Minnie: Hello everybody! This is Minnie here and I just decided to pick up this anime this evening! I have to say that I am pretty much interested in the comedy/romance/action type of anime so I want to watch this and give it a try. Much to my surprise, the first three episodes are very hooking and I am now on Episode 4 already! Aren’t you guys glad that I can give my review on the same day I decide to review this? Haha!
Episode 1 and 2 probably scare most people off from this anime, but why? Is it because the main characters (or so you think) are killed off at the end of Episode 1? Then, another group of main characters including a girl name Kagura is introduced and then Kagura is killed off at the end of Episode 2? May I remind you people that unlike Episode 1 where it’s obvious everyone is massacred, in Episode 2, we never directly see Kagura die. I am thinking that she really did NOT die yet. Then, of course, Episode 3 goes backwards to show the younger days of Kagura and her supposedly killer now under the name of Yomi. They are like sisters back then with Yomi declaring that she will protect Kagura. I especially love Yomi’s character so far- she’s a mass murderer in episode 1 and 2 but in episode 3, she becomes a playful and charming sister. Are you people as confused as I am? Or is it simply Yomi has drastically changed her personality due to some event of the past? What could have happened to drive the life-loving, playful Yomi to become a heartless killer? I hope Episode 4 will hold more answers. By the way, this is the first episode with an OP.
Already, in Episode 4, you know the personalities of the characters very well and to be frank, I love all of them. The gay old man Iwahata who drives the car makes me laugh for example with his homo pervertedness. Michael Kohara who makes the sword for Kagura is funny in a similar way. Maybe because he walks around naked? And gets arrested a couple of times? Noriyuki is a handsome fellow with a cute, white, ferret-like creature on his shoulder. He has a pretty spunky, rebellious personality as well. Oh the Nabuu twins are hilarious as well. XD But as of yet, my favorite is still Yomi who is flirty toward Kagura to the point that she might be deemed bisexual and has a will of iron. She is also strong and determined. Kagura is still bleh for me so far but I can see her getting a lot of character development.
There’s quite a lot of character development and explanation in this episode. For example, they explain what Category C and Category D’s are. They explain the beast that works aside Yomi. They explain how Noriyuki is engaged to Yomi even though it seems like Yomi is only interested in Kagura. There’s a lot of good character development on Kagura’s part. She is seen as the newbie in the group and is forced to back Yomi up. However, we are seen that Kagura has a power of her own and uses her weapon in a very reliable manner. In one scene, Kagura has to help Yomi kill the Category D’s who are once humans. However, Kagura hesitates and refuses to kill them, leading to her father and his sealed Byakuei, a white dragon, to help her.
That battle is amazing but after it, we get to see Tsuchimiya-dono or her father discipline Kagura for showing weakness at the moment. He hits her hands twice but tells her to grow stronger. This is how the episode ends. A lot of moments are priceless in this episode like Kagura and Yomi kissing in the beginning and the scenes that really foreshadows Kagura’s later development as a character. I am still curious about Yomi though. How can she change her personality so drastically? A complete 180 degree? What happen to her? I’ll probably keep watching this anime just for the sake of answering that question. All in all, this anime knows how to deliver the comedy scenes as well as the action scenes. I especially enjoy all the characters thus far and want to know more about them. It’s not too gruesome/bloody and has a nice mix of comedy to blend it out. Kagura is a bleh character but I know she will grow throughout the series.
Pros so far: Fantastic music throughout the episodes, enjoyable characters, lots of action and comedy, and a strong heroine whose past readers want to know about. Cons so far: The action scenes are a bit boring and repetitive at times and the other important characters seem to be outshined by Yomi. Still, good episode and anime thus far.
Minnie’s Overall Rating for Episode: 9/10
Minnie’s Anticipation for Next Episode: 8/10