I actually had to try hard to make this anime sound like some
cliche'd run-of-the-mill action show, something that certainly isn't the
To be blunt, I didn't like the opening episode. With the exception of
the assassination, which introduced us to one of our main characters --
a character that may very well sport the dumbest name in the history of
anime (with the possible exception of BOBOBO, but that's another story)
-- there isn't much I remember from that episode. It turned me off the
anime altogether, and it took some convincing from a few of my friends
to give this show another go.
Maybe it was because the gang wasn't gathered yet that was the
cause for my dissent. That, and the show pretty much waited until the
next couple of episodes to introduce us to what would eventually lead
our group together and start off the main story of the show.
Black Cat is a quite nicely animated show. Since there are
many battles, often with supernatural powers involved, this is an
important issue. Battles flow smoothly, and, despite the crazy mix of
powers involved, it is kept at a fairly realistic level. The settings
themselves seems to be some odd kind of mishmash between western
surroundings coupled with various futuristic elements like huge
laboratory setups and the occational computerized add-on. Even one of
the main characters is an example of that, but more on this later.