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Weskalia's Blassreiter Tv Review

Blassreiter Blassreiter Screenshot The main protagonist, Joseph Jobson, in human form. Blassreiter Screenshot Amanda and Hermann (in Almagalm form). Blassreiter Screenshot Victor and the Apocalypse Knights. Blassreiter Screenshot Joseph faces Xargin for a final battle.

Blassreiter tv Review

Story & Characters

Set in a futuristic Germany, the story portrays hideous demonic being called Demoniacs or Amalgams on the prowl on German soil attacking civilians and were said to be from the dead. The Demoniacs have the ability to merge with most technology including cars and motorcycles, not only gaining control of them but also enhancing their performance greatly. Against them is a group of people known as XAT, Xenogenesis Assault Team, who police these Demoniacs in an attempt to keep the peace and discover the reasons for the "Demoniac" change. All the while, a number of human-turned-Demoniacs appear. Some use their powers for good whilst others for evil. One will rise above all other Demoniacs to become the "Blassreiter" (or Pale Rider in German).

The story follows the journey of Joseph Jobson, a young man who travels around Germany in order to search hunt down Demoniacs and berserk Amalgams. As an Amalgam, Joseph is considered as a good candidate for the role of Blassreiter due to his extraordinary sense of self-control allows him to retain his sanity. A side story takes place within the main plot, focusing on the humans affected by the ongoing events. The characters, Amanda Werner and Hermann Saltza are members of XAT. The death of Gerd Frentzen, Hermann's close friend and mentor, fuels him extreme hatred toward Joseph and blaming him for the current incidents while Amanda is weighted with her duty as a member of XAT, her thoughts about Joseph being innocent and her bullied younger brother, Malek. Much deaths, chaos and amazing battles are ensued in this series.

To be frank, I did not find the anime attractive when I watched the trailer, my first impressions were something like a rip-off of Karas and the anime being a boring monster movie. The series started with a very weak first arc (the Gerd arc); just about an ex-motorbike star being paralyzed, got some drugs from some lady to overcome his injure then was betrayed and went mad. That does not mean the storytelling is necessarily bad, still, the first six episodes did not leave me a strong impression. However, in the Malek arc the plot became deepen and improved a bit and by the time Joseph revealed his past, the intensity was strong enough to make Blassreiter intriguing and original.

I also like how Gonzo portrayed the characters. A hot-tempered Hermann who was know as a reckless and more often than not ignored orders, though he places the well-being of his loved ones before his and eventually made peace with Joseph; an annoying but adorable Elea, always babbling about the Demoniacs being beautiful. I especially love Joseph, he has been hurt more than anyone, but he's still able to keep his calm, he worked hard to protect humans yet he could not obtain happiness. I even enjoyed the Xargin character because he was charismatic as well, some may see him as a "I'm evil because I suffered, I have to destroy the world to bring peace" villain type, but still, he has such a tragic background that it's sympathetic and understandable to see how he became the monster now.

Rating: 8

Art

Gonzo really knows how to get a job done, their style is one of the best when it comes to these kinds of stuffs.

The CGs and character designs in Blassreiter are very good; if you think that they are like Karas then you are SO wrong. While the designs in Karas seem slightly different, here, each Amalgam has have their own unique design, demonic appearance and weapons (though Xargin's Blassreiter form really reminds me of Justice from Guilty Gear). The Demoniacs, however, look downright ridiculous; anyway, lackeys like them don't need special treatment to capture the audiences' attentions. Even the vehicles are good too, represents its style similar to Ghost Rider. The richly detailed images, highly animatied actions and special effects of explosion, blood make Blassreiter one of the best action anime.

One interesting note is that despite Blassreiter was original from Nitro+, it features almost no fanservice unlike what you can find in the magazine scans and the manga. The women are incredibly hot though.

Rating: 8

Sound

Since the cast of Blassreiter is solid, the seiyuu have done their job well. Joseph is the coolest character voiced by Matsukaze Masaya I've ever known.

The music are also good as well. Since the series starts off with a motorbike show, the first OP must have strong rock beats to fit the environment neatly, and after all the depressing backstories are shown, the second OP changed into somewhat sad. The closing themes are awesome too, they are both depressing and offer a more adult contemporary sound; I felt the songs were both somehow touching and befitting for the scenes? displayed and situations that took place up to that point. I'm not entirely a fan of Kuribayashi Minami, but her voice in the song "unripe hero" flows wonderfully and soothing.

Rating: 8

Presentation

I really enjoyed Blassreiter, but sadly, it suffered from criticisims of having one of the lamest ending imaginable. Guess what (no spoilers), ALMOST everyone died and they were brougth back as AI including the bad guys; talk about a major let down, they killed too many potientally important characters way too quickly only to have them revived, then again, what can you expect from an apocalyptic anime. Furthermore, it lacks the feel of the main star, sure, Joseph is the protagonist but sometimes his role got tone down unnecessarily. Finally, it portrays Germany a very corrupted country and is somewhat blasphemous, so it's not for everyone, especially if you're from there.

In the end Blassreiter proves to be a good-looking and sufficiently entertaining series, albeit one which falls short of ascending to a top-tier tier title due to many flaws. It's a nice anime alright, if you like well-written plots, good depth in characterizations and flashy mecha actions, you might find this anime worth your time.
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Story: 7
Characters: 7
Art: 8
Animation: 9
Voice: 7
Music: 8
Overall: 7.5

Good:
+Unique Amalgam designs, flashy CGs and mecha battles.
+Good depth in characterizations.
Bad:
+Still has flaws in writing.
+Ending tones down the plot.
+Main antagonist is too strong for most of his fights to be interesting.

Rating: 7

Final Verdict

7.67 (good)

Reviewed by Weskalia, Oct 28, 2010

Comments

  1. SchRita Dec 23, 2010

    I haven't heard of this. Thanks for the review!

  2. Warpten29 Jan 11, 2011

    Good summarization!

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