OP: 「Deal With」by OLDCODEX
「真昼とクロ」 (Mahiru to Kuro)
“Mahiru and Kuro”
Another show about vampires, supernatural creatures mixed with shounen. This is essentially what SERVAMP is, except it’s actually a shoujo manga adaptation! I guess that means it’s hopping on that bandwagon of attracting the attention of teenyboppers – and I probably am one at heart. SERVAMP starts off with our main character, Shirota Mahiru (Terashima Takuma) picking up a stray cat and naming him Kuro (Kaji Yuki); because he’s a black obviously. Returning home after school, Mahiru finds out that not only is his cat, not a cat, but he’s a vampire! Oh my gosh, what a shocker! Mahiru accidentally calls his “cat”, Kuro out loud and forms a temporary contract with him through the magic of… magic and he tries to convince his friends that his cat is a vampire. Just as his friends think he’s crazy, another CRAZIER vampire shows up and almost kills Mahiru’s friend. In order to defeat this new vampire, named Belkia (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu), Mahiru makes a formal contract with Kuro by letting him drink his blood. Kuro defeats Belkia – but doesn’t kill him and Mahiru basically passes out shortly after. There’s a lot of other stuff that happened in this premiere but let’s roll with that as the basis of our story. And if you thought that synopsis was fast, please watch the anime.
It’s incredible just how much they’ve managed to cram into 30 minutes and the story feels like its skipped so much in order to finish off where it did. First of all, Mahiru was an orphan after his mom passed away and while this was pretty much a given in the first 2 mins, the anime hammered that fact in when it replayed his flashbacks at least 3 times this episode. Did the audience really need to see that scene repeated every few minutes? Probably not, but I guess you’ll never forget it now and it might play a bigger role in the story later. Kuro is – exactly what he is – a lazy cat. He hasn’t drank blood in over a century and he has a supernatural ability that looks like Wolverine’s massive claws. He comes a “servant” after he drinks Mahiru’s blood and I think that means he also feeds off of him now in order to gain power and strength. There’s not a lot of explanations given about their roles and what this all means yet – however, the show does spend a split minute to explain that servant + vampier = servamp! I don’t claim my Engrish is perfect but hmmm… if you’re going to put another language in your show, at least get the spelling correct.
The characters are not too original for the most part and the show feels very cookie-cutter to all the other supernatural shows that I’ve seen. It reminds me a lot of Blood Lad or Tokyo ESP which includes all these supernatural characters with a mixture of action and comedy. The anime certainly leans more comedic than serious and compared to a lot of other shows out there, it just doesn’t have that uniqueness that leaves an impact. It’s entertaining and it held my attention the whole time, but not in the same way Re: Zero does. Literally nothing is explained as it goes and facts are just handed to you to be taken at face value – “Oh he’s a vampire!”; “Oh, but he’s also a cat…”; “And he hasn’t drank blood in over 100 years but now he does? Whattttt…?” So the pacing and writing can be improved immensely in order for me to feel invested in SERVAMP.
Now the premiere wasn’t all terrible – at least it was entertaining. I do love my vampire series and this one has all of that, plus an adorable vampire cat. Kuro has your typical cool, aloof, and bad boy type of vampire – while Mahiru is your boy-next-door with a traumatic past but still nice deep-down. I think their duo dynamics will be interesting (if nothing else, funny and cute to watch) and while they’re not deeply complex or interesting individually, together they can’t be boring. I can’t say much for the side characters, nor the villain yet but if the OP is any indication, I’m expecting crazier things to happen. In the end, would I keep watching? On a Tuesday, why not? But my expectation levels aren’t through the roof and the show’s likability really depends on your taste for the supernatural, comedic fluff.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: This is late but… finally got around to watch #Servamp. It was alright – nothing spectacular or notable but still entertaining for 30 mins. Super attracted to the bad boy type… and vampires. Apparently that’s my thing >_> #Servamp
ED: 「sunlight avenue」 by 寺島拓篤 (Takuma Terashima)