This has a rather
err, comical ending statement for a
DVD back cover. It actually gave me the idea that this anime
will be one of those cheap productions that are supposed to
be sad but they'd make you laugh anyway. Let's just say, this
time, I didn't get what I expectedin a good way.
What we have here is a seriousand I mean that because
it's one h-anime that I'm not making fun ofRomeo and Juliet
type story that pits humans against vampires. Make that multiple
Romeos and Juliets, seeing as our protagonists Luticia and
Shou are not the only ones that make a tragic pair.
Luticia has spent all her life keeping her friendship with
Shou a secret. But Shou grows up, and he realizes that it's
not just her friendship he wants. He's talking "forever."
On another side of the town, a prissy old maid is having an
illicit affair with a vampire. At first glance you'd think
the undead lover is just using her, but look again. On yet
another side of the town is Shou's friend, a man who would
do anything for love. Even at the cost of his life. And his
girl is more or less on the same line of thinking. One of
these pairs ends up in tragedy, thereby disrupting the secret
havens of the other couples. Humans and vampires wage war
and it becomes only a matter of time before each individual
would have to choose between their clans or their loves.
I must commend Tragic Silence for piquing my interest. Since
only the first volume has been released in R1 DVD, I'm looking
forward to seeing how Luticia, and the rest, would overcome
boundaries. There can only be two endings I can think of,
but how they get where is the question that intrigues me.
In any case, I would say that Tragic Silence is for the hopeless
romantic. There is nothing in here that would offend squeamish
fans, save probably for that crudely put last sentence at
the back cover.
Sex scenes are abundant, but very conventional. At least
for the first volume, that is. Art and animation are done
with digital flair, though they sometimes swing from being
really beautiful to being sub par. English dubbing is pretty
decent, considering NuTech's penchant for bringing in porn
actresses who do horrible voice-overs. And the extras? I don't
know if I just bought a reject or they're really showing image
galleries of a different h-anime in all of the Tragic Silence
DVDs that went out.
Overall, I have yet to decide whether I like this series
or not. But for the meantime, I'll just give the first volume
a nice 8.