Hidan no Aria


Hidan no Aria

So imagine a school where all of the students have firearms, or some sort of weapon, and the uniform is bulletproof. Welcome to Tokyo Butei High, where students learn about fighting to become Butei, who are supposed to help fight against crime. However, it's not all fun and games, as Kinji Toyama finds out. On his way to quit the Academy, he is targeted by the Butei Killer. He is saved by Aria H. Kanzaki, one of the highest ranked Butei at the school. I think that the story's pretty good, but the series clearly leaves room for a sequel, which kind of annoyed me a bit because of how short it is.

Story: Score 8/10

The main character of this series is Kinji Toyama. Kinji is not the most talented Butei and he doesn't have much motivation about it after his brother is killed by the Butei Killer. However, when he is sexually aroused, he enters "Hysteria Mode", which brings his skill level up to the top of the class. He meets Aria H. Kanzaki, who has been given the title Quadra by the school. After seeing his Hysteria Mode, Aria believes that Kinji is just hiding his true strength and tries to recruit him to help her capture the Butei Killer. Why does she care so much about the Butei Killer? Her mother was framed by the Butei Killer and is currently imprisoned. Joining them is Shirayuki Hotogi, a childhood friend of Kinji's. She is clearly infatuated with Kinji and tends to get jealous whenever any other girl gets close to him. She's also a sword-wielding miko (kinda scary too). Finally, we have Riko Mine. Although she seems to act like an idiot, she's actually quite talented. Kinji tends to go to her for intelligence (she likes to take advantage of his Hysteria Mode to embarrass him, though). Aria and Shirayuki might be a little too stereotypical, but I still liked them. The other characters are pretty entertaining, but I wish they would have emphasized Reki more (she's a sniper who's not much of a talker).

Characters: Score 7/10

The animation for this series wasn't bad. They have a couple of car chase scenes which are done pretty well. Also, they have the bullet time when Kinji makes some crazy shots. All in all, not bad.

Animation: Score 8/10

I really liked the music in this series. The ending theme isn't great, but the opening is pretty good. I really wanted to find the soundtrack, but I don't think it's been released yet.

Music: Score 9/10

I'd say the series ended up being pretty good. I think the story was nice, although the school setting may be getting a little old. The characters are a little weak, but it looked and sounded good. Hopefully, the sequel ends up being better...although it may be a while before it comes out. If there is no sequel, then I'm pretty sure this anime loses like 4 points.

Final Score 7.5/10



  • John Sato

    March 12, 2012, 8:08 p.m.

    I kind of...no, I REALLY hope there's no sequel, because then I don't have to facepalm every time I see a new episode released, and your score will be a 3.5, which I could agree with. So it's great for me all around. I don't know, maybe I'm just too harsh with it. Tell me, does the show start getting drastically better after episode 4? (and I agree, the opening was pretty good. I still have it on my mp3 player)

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    marthaurion

    March 12, 2012, 8:13 p.m.

    At the end of the day, music will always have a big influence my opinions of a show...that's the only reason I'm still watching Guilty Crown >.>

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    John Sato

    March 12, 2012, 8:26 p.m.

    Well, Sawano Hiroyuki is a pretty great composer. I didn't realize how good the music in Ao no Exorcist was until I listened to it on its own. Throughout the OST, I was going "Wait, what? This awesome a song was in the show and I didn't notice?"

    I have been seriously wondering about that "after the fourth episode thing," though. I stopped watching at that point, so after hearing that people liked it, I always wondered if it got a lot better. Then again, maybe it's best that I didn't go any farther. My review for the first four episodes was long enough as it is. Something like 54 pages when posted into OpenOffice (with images). Any more and I think (more) people would start falling asleep in the middle...

    Anyways, good to have finally caught up with some more of your reviews. Keep 'em coming!

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    marthaurion

    March 12, 2012, 8:28 p.m.

    I'm actually kinda the opposite. I hear those songs in the show all the time and I search for them when the soundtrack comes out.

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