Our hero joins a merry band of assassins.
I love this manga so it’s no surprise that I love the anime as well.
Ok, to be fair, the adaptation itself kind of sucks. It should have been way better than this. I’m not a fan of Tatsumi’s voice, the animation isn’t that great, and the direction isn’t particularly inspired. Like how the guard suddenly starts telling some guy he met an hour ago things that could get both of them killed if it were overheard. Sure, that’s how the manga did it, but there’s no excuse not to take some creative liberty to improve things for the animated format.
Also, I do not like how they portrayed the assassination run. I think it’s supposed to be cool when they’re standing in the sky together but it’s just cheesy. In the manga the author did a great job playing with the lighting and facial expressions to make the cutesy character designs look badass when they’re fighting. But in the anime their idea seems to be to just make it dark so it’s hard to see things.
Next, there’s the drastic shifts in tone. One second the guy’s best friend is tragically dying (these two weren’t well enough established to have the kind of impact their death had in the manga, although maybe I just already knew what was going to happen) and then the next second they’re telling dumb jokes.
Finally, all the humor kind of sucks. When you’ve just seen a warehouse full of tortured corpses and your best friend just died, some dumb gay implications joke doesn’t really work. Not that it would be funny normally, but…
Hmm it seems like I only said bad thing about this anime. But I honestly did enjoy it. Why…? Hmm… well… it has great shipping? That part hasn’t started yet though so I don’t know. Come to think of it, I was thinking of dropping this manga after the first chapter. Not the most convincing argument, but maybe it gets better? I don’t know. Well I’ll continue watching regardless.