Today we take a look at Black Heaven in my Not so Secret Santa Project suggested by digitalboy. When it comes to tastes we generally clash when it comes to comedy, romance, slice of life type shows but everything else is pretty spot on. I've always enjoyed chatting away about anime with him and if he likes an anime that I haven't seen yet you can be sure I'll be checking it out.
Oji Tanaka is a boring salary worker who has a wife and child. He is completely depressed with the way his life has turned out. He misses music greatly and the only thing that lets him remember his past is an old guitar he use to play in his old band, Black Heaven. His wife doesn't seem to care about his music feelings all that much and mainly focuses on caring for their son. Oddly enough one day while at work Oji meets a new sexy worker named Layla Yuki. She ends up changing his life greatly. She ends up being an alien who needs him to make that godly sound he use to when he was in his band. She needs help to win her war in space and his music is key to running their ultimate weapon!
The OP is very abstract. What the hell is with the ED? It's like someone just put a bunch of really random words in there. It doesn't make any sense but if I just listen to it and not focus on the words too much, it's not all that bad and rather fun. The English dub is very, very, VERY bad... Terrible one might say... I could only stomach one episode and even then I thought about switching it halfway through. For kicks I looked up who did the leads voice and to my surprise he has done a lot of stuff where I do love his, Beau Billingslea's voice. Jet Black for one from Cowboy Bebop. I can't believe it honestly... It might just be cause everyone else in the show was terrible English voice wise too.
All of that sounds pretty awesome right? I thought so at first but it ended up falling pretty flat. It honestly reminds me a lot of Macross 7. Both are great but have a lot of kinks that should and probably could have been worked out. Also the aliens in this show looked an awful lot like the Zentradi from Macross. I love how this anime was made for huge music rock fans and to inspire young musicians to keep at what they do so they don't turn out like Oji. Each episode title is named after songs too so I thought that was a lovely touch. Even though I have never played Guitar Hero for more than 2 hours total it gives off that kind of feeling of epicness. Especially with how Oji tends to handle his guitar. It almost is sexual in a way and I hope I'm not the only one to see that or it might just read weird at this point.
The characters for the most part are pretty average. You aren't really suppose to care about anyone other than Oji it felt like. I know that the series is suppose to be all about him but I honestly would have loved to have more information on the aliens. All we really got is that they are fighting in a galactic war where the sound of music somehow sets off one of their most powerful weapons. The alien chick Layla was rather boring honestly. Her trio of oddball girls didn't help her cause either. They were just annoying. But I know they were put into the series for comic relief. They really could have been written out or at least did actual funny things in my opinion. I oddly enough really liked his wife. Sure she was bitchy and didn't quite understand what he was going through but she still cared in a way of sorts. I mean he didn't exactly let her in either so she could possibly try and help him out with how he was trying to deal with his feelings. She said this during a bathing scene that I thought was rather interesting and made me really think about how far their relationship had gone downhill. "I haven't see that in a while." I did laugh but then I felt really sorry for them at the same time.
In the end when Oji gets to play with some of his band member it is worth it. I seriously do love the idea of business men in suits playing in a band together. I'm very glad I watched this show but don't think I'll ever watch it again. I will however totally recommend it to anime fans who are very much into music. There are a lot of references that I wouldn't have known about if I didn't know a little bit about rock music or at least enough to get they were referencing something and look it up later. It probably helps that I watched it with my boyfriend who is completely obsessed with music too.
PLEASE LISTEN TO MY SONG!
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* Story 7/10
* Animation 7/10
* Sound 8/10
* Characters 7/10
* Overall 7/10
From the anime Black Heaven, Oji Tanaka once was the lead guitarist of Black Heaven. Now he is a middle aged man salary man who is married and has a kid. He misses the good old days terribly. One day he gets approached by an agent of sorts to give her that sound he use to play back in the day.
Why I like him: He gets back that musical charm he had been searching for. Broken mended dreams are a nice thing to see a person get when they have abandoned all hope for it. He still can rock out on a guitar even though he let that dream go. A lot of people get pretty darn rusty without practice but he seems to have a wonderful natural talent for it.
Why I hate him: For some reason the way he treated his wife was just kind of off to me... I mean she wasn't a pleasant person for the most part but it still just rubbed me the wrong way. He had a lot of tantrums in the show too. I just felt weird seeing a grown man freak out just a little too much over things.
Overall: It's like watching a really strange macross with a middle aged lame dude as the lead.