Witch Hunter Robin: After Thoughts

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As I continue to watch new and modern animes, I don’t forget to touch on my classics and old animes that’s on my queue for years.

This anime I’m about to give my thought of, Witch Hunter Robin, is in some ways special. It’s one of the first animes I watched in Animax Asia, and also my first anime that was very different from the usual cutesy art and animation. It was my gateway to realization that anime is not only for kids but also for adults as well. But that doesn’t mean I know or watched the whole series, I barely remember much of the story and I don’t think my younger self even understand the anime, Lol.

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2002 to Dec 24, 2002
Premiered: Summer 2002
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Magic, Police, Supernatural, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: Witches are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. Robin, a 15-year-old craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J’s witch hunters who was recently killed. Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place.

Witch Hunter Robin was as good as I remember.

When I first watched it years ago, I remember getting intrigued by the plot. I thought that I got interested with the anime cuz of its unique art, but no, watching the anime made me remember how intriguing the the story was to me. The story seemed simple at first, with a cliche crime solving episodic nature, but it then builds up later on into more concrete plot. As much as I enjoy the crime solving nature in the earlier episodes, I could really tell that they were just warm ups to the bigger scale of story that was introduced in the later half of the series. The transition was done well and definitely a gear changing moment of the story.

The main point that made me intrigued to the story would be the vast historical background of the witches. Some of information told in the series happened in real life, as stated on some history books, and they were woven to the plot really well. It added alot of depth and credibility to the anime. I really liked it.

My only problem of the story would be the minor plotholes of the overall plotline of the series. The anime tried to reason out alot of things to make us the viewers understand, but it wasn’t enough to cover everything. Though, most of these plotholes are easily dismissable, so I think they won’t affect much the whole enjoyment of the anime.

For the characters, I’m not really too keen about them. I do like the main character, Robin, cuz she’s a bit immature but at the same time, quite mature for her own age. Other than her, the supporting casts were meh. None of them stand out much, even though some of them got decent time in the series. I do like their interactions and the relationship of the casts. Their personalities compliment each other so it was still enjoyable to watch.

I do have a problem with the romance aspect of the series. It was too…dry and vague. Having a romance in a serious anime is…weird and out of place. If the main couple had more moments or their relationship would have been fleshed out a bit more, I might’ve warmed up with them.

Now, for my other reason for getting interested in this anime, the art and animation is really good. Yes, the art looks outdated, but for a 2001 anime, the quality of it is amazing. The art fits well with the tone and mood of the story. Even the designs of the characters reflects well to the personalities of the cast. I think my only problem with it is the age. They all look older than their age. Bruh, Robin is only 14, barely an adult. And yet, she looks like one in the series. Most of the characters in this anime are like that, so it was abit unsettling.

With a good art, its no biggie it would also have a good animation. I mean, Studio Sunrise made this series. Its animation was done well for a 2001 anime. I can’t really say its flowy but good enough to not look static.


I watched this anime in english dub. Why? Well, it fits well with the anime. When I first watched this one, it was in english dub so I nonchalantly watch it that way. I tried watching this in japanese dub, it was okay, but it doesn’t seem right. It was alot easier to watch the anime on dub and the english dub was done great as well.

Overall, this anime was refreshing. After watching alot of modern animes and animes looking alot like “anime” these past few days, seeing a different kind of anime was nice. Witch Hunter Robin had alot to offer, and it did succeed in delivering them. I enjoyed it alot. Though, I can’t really say this anime is for everyone.

Anyway, that is all.
Thanks for reading.



  1. FireRoad Permalink

    Sounds “old but gold”.


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