Requiem from the Darkness DVD 1 (Hyb): Turmoil of the Flesh
Jake Kim - Oct 1 2004 AnimeCrazed@hotmail.com
A very refreshingly new anime - unusual art style & storylines
When I saw the trailer for this series on the Geneon website, I knew I was in for a feast of the eyes...and I was right! There is an incredibly different style of art employed that delivers a gritty, unnerving experience to the viewer, which is excatly what brings the spooky folklore and bloody violence to life.
I haven't seen the original version in Japanese yet, but I do know that there are some seriously great performances in the English Language version that will definitely not disappoint those who have fallen in love with the original. Grant George rocks as the hero, Momosuke. He brings a sense of realism to the action, reactions and emotion, as opposed to cartoonish, that makes you suspend your disbelief and feel like you are along with him for each frightening adventure. Steve Kramer is also great as the devilish Mataichi. Plus, Ogin is pretty easy on the eyes and fiendish to boot.
This is the first series in a long time where I'm holding my breath until the next volume comes out. If you want a taste of something different, dark and imaginative...Requiem delivers!
J Geyer - Oct 1 2004 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dark & Different
I happen to be a fan of the darker anime than the fluffy stuff, which is why I loved "Requiem from the Darkness". The cool thing about this series is that the plots have a lot of roots in Japanese folklore...but with a serious edge. I actually recall my grandfather trying to frighten me as a little girl by telling a similar story about Azuki Arais. So to actually see a series that pulls from folklore dating back to the Edo period of Japan is extremly intriguing viewing! Each of the four episodes in this volume are fascinating...I'm interested to see what other folklore stories they'll bring into the next volumes.
The series centers around a young writer Momoske (Grant George - great in this role and now one of my fave talents) who is trying to write a book of 100 ghost stories. He encounters Mataishi (Steve Kramer - a veteran talent from way back in Robotech daze), Nagamimi (Michael McConnohie - great set of pipes...and credits) and Ogin (Kirsty Pape - perfectly sultry) who involve him in the "righting" of the world's wrongs...thus giving Momosuke plenty of material to draw from for his book...and plenty to constantly keep him in utter fear.
The stories are great. The anime's look is rough and unusual. The violence is more psychological than shown, but there's plenty to scare you. This is a great series! I don't know how many more volumes there will be...I'm hoping one for each of Momosule's 100 stories.
It's definitely worth the price. Get it!
S.H. Wilson - Oct 10 2004 animegenius6hotmail.com
One of the best new anime series!
"Requiem" has a cool look and the episode plots are seriously interesting. Some freaky good stuff. Great English dub. Cool concept, great characters. This is one to own for sure!
Jesse Hausler - Sep 11 2005
Think "Boogiepop Phantom Goes Medieval"
"Requiem from the Darkness" is a great show for fans of the horror/suspense genre. Like I said in the summary, it reminded me a whole lot of Boogiepop Phantom, but (luckily) it is MUCH easier to understand than that show. It's a beautifully drawn series; the only time it gets a little shoddy is a few of the backgrounds. Most of the time, however, it's gorgeous. The opening song was really good, and the ending (while not fantastic) was nice.
RFTD is a great show, even if it is a little pricey. If you ever catch it on special, definitely give it a shot. Regardless, it deserves at least a rent from any self-respecting fan of horror anime.