Posted by psgels on 23 December 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


If you’re looking for a short action-anime, then Karas is the way to go. Consisting out of six OVA-episodes, the purpose of this series is to deliver lots of action, stunning production-values and an engaging story. And I must say that it did pretty well. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s excellent for a quick watch.

The graphics and music are absolutely stunning. Both the computer-generated 3D-images and especially the traditional drawings are beautiful, rich and detailed. My only complaint is that at times, the two don’t blend in together. The music consists out of lots of violins and cellos, creating an epic atmosphere for this series to work with.

But yeah, the plot is just decent. Thankfully, it’s much more detailed than with a show like Afro Samurai, but it’s still not one of the selling points of this series. The setting is quite original, though the plot itself is just enough to keep the action going without feeling annoying. The final episode also is exactly what you’d imagine: an incredibly blown-up fight between the main protagonist and antagonist. While there are a few interesting twists and turns, the lack of time and the other priorities of this series prevent it from becoming really interesting. More time could have been used to flesh out the story a bit much, but instead the creators decided to show more action.

Luckily, the characters do a bit better. While they aren’t the best or truly original, the creators do manage to develop them and flesh them out. This prevents Karas to become “just another action-flick”. Obviously, the characters aren’t that deep, but they’re deep enough to make you care about them, and they’re the real reason why the action remains enjoyable through the three hours length of this OVA. The only exception to this is the major bad guy, he really was in need of more depth.

One thing that should be noted before watching this is that this isn’t such a good movie to show to your little brother or sister. There are quite a few bloody scenes. Obviously, if you like a quiet pacing, this isn’t an anime for you, but if you’re into action, are easily bored or just a fan of great graphics, then Karas is quite a good recommendation.

2 Responses

  1. sel says:

    just watched escaflowne and I realized Folken just became the best “bad guy” in my book, Edmond Dantes next to him.

    Darn, what a stark difference character development of nineties animes and the current ones.

    If Ekou can get a proper character development, most definitely KARAS will be complete as OVA.

    I’m gonna miss cool bad guys..

    And yeah, KARAS is badass (especially the end of ep. 5)

  2. L.A says:

    Graphics and actions were way too good…that is all I can say…lol

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    Also Parasyte continues to be an intriguing show.
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    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 10:23 AM)
    A tip of the hat to Grim Fandango, it’s good to have you back.
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    Junketsu no Maria’s source material is only three volumes long. I imagine it will fit well into one cour.
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    Junketsu no Maria continues to surprise me. I might even go as far as to say it’s the best structured show of the season so far.
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    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 03:37 AM)
    @Aidan: Last two chapters out now of this here: http://bato.to/comic/_/comics/shinigami-sama-to-4-nin-no-kanojo-r9855
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    @Alley, Kinda being rude but I don’t know. Don’t know much of anything actually. I have been kinda left here to hold the fort.
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    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 03:12 AM)
    “My mind started spinning tales from her being a serial killer or her being a man.”
    Well doesn’t someone have quite the imagination, ha.
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