I really wanted to love Tsubasa Chronicle. It had a nifty story idea and I do like CLAMP’s work because it tends to throw a curve ball right at you when you least anticipate it, so I expected great things. However…it’s in…cred…ibly s…l…o…w…
I was reading up on Tsubasa Chronicle and found that it was animated by Bee Train. Fast forward a couple of months and I randomly picked up Phantom. As I watched the Op, I noticed that this show was animated by Bee Train.
Well, it turns out that either Bee Train is exceptionally inexpensive or unusually inept because Phantom is in…cred…ibly s…l…o…w…
Have you ever watched filler episodes in a long-running show and noticed how all the main characters’ IQs drop several points as they try to figure out the solution to a problem that should by all rights not be a problem for them anymore? That’s how all of the characters in Phantom act, all of the time. You’re sitting there constantly wondering, 'why did she do that?' Why did he do that? Why did they do that? Character motivations make little to no sense. At first, I thought perhaps it was because there was some twist that they were going to pull that would explain why nothing was as it seemed but having just finished the show, I have to sadly inform you that is not the case.
In this show, something happens, time skips, repeat. When I say “something,” it’s invariably something that doesn’t make the slightest bit of sense. They assassinate people in the middle of large crowds, leaving evidence everywhere, they case locations they don’t do anything in, and other such stupid things. At one point, there’s a manhunt in which some characters can’t find people who are in exactly the same place they’ve been living for weeks, if not months. This location is not just known to everyone, it’s even been visited by all the major characters. ~_~; One of the antagonists wants to hunt down and kill someone because of a misunderstanding. The other character tries to explain at one point but then they suddenly stop because someone at Nitro+ or Bee Train realized that if it was explained to the angry character, there was no way they could possibly continue.
At the start, the two main characters are empty husks: mere assassins who do as they are told. They're supposed to be super-amazing and they're shown as being really effective for one entire mission. Then it's flashback time and you're forced to watch Assassin #2's humble beginnings unfold in an in…cred…ibly s…l…o…w fashion. After that, they're really clumsy and sloppy for the most part, as noted above. It's really surprising how inept these two ultimate killing machines are. They murder loads of people in the course of the show, but there are way, way too many times when some random person walks up behind them and they’re completely surprised. Maybe they’ve gone deaf from firing guns all the time.
The crux of the story is the relationship between the amnesiac girl assassin who has no emotions and the amnesiac boy assassin. Um, if she's always acting and has no emotions of her own, how can they possibly form a relationship? There are no character-building moments between them, so viewers have no emotional investment in them as they have zero emotion between them. Yet somehow this relationship is supposed to be a driving force in the show.
Another large problem with the story is that for about 2/3 of the show, the story is NOT about the main characters. It's about a bunch of other people you glimpse in the background. It would be like if Duck Tales episodes were mostly spent on Launchpad flying from place to place as opposed to Scrooge and company having adventures. After each episode, I wrote summaries of what had just happened. For the most part, it was "nothing."
A weak story doesn’t mean the show has to be bad but the show is almost entirely serious so you don’t even have humor to distract you from these brooding characters doing completely illogical things. There were let's see, about two light-hearted moments in the whole mess.
Moving on to animation, I have to report there really isn’t very much. After a couple of minor fight scenes in the beginning, it becomes sliding pictures for the most part. I was astonished when they animated crowd scenes but I guess they had money saved up from not animating the rest of the show. It’s not as bad as say, Unwatchable Machine-Doll but they certainly seemed to strive for that. The only really animated bits are the CGI cars, which impress no one. If I was after rendered cars, I’d go play a racing game, which now that I think about it, would likely have a stronger plot and better characters. Halfway through the show, they drop the art quality a bit and animate a little more but the show looks really low budget and with how in…cred…ibly s…l…o…wly the horrible story is paced, I think they should've edited the show down to something actually tolerable.
When you read a book, you have a plot and characters. When you watch an animated show, you have plot, characters, music, camera angles, pacing, acting, art, and animation. Here’s the scorecard (out of 5) for Phantom.
Plot - 1 (There are some okay moments but they're only moments.)
Characters - 2 (They could be likable if they were in a different show.)
Music - 3 (Unobtrusive but it’s hard to build emotional impact to dramatic events that make no sense.)
Camera angles - 2 (Mostly functional but they do like being upside-down and artsy. However, since nothing happens in the show, this makes it feel like style over substance.)
Pacing - 0 (It also has inappropriate flashbacks, yay!)
Acting - 3 (I can’t fault the actors trying to work with the shoddy material.)
Art - 2 (It's okay at first but then drops noticeably later, which is when the animation picks up a little.)
Animation - 2 (It's pretty stiff.)
Sorry to hand out another "unwatchable" rating but I'm trying to save you 650 minutes. There are no fun characters, interesting moments, clever ideas, beautiful art, stellar animation, or creative stories. If you still don't believe me, feel free to watch it but at least skip the epilogue. Please.
Guns, girls, action, secret organisations and two main characters who don't remember their own identities! - Yes, this anime has all the makings of a great show, and is seemingly, (although its hard to say as at the time of writing this we are only 5 episodes into the series) delivering on the promise which its plot is showing.
The story focuses on the lives of Ein and Zwei, two brainwashed and highly trained assassins, both searching for their lost memories and identities which were stolen from them by the mysterious organisation known as inferno. The story, which bears striking similarities to that of the
anime series darker than black, is told chronologically in an episodic manner, with each episode revealing a little bit more about the characters and their lives.
In terms of its soundtrack and art, the offerings from this series have not jumped out at me, atlhough that is not to say that there is anything to complain about. The animation of the series is nicely done, with the action scenes appearing well animated and flowing smoothly, although most blood and the actual killing of characters is not shown as the camera is almost always turned away, with just the gun sound effect left intact. Whilst this may please some, to me this feels slightly unnatrual and detracts from the impact the violent scenes of the show should have upon the viewer. The general theme of violence and killing that runs throughout this show (as you would expect in a show about assassins) would however still make me reluctant to recommend it for younger viewers.
Overall this series is highly entertaining, and a very good watch if you enjoy the combination of a mysterious action filled story, with interesting characters and villains. If you liked series such as darker than black, or ghost in the shell, then your sure to like this - overall 8/10
The story of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom basically takes place in three arcs. I found the first two to be frankly amazing: great plot, mood, character development etc--not much to say about them other than you will probably really enjoy them. My main problem with Phantom's story is the third arc. While I still found it entertaining, there were quite a few parts in this arc that required a bit too much suspension of disbelief. I still couldn't stop watching, which is saying a lot, but some people will probably be really annoyed at the way certain
developments are handled that seem to make little sense in the context of the story. In particular the last two episodes made so little sense that they bordered on absurd at times. But since the majority of the series was really well handled, I give the story an 8.
The art is really great. I love the character designs, and the action sequences look fluid. The dark aesthetic fits the mood and the settings are occasionally quite beautiful. No complaints.
If I could give the sound an 11 I would! I am not the kind of person who usually pays much attention to the music in shows unless it is so good that it's impossible not to notice. Well, this show fits in that category. The music comes on at crucial moments and just sets the mood perfectly, I think most people who watch this show will enjoy the music very much. Besides that, the voice acting was very good.
The main characters in this show were quite interesting and sympathetic, and though many of the side characters were not what you would call likable, they were still entertaining to watch. My main issue, again, was how some of them behaved in the final arc, as it didn't seem consistent, but overall I thought the character development of this show was great. Many of the characters have changed and grown quite a bit by the end.
I could not stop watching this, it was so addicting. I was absolutely planning on giving it a 10 up until the final 2 episodes. However the ending didn't ruin the series for me, just made me "wtf" a bit. So take from that what you will.
Great series, I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of action and dark psychological themes, or even if you just want to look at some pretty characters (they're very pretty I assure you). Go watch now!
A Japanese tourist witnesses a murder while on holiday and is chased, cornered by the assassin, Phantom, and given a choice become an assassin or die.
From this point on he has one purpose, become the new Phantom the most feared figure in the underworld bringing destruction to the most powerful criminals in America. Brainwashed, controlled by Inferno, a criminal organisation aiming to take control of the underworld, no more than its tool and no recollection of his past he begins to live in a world full of violence and betrayal.
And violence and betrayal is what Phantom is about. Names matter only in the sense
of identity. But to give names would be to give the plot away.
The pace is slow with intense action and violence with a soundtrack that enhances the mood. The characters aren't likable but that is not to say they are not good. Our Japanese tourist rises to the top of the underworld using and betraying those around him as he is used and betrayed himself. But it is also about relationships as he tries to free and protect himself and those he allows near him to escape the world they are living in.
An intense and violent show which does drag in places but the complex story and characters keeps you gripped to the end.
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom has certainly proved to me that there is anime out there that, despite being under appreciated, truly is worth the watch, as it provides so much suspense and enjoyment throughout the series.
The story is well structured, enjoyable, entertaining and just plain awesome, the whole made to kill or be killed thing appealed to me especially, considering what a tough situation that must be like in real life. The crime aspect of the show also cements my passion for it simply presents us with an exciting scenario. The time skips, character developments and many other things further enhance the great storyline,
from start to finish.
The art of the show puts many other animes to shame, the great visuals are shown by the scenery, character animation, and the effects. All of this allows viewers to enjoy the story as well as the visuals, further building upon an already capable show.
The soundtrack, along with the opening and ending songs to the show are some of the best I have heard in a while, fitting nicely with the show's dark and serious nature, being able to subtly show the sinister outline of the show from the beginning. The sound effects do not disappoint, being able to capture the essence of the backgrounds and work effectively with the visual effects. The voice acting for the show is top notch, each voice fits the character perfectly, no out of place voices what so over, thankfully.
The characters are indeed the main drivers of this show, you have the calm and steady protagonist Zwei, the mysterious Ein, the villainous and somewhat disturbing Scythe Master, and of course the innocent Cal, along with other characters that greatly enhance the show's dark and interesting vibe. The development of main characters throughout the show's run further allows you to develop an understanding of them, they each in their own way bring a sympathetic aura about them. With the effective voice acting adding to this, it makes a great cast of characters.
The show presents some serious challenges to the characters, whether it be murder or betrayal, it simply adds to the highly enjoyable, action packed series. The seriousness of the show is also something to be aware of, as it makes no effort to add anything camp or cheesy to the show, something some viewers may not like, but in my opinion it gives us a taste of realism. The violence and profanity make it appealing for a more mature audience, as well as the complex plot.
Overall with a solid storyline, great characters, excellent voice acting, sound effects, music as well as the great visuals this show will provide you with great enjoyment throughout, and with an interesting ending, it makes it that much more memorable and exciting. Good luck, Phantom!
This anime is truly amazing. The plot is fantastic and the character are easily liked. I loved everything about this show. It is dark, serious, and very intelligent. The main character was just a normal kid who was forced to become an assassin and turns into this cold killing machine. Anything else would be a spoiler. But anyways, this show is well worth a watch. and a rewatch. and then another. The art is amazing, and the music, beautiful. Like seriously, the music is beautiful. Classical music that fits the show too well, i cant help but think it's all original. Needless to say, this
show is a true masterpiece and deserves some kind of anime award. 20 out of 5 stars.
Maybe you might think im overly positive, but i am. This serie got me hooked from the moment i watched the trailer. I have watched Darker than Black too and found that this looks quite alot like it.
The story setting is quite a dark one, where you are plunged into not knowing stuff. as it looks you will learn more about the Main chars and Inferno as you watch along with the serie.
The action in the serie is good, its almost what you could come across in real life. Its very good. The animation is also high class, it has some slight improvements but still
looks alot like Darker than Black.
The OST that come along with this serie are greatly adding to the animation. With some celtic / church like music on some points to let the scene get more impact is just amazing.
Also, i like the idea of their memory erasure, them not knowing themselves anymore. still i think they are a great couple =) Ein is tooo cute :p
so GOGO download / buy whatever you want of it and go watch it. you wont be let down as an action fan or a fan of storylines
When I first heard of this show I was so happy because I really liked the Phantom movie and wanted to see more. Like the movie, a Japanese guy takes a trip to America and witnesses an assassination. The man who trained the female assassin sees potential in him and kidnaps him, wipes his memories and trains him to become an assassin. Now he's living in a kill or be killed world of mob bosses, syndicates, drug dealers and so on. He takes on the code name Zwei and works with his partner Ein.
Usually in these types of anime the female character is
almost always either a ball buster out going girl or a happy go lucky idiot but Ein reminds me a lot of the girls in Gunslinger Girl minus the love for her boss. She simply does what she can and has pretty much accepted her fate. She isn't too happy to do what she does but she doesn't allow herself to be crippled by it and that's what i like about her. Zwei on the other hand did not become as accepting, constantly questioning everything around him and never completely falling victim to their trainer "The Scythe Master" this actually makes him a prime target of Claudia, a woman looking to move up in their blood thirsty world of Inferno. She sees the greater potential in Zwei.
Now the show itself seems to be broken up into two parts parts. episodes 1-10 being the first part I talked about above. Then episode 11 as a recap episode, then 12-26 for the rest. However IMO, the show is better broken down into three parts:
If 1-10 introduces us to Zwei and allows us to see how he progresses through the world of Inferno then episodes 12-17 lets us see him in all his assassin glory. These episodes are by far the most epic of them all, the music is different, the atmosphere the the anime is different, the story matures right before our eyes and it is no longer about some guy becoming an assassin with a trail of doubt behind him but a thriving assassin, the best of the best. I don't want to spoil it too much but certain events take him away from his partner Ein and honestly I think he is better off and so is the show. Now I'm not saying Ein sucked or that episodes 1-10 weren't good, they were, they had to be to keep me watching to the 12th episode, it's just that the show is at its height of awesomeness during these episodes. I even liked the young girl Cal that is introduced. Which btw, I love the character development here and the interactions between them all were top notch.
Episodes 18-26, this is when Ein returns to the story and sadly the story begins to go right into the toilet. Just like in my Gungrave review where I mention how sometimes animes and go overboard on the story simply because they can. Well, this is what we get here. We have this great story about a guy who becomes an assassin against his will, he goes from surviving to thriving in this world, we have mob bosses and in fighting within Inferno, Claudia causing a little trouble as she climbs to the top with Zwei as her lover. But nope, the creators thought "gee, how about we add mind controlled assassin clone girls, make it a high school anime, and rapidly age certain characters, yeah that will work...oh no this sucks so lets add a plot driven no nonsense ending so people will focus on that instead of how bad the show has gotten"
I HATED what they did to this anime. Here we have ADULT characters, in a MATURE setting then thought it was a good idea to turn them into high school students. They try hard to explain that the characters needed to be in high school for their plan to work, but no they didn't, they just wanted the characters in High school for NO REASON other than they wanted some sort of high school element. Here we have Zwei, who is a GROWN A$$ MAN sitting in a freaking high school class. Even when I check out some of the synopsis of the show they list Zwei as a Japanese teenager. *sigh* He was a college student taking a trip to the US not a freaking highschooler. Aside from that we have these clone b*tches and scifi crap added in and obviously a bunch of creators who had no idea what they could do for this story. So they try to make it deep by adding a question mark ending for no reason other than they just wanted people to talk about it and see it as more than what it is based on the ending alone. Well no, the ending was stupid and so was the last leg of the show. I would even advise to stop watching when Ein comes back because nothing good happens afterwards and as much as I liked Ein in the beginning, I just think that she should have been properly killed off and left at that.
This is my first review and i hope it will be helpful in someway.
I felt i had to write this to give Phantom -Requiem for the Phantom- the credit it fully deserves.
I actually loved this anime right from the start. Phantom -Requiem for the Phantom- takes you right into the underworld where there are gangs, guns and one wrong move could cost you your life.
The anime captures you right from the very beginning by really making you think. Questions are already beginning to forming that you want the answer to. Who or what is Inferno? Who is Zwei really?
The best part was, unlike in other
series' that i've watched, in Phantom -Requiem for the Phantom- your questions all get answered!
The story line was fantastic, not too fast pace and not too slow. I openly admit that i was crying from start to finish. :)
The story is set in 3 parts, with the first part being the best, but the others weren't far off. I was all but nailed to the screen.
Sadly with Phantom -Requiem for the Phantom- there's alot of plotting, planning, connections and names that you 'll need to remember, but to be honest when the story is that gripping its hard to forget.
Because the main story is based in the underground type world, you probably assume that this anime will be filled with action and gore. Luckily that's not the case, there is a good enough story line that it cancels out anything too extreme.
Before i finish i have to give my praise to the music used for this anime. It was amazing to listen too, and it all fit in so well with the different scenes. It takes alot to make me continuously listen to this kind of music, but after i heard it i couldn't stop listening to it.
Even if you don't think it's your type of anime, i seriously suggest you watch at least the first episode to experience how gripping it really is. I am always left thinking and reeling about what's happened after each one!
I can say without a doubt Phantom -Requiem for the Phantom- is MY favourite anime :)
I'll just say this right now: I don't care much for mafia drama. Films like The Godfather and Scarface bore the shit out of me and the entire genre is way too tedious to keep my interest any longer than say 5 minutes. With that said, I've always had a fondness for programmes like Breaking Bad and Dexter but they just get ridiculous after a certain point. So where does that leave Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom? Well, I suppose it's the direct inverse of .hack//SIGN (another Bee Train show): it's a show that started off strong and had an intense middle act that ended
up losing a lot of points due to a lacklustre final act. Is it worth watching? Well, yeah but try keeping an open mind when you're doing so.
For those of you unfamiliar with the background of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, allow me to fill you in. This is an adaptation of a visual novel known as "Phantom of Inferno," which deals with the story of two assassins with no memories and nowhere else to go named Ein and Zwei. Another thing to note about this anime is that it's divided into a sort of "three-act" structure. The first "act" is more or less an introduction to the characters, the second "act" covers Zwei's life as the new "Phantom of Inferno," and the third "act" takes place after a two-year time skip from the second act, which I'll talk about later on in this review.
As far as the story of Phantom goes, it takes itself VERY seriously with virtually no comedy whatsoever. The atmosphere in this show is full of tension and it's rather rare for an episode to actually be lighter in tone than the rest of the series. Even then, those episodes are still rather serious in nature. There's little to no levity to be found so if that's a turn-off, well... deal with it or just find another show to watch.
Given that this is a mafia drama, it's to be expected that there would be some action/violence in this show. However, the appearance of any sort of violence in this show is rather sparse to say the least. Phantom uses violence as a means to relieve some of the tension that would otherwise build up and quickly make the show tedious/uncomfortable to watch. Even then, the action in Phantom isn't really akin to what you'd see in Scarface where a guy pulls out a machine gun and starts firing randomly into the crowd. It's more along the lines of stealth-based kills and such. Ein and Zwei ARE assassins, after all.
Now, violence isn't really the only way that Phantom relieves some of the excess tension. For instance, there's some fan service thrown into the mix. I'm not even joking about that. Fan service is often provided by Claudia, one of the higher-ups of Inferno with so many ambitions that she'd fuck a homeless guy with every strain of hepatitis known to man if it would further her cause (all joking aside, she's actually a good character). There's no shortage of scenes in the second "act" where we get to see Claudia in an open bath robe with plenty of cleavage to spare.
Oddly enough though, there's almost nothing in the way of nudity. Like the most that we ever really see is a shot of a woman's bare breasts at the beginning of the first episode which was inexplicably covered up by a bikini top in the Phantom release on Funimation's YouTube channel. I question how a pair of exposed breasts suddenly warrants an "R+ - Mild Nudity" rating. This isn't the first time an anime with one instance of exposed breasts got a "Mild Nudity" rating here either (ref: Akira; odd how there's a scene in Episode 7 of Hellsing Ultimate where we see a guy fucking a corpse in a flashback, but Hellsing Ultimate still has a "Violence and Profanity" rating).
Going back to the story at hand, it's got quite a bit in the way of strengths but some rather glaring weaknesses. On the positive side of things, this isn't like Akame ga Kill and Elfen Lied where the show doesn't really have a sense of what it wants to be, and so it constantly swaps between two tones that are complete polar opposites of each other. We know that right from the beginning that Phantom is a crime drama that takes itself seriously. On another note, I find the concept of an organisation like Inferno to be quite intriguing and it's a lot more interesting than the “started-from-the-bottom-now-we-here” approach that other mafia dramas like The Godfather and Scarface opt for.
However, one glaring problem that Phantom has is the fact that it is a visual novel adaptation. Visual novels are designed in such a way where certain secondary/tertiary characters get thrown to the wayside since it's assumed you'll be playing through the other story routes if you really want to see what happens to them. However, that does NOT translate over to an anime context since the medium doesn't have an answer for that little nuance. Certain character arcs feel incomplete with some backgrounds being insufficiently explored or the back-story just being dropped altogether.
Another problem that Phantom has in relation to it being a visual novel adaptation is the fact that Zwei, the protagonist of this series is a teenager. This reflects the nature of visual novels tending to use adolescent protagonists no matter what the contents of the story actually is. The way that Phantom presents itself in the beginning makes you think that Zwei is an adult, but no. It's revealed toward the end of the first “act” that Zwei was in fact a student in high school before getting mixed up with Inferno. Why is this a problem? Well... for starters, you've got suspension of disbelief constantly at risk of being broken. This ties in with the next problem that Phantom has: the third “act.”
Considering the fact that Zwei is of high school age and this is a visual novel adaptation, it was only a matter of time before there was a portion of the show that took place in high school. The only problem? All of this high school crap took place during the final seven episodes of the show. The story doesn't really turn to shit here because if you can suspend your disbelief, it's pretty good. The only problem is the fact that well... I CAN'T SUSPEND MY DISBELIEF FOR THESE FINAL SEVEN EPISODES IN THE SLIGHTEST.
There were a lot of little details that just had me raising my eyebrows and then just wondering “wait, what the fuck is going on here?” Now, I can get on with it if I approach the story from a slightly different angle, but that angle involves me having to pretend that certain things just didn't happen... even though it's so blatantly obvious that it did happen, and this show takes great pains to remind you that what you saw actually did happen. So yeah... not a huge fan of that since it's basically Gen Urobuchi's way of saying “what I'm doing is wrong, I know it's wrong, but I'm gonna do it anyway.”
When it comes down to conclusions, Phantom's conclusion was rather hasty to say the least. Well... that's how it felt to me. At the same time, at least it felt like a proper finale and offered a sense of closure. I can't help but wonder how different Phantom would be if it was as long as Death Note and paced things out differently. Like if the high school bullshit happened first, I really wouldn't have a problem with Phantom whatsoever. But alack, that's yet another story of what could have been that will only be answered by fan fiction writers.
As far as characters go, Phantom has a wide variety of characters with their own varying degrees of significance. However, keep in mind that Phantom's visual novel roots prevent certain characters from truly making an impression. First up, we have Ein and Zwei: two trained assassins with no memories of their past lives and nowhere else to go. Ein initially comes off as a Rei clone, but her character is further explored as the series goes on. Zwei on the other hand is characterised in a manner very similar to Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal in the sense that he's got nowhere else to go so he keeps on killing. I would keep going about these two, but I spent a good hour or so trying to come up with a way to provide insight but I kept going into spoiler-heavy territory. So yeah... you want more info? Watch the show.
As for the other members of Inferno (i.e. Claudia, Scythe Master, Raymond McGuire), they're all pretty interesting characters but I found myself wanting to see more of Raymond and Scythe Master since they didn't really leave all that much of an impression on me despite the potential they had. Scythe Master is the man who created the Phantom, so right off the bat we had set-up for someone who could be a REALLY good villain. However, his characterisation falters toward the end because Gen Urobuchi decided to paint him like a madman obsessed with Broadway theatre. Raymond on the other hand is the supposed “leader” of Inferno, but we never really get to see much of him. We don't get a good feel for his morality and he pretty much just remains this enigmatic “big boss” character, which is quite a shame since I quite liked him.
Aside from Raymond, Ein, and Zwei, there were two other characters that I grew quite attached to: Lizzie Garland and Cal Devens. Lizzie Garland basically acted as moral support for Claudia and Zwei and in addition to that, I just love the role she was given as someone who has to put up with Claudia and Zwei's bullshit. As for Cal Devens, she's an 11-year-old orphan that Zwei ends up “adopting” in the second “act” of Phantom, and she's similar to Lizzie in the sense that she's there to provide moral support to Zwei. However, another role that she serves is to actually lighten up the tone of the episodes at the point in time that she's introduced.
A lot of people take umbrage with Cal because her appearance in a show like this felt rather “out-of-place” and to some extent, you'd be right. At first, I really didn't understand why she was even there to begin with. However, given that this series is rife with tension that needs to be diffused every now and then, a role like Cal's is necessary to prevent the show from getting stiff. Usually, this is where comedic relief would kick in and to some extent, Cal does provide some humour. However, comedy is a very volatile element.
If you put in too much or the wrong kind of comedic relief, the atmosphere you were trying to build up could instantly dissipates and you'd have to spend a whole lot of time just to rebuild said atmosphere. Cal basically serves as a reminder of Zwei's humanity, hence the reason why he took her in rather than outright killing her. Phantom relies on juxtaposing Zwei's mentality as a killing machine and his own humanity. While we get plenty of the former throughout the show's run, we don't really get a lot of latter. Cal's inclusion in Phantom allows for us to see the "human" side of Zwei that we often lose sight of whenever he's caught up in any business pertaining to Inferno.
With that said, the biggest problem that Lizze and Cal have pretty much trace back to the visual novel origins that Phantom has. Lizzie was absent from the third "act" and Cal undergoes a... well, let's just say that she ends up changing quite a bit during the time skip and it comes out of nowhere. Remember what I said about certain character arcs being either abandoned completely or just insufficiently explored because anime can't account for certain visual novel nuances? Yeah... that comes back to bite this show in the ass quite hard. There's also the matter of my suspension of disbelief collapsing due to the fact that all of this shit culminates together in the end rather hastily and without much second thought.
Enough about the characters though. Let's get on with the art/animation. As far as the art direction goes, everything translates over from the visual novel quite well. Character designs are nice and nothing looks uncanny, the backgrounds have a nice amount of detail put into them, and all that good shit. When it comes down to the actual animation, Phantom doesn't really have a lot in the way of it because it's primarily a crime/mafia drama and as such, there's a lot of talking involved. As far as action goes, there isn't a lot of it to be found in Phantom given that the roles that Ein and Zwei play are that of covert assassins. This plays toward Bee Train's strengths since animating fights isn't really their strong suit (ref: Blade of the Immortal, and .hack//SIGN).
The highlight of the art and animation in Phantom boils down to the opening and ending sequences. From a visual standpoint, all of them are beautiful to look at. With that said, I'm biased toward the first opening sequence, since it was paired up with an absolutely gorgeous song called "Karma" by KOKIA which syncs up perfectly with the visuals and really captures the essence of what this show is about: two assassins forced to kill with nowhere else to go. The visuals are rather abstract to say the least, but that's part of what makes the OP so good in the first place. It's almost impossible to explain without actually describing each individual frame of animation, so just do yourself a favour and watch it.
However, the biggest shortcoming that the animation has is the usage of CGI. CGI is NOT Bee Train's strong suit, and it looks even worse than the CGI dragon from Fate/stay night or pretty much anything you'd find in the Gantz adaptation produced by Gonzo. What exactly gets CG'd here in Phantom? Pretty much any means of transportation like cars, trucks, and such which means we get treated to some bad CG at least once every 1-2 episodes. I wouldn't really mind the bad CG if it was at least animated properly (ref: the CG horse-drawn carriages in Black Butler), but the actual animation of the CG cars/trucks/whatever is so stilted and jerky to the point where it becomes an eyesore. They aren't around for TOO long, so I can't hold that against Phantom for too long. Regardless, it's a rather ugly blemish to a show that would've been otherwise flawless in the visual department.
Sound-wise, the OST is some downright amazing stuff with plenty of tracks that fit the atmosphere of the show and whatever mood it's trying to convey at that specific point in time quite well. There were quite a few sombre BGM tracks that I was quite fond of along with Cal's pocket watch tune, however that's not where the OST really shines. The highlights of the OST really lie with the first opening theme "Karma" and the second ending theme "Transparent" by KOKIA. I don't know how to describe the songs without using superlatives, so the best that I can tell you is to just listen to both of those songs and make of it what you will.
As far as the voice-acting goes, I've never watched this show in Japanese with English subtitles, so I can't comment on the Japanese voice-acting. Both times I was watching Phantom, I watched it dubbed. As far as the dubbing goes, it was some really solid stuff and featured several voice actors that Funimation seldom uses like Shay Moore and Newton Pittman, both of whom give solid performances as Lizzie Garland and Zwei respectively. Aside from Shay Moore as Lizzie Garland, my favourite performances would have to come from Colleen Clinkenbeard as Claudia McCunnen and J. Michael Tatum as Raymond McGuire.
To put it short: after hearing Clinkenbeard and Tatum in shows like Fullmetal Alchemist, Black Butler, and Ouran High School Host Club, it's a refreshing change of pace to hear these two playing roles that are fairly grounded in reality. While Tatum doesn't really get a lot of chances to shine in Phantom since Raymond's appearances in the show are rather limited, he does amazingly well with the role he's been given. Aside from Stephanie Young and possibly Lydia Mackay, I can't imagine anyone else who could've played Claudia better than Collen Clinkenbeard. Like when you hear the expressions and inflections she uses, it's impossible to tell that the person voicing Claudia is the same woman who voiced characters like Rosé Thomas. It's quite nice hearing Clinkenbeard voice a character that ISN'T a damsel-in-distress, and for that I applaud her.
So what exactly prevents this OST from being nothing short of perfection? Two words: Ali Project. To put it simply, Ali Project's songs all sound the same to me and it seems like no matter what show I hear them in be that Phantom, Code Geass, Another, or what have you, the OP/ED theme that they'd come up with would feel horrendously out-of-place and grate on my ears. Plus... it doesn't help that Ali Project came up with the second OP for this show and that second OP replaced Karma for episodes 20-26... right around the time that all of that visual novel ugliness goes down. Ali Project is the sole reason as to why I wish that this show ended at Episode 19 rather than 26, by the way. I can tolerate all of the visual novel bullshit, but when I have to put up with that crap AND deal with a really subpar alternative to a beautiful OP theme... THAT'S when I draw the line and say "you know what, I'm done."
Now for the ultimate question: should you watch Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom? First, ask yourself two questions:
1) Are you capable of suspending your disbelief for just about anything?
2) Can you stomach anything produced by Ali Project?
If you answered yes to both questions, I highly recommend watching Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. If you answered no to the first question, watch until Episode 19 or just skip the show altogether and watch something else like say Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal. If you answered yes to the first question and no to the second one, skip the first ED and the second OP and watch the hell out of this show, buy it if you feel that strongly about it. Aside from its redundant name, bad CG and rather questionable final episodes, Phantom is a good show that's definitely worth watching. As far as visual novel adaptations, it ain't perfect but it's a million leagues better than the 2006 adaptation of Fate/stay night. I just wish that this show was four episodes longer so the events of the third "act" had more time to sink in, but whatever. It's still a good show regardless. Feedback is always welcome, and with that I'm out. Peace :)
“I think we had other ways to live our lives. If we had met some other way, we might have been able to live happily ever after.”
“Yeah … We just messed up somewhere, that’s all …”
This interaction between two of the characters (and I won’t say which ones, so don’t feel spoiled; they are not the ones you’re probably thinking about right now) sums the whole thing up nicely. Because this anime is mostly about taking lives – in various ways: Take the victim that is shot. Or the assassin who is mourning for his lost innocence and feelings. Or the person who
was in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets their life changed in drastic ways.
The story is great. There is the perfect combination of action and characterization / character reflection. Building up tension works out nicely since characters and their motivations are revealed bit by bit, which leads to a complex structure that makes room for suspicion, manipulation and betrayal. Better not trust anyone too much, is what you think – and you’re still taken by surprise.
Plus there are two points where the plot changes its pace into a totally different direction – unexpected and absolutely surprising. Due to two time skips there are major changes in almost everything – character, setting, focus and apparently even the main theme. But it only takes a few minutes to make sense again, to fall together and to make you admire the diversity this anime has to offer.
This is the point were everything became really awesome – because for me characters are the most important thing of a story, maybe even a little bit more important than the plot. And the characters in this series had a fabulous way of developing. In the beginning they were just a bunch of people – most of them interesting, none of them likeable. There actually was a point to this story where I found myself sitting there, rolling my eyes and thinking: “Great, now I really hate every single character this series has to offer.” This was somewhere around episode 6, if I remember correctly. I felt like yelling at every one of them.
But they had their way of creeping up on me and before I knew it I found myself mourning their deaths. The way of introducing, developing and presenting the characters was just great. Everything was timed very well. Therefore you were able to understand each and every decision the characters made (although some of them might have taken you by surprise before that) and feel for and with them.
Art & Sound 8/10
The art was good. And it works out even more nicely, if you have a weakness for good looking characters ;)
The sound went well with the scenes, attaching the right feeling to every one of them – especially the soft gentle piano themes worked out nicely and Cals pocket watch theme was used in a very clever way.
It’s really great. I recommend it to anyone who takes a liking in mafia stories, moral conflicts, loyalty & betrayal, not overly emphasized but well paced drama, the crazy plans of a mad scientist or spectacular action scenes.
Phantom - Requiem for the Phantom: It's been a week since I finished this anime and I still occasionally find myself visiting youtube just to listen to the "Canzone of Death" theme to reignite my thoughts on the series and it's conclusion. When an Anime has such an emotional impact on me that it leaves me reeling yet still coming back for more, I'd say it's done a pretty damn fine job, right?
The premise for Phantom is rather simple. Our main protagonist is an innocent tourist who is brainwashed and turned into an assassin. A few montages later he perfects his skills and is ready
to kick some ass. Now I know that sounds a little generic, but this anime is anything but. It coulda just been a cool thriller but it manages to find a clever balance by putting a lot of focus on the relationship of the two main characters and their internal struggles, so there's a pretty big "human" element to it.
The rest of the characters in Phantom really are a strong point and the main reason for it's emotional pull, with almost every character having it's own distinct personality and feeling completely fleshed out. Here every plot twist, every betrayal, every death has a huge impact because of the presence each character has in the story.
When it shifts away from it's character focus we are treated to a constant battle of wits as the leaders of Inferno (the group of assassins) struggle for power over the organization. It has a well paced and twisty-turny style, with each episode ending with a cliffhanger of sorts. It's unpredictable macabre game of power and betrayal means you never quite know who is going to come out on top so you'll never find yourself thinking "Oh, I KNEW that would happen!" (Unless you are one of those people that always says that, and if you are.... I hate you people!) Due to the nature of it's storytelling it's really hard for me to go into specifics, I'd prefer to give a few examples of what I liked but I fear I'd ruin half the experience if I did!
I gotta mention the art and sounds since I loved both. The artwork was as good as anything I've seen, detailed characters and well drawn settings. (Some of the panning shots of the city looked almost lifelike). As for the sound I am a HUGE fan of dark melancholy vibes, so the opening theme "Karma" shot straight to the top of my favorites. It's haunting opera, battle music and Zweis cool latino style rap theme are used to great effect.
To sum up this anime, for me it's a masterpiece in well crafted story telling and fleshed out characters. Maybe there's one or two faults in the story, which are mostly contained in the third act, but I feel that they pale in comparison to what I consider is a near perfect anime. This is 100% recommended for anyone that likes their animes dark, but beware, this is a rollercoaster of emotions. And I don't mean the kind of rollercoaster that ends with it slowly grinding to a halt so you can get off safely, it's the kind of rollercoaster where the track leads to a cliff face and hurtles you off with no regard to your safety!
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. I had seen this anime on various top 100 lists, and it took my friend's recommendation to finally watch... and honestly, I was fairly disappointed. From monotonous episodes, idiosyncratic plot points, and often redundant characters; this anime is a good example of how an interesting concept initially presented well, goes downhill quickly.
In my opinion, the story is the weakest aspect of this anime. It opens up in an interesting way, the world seems vibrant and interesting, and the insinuation of assassins killing for the mafia seems enticing. However, soon, the anime is plagued with awful time skips and
pacing, the reasoning for various actions becomes void as more and more characters and groups are introduced, with a lot of emphasis put onto them, but with very little meaning conjured. I often found myself bored with the preaching of morality, and could see what was going to happen before it happened.
The art is nothing special. Everything is okay. The scenery is okay, the action sequences are okay. The character's visual design is okay.
I like the first opening and ending a lot. The various different OST implemented in this anime were quite good, and very fitting for the mood that was trying to be conveyed. The gunshots sounded good, the voice acting was nothing special, and the noises of vehicles was pretty good.
Although there are many redundant characters, I would say the anime's strongest feature are the protagonists, and to an extent, the antagonists. The protagonists are in an interesting context, so understanding the various emotions and thoughts evoked by this context was often interesting. We see as they grow together, and how emotions change. The antagonists (who you could argue was everyone) were somewhat unique, from a manipulative, artist obsessed mad scientist type, juxtaposed to a sexual manipulator, obsessed with greed and power type.
This anime is a pain in the arse because it had the potential to be one of the better made, but fell right on it's face. Perhaps if this anime was shorter, it would be more enjoyable as there would less drawn out, ridiculously arduous segments. Overall I rate this a 6, if you are someone who has seen a lot of anime, I would recommend not bothering with this anime as it does nothing new. It pushes no boundaries, and lot of the dialogue and narrative is monotonous and samey. But, if you're relative new to watching anime, this could be an interesting watch if you have a lot of time.
"Please tell me, if I could never have happiness in real life, can't I at least get to dream about it sometimes?" Cal Devens/Drei.
Phantom : Requiem of the Phantom is a beautifully told sad story. This is one dark anime that doesn't compromise, depicting the psychological state of mind of the main protagonists in a way you can feel their pain, their despair, their struggle. Kill or be killed. Instincts end up having the upper hand, and those who aren't able to kill anymore die invariably.
Unable to remember their past, two assassins, Ein and Zwei, are forced to lead a dreadful life, killing repeatedly for
the infamous crime organization Inferno as the almighty Phantom, just to stay alive. Even under such circumstances, the main protagonists remain interesting. Their ability to adapt to hardships and their mutual interactions are conveyed in a way you can feel sympathy for them even though they are assassins. From denial to acceptance, they change, sometimes drastically, find their resolves, make promises and choose unexpected paths, which is accentuated with the time skips in the anime. Scheming, manipulation and betrayal are the main occupation of the supportive characters who happen to be the executives of Inferno. They control Phantom as would a puppet master handle his puppets, especially the calculating Claudio Mc Cunnen and the sly researcher Scythe Master.
The action scenes are enthralling and dramatic, complementing the emotional heaviness of Phantom : Requiem of the Phantom to reveal the full power of those widely known as the assassins of Inferno. The smoothness of the animation, the greatness of the voice acting cast and the mostly classical and fitting original sountrack make the show highly appealing. This anime is a poignant experience that changes something within your way of thinking.
What stood out to me about this anime is how much the music and sound affected the entire story to evoke the emotion behind Zwei and Ein, also Reiji and Eren. I still listen to the ost and feel what I felt when watching the episodes for the first time. The accuracy of the sounds goes down to the type of guns they each used. The music also balances the dychotomy of the tension and calmness throughout the entire anime.
The characters develop as they mature, although personally I would have preferred to see a little more spark between Reiji and
Eren. That would've even drawn out the non-killer, human side of them, wanting and needing to get out of what they've been put into. The outcome was still believable, seeing that they're assassins after all, and they needed to detach all emotion in order to succeed.
Contrary to the characters, this is filled with various emotions, that's always followed by an array of questions.
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is an anime series based on a visual novel game from Nitro+. With the initial release in 2000 for the PC. In 2009, it was adapted into an anime from Bee Train & Genco. Bee Train does have some experience with anime based on games, having done anime based on Arc the Lad & Wild Arms. In this case, I'd never heard of either the game or the anime before it was requested. So, I don't know what to expect. Let's delve right in.
The narrative follows a young man who wakes up in a strange place with no memory, oh
how I missed plot convenience amnesia since the series I watched right before this one. He finds himself being chased by a young woman in a theatrical mask. The two struggle and he manages to momentarily gain the upper hand, discovering that the whole scenario was a test. The woman introduces herself as Ein and tells him that his new name is Zwei. The series is going for number names but they're kind of doing it wrong since her name should be “Eins.” You might think it's nit-picky to point that and that's because it is. I will freely admit that. Anyway, it turns out that Ein is a top tier assassin and that she uses the moniker, Phantom. In order for Zwei to survive, he has to train as an assassin. The series then follows his transformation and various tasks undertaken by him and Ein.
There's really only one significant problem with the story in this. The series suffers from plot contrived slowdown. Basically, there are situations that should be over very quickly that the series takes excessively slowly either for the sake of trying to artificially force drama or because they need a character to act slowly so that they can get another character in a position that they need to be in for the story to go where they want it. I won't spoil anything important, but there's a scene where Zwei is trying to kill someone, has ample opportunity to take a shot, but waits it out for a good five minutes for absolutely no legitimate reason. At least it's not as bad as watching someone bleed to death for fifteen minutes while their inept companion can't be bothered to tie a tourniquet. I will also say that the ending is very sudden. It arguably works but you might find it a bit off-putting.
On the positive side, the series does have an interesting story arc with a lot of compelling elements. There are twists, turns and time skips that are largely effective at keeping things going in a way that's natural for everything that's been built up thus far. It uses flashbacks pretty effectively. It does build tension well, when it's not forcing the action to a crawl to try to force it. There's always something going on that keeps you interested in seeing how it plays out. The pacing is pretty close to perfect. It suffers a bit from the slowdown, but the series mostly knows when to use slow moments to build things up and when to get fast-paced and hectic.
There are no good characters in this series. The characters are complex, well-written and have some sympathetic elements to them, but they're also all pretty damn reprehensible when it gets right down to it. And this is one of those series where that really works to its benefit. Having characters who are really moral and upright wouldn't work with the setting. This is one of those cases where the characters are largely unsympathetic, but still really interesting. It manages to get you invested in the characters and their narratives by giving you complexity, well executed character development and some intriguing dynamics. The only real issue here is that there's a character who undergoes a pretty extreme metamorphosis over the course of a time skip and doesn't seem remotely like they used to be when you next meet them.. The series does try to explain it and flesh it out, but the impetus that it gives for the transformation are pretty weak.
The art is pretty strong in this. There are some really creepy moments, some of which involve molestation and are pretty hard to watch. I do appreciate that the series doesn't sexualise those scenes. It does take the high road and keeps it classy. The action sequences are nicely intense and can be really interesting. The backgrounds are nicely detailed as well. I do have a couple issues with the artwork, though. The first is that Bee Train's idea of making a character look intense sometimes includes having them go cross-eyed and there are some scenes where that really detracts from the tone. The other issue has to do with oddly angled scenes. There are some scenes where they'll show everything slanted or upside down in what appears to be an attempt at looking artistic. It doesn't. It's just distracting and a bit annoying.
There are some really strong performances in this. Irino Miyu, Takagaki Ayahi and Sawashiro Miyuki in particular. If there's any weakness it's Chiba Isshin. His performance in this can be a bit over the top. Although, in all fairness, it's not bad. He doesn't chew the scenery, he just bites into it a bit. Most of the music is pretty amazing and grandiose. There is, however, one big exception. There's a bit of instrumental stuff towards the end that throws in the sound of a woman moaning in a vaguely sexual way. I have no idea why that's in there, to be honest. It pops up mostly in action sequences where the moans clash pretty horribly with what's happening. There's really no narrative reason for the disconnect. It's like Kato Tatsuya thought that a woman randomly moaning would make things intense, not realising that the intensity it brings isn't a violent action sequence type of intensity but, rather, a sleazy hotel room type of intensity.
There's really not any in this.
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom has a great story, great characters, strong art, acting and music. It had potential to be so much better, but it gets held back by some really poor decisions throughout. The slowdown of plot elements in a cheap attempt to add drama, the weak character transformation, the oddly angled shots and looks of cross-eyed intensity and the tonally awkward moans in the music. Maybe these are cases where the game handled them fine and it just didn't transition well or maybe they were problems inherited from the game. Either way, the anime gets an 8/10. It's still a great series in spite of those issues. Next week, we'll begin horror anime month with a look at the second Corpse Party OVA.
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is a high profile and well presented series with an interesting premise - that a criminal organization programs people to become hardened assassins. However from the first episode and until the very end it presents an extremely weak storyline, episode one presents a man with amnesia (that laziest of plot devices) who has been selected to survive some "training" with a veteran assassin and Navy SEAL. The man directing the training (Scythe Master) does nothing more than throw the protagonist (Zwei) into the deep end, Scythe doing nothing more than spouting vague and weakly whimsy statements. This is a big
problem that reoccurs throughout the series, that Scythe seemingly does nothing but somehow magically churns out assassins.
As the story progresses we get several timeskips (another bad plot device) and vague circumstances which allow for storyline padding and filler. It's frustrating to see characters suddenly switch personality purely because there has been a timeskip, particularly when characters seem to act in entire contradiction to their formerly established personalities. Without wanting to give too much away the story is very linear, shallow and predictable; characters are bland, one-dimensional and schizophrenic.
The artwork for the series is almost uniformly outstanding. Aside from some occasionally bad CG, this is one of the best looking anime series I've seen to date - characters move with incredible smoothness and detail, backgrounds are usually quite beautiful. I cannot emphasize just how good this anime looks.
If anything the artwork is what offers the series some salvation, since the gunfights are so well animated and fun to watch. If you can sit through a bad storyline, watch the series for this alone.
The English dubtrack for the series was unusually good, one of the best I've heard in a long time. Despite the ridiculous lines the actors were forced to read, they did an excellent job delivering them; almost all the actors seem to fit the roles perfectly, and considering the (mostly) American setting this is the more fitting the audio track to listen to. Kudos to Funimation and their team for doing such a good job.
Overall it's a very disappointing series let down by a poor script, but one of the most visually interesting series you'll ever see. Such is the weakness of the story that I can't really recommend this series, but instead encourage people to check out superior programmes such as Black Lagoon or Jormungand.
Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ showed great promise and for the most part delivered on that. The best yet of the spring roster but it was also at many times the weakest. Coming from Studio BEE TRAIN and director Koichi Mashimo on the coat tails of the mess that was Blade of the Immortal but the lesser known diamond in the rough episode "Field Test" on the joint US/Japan production of Batman Gotham Knight Phantom delivers action with some emotion sporadically at best, but still lives up to expectations in the end.
Director Mashimo who created the famous Girls With Gun trilogy of Noir,
MADLAX, and El Cazador de la Bruja has gone back to his niche genre of amnesiacs and guns and sexy girls but throwing a boy into the mix. Also basing this off a game he has plenty of source material to work with and his writer Yosuke Kuroda. Having not read/play the visual novel/game there's not much I can say about how well or not well this has been adapted. Whether it's very loyal or partly loyal or too spiritual I don't know. The writing though is mixed from good to mediocre to subpar. A few characters get little development while others get all; there's not much balance. Still there a few stand out lines and scenes and moments that capture me and my attention. The series though suffers from over writing. With a few pointless slice of life episodes, flashback episodes the series could have stood to be shorter. The addition of these minor school characters and the small romantic subplot between Zwei and Mio were unneeded. It's almost like many times they wanted to make a different series. Still I'll probably be one of the few that finds the introduction of Cal needed. Cal's entrance into the series provides a bit needed comic relief in the middle of the series and gives a needed break to the audience. Still the series doesn't pick up from there as the writing doesn't really improve until the last couple episode.
The art and character designs were probably the best I've seen from BEE TRAIN yet. Working with his veteran designers Mashimo and co. have made an amazing assortment of characters that look and feel natural. Makiko Kojima's color pallet gives a dark and gritty film noir look. The animation also the best I've ever seen. You can tell they had a serious budget to work with compared to some of their earlier works. Fewer stills but still not short of his trade mark camera pans nor cut aways. Fluid and amazing animation and easy on the eyes CGI are the frosting on top and probably make this THE best animation of the year.
Equally impressive the music. Mashimo never being the shy one when it comes to using music brought in Hikaru Nanase this year who would compose her finest soundtrack yet. Working with Mashimo I'm sure brought the best in her composing since Chrono Crusade and has delivered an assortment of tracks that dare I say it, even probably out scored longtime Mashimo collaborator Yuki Kajiura.
I don't have a heavy amount more to say on Phantom. The series has many good points and sadly many bad points that kept me from giving it a 8-10. Pointless recaps show a sign of laziness and over production if you ask me. It's a worthy check out for fans of this style but for some it won't be.
Story and Characters: 2(two) episodes are recaps, out of 24, which is ridiculous in its own right. The story is repetitious, the writing is both snobby and uninspiring. The summary of characters is as such: """genius""" slut who plots to take over the organization with a plan that isn't very well thought out at all. A chair sniffing loser named "Scythe Master" who seemingly has no real purpose other than to be the smart guy with glasses that's obligatory in any thriller. Eins, who hardly ever shows emotion, and Svei, who hardly ever shows emotion. Later on they throw in Cal, who doesn't seem to
offer anything other than a motivation for the two emotionless main characters to keep the action scenes going. You also have this Japanese yakuza who's an idiot, and his assistant, who's also an idiot. The main boss of the mafia is some ineffectual placeholder that never seems to have anything to say or do.
The soundtrack is good. Not much to say, it fits with the aesthetic of a mafia filled with betrayal.
The art is great, especially the animation. Action scenes are the main focus
When I saw this anime I was surprised because I saw not anime but Hollywood Movie.
I think why many members who give a value of 8 and 9 in this anime is the story of a amazing drama and Ein and Zwei success in their role. But here I want to write a review of the anime from my point of view although it would be a lot of users are considered "not helpful" but I do not care about it because here I want to write my disappointment on this anime but this time I just want to focus on the story.
1. The story
is easy to predict because the author uses Action Hollywood film plot. So began the introduction of, treason, Action, drama, and even made an escape like Hollywood movies. Though I expect the anime which is characterized "imagination".
2. I think the author of this anime "Quentin Tarantino" but apparently only one who inspired it because they think human life is utterly worthless. What makes me upset is when the killing of women and children in a weakened state.
3. One more thing that makes me disappointed to see the ending, it turns out this is Hollywood action series in which there is no happy ending and always end with a question mark.