Zanafor checking in with a weekly review. I feel as if my previous posts were only on light, happy anime, so I’m going to toss something new into the mix. Oh, and thanks to everyone who reads my reviews. I know they’re short and amateur, but I enjoy sharing my thoughts!
A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives (いつか天魔の黒ウサギ Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi) is a light novel series written by Takaya Kagami, with the anime adaptation produced by ZEXCS. It began airing July 2011, and ten of twelve episodes have aired.
If you’re looking for an intense anime to watch, look no further. Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi is the perfect series for those who love a serious plot. This show has a lot of bases covered, and fans of many genres will see something that can appeal to them. That is, as long as they aren’t afraid of a little fanservice and a lot of violence.
Kuro Usagi is about a high school boy who reunites with a vampire (or witch, as used many times throughout the show) nine years after he made a contract with her to fulfill a prophecy that may very well change the world. Now, this plot may sound a bit cliche, but the execution is this case is very good. What really stands out for me would have to be the main character. He isn’t some spineless guy who would much rather be without a supernatural lover – he knows what he stands for, and is willing to protect it. Sure, he might be headstrong and slightly foolish at times, but it adds a nice change of pace to what you might expect.
Action lovers, rejoice. This series gets right into full-throttle violence, and you won’t be disappointed with what you see. There isn’t any shortcut animation, but rather fabulously styled magical combat at a quick pace. Be prepared to witness crisp supernatural spells in a wide array of vivid colors. Kuro Usagi looks great, and keeps a consistent color scheme that adds uniqueness to the show. Scale has a lot to contribute as well, be it the size of an enemy or the power of a single attack. It’s quite amazing to watch, and will have you on the edge of your seat.
From what I’ve said so far, it may seem that this series is purely action; that certainly isn’t true. There is plenty of drama and romantic development that maintains a serious tone. Of course, like any good anime, there is a fair amount of comedy, mostly from one character that also contributes a tad of fanservice. What I particularly enjoy is the psychological development among the characters. The main recurring theme adds lots of tension and emotion between the characters.
Overall, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi doesn’t have any major flaws, and is simply an enjoyable experience both visually and story-wise. If you want a mature, serious anime to watch, definitely check this title out.