Sometimes, an anime doesn’t need anything except for pure style. Hellsing had its bloodshot skies, Noir had its pounding, pulsating soundtrack, Big O had the comic book world and SoulTaker had absolutely mindbending visuals. As well as the ones I’ve mentioned, countless other animes are entertaining not for a particularly coherent storyline or characters that we can actually empathize with, but for a distinct and very appealing “feel” to the show. In the same vein, Hitsuji no Uta is pretty much nothing but style… but what an amazing style it has.
Every single aspect of the anime seems engineered to create a specific mood. The animation remains at all times muted and dark, and there is very little color throughout the show (with the noticeable exception of red). The sound, with its alternation of frantic drumbeats and slow violin pieces, further complements this feeling. The story is thoroughly melodramatic and just about devoid of any hope whatsoever, and the characters move past dysfunctional to sheer insanity. As a result of these combined elements, Hitsuji no Uta’s morbid style is so distinct and memorable that this is really all it needs to be watchable.
Of course, style is really all this anime has. Technically, the anime is definitely lackluster. While initially impressive, both the animation and sound suffer from shameless repetition. Over the course of the series, only about 2 or 3 songs are played, and they are played almost constantly. Animation-wise, along with several recap scenes, various segments are just flat out reused as if they are new material. Considering the anime’s relatively short length, this is pretty much unacceptable.
Additionally, the characters and plot are definitely on the thin side. While not quite one-dimensional, the two protagonists definitely lack depth, and they certainly aren’t likeable. Rather than developing its characters, Hitsuji no Uta instead chooses to jerk them around in a storyline that is often illogical and rather contrived. With vampires, school romance, a sickly, beautiful women, and incest (which I seem to be immune to now that I’ve seen Koi Kaze), there are few plot clichés that the anime doesn’t use. I traditionally have no problem with tragic melodrama (check my positive opinions on Ima Sokoni Iru Boku, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, or Hotaru no Haku), but even I felt the anime to be a little heavy-handed.
Still, despite all of the OVA’s weaknesses, I feel compelled to (lightly) recommend it anyway. Hitsuji no Uta is slick, daring and provocative, and the fact that there isn’t any substance underneath the whipped cream doesn’t seem to make the show any less tasty.
I think that this four part anime would have benefited greatly from having an additional 2-4 episodes. This small addition would have allowed for more substantial character development and plot cohesiveness.
The animation, for the most part, fit the mood. . . dark and depressing. However, it was a bit off putting to me that the "love" interest Shou Yaegashi looked almost exactly like the main character Kazuna Takashiro.
The sound effects were sometimes a distraction from the show itself. . . (example episode 2) I do, however, feel the ending song was a nice fit.
The characters had real potential, and just as we were beginning to scratch the surface. . . the show came to it's abrupt and disappointingly predictable conclusion.
I bought and read the manga a few years back and loved it thoroughly!
So i was really thrilled when I found out there was an anime too.
However, sitting through this was torture.
It wasn't the worst piece of crap I've seen because it still followed the story somewhat and it was only 4 episodes.
4 episodes is too short for any anime unless it's very fast-paced which 'Lament of the Lamb' certainly isn't. The manga was short (only 7 volumes) but it had so much beauty that a volume could take a while to read.
Maybe it wasn't really a manga that should have become an anime and hence I was dissapointed because I expected so much more from one of my favourite manga's ever.
What i was most enraged about was the constant re-use of scenes.
They did this ALL THE ******* TIME
If you want to watch something good, don't bother with this one. But if you were interested, check out the manga instead. Way way way way better.