This series is a mix of supernatural and horror genres with a religious underscore. A teenager named Allen Walker, has been training with an expert Exorcist in order to become an Exorcist himself, a person who is specially skilled and capable of fighting against an evil being known as The Millennium Earl.
The Millennium Earl's insane goal is to destroy the human race in order to bring the world to it's death.
The story centers around Allen , who has joined up with an order of Exorcists called The Black Order, going on various missions for the purpose of retrieving a rare powerful mineral substance called Innocence. This substance is scattered in various deposits around the world. "Finders", specially trained people who are trackers working for the Exorcists, locate the substance where ever it may be, then guard it until an Exorcist can arrive to take possesion of it. Innocence contains mystical properties allowing the Exorcists to use it to give themselves supernatural strength and weapons in their struggle to stop the Earl. On his missions Allen encounters and battles various "Akuma" entities, these are minions of the Earl who are bio-mechanical monsters, each powered by a tormented human soul trapped inside them. This is relevent to the key point of the story, the search for the substance called Innocence, because only a weapon that is powered by Innocence can free a soul from its imprisonment inside the Akuma. The Akuma are created and sent by the Earl to try to collect and destroy the Innocence substance before the Exorcists can get hold of it.
I've viewed a lot of Anime series and movies, from humor to horror and everything in between. I know what I like and what I don't like. And, I initially had mixed feelings about this series. Technically, the level of detail in the animation itself is impressive, perhaps among some of the best animation ever produced, but the story seemed overly complicated, the characters initially are underdeveloped and difficult to sympathize with, the initial battles are poorly choreographed making it difficult to follow the action.
I was sorely disappointed in this series while viewing the first three episodes. There was no explanation of the characters, no understanding of the enemies that appeared, and the action moved so quickly during fights that it was almost impossible to determine who was doing what.
I was about to give up on this series , but I held on for episode four ( part of a sequence of episodes called The Ghost of Mater )and suddenly the pace seemed to settle down a bit, the characters became more fleshed out emotionally and the story became more focused on the events at hand, and even the battles became better paced. This segment ended in episode 5 ( called..., Let Me Hear The Lullaby )with a very dramatic and emotionally moving scene where Allen defends a "doll" powered with a heart made from the Innocence substance against his own fellow Exorcist, Kanda, who wants to take the heart from her, and against the Akuma monster who has been tracking them. The series suddenly seems to grow up and get serious at this point and becomes much better from then on.
The disks worked flawlessy, the video and audio were excellent. Overall, I recommend the series. You need to be patient through the first few episodes to get to where the characters and story become better developed, but it's worth the relatively short wait and the watching.
- Mike S.
- Actors: Shizuka Ito, Todd Haberkorn, Sanae Kobayashi, Katsuyuki Konishi
- Directors: Nana Harada, Christopher Sabat, Various Others
- Format: DVD
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 4 (This version of the DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 8
- Studio: Madman
- DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2012
- Run Time: 1275 minutes
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- ASIN: B00DR4ZSZS
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- #19706 in Movies (Movies & TV)