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Forgive me father, for I have sinned - 07 Ghost 
3rd-Aug-2010 09:11 pm
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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 07:00 pm (UTC)
I agree. When they premiered the manga at Yaoi-con a few yrs ago that was one of the points they discussed. I was really excited while watching because you could sit there with the manga open and follow along, which is why when that ep with the kid and his kor infested father showed up at the church I went 'Wah?!'. If they just stuck to the book it'd have been perfect. But in the long run, I'd still rather have a second season then be made about a few filler eps. I wish they'd continue!
4th-Aug-2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
My only issue with the filler eps is that I wonder if a lot of people stopped watching at that point, which in turn kept 07 Ghost from receiving the attention it deserves.

I too would be delighted to see a second season, particularly as there is so much manga goodness now. Speaking of which, I probably should pony up for the licensed manga and DVDs now....
4th-Aug-2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
haha them and like the other 10+ dvd sets I need. :)
4th-Aug-2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
I don't see myself buying Bleach DVDs any way soon, because they're very popular and anyway I'm watching it legally on Hulu. But for a niche market like 07 Ghost, I do believe every dollar helps to keep it going and hopefully get Season 2 rolling.
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