Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Season 2 ReviewElizabeth Williams
After an unsuccessful attempt at running away from Inferno, Reiji, also known as Zwei, works now as the official "Phantom" for the underground organization.
After a bad deal with a Japanese mafia, Reiji finds the corpse of a young woman who had been hit by a stray bullet. Furious that an innocent person lost their life, Reiji revisits the scene with flowers for the young lady. He sees a girl kneeling at the crime scene with tears in her eyes. The victim was a big sister to her, and now the girl has nowhere to go. Reiji promises to make the killer pay. He takes her in and the girl introduces herself as Cal.
The first thing Reiji notices about Cal is her anger. While she never lashes out at Reiji, she constantly asks him if she can watch while her sister's killer is assassinated. She seems obsessed about seeing this person die, which is upsetting, especially as she is only a child.
Fearful that Inferno will drag Cal into the situation with the Japanese mafia, Reiji decides to train Cal as another Phantom for Inferno. Cal is disturbingly good with a gun, and Reiji feels terrible for bringing her into this kind of life. Little does he know, things are about the get much worse.
All the while, Ein has been missing since that fateful day when Reiji tried to free them both from Inferno. While Reiji still despises the organization, his acting has gotten better, and he has earned a place of trust in the group.
As mentioned in last season's review, killing is not glorified in this show. It is done out of hatred, anger, fear, and pride. Reiji explains to Cal what killing has turned him into. In a very emotional scene, Reiji expresses his desire to become the person he was before he became the Phantom. He hates what killing has turned him into and he refuses to bring Cal down to that level.
In all, I really enjoyed the final season to Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. The thing that stood out the most for me was the fine detailing of the characters. No one was completely good or completely bad, and it was interesting to see everyone's different motives for what they did. There was a great deal of character development, especially from the main characters Reiji, Ein, and Cal. I appreciated the fact that in only two short seasons, Reiji went from being a blank slate to a complex, emotional young man.
Another interesting bit to the series was on the bonus disk. The creators of the show decided to include picture dramas. Most were skits with pictures (also a couple with puppets) to go along, read off by the voice actors. The skits were silly shorts, and they often would include a quote from the original script, usually a very serious line, as the punch line. I appreciated that the creators were able to poke fun at such a serious show. I highly recommend the skit that focused on Reiji's training. I never thought I would see a puppet doing sit-ups, and it was hilarious.
In all, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom was a complex, emotional action anime that is great for all kinds of audiences. The character development is done so well that even people who aren't necessarily drawn to the genre would get a kick out of watching the show.
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I started playing games from a young age, but really got into it when Santa left a SNES in the fireplace. My other hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, and playing with my two cats.
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