Loveless was one of the first anime I saw. And it was really unsettling. But it's also probably one of the reasons why so many years after I'm still watching anime as avidly as ever. As I was watching it, I remember thinking that it was wrong in so many ways; Ritsuka is only 12 years old and Soubi is a university student, without mentioning him always being banged up and abused by his mother, and I think it's the only anime I've seen up to now where the protagonist is seeing a shrink - I mean, there are some controversial themes. And I also distinctly remember feeling that it was also wrong that I should love it so much. Years have passed since then and it's not so easy to shock me now. But it's still one of my favourite anime.
If I had to describe it in only one word, I'd use: intense.
The story is well narrated and well paced. Unluckily, nothing gets explained. I guess they were planning on a second series that didn't happen. To know if the story really makes any sense, I suppose you could read the manga. But I never did get round to doing that. Maybe it's lame, but sometimes it's better not to reveal everything, to keep wondering. Anyway, the story doesn't have an ending and you're left only with questions and vague suspicions.
The characters and the character development are why I love this anime. My heart goes out to Ritzuka, he keeps asking questions about the meaning of life and love, and none of them are stupid. I asked myself pretty much the same questions as a teenager, so I can empathise with him. He's just a scared and lonely kid, but he's got so much to deal with. Right after the murder of his brother, he gets pulled into this bizarre world of sacrifices and fighters he knows nothing about and has only his feelings to guide him. Obviously the best part is his relationship with Soubi and how it develops. But no spoilers. I think they're two touching characters who really move something inside of you.
The animation is good and so is the music, the opening and ending songs are lovely, but also the background music during the anime is good. And I think the voice acting is good as well.
It's one of those anime I watch again every now and then. I would have loved to see a second series.
After watching the whole series, I still have no idea what is going on. There are Fighters and their Sacrificies, but it is never elaborated in the series why these battles take place, why the Seven Moons school exists, or why everybody in this world has cat ears (or lacks them) as markers of their virginity (or not).
I found some of the scenes uncomfortable to watch as they included sinster forebodings/threats of non-consensual sexual acts taking place; and the relationship between Soubi and Ritsuka, with the large age difference and sexualized nature was troubling to me. However, despite the many unanswered questions, I found myself ruminating over them and watching the whole series in the hope that all would become clear. It didn't, but I don't regret watching it. There were positives to the series such as the character development, and fragmentary revelations of their histories which enabled the audience to have a better understanding of the characters' present day behaviours and personalities.
I actually really liked the animation. The characters were well drawn, although the scenery could have been more detailed.
The character development was good, and this was definitely one of the saving graces of the series. Hints of Ritsuka and Soubi's pasts made them more open to interpretation, which made me feel a lot more involved with the series. A serious qualm for me was the depicition of Yuiko and Hitomi. Both are characterized as substanceless, blushing, big-breasted morons - incapable of expressing their emotions without uneccesarily shouting and disturbing the class or wailing unreservedly in front of the students. In fact, when imagining Hitomi, what comes to mind is the fact that she is still a virgin at 23, which is emphasised several times throughout the anime, a fact used against her by both Soubi and Zero. It's sad that Hitomi doesn't have much character aside from the way in which she responds to sexual relations (obsessing over both Soubi and her virginity.)
Despite probably sounding quite scathing in the above, I would still say that the series makes for quite an interesting watch if you enjoy cheesy battles, tragic backstories and analysing troubled characters.
(My opinion everyone)
The storyline in my opinion was unique and strange but I guess it was good. I felt like it was a slow start and then it got really interesting and then look what they do, they leave an open ending... I’m sorry but if you “think” there won’t be a second season, then don’t leave an open ending – And if its continued in the Manga, then it’s unfair on people who don’t read manga.
The animation and sound were really good and I really love the opening song, and also the ending song was really good but not as good as the opening song.
The Characters were lacking so much it’s unreal. I loved a few of the Characters but even the ones I loved I knew there was improvement to be made. “Soubi” was annoying every time he said “I love You”... I mean I know you do, but really do you have to keep saying it. It’s strange because normally the adults make more sense and are grown up but in this case, I felt like the children were more grown up.
Overall I did like this Anime but the ending really made me rate this lower.
It begins with a lonely boy that lost his brother then he finds his bothers friend but his bother was murdered not by some avaedent but at the end it leaves me hanging there but I love it any way it is a good story but I wish it had more episodes then what it has so I know why his bother was killed and what dose he mean he still a live just not him self it just a so much drama that I love it.