OP: 「Belief」 by May’n
While not the best show I’ve seen, Taboo Tattoo definitely had some good moments.
Okay, if I remember correctly, I think I said this show had a decent story. And I stand by that – the story itself was pretty fun to think about out of context. Who wouldn’t want to have a name like Justice, be a badass martial artist, and just happen to save someone who would give him the power to literally destroy anything he pointed his hand at? It sounds really cool doesn’t it?
Seriously though, seeing the story animated really had me reconsider if there was something wrong with my brain when I was going through the source material. Maybe something was lost to the transition into an anime or maybe J.C. Staff just didn’t care all that much (more on that in a second), but boy did the story feel a little crazy. Honestly, who lets a random old guy put a huge glass rock thing into their hand and allows them to keep it there when it starts emitting crazy blue light and stings like hell? And even if you look past that in order to maintain the story’s premise, who in their right mind would fight someone that obviously has some ridiculously overpowered super weapon powering their entire body? I could understand if Seigi had no idea what he was up against, but he already saw Izzie’s special power and had the crap beat out of him twice now!
The Flip Side
Now, that said, on the flip side there’s no denying the episode was super fun to watch. With a lot of emphasis (and budget) placed in all the fight scenes, there was a bunch of eye candy to keep your mind occupied before it realized it had a lot of serious questions to ask. However, was I the only one who saw some pretty bad art and at times god awful animations randomly throughout the episode? It’s almost as if the team behind this show decided to blow the budget on all the fights and left peanuts for the in-between scenes that handled all the lesser elements like character and plot development.
Overall, I’d give this first episode a soft pass (as in a soft okay). Even with some glaring issues in the story that didn’t stick out to me when I first previewed it for this season’s preview, there was enough “fun” stuff to keep my mind off of it while watching the episode. Especially the moments when the camera got right up to Seigi and his opponents as they traded blow after blow. Also, we have Izzie. So, if you haven’t watched the episode yet, give it a shot! It’s not the worst show ever and I’m probably going to keep watching since it looks like there’s still potential to be good.
ED: 「EGOISTIC EMOTION」 by TRIGGER