First impressions of the Phantom


As I already know the story for the original game, I had decided not to blog about the new anime Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~: blogging about it wouldn’t be as much fun without the theories and speculations. But I’m still watching it, and I have some impressions after watching the first episode.

First, the good, of which there is not enough with only one episode so far:

  • Indications are that it will cover much of the story of the original game. It remains to be seen how it’s presented: the first episode makes it look like it will cover multiple periods of time concurrently, but the show may go back to a chronological order. It’s also not clear how much mashing of alternate plots will occur, if any.

But enough was shown for some bad impressions:

  • Large emphasis on style over substance in assassination, understandable when killing is not the goal but not so much when there is actual killing. I remember the assassins from the game being much more no-nonsense (not that they didn’t have their flashy moments).
  • Ein, the female assassin, looks like just an expressionless girl, when in the game she looked somewhat exotic, and more importantly, ice cold.

I’m still going to watch it, although having been biased by the game, I can neither recommend for nor against the new anime. I can’t decide whether to recommend it based on the potential for the story shown by the original game, or whether to recommend against it because I’m comparing the anime against too high a standard.

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  1. #1 by Kairu Ishimaru on April 4, 2009 - 2:12 am

    Dont you love Ein? She has a very unique characteristics. Unlike those very common anime characters out there. You know what I mean right?

    • #2 by Shounen A on April 4, 2009 - 2:15 pm

      I don’t know if uniqueness necessarily is a good or bad thing, but I certainly feel the same way about Ein: something about her just draws you in (at least with the game, hope the anime does a good job of portraying her).

  2. #3 by Camario on April 4, 2009 - 3:41 am

    I guess both of us are in a similar situation, having played the game before and probably expecting too much from the anime.

    It could be worse, but the fact that much of the story will be covered is a very good sign, since that means the later characters will get to play their roles.

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