January 05, 2003

Witch Hunter Robin (complete)

Wow. What an interesting voyage this show has been. I'm so glad I have to tape the last six episodes for k-chan because I really feel that I need to watch them over again. I think I liked it a lot, despite it not quite being the ending I expected. I'll try and be careful not to spoiler anything for folks that haven't seen it.

This show surprised me a lot from the beginning. When I first heard the title I figured it was going to be some kind of magical girl show. Even the title has that magical girl ring to it. Well, seconds into the first episode I knew that preconception was wrong. The whole show ended up being a bit like that. At first it was looking fairly episodic, then around the 12th or 13th episode an overall storyline really started coming into focus. On a second viewing there were lots of hints about it being dropped prior to that, I was just too dense to catch them the first time.

Which brings me to the end of the show. For some reason I'd expected a slightly more whiz bang kinda ending. And while there was a bit of action and tension the ending was fairly understated. There was a lot of mass dumping of information that really did kind of sum up everything. There were also some interesting twists that I hadn't seen coming at all in the last few episodes (as well as a few that I had predicted and felt proud of).

I really do hope this show gets picked up. This is one I want to see on DVD badly. I have a feeling it will (and sound) look beautiful. (now we just need to get the last two episodes of Haibane Renmei (assuming that it is 13 eps)).

Posted by snooze at January 5, 2003 04:35 AM


much like the whole series itself, i see WHR having a rather quiet somber ending. sure, some action/drama/trauma, but WHR has been about the characters, especially Robin-chan herself, and the emotions they carry. i see an ending that befits it rather than anything else.

ah... i so love WHR. gotta have all the r2s, and r1s. and if they do any Robin-chan g00ds, especially a figure - so mine :D

the music rocks, and reminds me of a mix between Noir and R.O.D, with more R.O.D than Noir. do you know if any of the musical directors for R.O.D were involved in the music production for WHR? ~piku~

Posted by: k-chan at January 6, 2003 10:47 AM

I really not only enjoyed WHR but I love Noir as well. I found the soundtrack for Noir to be rather racey, which I liked. The WHR soundtrack has a more mellow and perhaps dark feel to it. Either way I adore both! The animation in Noir is good, yet WHR is not only extremly well done, it has a very nice and smooth blend of animation and CGI. It's a nice change to those "in your face" CGI animes, which always makes me flinch. ;) haha Next on my list is Haibane Renmei, which looks to be an awesome anime.

Posted by: Aerel Smith at February 16, 2003 07:56 PM

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