Alt title: Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna

TV (25 eps)
2002 - 2003
Fall 2002
3.545 out of 5 from 4,701 votes
Rank #4,609

The mystery of "The Blade Children" is a secret which has remained well-hidden, and has cost some their lives. After Narumi Ayumu's brother disappears in a search for the answer, Narumi is forced to unravel this mystery for himself. Join him in his investigation which will lead him to the secrets of the Blade Children, and to tests of skill which may prove to be fatal.

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So much lost potential. Let me start with a little comparison. This anime is the most similar ever made to Death Note. The characters, the storylines, everything. Its not a clone, but its pretty damn close. 2 things can happen: 1. its just a third grade copy of the Big Brother 2. its actually memorable and a worthwhile watch.  This is actually clsoer to the second choice. I watched it something like 10 years ago when it aired on TV and now, when a re-watched it, it turned out that I remember basically all the sotrylines and plottwists, so it undoubtedly memorable.  Story: the small plots inside the bigegr plot are good enough, but become repetitive. The big problem is that the main plot doesnt even start. I recommend reading the manga or (like me) wikipedia is your friend. Dont get your hopes up: YOU WILL NOT FIND OUT WHO OR WHAT ARE THE BLADE CHILDREN from the anime. So much lost potential here. The ending is basically nonexistent, they messed up badly, but the small plots are actually fun to watch, so i recommend watching 1 or 2 if you have a spare hour. 7/10 Animation: A little cheap. I didnt like the style too much. The character animation is second grade at best. 6/10 Music: Probably the best feature. Pianos are a good thing, so use them! They did! Good job! Characters: The biggest problem with them is that they all have their incredibly annoying moments. Ayumu acts like an arrogant little bastard and when he needs self confidence the most, he always loses it. Feels like these moments are just present to waste your time. The characters get the job done, the biggest problem is that even though the storylines are memorable, the characters are not. The best character is probably Hiyono. To be honest, she is the smartest of all these kids.  Overall: Death Note did it. Spiral tried. If they continued the story, or to be more precise, worked more on the main plot instead of time wasting sub-plots it would have been much better, but its not. I would still recommend it because its not bad, it has some memorable moments, but it wont glue you to the chair like DN does.  6.5/10


Story: When I first started to watch this anime, I was kind of blown away by Ayumu's powers of deduction in the first episode. Of course this escalated to a chain of muders and events, each keeping me interested in trying to figure out what was going to happen next. However the ending was the biggest let down as the identity of the blade children wasn't even explained. But it seems like the manga does a good job at this, but still it seems like 24 episodes where lost in this. Also the story doesn't go into explaining a lot of things and recurrently goes about comparing Kyotaka with Ayumu when we know nothing about him. Although it wasinteresting to watch I still have far more questions then I begun with this anime. Animation: I didn't mind this, especially since the anime is old and there isn't much you can do about it. But still I did like how the characters were portrayed and the whole atmostphere of the anime. Sound: Yep sound is pretty much a huge factor in this anime as its a detective/mystery and seemed to go well. I loved the low notes produced when someone was caught as a culpit or the sudden dramatic music when Ayumu had to encounter another bomb. And the pianos! Characters: Well to be honest there weren't that many characters in the anime, but the creator really gave them unique personalities which is somethibg to like. At first I disliked Ayumu's personality because he seems like he doesn't care about anything and has that tough guy attitude... but he changes and that was a highlight. Hiyono  was really nice and annoying in a cute way... and the blade children although portrayed as the villians still have a lot learn and are quite troubled. Overall I would preferably recommend the manga over this as its not a final piece of work, and found it quite frustrating in the end.

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