IF YOU’RE A TWILIGHT FANGIRL, OR FAN FOR THAT MATTER, STAY…AWAY…FROM…THIS…REVIEW! Because in this review, I may be labeled as biased. Viewer discretion is advised.
For all doods and peeps out there, welcome to the 2nd controversial edition of G-View: The Pro Boyfriend Prisoners Special, for all the lost souls who have been brainwashed by their girlfriends into believing that the Twilight movies…are…good…”Lightning strikes my room as shivers are going down my spine extensively”
Before I begin, a statement to the Twilight Saga movies’ directors: if your intent was to make a good romance movie involving vampires and lycanthropes, THIS ANIME SHOWS HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE, or at least it went wayyyy into the RIGHT direction.
Genres: action, horror, romance, supernatural
Objectionable content: Intense (graphic depictions of sex, drug use, or bloodshed)
Number of Episodes: 12
G-Rating: 8/10 for being light-years superior than Twilight.
7/10 for short length.
Plot Summary: Mina Tepes, the Princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants her race to stop hiding from the humans. Using her vast wealth, she has paid off Japan’s entire national debt and by doing so, gained the right to create a district off Japan’s coast that is to become the future haven to vampires worldwide. But when she finally attempts to make public the existence of vampires to the world some politicians, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina before she has a chance to get Japan’s and International recognition for the Vampire Bund. Now she must rely on her strength, cruelty and those closest to her, while trying to make a normal life.
I promoted the show like this since its premiere. “The way Twilight should have been”. Currently an on-going manga with 8 volumes so far and a recently finished 12 episode anime, this is my fav vampire show of 2009-10.
Oh, it may start off slow but believe me, stuck around long enough and you’ll be treated to quite a spectacular show of action, suspense and gore.
I don’t know if the writers’ intend was to attract lolita fans or whatever, but trust me, it’s effect on this show is zero, unless you’re an uptight snob who doesn’t want to lighten up. There’s no sexual violence that detracts this show’s supremacy. Were the main character to have remained in her adult form, may have lightened the load on squeamish people I suppose. Hey, at least the writers give a reason why Mina looks like that instead of a centuries year old adult vampire that she is.
Mina Ţepeş (ミナ・ツェペッシュ, Mina Tsespesshu?)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
The female protagonist and the current ruler of the Vampire world. She usually appears in a young and prepubescent state, though she is not shy enough to feel embarrassed when naked. Mina can act aggressive, cocky, and naughty. However, she actually feels vulnerable and lonely. She cares very much for the welfare of her people and does everything in her power to protect and preserve her species.
That’s right folks, the writers labeled Mina as a descendant of the legendary Count.
Do NOT let Mina’s loli look fool you, she is pure awesomeness not only with her words, but later on in another way as well. You can definitely feel for the princess as she is constantly in a struggle her personal feelings and her duties as the current vampire queen. She must sometimes exhibit a harsh exterior to prove that she means business and other times make decisions that at first, may be considered questionable, but will make more sense when all is set and done.
Akira Kaburagi Regendorf (暁・鏑木・レーゲンドルフ, Akira Kaburagi Rēgendorufu?)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura
The male protagonist of the story. When he’s introduced, Akira has lost most of his memories of 1 year ago, but recovers them once he meets up with Mina and instinctively transforms when he sees her in danger for the 1st time.
Akira is also a likable hero whom, even though is harem material, doesn’t suck. Transpiring events will force him to question Mina’s decisions and intentions. As he slowly recovers most of his lost memories, more will be revealed about both his and Mina’s pasts. Like I said, he doesn’t suck personality wise, compared to most male anime heroes these days.
Yuki Saegusa (三枝 由紀, Saegusa Yuki?)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō
A human who seems to have a crush on Akira who also gave him a silver ring as a gift. She is a member of the School’s Student Council.
Yuki could simply be labeled as the 3rd wheel, but there’s more to her than that. Loyalty, devotion, kindness, courage, superior beauty and home economic skills. The classic trademarks of an underdog and then some. Plus a lot more when you watch the show.
There are other characters of course, ranging from badass, sexy, clever, average, and unfair.
The music is also befitting of each scene, carrying them forward and increasing their intensity.
The artwork…I don’t even know how to describe it in any other way except epic win! it’s got incredible artists, a lot of scenes that you would have never imagined to be important become iconic depictions in the series that are beautifully done, like the butterfly and the flower scene…once you get to that part, you’ll understand how amazing it is. The narration itself feels like you’re listening to a fantastic story.
I cannot recommend this show enough to anime and vampire fans. It certainly makes the Twilight movies look even more like pitiful excuses to get teenage women, who go gaga for no talent pretty boys, to empty their wallets. Oh well, at least the books are sliiiiiiiightly more tolerable…slightly.
Oh, one more thing, the camera on this show wants to make even the simplest things, like breaking an egg, as epic as possible, which it succeeds in doing in my opinion.
On 2nd thought, the animation isn’t as great as I thought during the time I wrote this review, but it’s nothing that will push viewers away from this show, believe me.