Tokko – Volume Three (Manga Animé DVD)
C Sound: C Extras: B Episodes: B
Ranmaru and his sister Saya after witnessing the mass murders including his
parents, joins the police in order to find out who was behind their murders. But
uncovering the truth of the gruesome murders that these mass murders were not
even done by humans but of demons known as Phantom, only the Tokko division a special force stands
between humanity and the demons. But even more shocking is Tokko is made up of
the survivors of the mass murders, that they have become symbiotic and given
tattoos when they 'awaken' powers as survivors of massacre to destroy the
As Ranmaru digs deeper for the truth to the past, his powers, and to protect
his sister Saya, he has a flashback of a mysterious woman, Sakura Rokujo who
turns out to be another survivor like him. Upon 'awakening' onto his new powers
he joins the Tokko division and Sakura. Together they fight for their lost past
and each other, but what will they find when they discover the truth and where
their powers came from?
A short 13 episode series of horror, demons and a lot of blood comprise the
series. Demons secretly lurking in the
dark preying upon mankind, this series focuses often on dark horror. Unfortunately
the action scenes of the monsters look like pieces falling apart and the blood
looks like ketchup. The character however are amusing when they are not in
combat in the fact that all of the members look like biker members wearing
black and carrying swords along with all the policeman who look and
act more like mafia members that any uniformed police.
It is isn't the greatest of anime out there, but if you like the anime series
GTO the art style is similar along with the character design and personality,
where there is nothing like a little violence to answer the problem. It is
counter balanced-with the comical relationships between the characters and
their relationship and their on going bickering as the save the day. Towards
the end however it makes an effort and gives the story a dark twist and doesn't
have the usual happily ever after ending making the viewer think if there is
going to be a second series.
Episode 10: Trembling
As Ranmaru gets closer to the truth, he gets possessed by demons, Sakura enters
his mind to save him. But if she fails then both then both of them will die!
Episode 11: Prison
Sakura has been fighting to protect her little brother, but what happens when
her brother goes over the other side?
Episode 12: Rage
The Tokko division is caught in a trap and Ranmaru sister Saya is taken
hostage, can this be the end of the Tokko division?
Episode 13: Dark
The Phantom plans to turn Saya into a demon, but in order to save her, does it mean
Ranmaru must become one? To make the ultimate sacrifice or to lose the
Phantoms... what will Ranmaru choose?
again, we get a combination of anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 picture and
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo in both English and Japanese with Pro Logic surrounds. Extras include a making of piece and stills.
- Ricky Chiang