Don’t let the shounen-ai tag fool you; this show is some serious bloody business.~
~Back when the Metanorn team was busy writing our thoughts for the titles of this Fall season, I remember reading Togainu no Chi’s summary and not really clicking with it; I even said it seemed boring. Yet, I went back to it, saw the trailer, and suddenly I felt this excitement, this thought of “I need to watch this! *A*” I actually feel a bit ashamed of my exact first thoughts of this, because my whole view on Togainu no chi has just totally flipped 360.
So what had Hoshi change her thoughts? The first episode starts off with a solemn narration, describing a bit about the Third Division incident which came to bore the dangerous city of Toshima, which you will find more about later in the episode.
After the pretty kick-ass rock opening song, we see Akira, our main character, win a brawl against another man. Despite his friends urgings to go with them to a bar and celebrate, he heads straight to his apartment and sleeps.
Suddenly, there’s a loud pounding at his door, and as he opens it, he is tacking over by a man, who pins him down as another man, a cop as he claims himself to be, asks him if he knows the man in the picture he’s holding. Akira says no as the cop tells him the man has been killed, and he’s the prime suspect.
Why does the guy holding him down look like such a creeper? |’D
Akira is sent to jail despite him saying he didn’t do it, and after a bit of a beat down in the interrogation room, he is told by a guard that he has a visitor. In the visitor’s room sits a woman named Emma, and a man named Gwen, who tell him that he probably has no chance of his charges being lifted, and that he’d have to suffer the punishment of being imprisoned all his life. Yet, they can help him get out of it, but he will have to follow their conditions.
All he has to do is go to the lawless city of Toshima, and participate in the game Igra, which is a massacre game where you have to forcibly take away silver dog tags from other players. If he collects enough tags, he will be able to battle the king of Igra. If he overthrows the king, then a drug company by the name Vischio will be destroyed, a benefit for Emma and Gwen.
He accepts, going back to his apartment before heading off to Toshima. There he meets his friend Keisuke, who waited for him all night (awwww!), and manages to say a quick good-bye, leaving poor Keisuke alone.
Akira is dropped off on the edge of Toshima, and heads deeper into the dark, ruined city.
He then comes upon a group of punks who try to take his tags. He beats down most of them, no problem, but then suddenly a man dressed in a black comes with a sword comes in.
He slashes through the whole group, and then turns his blade towards Akira. In the end, he leaves him, unharmed, but left in disgust at the bloody bodies in front of him.
End thoughts: Dear A-1 pictures, may I send a love letter to you in poor Japanese? Not only have you perfected and gorgeously twisted both seasons of the Kuroshitsuji anime, my favorite series in the whole entire world, AND given tons of Kuroshitsuji OVA goodness for us Kuro fangirls, but then you go and take on a pretty dark anime which promises violence and lots of blood, a type of anime I’m so very, very fond of and turn it into something really, just….AWESOME. I’m not exactly blown away, but I am just so hyped up after watching this! I can already feel this excitement tingling in me just from this first episode.
Right now, I hardly have any complaints. This first episode was slow, but hey, all first episodes with a storyline like this are going to be slow. Unfortunatly for me, there wasn’t any good shounen-ai stuff going on (booo~), only little hints towards our first fangirl-made couple. I’m not going to lie, I was giggling like a mad girl at the part where Keisuke was waiting for Akira at his apartment, heheheheh. I would like to say to people who are a bit shy towards this shounen-ai tag Togainu no Chi has, that I doubt there will be much BL (boys love) going on, buuuutttttt, judging from Kuroshitsuji II….we’re just going to have to wait and see |’D (A-1 is pretty sneaky…). Animation-wise, it’s really nice, nothing too spectacular; you can tell its A-1’s style.
As for my favorite part of this first episode, it was the end, when that guy in the sword comes and just starts slashing at those punks and after threatening Akira a bit, walks away like a total bad-ass. I sat there going; “Now that’s a BAMF, right there!” I think he might end up being one of my favorite characters, other than Akira. He looks like he might be a bad guy though, but hey, villains needs some love too!
I’m pretty much in love with Togainu no Chi already, seriously. I miss watching shows like this<3 Lately I’ve been more into comedy and wacky type shows, so seeing some good old fashioned blood and violence is really refreshing. I have high hopes that this show will be (in my native Californian dialect), totally awesome! XD
Preview: I have to say the preview has some really interesting animation with a set background, and only a few moving pieces appearing with some rather silly narration by two characters that will probably be introduced in the next episode.
It seems that us viewers will be introduced to more players in this game of Igra, and see more into this eerie, dangerous town of Toshima. Until next week then~.