Hello! Welcome to my very first Tuesday post. If you weren’t aware, I’ll be changing my posting schedule from once a week on Friday, to twice a week on Tuesday and Friday. I felt like I was missing out on a lot of posts I wanted to do just going with once a week, since by the time I’d get to it, I would have already come up with something else to do.
But enough of that, on to the review.
This show is interesting, to say the least. I saw it pop up on my Twitter feed a few times as it was being dubbed by Funimation in 2016, but I didn’t have so much interest in it back then. More recently, my friend started it, and I decided I wanted in as well.
I generally don’t have any interest in shows that revolve around vampires, simply because I’ve never found any that I’ve thought were interesting. For a while, I tried watching Seraph of the End, but I dropped it because I didn’t find the main characters all that interesting and I just wanted it to focus more on the vampires. I became bored, so I found no sense in continuing on. I know a lot of people like this show, but I just couldn’t get into it.
Then, I tried Servamp, and what I thought would be a silly side show I’d only partially pay attention to was something I found insanely intriguing. It’s also the only vampire anime I’ve ever finished.
Our main character, Mahiru Shirota, finds a stray cat on the road one day, and out of concern for it being abandoned, takes it in to care for it. But he doesn’t expect that the cat will then turn into a person, more specifically, a vampire, and even more specifically a Servamp, or a servant vampire. Mahiru gives the Servamp a new name, Kuro. His vampire name is Sleepy Ash, and he resembles the sin of Sloth. I’ll explain the “sin” thing in a bit.
They form their pact, where Kuro will do anything Mahiru asks of him, in exchange for blood. Mahiru gains a weapon due to being Kuro’s partner, or Eve, and they’re off on whatever adventures come at them.
A majority of the show is meeting the different Servamps and their Eves, and seeing what the connections are between each of them. There’s a main antagonist, Tsubaki, who is the younger brother of the Servamps of the Seven Deadly Sins. Though he is a sibling to them, he is not a Servamp, only a vampire, and does not have an Eve. He is still what they call a “true vampire,” but he does not share the same qualities of a Servamp. He was simply made by the same creator as the others. It’s never really explained what kind of being created the Servamps, but they are brought up a lot in the second half of the show.
Some conflict comes up between the seven and Tsubaki, and suddenly all of Tsubaki’s vampire supporters, or Subclasses, are after the Servamps and their Eves. This causes a majority of the conflicts throughout the show.
Pieces that Stand Out
I thought this show would be stupid, an easy laugh due to the ridiculous nature of the plot and characters. But really, it was a lot more well thought out, and I entirely underestimated it. The Servamps are each of the Seven Deadly Sins, though the major ones mentioned are Sloth, Lust, and Greed. From there, each Servamp has an Eve, or a human who has made a pact with them to stay by each other’s side. If they become too far separated for a long period of time, they both will die. Each Eve has a weapon, a mark on their skin to symbolize their commitment to their Servamp, and an item that they have given their Servamp to symbolize that same thing. And even further, Servamps can have Subclasses, other vampires that are dedicated to that Servamp, but don’t have the same closeness as an Eve, and there aren’t consequences if they become separated. The Subclasses are not “true vampires,” so they can only follow those above them.
It’s a little bit hard to follow, but I have a hard time following a lot of shows, and this one was easy enough to pay full attention to.
I’m just impressed that it was able to shove all of these different concepts into this short 12 episode anime, and they paced it fairly well. The only thing I think suffered was the ending, specifically the last five minutes or so. It feels like it’s going to have a nice wrap-up, since the whole episode is this big fight, but it just kind of ends out of nowhere. And though this sucks, I don’t think that makes the overall anime bad.
Something that stands out in this show are the strange character designs. Oddly enough, the most normal looking character is the main lead. He’s the one in the middle of the cover at the top of this post.
I don’t generally go looking for anime with bizarre character designs, but they sometimes are really fun to watch. It adds something to the watching experience, and I know that this is something that is generally made fun of, but really, it can be a good thing sometimes. It adds individuality to the characters. Each one is memorable, so you can’t get confused as easily, especially if there are a lot of characters. Plus, it just makes you wonder how the person who designed them even came up with it.
Here are select few strange design choices. There are plenty more, but these were just the ones I took stills of while watching.
Little Odds and Ends
I think I’ll be adding this section to my reviews/my thoughts on, just for anything else small and random I couldn’t fit in the other sections.
- This anime/manga it was based from is in the Shoujo genre, even though it can be pretty bloody at moments.
- The anime uses static effects in flashbacks to make it seem like a VHS tape is playing, which I found was super cool.
- It just overall has pleasant art to look at.
- The opening was done by the same band (?) that did the first Free! opening, meaning it’s weirdly metal and there’s a lot of butchered English and yelling. But the effects are cool.
- The ending song is catchy as hell, and the little sequence of each character dancing makes me so happy.
So, that concludes my Servamp review. I’d recommend this show, as something fun and different to watch. I did like the dub, aside from one actor choice, and I like a lot of the actors in other shows I watch.
I hope you enjoyed this, and I’ll have another post out on Friday! And I’m really excited about writing that one. So, look forward to it!