Anzai, half vampire, and Tsukasa, a normal school girl.
Vampires seem to be living among humans. Of course the government does not know of their existence, because their appearance does not differ from humans. They also do not need to drink blood, but when they get a craving or get angry, they can become uncontrollable monsters.
This is a preliminary review, watched only 5 episodes.
But I doubt it will get any better.
The worst part of this anime is its characters. The main girl has no personality to speak of. Only thing we know about her is that she is a college student, her eyes get wide every-time she sees the main vampire guy. She is basically a collection of generic responses that you would expect from the least developed girl in a badly written Dating Sim. Even those responses have been muted so much and have no real emotion behind them. I have never seen such a weak-willed character with absolute
absence of agency. She is like an empty shell designed to stumble along wherever the plot takes her.
The main vampire is the generic dangerous vampire with a bleeding heart. He has an intense, raging, vampire hard-on for the main girl. His character is just a mish-mash of every conceivable trope that you can find in a "Vampire Love interest". He is an overprotective, aggressive, over-bearing, rapey, creepy, stalker (but we are supposed to consider him mysterious, tortured and kind).
Their relationship being the main focus is atrocious and is one red flag after the other. Their first encounter was somewhat rapey that made the girl "smitten". Then the vampire repeatedly shows up at girl's apartment balcony, watches her in her sleep, follows her on her way home, shows up at her college etc. The girl is completely Ok with this because those vampiric dark-circled eyes make her wet, I guess. All actions or sexual advances, by the vampire, towards the girl are neither resisted nor encouraged by the girl in any way. Her only response is staying still with her eyes widened. This makes the supposed "Romantic" scenes too uncomfortable.
You don't feel invested in characters at all, so whenever the plot kicks in you don't even care anymore.
The art, animation and sound are Ok but barely. The action scenes are lackluster and poorly directed.
This is a bad Twilight rip-off with some Tokyo Ghoul like elements. It did have some potential, though. But extremely poor execution. If main characters and their relationship were better written then it could have been a decent dark romance. But what a waste of opportunity! considering we rarely, if ever, get to see a good anime romance with mature themes.
This anime has no redeeming quality whatsoever. Don't waste your time on it.
So far I'm really enjoying this story. Vampires live alongside humans but have to be super careful because they are stronger and can easily hurt humans and also go into frenzy and will rape and kill if they see blood. Naturally there is discrimination against them and harsh laws restricting their lifestyles because they are dangerous and it is very easy for them to lose control. Despite that vampires are essentially humans underneath and most just want to live their lives, go to work, fall in love, and not be hated by everyone.
The problem is how easy it is for them to go out of
control and hurt someone and get hooked on blood sex and rock'n roll. The story being told is very interesting but it has been done before: Halfbreed police officer stuck between both sides falls in love with a regular human. That said some new twists get added onto the story that make it different than the other series that have covered the same outline. When the main character goes out of control and gives in to his vampire half those around him are actually in danger for one, and he isn't always in control; they really sell you on the struggle. Also while he is trying to regain control it isn't all epic action series "the power of friendship will conquer all" moments, there are sad pathetic "better lock myself away" moments that strike me as far more realistic than I've seen the situation depicted as in other series.
Naturally this story is "edgy" but I think it has the right amount of edge and isn't just edgy for the sake of being edgy. They get the little touches right like making the main character look sleep deprived all the time because he isn't getting blood and not looking like a glittering prettyboy despite being a dangerous, starved, killing machine. I feel like they might be telling a tragic story for the sake of telling a tragic story and it may turn out that way but so far it has been pretty dang good so I'm in it for the ride to find out.
The atmosphere and tone of this show fits a dark romantic thriller with berserk vampires blending in to the population. To describe the atmosphere as best I can I would say it reminds me of old detective stories where everyone is smoking heavily.
Other than being worried in the future the show will cross over the finely walked line between gritty realism into "edgy"/"stupid emo fantasy" territory my only immediate problem with the show is I really have a hard time believing the female lead is anything other than a living fleshlight. In the first episode she gets some truly horrible news and she recovers from it almost immediately and seems to get on with her life just fine. (Spoilers for the first episode to follow) I feel like it is totally unrealistic to find out that your best friend has a crush on you and because you rejected him (even though you didn't actually dislike him) he went berserk and raped and murdered other women to avoid hurting you in his out of control state and not blame yourself for it. She neither blames herself for it nor her former best friend and one or both of those things should definitely be going on. To make matters worse she then falls for the guy that arrested her best friend. That's a whole new level of friendzoned. It just feels like other than being a nice girl that cooks a mean hotpot she has absolutely 0 personality. As it is still early in the show I hope this is something they expand upon in the future.
The male lead going after her becomes even more questionable as his female coworker is constantly flirting with him and has way more personality. She's a 10/10 future trollmom. Not to mention she is also a vampire so he wouldn't need to worry about seeing her blood and eating her alive one day or hurting her on accident. Sure the female lead is nice and the shy girl with big tits flavor of pretty but underneath the tropes there isn't even a skeleton. All she does is act shy and blush. (Spoilers for episode 2 to follow) She almost gets raped by a guy and guess what she does the entire time? Acts shy and blushes. I don't dislike the female lead because there really isn't anything to dislike but the partner clearly shows they can at least make a female with some personality so I really hope they develop her character in the future.
Right now I'm giving it an 8/10 overall and suggest watching it if you like a good tragic romance story or gritty vampire thriller. It feels a lot like a cross between Blood+ and Psycho Pass (season 1).
! I have not read the manga and am judging the anime only !
!! Contains spoilers !!
From what I read before, this anime sounded fairly promising for the vampire genre. "It’s not your typical Twilight story", they said. That’s right. It’s worse than that.
The first 15 minutes were decent, the art isn’t my favourite but it’s not something that ticks me off much. Then we have a few characters, one that we thought would be the main, then gets arrested 5 minutes later. And the best part: your local vampire cop sexually assaulting Tsukasa; the mc who, of course, falls in love with him and
has wet dreams each night. Just wonderful. And this while Tsukasa is “afraid of men” (I understand why after episode 2). Guess she just has a thing for half vampires.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind cliché love stories, but uh, not this way. And let’s not forget that our vampire cop is also a stalker and probably watches our round-eyed mc sleep, just like his cousin Edward.
Don't spend your time watching this if you want something of decent quality. I have a hard time dropping a series I already started with so I'll suffer some more in your place.
I kinda wanted to be the first to throw salt at this show , but sadly my initial review was taken down and many users got ahead of me *siighs*
Yes, only 4 episodes are out, but it was enough for me to figure out what it's made of. (1 episode was more than enough though, the rest of 3 was torture I had to go through in order to write this review)
This is a blatant Twilight ripoff with some obvious Tokyo Ghoul ' borrowed ' elements and on the top of that has an awful borderline attack on titan opening that doesn't even suit
what it's trying to sell. Do I need to say more? Perhaps a bit, in order to strengthen the conviction that this title is yet another waste of time that you cannot recover
The premise sums up the concept of this schlock, a concept that has been done to death before and that was never fantastic to begin with.
Vampire/ Devil or whatever the MC identifies as falls for bland walking plot device that is the female MC and he's facing struggles to maintain his humanity blah blah blah and we're supposed to rot for their awkward relationship , because it's so authentic and totally not forced for the sake of fitting the shoujo quota and wet some prepubescent girls, truly mature, innovative and not some cookie cutter romance! 3/10
The art is fairly well done, but who could care about it when anything else is plainly rubbish. 6/10
Believe it or not, even in the sound department I have managed to loathe it, especially those nauseating sound effects like moans , groans , sobs that reminded me of a tortoise mating with a croc shoe (you could Google that to have an exact idea about what I'm referring to)
As I've mentioned above, the opening is an uninspired borderline attack on titan attempt and doesn't even fit the thematic of the show, the choreography of the visuals makes no sense whatsoever.
Not that the voice acting would be the major flaw of this title, but the way the lines are delivered falls flat and makes the wannabe emotional moments embarrassing to witness.
Characters...exactly what I was talking about above , bland, generic, cannot sympathize with them , obnoxious and awkward to watch. 3/10
As for the enjoyment, there wasn't any , not even a second , I'd rather stub my toe in the furniture every ten minutes than watch 20 minutes of this atrocity per week.
There are a lot of bad shows out there , but this one tops them all through the fact that I cannot see a single positive in it, not even if I turn my brain off while watching , it's cringe worthy in every single way and deserves to be the punching bag of the season.
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.