Monday, January 1, 2001

Weiß Kreuz / Knight Hunters

Genre: Shounen / Action
Parental Guidance Recommended
1998 Takehito Koyasu, Project Weiß, ANIMATE, Polygram Japan, TV Tokyo

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Cover Description:
When the moon rises, the boys of Knight Hunters are the most vicious assassins the world has ever seen. During the day, they remain disguised as elegant florists with an eye for beauty. Led by the somber and silent Aya, the team consists of Ken, a wide eyed former athlete, Omi, a young computer specialist, and Yohiji, a suave ladies man. Their four tragic pasts give them the passion to fight!

(25 episodes)

NOTE: Some of the reviews were written sometime in 2001 and was recorded in the classic Otaku Fridge as ??.??.2001. Unfortunately the database would not accept non-numerical values, so this review is now dated January 01, 2001 by default.

I love Aya and Ken *_*. >>> by firesenshi
But that doesn't mean I can't make a decent, unbiased review... ne, minna-san? Suppose we put that element of bishounen in our main cast aside then?

Disguised as florists by day and secretly employed as assassins by an unknown benefactor, four good looking guys, Aya, Ken, Youji and Omi, hunt the night to to carry out assassinations of those threatening the peace in Japan. Joining the organization not having their own pasts, the present becomes clear as they deal with their most formidable adversary. The question remains -- are they somehow connected to their new target?

The story is pretty straightforward. Although every episode leaves you guessing on who the real villain is, it doesn't confuse you with a lot of new twists in the plot. But that's part of the excitement. Each episode does reveal interesting clues that get bigger and bigger as the adversaries they face.

Okay, so now I'm done with that stuff. Let's go to the totemo kakkoii bishounen now. ^___^ I can't help it, minna-san! They're just so hard to miss! That's one thing I love most here. The characterization. Each one has his own identity, his own interesting past, his own kind of charm and weapon specialization. There is no doubt that you, like all its fans will be drawn to one of the characters who will most totally exemplify a knight. Assassins they may be, but reckless vigilantes they are not. The characters who don't belong to Weiß are characterized equally well. The creators just have to create a better match for these characters to make it interesting, ne? So all in all, pretty good concept wrapped in an oh-so-good package. -_^ Simplistic as the story may be, and why not? It does work. The battle scenes and those poses by those boys from Weiß won't cease to amaze you. Even the yaoi fans think so!

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 7; Characters 10; Sounds 7

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