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Weiss Kreuz


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Title Info

  • alias: White Cross
  • seen: 1-4
  • type: TV
  • grade: flawed
  • genre: shoujo
  • made: unknown
  • Review created: A while ago, i'll revise it eventually.
  • mod: none

I've been asked, very politely, to watch some more and re-consider my stand. Considering how, infamous, this show is I must agree. On the other hand I can't promise it'll happen in the near future.

They're bishounen, they're deadly vigilante warrior's, they are skilled investigators, they are talented florists. Can anyone spot the odd one out? This show follows four young men as they run their flower shop by day, to the adoring appreciation from an audience of nameless females, and at night take on missions to cleanse the city of evil and corrupt bad-guys. Of course it is made clear in some detail that these bad guys truly do deserve their fate (generally by doing something fairly unpleasant). The idea of a bunch of cool vigilantes fighting for justice is not innately flawed, but to be successful it needs relatively complex plots, full of mystery and danger skillfully overcome by our hero's. What we get are massively unsubtle evil schemes (hey, the police don't notice that a hotel nightclub act involves killing heaps of homeless people to a large audience?) which the heroes seem to be able to just stroll into. Once there they invariably seem to grandstand, make poor decisions, yell at one another and have occassional angst attacks (one hero per episode please). Each of them has a signature weapon, but you quickly wonder why they don't buy themselves a gun, followed by wondering why the bad-guys either don't shoot back or can't hit. On top of this bad story writing there is dodgy dialogue and some bad action, which is strangely bloodless. The animation itself is definitely on the cheap end of the spectrum, with lots of still frames, simple representation and repeated sequences. I suspect a lot of the fans of this anime are actually female, where the good looking males, corny stories of betrayal and occassional angst are sufficient. The possibility that the four seiyuu (voice actors) are members of a real-life band enhances this belief, but for anyone who expects story and logic in an anime, avoid this one.


Words by Andrew Shelton, Web by Ticti, Last Compile: Wed Aug 5 12:39:27 WST 2009