Demonbane is the second and last anime to premiere this month. It attempts to combine nearly every genre there is into one anime. There’s hints of sci-fi, magic, comedy, romance, ecchi, and even mecha! But does it work?
Daijuuji Kurou is a magic school dropout who does odd jobs for a living. He seems to be good at finding lost cats, for instance. He gets an offer for a high paying job which requires him to find a magical grimoire. Instead of finding the book that was asked for, he gets the legendary Necronomicron! Who knew the Necronomicron was so cute? Her real name happens to be “Al Azif.”
Along the way, an evil group called “Black Lodge” (with a name like that, they have to be evil, right?) tries to steal the book/girl from him. He makes a pact with Al, and turns into a super mage, complete with rock star makeup! At the end of the episode, Al summons a giant robot called Demonbane to counter the robot of the annoying bad guy, Doctor West! What an episode!
So like I wrote in the intro, Demonbane tries to incorporate pretty much every anime genre in existence into this show. The setting seems to be neo-victorian (old styled cars + helicopters?) where magic also exists. Or is it really Washington DC? I have a feeling there’ll be romance (between Kurou and Al), and there was a decent amount of fanservice (including possibly the world record for largest screen area taken by panties!). The Demonbane mecha at the end of the episode makes me fear that this anime will degenerate into mecha vs mecha action (I don’t really care for that genre).
After watching the first episode, I’m still not quite sure what to make of this anime. They seemed to stuff a lot into this episode, and it felt really rushed. It probably has to do with the anime only having 12 episodes. While I do like the magic and romance elements, the sci-fi parts are kinda turning me off.
The character designs are hit or miss. I like Necro-chan and Hadou Ruri, but everyone else is kinda lame. Kurou’s face looks odd to me, and Doctor West is just plain dumb. Also, why do designers insist on giving anime women insanely ginormous chests? It’s really distracting (in a bad way)! Less is more!
As far as animation style, there’s a lot of good stuff here, but also a lot of crap. Good = Al’s chibi form, Bad = Doctor West’s flying into the sky and turning into a star… The animation is above average, but suffers from bad CG syndrome.
There wasn’t an OP or ED for this episode. If I get em, they’ll show up right about here.
I guess that overall, I’ll have to see more to make a final judgement on this anime. As of now, I consider Demonbane a slightly above average anime that has a lot of drawbacks. I want to like this anime, but it has yet to be seen whether Demonbane can rebound or will fall even further.