Witch Hunter Robin anime review

Witch Hunter Robin anime review
Witches are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. (not the typical hogwart and newt potions). Robin, a craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J's witch hunters who was recently killed. Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place.

Fellow reviewer, Christina Ross, said: "Witch Hunter Robin is almost like something Chris Carter would do if he directed an anime series." This is actually not far from the truth. The atmosphere, characters, and setting of this series would fit almost perfectly into any season of The X-Files or Millennium, with a supernatural, spooky undercurrent that fans of the occult or unexplained will definately enjoy.

The ambience this shows gives off could almost be described as "neo-goth". The STN-J's headquarters is an old-fashioned multi-level office building complete with iron-gated elevator lift, carved gargoyles, and a porter to answer the front door. The character designs are distinctly lacking the large eyes, crazy outfits or wild hairstyles (Robin's unusual pigtails excepted) seen in other shows. Everyone dresses in subdued colors (mainly black), but somehow witch hunters wearing any other color would seem out of place in a show like this that strives to be as "realistic" as possible.

The characters are a mixed bunch ranging from the "I'm too cool to have more than three lines a show" Amon, to the slacker girl intern, Doujima, to the team hacker, Michael. All of the main cast have distinct and fully rendered personalities, some more interesting that others, but all very well done. The interation between the characters is fun, as you can clearly see the little social cliques, friendships, and animosities that exist within the STN. Sometimes the characterization falls into common cliches (Amon's ice-man attitude and the office chief's penchant for yelling at everyone), but the story moves along fast enough that these small lapses in the otherwise solid performances given can be forgiven.

The animation is well done, with good framerate during the action scenes and some nicely integrated effects when the various witches use their powers. The artwork is also better than average with highly detailed backdrops and wonderfully original character designs. The dark color palette used in most of the episodes might turn off viewers who prefer more colorful settings, but lends itself to the mood of the show very well. The music is likewise subdued, but the opening theme is very well done, and overall the soundtrack carries the atmosphere of the show perfectly.

The plot moves along at a brisk pace and takes a sharp turn towards the middle of the series, but more action oriented fans may find the show a bit dull. The level of action present is about what you would expect from a detective show, or maybe one of the faster paced episodes of The X-Files. Fans who enjoy mysteries and the supernatural will love this series, those who enjoy comdey, action or romance will proabably be indifferent. Still, this show has enough to offer that even those not hooked in by its premise might still find something to enjoy.

I'm definitely bewitched.

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