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Herald Views: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Episode 1

The content of this piece was written during a viewing of the first episode of Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom on December 27, 2010. Edits have been made for spelling and grammar, but the rest is completely untouched, and un-edited from its original format.

Anyone who’s seen Noir already knows where this is going, so I’ll just shut up and let you enjoy the snarky commentary.

9:44 PM: Good evening, everyone. Welcome to the showblog – Northeastern Blizzard Edition!

9:44 PM: To those that don’t know, a winter storm tore across the northeast earlier today, leaving many people stranded at home.

9:44 PM: But anyway, tonight’s title is Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

9:45 PM: This is a Bee Train show, so it’ll look good, but the plot will probably be average to awful.

9:45 PM: Anyway, I’d like to get a few bits of basic info out before I go on.

9:45 PM: Directed by Koichi Mashimo (Noir, Madlax)

9:45 PM: Music by Hikaru Nanase (Galaxy Angel, Scrapped Princess) & Tatsuya Katou(Needless, Kämpfer)

9:46 PM: Created by Nitroplus (Blassreiter, Togainu no Chi)

9:46 PM: Animation by Bee Train (Noir, Avenger)

9:46 PM: Opening Theme Song: “Karma” by Kokia

9:46 PM: Ending Theme Song: “Gates of Hell” by Ali Project

9:46 PM: And, without further ado, let’s get this thing started!

9:46 PM: EYECATCH! wait… what? O_o

9:47 PM: Now we have a sexy man drinking champagne, and talking about a target named Frank Clar

9:47 PM: Clard, rather

9:48 PM: They talkers decided to send in specialists, it seems. “Their power becomes hellfire and burns hell to the ground. :D” …wat

9:48 PM: “We will burn our world from the ashes :3” cheerful AND sexy… great. >_>

9:49 PM: And now we have a guy driving a pink caddy and WHOA topless woman o_o

9:49 PM: Guards want the guy out of the car, and… they’re dead

9:49 PM: Mashimo can do a good action sequence. I have to hand it to him.

9:50 PM: Show starts with a bang and a gunfight.

9:50 PM: “I… kill.” oh boy… intelligent dialogue ahoy.

9:50 PM: Opening theme is pretty nice…

9:52 PM: “I’m gonna be killed D:” …uh… acid trip or flashback?

9:52 PM: And our charming male wakes up in a hospital gown? >_> wat

9:52 PM: “I don’t remember my name D:” OF COURSE NOT T_T

9:53 PM: Now he’s just a pretty face.

9:53 PM: Not even graceful either… tripped over his bag. >_>

9:53 PM: “Japanese? :O” …you’re SPEAKING Japanese, genius T_T

9:53 PM: “This is… me” No… it’s Ralph Nader -_-;

9:54 PM: Hah… startled by pipes

9:54 PM: And topless girl is meeting with her boss? She’s a bodyguard named Clo apparently.

9:55 PM: Oh… Clo is boob girl’s employer. Gotcha.

9:55 PM: Boob girl = Lizzie

9:55 PM: Hah… Clo drives like a maniac :D

9:55 PM: And apparently, people are watching Mr. Traveler… and calling him a “gem?” what is he? >_>

9:56 PM: “I may already be in hell.” No no, Clo – I’M in hell watching this.

9:56 PM: And Mr. Traveler’s escaping… fun

9:57 PM: “It’s time for you to appear, Phantom :3” …wat

9:58 PM: Wait… aren’t these the two in the shootout at the start? O_o why are they killing each other? D: WTF now

9:58 PM: Phantom – opening fire and wearing a badass mask… as she chases T-1000 style

9:58 PM: “If one relies on things like morals and kindless… that mean he is a weak human who has abandoned life. :3” Sure thing, Gendo

9:59 PM: Back to Clo… they’re apparently in a truck… fun

9:59 PM: Warehouse chase time is go.

10:00 PM: And Mr. Traveler snaps and finally fights back. :D

10:00 PM: Knife fight is go!

10:01 PM: That was disappointing. -_-;;; He didn’t even snap! He’s just whining about it now that he has a freaking knife!

10:01 PM: Argh!

10:01 PM: NOW we’ve got a knife fight!

10:02 PM: And he’s officially snapped… til he cuts off the mask >_> wat

10:03 PM: Mr. Traveler staring at an empty swing as the girl asks about freedom.

10:03 PM: Yay empty surrealism

10:04 PM: And Mr. Traveler walks away… like a boss

10:04 PM: “Where is this place? D:” …the desert, apparently.

10:05 PM: We have names! Mr. Traveler = Zwei (German for Two), assassin girl = Ein (One)

10:05 PM: “Your name is Zwei from today. :3 -tranq!-” She doesn’t take no for an answer >_>

10:06 PM: “You are me. I am you.” …suuuure he is

10:06 PM: And pimp scientists are back and chewing out Ein as they praise Zwei

10:07 PM: “Would he want that? :o” …does he have a choice?

10:07 PM: Apparently not.

10:07 PM: “This is mercy :3” Looks like he was five steps away from murdered. >_>

10:08 PM: Pimp Scientist = “Scythe Master”

10:08 PM: And he seems to want Clo dead.

10:08 PM: …Ein = fascinated by Zwei.

10:09 PM: “We are… ghosts that have no place to exist.” Oh boy – angst!

10:09 PM: Back to the mansion, now >_>

10:09 PM: Ein = good actress.

10:10 PM: “Who are you? D:” “Phantom :3” Target eliminated.

10:11 PM: And Scythe Master seems to be proud of them.

10:11 PM: Ohp… they’re dead O_o chopper exploded

10:11 PM: Well… THEY’RE not – but HE is.

10:12 PM: “His organization is done for :3” clearly.

10:12 PM: More chatter about this “new era from Mr. Sexy” >_>

10:12 PM: Who’s apparently in Vegas

10:13 PM: Lots of random people now.

10:13 PM: Color me unimpressed.

10:13 PM: Hunh… Scythe Master still lives. My bad :P

10:13 PM: I figured he’d died in the explosion… conveniently

10:13 PM: Ending theme sounds like something out of Noir

10:14 PM: Verdict: I’m drawing parallels to Noir, here.

10:14 PM: Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by Noir, so yeah…

10:14 PM: The plot seems like nonsense, though the animation and action sequences are fantastic.

10:15 PM: I guess that’s par for the course in this case?

10:17 PM: Anyway… I guess it could be worse… but that’s not saying too much in this case.

10:17 PM: Anyway, thanks for listening! Have a great night!

Phantom is currently available through FUNimation.
The series can be purchased at Right Stuf.

Thanks to FUNimation for providing a review copy!
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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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