Manji is an amoral swordsman, who has been cursed with eternal life. He has grown tired of living with all the death he has created. He has no skills other then those of killing, thus he forms a plan to regain his mortality: he shall kill one hundred evil men for each good one he has killed. The old witch who afflicted Manji with immortality agrees to Manji's proposition and Manji is set on his path to kill one thousand evil men. On his journey he meets a young girl, Rin, who has her own vengeance to seek against the sword school whose members slaughtered Rin's family. Rin and Manji journey together, each hoping to find some kind of peace. In their way are many varied enemies. Rin and Manji are almost constantly under attack and must learn to live their lives, avoiding being consumed by revenge.
I will start by saying that, having read the manga, I was very excited when I heard that there was going to be an anime adaptation, and I had high hopes/expectations for it. It is possible that my review will be biased in that regard. That being said, I'll begin my review.
Art: The art was, in my opinion, not bad. The character designs were true to the manga, I didn't notice any particularly huge problems with inappropriate scenery or just general sloppiness. However, this anime was based on a very violent, sword-fight laden manga, but there were few fights scenes
to get overly excited about. The fight scenes that were shown were brief and unsatisfying. For example, if Manji is fighting someone, the beginning of the fight will be shown, then they'll either switch to another character who is watching the battle or even to someone completed unrelated to the current battle. Then suddenly, oh! there's the end of the battle. It was completely unsatisfying. The gore was toned down tenfold.
Sound: This was by far the worst part of the anime. If you like the opening theme, you'll love the sound. But whoever sings this song, her voice just grinds the gears in my head. And you'll hear her pipe up at the most random and inappropriate times. Sad? You'll hear her. Happy? Sounds the same as sad.
Character: Overall character development, I'd say was average. Despite reading the manga, I didn't leave this show feeling super connected to any of the characters. There was room for improvement, but it really could have been worse too. I noticed a couple moments that were glaringly out of character from the manga, but I tried to give some leeway.
Enjoyment: It was slow. There were times when I could have easily fast-forwarded several parts and not have missed any plot. One would think that by the twelfth episode, the penultimate episode, some sense of suspense would be building, or at least some problem that could feasibly end the series and/or set up a second season. Nooooope. Episode twelve left me with little desire to see the last episode. The slowness combined with the hideously poor sound and mediocre characters left me with little satisfaction at the end of this series.
Overall: If you haven't read the manga, you may enjoy this series. It is my opinion that if you were a fan of the manga, you should avoid this entirely. Seriously, you won't laugh at how bad it is--it'll just make you sad. It made me sad. So very sad.
I will assume you have read the Synopsis and you can assume this has nothing to do with the manga.
Story: W a l k. Talk. Hack. Slash. Splatter blood. Repeat.
Character: What can you expect from a guy with a sword? Read story.
Art: If you like red, you might like this.
Enjoyment: Does it look like I had a good time?
Violent is not definite for the kids, but for an older audience.
Nicely developed historical drama, but the theme unfortunately I have to say that I saw in anime called Samurai Champloo. This anime is quite cold, and similarities with the Samurai Champloo (revenge) again has no similarity in the drawing, the main characters and the coarse of this anime.
The main character is a serious violator who is not good, even do some people may call it good because helped one girl and she seeks revenge.
For this young girl, he shows little of its goodness that is left in him.
But what is
the goodness for a one person if he slay so much people that he don't remember the number.
The main character, you will surely love.
But it certainly is not a good person. I say, because you can see that his katana became the hand that catches flies around, there is no feeling for human life. He lost it because he killed too many people.
He became immortal!
His punishment is that he can not die.
I did not read the manga, but he developed the story more. Because I do not believe that such a person as he is to have a peaceful night. He has hell on earth because he can't not die, but his sins haunt him.
Drawing is very nice!
Artistic as well as an introduction to the anime.
OST 10 for home collection.
There details characters, but not those I expected. Many are detailed supporting roles as the main role was left with an empty memory, and to regret his murdered sister.
One of the best anime that I watched. 10
Final is 10.
If you love anime certainly do not miss this, it is very good.
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Story, 3/10: The story suffers from poor pacing, there are times when the show will cut to a random event or random people and never explain what's going on.
on top of that the story takes a long time in the beginning to get moving, only to rush to a disappointing end. A character out for revenge joins with another that's immortal because of a curse/spell, nothing new there.
Art, 5/10: The art, for me at least, was average. The main characters and villains were the most notable nothing else really caught my eye, my biggest gripe would be battle scenes....apparently they've decided to not
really show them.
Sound, 4/10: The music wasn't anything special either, there is pretty much only one song that use throughout the show regardless of tone, and it gets annoying.
Character, 2/10: There is little to no development for characters in this show, I never really cared for any of them. This is probably the thing that angered me the most, my favorite part of Anime/Movies/TV Shows and etc.
is well developed characters.
Enjoyment, 2/10: I had to force my self to find something to enjoy, the only thing I did was what little fight scenes there were.
Overall, 3/10: The lack of story and character development, the mediocre and average sound, this anime made me tear some of my hair out.
Now I haven't read the manga but, it seems to me the only reason this anime exists is to get you to read the source material which is terrible, why would you try to cram so much into so little, instead of trying to fit maybe a small portion, and making itreally good? Oh well, thankfully I never have to watch this again.
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