A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives - Reviews

Alt title: Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi

bentobox's avatar
Oct 3, 2011

This was quite possibly one of the worst shows I have ever watched - and that's saying something.  This wasn't even one of those shows that's so terrible it's hilarious either.  It was just awful.

The animation was muddy and ugly.  The average soundtrack was completely wasted on this piece of work.

The characters were extremely cliche and downright boring to watch.  Each episode has pretty much the same plot as the one before it: Taito tries to save/protect Himea and gets beaten up and killed repeatedly.  He never gets stronger, he never becomes smarter. He just continues making the same mistakes over and over but expects different results every time.  The plot is weak to start with and doesn't really go anywhere.  The ending leaves you with no closure.

When someone asks me what the show is about, I don't even know how to answer them.  It's about a vampire girl, Himea, makes Taito her protector by biting his neck.  Then he can't protect her so she gets abducted and then he forgets about her until she is freed.  He constantly has to save her from the government? from other demons? from other humans? from other vampires? from other paranormal entities?  from herself? from her lust for him?  None of this is really explained.  You never know why the military has an interest in their school or why anything really happens.  Like most action shows, it has a "training" arc, but doesn't really accomplish anything.  Unlike most action shows, no one gets any stronger, no one learns anything, and that leaves me feeling like I don't give two hoots about this show.

The student council president, Gekko, has a substantially better and more interesting story than the main characters but it's completely brushed aside.  It's appalling that they left this open for a sequel.

Avoid at all costs.

1/10 story
1/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
1/10 overall
ThatAnimeSnob's avatar
Dec 25, 2011

And here I thought only cats had many lives. This anime is here to educate us how even rabbits have this trait. But you know what? You don’t need to waste 7 hours of your life (much less 7 lives) on a show that was made to be a throw away from the get go. From the retarded premise, to the generic plot, the stereotypical characters, the tired ecchi jokes, and the idiotic battles before everything ends openly without even bothering to explain half of what the devil is going on in here, this anime was almost made to be ignored, if not loathed.

Here you are watching the first episode and within the first 5 minutes you already lose track of how many porn fetishes they have crammed in this thing in an attempt to lure the average horny viewer out there. We get vampires and catgirls who need kissing and flash their underwear, people losing their head without dying, romantic premises, and lots of high school kids doing all sorts of stupid shit in a poor attempt to make us laugh. Just how much does someone need to switch off his brain in order to be able to watch this show without facepalming?

The premise is basically the same as an equally braindead show that came around that time called Is this a Zombie? The protagonist is killed and turns into an immortal zombie by some vampire chick, followed by silly adventures with other supernatural people and bimbo chicks. The lure of the show is sex and violence, but fails at both. There is a lot of gruesome violence but since the hero is immortal there is no way he can lose and the whole thing plays out just for kicks. For the same reason there is no excitement since HE CAN’T LOSE and constantly gets sudden power ups just because he is the protagonist. Not even the fan service is that much since most of it is underwear and nude thrown all over the place in an unnecessary in-story manner. There just to keep the average 20 year old virgin mesmerized with 2D softporn so he won’t care about anything else. Because there isn’t anything else.

- The story is barely going anywhere and for the most part is just aimless goofing around of hapless boys and sexualized girls doing overused ecchi comedy stuff. When it attempts to have a plot, it plays out as simplistic as possible before ending in the middle of nowhere at the finale. So basically you get just a poor excuse of a story and then random nonsense.
- The directing is a mess. You just get people talking while unfit BGM is playing, plus lots of scenes have no proper transition.
- The characters are all stereotypes which hardly manage to evolve past their initial image and are simply too dumb to make you care about them. They are all very simplistically drawn to the point you define them just by haircolor and boob size. It’s like they all popped out of a generic fantasy porn game and thus you are unable to sympathize with whatever issues they may have.
- The artwork is basic and the animation suffers severely, making everything to look static and jerky. Extremely poor production for the year it came out.
- There are lots of visual effects during action scenes but most are made through cheap filters. Combined with the jerky motions and lack of actual strategy all battles feel lazy and unexciting.
- The soundtrack is completely generic pop stuff you will forget right away and voice acting can’t shine because of the retarded dialogues.

In all, you can easily find far better anime with vampires, superpowers, ecchi, and whatever the heck this show tried to throw in, in a more than lazy way to excite you.

1/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
3/10 characters
2.5/10 overall
Sapphyiere's avatar
Mar 22, 2012

Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi / A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives

This anime drew me in by using its incredible graphics and character design. I decided to watch it because the summary also appealed to me.

I liked the music and the sound was also very high quality. This enhanced my anime experience. :3


However, there are several things that could have been improved in this anime.

First of all, I thought that the plot was very similar to some shows I had previously watched. {For example, Kore wa Zombie desu ka}

Sometimes, I felt that there was way too much ecchi-themed stuff. Additionally:

  • The ending is a cliffhanger; we don't know what happens next T_T
  • The romance is a love-triangle between Taito, Himea, and Haruka. This triangle isn't solved because the anime ended. There was more Taito and Himea, though.
  • I hated the former student council president (he always used chalk to kill Taito) because he was annoying and creepy.
  • The magic stuff wasn't explained thoroughly.
  • Some events were loosely connected and kind of random.

Despite all of this, I still enjoyed the anime, although there was room for improvement.

7/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall
Epicfailzor's avatar
Apr 15, 2015

Ofc it's all happening in a highschool enviroment as in 90% other animes.

lots of ecchi and lameass vampires, The story is also very weak and the anime just en in the middle of shit.

Don't waste your time on this nonsense.

1/10 story
6/10 animation
4/10 sound
2/10 characters
2/10 overall
Jul 14, 2016

My anime reviews are always simple, short and straight-forward and is 100% spoilers-free.

Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural, Vampire

Additional Info: Do you want to die more than once? If so, then watch this.

Ending Rating: 85%

Short Review:

An anime with a good blend of action, comedy and romance. Some scenes might be a little gory which a few viewers might not like but still doesn't take out the fun. This should keep you entertained a bit. This is a good anime to watch if you are free for the day and like to waste a space on your anime list.

8.5/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
8.5/10 characters
8.8/10 overall