And Not An Opera In Sight – ‘Phantom of the Twilight’ Episode 1 Review

What’s the show? Phantom In The Twilight, Episode 1.

And what’s the show about? Handsome anime boys in London who run ‘Café Forbidden’ and in their spare time break out their special powers to fight against evil fantasy creatures—oh and there’s also our female protagonist who’s a Chinese student come to study in England but let’s face it it’s all about dem hot anime boys, amirite?!

I mean that’s just politeness 101.

Sure… so I take it this is a show “for women”—i.e. you’re only watching this because the ‘irlwaifu’ wants a show with hot anime men to watch this season? Listen, that’s a part of the reason—but if this show wasn’t any good or didn’t show any potential I wouldn’t watch past the first episode.

And is it any good? It’s ~fine~ by which I mean it’s perfectly passable entertainment, I mean heck I watched all of Butlers x Battlers last season and that turned into the definition of mediocre by the end of it so by comparison this feels like a breath of fresh air!

I don’t know who this guy is but don’t trust someone with a monocle!

Is it though—a breath of fresh air that is? Not really, I mean it feels like a lot of shows of this type and I’ve only watched like less than a half dozen of these types of shows, so for me to already be recognising tropes and what not, isn’t really a positive sign but then again this isn’t really made for me so I can’t be too harsh on it. That said it does possess a couple of interesting elements that could develop if well played.

Boys line up!

So, what’s good about the show? Much like Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits (which, yes I’m still watching) it’s got a “strong” and “interesting” female protagonist, I put those in inverted commas because I don’t know if Aoi in the aforementioned show or Ton in this show is actually either of those things in comparison to other shows of this genre. Ton is really cute though and her friend is too, so at least there’s some eye candy for me too!

Turns out Ton has inherited some superpowers herself!

Got your priorities in order I see. And what about these ~interesting elements~? I like that there’s some history to this scenario, having the protagonists’ great grandmother be the one who initially set up the café a hundred years ago and all the male characters having known her is a fun twist (my head canon is that she probably had sex with them all too—but I’m a bit of a perv in case you hadn’t figured that out by now!). Plus there’s a substantial and well directed action segment in the middle of the episode that certainly livens up the inevitable reverse harem shenanigans that I assume will come from this premise.

Yup, she “loved” it all right 😉

And it’s set in modern-day London, that’s something different yeah? Indeed, I kept being reminded of K-On! The Movie but that’s mostly because that’s the only anime I’ve watched that has a contemporary London setting. Not that it added much except aesthetics—everyone speaks fluent… whatever language they’re meant to be speaking (English? Japanese? Chinese?) so no language based misunderstandings and ‘engrish’ humour to be had.

Foreshadowing! I tells ya!

So do you foresee a full watch/review of this show and would you recommend it? Full watch? Probably. Full review? Unlikely. While I was never bored at any point during the episode I was neither enraptured enough to wax lyrically about the show nor think I’d have enough to say each week to make a worthy blog entry. I’m happy to be proven wrong by this show exceeding my expectations but also happy to just watch something mildly entertaining for 25 minutes each week. As for a recommendation, well I’m sure you know if this is a show you’d like—there’s little I could probably add to convince or dissuade you otherwise.


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3 comments

  1. I’m definitely waiting to see what episode 2 does before making my mind up about this one. There were some interesting elements, but there was also a lot that fell flat in this first episode. I’d like it to be interesting, but I’m not convinced yet.

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  2. I was really surprised to see the show make “sassy girl friend” be the main character. Usually, the lead character of these otome series is the passive girl (which was one reason that I thought Nii Admirari last season was pretty good, because that lead character went out and got a job and stuck up for herself, even fighting off a rape). So to have KanaHana’s spitfire character be the main girl was unexpected for me.

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    1. Yeah it was a nice change (from what I’ve seen) she reminds me a bit of Aoi from Kakuriyo, Aoi’s always giving back a piece of her mind—she’s pretty much the only reason I’m still watching that show!

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