Trinity Blood: Quick Thoughts

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A new feature is back. Well, technically, this feature is kinda the same as my anime review block: After Thoughts, but will feature lesser content and short reviews. I had done this before but I put them under the “After Thoughts” feature. I might try to edit them in the future. So for now, I hope you enjoy this short review of mine.

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 29, 2005 to Oct 28, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2005
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Supernatural, Vampire
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Synopsis: The background is in the distant future after the destruction brought about by Armageddon. The war between the vampires and the humans continue to persist. In order to protect the humans from the vampires, the Vatican has to rely on other allies to counter the situation. The protagonist, Abel Nightroad, is a traveling priest from the Vatican and a crusnik, a vampire that drinks the blood of vampires. He is a member of the “Ax”, a special operations group led by Cardinal Catherina Sforza. He encounters a young girl called Esther, who decides to go with him to Rome and train at the Vatican. Soon after he meets her, the order of Rozencreuz, led by Abel’s twin, Cain, tries to continue the war so they can rule the world. It’s up to Abel and the AX to try and stop them. (MAL)

I had seen Trinity Blood years ago, but I wasn’t able to finish watching it. Around that time I was watching other uuuhhhh… attention grabbing animes like Black Lagoon, Jormungand, Phantom and Guilty Crown. After few retries, I was able to finish this anime earlier this month. I did enjoy watching it, but it was bad.

Trinity Blood anime was a disappointing one. I was expecting this anime to wow me with the story and characters, but it only gave me a disappointing feeling. It was a bad adaptation of its source material.

The story was a mess. Rather than starting off with a proper storyline, we get random episodic episodes that doesn’t even discuss what the story is about, where it was set, who are the characters and more. Pretty much, the viewers are left alone to piece the infos together and get the “context clues” (as if). It does start to progress in the right direction around the 3rd episode, but the pacing is slow. A story arc that can be compressed to 1-2 episodes were told in 2-4 episodes, that’s too long. The characters didn’t help. Most of them are boring and too shallow. I do want to sympathize with them, but with a meh writing, I don’t think I could feel them as much as I wanted to. Sigh, An interesting and intriguing story was told in a bad and messy way, such a disappointment.

I think the only thing I liked about the series would be the animation and its dub. The art & animation of the anime looks good for a 2005 anime. The character designs looks intriguing and nice, it was one of the reasons I was interested with this anime. For the dub, I really liked the english dub. I do appreciate the Japanese version but it was too dull and its getting boring that’s why I switched to the english dub itself. The american VA’s did a good job voicing the characters. They added alot of energy and color to the characters even though it wasn’t the best thing out there.

Overall, Trinity Blood didn’t live up to my expectations. I kind of now understand my past self as to why I wasn’t able to finish it. I totally won’t recommend this to anyone, unless you have nothing else to watch. This anime does goes well with the Halloween theme, so maybe try it.

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