Demonbane anime review

Demonbane anime review
Kuro Daijuuji is a poor detective living in Arkham City. One day, he was requested by Ruri Hado of Hado Financial Group, to search for a magic book. While he initially refused, Ruri offered him a large sum of money upon completion of her request, in which bribed Kuro to accept. As Kuro searches for the book, he unexpectedly runs into Al, a pretty girl that is actually a powerful grimoire. They forge a contract with each other, bestowing Kuro with powerful magic. Soon afterwards, Al also activates Demonbane, a deus machina owned by the Hado Financial Group, to combat the mechanical menace from the Black Lodge. With this, the war between the Hado Financial Group and the Black Lodge begins.

Like other promotional anime, the Demonbane OAV suffers from a serious case of "style over substance". While you really aren't supposed to treat this separately from the game, those of us in North America really don't have much of a choice.

It's a shame, because instead of telling an effective story, Demonbane is effectively a trailer that shows off lots of CG fighting action, but doesn't really explain who these people are or why we should care.

An effective giant robot show usually has us following the people who, um, pilot the robot. Demonbane instead looks at things from the point of view of a wannabe photographer named Lily, and while she's cute, her investigations and misadventures get a bit annoying after a while. She complains about Archime, saying, "I don't know why, but this city's full of strange people." I can't say that I'd disagree.

The strangest of them all would have to be the bad guy, Dr. West, an electric-guitar playing mad scientist with a huge drill-handed mecha straight out of, well, any other giant robot series. Rather than being colorful and funny, however, the vast majority of these characters just come off as stupid, and the humor of the series is so broad and, well, bad, that I'd really just like to slap the creators upside the head with a paper fan. The irritating part is that we only see the "good guys" for all of two minutes -- we don't even really get their names!

And in the end, Lily doesn't even get her photographs of Demonbane. There's not even an ending, the battle's over, and then the credits roll. Payoff? Please?

Granted, there are worse promotional anime out there, and the animation ranges from decent to fairly skilled, but that's pretty much all this OVA has to offer for the vast majority of audiences outside Japan.

Better than review, is a Trailer video of: Demonbane. Watch it now:
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