Wow... I must tell you before you read this review that it has been awhile since I watched Tokko.
I really do not think this anime has gotten enough love. It was actually a VERY great anime with a great story. Even though, it made me very upset that they ended it with pretty much... no ending. It was kind of just... over.
This anime... is not for little kids. Very bloody and a lot of swearing, but that was one of the reasons I liked it so much!
STORY: I think that this anime had an amazing story. I mean, sure it's kinda getting old, the whole,
"My family died in this major massacre/accident and only I survived...". But, looking past that, the way Ranmaru deals with it and wants to right the wrongs is very inspiring. This is a story of... killing demons pretty much. But the creators of this anime made it more interesting than that. Because there are so many stories like this one, they had to do something to make it stand out from the rest. I think that the characters make this story. I'll get to that later, though.
ART: It's true... the main reason why people have not watched Tokko is not because the story is not amazing, but it's just because the artwork is not "blow me away" incredible. It's just... decent. The drawings have that kind of rugged look to them, which suits it well for a horror/slasher anime.
SOUND: The OP theme is TO DIE FOR! I totally adore it. It even put it on my I-pod. But don't listen too many times, or it gets stuck in your head forever... mwahaha! Throughout the anime, the sound is just... eh. Not too amazing. They do some cool background music I guess, but nothing that really makes you get into the story.
CHARACTER: This is where I belive Tokko excells. At least, with the main characters. Ranmaru Shindo is probably one of the coolest anime characters ever made in my eyes. He's hot, he's a policeman, and he has special powers that he doesn't even know about. Plus, he's got that traumatic past thing going for him. :) I dig that. It took me a few episodes to start liking the main female character, Sakura. First of all... the name Sakura is so over-used. But looking past that, she really turned out to be a great character and played a very important part in the story. Without her, Ronmaru would not have been as amazing. They were a great pair :) A few of the lesser characters (the male ones) where also great, but I'm not gonna spoil it for you. Sadly, the lesser female characters were semi annoying. Especially Ronmaru's younger sister Saya. But, she was important to the story and she made for some good laughs along the way.
ENJOYMENT: VERY enjoyable anime. I mean, who doesn't like hot men and women running around fighting monsters and cutting them up and swearing all the time? Cause I know that I like that sort of thing. There were some intense and emotional moments. Not very many laughs, but a couple popped out along the way. :)
Please tell people about this anime. It really needs more love. It was incredible!
When you hear the word "anime" what pops into your mind? Do you think of the beautiful movies of Hayao Miyazaki? Do you think of generic shonen series like Dragonball Z, Naruto, or Bleach? Perhaps you think of the artistic and Avant Garde works of Satoshi Kon or Masaaki Yuasa? For someone like me who was born in the late 1980s and grew up in the 1990s watching the anime available on American TV, I first think of highly formulaic action series with clear character archetypes, mediocre animation, and attempts to use pointless gore and nudity to make themselves edgier than the animation of
other countries. Tokko aired on 2 separate channels in the US: Syfy and Chiller. It is the very epitome of mediocrity. It perhaps above all other series I can think of perfectly represents what my generation thought of "anime" at the time.
Plot and characters: 4/10
Spoilers!!! (Not that anyone reading this would care)
Tokko begins with a group of teens fighting demons that attacked them years ago and now those demons wish to finish the job. The teens all have special brands on their bodies that help the demons hunt them down. This plot point was completely stolen from Berserk, but I digress. Our teenage heroes slay the demons with magical swords and many times the action and plot heavily resembles that of Bleach. Although actually Tokko came out the year before Bleach. The demons that are causing trouble in the human world all came through a portal opened by mad alchemists seeking immortality. In order to seal the portal, the powerful 108 demons (Hindu/Buddhist reference) must be defeated and their shards reclaimed. With 108 main enemies to defeat, you would think that this series would drag on for years. Although that was indeed the writer's original intent, the series was dropped after 1 season and ended forever on a complete cliffhanger. A brief Radio Drama came out only in Japan that was supposed to wrap up the plot, but even that didn't work out! The characters are all the exact types you have seen again and again! I have said before that this is one of the most generic anime you will ever see, and I REALLY mean that.
Art and Music: 5/10
The opening "Sunny Day" is very generic J-pop tune representative of the time. The OST is completely forgettable. It isn't bad, but it isn't good either. The animation was considered mediocre then and would probably seem a bit dated to young viewers today. The people on Syfy channel really thought this anime would sell because it had some tits and blood, but no one really paid attention. This anime quickly vanished from the public mind and plunged into the deepest obscurity.
Tokko is not a good show, neither is it a particularly bad show. It is an extremely generic action anime of the late 1990s/early 2000s. It is the exact kind of anime that me and my peers grew up watching on American TV at this time. If any of my fellow "oldtaku" want a blast from the past, they should watch an episode of Tokko and have a laugh. If younger readers of this review want to see what watching anime was like in the old days when all the anime we saw was either on TV or at the local video store, then check out an episode. This was the kind of stuff we watched, because the total quantity of anime available to us was low and the quality was also fairly low. We usually were much less cynical and jaded than today's otaku. We didn't attack series for lack of realism as if everything NEEDED to be a Chekhov play(or Ping Pong). We didn't freak out that visual quality wasn't 1080p. If something didn't absolutely SUCK ASS, like the shit Central Park Media always dumped on us, we were God damn happy! That is why we watched shit like Tokko and were content with it. Before you young ones judge us, try and put yourselves in our shoes and imagine what it was like.
Firstly I'd like to say i read some other reviews and this is a very varied anime. (I have finished this anime before reviewing) It's like marmite / veggie mite lol You love it or hate it.
While watching this I was always wondering what was going to happen next, have seen alot of horrors / slash 'em up movies and anime, I wasn't entirely sure what was going to happen through this. There was various suprising moments through-out the entire anime. The idea of demons trying to kill humans isn't as simple as it goes, that is just the impression you get at the start
but there's a little more to it than that. Alchemists summoned the demons for certain reasons (I'll try not to give anything away to spoil the plot) Anyway theres a few twists and turns there was alot i didn't expect to happen that did. Yes, it could have been better, the ending was a little rapid and maybe it should've been 14 episodes, but this is the reason i don't make 10 out of 10 and only 8. It felt somewhat slightly rushed on the last episode, but I still enjoyed it.
The art was somewhat different to other anime, it could be related to elfen lied in some ways, but in others it's nothing like it. The blood and gore was well drawn as was some of the characters, it was simple in alot of places yet effective but nothing special, so although I really like this anime I will have to mark this as just a 7.
I don't know how anyone can say there was no ambience in this...it was full of it. I guess if you're not enjoying the anime you won't pay attention to little things like this. There wasn't a whole lot of BGM but the OP was nice and the EP was not too bad. Remember this section is about SOUND not just MUSIC though. The sound went well with the series although maybe they could've added a LITTLE bit more music. The sound of death, gore spilling, OP, EP, music in some places, ambience reverb effects, this HAS sound, just not a great deal of music or if there was I didn't notice too much of it. But what i heard was nice...7 out of 10.
I remember reading before about character's having limited emotions. But I think people forget one thing...from what happened in the story the characters was trying to make themself strong I don't think they would show much emotion after having been traumatised from the event that happened. I think people expect too much in certain circumstances instead of thinking about how they would really act in certain situations. I'm giving this a 8 out of 10 because the characters represented themselves well and I really don't think I'd act any different given the same situation, I think it would be hard to show anymore on character development because you had someone who rarely talked, to having convosations because of how someone effected her. If you really take a step back and look at this, theres alot to the majority of the characters.
I may watch this again...I think I probabaly will. It was nice to watch, it was entertaining, blood gore, character development, not to the extent of elfen lied but it was good! 7 out of 10!
Tokko is an anime that seemed to have a lot going for it, at first at least. Too bad Tokko was too busy fucking itself. Truthfully, I was not able to finish the entire series; I only watched 8 out of the 13 episodes. Honestly I do not even care to finish the rest of the show, even if Tokko happens to have an amazing ending, which I highly doubt. I bet the ending sucks as much bullshit as what I saw. The 8 episodes I watched sucked dirty asshole and wasted my time.
The premise may sound
interesting, but trust me, the story sucks. It was one of the most boring and dull experiences I have had watching an anime show. At times I kept hoping that something would eventually happen; yet nothing does. It was a huge disappointment and letdown of something that had potential.
The biggest problem I have with this show is the main character, Shindo Ranmaru. He has a pretty interesting character design and personality. But that is all wasted, cause he doesn't do jack shit the entire time I watched this show. The main character doesn't get any stronger or anything, which really bugged me, because Tokko has a shonen feel to it, like Bleach. What a shame.
The monsters are all generic and are a completely uninspired mess.
This show could have been good if something actually happened. The show has to much suspense, like something big is going to happen later in the show. Yet there is only 13 fucking episodes and before I knew it I was already on episode 8 and nothing cool happened. I was pissed off. Please don't watch this show, because it sucks.
Based on the manga of the same name which was written by Tohru Fujisawa and directed by Masashi Abe. Tokko is an action anime that dabbles in the supernatural and Japanese mysticism. It involves a group of supernatural detectives taking on supernatural threats, in this case it's some type of zombie like creatures possessed by demons whom devour the living. Many naysayers hit on the unoriginal feel of the series, yet I can outright ignore just how derivative the story is, because the real problems are stale characters, unnecessary filler, bad story progression, poor interactions, plus a rushed and unfinished ending. This is more than
enough to bury any title 40,000 leagues under the sea.
I honestly do not watch anime for the sake of complaining but there is so much about Tokko to complain about. The characters are a real problem beginning at the top. The main character Ranmaru and his sister Saya have a relationship that can only be described as disturbingly creepy, while the rest are bland stereotypes meant to fill up roles. There's only one character by the name of Chief Kunikida who is funny as hell (English dub), and I doubt he was meant to be the real comedy relief.
The plot follows Ranmaru as he becomes intrigued by these monsters they face and he eventually meets the girl in his dreams, the sword wielding Sakura, and her team equipped to deal with this threat called Tokko. It appears that they are the only one's capable of killing these monsters. He learns a lot about them, plus the main threat which has a whole lot to do with him and the tragedy they all experienced that changed their lives.
Tokko drags its feet revealing smaller parts to the mystery, and the pacing is bad as it jams in more moments of Saya and the weak cast. I found no one in this worth attaching too. Ranmaru is the typical shonen guy that acts as if he's afraid of women, gets in danger, all that good stuff. The characters are so weak and can't carry the plot leaving only its story to try and save things which had plenty of potential. There's another organization to battle the creatures, other warriors of Tokko's type with one couple actually doing something weird to the monsters after they kill them. Unfortunately, a lot of this stuff goes nowhere and it's even more frustrating that the episodes contain more filler than substance. It also does a terrible job at foreshadowing; it's too obvious what's going to happen and who could be working something behind the scenes.
Even the production values are quite mixed; the action department consists of the quick swipes and falling body parts which gets old really quick, yet there are some nice moments of some brutal gore. The bullet holes to the face and eyes looks pretty cool, with monsters being outright obliterated into pieces along with blades through the head. It's a shame that the viewer isn't treated to a lot more of that.
The backgrounds of buildings, trees, and hazy flashbacks make good use of the visuals, yet still character backgrounds and CG background vehicles look awkward. I'll give credit to the creepy monster designs though; those baby-face looking, parasitic maggots, are something that will stick with you. Whenever I think of this anime those sick looking things come to mind. They are definitely the highlight in terms of designs. The J-pop soundtrack is just there, but the series BGM does have its moments where it tries to work with its horror-like atmosphere using static background music which works well in the hazy, choppy like flashbacks and visions.
In the end though, Tokko crumbles underneath everything it wants to do. I saw a professional review once stating that this anime is an unrelenting blood bath, and it's one of the most violent series ever created. Do not buy into this; the violence is pretty average when considering how violent this genre has been for awhile. In addition, it spins its wheels with not much happening until around half way, plus the ending is a serious jip. The only people I can see falling for this are the very easy to please. If you do not fall into that group then I recommend other dark action titles such as Speed Grapher, Basilisk, or Berserk. I agree that Berserk has a jury-rigged ending, but at least everything before the ending is very gripping and leaves a damn good impression. Tokko is simply boring and forgettable.
Highs: Decent production values
Lows: Lots of missed potential, undeveloped story elements, unfinished
A rather good anime ruined with an incredibly disappointing (lack of) ending. Though it lacks anything spectacular or unique with its plot, setting, or characters, Tokko is for the most part a good action series with good action scenes, and is able to hold the viewer in with its deepening mystery and conspiracy behind the secret organization Tokko and the evils it fights. Another thing it has going with it is, yes, fanservice - some may complain it's overboard but I think it's actually handled rather well. However, once again, the series is ultimately ruined by its short length and obviously rushed conclusion - it's
such a shame they couldn't continue it for as long as they hoped.
Story: 3 (Poor)
Don't get me wrong, the story behind Tokko is excellent - and, as much of a paradox as it may seem, that's precisely why its rated so low. Tokko's plot revolves around Ranmaru, a recent graduate of the Tokyo police academy who is accepted into a special operations branch; he spends much of his time trying to investigate a mysterious, paranormal event that occurred in the apartment complex he lived in as a child which left his parents dead. Soon after joining the police force, however, he begins to encounter strange monsters which inhabit people's bodies and induces as demonic, zombie-like state. When bullets prove ineffective, a mysterious and secret branch of the police known only as Tokko steps in and cuts the demons down. Ranmaru starts investigating Tokko at the behest of his boss, which attracts their attention. They discover that Ranmaru possesses powers which may prove helpful towards fighting the demons, and Ranmaru discovers that these demons may be links to his parents' deaths.
Unfortunately, all of the binding plot points and intrigue that comes with a compelling, mystery-laden story like this comes for naught. The story comes to an abrupt end at episode 13 as it is cleared that this series was not renewed for what should've been a well-deserved second season, and the only conclusion we get is a trite epilogue over the end credits of the final episode that leaves the viewer feeling cheated. It is for this reason that the story ends up being rated so low; there's no point investing any time or emotion for a story that builds up to a blank conclusion.
Art - 7 (Good)
The art is at least decent and on par with other popular works, the special effects help carry the story along, and at least the ladies are very sexily drawn :)
Sound - 7 (Good)
The sound quality is good, and the music pretty ok save for the OP, whose only saving grace is that TVs come with mute buttons now.
Characters - 7 (Good)
Tokko comes with some pretty interesting characters - Ranmaru himself is pretty interesting: devoted towards the care of his sister who also is a recent recruit into the police force; towards the investigation of who's responsible for his parents' murder and discovering the truth behind the Tokko organization and discovering the true meaning behind the dreams he's been having. The show's supporting cast is diverse, along with Ranmaru's boss who provides a combination of comedic relief and a level of GAR that sometimes approaches Kamina's, or at least Bruce Campbell's, taking down a horde of zombies with a freakin' machine gun! The female cast is pretty interesting as well; they heap on the fanservice yet are very well developed and motivated.
Enjoyment - 8 (Very Good)
For the short while it lasts, Tokko is a very enjoyable series with the right amount of action mixed in with the right amount of mystery and intrigue. People will be glued to the series wanting to discover whether or not Ranmaru will avenge his parents, if Tokko will stop the "Big Bad" from accomplishing his demonic goals, and just how deep and twisted does this ancient demonic conspiracy run. This enjoyment, however, is ruined when most of these questions are given rushed answers, or none at all.
Overall - 6 (Fair)
Overall, Tokko is an excellent series which unfortunately got cheated from a proper ending, and this will effect the viewer's enjoyment in turn, as much of the enjoyment comes from the deepening conspiracies which revolve around the forces Tokko fights against. Unfortunately, these conspiracies come to rushed conclusions, and the final show-down between Ranmaru and the evils Tokko fights barely happens at all. Anit-climatic indeed.
It doesn't feel like Tokkuou's a real anime as much as a template for an anime.
The story is very straight forward, but, in my opinion, that's the problem because it makes the anime feel bland and boring. So Ranmaru wants to find the people who killed his parents, finds out they were killed by monsters, he joins Tokkou to kill the monsters, and at the climax fights the evil mastermind whose controlling the monsters and wants to take over the world.
There weren't really any big twists or surprises and it fells like the writers were really dragging the plot out, like they were
struggling to make this anime 12 episodes long.
Also, I thought the fight scenes were pretty boring. Ranmaru and the others characters just slice the phantoms half with one swing of their swords so there really isn't that much fighting.
Again, these characters don't feel like real characters as much as templates for characters.
We never learn anything about them outside their origin stories. For example, I know Ranmaru wants to kill the monsters that killed his parents, but I can't say anything about his personality or anything I found likeable or memorable about him and that's true for all the characters.
Even when one of the main characters gets killed (which should be an edge of your seat, heart-pounding scene) I don't feel sad or angry or anything because I didn't know anything about this character other than his name and origin story.
I thought the art was decent. The phantoms looked okay and the little parasite monsters were legitimately creepy. Also, since this is a horror anime, the artist did a good job by including lots of blood.
One character's appearance that really stood out, however, was Kureha. She doesn't wear a shirt!! Seriously, her leather jacket just barely covers her nipples; why does nobody ask her about that?!
I'd say Tokkou is a decent anime, but it just doesn't feel like a whole of effort was put into the story, characters, or art designs.
Una serie que ofrece una trama muy interesante per que lastimosamente carece de una buena animacion y algunas escenas parecen elaboradas en FLASH, de todos modos e intentando olvidarse de ello vale la pena verla si te gustan las batallas con espadas y demonios en pleno siglo XXI, encuanto a los personajes son algo estereotipados pero aun asi de buena calidad y el sonido es bastante acorde a las escenas. No es lo mejor que he visto pero vale la pena verlo si tienes tiempo libre XD
Just finished watching the anime.
If you're just about to watch it, here's the good and bad points;
Good points :
The story had a good concept, I mean, it's been done, but everyone loves gore and there's not much you can do with evil spirits. I actually quite liked the little twists and the way they laid out the order of things to come.
The characters are hard not to love. Ronmaru (the main character) certainly makes you smile, in the beginning he's very cute and fun and unknowing and he changes through out the anime, but you find out every reason why; which I like. I
hate when you watch anime and suddenly someone's all pokerface for unknown reasons. Plus the whole, living-with-sister-cause-their-parents-died thing kinda made you feel sorry for the guy.
I wont go into detail about him or the other characters because you only find out snippets through out the series.
Okay so I'm going to give you the bad points now which might include the tiniest little bit of spoilage, you can either carry on or skip to the bottom of the review.
Bad points :
I am a little disappointed, at first I thought the anime was running at a smooth pace, but then suddenly as soon as his life "up's" he's this serious dude who knows everything? What happened to the guy who was too oblivious to notice girls blatantly flirting with him? I liked him! He was cute! Anyway..
Don't get me wrong in the end he turned out to be pretty bad ass (pardon my french) but in 13 episodes that happened kinda too quickly for my liking. It got to episode 8 and they just completely rushed everything! Suddenly he can kill 6 main spirits one after the other?! 3 episodes ago he couldn't stand up infront of one!
The characters where believable though while you saw part of each characters personal life and the way they felt, they never really let it shine through, apart from the 2 main characters.
The ending was atrocious and I feel robbed. He JUST learned how to fight and suddenly he's "The Chosen One". It's bull! How did he manage to get through all that tripe at the end only for it to come back in his face?! Ooh that sort of thing annoys me so much, and happened frequently in other animes. MAKE IT STOP!
End of Spoilers!!
Anyway, I would recommend watching it, I mean, it's a good watch if you're not picky that is.
This is my first review, thought I would make one since I'm feeling a bit bored.
First of all, my opinion would be that this is a great anime show. It's a bit underrated, and I think it deserves more credit then it's given. I'm giving it a 10 because it's one of very few anime shows that actually had me interested. I would say this anime show deserves between a 7-9 rating, but I'm not one to give very low ratings.
Story 7/10 - The storyline was okay, it wasn't anything original, but it wasn't bad either. There is your average sword fighting in it, and
battling against monsters that are trying to take over with the devil/satan involved, which is nothing new.
• I thought the first episode was good, and it had a good start in the series.
• The ending was pretty bad, it kind of had one of those endings you would see in a Freddy Crugar movie.
Art 8/10- I thought the art was pretty good. When they had the fight scenes where they killed some of the monsters were definetely better than some anime shows. The art for when it showed the limbs of humans torn apart and the blood everywhere was great.The art kind of reminded me of Claymore [also a good anime show] The animation wasn't all that great, and wasn't the best quality, but I thought it was decent.
Characters 9/10- The characters were great. My favorite character from this show would have to be Kureha Suzuka, her weapons were daggers instead of swords, which I thought was unique because most everyone else held swords. The main character was okay, but kind of forgettable. His personality was kind of like your average anime boy.
Overall, I really enjoyed this anime show, and I would definetely reccommend it if you like really gore filled anime shows like Gantz.
I had high hopes before watching Tokkô, I really did. I was expecting, hoping for, looking for something dark. I wanted an anime rich in horror, blood, violence. I was looking for scenes bathed in the blood of unjust enemies who committed horrendous crimes. I wanted to be kept uncertain as to whether or not someone would be left alive at the end. I wanted uncertainty as to the fates of everyone involved.
I got none of that from Tokkô.
I have only watched this show once, so I'm the first to admit the possibility that my disappointment stems from setting my expectations too
high. I had just watched Hellsing Ultimate and wanted more of something in that vein of violence, treachery, and uncertainty. Tokkô did not give me that.
Instead, it left me feeling confused, rushed, off-kilter. There were frequent pauses, full of discussions of "Wait, what? Did we miss something?". There were far too many instances of half-tilted heads and squinted gazes as we struggled to make sense of the uncertain and contradictory storyline being presented to us.
Overall Score: 3/5
In its defense, the soundtrack (barring two points which I will discuss at the end of this section) was excellent. The music fit flawlessly within the show's theme, and did an excellent job of providing an appropriate emotional tone for the scene at hand. The sound effects were also extremely well-done, complimenting both the music and the scene without being too prominent or overbearing.
The overall sound quality was acceptable. I'm not much of an audiophile, but I was never disappointed with, or blown away by, the overall quality of the sound itself. There was a good balance between the inherent volumes for the voice acting and the rest of the audio. I never struggled to hear the voice actors above the noise of any scene (I did watch the show in Japanese, with English subtitles), and if any rewinding was done, it was for my better half to listen carefully to the specific words used, in order to better understand the nuances being missed by the English subtitles.
My biggest complaints with the music, however, lie within the opening and closing songs. The opening song was extremely upbeat and poppy, while the animations had the potential to be rather dark and foreboding. The song felt overly long and hugely at odds with the show itself. It wasn't quite in line with the show, and so watching it before each episode was slightly jarring. We eventually started fast-forwarding through the opening credits, largely because of the length.
The closing credits were especially jarring, especially with the chosen background art. The tone of the music was light and airy, which was also extremely disconcerting. The background art chosen was a silhouette image of the male lead reaching out to take the hand of the female lead. Both were topless, for whatever reason, but the semi-nudity was yet another piece that came across as slightly off and not fitting with everything else. We choose to fast-forward because we felt off-balance by everything with the closing credits and simply wished them to be over as soon as possible.
In total, the overall sound, while clear, didn't stand out either way and stayed middle-of-the-road in terms of quality. If the opening and closing songs had been better, or more suited to the show, my overall score for sounds would have been 4/5. As it sits, the perfection of the in-show music coupled with the sound effects does counteract the detractors that was the credit music.
Overall score: 2/5
I struggled with the way each characters were established early on and the ways they each grew.
The biggest source of my complaint lies almost solely within the lead, Ranmaru Shindo. The show starts with him dreaming, and we everyday see a half-naked woman rescuing him with a sword. He wakes up to his half-naked sister, bouncing everywhere and essentially stating that she's doing it because he doesn't have a girlfriend. I don't have a problem with incest in anime because it's not real. What I found to be confusing about it was the way he dreamt about the half-naked woman.
The character somehow moves away from the incest angle to suddenly Ranmaru becoming a perceived ladies man. We on the other side know differently, but the transition didn't make sense, when you go back to the first episode. I felt further disconnected when Ranmaru switched from being a perceived ladies man to having a woman presented as his soul mate. I will say this: I'm an anime novice. Haven't watched much until recently. I'm semi-familiar with character tropes in anime. I don't know if the switch from incest to ladies man to the man finding his soul mate and never leaving her side. If that IS a thing in anime, it was very poorly done.
It felt, to me, like the writers weren't sure of Ranmaru's character and that he was being rewritten from episode to episode until they figured out who he was supposed to be. Now, this isn't genuine character growth I'm talking about. This was an unfinished character, who was slowly being fleshed out throughout the show instead of having him grow. UNLESS I'm wrong about how characters in anime transition from lusting after their younger sister's nether regions to standing by the woman of their literal dreams. If I'm wrong, then great! That actually changes a huge part of the show for me, in a positive manner.
Any other characters felt exactly like characters, in every sense of the word. They weren't people defined by their past and making choices based on that, they were characters making decisions the writers said they made. The one exception, the absolute best person was Kaoru Kunikida, Ranmaru's boss. Kunikida had motivations that drove him, he took stands, and unlike everyone else around him, he didn't allow his past to chain him, but instead used it to move forward. He grew. I can't say that about anyone else.
Overall, the strength of Kunikida wasn't enough to effectively counteract the constantly rewritten Ranmaru and the lack of depth regarding everyone else. A story filled with characters isn't compelling, it isn't captivating. You are never presented with moments where you see genuine growth, just worn out scenarios where nothing ever changes.
Overall score: 2/5
I found the story immensely frustrating. In a nutshell (POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING; DON'T READ PAST HERE): Ranmaru and his sister were orphaned because somehow everyone in his apartment complex was brutally slaughtered. He becomes a cop to hunt down the killer. It's revealed that the attack was because someone opened an alchemical box (I didn't write the story) and opened up a gateway to another dimension. This box has 108 pieces (I don't know why the weird number), and it cannot be closed until every piece is found. There is a group of people dedicated to finding said pieces to close the gateway because reasons (there are legitimate reasons, but I'm trying to avoid spoilers and take as little time as possible).
Here is my issue. The entire storyline felt like it was slowly being reworked. People were saying things that they shouldn't have known, things were being presented suddenly that contradicted something said earlier. The storyline as a whole felt clumsy, unfinished, poorly thought out. What was ESPECIALLY frustrating was the realization that the story had AMAZING potential, but was lost somewhere.
The story felt like it was intended to run on for much longer, but was cancelled or ended prematurely. Honestly, I see why. The story takes eight episodes to go anywhere. The plot was unfinished, not fully formed from the beginning. I had a very strong feeling of "Figure that part out later" or even just adding something solely for the episode to make sense. That's bad writing. That's incredibly bad writing.
I'm struggling to fully express just how frustrating it was to watch the lack of progression from the story. The show shied away from actually getting into the action and just going off, and instead held itself back the entire time until the very end. The story dawdled, moseyed, and doddered about, avoiding it's true core: people kicking demon ass. And that's not even all of my problems. When you look at the actual storyline of the show, from beginning to end, it just falters from the beginning. So much of the first seven episodes could have been done in the first episode, freeing up the remaining episodes up to explore the world being presented to the viewer.
We were not given that. We were given a lost show, confused about its characters, storyline, direction, ending. The show is short, only 13 episodes. It took eight to get going. It shouldn't.
There are, in my mind, two ways to look at the show. Either it was intended to be 13 episodes, in which case the show was a an overly ambitious train wreck. You don't create some arbitrary number of enemies to kill, and then spend a full quarter of your show before you even show off how bad-ass the main character is. You just don't. That's terrible writing. OR the show was meant to be longer, but was cut short due to whatever reason and so they were forced to create SOME kind of ending that had any kind of logic. This makes more sense, because I refuse to consider the former a possibility. I can see why the show failed to gain any interest. The storyline was poorly planned, the characters were dull, and the art was uninspiring and bland. It could have been so much more, if the story hadn't been afraid of itself.
If you're going to do a thirteen episode anime about kicking demon ass, don't wait three quarters of the way to get going while simultaneously introducing probably one of the most arbitrary enemy counts I've ever heard.
If you want to do a long running anime about kicking demon ass, you STILL don't take eight episodes to show off the big bad-ass. The only thing that kept us watching was we bought it and started it. There was no compelling reason in the show to make people keep watching.
We didn't finish it because we wanted to know what happened. We finished it to avoid having an incomplete anime hanging over our heads. We were watching out of a sense of an unspoken obligation, to see an unpleasant task all the way through.
In total: this was an anime that had tremendous potential, but was lost or squandered. It was poorly planned and executed from the very beginning. On the surface, the story sounds great. But it was incomplete. I'm willing to try one more time with it, to see if I wasn't in the right state of mind for it, but I don't have high hopes. I can't give it anything higher than a two, despite how strong the music was. The music wasn't enough to redeem the rest of it. We'll see how the show fares with a rewatch.
This is my first review so hmm where should I start.. I dont get it why is this anime so unpopular and ppl hate it. In my eyes it was pretty good if u like blood.The art is good for how old it is the characters are ok but now the bad thing the story is so unfinished they could have done much more it feels like the ending is just thrown at u this had a lot of potential imo.It also had a bit of humour which I like.Overall It needs more episodes and better ending. Im sorry its hard for me to rate
stuff with this scaling system so I did it this way and dont hate me for my bad review I just wanted to recommend it for ppl to watch it.
Ok, so I saw a lot of people hate this anime because nothing happens. What they must understand is that unfortunately the manga as dropped after only 3 volumes. I think originally the anime was supposed to have 24 episodes or another season. This explains why until episode 9 things go very slow. I personally found the show very exciting and interesting with strong and deep characters. There are no bad people just because like some shows have and a lot of things got explained by the end. I could say the only thing I did not like was the last episode which was
weird. It is clear that writers needed a quick end for a series that should have been longer while in the same time they wanted to leave place for a sequel/revival of the series that unfortunately never come (and probably never will). I do not want to give spoilers to those that want to watch it but I will say just this: if you decide to do so just see it trough, do not drop it because by the end most questions will be answered.
This was one of those animes which had a massive amount of potential, but then seemed to take a wrong turn near the end. It seemed as if the producers had run afoul of their budget and then quickly rushed the series to keep the big boys happy.
The build up to the latter part of the anime is definitely worthy of recognition as one of the better series, but then things begin to unravel near the end where the whole tone becomes rushed and abrupt. There were some real golden moments, but they are few and far between.
My biggest qualm is the fact that it
was tarnished by a complete anti-climax. The final battle is short and boring, and doesn't do the series any justice. If they had fleshed out the story a bit more by including at least another two or three episodes to bring it up to a nice closing number of 15 episodes, and had a far more epic finale, this definitely could have been one of the better animes to deal with demons and revenge.
The series had the expected gore of one that deals with demons, and of course the usual shower scenes to add a bit of an ecchi flavour, some interesting characters, and a decent storyline, but once again the finale simply lacked that special touch that most highly rated animes are marked by.
To repeat myself, this series had so much potential, but that potential was not displayed. I doubt they'll release a sequel as it has been four years, but we can hope. If they do take the dive, let's hope they improve on it tenfold. The ingredients are there, they are just not mixed together properly to make a tasty, mouthwatering meal.
Tokko was interesting. I was promised zombies and only kind of got my wish. It wasn't bad at all and I actually enjoyed it, but there were flaws (Like the ending)
Story: 7/10 - The story was good and had a cool plot. It was executed fairly well, but it went in a lot different direction than I expected. I did enjoy the story but it seemed lacking and it just kind of ended.... very abruptly.
Art: 5/10 - I honestly don't care about art or how bad it is, but this did have an older feel to it, which honestly isn't my favorite style. It was
somewhat nostalgic though.
Sound: 5/10 - Nothing too memorable, but nothing too bad. I don't personally care enough to put the soundtrack on my playlist though.
Character: 6/10 - I actually liked a lot of the characters. At least the ones that I could remember. The show ended too soon for me to really get to know all the characters. The characters were not bad though. They just needed to be more developed.
Enjoyment: 6/10 - I enjoyed this and watched it all the way through. I liked what it was doing, but am dissapointed with the ending.
Overall: 6/10 - I would recommend this because I did enjoy it, but it's definitely not for everyone
Fanservice and Sexual Content 6/10 - (No Fanservice, but a few brief shots of a topless girl in the fog)
all in all it was a great anime it sucks that it wasnt finished or so ive read from various other sites thus the none existant ending its a pretty good anime if u like hack n slash anime if u want a well thought out complex story this might not be ur prefered anime the story is pretty straight forward and doesnt leave much to the imagination but all in all the chracters are great and the back story behind the characters was pretty cool just the actual plot story was kind of a downer but still a decent anime for all its flaws
its obiously not for children there is partial nudity blood gore and loads of swearing i do hope this review helps u take care and have fun with Tokko
this is one of my all time fave anime's simply because it's one of the first anime's watched online after getting a computer and the fact it was different to the other anime i watched back than. loved all the fight scenes and the story line it's self was really good (imo at least) and i probably also like as much as i do since it was the first anime i watched that had nothing to do with kids in high school since i do get bored of them some times,
the only thing i didn't like about the anime was that it was to
short and wished it was longer and the finish felt like a cliffhanger(at least to me anyway) but other than that i really like this anime and recommend it to those that love blood and gore in their anime and my overall rating is 9/10.
I great start to a series, but a ruined ending... or should I say a lack therof. They just...stopped. No explanation or reason. That was it. Otherwise a enjoyable series until then. Violence, good fights, good story potential.