Posted by psgels on 8 February 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews

What do you get when you cross Trigun with Hellsing? Right, Trinity Blood. It plays in a futuristic-like setting, in which both Humans and Vampires (or rather Terrans and Methuselahs) live, but in which social rankings still remain very important.

The story of Trinity Blood rapidly changes from extremely good to extremely bad. Some episodes are unbelievably well thought out. Everything fits, and the plots leave you guessing all the time. At other times, however, the show leans a bit too much on using random coincidences and copies too much from Trigun.

The first half of the episodes feature father Abel Nightroad engaging in a couple of missions, each time accompanied with different side-characters. Some of these episodes may be a bit too complicated to follow. Other, however, were very interesting to see, especially when you were barely able to completely follow the plot, it was great to see all the different surprises.

The second half of the show, the missions begin to connect a bit more to each other, but they also take much longer than before. This may indeed become a bit boring, but the endings of each of those missions are magnificent and they will blow you off your chair. Then we have the ending itself. It consists of the last half of the last episode. I hate to say it, but it felt a bit incomplete. There are so many questions left unanswered. So many things yet to be solved. There was also a bit too much unneccesary action in the ending, which really could have been done better.

The different characters that Trinity Blood features are great. I’m especially a big fan of all the different members of the Vatican, but also the new characters introduced around the later episodes work great. Each of them has some kind of unique thread, which makes them interesting to watch. Their part was also the reason that the ending didn’t resolve in a total disaster. The first half of the last episode featured the side-characters in action. I totally loved this. Not even a second was wasted on it and each of the characters showed their utter best. Then the goodness ended and predictability began, unfortunately.

Although most of the characters were wonderful in this anime. There’s one character that just does NOT fit in this show: Esther. Somehow the creators took a liking in her, so they decided to give most of the screentime to her, instead of the side-characters. This is such a pity, because now that I think back a bit, I realize that almost all of the lesser moments of this anime featured her in one way or another.

The graphics in this anime look amazing. Especially the CG is top notch. The background music is nice to hear, but it’s not really anything special, or something. It’s just decent.

Overall, it was a very nice series to watch. Unfortunately, one character had to ruin it.

Why you should watch this: If you liked Trigun and Hellsing, or you are a fan of complicated plots, then you will like this anime.

4 Responses

  1. Marlon says:

    XD, the ending didn’t feel incomplete, it WAS incomplete, that can easily be turned into a 2nd season. Kinda reminded me of Black Blood Brothers, had the same thing. And idd, I disliked the moment where ester had to leading role too, but I did like the methuselan queen :p

  2. angedemystere says:

    Part of the reason it was incomplete, I think, was because the original writer of the light novels had passed away before completing his work. I believe a close friend of his is still continuing with the novels based on notes and such, although I am not fully informed on the subject. They are still being translated into English, and I don’t know if the series (there’s more than one) have been finished yet. There are two right now: Rage Against the Moons and Return to the Mars. I don’t know if there will be more.

    The ending of the anime reminded me of Hellsing in that sense of incompleteness (and for similar reasons, too). :) That’s why I am so excited about the Hellsing Ultimate OVAs that are still coming out. They can do the original storyline full justice now that the last chapter of the manga has been released. It’s closer to the manga plot AND has better graphics. Perhaps in the not-too-distant future, someone will try something similar with Trinity Blood. Although the graphics were pretty good already. But maybe they can give Isaak von Kampfer black hair instead of blue hair. XD

  3. angedemystere says:

    I know you usually focus on anime, but if you have a chance to glance at the novels I would highly recommend it. The original Japanese, if you can read it, would probably be more rewarding than the butchered English translations Tokyopop dishes out. Give them a try either way, though. The characters are better fleshed out, and Esther doesn’t seem so pointless. And you get to see characters who were cut from the anime but important to the original story. Never mind that the creators ignored most of the first series (Rage Against the Moons), but there were several storylines from the second series that were not included in the show. It simplifies the politics of the TB world too much. For example, in the anime Rosenkreuz is held responsible for the assasination of Prince Gilbert and his wife. In the novels it was Gilbert’s former mistress who led the rebellion against him so that her child with him would gain the throne. That’s just one example.

    By the way, which characters did you like the most, and why? I like that you were drawn to the side characters. Many fans tend to focus on Abel and Esther, which annoys me a lot.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    I think that the character who immediately stood out for me was the pope himself. The bizarre construction in which a weakling such as him is in total control, and is constantly influenced by his older brother and sister was a great idea that hooked me to this series. The rest of the side-cast was interesting too.

    It’s a shame that this is a bit of an imperfect adaptation. It’s a very interesting series, and it would really have been an awesome series with a few more refinements.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:31 PM)
    I’m trying not to get my hopes up however, given that it wouldn’t be surprising if he gave us another filler chapter like he did with that pointless flashback.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:26 PM)
    I enjoyed this chapter of berserk and it made me immediately think “Finally now we’re getting somewhere”. I have been flicking through older chapters of the manga and wow, this really has turned into something fairly different. Bam is right about Gut’s reason to go to elfland. I think its impossible now to get a satisfactory ending out of berserk though we’ve been waiting too long.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:14 PM)
    The alternative is that Miura wants to bank on this till he dies; can’t blame him cuz you can always bet on black (swordsman).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:13 PM)
    @Aidan: I think the point was originally to heal Caska (hence Farnese showing hesitation in fear of losing Guts when Caska is back) but then so many people tagged along that I don’t think the party knows anymore why they’re going there, just that they were supposed to. I have said before but I’m sure that either Miura doesn’t know what to do or has serious doubts about the ending.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:52 PM)
    Fairy dust, stargate, riding dragons, ruby slippers…anything to get Gut’s back on track to taking revenge. Miura needs to end this. He’s sick of making it and we are sick of waiting yet he drags the thing to high heaven.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:48 PM)
    It’s been so long I can’t even remember why they were going to elfhelm in the first place. Also was that a one piece joke?
    I like his art but yes, going simpler for moving the story along would be a better idea. Even if he needs to downgrade to the level of one punch man webcomic standards to bring weekly releases.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:14 PM)
    I just hope they teleport back to Midland or something, or ride faeries or whatever, I don’t Gove a damn, just anything but the boat. #NoMoreBoat
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:13 PM)
    The artistry remains incredible, with every frame filled to the brim with details, almost to the point of tiring the eye. It looks great and all, but I wouldn’t mind some simplicity for the sake of more frequent Berserk. I swear Guts’ entourage has grown so numerous and colorful that they’re almost like a traveling circus. I didn’t even remember that Roderick and a whole bunch of other people are also on the boat.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:06 PM)
    I enjoy Rickert but this chapter made me remember how better the story gets when Guts is back in the picture. This was a primer chapter and spent most of its time touching bases and getting the story back on track, and it did that wonderfully and humorously.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:01 PM)
    I was tryna stay spoiler free, but you’re goddamn right they got there! Few months back when Miura got it running again I said I believed that if Guts didn’t get to Elfhelm before the next hiatus then the series will probably never end. I really did feel that way and had little hope, but alas, rejoice indeed.

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