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  • Genre Talk: Dark Fantasy

    The Dark Fantasy Anime Genre

    Popularity: 8/10 (USA), 8/10 (Japan)

    Commonly mixed with Horror and Supernatural.

    “Don’t you think it’s beautiful? That rosy red that spreads only where the body is wounded. Shall I paint you in that lovely red?”

    – Ophelia

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    As a sub genre of Fantasy, a lot of creatures tend to show up in this anime genre. There will usually be werewolves, vampires, and even sociopaths as the main characters. Due to this, it shows the monsters point of view and usually extreme violence and blood can be seen. This genre is also used to retell old children’s stories as a horror. Sometimes the story will be Japanese folktales as well as fairytales of the west. In most cases the Dark Fantasy genre will stick to medieval like features (ie. castles, knights, lots of lush lands). The other popular time of choice is the 1800s London scene.

    Examples of Dark Fantasy

    Berserk

    The story follows a Guts and Griffith. Griffith is the leader of the Band of the Hawk, a band of mercenaries, and Guts is one of his men. They hunt the Apostles (demonic creatures) and kill them.

    Hellsing

    This anime follows the vampire Alucard. He works for the Hellsing Organization under Integra Hellsing. They are attempting to take down the Millennium and Vatican section XIII.

    Black Butler

    Ciel and his demon butler Sebastian, completed missions for the Queen of England. Ciel sold his soul to Sebastian seeking revenge for the unjust death of his parents.


  • Anime of the Week: Berserk

    Berserk

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    Main characters: Guts, Griffith
    Release date: October 7th 1997
    Episode count: 25
    Plot: Guts is a skilled swordsman who joins forces with a mercenary group named ‘The Band of the Hawk’, lead by the charismatic Griffith, and fights with them as they battle their way into the royal court. The group hunts and fights demonic creatures called the Apostles, humans who have made a deal with arch demons.
    Berserk
    Why Milly chose this: Berserk is a very well animated show and has a great soundtrack. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves older anime series. The plot may have been trimmed from the manga, but it is still worth the Watch.