The story centers around a timid orphan named Mizumura Shinta who goes to a missionary school in Tokyo. His seemingly normal life changes when a beautiful half-human Romanian girl named Lilith suddenly transfers into his school. Mizumura discovers that he is actually a vampire hunter and the successor of the Romuald lineage.
"This cursed fate of mine, is a stigma that can't be erased."
At first, I wasn't 100% sure keen on whether to check out this short OVA or not. After all, it is tagged ecchi on MAL and based off a manga. Of course, OVA adapted from manga can sometimes be a flop and goes straight to hell. Some examples (whether you agree or not) includes Hiyoki, Honey x Honey, and Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu. These popular manga that have the potential of becoming a hit series instead became disappointing OVAs that were not appealing. But is this the case for Holy Knight? Hmm, let's put out our heads together and find out.
Holy Knight is a short OVA series consisting of only 2 episodes. Yes, with less than an hour of animation footage, don't expect a strong storyline. Given the fact that Maya Miyazaki is the story writer and artist of the series, you can expect some ecchi, romance, and drama. If you can't take any of these, then STOP. This short OVA will probably be a waste of time for you.
As for a typical vampire style series, Holy Knight depicts some religious themes such as the cross that the main heroine Lilith (or perhaps anti-hero) wears. In the opening scene, we see a dark background of her childhood and what she's been through. It is dark, it is dramatic, and it sets forth that eerie atmosphere in which viewers may or may not find appealing. We also learn that she is the sole survivor of her clan later on and that the ritual is a proof of Lilith's embodiment.
Then of course, there is the protagonist, the lucky or maybe not so lucky Shinta Mizumura. He is the son of the head-priest of a certain shrine in Kyushu where he is attending classes at Saint Ritsumei Academy with his childhood friend. It all seems normal until that is Lilith enters the picture. From there, the lust and jealousy begin and all sorts of strange phenomenon happens. He later learns about the truth of his legacy and the cursed of, a stigma that cannot be erased.
As for the story, it is quite short. I mean, there's only 2 episodes and like I said before, less than an hour of animation footage. Luckily though, the animation is performed well as with most recent series although not extravagant or too artistic. Yet, it does bring out the eerie atmosphere and gothic style. There are also comedic scenes that depicts some of the lighter mood of the story mixed in with some romantic art.
The music and sound of this OVA is quite interesting. The OP song Maaya Uchida performs bears the same name as this OVA but more importantly depicts the lyrics of the story. "This cursed fate of mine, is a stigma that can't be erased" is heard near the end of the song because it is a curse that both protagonists must endure, a curse passed down throughout generations. Also noticeable, is the ED song of the series "Nobodyknows" by 16th Labo. To be honest, it is epic. I actually listened to it several times and is quite catchy.
Overall, my enjoyment of the series is just so-so. With only 2 episodes based off a manga, it's quite rushed. Not only that but the ending is a bit ambiguous. It is understandable that an OVA is not supposed to cover the entire story but it just seems to not to fit together overall. But yet, there is some holy hope in this series. The art, music, and characters style are appealing and those comedic scenes does occasionally spawn a few laughter. And of course being tagged as an "ecchi" series, expect fan service. Ultimately though, this OVA has potential. But this time around, it just seems so-so.
Maybe someday, fate will be tied together again and this OVA will become an official series we can all hope and enjoy. read more
I decided to give this series a shot because a few voice actors whose work I enjoy were involved. For the record; I haven't read the manga, or seen the original sub, nor am I a fan of ecchi. That said, I couldn't imagine recommending this series to anyone who is.
The story of Holy Knight is standard fare. An emotionally distant and duty-driven girl is compelled to sleep with an awkward, nervous boy, himself given a task he's not yet aware of. Said boy is best friends with a jealous, possessive girl, who is overflowing with one-sided affection for the boy. All of the (of age) girls have massive tits. If you're expecting any twists, you might find one, but it's revealed so late in the game that it can only be hinted at. The whole OVA is about as eventful as a standard series pilot.
The writing – especially in the first episode – is riddled with poorly woven expository dialogue and lines that are just plain bad. "Oh not again, I can't believe my alarm didn't go off again!", followed by "geez Shin, you're late again!" "If you keep ignoring me - I mean, your studies, then one day I'll become a famous novelist and forget all about you, Shin, so there!" "You are one of the best students in my ancient folklore class, Chizuru." One character's incessant usage of acronyms is one of the most annoying habits I've seen dealt to an anime character, as a matter of fact it might top the list. At every moment, you are aware that these are characters, and that you are watching a show. The writers have seen to this.
Whenever I hear a diehard anime purist decry dubs as universally insulting to the hearing, I tune them out. I can't recall hearing a Funimation or Viz dub that wasn't at least solid, if not stellar. I hadn't heard a dub that seemed to justify such vitriol in my life, until I watched Holy Knight. Collins' performance as Lilith is the sole professional-quality lead work on display. Anthony Sardinha, Corinne Sudberg, and to a lesser extent, Michele Knotz, do well in the bit roles they're given, but their contributions are minimal. Talbott, Zekas, Pollack, and Nugent are especially inept. The ratio of wildly forced, un-inspired utterances to believably delivered lines is probably in the ballpark of 8:1, if I'm being generous. I was cringing for about an hour straight. I legitimately can't remember a dub that was this consistently horrid.
The score of Holy Knight does it's job in much the same manner as the art. It never felt the least bit out of place, but just minutes after finishing the series I couldn't remember a single note. Honestly, that's fine with me, but if you appreciate epic scores you won't find one here. The sound design is spotty, sometimes satisfactory, sometimes distractingly bad. At one point a burning torch is dropped, producing a sound like that of a tin can being dropped on a tile floor. It's a flaw, but in the grand scheme of things, it's far from the most glaring.
I went into this series without expectations, honestly hoping for the best. Needless to say, that's not what I found. Holy Knight is a kind of bad I'm not used to. It's an uncomfortable bad, not just because of the contrived dialogue, or the shallow characters, or the gratuitous and disgusting loli panty shots (oh yeah, that's a thing), it's that all of these sins have coalesced into a single insult to the medium. I see no more fitting rating than a 1/10.read more
The story is fairly short, only OVA of 2 episodes so it won't be a long review. I prefer writing shorter reviews anyway, since I hate reading 13 pages long essays of some conceited person hairsplitting every single unimportant point.
I came across the anime like any other person does, that is, on teh inturwebs.
I was disappointed it was only an OVA of 2 episodes, not a real deal.
A good intro setting the mood and catching attention of viewer and what I always like seeing, a hint of forbidden romance, which especially makes it intriguing. The story doesn't end but the makers haven't produced more episodes.
Unfortunately, that's about it (without spoilers). If you like romance, definitely recommended. It has some ecchi, but nothing preposterous. They really ought to make a 12 episode long anime.
It has good potential in my opinion.read more
"Haste makes waste," "Ether you do it right or don't do it at all." That's the kind of philosopy that well deserves this 2 ep OVA. IMAO, this OVA has a good plot and has a potential to be a good 12 episode anime, alas co'z it is just limited only to 2, the author has obviously made a lot of corner cutting, then again the story still deseves a "Good" 7. The art.........hummm, I'll give it an "Outstanding" 10, since I like the way the illustrator did with the characters, and the fanservice that goes with it.
Sound: Poor 3.
Character: Decent 4.
That's because there isn't much about to know the charcters that well, in fact deatils about them are sooooo limited that there are more questions than answers as to what they truly are. However the roles that Kisimoto and Shita played is enough to be appreciated.
Enjoyment and Overall: Dreadful 2.
Ok, so becuase of all that cutting corners and making such a hasty OVA, this thing should have not been thought about if it is gonna be limited to 2 episode, the story maybe good the relationship between Litih and Shita did make a good climax, but the author simply ditch everything and focus more on the fanservice and went stright to the climax of the 2 lovers leaving a lousy exit for the antagonists. Since this OVA has a manga, it is better to just stick with the manga then bother with this dreaded thing.read more