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Descendants of Darkness Vol. 1: Vampire's Lure (2002)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: US Manga Corps Video
Genre: Anime, Yaoi
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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A vampire is on the loose, and it's up to dashing supernatural detective Tsuzuki to stop her! But are good looks, charm, and preternatural powers enough to bring this fiend to justice? Tsuzuki may have bitten off more than he can chew, and the Ministry has sent him a new partner, a volatile young man with a mysterious past. Together, their on the most dangerous mission of their afterlives!

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Surprisingly fun by EKissane July 7, 2003 - 2:52 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I had very low expectations for Descendants of Darkness, but it was actually quite entertaining. The vaguely folk-Daoist supernatural law enforcement plot provides a strong background for enjoyable character development.

The yaoi (that's boy-boy for non-manga/anime geeks) relationships are great -- they're also non-explicit, for those who care about that. The animation is clean and attractive. While the visual style isn't the same, something about the tone of this series reminds me of the more coherent episodes of Revolutionary Girl Utena.

It's fluffy, but quite well done, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Yu Yu Hakusho meets Pet Shop of Horrors with angst by hneline1 May 24, 2003 - 10:47 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This anime has the detective-feel of Nightwalker with the pretty-boy angst of Weiss Kreuz, while the spell-castings and conjurings of powerful creatures reminds me of the end of Fushigi Yugi. It has yaoi written all over it without any obvious gay relationships, although that evil Dr. Muraki seems to have an eye for a certain protagonist. The story and characters aren't particularly deep or unique (c'mon, how often have spiritual detectives tried to hunt a vampire in anime, or a fresh-faced new partner been suspicious of an easy-going senior partner with a sweet tooth and a reputation for bending rules?), but I did like the mixture of magic with dark mystery and there were enough twists in the story to keep me entertained. I'll certainly keep watching to see whether the character or plot develops more. Oh, and if I were to continue comparing this to as many different anime as I can, I would say this is like Yu Yu Hakusho meets Pet Shop of Horrors, if you can imagine that. :-)

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(Average 6.81)
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