April 13, 2004

Madlax Episode 2


"Crimson Moon - Crimson"

If there's one thing I respect about J.C. Staff, it's that it actually manages to put out anime series that feel different.

On the other hand, Bee Train (working the magic behind Madlax, Noir, and .hack//SIGN) manages to make sure that you know it's a Bee Train show. Whether it's because they seek out licenses and properties that fit into this mold of show they like creating, is beyond my knowledge, but, let's be honest: this show seems almost disgustingly like Noir. (Margaret is voiced by the same actress as Kirika from Noir, and the two character designs are almost identical.)

Bee Train should just dedicate themselves to making music videos for Yuki Kajiura. (I consider Noir and .hack//SIGN to be the Romeo Must Die of anime).

And just when you think it's completely weird that an emponymously named show would not feature its titular character in the second episode, Madlax appears for one line at the very end of the episode.

Anyways, in this episode, we're introduced to the other female lead, Margaret. She's a daughter of a noble family, a schoolgirl. She has a mysterious past (involved in some "accident"), and obviously some trouble befell her noble family in the past. There's also some other things happening, with some mysterious (crazy) guy, paying far too much money for some artifact, but nothing's really explained (what, you want answers?).

Way to keep my interest.

Rating: D

Posted by Kei at April 13, 2004 11:35 PM
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