Vampires—supernatural beings that feed on the life essence of the unsuspecting at night—have been around for centuries. However, high schooler Karin Maaka is unusual, even among her own kind. Unlike her vampire family, ever since she was a child, Karin has suffered from polycythemia: a rare disorder which causes her to periodically produce excessive amounts of blood. And the more blood she produces, the more anemic and lightheaded she gets, ultimately leading to frequent nosebleeds.
Her only solution? Force her excess blood onto random strangers, which surprisingly causes these "victims" to become livelier and happier than before. With her siblings—Anju, her reserved yet affectionate younger sister, and Ren, her womanizing elder brother—helping her abilities remain a secret by altering the affected humans' memories, no one is the wiser. That is, until Karin's newly transferred classmate, Kenta Usui, finds her behavior suspicious. And to make matters even more complicated, Karin feels her blood reacting unusually to Kenta's presence.
To be honest I expected a lot from it and unfortunately the first 5 episodes didn’t really grab me. However, after episode 5 things got better and the plot became more definite.
Speaking of the plot… So it’s about Karin, a freak among vampires. She’s probably what you would refer to as an anti-vampire. She doesn’t suck blood as often as other vampires do, since she actually makes blood, she bathes in daylight with no problem whatsoever – The bottom line is that she can do what other vampires can’t. Basically, the fact that Karin’s not a normal vampire, is what the plot revolves on.
get into crazy situations such as preventing schoolmates and teachers from finding out about her true identity, having a vampire hunter as an admirer, keeping her grandma from sucking out her crush’s blood and whatnot. These situations would usually end up with her as the victor and everyone (including me) will be laughing at the end. Anyway, situations like this would go on until the last episode, which I actually like. It wasn’t expected, nor was it underwhelming, and I would say it ended on a high note.
As a comedy, I would say it’s so-so. Sure it was funny, but it could have been funnier. It’s probably because the comedic scenes are also chockfull of ecchi and fanservice, which I\'m not really into. As a romantic comedy, I’d give it an A. For some reason, the Karin-Kenta love match really works, they go so well together, and I’m sticking to that opinion regardless of how creepy Usui Kenta may look compared to Karin. Plus there’s always the love-hate relationship of Maki and Winner to back that up.
Characters are OK. I love everyone in Karin’s family. The Maaka/Marker family is probably the dictionary definition of dysfunctional, and you know how funny dysfunctional families can be. My favorite Marker would probably be Ren, since he’s such a bad boy. Usui Kenta is the stereotypical loser, and Maaka is the usual “growing pains” star of the show. Winner Sinclair is also funny, his dialogues are absolutely absurd, and it cracks me up whenever he speaks English. An outraged “no” from him already merits a laugh from me. Conversely, the villains are also quite interesting. Elda, who was a villain at first, was very convincing for her role. She really did annoy me, and what annoyed me more is the fact that she barely looks like Karin and yet everyone mistakes her for Karin. Doesn’t anyone notice how her hair is much longer than Karin’s and that it’s light pink? Plus that Victor Sinclair guy kinda pissed me off too. He was unforgiving and heartless, like a true villain would be.
I love the vibrant colors. I really prefer vibrant colors over subdued tones, but even with that said, I still like the water color backgrounds, plus the occasional water colored scenes such as the ones shown during the ending theme sequence. They were delicate, but it was done nicely and it suited to my slight fondness of water color backgrounds. Character design was OK, except maybe for Karin and Kenta. They looked bland and commonplace, especially for Karin. She’s just the usual big headed anime girl with big boobs. There was also the use of CG, which at times made me a bit iffy. They used the CG for the weirdest things, and the last I remember CG was used to depict falling leaves in one of the last episodes.
I wasn’t happy with the huge amounts of fan service and 2-lady bath scenes. There was even a few seconds worth of Naked Karin that was shown during the opening sequence. I guess that’s expected from Yuna Kagezaki, who’s actually known for her “H” works.
The voice acting was also so-so for me. It’s not entirely bad, but something’s off. Props to Karin’s seiyu, Sayuri Yahagi. From what I researched this is actually her debut role. And when I shamelessly say “props”, I meant A for effort. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I got a feeling it can be done better than that. Same thing for Winner’s seiyu, Kouki Miyata. Winner’s a funny guy, but his voice compared to his looks? Doesn’t really go together, does it? I did like Kouki’s work on Kyo Kara Maoh! where he played Ken Murata. The one that impressed me the most is Katsuyuki Konishi. I just finished watching Loveless and when I found out he was also Soubi’s seiyu, I was awestruck since he didn’t sound a thing like Soubi. Maki’s seiyu, Mikako Takahashi, did an OK job. Even though she’s played 2 similar characters, Maki in Karin and Ayu in Honey and Clover, I still would have liked it if she gave more intensity to Maki’s character.
The BGM and sound effects was actually quite outstanding. I like the “tell tale heart” sound effect whenever Karin’s blood would increase. There was a wide variety of BGM for Karin that can go from cheerful and upbeat to thrilling and intense. I actually prefer the more intense BGM compared to the “it’s such a nice day” genre of BGM. The opening theme was OK, but I definitely liked the ending song better since it’s more cutesy and catchy.
I can’t say it’s one of my favorites, but it was a good watch. I might’ve enjoyed it more if I was a guy, since it had a lot of nude scenes and fan service, but I as I’ve said, I like it enough.
Karin is my favorite romantic comedy ever. I believe the reason for this is because I like vampire shows so this is a huge plus for me, there is also the fact that it had a real end unlike most romantic comedies. I love the characters in this show especially karin herself she is definitely unique. My biggest disclaimer to people about this show would be if you are looking for a show that is on the serious side this is not for you. so if you like things a little out of the norm then this may be a good fit for you.
Adding one anime only character apparently can completely change (Ruin) the entire story, this is NOT an over exaggeration.
STORY: This is the adaption of the manga Karin (AKA chibi vampire in the US, and by the way is my favorite romantic comedy manga) which is about a unique vampire girl who instead of drinking blood, shes injects her blood into her victims and the injecttee becomes hyper active for a while.
But if she doesn't, her blood literally explodes out of her nose (Which this and the concept itself is what the series is known for).
The anime only covers like 20 something chapters of the
beginning of the manga then goes about with completely different story than what the source material did.
Which in truth I usually have no problem with that, many anime went this way, Fullmetal Alchemist ended up great, the second Negima anime was okay.
And with like most adaptions Karin, the anime adds in a new character, Winner Sinclair
Oh I'm sorry I blacked out for a second there.
What was I talking about? Oh Winner.................
I'm sorry but, I really hated this character, his appearance, his voice (I'll get to that in a bit), his role!
His role in the anime is to be the bishonen rival to Kenta Usui, the main male role of the series, for the affection of Karin (The main female role and titular character), but to me (And to hopefully everyone else) he is irritatingly annoying to the point of instant hatred, all this character does is get in the way 24/7, nearly every episode after episode 6.
I'm not going to lie, the story is okay, but pretty generic, for the most part and Winner's job is an interesting plot twist which allows an interesting story development, especially the last 4 episodes, but Winner's personality, his presence just ruin's so much of that, he is the annoying kid who hangs around the circle and just never wants to leave.
But at the very least winner is the only major headache in the anime, well in the japanese dub.
ANIMATION: Okay, not great but good enough.
The character designs are true to the source material, but looks like a typical low budget shojo anime, and the opening animation makes the series look like a hentai or something, so it's unclear which audience this anime is made for.
Karin's nose bleeds are censored with... flowers... it's unique and a creative way to censor something, but only adds to my argument of who this series is intended for.
SOUND: Both theme music are okay, six for both opening and ending songs.
Okay I'm going to get this strait, do NOT watch the english dub, stick to the subtitles only (Which gets about a seven)!
The english is just terribly bland, typical no emotion script reading with voices that do fit the characters, but are performed so bad.
And of all of them, Winner has the most atrocious ear bleeding noise you will ever hear, this is no over exaggeration, no dub hating or trolling (I love english dubbed anime), I really really mean it.
+ Different story that has an okay plot
- Winner Sinclair
- English dub
- Unclear of who this anime is intended for
Adaptions of manga are notorious for messing with the source material, but some end up just fine, while others are a disaster, and it's quite a feat for just one character to ruin an entire anime.
Karin is an interesting show. At its heart, there is a clear, powerful romance. Add to it a supernatural backstory, and some hilarious comedy, you've got Karin.
Meet Karin Maaka. She's a girl caught between two worlds. At first glance, she's just an ordinary, easily embarrassed high school girl. She has a couple of friends, and has a hard time juggling schoolwork and her part time job. But of course, there's a twist!
Karin is a vampire. She lives in your stock creepy old haunted mansion on the hill with her vampire family. But, to this, there is another twist. Karin
is not a true vampire. She is a blood maker, which means instead of needing to drink blood for her survival, she must inject it into someone else. Otherwise, she has a nosebleed. A very big nosebleed. This causes a rift between her and her family, who all function as normal, viewing her as a disgrace to their kind.
The main focus of the series is the relationship between Karin and her romantic interest, Kenta Usui. Although the series begins in a rather cliché fashion for a romantic comedy, the show's supernatural roots prevent it from being too much of a standard anime. One aspect of the relationship I can criticize is Usui. He is nowhere near as fleshed out as Karin, and although he fits the role of Karin's love interest well, we are not given enough to believe the rather convenient romance that seems one-sided. However, by the end of the series, I was forgetting my doubts about Usui, and although he had only changed minimally, the romance is very sweet and believable. Some say it's all about the journey, not the destination, but I believe it was in fact the opposite for Karin and Usui's love.
Okay, I have admitted that the romance isn’t the strongest element of the anime. But you know what is? The characters. All of Karin's family and friends has their own distinct personality and role in the main plot. Plus, similar to the general idea of the series, you could view most characters on two levels: in the lighthearted, comedic times, and in the serious. For example, there’s the anime exclusive Winner Sinclair. He both fills the role of the girl crazy foreigner, and enemy of vampires. We witness both his never ending stream of humor and his emotional tackling of his family’s duty. This duality is an excellent example of how a dramedy can work, as I’ve never seen a show where the characters can both expertly fill comedy and dramatic roles.
It's quite easy to get attached to the characters of Karin. One very positive aspect is that no one gets sidelined during the series as the plot moves on, which makes it easy to get to know all of the characters as the series goes through its various arcs.
In terms of art, the anime isn't particularly standout. The character designs are simple yet rather memorable. Some interesting aspects of the art style are some occasional stylizations. For example, due to censorship for broadcast, Karin's flowing nosebleeds had to be changed into flowers, but this gives the art a quirky feel. Especially considering we at first see a stream of blood-red flowers, which part to reveal a nightmarish bloody mess once it has settled. Yes, positive censorship! And another thing - this anime is quite ecchi. Fans of the manga may be shocked at the transformation, as the original source material had only some ecchi content. The opening of the anime begins with various shots of Karin posing naked. Karin's breasts, already larger than average, have become much larger in the anime, even becoming somewhat of a plot point. Although this ecchi stuff didn't affect my enjoyment of the series in any way, it may deter some, considering the amount we are given.
Sound as well is also not hugely remarkable, utilizing a range of songs to suit the mood of the scene. The opening and ending themes are quite catchy: I know I'm not the only one who has been enamored by the simply indescribably fantastic ending theme "Mou Hitotsu no Birthday". Character voices suit the characters to their personality well. Special mention, however, should be given to the seiyu Sayuri Yahagi. Karin was her debut anime, and I feel she does a magnificent portrayal of the character.
Karin doesn't try to overburden you with themes. It is simple in its declaration of true love between two people, which transcends species. Although the series takes a noticeable turn towards action towards the latter quarter of the series, the ending holds true the ideals of romance and comedy which have been sustained throughout the anime. While taking some deviations from the manga in order to make the transition to a half season anime while the manga still printed, these changes never really affected the heart of the series. I would recommend Karin for any fans of romantic comedies, and I promise that it's a breath of fresh air in an often unimaginative genre.
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