Witch Hunter Robin

Title:Witch Hunter Robin
ウィッチハンター ロビン
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Notables: Animation - SUNRISE
R1 License - Bandai (Defunct)

Witches are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. Robin, a craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J's witch hunters who was recently killed. Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place. Will Amon accept Robin as a partner? What is the extent of Robin's powers? Why is Administrator Zaizen so mistrusting of her? What is the Factory up to? And what is causing witches to appear?

[26 TV episodes, 2002. R1 Licence by Bandai.]
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Rent 9 10 10 8 8 8 Ggultra2764 [series:448#1552]
Witch Hunter Robin makes for a solid action anime title to watch. While the first 10 episodes of the series feature a "villian of the week" episodic plot, the later episodes explore a conspiracy within the STN-J, some shocking secrets surrounding Robin, why the witches being hunted aren't killed, and the source of Orbo. Episode after episode features more revelations surrounding these four major plot points, including some surprising details on characters that you did not expect from the start. Many of the characters have fleshed-out personalities and motivations that viewers will understand and see put to the test as events in the series drag on.

There are a few problems that I have with WHR's characters. First, some of the characters lack a good amount of background depth such as Sakaki and Karasuma. There could have been some time committed in the first ten episodes of the series to give some hints of how they joined up with the STN-J. Another problem I had was Amon himself. His personality throughout the series was as dead as a frying pan lacking any change of emotion thus making it hard for me to like the guy throughout the first half of the series.

WHR's character designs are quite unconventional for an anime series. The facial designs were realistically detailed and all the characters, with exception to Robin, had normal looking hair styles. The artwork was crisp and detailed filled with a great amount of scenery to take in and implemented frequent use of CG-effects to make some settings more realistic. Action scenes between witches are a sight to see looking quite fluid in movement without a drop in visual detail, especially with character movements.

Witch Hunter Robin is worth watching for its later episodes as more revelations and conspiracies concerning the characters and the groups they work for are unveiled in unpredictable ways without being cliched.

Last updated Monday, March 17 2008. Created Monday, March 17 2008.
Buy 9 10 8 8 8 8 AstroNerdBoy [series:448#436]

Witch Hunter Robin starts off as a episodic series where a new Witch Hunter named Robin is sent from a monastery in Italy to join the STN team in Japan. She has "the craft" and can use the fire element for attack or defence. The Hunter's job is to track witches, humans who have powers and often lack the ability to control these powers or use them for criminal intent. While other STN teams around the world kill their subjects, the Japan division decides to capture their subjects and defend most of their hunters with a substance called Orbo. So each week, we have Robin and the team go out an hunt witches.

Around episode 11, the series begins to shift from episodic to serial as the show begins to explore the truth behind witches, the truth behind STN, the truth behind the group known as Solomon, and ultimately Robin. As to be expected, this is where the series gets very interesting. The writers don't make the mistake of going down obvious cliched paths, but rather choose less obvious ones. Some results may be cliched, but they aren't offensively so. I rather enjoyed watching Robin her journey of discovery.

I have a complaint -- Bandai subs can be most annoying though, especially dealing with honorifics. There's the constant inconsitant "translations" for honorifics where sometimes they are force-translated and other times the same honorific for the same character isn't (again proving the stupidity of not leaving honorifics in the subtitles). Bandai attempted to make the Chief more of a sexist pig when he addresses Robin as "Robin-chan" by translating it to "Robin, honey" and just plain "hon", yet when other's use the same honorifics for Robin, it ain't translated. Hey Bandai! Wake up and get into the 2000's! We don't need your domesticated crap to push YOUR ideas on how characterizations should be! Smeg heads!

Those who watch dubs won't be overly pleased...with...the...slow...speak...ing...in...English...of some...characters. More quallity from Bandai.

Bottom line: a nice series that gets better once the series shifts to serial-mode. Likeable characters and an interesting story make this a buy.

Last updated Monday, October 24 2005. Created Tuesday, October 18 2005.

Watch 10 10 10 10 Violet D [series:448#1393]
OK so this witch hunter is hired to take the place of the one they use to have. The catch is she is to help catch witches for this orgainization. The irony of this is Robin is a witch and also uses special powers to help the others catch them. Amon is the guy who is suppose to be her mentor. But is he also going to kill her because she is a witch. This is a good anime and there really are no boring parts to watch. Suspense all the way through.

Last updated Tuesday, June 21 2005. Created Tuesday, June 21 2005.
Rent 9 9 6 9 6 6 DillonSOB [series:448#1352]
This anime was impressive (up to the last episodes), but I thought the plot bogged down in confusing conspiracies and science instead of focusing on the supernatural/witchcraft. I think they needed to explain Sartorus, Orbo, and the old lady more. The opening song is awesome, and the entire soundtrack is impressive. Some of the enemy witch powers got repetitive (can they do anything besides telekinesis?), and STN-J needed better weapons. On the plus side, the artwork was excellent and the Nagira character was awesome (better than sulky Amon). Their boss looked way too much like a bald Hitler conehead though. Overall, an entertaining experience, another good product from Sunrise Studios.

Last updated Monday, June 07 2004. Created Tuesday, June 01 2004.
Buy 10 10 7 8 10 7 Aerith Hotaru Lockhart [series:448#1269]
Do you love dark, depressing stories? How about a ill fated romance, or things that make you think? Then Witch Hunter Robin will be on your top anime list. WHR has a beautiful blend of romance, action, with a heavy dose of a depressing storyline.
Anyone who liked Serial Experiment Lain should enjoy this series.

Last updated Sunday, March 14 2004. Created Sunday, March 14 2004.
Rent 10 10 9 2 6 Ðå kïÐ [series:448#464]
I like it and will be collecting the rest of the series as they come out but the plot moves very slow so i suggest you rent it first. The animation is surprisingly beatiful too and its real dark so i guess hellsing and vampire hunter d fans will be gobbling this one up.

Last updated Wednesday, December 24 2003. Created Wednesday, December 24 2003.
Watch 7 9 7 9 6 Ileenka [series:448#669]
first of all, the main male character.. forgot his name.. amon?! anyway so pathetic.. he doesn't have the sort of magnetic pull as a main male character ought to have in most series. secondly, the plot starts too slow. and it revolves around robin eventually, nevertheless i couldn't help but just want to finish off the series quickly. the only thing i look forward to is the introduction music. the animation is cool, but the storyline... ugh it's just not my cuppa.

Last updated Wednesday, July 23 2003. Created Wednesday, July 23 2003.
Buy 7 7 9 6 9 Mark Clifton [series:448#126]
This anime is not Harry Potter... it's much darker than that. You join a witch hunter named Robin, who recently joined the STN-J to help capture witches. However, things begin to change for her as she is bretrayed by the people she works for.
This is a great and dark series, you will be following Robin throughout the series, discovering what she uncovers. Not scary or anything, but very entertaining and dark.

Last updated Thursday, January 16 2003. Created Thursday, January 16 2003.

Other Sites
TV Tokyo's Witch Hunter Robin Website http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/robin/
Witch Hunter Robin http://www.nifty.ne.jp/rstation/sunrise/robin/

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