Witch Hunter Robin Anime Review
"Ho-Hum." That's exactly what I was thinking when I was watching this anime. I had first heard a bit of hype of it through the internet, and when I got a chance to watch a few episodes with a club at my school, I jumped at the opportunity. After watching a few episodes, I found I wasn't very impressed with it. So when Cartoon Network's Adult Swim was going to be running it, I decided I'd give the show a second chance. And guess what! I'm still not impressed with it.
I'll start out my critiquing with the animation. It's decent, but it has its flaws. One of the big problems with the animation was it overuses CG. It uses CG to a point that one could say they were dependent on CG. But, I can give them some credit, as the series progressed, they seemed to use less CG. To me, the drawing part of the animation just comes off as drab. There's not much done to really make one character distinct from another and it makes remembering who's who in the show a bit tough.
Another problem with the show is that it moves at a snails' pace. The show starts out as a standard "Monster-of-the-week" show, and it gets boring quickly. Eventually, the show starts to have a slightly more intricate plot, but I'm using slightly liberally. Even when the plot picks up, nothing comes off as very cohesive.
Another problem is that the characters seem very shallow. Very little detail is ever put in to the characters, and the show suffers from that.
The dub is quite good--I'll give credit where credit is due. The actors and actresses seemed to match the tone and personalities of the characters quite well to me. I'd like to have commented on the sub, but I doubt that subtitles are going to be used anytime soon for any anime.
Overall, I'd say the show accomplishes one thing. It's a good way to kill some time. It doesn't seem to surpass the distinction of being average.