Anime Review-Phantom:Requiem For The Phantom

Gangster is a genre that we commonly see in every medium shine brighter than most of the genre.Books,movies and even games have produced great result with this genre but when it comes to anime few have only ventured on this road with fewer succeeding but Phantom is one of the few anime titles that wasn’t a waste on tackling this genre.Today I’ll be reviewing arguably the greatest Gangster anime of all time in my opinion, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom(Though Gungrave does run a close second)
It’s hard to explain the plot without giving away any spoilers.So,I’ll try my best not to spoil anything.Oneday,a japanese tourist accidentally witnesses a murder of an infamous gangster hitman Phantom and after that he was taken to their base and instead of killing him they brain wash him trying to make an assassin out of him.What follows next is a 26 episode classic mafia thrill ride.I am a huge fan of Gangster movies and after watching a lot of title over the years,one thing I’ve learned is that the most important aspect of the gangster genre is the characters.Phantom nails it’s characters to perfection.The main character is Reiji(Zwei) who is a typical innocent guy who is caught in the mass but even after having a very cliched approach to it’s character,I though they did a fantastic job in maintaining his motivation throughout the story.The other Main character is Eren(Ein) who was also a very well used character despite not having too much to work with the writers managed to make her interesting as well.Not only the main cast,The side casts are brilliant as well and they add a lot of depth,drama and layer to this story.Especially Scythe Master,who is a great villain.The story of this anime isn’t necessarily anything we haven’t seen before,it’s the execution of the already existing plot that makes it work so well.This anime had quite a bit of influence from Martin Scorsese’s movies.There was quite a few hollywood movie references throughout the series including Taxi Drivers Great Monologue ‘You Talkin’ to Me’,Casino’s amazing opening of De Niro but my favorite one was the reference form Dirty Harry when Cal says ‘You Feel Lucky Punk?Well,Do Ya?’ The Musical score for this anime was quite brilliant to say the least.I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Musical Score with quite a few standout tittles like Requiem,To Kill or Not Kill,Reservoir City.The animation is pretty good.I’d recommend you to watch the Dub.Not because the sub is bad but because the theme fit the English language more than the japanese.Similar to Cowboy Bebop,Black Lagoon and Wolf’s Rain.There are some minor flaws throughout the series but I can’t discuss them without spoiling it so, I won’t get into that.The Ending was truly fantastic.It was a fitting ending to the perfect tale.That ending is seriously on my top 10 anime ending.
My Rating-9.2/10
Similar Anime:
*Monster(Doesn’t have too much similarity on the genre,plot or characters but both have a very realistic approach to their respective stories and characters)
*Gungrave(Another Gangster anime.Though it has far more action than Phantom both the series manage to pull of a very perfectly well executed Gangster setting)11202837_1419541511419467_7289656270221345356_o


Kuzu No Honkai:The Thin Blurred Line Between Love and Lust

Have you ever thought how great it would’ve been to have a romantic drama with the cast of Evangelion+Eva Heinemann+Light Yagami?No?So,it’s just me,huh?Well your getting one anyway.It’s basically Texhnolyze set in high school.
Love is a flawed concept and as a human being who are a flawed creation,it always leads us to make mistakes.Mistakes that we can never take back,which becomes a part of us and haunts us at every turn.Kuzu No Honkai is an anime that tries to subject these mistakes.It’s not perfect but it’s pretty bold in it’s execution.This anime has a big cast an

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d for the most part they do their job pretty damn well.The females in this anime are far better than the males.Specially the character of Akane Minagawa was very well set up and the execution was perfect up until the final act.That’s also my biggest gripe with the show.Even after having such a good start the show falters on the last act.It becomes a bit too much blissfully optimistic.I don’t have problem with the idea that they went for in the last act,it’s the execution I have all the problems with.Even then it was pretty decent.It’s a gorgeous looking show with top notch animation and a fantastic musical score.The score fits the theme and the ending track is probably my favorite ending track of all time.Although the show deals with a lot of psychological issues,it’s not as subtle and in-depth as I would’ve wanted it to be.It kind of left me disappointed in that department.A lot of people are saying that it’s actual life. Not make believe love stories.No,it’s not.It’s as unrealistic as a generic harem.Nothing is actual life.That’s why they are work of fiction.But the characters did have really good characterization and they use sex as psychological moral metaphor.Yes,they use it more than they should but it’s still pretty damn good.I don’t usually talk about voice acting but the woman Chika Anzai who voiced Hanabi did a fantastic job.This anime is certainly not for everyone.To a lot of people it’s going to come across pretentious or a generic harem with good visuals and music but the anime still is an interesting view of that same generic concept and the first 6 episodes are more than worth your time