SHOGUN'S NOTE: We're taking a quick break from our usual slate of reviews to cover as many new pilots as we can for the Fall season. Sit tight -- we'll be back to regular series soon!
Kojou Katsuki is just your typical, middle school slacker living on a special island built to keep fantasy creatures from going extinct. Naturally, this leads to certain problems, and three months ago Kojou was turned into a vampire... but not just any vampire. He's apparently the Fourth Progenitor, the most powerful vampire around, and he can walk in the daylight no problem. He's so powerful, in fact, that the Japanese government sent a special agent - - a "sword shaman" named Yukinara Himeragi - - to observe him to see if he's a threat.
That's just window dressing, though, in an attempt to convince you this is not your typical ecchi/moe show. Unfortunately it really, really is.
When a butt flashes in the first scene, it says a lot about what you're going to get out of a show. All the conversations and full-blown supernatural conflicts simply revolve around stealing peeks at panties and the blunt fact that sexual arousal leads Kojou to bloodlust (and the awkward positions girls end up in when they're cleaning soda stains off your pants). The tropes continue when Yukinara crushes on Kojou after he chides her for starting a fight, then embarrassing her (in small ways) for the next several minutes. All of this is illustrated flatly and peppered with action scenes that don't make much sense.
This may sound like a goof-fest, but the tone actually plays fairly straight - - panty shots and all - -making it feel more like sexploitation cinema than anything else. If that's your bag, hey man, no judgement here; there's just gotta be better material out there.
Watch this episode, “The Right Arm of the Saint I” here and decide for yourself, then read our comments on other anime pilots from the Fall 2013 season below...
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