Series: Hatenkou Yuugi
Animation Studio: Studio Deen
Original Run: 10 episodesEnglish Licensor: N/A
Adaptation of: Minari Endoh's manga "Hatenkou Yuugi" (aka "Dazzle")
The albino joins her and simply states that he's only traveling with her so he can kill the woman that murdered his father. The two are also joined by the womanizing Baroqueheat, who was a military friend/acquaintence of Alzeid in the military. Unlike Alzeid's stubborn/cold/semi-cool demeanor, Baroqueheat's the exact opposite. Rahzel puts up with the two guys and their conflicting characters as they begin to form a very tight bond with one another. But it is a given that this odd trio is not your average group of travelers. You have the vengeful albino, who wields a gun and can cast spells, the flirtatious goof-ball, who can transform his hand into a sword, and last but not least, you have Rahzel, the energetic 14 year old magic wielder.
The group simply travels around together, each focusing on different goals, but nether the less, they are together. The towns and stops they make do have their dark sides to them, and some are just downright creepy. One example being the circus where the ringmaster kidnaps and kills children to use their body parts to make her own "perfect" child. Yeah, disturbing. But the series has a bunch of twisted adventures like this one. The series is a pretty fast watch, as it is shorter than most. It isn't the greatest anime out there but it does have its pinch of psychological, horror, romance, comedy, action, and adventure aspects. So if you want a tiny sample of some popular anime genres, take this series for a spin.
A.I.'s Rating: 7/10
But in defense for the series, I will say that some viewers that don't care too much for the manga and saw the anime first, typically enjoyed the series. Also, I will add that the "adventures" the group goes on--that were based off of the manga's events--came out nicely. The voice actors were great, and I felt they really matched their characters. The characters were fun, and I loved how they all contradicted one another and stood on their own. I adore the opening song and its animation, as it really captured the overall feel of the series. "Hatenkou Yuugi" is not a typical adventure story with a group going around to save the world. But rather a group simply traveling and going where fate takes them. I included the opening animation below and check the series out if you want, but it isn't one I'm totally Gun-ho on.