ウィッチハンターロビン/Witch Hunter Robin, full series

[Screenshot]So when I saw the first five episodes of this on Netflix, I shrugged, gave it a lukewarm review, and figured that while it had promise, my queue was very deep and I didn’t really have the slots to spare to finish it out. But when a bunch of discs from it showed up in a $3 bin, I figured it was time to get and watch the damn things.

It is better than my initial impression. i wouldn’t rate it as a fabulous series, because structurally it falls into a kind of overdone territory where the good guys, doing their good work, turn out to be working for a shadowy conspiracy whose motives are much less pure. It’s a bit of an overdone plot, but it marks an encouraging shift in the series’ plot: at first it had seemed rather monster-of-the-week, and while the monsters of the week keep showing up, there’s also a plot running behind it, and some decent character development. What exactly Amon’s deal is never quite comes to light, despite mysterious portents suggesting there is a Big Story there which is to be revealed. A lot of the secondary characters (particularly Dojima and Karasuma) get fleshed out better, and all in all the series rises above both its seemingly repetitive beginning and its rather cliched twist on the virtue of doing moderately interesting things characterwise and with the underlying mythology (for instance, the complicated and somewhat conflicted role the Catholic Church has with STN-J as a whole, and Robin in particular, is a nice touch).

Artistically the foregrounds are often a bit stiff and character designs never seem quite naturalistic, but the backgrounds (and integration into same) are good, and they play nice games with tone set by coloration and incidental music. The series has generally an uneasy atmosphere of foreboding throughout, and it works, even if the art isn’t perfect.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia, Anime News Network, AniDB.

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About Jake
I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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