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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Anime Review: Rakshasa Street

I recently watch this anime that was in Mandarin with English subtitle. The story revolves between a girl and two brothers. She met him while crossing the road without looking. He knocked her down and caused him to lose the food he was delivering. This chance encounter explains why she calls him and why he calls her stupid girl.

The anime consist of 24 episodes. The development was good, the first episode focus on her looking for a job as a fresh graduate at a job fair (where thousand of others are doing the same thing). Later she receives a text to attend an interview at night. While walking towards the interview, she looked around and realized that the building looked spooky. She then started thinking of why a company would call her for an interview so late in the night - human traffickers or organ traders. By then she was lost in Rakshasa Street filled with demon soldiers. Turns out that she is in a place for the dead and humans are forbidden there.

I enjoyed the story. It turns out the girl was special with a guardian in her and an organization was trying to capture her. The big brother is the Requiem General and protects the area with his brother. It is later, we get see the story of the two brothers, from the time their parents had to leave them to fend for themselves. There is a twist in the story on who is the elder brother and who is the younger. When the parents left them, one of them was still a baby and the other was only about five to six years old. Despite all the hardship, the eldest boy was determined to keep his promise to his father - protect his brother and protect Rakshasa Street.

The names for many of the characters in this anime were names of historic characters from the Three Kingdom. The anime contain many subplots:
  • A mute girl who selflessly protected the child against the advice of other residents.
  • A new General drunk with power causing suffering of those in the village.
  • The love-hate relationship between the two brothers.

This was a great anime and I think the live version of this anime is expected in 2017.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.