This is based on a chinese Manga(Manhwa). It is actually really good(THe manga) but the anime adaptation kind of is not really good because of the voice actors and the weird art and the change in the original plot. this anime can be qualified as Shounen-Ai but it is more on the relationship of a master and his servant though they do have to kiss sometimes for the special skill to work on the servant(Can't say it or I will spoil it). But if you are interested in this, I advise you to read the manga because Chinese manhwa are colored and it is really
awesome. (But it is kind of hard to find it, since not much of it has been completely translated.)
But of course, this is a Chinese version of the now Japanese version of Spiritpact. The animation is still the same except the voice actors are Japanese. If you want to give it a try, you should go ahead. The anime did kind of cut out a few important parts of the manhua, especially some parts where they honestly should not have....
If this anime aired in the early 2000s, it'd probably be pretty okay. Too bad it's 2017.
In summary, the story is every anime trope put together.
So, here we have our main protagonist who spends the first half of episode 1 living his daily life - and then, of course, dies. Considering the amount of time spent on building up his life, you'd think that you would actually *care* about his death. Well, you sure guessed wrong.
Anyway, so the protagonist dies, only to meet the oh-so-mysterious second main character, who offers him to become his Spirit Shadow. Four episodes in, and I've
only got a vague idea of what that is truly supposed to be. But, sure. Let's just go with that.
So, upon becoming his new Spirit Shadow, Sir. protagonist (if you're wondering why I am not calling him by his name, it's because I don't remember. Nor do I care.) travels along with mysterious.TM second main protagonist to his mansion and... what?
Where's the rest of the plot? What is the goal? 4 episodes into the series, and that is yet to be revealed.
Welcome to 2004. That is all.
I usually don't comment on sound, because it never stands out to me in a series - which is how it should be. A good soundtrack should blend in with the events, and amplify whatever emotions are being portrayed.
Spiritpact also does that, as decently as every other series ever.
The soundtrack might just as well have been picked from a playlist on youtube, and randomly be inserted into the episodes because, oh man, it does anything BUT blend into the events. I spent the majority of the first episode distracted by the music and not the actual important dialogue.
Hello character-tropes, my old friends.
To quickly summarise, the characters are cut-outs of every trope you can imagine, oh yes.
Here we have the mysterious, oh-so-secretive second protagonist, who barely speaks, and even when he does, it is condescending and, in reality, would make him see like nothing more than a douche... but, oh, who cares as long as he has those rippling abs! Bonus points for the white hair, because, as we know, all white haired characters will turn out to be badass.
The mystery-guy.TM. is, of course, accompanied by the typical annoying female character. With a sympathy-inducing backstory, you are expected to forgive her borderline-egoistical antics. Nevertheless, you will find yourself wishing to transcend into another realm of existence every time she and her fake-looking pair of breasts appear on screen.
What about our star of the show? The dead guy, the Spirit Shadow - our very own, most beloved protagonist! If you're familiar with yaoi series such as Junjou Romantica, his personality will appear awfully familiar to you - he is pretty much Misaki, but 75% more irritating, what with being used as a constant pawn for the anime's poor excuse at ''comedy''.
Also, this is still unclear, but I speculate that he will adopt a tsundere vibe upon realising his future feelings for white-hair-seme guy who he currently seems to 'hate'. Oh, joy.
Let us not forget about the antagonist, with his spiky red outfit to remind exactly how very evil he is. Don't you dare forget that. Of course, to not disappoint you loli-lovers, he has a girl who looks like she should be spending time in elementary rather than killing people by his side. He knows your kinks and is about to exploit them.
Do you enjoy cold-hearted white haired men with abs brighter than your future? Do you love cheap comedy that is 95% shouting things that somebody said? Are you desperate for some gay in your life, no matter how forced the romance seems to be? Or do you just want to ironically enjoy this trashy excuse of a series?
If so, then, oh man, you're going to love this.
Beware: This is a shounen-ai! And a good one on top of that!
I thought I'd start with that as the genre is not listed on MAL.
As probably most of you have figured out by the name, this is a Chinese animation, the second in my life, but I have to say definitely not the last one!
Overall Ling Qi is a beautifully drawn anime with a deeper story from what you'd expect of 20 short episodes. It engages the viewer straight from episode 1 with its perfectly proportioned combination of sweet humour, action, art, BGM, few parodies of other anime and unexpected development.
story left many things unexplained(which probably the manga will explain), this did not really ruin the pleasure of watching Ling Qi, I did not feel it left me hanging and questioning plot-holes or scratching the back of my head wondering what it tried to convey.
The Chinese setting/language was a very refreshing break from the good ol' Japanese anime and the characters' behaviour or way of speaking is something I enjoyed immensely as it (especially the voices) felt much less forced than most Japanese animes.
I do pay a lot of attention to voice actors, way of talking etc and I can't hide how much I hate forced voices like in many animes (no normal Japanese person talks like that) and speech in Ling Qi did not strike me as forced or overreacting (I did live with and communicate with a group of Chinese for a whole year)
Overall, 8 from me, very pleasant animation, beautiful artwork, nice BGM, engaging story, and most of all a Chinese shounen-ai.
Before I get started I want to say that this review is for the Japanese dubbed version. I do not know why myanimelist deleted the separate entry when they already had it set up on their site, but whatever.
Honestly, Spiritpact was kind of annoying, but it's not the worst I've seen. The main story is basically that Tanmoki makes You Keika his spirit shadow after You dies. You is the person who now will fight along side Tanmoki as he faces evil spirits and other people that come after him. There's more detail that you can learn about the plot, but
I'd be spoiling a bit of the anime if I included that information. Overall, the plot was a mess though.
I guess the art and animation were kind of average. Nothing really bugged me about either aspect, but at the same time, neither one was necessarily good either.
The opening, ending and background music were kind of bad. I personally don't like the opening and ending themes. The background music didn't do it's job of getting me, the viewer, more excited about what was happening. Most of the music scores are kind of just there.
The characters are really bad too. None of them really have a special personality trait and a lot of them can get on your nerves really easily, especially You at the beginning. 2 or 3 of the main characters, like You and Tanmoki got some development, but no one else really did. Most characters were just present with no real purpose for being there and they didn't add much if anything to the plot.
Like many others, I didn't really enjoy this. Some episodes were ok, but more were boring and seemed pointless to even include. There's some ok action and other things from time to time so it's not the worst I've seen; I'd still rank this above many other anime I've watched, but I definitely wouldn't say this quit lived up to being average either. I don't recommend Spiritact, but some people reading this may decide to check it and like it.
Because I'm Chinese-American, I've always had a connection to Chinese culture however, never have I really been interested in the Chinese "anime." I started reading Chinese light novels such as Quan Zhi Gao Shou (waiting for the anime this month!) but other than that, not much else. Recently however, I was impressed by Shuangsheng Lingtan and decided that I wanted to see what Chinese anime is like. So, I picked Ling Qi by random (I think it's recommended if you like Shuangsheng Lingtan) and started watching. I was not disappointed at all.
Story (7/10) - Good: The story is not particularly fascinating or unique, however the
way the characters are portrayed made it worth following. I liked seeing some of the Chinese traditions and customs to honor the dead/death. There were some points where I felt like I'd missed something though. A character would mention something and events would take a direction that seemed like it came from nowhere even though I'd given it my full attention. Whether this is me just being stupid or the story actually missing pieces is something you can decide for yourself.
Art (8/10) - Very Good:
The colors are nice and vibrant and the shading seems more in depth than in most anime. I was impressed by the detail that was put into it and the special effects were great. Every so often though there were some minor problems with continuity; sometimes certain details would be omitted but then reappear later. Overall though the coloring felt more sophisticated than typical anime.
Sound (8/10) - Very Good:
Since this is technically the first Chinese anime I've watched (completed) then I don't have much experience with judging Chinese voice acting, but basing it off what I hear in Japanese voice acting then I'd say they're pretty consistent. I didn't hear anything I thought was particularly awful to say in the least. The soundtrack was cool for sure though. If there is one thing that can surpass language and culture barriers, it's music and I really enjoyed Ling Qi's soundtrack.
Character (8/10): Honestly, I liked all the characters and how they were portrayed. There were a lot of silly moments that were just kind of nice to see and it didn't ruin the story or break the pace. It felt natural and seemed fitting for the show. If I could see this same cast in another season, I don't think I'd mind.
Enjoyment (9/10) - Great: For my first completed Chinese anime, I had a lot of fun watching and comparing it to Japanese anime and it's fun to see and compare the cultural differences. I've been trying to branch out into other anime media such as manwha (the Korean webcomics) and manhua (Chinese manga) and I plan on continuing and learning more about Northeastern Asian culture from every point. Even though a lot of it may be romanticized.
Overall (7/10) - Good:
Ling Qi isn't the best show I've ever seen and I wouldn't say it particularly stands out from anything I've ever watched but it's still enjoyable. I wouldn't call the series "deep" or poignant in any way, but there were moments that were very touching and I recommend watching it for a quick source of fun. Even though I give it an average score (to me- 7=70%/C/Good), I actually do think very highly of it.
As a quick side note though, it is worth knowing that Ling Qi is considered a shounen ai (homosexual romance). There is nothing "heavy" or explicit, but it is apparent that the main characters have romantic feelings for each other and is implied and shown in a few ways. I, myself, actually did not find out about this fact until after I'd already started the series. I'm not against shounen ai at all, but it isn't exactly a genre that I pursue or have at the top of my priority list. There's nothing too explicit like in Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi or Junjou Romantica, but if the topic makes you you uncomfortable even in the slightest, then it might not be the show for you. (You're missing out though.)
Bonus: Oh yeah, there is one Attack on Titan (ep 7) reference and one Sailor Moon (16 ep) reference so if you find sightings/references of other shows funny, you'd most likely be amused by it.
Having seen gifs of Spiritpact on tumblr and having it lobbied as a wonderful anime that had an LGBT+ couple portrayed in a positive manner, I decided to give this anime a shot knowing nothing about it...however, I soon came to regret that decision as I watched every single episode of Spiritpact that had aired, only to have the frame that I viewed this anime with ripped away from me.
STORY (4): From the first episode, Spiritpact holds a little measure of promise with it. It gives you a character who's entire life has been filled with hardships and struggles. A total underdog. Usually those are
the types of characters that I love, the type I want to cheer on for. However quickly such a plot line for Spiritpact proves to be boring and reusable, viewers get met with the same basic tropes that a lot of anime seem to keep recycling: the good looking guy, a prestigious household, a fiancee with multiple aspects of her personality that change with the drop of a pin. A couple episodes in and that's all that Spiritpact seems to prove itself to be. There's nothing in it, that makes it standout or distinguishable from any other anime that is has the same troupes as it and quite honestly in my opinion, it's what makes this anime so forgettable.
ART (6): I will admit that the animation for this anime is quite good, I have yet to see any major flaws in it. Each episode keeps a consistent style of animation. The art isn't really all that special in terms of other works that Half H.P Studio has produced, but it's bearable and if you're looking for an anime that doesn't have terrible or low quality art then Spiritpact has it.
SOUND (5): The music and scores used throughout the anime aren't really standalone. I wouldn't find myself singing the opening or ending out at a night of karaoke or randomly when I feel in the mood to sing something. The sound doesn't have anything that really pulls at the viewers feelings or hypes them up for certain scenes. It just...exists. I will also admit that having a Chinese song for the opening was quite jarring as this is a Japanese anime and the subtitles lyrics are in Japanese. It was a little weird for me to hear the Chinese pronunciation of the lyrics as I was reading them in Japanese.
CHARACTER (1): Where do I even begin? The characters of Spiritpact are a bunch of the most easily forgettable characters I have ever encountered. The main characters don't have anything redeemable about them, they're trapped in the tropes they are given and don't seem to make any attempts to break out of them.
Keika You is characterized as this sort of underdog that we all want to cheer on...but...after a few episodes I came to be really annoyed by his character. He was too pitiful, there were more times than I can count in the anime that he spent lamenting about his situation and waiting for someone else to save him than him taking actions into his own hands. He's also given the same old boring troupe of never being in a relationship, but yet hounding after women to the point that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth and becomes annoying.
Ki Tonmoku is the stereotypical "hot bishounen character with a tragic backstory that we have to wait until close to the ending of the series to unlock." Throughout the few episodes I've seen, he repeatedly comes across as cold, and nonchalant towards the people that are involved with his life, yet is hailed as a powerful character with thousands of people around him attracted to him in some capacity that leaves you wondering: "why?" at several points. He feels like a rehash of so many of the same type of characters that you just shrug your shoulders and accept begrudgingly that he's on your screen.
The rest of the characters are quiet forgettable, to the point that even after 10 minutes of watching all available episodes I could barely correctly name any other characters besides the main two...barely.
ENJOYMENT (2): Honestly, I've encountered series that were better than this and had the same sort of genres. I've considered and am still considering dropping this series as I haven't enjoyed a single episode that has come out so far. It feels like watching one episode only to move on to the next whilst having a faint idea of what you watched in the previous episode.
OVERALL (2): There are far better anime out there that beat Spiritpact by a punch, especially if you're looking for a shounen ai and supernatural anime. Spiritpact doesn't have anything that sets it apart or makes it stand alone compared to the magnitude of other supernatural/shounen ai anime that exist. The story is decent, the art is ok, the characters are bland. Honestly you can save yourself a couple hours of your time by watching anything else, any other anime other than Spiritpact.
At first I'm just going to give this show a standard 7 but after considering other important aspects and comparing it to other good anime, I decided to lower the score to 5.
I like the spirit-master relationship. The power portrays at the beginning of the story got me excited and anticipated for more. However, as I watched episode by episode, it did not meet my expectation. There are parts of the plot that are predictable. The flow of the story for the first few chapters are too fast paced, deducting the realistic point of this story. The way the characters respond to certain
situation seems unnatural. There are plot holes especially regarding the first line of Tomanku and his spirit servant. I wish to know about them better. The last few episodes of this anime are very slow paced to the point I think it was a waste of episodes.
You Keika- I'm just gonna say that I am flat out disappointed with this character. I'm expecting his powers to be much more impressive that what was portrayed in the last few episodes. He was supposed to be a powerful spirit, matching his master's, Ki, powerful spiritual energy. However, in most of the episodes, it was him being protected by Ki when in reality it was You Keika's job to protect his master. He is funny, that's the only positive point I see in this character.
Tanmoku Ki- This character is your typically cold but kind hearted, powerful and respected by all character. He's nothing special really.
Over all: 5/10
This anime is definitely not the best anime I have ever watched. It's mediocre, fits your typical anime mold. The only wow element of this anime is the hint of Shonen-Ai in this anime which I definitely enjoy. Perhaps, those who are new to anime would enjoy and appreciate this anime better than I do.
This Anime has a lot of potentials and is very funny as hell.
Story: 5 - The story is quite funny, it is full of drama and not a lot of cliches. It has a lot of character development but would do with more fight scenes.
Art: 5 - The animation is nothing special but the chibi comedy moment are always soo cute and very nicely drawn.
Sound: 6 - The Music is very enlightening and could easily be in one of the top 10 Op and End of the season.
Character: 6 - It's nice to finally see an anime with less
of those cute feminist girly characters everyone, the characters are very mature and can be very childish sometimes but in a realistic way. Each character is unique and has their own backstory.
Enjoyment: 6 - So far after 4 episodes I can say I am glad I didn't drop it from episode 1, the pacing is a bit slow but the comedy in this is very great and the music is very relaxing and nice.
Conclusion: 6 - I had to do this review because one of the reviews for this anime broke the rules by making a review for this anime after 1 episode which I think is not fair. Follow the rules and do the review after 4 episode to really see what the anime has to offer. I recommend Spiritpact to everyone and i am sure you will gladly enjoy it.
Okay, this is my first review, but this show leaves many things to be said. I have always been a fan of LGBT+ works, and I have enjoyed many Shounen-Ai, Yuri, and Yaoi anime. This one, however, was just bad. There were too many problems with it that even if I tried to shut my brain off, I just couldn't overlook it. I haven't read the web manga, and if it's better, props to it.
Beware, there might be "spoilers" in this review, but it's not all that important. Most of what I talk about happens in the first episode, and the rest of the "spoilers"
are so easy to guess because of the show's predictable nature. Anyways, without further ado, let's get on with this.
Okay, this is where almost all of the major problems are. The show starts off with You Keika (Yang Jinghua) living his life as a savage fortune teller. His life has pretty much hit rock bottom and then he suddenly dies by good old truck-san. When he wakes up, he meets the oh-so-cool and good-looking Tanmoku Ki (Duanmu Xi) and is informed that he is dead. For some reason, Tanmoku Ki wants to hire him to be his "Spirit Shadow" which is a fancy word for a supernatural bodyguard.
You Keika rejects his request, but after a cliche run in with a darkened spirit or whatever, he decides to take the rings (yes, rings) and become his Spirit Shadow.
Pretty typical plot, right? One could easily overlook this as just an average show, and it is. However, unlike other average shows, I literally felt insulted as a member of the audience. The story continues with giving fangirls bits and pieces of the good gay stuff, while also making Tanmoku Ki have a fiancee. My biggest gripe with the show is that it doesn't know what it wants to be. It goes far enough with the yaoi to leave fujoshi's squealing, but not far enough to make the character's relationships feel natural. The tone is constantly shifting from edgy, to "funny", to romance, to edgy and funny again. I am aware these tone shifts are natural for any story, but the pacing in this show is so bad it makes it feel awkward and cringe-worthy.
The pacing is really awful and it's a major gripe I had while watching this. There are these awkward pauses in animation, the dialogue feels like a 13 year old wrote it, and the relationships are so forced for the sake of the plot. Keep in mind 90% of the show takes place in a week. A WEEK. And you know what happened in like the 4-5th episode? A montage.
A f**king montage of all the time the two mains spent together, when at the time, they had only known each other for FOUR DAYS.
The story is constantly trying to make it seem deeper than it is and make their "bond" known to the viewers, but it just doesn't work. You can't throw montages in our faces or little cute moments here and there and expect us to go along with their relationship. Why they're even so close in a week is beyond me, and it's one of the biggest turn off points in the show. How am I supposed to get invested when the two main characters have such a forced bond? If you start off trying to instantly make them close after an episode or two, you lose the aspect of them growing to like each other. You lose their development, how they change their view of each other, and why they become close. If you slap it together with force at the beginning, you get a relationship that's completely empty.
Also, the show does the cliche tie ins to past lives and reincarnations and all that other stuff you've seen a million times. The sudden relevance to that in the show is so cheap it's almost laughable. Literally, everything about the story has been done before, but better. Much better.
In conclusion, the story has choppy pacing, weak characters, and cliches all around. There is literally nothing special about the story. If it weren't for the fujoshi bait, I don't think anyone would've continued watching this. And trust me, the creators know that. That's why they barely tried to produce something decent. It's an insult to the audience's intelligence.
I mean, the art wasn't anything great, but it was passable. I can't be too hard on it; it served its purpose. As I mentioned earlier though, there were parts with choppy animation or where they looped it. You could sometimes see through the cracks of where they made budget cuts, and it would only increase the awkward feeling of the show. The awkward pauses with the dialogue following a tad behind happened way too often to be an accident. I did like the opening, but I felt it could've either calmed down some, or been more action packed. The sound didn't fit the animation at all sometimes, which brings us to our next category.
Okay, I actually like both the opening and ending. I even like some of the piano tracks in it. The soundtrack on its own is pretty decent. However, the creators have no clue where to place their tracks in the show. It ended up having the weirdest background music for some scenes that either required softer or heavier tones. Sometimes there would be random songs with a vocalist just thrown in there for the hell of it. This is the first show I've seen where I've actually noticed that the sound doesn't fit. And it wasn't just once, it was throughout all 10 episodes. Sometimes they'd get it right, but most of the time it was just weird.
This is the worst part guys. I already mentioned that the two mains had such a forced relationship, and it really shows. The main guy can be pretty obnoxious. The creators think having him ramble off random sh*t is comedy gold, so he does it every. Single. Episode. He's a weak attempt at a comedic character. Not to mention they try so hard just from the beginning to make us feel bad for him.
Alright, ladies and gentlemen, time to pull out your anime tropes checklist! What do we have for You Keika?
Dead parents! Check!
No relatives! Check!
Living poor and on his own! Check!
Ties to a supernatural past! Check!
Gets hit by a truck! Check!
5 in a row makes a winner! Stand up and claim your prize you sack of sh-
So anyways, I didn't enjoy his character. I tried to, but the writing didn't make that possible. I remember in like the 3rd episode or so he got in a fight with this flame lord and umbrella loli, and his special move was calling for help. Then immediately after that, with no explanation, he was suddenly like "I can't rely on others and cry for help anymore! I have to fight for myself!" He gets that weird determination out of nowhere and decided to be a badass at random moments for the hell of the story. Sometimes he powers up because of his past life or whatever and becomes a boss that can defeat this blind master, then other times when he's in his power up mode he's completely useless. There's no consistency with his strength or character whatsoever. Speaking of that, there is literally a magical girl transformation of him changing into that form. I'm not kidding. I'm really not. It happens. A f**king magical girl transformation. It's not funny. Nothing in this show is funny. It's just a bad attempt at reference humor. It's so bad. IT'S SO-
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Okay, I'm back. I'm not sure if this review is coherent or not, but I hope that you see what I'm getting at. Before I get any more triggered, let's move on to the next main character. Tanmoku Ki, is the cold, calm, and collected stereotype.
Pull out that checklist again, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for round two!
Cool, handsome, and rich! Check!
Supernatural powers that are super special! Check!
Head of some family of exorcists or whatever! Check!
Dead parents and possible illegitimacy! Check!
Cold to everyone except the main character cause plot! Check!
There's not much I can say about his character, because he really doesn't have one. He gets randomly worried and worked up over You Keika's safety for reasons that aren't explained until the last episode. Even when they are explained, it doesn't make it any better. He's a walking trope of every cool rich guy that came before him. His character is so bland that if it weren't for his powers and social placing, there would be nothing special about him. So yeah, not much I can say.
Not gonna lie, I had a few laughs while watching this insanity. The montage part and the magical girl transformation both made me lose it because of how bad it was. Even with some of the stuff being so bad it's funny, most of it was just bad. I cringed more times than i can count.
It's average. Average and insulting. Don't waste your time on this. If you want to see boys in love, go watch Doukyuusei. They actually, you know, TRY.
If you just want some ancient supernatural stuff with good action, go watch Moribito. Good characters, interesting plot, and plenty of action to keep you entertained.
So yeah, pass this show if you value your integrity. There are better things out there to watch. Don't waste your time here.
I am still new to reviews, but I thought I had to do give my take on the show while it is still fresh in my mind, y'know?
The story, is in a sense, a mix of Ao Haru Ride and Tokyo Ghoul; that being, the not-quite lovers trying to open up, and our primary suspect has his fate stolen from him at a young age, eventually accepting the path they now traverse. I enjoyed it. It moved me in a way not many have. I have never felt such bliss from anything this precious, nor been swayed to tears
so easily. However, I also was confused as to who was involved with who, and what schemes had been set, for the first eight episodes I mean. The last couple cleared everything up. If queerbaiting is an issue to you, so be it. I like the mystery. All in all, story gets a 7/10.
Okay. I have never seen a Chinese anime before, so the scenery was a nice change of pace. The attention to detail, both in the architecture, and flashbacks, is phenomenal. Each character (excluding Jiun and the Shito lady) each had a unique appearance that set them apart from everyone else on the show. While not every character is wholly original in the looks department, it still helps the anime to be more rounded with the cast, and I 100% would love to cosplay as Huayu Yin/ Kau(the leaf girl) if given the chance! The rain always gives it a nice touch (sorry, biased?) and the props had some time to detail as well. Shading, top notch in most scenes as well. Art gets an 8/10.
Sound sets the tone, and Ling Qi's soundtrack spares no one. Episode 5 in particular was the high for me, what with the soul contract, and episode 6 showing a moment of weakness. Or maybe I am talking about the 10 episode TV show where it patches two episodes into one? Probably that. Action scenes with intense music, touching scenes with more delicate ambiance, and the voice actors almost take the cake. Maybe it's the Japanese dub to blame, but from the tone of voice, I didn't hear such raw emotion that I expected the scene to bring to the table. This was especially apparent in the scenes Ki's fiancee was furious with Keika, as I thought she sounded mildly perturbed, rather than seething with rage at the fact he chose Keika over her. Sound gets a 7/10 from me.
Character... Keika is the one I see the most growth from, but that is understandable considering he can't take his money with him to the afterlife. He starts off as materialistic as a human could be, maybe even more. Over time, he starts to lose the sentiment he once held for such things, and eventually, choosing Ki over all else. I wouldn't say he is completely changed, but I see a new passion inside him he never quite had before. I can relate to Shiyou way better though, but I have my anger under control, I promise. :) While she is definitely jealous of Keika, she learns to care for his safety despite Ki's favoritism towards him. She eventually accepts the anger she is ashamed of, and shows initiative in troubling times. I feel like Ki has more time to grow in the following season, and I might review that too (but no promises). I was unclear of Yinzhe/Intetsu's intentions for the longest time, but in the end, he is just a strict teacher after all. I kind of wish I didn't hate him so much before. I also desire to learn of the others in time. I guess I just was not satisfied. For season 1, I give Character a 6/10.
Now, watching this was the best Sunday afternoon I've had in awhile. It may even rival Gunslinger Girl's enjoyment level (unbeknownst to you as of yet). There was never a dull moment for me. I said before that episode 5 was a high for me, but I feel that episode 9 is to be my favorite. Enjoyment is a 9/10 for me.
The characters are enjoyable, the story is wholesome and somewhat original, the setting was a nice change from the modern school anime, a memorable ending theme, and an enjoyable tale that touched my heart on more than one occasion. Overall, I total my score at a little over 7/10.
Wow, I wanted to like this since I'm a total fujoshi, BL fangirl, but man.....I just...I could barely make it though the first half of the first episode. The writing is quite terrible. The voice acting is also very bad with weird pacing, and flat humor. Not even to mention the animation is very low budget, so much so thats it is distracting. The story is trying to kinda take influence from Loveless, but not well.
There just aren't any redeeming qualities to this anime.
But you can take this with a grain of salt since I gave up at the end.
My first thought after finishing this Anime was exactly that.
Don't guess though, I love this Anime despite all the chaotic flaws it presented me.
Ling Qi began fairly simple:
Two interesting characters have an encounter and thus their story begins. One of them dies in an accident and thus becomes the other one's Soul Contract / Partner.
These are supposed to aid their contractor in their battles against evil spirits.
Up to this point everything seemed fairly okay.
However, following 20 Episodes (China dub) (10 on Jap Dub), this anime goes all over the place, really.
It jumps from one setup to
another and confuses you in it's purpose. From the get go, you might think it's purpose is for the two of them to fight together against evil Spirits.. But that's not really what they do.
You might get confused and lost because you don't know where this anime is going, what it is trying to show or tell. It has no absolute and clear aim.
It is confusing, and to my end it was even a bit frustrating and annoying.. But, nonetheless, it's positive traits kept me captivated, so let's get to them.
Their characters are simply charming, both have faults and virtues and their development is actually nice to look at, considering the small amount of time this anime covered. You will find yourself charmed and mesmerized by their strange bond and loyalty.
This series is strongly focused on the two maincharacters and their unique... bond. However, any other character merely serves it's purpose to help develop that bond/give backstory or whatever you need to make an anime interesting at all.
The atmosphere is.. fresh. I like the art style, as it is both soft and comfortable to look at, yet typical anime. You have the cool guy, the cute guy. They complement each other and both benefit nicely from this artstyle. It's not unique, not too much, and fitting it's supernatural theme.
Although Evil Spirits seem a bit lackluster. The whole appereance of the anime, the whole setting and picture of the anime is underlined an emphasized by fitting soundtracks. They provide another layer of immersion and do their job properly. It's nothing outrageous, but it's neatly done nonetheless.
I recommend watching this anime if you are a fan of shounen ai/yaoi, as you are the most likely to love this anime. Anyone looking for something with good fights or awesome characters will have their fair share... but it's not what makes this anime fun to watch.
I did not think this anime was mainly focused on Shounen Ai, but reversely it's most fitting for those who like to watch this genre.
Ok, So I actually do not think this anime is as bad as people are saying it is. I mean yeah, the first episode was on the bad side but if you continue watching it, it is actually pretty good. I was satisfied after watching it.
I judge anime and shows based on genre and whether or not it was enjoyable.
First of all, this anime is shounen ai and the main characters do kiss throughout the anime. So stay away if you can't handle two dudes kissing. This anime also has a lot of light-hearted comedy which will have you laughing. The fight scenes keep
you entertained all throughout. There is also unexpected plot turns in this anime. Overall this was a really good experience and I recommend it
This 10-episode shounen-ai anime is the Japanese edit and dub of the Chinese anime Ling Qi (Soul Contract).
In it, a young You Keika is living in poverty as a fortune-teller when he is hit by a bus and killed. In death, he chooses to become contracted to the human demon-hunter Tanmoku Ki as his spirit shadow, a partner to protect Tanmoku and give him strength. Unbeknownst to both of them, they are connected more deeply than they realized. Along with Tanmoku’s ignored fiancée Shin Shiyou, the three team up to uncover the sinister plot going on at Tanmoku’s family home.
The anime packs a
lot into its 10 episodes with lots of supernatural hurt/comfort elements and a gentle shounen-ai between You and Tanmoku, with some humor and very pretty art and character designs as well.
While the supernatural elements are a bit stereotypical and aren’t explained well, and the characterizations are a bit one-note, it’s interesting to see the different motivations of the characters, particularly the “evil” ones who are all vying for power behind the scenes and constantly testing Tanmoku and You’s relationship.
Tanmoku is difficult to read as a typical tsundere, but You makes for an appealing lead with his innocence and occasional frustration with his situation. I felt really bad for Tanmoku’s fiancée, Shiyou. Her character is actually fleshed out but it’s still hard to determine her reasons for sticking around when Tanmoku overlooks her constantly. She seems to have more meaningful interactions with You than with her fiancée.
Where the anime really shines, though, is in the evolving relationship and powerplays between Tanmoku and You. The two have great chemistry, the light fan-service moments are fun, and it’s wonderful to see how they slowly get to know one another and how they react to seeing each other in danger. I loved seeing how they were evolving into a team.
Unfortunately, after just 10 episodes it feels like it’s just getting into the good content when it ends. Would love to see more!