Witch Hunter Robin
I decided that my first post should be about my number one of my top ten. This is my favorite anime and holds a special nostalgic place in my Otaku heart. I began watching it when it would appear on adult swim on Cartoon Network when I was in high school.
Witch Hunter Robin is about the life of Robin Sena, a “craft user” who works for a mysterious policing organization called the STN-J. Their job is to hunt and capture witches, who are people with a genetic trait that give them superpowers, and also turn them into homicidal sociopaths. Craft users, as Robin is called, are people who hunt witches by using the same power. So witches hunting witches, if you will. This puts Robin in a particularly interesting place as a “reformed” witch among witch hunters. However, the only one you can tell even tell cares about this is Amon, who keeps her at arms length most of the time. Robin is Japanese, but was raised in a convent in Rome, Italy. This adds a fun dimension to the story because she fails a lot of the time on customary things because she wasn’t raised in the culture of her birth. The majority of each episode is spent finding another witch and hunting it, but then also tracks the reaction of each character affected most by how the witch acted and used his/her power. There is also the overarching story of the STN-J specifically. The STN-J doesn’t just kill witches, as you would expect, but they capture them alive and take them to the “factory”. The mystery surrounding this factory is not known till the very end.
Story – 10
As I watch this awesome anime I am reminded of what an incredible and in depth story it has. One thing you may not realize at first is that craft user is another name for witch. Which means that Robin is a reformed witch. That adds an interesting part to the entire series. Each character also has meaning to the story. You may not see it at first, but every character in the anime has a purpose and his/her moment to shine.
Cool Moves/Powers/Individuality – 7
The witch powers appear as clear apparition-like stuff and most don’t have observable coolness aspects to them. Robin’s pyrokinesis gets pretty bad-ass towards the middle and end of the series, but mostly in its damage and depth of destruction. Some of the other big game craft using hunters at the end of the series are also really cool, but are still very subtle.
Pace – 10
The pace of Witch Hunter Robin is quite interesting as it changes every episode, but has a nice balance between character development and story arc. The change up doesn’t really alter the formula. It’s nice to see that they don’t need a regular sequence to keep people interested.
Aesthetics – 10
There is no question that I am nostalgic about this anime, but that aside, the universe is well put together and believable, as people would not have wanted to know that witches exist and would rather be oblivious. The artwork is a very noir-like style with clean lines and no shaky animation.
Additional Things – 10
The unique flow to the story and the entire package of awesome that is this anime makes it one of my favorites. I love the noir-like style, the characters are deep and understanding, and the art blends all the pieces together quite nicely. I also really love how many culture references are in the anime. They are very subtle ones at times, but make the anime all the more real.
Total – 47/50
It’s not that I don’t love this anime completely, but I am going to scrutinize where I need to. The only major thing I can really complain about in this anime is that the powers are not quite where I would expect them to be. I think you could argue that the creators wanted the powers to be more subtle, but by the end of the whole series, there could be way more awesome.
I hope you enjoyed my first review. This comes from ultraotaku.com. If you have any comments or questions please post below or find me on twitter @theultraotaku.