Raizo Kurima is a man who was betrayed by someone he trusted, and now he has no place to return. He is now a hitman working for the organization Revenger, which takes revenge on behalf of those who have no power. He works at the "Ribenjiya" store that acts as a general store on the outside while hiding the Revenger organization beneath the surface. His coworkers include a physician with destructive impulses, a beautiful and androgynous young man who is both cruel and innocent, a gambler who loves money and alcohol, and an intelligent lacquer craftsman. The five men start to build a strange friendship by working together.
I didn't like it. There was something about the execution that didn't work for me at all, even though the anime initially seemed interesting (and had some good moments throughout which kept me watching in hopes it would turn around for me). It left me feeling mostly disinterested about what was going on. The best thing about Revenger in my opinion was the animation, but I didn't care for some of the choices made for the character designs and it was by no means out-standing. It was mostly good quality from what I remember, I don't recall a noticeable drop in quality at least, but have to rewatch it to verify which I won't be doing. I think the characters were a little too blatantly customary to me. The stoic and humble swordman, the gambler who's a mess and a heavy drinker, the cheeky to clearly disturbed child-character who constantly has murder on their mind which anime really looooves, the strong man with a softer side and finally the mysterious, charismatic and handsome leader. I didn't really connect with any of them, and I don't think the initial impression made room for a little more nuance. Although there were a few moments I felt a little moved, but then again, I'm not made out of stone, and also, oftentimes it wasn't because of the main characters. I can't say if the anime just needed a bit more time to unfold better, or if they didn't utilize the time they had well enough. 2/5 Stars.
In summary, this show unfortunately failed to live up to its potential. Despite having an intriguing concept and being set in an interesting time period in Nagasaki, as well as featuring a unique group of characters, it ultimately fell short of expectations. One major drawback was the lack of character development and depth, with the characters feeling rather one-dimensional and gimmicky, lacking the necessary depth to truly connect with the audience. Additionally, the show presented a historically accurate backdrop, only to introduce superhuman characters without providing a satisfactory explanation for their existence. This inclusion felt arbitrary and undermined the overall believability of the narrative. Furthermore, the methods of killing employed by these characters often veered into the realm of the unbelievable, with the exception of the samurai character. These factors combined to create a sense of disappointment and hindered the show's ability to be truly compelling. Given these shortcomings, I find it difficult to recommend Revenger, as there are undoubtedly many other shows that offer a more fulfilling viewing experience.
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