Mikado Ryugamine moved to Ikebukuro with big dreams of how exciting life was sure to be in a big city. But although he didn’t find the city to be boring, he certainly didn’t expect it to be overflowing with gangs and old supernatural lore come to life. Between his school days with his friends, odd encounters on the street with manga lovers and a tall sushi bar owner and occasional glimpses at info brokers and thugs, Mikado learns his way around his new home and some of the more dangerous people that live there.
There are two main elements of high violence (besides the over the top slap stick stuff). Element one: evil sword possession. This whole sequence is creepy and there is quite a lot of blood. I’d say Fullmetal Alchemist levels on average with a few quick bursts of Trinity Blood. So expect blood, mainly via cuts.
The other element is supernatural. One character is headless and cannot be killed. She is experimented on. No real blood or anything, but it’s still creepy and a bit horrifying as it feels pain.
Expect the usual fare of d-mn and sh-ts, with an occasional b-word flung out for flare. Nothing too excessive, but it’s not PG stuff either.
We have that one character with the big rack (don’t we always these days?) and they trow out a joke on her… assets here and there. There’s also the above experamental scene. The female creature appears to not wear clothing. We don’t see any details, however.
Since I’ve mentioned supernaturals, you should have guessed this would be coming up. So, yes, there is a headless creature, also called a fea (fairy). And, yes, there is a possessed sword. And, yes, if those kinds of things bother you chances are so will this show. But there’s not much stalk put into theology behind these strange things. They just simply… are, oddly enough.
I absolutely loved this show back when it was airing and I still do. It’s very strange to see such an amazing blend of current technological worries and folklore work so well together and for an anime to pull it off is quite rare. The characters are rich, the art is amazing, capturing both bright city lights and mythical headless riders in the same scenes, and the music is fitting.
This said, there’s also so much to this story that it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. At times the story is almost too much to keep track of and the ending leaves a great deal to be desired as a major plot element is left to hang itself. If you like everything to wrap up, this series’ ending will leave you frustrated in the extreme. But if you can deal with a loose end or two, you’ll find that this show is an amazingly fun ride between the modern and fairy tale worlds with more than a few twists to dazzle you.
Personal rating: Young adult
Languages: Sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Action, fantasy, drama
Legal streaming: Crunchyroll