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Tsunoh's Trinity Blood Tv Review

Trinity Blood tv Review

Trinity Blood (トリニティ・ブラッド) was originally a light novel series written by Sunao Yoshida and illustrated by Shibamoto Thores.
It was soon adapted to a manga series illustrated by Kiyo Kyujou and an anime.

Credit: KazablanKa

Story & Characters

Mehhhh..... very few shreds of originality to be found here.

Okay, the Armageddon plot has been used in tons of other Horror and Mecha animes. The original bit is using the Vatican itself as one of the 'Sides' in the war. Yes, they are still at war, it's the old 'fake peace' thing going on here...

Sorry to slap it in your faces, but the story was basically bits ripped from various other anime and patched together, like the making of Frankenstein. It is not the first time that a religious group faced off against vampires. In fact, a good chunk of the vampiric anime today revolves around that theme. The only difference is to which degree they are involved.

More to come in the 'presentation' part.

Rating: 5

Art

GONZO. Legendary for its excellent animation and also for RUINING STORYLINES.

Strike One: Abel Nightroad. While Esther was unique enough, Abel looks like a clone of Integra Wingates Hellsing from Hellsing, down to the face shape and glasses.

And get this- Integra is a woman. Hellsing also preceded TRB by three-four years.
Fortunately they remembered to change their color palette and give him a ponytail.
**by the way Hellsing is also a GONZO production.... hint hint.....***

Strike Two:
As for the rest of the characters, they have look-alikes from all over, like FMA (Lust; just look who she reminds you of!).
I also don't get why they have to make everyone look perfect. Hel-lo! The only people who can justify that amount of perfection are the three Vatican siblings.


On the plus side, the costume design and background are among the best I've ever seen. I especially love the scenes from episode two, when Abel was wandering around town. GONZO is known for its use of toned-down coloring of characters, and their style fits the genre pretty well. They also managed to integrate the religious concept into the mens' costumes as well as the womens'.


This would be a perfect 10 if not for those two big Strikes.

Rating: 8

Sound

Well, the OP and ED didn't change throughout. the BGM blended into the background, which I guess is a good thing. Not everything has to draw attention to be good. The OP theme in particular seems like it was made especially for this anime.

The voicing is pretty good. not brilliant, not horrible- just ok. The reason for this is the seiyuu's voices are already familiar- they've worked in other (higher-ranking) animes. The sounds of bloodshed were pretty convincing though, points for that.


A safe, standard 7.

Rating: 7

Presentation

AGH- this is where it really fails. If you're a diehard fan of TRB, you might want to turn around now as this will sting.

First off, Characters.

All of them are the standard stereotypes in anime- the nice guy-suffering-internal-conflict, the girl who is rescued by the nice guy(and will inevitably fall for him), the bossy woman, and so on. It was bad enough to recycle character designs. But recycling personalities is just... lame. Did they even TRY to make them unique? And why is it that every single woman in this series except for Kate (Scott- the ghost) needed to be saved?

Some sugar *
* I admit having a vampire feeding on other vampires instead of humans was interesting. *

BUT they chose NOT to expand on it, and threw in a bunch of filler at the start which soaked up most of the budget and by the time the real story comes in, the anime's past the halfway number of episodes. Basically, they crammed all the information into the last quarter.


Rosenkreuz Orden also falls flat on the details. No explanation why they're there, HOW they got there, how the heck -------h is head of the Orden, nada, they just exist to mess around and cause trouble. In fact, by the last few episodes it's revealed they're being puppeteer-ed by someone else. What sort of evil organization dissolves that quickly? Same goes for the Vatican's group, with guys who exist to be bossed around.

Also, the ending was SO predictable. The feeble attempts at foreshadowing give away the ending without arousing serious interest like, 'ooh, how did this happen?'. Want effective foreshadowing? Check out Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni.
In TRB, nothing unexpected happens- just pay at least minor attention to details and the ending unravels itself. Even the bit about Esther.

It wasn't explained either how Cain ended up like *that* and what is Abel's sin. Religious reference, for what reason? Abel is clearly very much alive, so what was the point of that.... and though Abel's little sis was amusing as a tea-seller, the whole way they made their decisions and acted was just forced, like reading from a script.

Ion might have salvaged the last chapter of this anime, if the decision was not so glaringly obvious. It's happened countless times before- desperate situation wherein the lead female character has the chance to sacrifice herself and save humanity (okay maybe not the humanity bit; but you get the point). It's really too bad- Ion was my favorite.

Fine, I know the original author died.... the manga was better, since he was alive when he and Thores made it... and this had a lot of potential.

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~EDIT: oh lol I seem to have upset several fans of the series. Let me state clearly: **I DO NOT HATE IT**, it was a lovely manga, enjoyed every page (very admirable detailing and such) but I am here reviewing the ANIME, NOT THE ENTIRE THING, and in my opinion the anime did not come on par with the manga. Partly because it was too short to explain. (Yes, sequel would probably help)

~apart from that little minirant~ my review scores remain the same.

Rating: 4

Final Verdict

5.50 (average)

Reviewed by Tsunoh, May 02, 2007

Comments

  1. mesaana666 May 08, 2007

    Man, I completely disagree with you.
    The anime is based on a book series and beyond any adaptation made by Gonzo to fit better the anime, this story has already been written and must respect his spirit. If there is a "the nice guy-suffering-internal-conflict" and a "the bossy woman" and so on, you have to accept as it is.
    I don't know if you read literature, but when you have read enough you will discover that it's not "recycling personalities", it's that the human condition has been versioned and reversioned in thousands ways, but at the end we resume in very simple faces and mixes... grief, love, hate, ambition...
    You won't invent a new character ever, because somebody has imagined him before. And if you ever felt any character to be original, it was because of your lack of experience, because you had'nt read or watched precedent stories in this lines. ;)
    Hey, nine points to Trinity Blood!

  2. Tsunoh May 08, 2007

    well, I admit nothing is truly original. It's all in the details. I believe they could have done better, since the seiyuu and production staff were very talented.

  3. dianas May 13, 2007

    why did you bother to make a review for an anime that you think that is so weak?
    as a Trinity Blood fan I totaly disagree with you comments
    and I see no sense in trying to convince you that TB is unique in his own way

    I close my case..

  4. jaderabbit May 21, 2007

    Some of your ideals make sense, but you didn't factory in he amount of vampire style animes they are... which aren't many and basis on that this series wasn't all that horrible definitly in the top 5 vampirc naime. it deserves more than a 5-

  5. ealpha-scorpio May 23, 2007

    Quote by dianaswhy did you bother to make a review for an anime that you think that is so weak?
    as a Trinity Blood fan I totaly disagree with you comments
    and I see no sense in trying to convince you that TB is unique in his own way

    I close my case..

    A review contains one's point of view about a particular subject. The subject can be either praised or criticized. I don't agree with your comment about this review too! People's ideas are very much respected no matter how they contradict our own ideas.

    Quote by shigemitsubak
    well, I admit nothing is truly original. It's all in the details. I believe they could have done better, since the seiyuu and production staff were very talented.


    I agree with you. I liked TB for that. The character's and their voices areinteresting. Trinity Blood is entertaining and nice on it's own way. Weakness is always mingled with every production. :) It depends on it's level.

  6. dianas May 24, 2007

    ealpha-scorpio that was only my opinion.. when I started to read the comments about the anime..some questions pop up in my head..very simple..
    people have diferent tastes..and I did not intended for my msg to sound rude..I respect what people think
    only that I do not agree with the rating that is all

  7. Tsunoh May 25, 2007

    Dianas, if you don't agree with my review then I suggest you write your own and defend Trinity Blood. It's my nature to judge very harshly and I know most people do not agree. I am simply stating MY opinion.

    My average is definitely a lot lower than most viewers', so don't feel so bad okay? This score is average to me. Now if I really hated TB, I'd give it 2's.

  8. meinagladstone Jun 15, 2007

    Quote by shigemitsubakiStrike One: Abel Nightroad. While Esther was unique enough, Abel looks like a clone of Integra Wingates Hellsing from Hellsing, down to the face shape and glasses.
    And get this- Integra is a woman. Hellsing also preceded TRB by three-four years.


    Trinity Blood designs were made by Thores Shibamoto, not by Gonzo. The Anime only follows all the artwork made by Thores since year 2000.
    Perhaps Hellsing imitated Thores desings... :P

    Quote by shigemitsubakiOkay, the Armageddon plot has been used in tons of other Horror and Mecha animes. The original bit is using the Vatican itself as one of the 'Sides' in the war. Yes, they are still at war, it's the old 'fake peace' thing going on here...
    Sorry to slap it in your faces, but the story was basically bits ripped from various other anime and patched together...


    The story is based in novel series wroten by Sunao Yoshida, and if the author says there's an Armagedon sorry but there is, so no patching from other animes.
    Perhaps patching from other novels... then we can say that every story with an Armagedon is a cheap mix of the Apocalypse in the Bible? Ha! XD
    The same can be said about the plot.

    Quote by shigemitsubakiIt wasn't explained either how Cain ended up like *that* and what is Abel's sin.


    Read the novels.

  9. Tsunoh Jun 15, 2007

    my point exactly. I am here reviewing the ANIME. The manga is much better... I already added that at the end of the review :P

  10. jo3slay3r Jun 30, 2007

    average..

  11. monster01 Jul 06, 2007

    The story are ok.

  12. angelxxuan Sep 29, 2007

    you know I do have to agree I mean I watched TB for maybe 10 episodes and I still couldn't stand to watch it I thought it had a weak plot but I do have to state I did play, a lot of times, where did I see that personality from again...now when funimation got ahold of it I was even more disapointed...because when funimation gets ahold of an anime they never heard of using another voice it's always the same voice for all of their anime...it gets rather annoying...but there again to play where did I hear that voice recently from again game gives me some entertainment

  13. SchRita Jan 15, 2010

    Thanks for the review!

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