TV (13 eps)
3.298 out of 5 from 1,915 votes
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It's 1923, and vampires have existed for quite a while. But now, the number of vampires is increasing. and a mysterious, artificial blood source called Ascra has appeared. The Japanese government, in turn, creates “Code Zero,” a unit within the army tasked with taking down the vampiric forces. And what better way to track vampires than by using vampires? Created by Lieutenant General Nakajima, this unit has historically been in the business of information war, but has been re-assigned to solve the vampire crisis. It's up to Code Zero and the S-class vampire Deffrot to investigate this increase and put a stop to it before society crumbles.

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Mars red is a show that doesn't have a single instant of Mars in it 0/10, but it does have a lot of red and when I say red I mean blood and not in the edgy gore way but in the melodramtic vampire way. Yes this is a Shakespearean vampire show, based in Japan with the British empire in it.... it's kind of bloated. And it's kind of hard to recommend in terms of quality it's a good c+/b but the story is like I said melodramatic and the first half is certainly stronger than the second. So if you give it the 3/4 episode test and you aren't to sure about it then drop it there are certainly more interesting and fun dark(non edgey) /serious anime's to watch. Alright that's the short review for those more curious here's the non spoiler detailed review first the animation, I do enjoy when a show has a different style but what the lost was smoothness in animation fight scenes are choppy or they go lazy and do the whole standing still and fighting freeze frames and fast whooshes.  for the sound it does good but nothing to stand out the music was great although that it the most subjective  the characters are actually enjoyable and are interesting to watch, other than the cliched stone cold military man and mustache leader guy.  I would say the psycho doctor but as the show progresses he becomes much better.  now the story first for a show trying to be so grand and epic 13 epsidoes for a multiple arcs going on at one time just simply isn't enough and around the turning point of the show they lost me on some parts and i has to binge the last 5 episodes and still couldn't figure out what had happened for a few parts. Also some characters are just completely unnecessary in my opinion , and it felt like they were just there to add this  Shakespearean style of drama that could've been better used for plot explanation, core character development, or just more time with the core cast. Final note for the story I can say though that it had some pretty decent closure I didn't feel empty or wanting more I was definitely satisfied with the ending which is great really  now that's not to say the show is bad its interesting if your willing to sift through the inconsistent pacing but if your looking for something more worth while then there are a plethora of options. That's really all I have to say so for those that made it this far thanks for the read and if you decide to stick with Mars red enjoy the show and have a good day!

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