Tokko Complete Box Set - (Import DVD)
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Jason, Bellville. 4 December 2009
I'm sure that if I really really concentrate hard enough, I might be able to conjure up something that can pass as praise for this title. It's just going to be very difficult. I mean, I will have to look past an undeveloped story, one-dimensional characters, woefully bad animation, and really bad dialogue (in English and Japanese).
OK, I've acknowledged that there is a story here and it goes something like this. Guy and his sister are survivors from a supernatural attack on the appartment block were they used to live. Suddenly the nasties start showing an interest in them and a special (unofficial) demon slaying police task force also comes into the game. The stage is set for much blood and gore. And it's there in copious amounts, only it is animated with such ineptitude that it loses any ability to build suspense. So few frames are used in the action scenes that characters may as well not be moving at all.
OK, so maybe the quaity of the writing might compensate, more than compensate even, for this big negative. I mean, it has happened in shows like Knight Hunters: Weiss Kreuz - near zero production values rescued by brilliant storytelling. No, the characters are all cardboard cutouts who all fall way short on their quest to convince the viewer that they are worth noticing. Not a good thing, especially when bad guys exhibit no palpable menace and you probably could not be bothered whether a good guy lives or dies. And the plot holes! Easily wide enough to drive an 18-wheeler though. Sideways. The ending suffers the most from this in that it is non-existent. If it was handled with the type of flair that I saw in Dead Leaves, which was also not a exactly a writing masterpiece, then I could be more lenient. But it isn't and I can't. OK, so maybe the idea was to leave room for a sequel, but really I could not be bothered if there is one on the way.
So we have: Zero production Values; Near-Zero Storytelling Ability; Cariacatures for Characters. Recommended only if you wish to witness firsthand just how spectactularly wrong an anime title can be.