Fantastic Children anime review

Fantastic Children anime review
A group of enigmatic white-haired children has been spotted at different times and places in Europe for over 500 years. Always with the appearance of 11-year-olds, they behave far more mature than they should be, never grow old, and seem to have supernatural power. What they have been seeking is a girl, and the only clue they have is a picture with a crescent moon. Now, in the year of 2012, an athletic boy named Tohma is about to be involved in this centuries-long mystery.

In a decade full of pulse-pounding action, stoic bishounen anti-heroes, moé-licious girls, and vampire cheerleaders, Fantastic Children has been largely ignored. Perhaps it is the simple, child-like (how else should children be drawn?) character designs, the lack of an immediate impact on the viewer, or perhaps because it did not include the aforementioned conventions. Whatever the reason, Fantastic Children deserves far more attention than is bestowed upon these clichés.

Like knitting, the many different threads of the plot come together in intricate and well designed ways. The Children of Befort, Thoma and friends, Dumas, so many different characters come together as they follow their own paths to form a plot rife with drama, intrigue, politics, romance, adventure, sin, redemption, a little bit of decent action, and much more. Things start out slowly, but before long are advancing at a quick but steady pace up to a very satisfying and emotional ending. Every step of the way, the score never fails to add tension or an air of mystery to the events.

While everything comes together nicely in the plot, many of the characters become increasingly extraneous as the show progresses. Chitto simply exists for about two-thirds of the story doing nothing of consequence, and Cooks disappears for most of the events of the plot, only to come back later to fill an unnecessary bit-role. Helga is completely emotionless for a great deal of time and says about six or seven words (I’m not exaggerating) for the first half of the anime. Even most of the Children of Befort receive little to no time to develop as individuals. That I often felt for the characters despite these flaws is a testament to the level of writing put into creating the circumstances that they go through.

Fantastic Children may not be fantastic (in The Nihon Review sense of the word), but it is an awesome anime nevertheless. If even one anime per year had a plot as good as this one I would consider myself a blessed individual. Epic in its scope, but down to earth in the way one can relate to it, Fantastic Children is one title that everyone can enjoy.

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