Zwei is a young man forced into a life of murder. Ein is a girl as beautiful as she is lethal. Each is a perfect killing machine, on the run from the crime syndicate that created them: Inferno.
Now the assassins are in the crosshairs, struggling to reclaim their lives and survive the wrath of their former masters. It won t be easy; even as power struggles threaten to tear Inferno apart, the organization unleashes a vicious new instrument of death: Drei. She s calculating, unhinged, and relentless in her mission to destroy Zwei and Ein. All three assassins have been twisted by their painful pasts and each of these lost souls knows that a bloody final faceoff is their future.
The second half of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
(2009) comprises two additional story arcs. After Ein's disappearance, mob assassin Reiji takes up with Cal, a blonde orphan who's eager to become a killer in her own right. Assuming the role of big brother, Reiji shows her the ropes, taking her on scouting missions and one major hit. When he thinks Cal has been killed in a bombing, Reiji heads out on his own--and, improbably, reunites with Ein. Rieji and Ein live as brother and sister in Japan, until a vengeful, grown-up Cal forces them to confront their deadly past. All three story arcs of Requiem for the Phantom
suffer from underdeveloped characters, inconsistencies of time, too much on-the-nose dialogue, and absurd plots. Cal somehow goes from wide-eyed moppet to murderous vixen in the two years that elapse between Episodes #19 and #20; two years of peaceful life haven't affected Rieji's and Ein's marksmanship. Despite the body count, which must run well into three figures, Phantom
moves at a glacial pace. Shooting mobsters may be evil, but boring them to death seems needlessly cruel. (Rated TV MA: suitable for ages 17 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, profanity, ethnic stereotypes, nudity, drug dealing, alcohol and tobacco use, use) --Charles Solomon
(14. Surveillance, 15. Reunion, 16. Confession, 17. The Truth, 18. Confrontation, 19. Promise, 20. Homeland, 21. Rage, 22. Fury, 23. Decision, 24. Faceoff, 25. Showdown, 26. Eren)