Luger Code 1951

Web (1 ep x 25 min)
Fall 2016
3.315 out of 5 from 775 votes
Rank #10,276

17-year-old linguistic genius and university professor Testa Lielbelle is introduced by his senior, Sergeant Rossa, to the Allied Cryptanalysis Department. There, he is tasked to break the enemy werewolves' code, which the werewolves are using to encrypt their radio transmissions. Testa is astounded, as the only sound the encrypted code produces is the howling of a wolf. His research yields no results, and he resolves to capture a live werewolf for better cryptanalysis. After exhausting all possible means, he finally finds a female werewolf, Yonaga.

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It is pretty similar to the manga but is a bit more fluid and flows better.  The single episode essentially appears to cut off the very point of the anime/story so if more episodes or a season is ever forthcoming, then there needs to be something tangiable, such as maintaining communication with Rossa, for the story to be plausible for more than one episode.  This episode would have to be edited to provide such a clue that it is not the end.  If it is the end, though the story is a pretty decent one it is just a bit too short.  Even if it were to be a full season, what happens in this one episode would work much better if it were stretched into 2 or even 3 episodes of a season or maybe even have an episode or two before Rossa and Testa wind up in the woods.  It may well be possible for them to live isolated away from both factions but it would be a much better story if it were either more complicated than that or there were more factions within each side that they could potentially turn toward.  The story for this one episode is simple, short, and straight to the point but may also be too fast and by that I mean either it moves to fast to a conclusion or it skips forward to much (as opposed to being split into 2 or 3 episodes).  Because it moves so fast through the story, we the viewers do not have much of a background for the story provided to us.  Little to nothing is known about either faction or how a war started between them.  It is implied simply by the existance of Yonaga that there maybe more than the two factions or at least more than the two sympathies for killing on another.  Tradiional werewolf stories work differently as well as how new werewolves are made but those tradtions do not match what is in the anime.  Since it does not match, it would be beneficial to both the understanding and the story as well as to avoid confusion if more information about these differences were provided in the setting.  As it is, it looks almost like a furry story but at least one 'werewolf' we know of did not look like a furry either.  These two looks only add to the confusion.  Not enough is provided about any character to really give that much of a grade but as it is I may have given it a higher grade than it deserves for the character aspect.  The single worst thing about it is the mention of 'cursed blood' but absolutely no further details are provided which only leave the viewers frustrated and confused.  The lapses in story basics and plot holes as it were force me to lower the score on another wise much better story and concept that should earn better marks had the animators followed the basics a bit more.


Title: Luger Code 1951 - A Decent Supernatural Thriller with Room for Improvement Story (6/10): Luger Code 1951 offers an intriguing premise centered around a mysterious code, supernatural abilities, and historical events. The story follows a young linguist named Toa who becomes entangled in a quest to decipher the enigmatic Luger Code. While the concept is promising, the anime's short runtime limits its ability to fully explore the complexities of its plot. The pacing feels rushed at times, and viewers may find themselves wanting more depth in the storytelling. Nevertheless, the mix of supernatural elements and historical references adds an engaging layer to the narrative. Animation (7/10): The animation quality in Luger Code 1951 is generally solid. The character designs are distinct, and the action scenes are well-executed. The historical settings, though limited due to the anime's length, are visually appealing and provide a unique backdrop for the story. While it may not reach the heights of some blockbuster anime productions, the animation serves the plot well. Sound (7/10): The soundtrack and sound design in Luger Code 1951 enhance the viewing experience. The music complements the supernatural and suspenseful aspects of the story, setting the tone effectively. Voice acting is competent, with the cast delivering their lines convincingly and adding depth to the characters. Characters (6/10): The characters in Luger Code 1951 are interesting but somewhat underdeveloped due to the short duration of the series. Toa, the protagonist, stands out as a likable and determined lead, while other characters, such as the enigmatic Yajirou and the antagonistic Levi Matthesen, offer intriguing dynamics. However, the limited screen time restricts the exploration of their backstories and motivations. More character development could have made the series even more engaging. Overall (7/10): Luger Code 1951 is a short supernatural thriller with a promising concept and some intriguing elements. While it suffers from pacing issues and underdeveloped characters, it manages to deliver an engaging narrative with historical and supernatural twists. If you enjoy mysteries and are interested in a blend of history and the supernatural, this anime may be worth your time. My overall score for "Luger Code 1951" is 7/10, reflecting its potential for improvement but still offering an enjoyable viewing experience. It's a good option for a brief, supernatural anime adventure.

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