Togainu No Chi 1: Black and red all over
To start off, before we dive straight into the review, for anyone who has never heard of this particular title before, this is an adaption of a Boys Love/Yaoi game, which is rated 18+, probably for rape and gore. As for the anime, I’m pretty sure they’ve toned it down, a lot, or at least I hope that they have.
And, already, just from watching the first few minutes of the anime, I’m already partiality fond of the art. Not so much the opening credits, or the way the characters are drawn, but the background images of Toshima, is absolutely, wonderfully, stunning. The distressed buildings, against a red and black night sky, with crimson blood coloured liquid. Perhaps I’m just easy to please, but, I really could not be happier.
This is more than likely the first time I’ve properly paid attention to the colour scheme used, as well as the backgrounds. I’m also very much in love with the broken destroyed city.
Very first scene, with whom is obviously our protagonist for the series; we get some generally okay fist punching action. Why is it that blood flying in eccentric ways is a bit of a norm in anime? Would blood really fly up like that?
My first impressions of our protagonist, Akira: antisocial freak.
Apparently, he doesn’t want to go celebrate his winnings, with or without a bunch of fanboys and friends, here I am suggesting he might actually have friends, though I willingly doubt that he has that many. He also, has yet to smile once. Not even after he won. That’s got to be significant.
Time to throw in a character whose personality seems to be quite the opposite of the main protagonist, and just to rub it in a bit, he’s going to be a close friend to the antisocial. His name is Keisuke. Yes. Somehow, this smiling maniac is actually friends with an antisocial depressant.
Keisuke is either just ignoring Akira’s lack for emotion or is just really, really ignorant.
I’m going to guess that it’s the latter.
After Akira gets home and everything, the plot leaps a bit, or maybe a whole lot, I’d have preferred it to have fleshed out a bit, even if it took a whole episode up to get to this scene. So, Akira goes home and takes a nap he obviously shouldn’t have. I guess if he hadn’t been the sad loner character he is, he wouldn’t have the law enforcement knocking at his door. Though I need to question why they were able to let themselves in.
Apparently, Akira is exceptionally intellectual, because they didn’t let themselves in by breaking down the door, not by jumping in through a window and definitely not by pick the door open, they just OPEN the door. Doesn’t Akira know what the locks are for? But this is most likely intended for the plot to go forward. But I believe that this is a bit cheaply done.
Well they turn out to be cops. Now assuming that very little time passed from the killing of the guy, to the authorities turning up at his house, and that these police are the ones who did the murdering.
All we learn from this little experience is that Akira was part of a street fighting game called “Bl@sters”, where he was a champion of the individual matches. Simply put, he’s good at hand to hand combat. Actually, that’s all we really know of Akira. There’s going to be a lot of character building in this production, I know it.
After being quickly put into jail, he’s visited by some more characters.
She is introduced to us as Emma, and the guy behind her as Gwen. And I think it’s safe to say we aren’t going to be seeing either of these two for a while, if ever again.
After arriving back at his apartment, we find that Keisuke has been there all night.
I hope this anime doesn’t have too many black outs, I’m confident that that’s around about the 3rd or 4th black out. I don’t usually notice them, but for some reason I am now.
We can just assume that Akira explained, during that black out, his strange situation to Keisuke, or we could let our imaginations run insanely wild, and think that something interesting happened in that short period of time that obviously couldn’t have.
I can’t say I like either Akira or Keisuke.
Akira still hasn’t given a sincere smile, and to say the least he is quite personality-less right now. And, so far, I can’t stand Keisuke’s idiotic personality, he’s really a naive male, and I’m never really keen on those sorts of characters.
Car ride, and a jump over a fence, and we get some pretty scenery of what is Toshima, and as I said before, I’m really liking these backgrounds, but we sure do get a lot of scenery shots.
After having a short fight with a group of bizarre guys whose veins are popping out of their heads, another new character appears.
He’s sexy. But still not my type.
After removing his katana from its sheath, he starts chopping the men up, one by one. And when I say chopping I do mean chopping.
When they put Boys Love anime onto TV, they tend to black out anything you wouldn’t want kids seeing, usually crotch groping or something. This anime is blacked out too, for a whole new reason to me.
Oh how I love the high contrast of bright red blood against the dark backgrounds of the ominous city. I only need to question anime for the amount of blood that gushes out.
So, this man with his sexy tight leather jeans, and I shall say, those leather pants are designed way too sexy, has inevitable just kill around 6 people. And I’m not going to argue with that.
He’s obviously meant to be a skilled, and the idiots who tried to attack Akira only had knives. In my opinion, it’s really realistic that they didn’t stand a chance against this guy.
And it was all so considerably quick, just as it should be. Nice and realistic, this I am enjoying. Akira almost threw up. Perfect and no, I’m not being sarcastic in anyway.
Unfortunately, this episode could have been better if it had been stretched and explained more in two episodes, instead of just one.
Just gonna have to trudge forwards.
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