OP: “SYSTEMATIC PEOPLE (featuring Maximum Ryou (Maximum the Hormone))”
「SYSTEMATIC PEOPLE (featuringマキシマムザ亮君(マキシマム ザ ホルモン))」 by WAGDUG FUTURISTIC UNITY
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A tale told over hundreds of years, KUROZUKA follows Minamoto Yoshitsune (Kurou) as he embarks on a journey to the end of time with a beautiful, mysterious woman after she transforms him into a vampire. Based on 2002 ten-volume manga of the same name, KUROZUKA is full of bloody action, sex, and nudity… or at least it was supposed to be. Based on the first showing, the latter two seem to be nonexistent in this anime adaptation, which I guess is understandable considering that it’s a television series. Having read the first volume of the manga though, I noticed how drastically different the story comes off without all the sex involved, even though the adaptation tries to include those scenes in a different form. Evidently, it doesn’t come off the same way though, since they opted to change those scenes rather than censor them in some way. As such, I actually find that it detracts from the story a bit, because those explicit scenes helped balance out all the graphic ones that are prevalent throughout the story. Without them, we just have a lot of excessively explicit gore, which alone doesn’t really portray how dark this series is supposed to be. However, it does keep the series a lot “cleaner” and they may include some of the controversial material later on, so I’m curious as to how MADHOUSE and director Akari Tetsurou (of Death Note fame) approach this one down the stretch.
Starring as Kurou is Miyano Mamoru, who uses his Setsuna F. Seiei voice here for the most part. Accompanying him as Kuromitsu is Paku Romi, whose portrayal of the beautiful, mysterious vampire is soft-spoken yet eery to the bone (in a good way). With Romi usually cast as boy genius-type characters (Edward Elric in FMA, Hitsugaya Toushirou in Bleach), I was quite surprised by the range she exhibited here, which would’ve made me question if it was really her had I not already known. Support cast is also really good, with names such as Kuwashima Houko (Clare in Claymore), Miki Shinichirou (Lockon Stratos in Gundam 00), and Inoue Kazuhiko (Hatake Kakashi in Naruto). Production-wise, Animax’s broadcast leaves a lot to be desired, but I’m more concerned about the level of quality MADHOUSE will be able to maintain with six shows under their belt this season, all of which air in the middle of the week (Tue-Wed). (Hopefully Casshern Sins doesn’t suffer.) Aside from that, there were already some minor changes to the plot in this first episode, but all the key occurrences were retained as per the manga. Music-wise, this is probably the first series I’ve ever seen that features a song which is literally nothing but ear-damaging NOISE, making me wonder why in the world “SYSTEMATIC PEOPLE” was chosen for the opening theme. If they were hoping to convey a sense of chaos with this song, I think they could’ve done so without making me reach for the mute button almost immediately. Luckily the ending theme “Hanarebanare” (Scattered) is a lot better, but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of it either after a few listens.
Not being a huge fan of extremely gory anime, I can’t say I’m inclined to continue following this one. However, this series is only slated for a short, twelve episode run, so I might be able to stomach that if I choose to do so. For everyone else, if lots of bloody action devoid of much else is your kind of thing, KUROZUKA might be a show worth keeping your eye on this season.
– Gen Kurou (Minamoto Yoshitsune) (源 九朗 (源 義経)) : Miyano Mamoru (宮野 真守)
– Kuromitsu (黒蜜) : Paku Romi (朴 璐美)
– Yamato Bou (Musashibou Benkei) (大和 坊 (武蔵坊 弁慶)) : Nakata Jouji (中田 譲治)
– Rai (ライ) : Kuwashima Houko (桑島 法子)
– Karuta (歌留多) : Fujiwara Keiji (藤原 啓治)
– Arashiyama (嵐山) : Miki Shinichirou (三木 眞一郎)
– Kyuuen (久遠) : Irino Miyu (入野 自由)
– Izana (居座魚) : Inoue Kazuhiko (井上 和彦)
– Hasegawa (長谷川) : Ookawa Tooru (大川 透)
– Kurumasou (車僧) : Ginga Banjou (銀河 万丈)
– Saniwa (沙仁輪) : Fujita Toshiko (藤田 淑子)
– Kagetsu (花月) : Yamagata Kaori (山像 かおり)
– Tonba (トンバ) : Uo Ken (魚 建)
– Man in Black (黒づくめの男) : Takiguchi Junpei (滝口 順平)