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Forgive me father, for I have sinned - 07 Ghost 
3rd-Aug-2010 09:11 pm
happy lance
OK, I said I was going to do a picspam on some of the anime I've been mainlining recently, so...

Imagine a Prussian-Gothic anime world where demons are real, the clergy are badass, and the hottest, most manly character is named…

…Frau.

* Snerk *

Boyfriend has some kind of 70's porn homoerotic thing going on with the bare chest and the chains, but we'll forgive him that because he is absolutely made of awesome.



Frau

Dude has a fucking scythe that shoots out of his fucking arm. How cool is that?

Frau

Apparently to get ordained into this church, you have to pass a fairly difficult test of knowledge, and demonstrate your ability to thrash real as well as inner demons. And be gorgeous. 07 Ghost puts the bishie in bishop.

07 ghost

My favorite holy man of all, however, is the fun, flamboyant and faaaaaaabulous Bishop Lance. Dude's got SERIOUS hair.



He's a little tempermental...



But he can smite the baddies without mussing his 'do.



I love Bishop Lance to pieces and want to slash him with the entire cast, including the mermaid.

Unsurprisingly, the bad guys are also dark and delicious:

07 Ghost

But guess what kids, it isn't a blue bishonen ghetto without the requisite big-eyed male teenagers voiced by women. Exhibit A is Teito Klein. He's a battle-scarred, abused orphan who nevertheless manages to have massive amounts of angsty UST with pretty much the entire cast, including the mermaid.

Teito

But the real reason I watch is for the plot. No, but really. It's fascinating and complex. I especially like their take on the clergy: the church, which superficially seems Catholic, is in fact VERY Japanese, featuring Shinigami (death gods) and reincarnation.

However, note that the pacing is odd in some of the early episodes of the anime, with some parts feeling like filler. To keep the momentum going, I recommend tequila shots for every HOYAY! moment.

mikage et teito

Aaaaaaaaaand something for your hangover.

But seriously, folks, the show gets better and better - and once you've watched all the anime episodes produced so far, you'll go after the manga, which is gorgeous and tightly plotted (much more so than the anime, oddly enough).

Also, the porn? It writes itself.

Not that I would know anything about that...

* Cough *
Comments 
4th-Aug-2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Teito is like the UST battleship! He attacks everyone, I swear. EVERYONE. :D
Great light-hearted review, by the way. You've made me want to put off doing my math homework so I can re-read the 07-Ghost manga again. :)
4th-Aug-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hee! There are chapters I read and reread, particularly "Rilect" and the chapters that follow. That's partly because I'm such a Lance fan, and partly because the story is so complicated.
4th-Aug-2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, not sure I've gotten there yet.
Just wondering, I mean, Lance is funny and he has great hair and all, but is there any other reason he has such devoted fans? (If it's a spoiler, don't tell me!)
4th-Aug-2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Relikt is Chapter 42, and it contains major spoilers, so I won't talk about them if you aren't there yet.

Suffice to say I like Lance based on how he's portrayed in the anime as well as the manga: nutty, serious, flighty, badass, frivolous, and kind. If Lance has devoted fans, I'd love to know where to meet them!
5th-Aug-2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
...But I like the angsty characters! *shot*
Hmm, don't remember where, but I'm pretty sure I read someone else ranting on about him...
7th-Aug-2010 09:16 am (UTC)
I like them too, don't get me wrong. But in 07 Ghost in particular, a non-angsty character is a breath of fresh air.
4th-Aug-2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Also I like that Lance has *not* boarded the emo train to angstville.
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