manage to somehow disassociate yourself from the story and the characters, this is worth watching for the animation alone. Go for it. read more
6 of ? chapters read
The writing is laughable. This guy is like Dan Brown... in third grade. Words like "vermilion" and "phosphorescent" abound.
The story itself is not that bad. It's very cliche, but that's part of the appeal. With its thoroughly developed world, frequent homages to earlier vampiric lore, and an unwaveringly stoic hero, it has a very cult feel despite the lack of quality. Basically, the foundation of the story is fantastic. What is subsequently done with that foundation is anything but.
Would I recommend reading these books? Maybe. The language is excruciating. It's not the kind of bad that flows because of its simplicity; it's laden with details of the worst kind (vehicles, weapons, and generally all machinery are described with useless precision), with purple prose, tangents, and poor translation. For this alone, waiting for an adaptation might be a better idea (so far there are two movies and the manga is in progress). But if you are interested in the inner workings of D's world, it is very much essential. read more
74 of 74 episodes seen
STORY: Original, thought-provoking without huge philosophical pretensions, complex without being misleading, excellently executed. The morality of everything that occurs is left to the viewer's discretion. It is extremely tight and well-wrought, with not a single plot hole that I can think of. And, more importantly, everything makes sense. I must also commend the ending - a lot of anime ends on an ambiguous, too-open-ended (sequel cash cow), ultimately disappointing note. Monster ties up its loose ends, and you are given a proper sense of closure.
CHARACTERS: The characterization in this anime is fantastic. There is an extensive cast, so it is only natural that some characters are going to be more developed than others, but not one person feels one-dimensional, no matter how small the role.
I've read some reviews that describe the protagonist as too good to be true, but all his actions are consistent with his personality. Moreover, his tendency to do good even at his own expense is not romanticized by any means. In any case, he makes for one of the best, most interesting, and most well-rounded leads I have seen - not just in anime, but in any medium.
ART: 10000/10. Detailed, realistic, proportional, no chibi whatsoever. People *gasp* look very different from one another. The characters are wonderfully expressive, the scenery is NEVER a group of hazy, lazy lines, and it all wraps up into something very aesthetically pleasing.
LENGTH/PACING: 74 episodes might seem intimidating, especially if you have a busy schedule, but it's actually very easy to squeeze into a week or so. The pace changes often, but it is done reasonably and seamlessly so that there is no disjointedness felt.
FANSERVICE: Discounting Tenma's propensity to communicate in sighs and grunts, which can be very sexy in its own way, there is no gratuity here. Even the violence is minimized, leaving the more gruesome scenes to the imagination.
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: Doctors Without Borders. The mangaka must be a saint. read more