Descendants of Darkness anime review

Descendants of Darkness anime review
Even after death, life is full of paperwork and criminals. Tsuzuki Asato is a 26 year old, happy-go-lucky, and dorky shinigami (god of death) whose job is to makes sure that those who are dead remain dead and stay in their proper realms. Even though he's had this job for over 70 years, he is in the worst division with horrible pay. He also has a knack for not keeping partners (since shinigami work in pairs), but now he seems to have one that will stick around; stubborn, smart-mouthed, serious and defensive 16 year old, Kurosaki Hisoka. With each case they investigate, they come closer to the conspiracies of the serial killer Dr. Muraki Kazutaka. Tsuzuki's relationship with Hisoka is growing stronger and closer...but there is a dark past to how Tsuzuki died that will not give him peace.

Descendants of Darkness is an anime fangirl's dream come true. There's always a pretty boy in sight, and although it's not my nature to gush about how handsome male characters are, I too was awed by the breathtakingly beautiful male cast.

Descendants of Darkness spans thirteen episodes divided into four main story arcs. The first arc serves to introduce us to the Ministry of Hades and the seemingly awkward partnership between Tsuzuki and Hisoka, all against the backdrop of a vampire hunt. The second arc covers the story of a demon-possessed violin that is passed on to a talented young student. The third arc takes place in a cruise ship that is supposedly being haunted by the spirit of a murdered girl. All of the previously mentioned cases somehow relate to a mysterious silver-haired doctor named Muraki, and it all culminates in the last arc. A string of serial murders is being connected to a mad scientist neck-deep in clone research, with Muraki supporting him all the way. Muraki convinces the scientist that Tsuzuki is the perfect experimental subject and shows him proof of Tsuzuki's immortality. They scheme to capture Tsuzuki, while Tsuzuki's dark past surfaces to torment him. As Tsuzuki loses his will to fight and live on, Hisoka becomes determined to save his partner even at the risk of his own existence.

I liked Descendants of Darkness. Each arc worked independently, providing ample background and story elements that would enable even a casual viewer to understand what was going on even if he only sees one arc. Amidst incessant flirting between beautiful men, I found that what it had to offer was substantial and paced well enough to hold one's interest till the end. Of course, it would have been a lot better had they actually concentrated more on plot development rather than what seemed to be pointless teasing between the characters. I mean, despite all sweet words and physical advances, nobody develops a romantic relationship with anybody.
The art and animation are nothing short of exquisite. Character designs are very attractive, and it's not just the men. What few female supporting characters that appear are just as beautiful. Scenes come off as crisp, polished, and well-composed. Watching everyone move, fight, talk, and just do their thing was already a pleasure in itself.

While Descendants of Darkness' yaoi-ish touches are somewhat overdone, it's all in all a good series. It's not for everyone though. Those who are uncomfortable with manly love and affection best steer clear.

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