B: The Beginning

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Japanese: B: The Beginning
English: B: The Beginning
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Type: ONA
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 2, 2018
Producers: Netflix
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: DetectiveDetective, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 7.161 (scored by 176738176,738 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #34072
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #681
Members: 348,466
Favorites: 1,406

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Synopsis

On the islands of Cremona, a vigilante runs amok. Celebrated by some and hunted by others, the notorious "Killer B" takes justice into his own hands, armed with a sharp blade and superhuman abilities. Unable to apprehend this renegade, the Royal Investigation Service (RIS) calls upon the expertise of Keith Flick, a seasoned, yet eccentric detective who was relegated to the Archives Department following a personal loss. As crimes in Cremona begin to escalate, from stealthy executions of wrongdoers to sophisticated strikes on public figures, it soon becomes clear that there is more than one person responsible.

With the help of his impulsive sidekick Lily Hoshina, and unexpected aid from the elusive Killer B himself, Keith begins to unravel plots involving secret organizations, domestic terrorism, and human experiments. When the involvement of the RIS extends beyond the scope of justice, the extent of the government's corruption—as well as the trustworthiness of close allies—are thrown into question.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kazama Flick, Keith

Main
Hirata, Hiroaki
Japanese

Kokuu

Main
Kaji, Yuuki
Japanese

Hoshina, Lily

Main
Seto, Asami
Japanese

Izanami

Supporting
Saiga, Mitsuki
Japanese

Yuna

Supporting
Satou, Satomi
Japanese

Ross, Gilbert

Supporting
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Japanese

Yoshinaga, Kaela

Supporting
Koshimizu, Ami
Japanese

Minatsuki

Supporting
Ishikawa, Kaito
Japanese

Kirisame

Supporting
Terashima, Takuma
Japanese

Laica

Supporting
Kitada, Yuu
Japanese

Staff

Kuroki, Rui
Producer
Yagi, Masako
Producer, Production Manager
Nakazawa, Kazuto
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Chief Animation Director, Key Animation, Original Creator, Character Design, Animation Director
Yamakawa, Yoshiki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director


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Ending Theme

"The Perfect World" by Marty Friedman feat. Jean-Ken Johnny, KenKen




Reviews

Mar 2, 2018
It’s so rare to see an anime of such high quality to take as many risks as B: The Beginning does. Sure it stumbles a bit along the way, but the final result is undeniably an ambitious and thoroughly entertaining ride worth watching.

The story is totally insane on paper but is somehow even more bewildering in action thanks to such lovingly crafted visuals by Production I.G. with a talented director at the helm. It is in one part a sci-fi police procedural similar to Psycho-Pass, but simultaneously a game of cat and mouse like Death Note. These wild ideas packed on top of each ...
Mar 3, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Before watching:

Damn, this show has a really good OP! Hopefully the show lives up to it. And the PV makes it seem like it'll be a nice crime thriller.

After watching:

Okay, thanks for The Perfect World, which was apparently the ED, but I want my 5 hours back. No one told me this was Botched: The Beginning.

I wanted to like this show, I really did. I want the new shows coming out on Netflix to do justice to the medium, since they'll be available to a wide global audience who aren't exposed to anime. I wouldn't say it didn't keep me engaged throughout, but overall my ...
Mar 4, 2018
B: The Beginning combines two separate stories within each other, one of supernatural mystery and one with a detective searching for a murderer. The fundamental problem with the show is that both stories suck ass and don’t really connect together at all. You could rather easily cut out one of these plot lines from the entire narrative and not lose that much in terms of story quality in the other. Hell, the show may be better for it. So, don’t even read the rest of this review, just write the show off based on the word of one internet stranger alone. Trust me, I’m ...

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