Based on the Chinese Manhua. Requiem Street, where evil spirits are attracted to in order to destroy them. A place where spirits and humans co-exist, not all humans can enter Requiem Street. Only those rare-soul users with guardian spirits can enter. Xia Ling was just a normal university intern, but a meeting by chance changes her ordinary life... In this world full of evil spirits, can you cooperate with your guardian spirit in order to survive?
Well this is the first Chinese anime I have watched and I have to say despite of not being used to hearing Chinese I found this anime very intriguing and I’d say any person who loves some good storyline, this feels and action packed anime is worth a shot.
Before getting deeper into the review I would like to clear some points:
1. Yes it is a Chinese anime so getting used to the voice would be difficult.
2. After the first episode the rest are on an average 11 minutes long but don’t let the episode length dissuade you, the anime offers a good quality content.
Now since it’s my
first review I’ll be as concise as possible, I would say the story is still a diamond in making, also the plot development and the way the story has been portrayed will keep you intrigued throughout the series. Yes, the Chinese will throw you off a bit or maybe a lot but don’t give up on it because the story will compensate for it. The animation will also need some getting used to as it sometimes dwells into the 3D animation in some of the fight scenes where the CGI doesn’t gel well with the 2D animation. The action sequences might give you a little bit cringe for not being very well detailed but the overall artwork is considerably good. The opening and closing tracks are good with music tracks fitting well with the fight sequences. Also you might find the translations a bit off sometimes but despite the language barrier the story will get through.
To sum it up I’ll say keeping aside the language cringe and bit of disappointment on the animation which might be probably due to not much funding the anime is worth giving a shot as I’m sure you’d find the plot very intriguing and the character development very well done.
Zhen Hun Jie (Rakshasa Street) is a chinese Anime with its' source material (Manhua) still publishing.
Since this show is chinese, the speech can be a letdown due to not understanding ANYTHING other than the subtitles (If you're not a chinese speaker)
A plane of existence where spirits of the dead go before they ..."ascend"? into "Ghostdom" exists, and the place where the story takes place in this plane is called Rakshasa Street.
The story and plot development in the show are divided into 2 different parts, "current" and past, where the past shows the brother-duo's past and struggles to the point where the older brother
became the general of Rakshasa Street. The "current" part which would be considered to be the actual main plot follows a woman and the 2 brothers, where he woman after an introduction gets hunted by an organization who are after a power hidden within her.
The show has 24 episodes, but only about 250 minutes of actual screentime, and this hurts the plot development speed quite a bit, since only about 140+- of those minutes are focused on the "main plot" while the rest is backstory, making it feel a bit slow at times.
Another problem with the main story is that due to time limitations and the very elaborate explanations given throughout the show, the plot doesn't reach its' end, this is a show that needs a 2nd season in order to flex it's muscles, and the ending hints that it might be produced in the future.
Apart from these problems listed above, it's a good and well elaborated plot which actually contains a number of good plot twists and you can't guess exactly what will happen in the end - it keeps you interested as to what will happen.
The art in this show uses both 2d and CGI, and mixes them at times. There are very good moments of quality animation but also quite a bit of letdowns.
A good example of the letdowns are the "generic soldier" enemies, as well as the hyper sped-up movements at times.
Some character expressions are done very well and the show is consistent with both its' good animation as well as bad animation.
There is not much more to be said, it's not too generic, it's not too good, but it's certainly not bad.
Here I have a couple of things to mention, and it's partly BIAS to my preference. The OP/ED track is very catchy, fits the show like a glove. praise.
The same can be said about the soundtracks for battle etc. They fit the tone the show sets in the moments they are played.
As for voice actors, they have their ups and downs - especially since they are chinese and I have no long previous experience with chinese voice actors.
The baby voice in the early stages is despicable, the main characters sound "normal" and the baddies have unique voices, fitting for baddies.
There is also a small nitpicky problem with our girlie MC at times - there is a bit of static noise that can be heard at certain points with the microphone.
I usually say that: Story sets the "reachable level" of the series, Art quality with help of good voice acting can make the show reach the level the story sets and a well written character can push the story beyond it's potential. However the sound quality and soundtracks is what you remember of the show after you watch it.
This is true when it comes to this show, Both the story, art, character and voice acting are fairly in-line with eachother, but if I hear the first 5 seconds of the OP in a year I will know that it is from this show. I mentioned the word "Praise" earlier, and this was not an understatement. The OP/ED only needs a few great catchy seconds in the beginning for you to remember it.
Without spoilers, some things will get left out.
We have a generic superhero MC, a generic weak MC with hidden powers as well as superhero's brother who is quite strong himself.
I'm not sure which of these to regard as the real MC, but it doesn't really matter. Our superhero MC acts tough from the start, but we later get to know that he's mostly just acting, and everything he teaches and scolds our lil girl MC for are things that he himself has had to experience or had problems with in the past. The girlie MC has to learn to become strong in her heart and not rely on others for everything, however hard it might be. Good development throughout the show for these characters.
Our villains are a bit of a mix, we have our generic villain and his army as well as the more fleshed out backstory villain and his guardian spirit, who actually defies his master in secret due to his master becoming more and more dishonorable and wicked throughout the story.
I watched this show in just about 5.5 hours, and it was worth the time. The main plot is pretty generic compared to other action/supernatural japanese animations but the execution is done very well, and it remembers its place as to how powerful a character is and the limits to what can be done in terms of villainous scheming. There are no superpowers that are not explained thoroughly and according to the "laws of the storyworld" nothing actually breaks them, and nothing is explained a minute before the MC gets some kind of superpower. In other words - It's not a generic shounen where the author had no more ideas and chose to 3rd level Bankai his way to safety. All the objects are already is place (some are obscured) way in advance of the actual events that happen.
Overall 8: Good show, can definitely recommend if you can live with chinese voices.
Zhen Hun Jie (Rakshasa Street) retaught me the meaning of ugly crying. If you have to watch a Chinese/Korean anime series for the Anime Watching Challenge, take a chance on this one, honest.
Story: 8 for Very Good.
As was said, the episodes are short but the story still progresses, with a plot and a sub-plot that are both engaging. Both with twists, both easy to understand with a bit of thought.
Art: 6 for Fair.
Nothing too memorable. The 3D and 2D animation together: that needed some work.
Sound: 8 for Very Good.
Giving this an 8 for the soundtrack. I loved the music, especially through the title sequences.
It really makes the anime and the tone.
Character: 7 for Good.
I feel like everyone was pretty three-dimensional. The characters are able to recognize their own flaws and each others'. The brothers shone here: lovely characters, especially Yanbing (I'm pretty sure that's his name.)
I didn't like the design for the evil spirits. They looked like robots and I didn't get that at all.
Enjoyment: 7 for Good.
I did enjoy watching this one. Most of the time, I was engaged.
Overall: 8 for Very Good.
Basically, the story is a good one. The animation needs some work but if they're working on a small budget then that's anticipated. I recommend this series and I'm glad I watched it.
Finding this anime was sheer luck, took a blind call to check it out. being Chinese, the language was hard to follow but nonetheless i was hooked immediately. First time I've tried a chinese anime.
I loved the story telling, the emotions weren't too intense but quite gripping.
The animation and the music are superb.
I've found something that has great action and a really cool plot.
The characters are developed nicely and are quite relate able.
After completing it, I was craving for another season as the ending is pretty well balanced leading to such diverse plot moving on.
All in all Loved it. I'd recommend it to
anyone looking for a great plot with action and great music.