Twenty-three-year old Takaba Akihito is a young freelance photographer who takes pride in his work and seeks to get a major "scoop." After he takes photographs of the business dealings of crime lord Asami Ryuichi, Asami kidnaps and rapes him, beginning a sadomasochistic relationship between them as they find themselves continually drawn to one another. Fei Long, a rival Chinese boss who blames Asami for his father's death, takes an interest in Takaba, as well, seeking a way to get revenge.
This is a very interesting way to animate, that's for sure.
I will admit at first it seemed a bit bland in the beginning, but as soon as I found out about Takaba's job, it did pull me in. The audio wasn't extremely terrible, though I do admit their Chinese did not sound authentic. Then again, they're Japanese actors. The characters' designs were interesting, and I loved the style of this, an AniMix. I was surprised when I saw how little animation there was, but since it was different I found it just as good as a normal OVA.
Overall I'd say it is fair, though I'd
think it'd be better with the Hong Kong arc (found in the manga, you should try to read it). I suggest the drama CD, makes it more lively.
This isn't actually an anime; as far as I can tell, there is little to no animation beyond mouths moving. Apparently this is called an 'animix'; instead of fully animated scenes what you'll see is cells being panned back and forth. The voice-acting is all right and the soundtrack is a little cheesy, but it can't be helped.
It is a nice extra to the manga, but that's all it is. Don't expect more of it! It would be awesome to see a full series of the manga one day -- it has a good story arc or two, especially the one in Hong Kong!
did like that this animix included the omake scene of New Year's at the end. It's fun to watch and I suppose that makes it worth it.
Hmm.. honestly.. when I first heard that Viewfinder will have an ANIME/OVA.. I was like "OMFG OMG OMG I AM DYING" something like that. Then someone corrected it and said something like this:
"It's not an anime or OVA. It's an AniMix"
The definition of AniMix in my head is like compilation or MIXTURE of different anime, scenarios, music, etc. So I was a bit disappointed when I learned that it's not an OVA at all. But even so (at that time), I didn't care. As long as I can see Asami and Akihito or even hear their voices, it's alright.
But of course I kept reminding myself that I'm not going to expect anything.
So when the AniMix was released last February 29, 2012 (I've watched it last March 1, 2012 though).. I actually enjoyed it.
The whole episode/movie/AniMix (or whatever it was) consists the following chapters from the manga: You're my Love Prize in Viewfinder, Fixer and Love Prize 01.
It is practically the same with the manga. So no problem with that. (Though I would be more happier if it was the Hong Kong Arc XD)
Actually, from my point of view, it really looks like an anime/ova. Though the only problem is the lack of movements. They don't "move" that much. The characters don't blink their eyes (that much I guess) or they have less facial expression. They look stiff. Well it is an AniMix after all so expect that.
The only thing that bothered me was how the other characters (including Feilong) speak Chinese. It was really funny. XD
As a Viewfinder fan, I really enjoyed it. I mean.. just hearing the Drama CD made me so happy. What more if I see them moving and talking right? Especially the S&M scene (though nothing graphic). But of course I'm still wishing they will make a "real" anime or OVA of it.
I guess I'll give it a 7. I enjoyed it but of course I still prefer the manga. I recommend you to read the manga first if you HAVEN'T READ the manga. Because you will not enjoy it that much.
Well that was horrible. Good thing I read that it was an animix rather than an OVA before starting otherwise it could have beeen even more disappointing , not that it got an outstanding grade this way either.This was my first experience watching an animix and I can say with confidence that I will never watch it again. It was like watching paperdolls (etremely hot paperdolls, but paperdolls nonetheless) moving and talking. I couldn't even say "come to life" as they did not.
There is no reason to elaborate on the plot as you should not watch this unless you have read the manga. You will
not be able to follow the story as there really is none. The story is in the manga and even if this is an adabtation it skips all the details and even I had trouble to follow sometimes. There is no flow and the paperdolls are once in this place and on the next in that place while elevator music is played on the backround. I did not even enjoy the voice actors as Masami sounded way too old and Fei Long sounded just...wrong.
I always enjoy bishies and that's why I gave this a three rather than a one.