Not so Secret Santa: NightWalker

Not so Secret Santa: NightWalker

Since a lot of people are involved in Reverse Thieves special Secret Santa Project, I didn't want to feel left out due to not knowing about the fun sooner. So I went on twitter and asked 7 special blog friends to choose a title for me to watch. Not so Secret Santa was born! Here's my first title suggested by predederva. We both share a love for older movies and ova's, so I can see why he thought NightWalker might be the perfect choice for me! Oh boy...

Meow Mr. Shido and Miss Yayoi.

NightWalker follows the story of Shido Tatsuhiko. A vampire that has lived for a very long time and now works for hire. Generally commissioned by Yayoi Matsunaga whom is part of the N.O.S., an anti-nightbreed crime unit. He enjoys playing with women and is generally tempting towards them because of his charm. Yayoi is one among many. He ended up saving a girl, Riho Yamazaki, when her parents ended up killed by nightbreeds. Nightbreeds are basically demons that take over weak people and do bad things. I find them pretty boring honestly. Too typical really. The story is mainly episodic, monster of the week type of show at first. Around episode 8 is kind of veers off and gets "serious". Why they do this I'm not sure. The plot or lack of might have been lost on me at some point. All I can really say it that Shido and co. chase demons and kill them. But wait there's more! Shido's past! How could we forget about that since he's a vampire and all. Shido is haunted and stalked by an older vampire than he named Cain. Cain made Shido into a vampire and he is forever haunted by the dirty deeds they did together in the past. Yes, I do want that to sound as dirty as it does. There's plenty of sexual tension between the two of them but you do have to search for it.

Cain is a weirdo.

The OP makes me feel like I'm about to start watching some kinda of old hentai with a serious plot. I'm not sure where that feeling comes from but it might be the knowledge of this show being about a vampire that makes me feel that way. It's very mellow and has the main character, Shido, walking along an alley way towards the screen. The music in general is awkward slow jazzy type music through out the series. It'll jump over to a disco sound when any excitement starts to happen. Generally a battle will try to be more like rock music but it ends up just being weird. The ED is pleasant enough but very forgettable. One image slowly gets smaller on the screen as the credits roll then switches to another. Pretty boring honestly. I generally skipped it.

Ewww...

lol...

Creepy...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oddly the English dubbing isn't all that bad but it's far from great. It has that almost annoying feeling at times but it is totally watchable if you want to view the show without reading. What is more surprising is that the Japanese isn't much better. The voices don't match the characters at all and it just feels awkward. At least the animation wasn't hard on the eyes.

Shido saving Riho again and again...

The characters were interesting enough but ended up just being there. I mean what was with the little goblin green fairy Guni? She just kind of was around to make mean comments to whatever chick was around at the time and generally snarky comments that weren't called for to Shido. Shido on the other hand was the best character of the show and well I would hope so since the show was about him in a way. I loved how he was always wearing old timey clothing. Being a vampire I suppose it gets you stuck in the past in some ways or another. His way just happened to be fashion! Yayoi might be the second best character but not by much. Actually no Cain was even though we learned basically nothing about him but his lust for Shido. Anyway... Yayoi seems to have been made for staring in a hentai. She was always wearing slutty office lady clothing and had that bossy, sassy, slutty attitude to go with it. I think she was just put there to be non-awkward fan-service because honestly, when you really think about it, Riho, the high schooler girl annoying ass orphan brat... Not a good love interest for an ageless vampire... Although most anime fans would probably disagree with me on that.

Random pregnant lady talking with Riho...

FEEL IT!!! D: I don't know what this was about but it scared me...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm no fan of vampires as most might know by now. If not, you know now. I've always been rather confused at how being drained of blood feels good enough to make ladies moan with pleasure. I mean that just doesn't sound appealing in the slightest. I do see the romantic part of it I suppose, but not enough to see the infliction of puncture marks made by teeth to be sensual. Maybe I'm just lacking in that fetish department or something.

Cut...

and bleed... ALOT... PLEASE! >.<

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel like it should have been a 90's ova instead of a series. It feels like there was too much nothingness in the series. A short 45 minute episode or possibly 2 would have been perfect to get the job done properly. Even though it wasn't done properly for the most part. It tried hard I'll give it that much. But when there is only one good character in the entire show... That needs work. Horror and vampires always leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Even though I hate her, I really like this shot.

* Story 4/10
* Animation 5/10
* Sound 5/10
* Characters 4/10
* Overall 5/10

Sorry pred... Not my cup of tea. But at least I don't regret watching it! ^__^

If they did one thing right it was the odd gore.

Not so Secret Santa: NightWalker, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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8 Responses to “Not so Secret Santa: NightWalker”
  1. digital boy says:

    Saw the first ep of this way back and have always meant to finish it. I love me some 90s pulp~

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  2. Shinmaru says:

    Bossy, sassy, slutty attitude? What’s her number??

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  3. chii says:

    @digital boy I think you’d enjoy what little it does offer.

    @Shinmaru she would eat you up. Unless you have vampire fangs that is 😛

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  4. Shinmaru says:

    I’m sure it would be worth it.

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  5. chii says:

    haha well that’s the spirit!

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  6. Predederva says:

    LOL…I recommended this too you, only because you saw all the other awesome stuff I wanted you to see =P . But I did think you’d like it more then you did. It’s not perfect, far from it, but I found a lot of good in it. I think you went into this expecting too much. Masterpiece this is not. But great horror/detective series, it is. I love both genres, so putting them together is interesting and cool. And I thought it worked well. Yeah it’s episodic as hell, but they still managed to develop the characters, and end with a bang (although….finish telling the story? LOL!!! No they couldn’t managed that one. But that’s not unique to this series) Some of the episodes had a great mystery to it, at least I thought so. I personally loved the music, although you find it odd… If you want to know more about how I feel and why you can always read my review of it =P . Well next time I’m ganna have to look very hard to something AMAZING that you haven’t seen.

    FYI the series STARTED as an OVA (hence the sexed up action in the early episodes) but they turned it into a TV series. So yeah…

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  7. chii says:

    haha gl on finding something amazing XD

    i really liked the episode with the bandaged girl if that makes you feel better 😛

    I totally felt like it started off like an ova glad I was spot on about that hehe. Should have just stayed like that honestly.

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