Black Cat

Title:Black Cat
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Notables: Animation - GONZO
Original Concept - YABUKI Kentarou
R1 License - FUNimation
Rumors speak of the assassin named the ‘Black Cat’, who appears to have taken so many lives in the past, but his good fortunes may have fallen when he betrayal of the dreaded ‘Cronos’ crime syndicate. With a syndicate bounty on his head, the odds are that his death is (almost) certain. But his strange luck might just help him, and with the help of a few special friends - such as the one called Creed, and perhaps with the strange ‘grasper eyes’ Sven, such betting odds might not be certain. And if by some chance, Rin is willing to help out with disguises, and the bio-weapon EVE proves willing to help and fight, then the Cat’s odds of survival might just break the odds that the bookies and street corner bet-mongers might be offering as to his chances of survial!

23 TV Episodes (released in Oct 2005)
Produced by GONZO

R1 by Funimation

1:39min Series Opening - YouTube Video
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Watch 7 6 7 7 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:1156#1552]
Black Cat is an action/comedy/drama that features the former assassin, Train Heartnet, leaving the secret organization Chronos he worked for and finds himself caught in the middle of a conflict between Chronos and the Apostles of the Stars, a rival organization led by another former Chronos assassin named Creed Diskenth. The conflict is a personal one for Train as his close friend Saya, a girl who led him to reconsider his life as an assassin, was killed by Creed.

Black Cat has quite a number of issues working against it as an anime. While it does provide a decent deal of character and plot development involving Train and several characters to explore what led to their current way of life and the ongoing conflict between the two organizations, it often meshes comedy and drama poorly with comical gags being awkwardly placed during serious scenes, typical of many shounen manga based titles. A number of characters don't have much fleshing out beyond typical character types of action or comedy anime with a decent number being your typical crazy megalomaniacs. Plus, the final arc of the series is a bit sudden in its developments with the lack of buildup leading up to it following the resolution of the conflict between Chronos and the Apostles.

Presentation wise, Black Cat has nothing that particularly sticks out with its visuals as animation shortcuts are liberally use throughout the series, including during action scenes. On the plus side, the series has a solid soundtrack that offers some nice light music and dramatic tracks to accompany the title's more serious moments.

Overall though, Black Cat is a rather underwhelming title that tries being a serious action-drama, which suffers quite a bit from the mistiming of comedy during tense scenes, a good number of shallow characters, the sudden addition of a final story arc, and subpar visuals. This is yet another "miss title" from the infamous Gonzo studio.

Last updated Saturday, October 22 2016. Created Saturday, October 22 2016.
Watch 10 10 10 10 10 10 Violet D [series:1156#1393]
I was going to review this awhile ago. But I forgot a very important characters name. She only appears for a couple of episodes.But she is very important because she has train starting to think differently about himself. Her name is Saya and she is a Sweeper. There is one part in the anime where she tells Train if she doesn't want to shoot then she won't. she controls the gun, the gun doesn't control her. she is wild and crazy and has a good oulook on life. But in comes Creed and decides she is a witch and influencing Trains mind and he kills her! This scene when Train finds her at the Fireworks is very moving and a real tear jerker. Because she has made him smile and now she is being taken away. the first time he had someone care for him. well I have watched that scene 6 times and I always cry. A nice way to clear your tear ducks. But besides the sad part this is a good one to see.

Last updated Saturday, March 28 2009. Created Saturday, March 28 2009.
Unevaluated Forbin [series:1156#1573]
Analysis : 3 R1 Episodes Watched
  • Drama : Low
  • Action : Med
  • Comedy : Low
  • SciFi : Med
  • Ecchi : None
Hmm...3 episodes and while it is interesting, it hasn't grabbed me yet. I will see, it took 4 episodes to nail me with Speed Grapher so I'm always willing to give Gonzo a break.

Last updated Wednesday, December 27 2006. Created Wednesday, December 27 2006.

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