BEM

TV (12 eps)
3.117 out of 5 from 1,386 votes
Rank #14,157

Bem, Bela, and Belo are ugly humanoid youkai who fight for justice. The monsters live among humans and protect them from evil youkai. The three find themselves ostracized from both humans and other youkai, but the three continue to fight in hopes of one day becoming humans themselves.

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1Lucky1
5

This is a spoiler free review.       Bem was an anime that tried to do too much in too little time. If it had more episodes it could have been great, but sadly, the show only having 12 episodes seriously dragged it down. It's in what I like to call a Charlotte situation.       This show has way too many plotlines that were never finished or explained. They tried to make an overarching plot, but most of the episodes were just monster of the week, with little bits of plot sprinkled into each episode. It was honestly just incredibly rushed. Many of the things that seemed important early on were completely forgotten or glossed over. The team behind Bem was too ambitious and tried to fit way too many ideas in, and it really affected the quality of the series. I'm still questioning some of the events and why they happened.        The show's largest problem may just be it's characters, and how we did not spend enough time on any of them. This made it very hard to get attached to them. A great example of this is Harazy, since I stll don't know why I'm supposed to care about her, and nothing about her is ever really explained. Tons of character motivations are still in the dark, and only a few of them actually developed. Hell, some of the characters just disappeared off the planet and were never mentioned again, which left me feeling like the show was unfinished. Yeah, it really needed more episodes.       The animation in the show is mediocre, there's really nothing special in that department, the monster transformations always seemed lazy and since that's a huge part of the show, it really brought it down. The sound could have it's moments, the opening is very catchy, but I'm just a sucker for jazz, so there's that. The voice actors (especially Bela's) did a great job in my opinion, they conveyed the characters personalities very well, even if some of them barely even had personality, but good voicing acting can't hold up the entire show.       In the end, Bem was a show that had missed potential, and if it only had a few more cours it could have been something truly great. There's potential for a season 2 for sure, but we'll all just have to wait and see I guess. 

ChineseWick
3

"BEM" is an anime series that attempts to weave a narrative around three humanoid monsters - Bem, Bela, and Belo - who fight for justice in a corrupt city, hoping to one day become human. This premise, rich with potential for exploring themes of identity, morality, and societal corruption, unfortunately, struggles to fully realize its narrative and thematic ambitions. Despite its promising setup and the intriguing background of its main characters, "BEM" faces significant challenges in execution and coherence, affecting its overall impact. Monstrous Potential: Unique Concept: The core idea of monsters fighting against evil in a bid to attain humanity offers a unique twist on the anti-hero genre. This concept sets the stage for deep exploration into what it means to be human and the nature of goodness in a world rife with darkness and corruption. Atmospheric Setting: "BEM" creates an atmospheric, noir-like setting that effectively encapsulates the grim and gritty reality of its urban landscape. The backdrop of the city serves as a character in its own right, mirroring the turmoil and moral ambiguity that pervade the series. Stumbling Blocks: Character Development and Depth: One of "BEM's" most notable shortcomings is its lack of depth in character development, particularly for its titular characters. The series struggles to delve into their backstories and motivations in a meaningful way, leaving their quest for humanity feeling somewhat superficial and their personalities underexplored. Narrative and Pacing Issues: The series suffers from pacing issues, with a narrative that often feels disjointed and lacking in direction. Key plot points are either rushed or inadequately developed, making it challenging for viewers to remain engaged or fully understand the stakes involved. Inconsistent Tone and Execution: "BEM" attempts to juggle multiple genres and themes, from horror and action to psychological drama, resulting in a tone that can feel inconsistent. This lack of a cohesive vision makes it difficult for the series to establish a strong identity or effectively convey its intended messages. In Search of Humanity: Visuals and Design: While the series' animation quality and character design have moments of strength, particularly in its action sequences, they can be inconsistent. However, when at its best, the visual aspect of "BEM" does contribute to the dark and ominous atmosphere the series aims to portray. Exploration of Societal Themes: "BEM" does make attempts to address complex societal issues, such as corruption, alienation, and the struggle for justice. While these efforts are commendable, the series' execution often falls short of providing a nuanced or impactful examination of these themes. Final Reflections: "BEM" presents a promising concept that, unfortunately, is not fully realized in its execution. The series' ambition to explore the boundaries of humanity through the eyes of its monster protagonists is undermined by issues in pacing, character development, and narrative coherence. While it offers glimpses of potential in its setting and premise, "BEM" struggles to deliver a compelling or cohesive story, leaving viewers with a sense of what might have been in a more thoroughly developed world. For those intrigued by its unique concept and atmospheric setting, "BEM" may offer moments of interest, but it ultimately falls short of becoming a standout addition to the genre.

Sharkfinmai23
2.5

Let's me tell you this: I AM DISAPPOINTED! VERY DISAPPOINTED! To be honestly, Bem 2019 anime adaptation has probably to one of the worst anime reboot I've seen which make me extremely boring and uninteresting dark anime themes in my opinion so much. I'm without doubt it gets celebrity 50th anniversary which make me bit surprised so much. Bem also looks good potential gem, but unlike Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has developed writing, relatable characters, banger/delightful animation and the awesome world building. Unfortunately, Bem 2019 is not case for me which become trainwreck. I get bored and really dislike it! Please don't waste of time to watch it. Please watch Vinland Saga anime series and Demon Slayer anime series instead of this trash show! First Disappointment It may suprised you but the animation is much mediocre I've seen. At some scenes they are really looks cool, delightful and gentleman reminds me to watch Demon Slayer, The Promised Neverland (Season 1 only), In/Spectre, Resident Evil game franchise and Jujutsu Kaisen series but other... They look horror and even sometimes their face changes so much that they actuıally look like another character which I just don't like since the pointless battle fight scenes. Also, mostly the characters or the monsters transforations use Resident Evil horror style but look ugly and lazy, something which looks to be a staple of LandQ Studios (thanks to LandQ is no longer to produce studios) and Production I.G. by now. Really boring I must say, really boring! Second Disappointment Very slow paced. Had a watch with some 1 or 1.5x speed moments. The story worldbuild has extremely to awfully trainwreck, while the main trio of monsters always appearance the most of the episodes week, it was little each other and own of one/two styles into episodes. These situation are incredibly uninteresting and how happend in this anime are also completly forgettable and awfully poor-written script! The team behind of Bem, non-villain characters or mostly antagonists including Helmut Felt's leader anti-humanoid monsters with detective (what I heard is shitty Hult's police team) were both of too ambitious and didn't help that the majority of the show, the tone just doesn't fit the villains. Too dry and pointless dark, so really retard and boring! Third Disappointment They were always fight against other monsters and yokai which attack humans and protect other people in the city but didn't show any signs of it on the mostly episode! One of the worst example on this show is Helmut Felt, because I just don't know how I can't handle about his ambitious, more cruelty and unemotional who does anything for his duty and cringe about his capture youkai-nigen mission is ever really explained. Mostly main three humanoid mosters characters and other side characters are practically meaningless (except Bem, Bela and Belo are only save this shows a little). And oh god the main leads. These make me too cringe and awfully boring dark. Final Disappointment Incredibly awful and more vauge presentation. Don't forget that I mention poorly presentation will make it extremely boring and uninteresting value which less enjoyable on this show. However, only few good things... Some sound scenes were really decent and heart warming. The opening may be good and catchy jazz song with Maaya Sakamoto but sadly I'm not too naive jazz for me, just okay. The ending song is crazy and more catchy imo. The voicing work, I'm really like this voice cast, Katsuyuki Konishi did a great job as Bem, being a ambitious half-human monsters, M.A.O being M.A.O as in ALL the genki and sexy woman as Bela, Kensho Ono also gets children are innocent and untainted as Belo, other some side voice characters have also really good job especially Daisuke Ono (who voice Jotaro Kujo from Jojo Bizzare Advanture Part 3) doing the entire ambitious detective scthick with being cruelty and unemotional man who does anything for his duty with capture youkai mission as Helmut Felt. Seriously the voice cast are really good but sadly otherwise can't save this shows... And now for some excused scorings. ART SECTION: 4/10General Artwork 2/2 (well done)Character Figures 1/2 (generic)Backgrounds 1/2 (pretty dark style but it's little boring)Animation 0/2 (ugly)Visual Effects 0/2 (terrible) SOUND SECTION: 6/10Voice Acting 2/3 (corny but fitting with the feeling of the shows)Music Themes 2/4 (not great but not bad of the shows)Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess) STORY SECTION: 1/10Premise 1/2 (typical)Pacing 0/2 (very loose)Complexity 0/2 (simplistic)Plausibility 0/2 (none)Conclusion 0/2 (doesn’t exist)  CHARACTER SECTION: 2/10Presence 1/2 (generic)Personality 0/2 (simplistic, bland, unexcused, erratic, or one dimensional)Backdrop 0/2 (none)Development 1/2 (little)Catharsis 0/2 (doesn’t exist) VALUE SECTION: 1/10Historical Value 1/3 (still remembered by the nostalgic ones as In/Spectre)Rewatchability 0/3 (nothing worth to rewatch)Memorability 0/4 (none)  ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10 Too bent on shock factor and makes non-sense and it doesn't matter on the emotional level. VERDICT: 2.5/10

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