Yet another spammed finished anime…… watched 24 episodes in a one night marathon…. haha. Well, I’d actually watched it once,when it was still running, but… meh… taking time to write the full review now (actually skipping class to do it, haha).
(it’s a bit long, so continue on…..)
Trinity Blood is, admittedly, one of the more interesting series of this year, compared to other titles airing at the same time as it was. There was some hesitations about this series, considering it was being done by Gonzo, who has a volatile reputation of producing either great hits (Vandread, Gatekeepers) and also gigantic flops (most notably Bakuretsu Tenshi).
In a nutshell, the Trinity Blood series is a mix of ideas coming off from a lot of other series’s such as Trigun( the main character hates killing and has a “twin” brother who’s evil ), Hellsing (the AX organization) even Gundam SEED (Methuselah vs Terran is a mirror of the Coordinator vs Natural). I’m pretty sure that there’s more ideas “taken” from other series that I haven’t noticed yet, but admidst all that, somehow, Trinity Blood manages to retain some originality.
Part of it’s appeal is undoubtably the combination of the settings. Gothic + Vampires + Churchs & Nuns + Secret Organizations are undoubtably very interesting and has a lot of potential to be good. In a way, Gonzo manages to pull Trinity Blood’s setting off with more emphasis on some of the setting elements but unfortunately neglect some of them a bit. Still the setting of the world of Trinity Blood remains one of it’s strongest appeals, especially with all the historical terms and techno-jargon thrown around.
Another plus point for Trinity Blood is the music. Both the OP and ED’s are masterfully done and mesh in with the feel of the anime nicely. The OST is perfectly matched up with the anime as well, and the inclusion of some memorable tunes for me, notably Requiem ~inori~.
Following on, the characters also somewhat make this show good, with the seiyuu’s playing their parts perfectly. Undoubtably, Noto Mamiko’s voicing of Esther is perfect, but then I’m quite biased towards her, so be warned. I don’t really like Abel that much, given that he’s just about a clone of Vash from Trigun as he can be, but some other characters are memorable as well, like Seth-chan (yes, I love her, OK). One more thing that I find a bit too regrettable is that the AX members weren’t given too much development, apart from out main characters. They seem to flit in and out just for each of the arc’s sake and disappear after doing their job. Over at the antagonist’s side, they are quite clichéd and stereotypical, to the point of being almost forgettable.
The story flow is one of the minor gripes of the anime, given that the original work was in novel forms, spaced over some period of times between each other. At some times, the story flow gets quite confusing, especially during the first half when it jumps between short stories of the novels, but it is pretty much better over second half, when the main story was being told out. I still feel that quite a large portion of stuff is being left out, but I haven’t done much “research” on Trinity Blood yet, so I can’t say so. Still the ending points towards a big possibility of a second season, as the main conflict hasn’t been resolved yet.
On the ending, one of the major weaknesses of Trinity Blood is the background story of the characters. The reason of why the world is split in to Methuselah’s and Terrans were never fully explained. The same goes to the Abel and Cain’s story. For a first-time watcher of this series, undoubtably the background story will be hard to understand and to get. Perhaps Gonzo’s leaving this for the second season.
All in all, Trinity Blood fails on a few points but excels at some, making it quite watchable for the pure entertainment value. It’s kinda hard for me to say no to vampires and nuns with guns, for at any rate. Still the main strengths of Trinity Blood is in it’s setting and it excels at portraying it. Given that it’s a work by Gonzo, it’s pretty much acceptable, compared to some of their past works coughbakutencough.
Before I go, I give my sincere condolences out to Sunao Yoshida-sensei, creator of Trinity Blood, who sadly passed away from lung blockage not long after the production of the anime was announced. May you rest in peace.
– Depiction of the setting
– Interesting story flow, albeit on the 2nd half.
– Badly explained background story.
– Underdeveloped characters.
– Ending not too complete a.k.a Second Season Syndrome :).