Review: Every person has an invisible ring around his neck. This ring will get darker and darker and he will die once the ring has turned black. Ever since birth Kita Michiru was able to see those rings. She is shocked when she finds out that the rings around Akatsuki Chika’s and Tachibana Shito’s neck, two boys from her school, are pitch black and yet they are still alive. When she gets involved with them she learns that they once died and were given another chance by the Zombie Loan project. She decides to help them to repay their debt by killing zombies.
I’m not sure if a zombi horror setting is the right thing for a shoujo story, but at least it’s something new, even if it’s nothing for me.
Review: Claymore or silver-eyed witches; that’s how the villagers call those members of the organisation whose profession it is to find and slay Yoma. Those Claymore are all half Yoma half human, very powerful and female, fore only woman are able to survive merging with a Yoma. Yoma are powerful demons who can take human form to remain undetected. However, they can not fool the eyes of a Claymore since they themselves are half Yoma. When there is a suspicion of a Yoma hiding in town, villagers will hire a Claymore to get rid of it. Claire is one of those Claymore, but she is travelling with a young boy who acts as her cook, which is unusual since Claymore usually are feared by humans and live a lonely monotonous life. What this boy yet doesn’t know is that each time Claire fights, she isn’t only fighting with the Yoma in front of her, but also with the Yoma within her. It is the fate of all Claymore to one day lose to the Yoma within at which point they will request their closest fellow Claymore to kill them before they lose their human heart.
Claymore tells the story of the sad, lonely and terrible fate of Claire, a young woman who decided to become a Claymore, and a boy, who decided to accompany her. This promising theme is supported by an adequate atmosphere and animation quality.
Review: This anime takes place in current-time Tokyo. However, this Tokyo is being attacked by grotesque monsters and demons. Hiyu Tatsuma just recently transferred to Magami Academy and makes contact with different students possessing mysterious powers. They intend to defend their city and friends.
The dark and brutal atmosphere same as the interesting powers of the main characters are the strong points of this anime. Animation quality and character design are decent. All and all it seems to be an interesting show for all horror/action fans.
Review: This show takes place in a world where vampires are only allowed to live peacefully in a special zone intended for them. Even though the Red Bloods (Humans) and the Black Bloods (Vampires) are at peace, there is still hate and conflict between those 2 races.
Mochizuki Jirou is a powerful vampire of noble blood and he spent wonderful time together with his beautiful lover and the female vampire Cassa; but after Cassa betrayed them and his lover died, Jirou is only a shadow of his former self. The settings and circumstances are still unknown. After Jirou awakens again from his long sleep he goes on a journey with his little brother and the human Katsuragi Mimiko.
Review: The story plays in France 18th century. The Chevalier D`Eon is a special agent working for Louis XIV, fighting against recent cult activities. Then one day a coffin is floating on the water. There are weird letters on it and as they open it, they get to see the dead body of the Chevalier’s sister. He thinks the cult is behind it, but the cult is actually more powerful than he predicted because they practise necromancy and can summon golems.
Chevalier is an anime that shows a time and place not ofter to be seen in anime. It does a pretty good job on it, yet I feel there is something missing.
Review: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is based on a popular amateur-made mystery computer game of the same name.
Keiichi just recently moved to the small rural village Hinamizawa and already made some good friends in the small school he started to attend. But the peaceful days gets interrupted when suddenly a murder case happens during a local festival. As Keiichi gets involved in the investigation he learns more and more about the mysteries of this murder. There were a project of building a dam 5 years ago, which would unfortunately flood this town. Of course the locals were against leaving their homes and it was a heated situation. One day, somehow the project was dropped and since then always on the day of the festival a person went missing and a person died. The victims always are somehow connected to the dam-project. Nobody of his friends told Keiichi about this, but everyone knew. The locals are convinced it is a curse and as Keiichi tries to find out the truth, he gets more involved in the mysteries of this case than he’d like.
This is a different type of mystery anime. This anime’s episodes are divided into different arcs. All of these arcs start the same way with the same characters, but focus on different aspects and have different outcomes. It is like different small stories based on the same settings. With each arc come new questions and mysteries, but also new answers. Will we be able to see the truth of this puzzle after watching all the arcs?
Review: Tokko is a dark and bloody action horror anime, which is based on an even darker manga of the same name.
5 years ago a big and brutal mass-murder occurred where Shindou used to live. Only he, his sister and few others survived out of hundreds of inhabitants. His sister is a police woman today and he himself joined Tokki, the special mobile investigation force, in order to investigate this incident and revenge their parent’s death, but even today brutal murder happen in the streets of Japan day for day and the police is having a hard time. It seems the murderers are not human and when Shindou finally sees the murderers with his own eyes he is shocked. Bullets are no use against them, but then suddenly a girl he knew and also used to live where the mass-murder occurred 5 years ago appears and kills them of with a sword. Why is she using a sword and is there any connection to the mass-murder 5 years ago?
Review: For the students of Fujimi High School it all started with a weird looking man standing at the front gate on a sunny spring day. Only moments later he mercilessly murdered and infected most of the students with his zombie virus of unknown origin. The few, who stick together to survive, soon realize that this is a problem of global proportions.
At first glance High School of the Dead is an action based zombie anime with much fanservice and little story. On a second glance however, the breathtaking animation quality, astonishing music and character developments make this anime into something worth recommending especially due to the lack of bloody adult action anime recently. It’s questionable however, if that can compensate for the overuse of fanservice and some rather weird, crappy and unrealistic scenes where you have to wonder whether or not this is unintentional humor, or maybe rather clever humor designing a ridiculous scene in a serious way, while it is really meant as a joke (either way I had to laugh hard many times). All in all it is done decently well and I enjoy it even more than the original manga it is based on.