Set in modern day London, the story takes place in a world where "Shadows" are born from human fear and anxiety. A young girl arrives to study abroad, only to be caught in a bizarre incident as she enters university. In a city with no acquaintances, the helpless girl wanders into "Café Forbidden," a mysterious café that exclusively opens at midnight. She meets an assortment of handsome men employed at the café, where guardians who protect the boundary between humans and shadow convene.
This review will be updated as I watch more episodes. If you are on the fence or not planning to watch this because of your bad experiences with shojo/romance/otome genres, then please stick around for this review. :)
As of now, I didn't expect this anime to be this way at all. Having seen a few of the more popular 'otome' anime (including Amnesia, Kamigami no Asobi, Diabolik Lovers, etc.) and a ton of reverse harem (including Kiss Him Not Me, Ouran High School Host Club, Special A, etc.) and playing many otome games myself (not even gonna elaborate on that one), I
have been very well versed in the romance/reverse harem/otome genre through anime, manga, and video games. As a result, I had VERY low expectations for this. I was expecting somewhat of a bland heroine that could be replaced with an inanimate object, tons of sexual assault situations with male leads that don't know what consent is, and useless objectification and sexism. Y'know, the usual. Surprisingly, I came across the exact opposite.
To begin with, the story: I don't really know if it's original yet. It's obvious that there is a supernatural element to what's going on, and they have given enough backstory to make the watcher wonder what's going to happen next. It's interesting so far, so I really hope they can keep it up and keep it just as engaging. This was a surprise to me since most reverse harem/romance/otome anime don't really have any other plot than who's gonna get the girl most of the time.
As for the art, lots of anime of this genre has very beautiful art, and Phantom in the Twilight does not disappoint. The character designs are gorgeous, and I really appreciate the smaller eyes and more realistic features on some of the characters. The city scenes and backgrounds are breathtaking, and the visuals during the OP and the fight scenes are also gorgeous. I didn't want to take my eyes off the screen for a second! The main character, Ton, is also very pretty and we've already seen her in two outfits, which is more than most animes of this genre do usually.
The OP was a little generic, but not too bad. The closing, however, I liked a lot. While it might not completely fit the mood of the show as of now, I really liked it nevertheless. It was calming and sweet. I also really liked the way the voice actors portrayed their characters, and I really appreciate that Ton doesn't have a generic baby voice. That's a huge plus for me!
While it's hard to make assumptions about the characters this early on, I have to say that I'm impressed as of now. None of the guys seem to be the sexual assault type (they are actually really polite as it is) and Ton is unlike any otome heroine I've ever seen before. She's angry, spunky, and stubborn without falling prey to any of the cliches. It's also one of the first times I've seen a female character tell a male character to run while she fought. A definite plus for that as well! I also really liked the interactions between Ton and her best friend-- they seemed very realistic and kinda reminded me of my irl best friends, so the writers are doing something right. I can't make judgments on all of the characters, but so far, all of them seem to be intriguing, even the more 'background'-like ones. (P.S. So far, the main female lead has barely blushed! In a otome anime! YES. Go give this a try!)
Overall, I have really loved this so far. I've spent ages searching for a otome anime that's actually good, and I'm crossing my fingers that I've found it and that the show can uphold what it's been doing til the end.
From the same creator of Saekano, White Album 2 and the more recent Classroom Crisis, comes a series of supernatural-action sequences of the core Vampire genre that is great for a new series...on paper. My first impressions of this is just...another Twilight the Animation, with the otome-esque features that thankfully isn't full-on that combines the setting from Nil Admirari (only if it were in London, when it actually is).
The story is as nonsensical as how Classroom Crisis started out: a cliché story of said character(s) being targeted for reasons unknown, until they meet people whom form the core foundations of such contrived organizations and do
these set of values to ensure that justice and peace is served to the evildoers. And yes, this original story takes inspiration from the former series 3 years back, and is pretty much copy-and-paste from it.
The differences (which I can tell) are that at least the girl MC at least didn't act like the typical damsel-in-distress, but instead charges with fear and assurance that everything will be well, along with her friend (which is the damsel extra just for plot). The similarity will be that of the story being very slow and picking up as the story progresses, along with the characters, and Hanazawa-san is still the MC girl, please slow down with your job, you're taking way too many roles this season!
The art and animation isn't neither good nor bad, it's just what an average anime production should attempt to be, and it does that...to a decent degree. This isn't the same staff working over at Liden Films who did the outstanding Hanebado! in the same season, it's another set of staff whom are trying to realize too hard about what their expectations of this series should be. And the same story could be said about the music, it's pretty forgetable with both the OP and ED sounding very lackluster against the ideals of the series, and sadly May'n has failed once again to deliver ever since her 2nd OP for Mahoutsukai no Yome, it's apparent that her caliber for good songs have taken the dump and has been quickly becoming a second-rate artist.
Phantom as a series, it's absolutely average all around, to the point that there is nothing noteworthy to be said in its blandness, boringness and mediocrity...at least for now. I'd say if you love vampire-themed anime, you could try this out and see whether it creates an impression in you, but for everyone else, set your sights elsewhere.
Phantom in the Twilight is the more mature and gay version of Tokyo Kushu (or Tokyo Ghoul like some non-weebs call it), except this is about "shadows", and everyone seems to hate it.
Our story start off in a smoky jazz cafe (without the smoke). This place apparently works as the headquarter for our characters and also works as a meridian between humans and shadows. Everyone who has seen Tokyo Kushu, will about now think this sounds pretty familiar.
Our cast consists of a bunch of people from Kaneki Ken with red dot in the hair to the male maiden version of Rabbit Touka. The
real main character is this girl whose greatest merit is that she own a red shirt. There are also two blonde haired characters who are apparently siblings or something. I am not sure why they are here, but hey the more the merrier I guess.
The story is pretty much nonsense. Random kidnapping incidents, and neko-eared bishonen boys slapping each others in the face.
The production quality is, in every way, matching the average standards of modern anime. Some folks were hired to do a job, and that's pretty much the end of this story. Oh wait, not quite. Hanazawa Kana has a role in this series as well, like in 83% of all currently airing anime. Epic state of the seiyuu business showing right here.
Those who thought Haikyuu Hoshin Engi, the shonen series that ended last season, was a good quality shonen, will most likely find this to be their new favorite vampire series. Other than this rather niche audience, I wouldn't especially recommend this to anyone... nor would I recommend not to watch it. Phantom is rather bland and boring and mediocre, it isn't especially good, or bad, or anything.
i will update this review as i watch more episodes...
To begin with the anime does not have much potential the first 2 episodes were not on the mark but it gets good with episode 3.... i am sure they will improve it and i hope it will not disappoint us.....
The plot seems pretty normal we can hope it will get better but i cant say much right now it but hopefully it has variety of good characters and the story line can be twisted and can have plot twists it always does with story line like these
It starts with two beautiful girls visiting London
to study in a university when suddenly the MC Baileu Ton gets in a supernatural incident when a goblin stole her belonging thats when she meets with Vlad Luke and Toryu the three handsome MC like there are in a typical reverse harem anime all three are not humans.....
Ton has some powers because of her the bloodline...
The anime opens feeling something like a supernatural mystery story but by the end feels like an all-out action anime complete with heavy artillery, flashy explosions, and transformations. The series is clearly going for more of an action-oriented experience rather than slice of life or romance
As for animation the show is a wild ride that I can say I absolutely didn’t expect, and while near the middle it The studio, Liden Films, has worked on a few projects I’m familiar with and while I enjoyed those series moderately, the animation work was never the strongest point and again it doesn’t really shine through in this anime either. It’s serviceable, but there are plenty of scenes that are plagued with lazy background faces and sloppy animation in action spots.
near the middle it starts to feel like a mess of themes trying to create a cohesive picture (seriously, why does the Chinese vampire have a minigun?) I found myself enjoying the silliness of it all. As of now, it’s hard to say if this is worth the watch. If you’re like me and just enjoy monster harems, you might want to take a look. The ridiculous spectacle of it all might be all you need to stay entertained.