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Witch Hunter Robin - Arrival (Vol. 1)
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It's difficult to create the dark tone of an anime, without looking like its been forced. There is seriousness to the story, that's rarely seen in an animated show. In fact, it may be a small flaw, that it lacks sufficient comedy relief. The first few episodes, play like something out of early X-Files. Its important to stay tuned. As the show starts to heat up, it becomes a "must have more episodes now", by about mid-series. One word of warning, for buying later episodes, you may want to wait till they are all obtainable. You may not be able to stand the wait, for the final chapters.
On the story itself, it unfolds as characters are developed working within the context. This is not one of those series that wastes time doing mind-numbing introductions. The characters, and their roles become apparent, as the story plays out. This is the best way to learn about them, because it keeps the viewer involved, and does not pander to overly casual viewers.
The full series of Witch Hunter Robin spans 26 episodes, and does a nice job of completing the story. That is significant, as many anime designed for multiple seasons, have very poor endings. It appears this series was designed to start, and reach completion, within the 26 episodes made. I cannot speak for the dubbing, but the voice work on the Japanese track is quite excellent. Hopefully the dub will be just as good.
Robin is very natural and believable. No huge bishoujo eyes, short skirts, and long hair; Robin has a somber, Puritan-like black dress and a quirky hairstyle. There are hints she will probably develop a romantic interest in a fellow officer: hey, it's anime - this nun thing can't be carried for too long! But you hope she will stay the special person she is and will not change too much.
In volume one, Robin arrives but is ostracized by Amon, the unofficial leader of the STN-J agents. She quietly and determinedly seeks to prove herself. A place of refuge for Robin is Harry's, a lovely restaurant run by the sympathetic yet mysterious Harry. No other customers ever seem to be in Harry's. Who is Harry?
In Volume One, the agents fight four witches - all male except for one. This is interesting, as "witch" connotes a woman. There are four episodes: 1. Replacement, 2. Addicted to Power, 3. Dancing in Darkness, and 4. Stubborn Aesthetics.
The music on the intro is fantastic. The animation is exceptional, one of the best I've seen in anime. Interestingly, the Sci-Fi Channel, which brought us the series Stargate, is producing a live action version of Witch Hunter Robin. It will air sometime in 2004 or 2005.
Well, now that we've gotten the "synopsis" and the "conclusion" out of the way, read on to see why I feel that way, and why I've titled this review 'striptease'.
A long time ago, after the Dinosaurs but before TV, there was something called "Burlesque". One of the more earthy components of a good burlesque show was the Strip Tease. A woman would come out, fully clothed, and strip to next to nothing. Look for References to Gypsy Rose Lee, who brought this form of entertainment to an art.
What we have here is an intellectual strip tease. DVD #1 starts with our world "fully clothed", and the music begins to play. We see the dancer's moves. Ah, but we know more is comming, don't we (yeah, I've read the other reviews)?
Things that I liked:
THE CHARACTERS: quirky, without being too over the top. Robin shows more composure than I would expect a normal 15 year old to have, but then again she was raised by Italian Roman Catholic Nuns. Anyone who's ever been to parochial school will tell you that even six hours a day with these "brides of Christ" was a special hell (bitter? who, me?). Is Robin all *she* seems to be?
THE ART: a very interesting combination of CG and cel animation. Most interior shots are CG "backgrounds", as well as some external shots (Harry's Bar). Animation is very well done and sytlish.
THE LOOK: Bounces around between Art Nouveau, "2 Ton Gothic", and indeterminate modern. Hey, *I* like it.
THE WORLD: 'Day After Tomorrow' Sci Fi. The agents wander around with PDA's that I would kill for. Nobody uses CRT's any more.Read more ›
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the boxset came perfect, a little pricy but it came with everything.Published 12 months ago by Alex
I don't know why is the Run Time mentioned here is (641 minutes), it's wrong, this is the first volume, so don't confuse it with the complete series. Read morePublished 18 months ago by DiabloMask
I went through buying options to purchase this and really like the series. Problem is it did not include what was in the picture. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by James Dickey Jr
This is a great series, which was first aired on Cartoon Network. I bough the entire series and found later on, after viewing it repeatedly, that disc 1 had an error on it which... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Richard Ranta
This was just what I was wanting. The t shirt fit perfectly. It is an XL. The little witch hunter robin glass was so cute. The dvd was great, and the soundtrack cd. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Rhonda
Robin is a 15-year-old witch hunter. She is the newest member of a group that investigates homicides that may involve witchcraft. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by KevinB
Witch Hunter Robin is a laid back series even though it is meant to be different. It's a perfect blend, not too much action but just enough to keep you interested and the story... Read morePublished on January 23, 2006 by Keith A. Jones
Am I the only person who realizes this show is garbage?
Seriously, how can people think this is good? Read more
What happens is there is a 16 year old girl called robin who is a witch and so she joins the STNJ, a secret organization which hunts down witches and captures them and put them in... Read morePublished on July 31, 2005
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