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A middle school boy, Seigi, happens upon a mysterious stranger that he has rescued from some thugs. The stranger bestows Seigi with a peculiar stone that engraves a tattoo onto Seigi’s hand as a thank you gift. From that point on, Seigi’s life is turned upside down. He begins to encounter more and more dangerous people seeking out Seigi’s tattoo claiming that it will give them special powers. Seigi discovers what it truly means to have strength and how to use it wisely.
On our first episode of Taboo Tattoo, we learn that Seigi has been given some kind of mysterious tattoo. The next day as Seigi walks down the street, he is suddenly shoved into the ground by a random girl so quickly that he is unable to react. When the girl comes over to help him up, she notices his tattooed hand and quickly runs off. Then Seigi’s childhood friend, Touko, yells at him because they are running late to class.
Later in class, Seigi reveals that he has been training in martial arts under his grandfather since he was very young. Seigi is still baffled at the strange girl from earlier, because he was unable to react to her quickly enough, even with honed martial arts skills. When his friends notice his tattoo, they mention that there has been rumors circulating on the online military otaku chat rooms about a new secret weapon that has been developed in the form of a tattoo.
After school, as Seigi walks home with Touko, they stop at a supermarket where Seigi calls his grandpa to warn him that he will be late home. When Seigi steps outside to do this, the random girl from before appears before him and steals his phone. Seigi, of course chases after the girl into an empty warehouse. The girl immediately attacks Seigi, with brute force, demanding to know where he got his tattoo and confirms that it is a military weapon. Seigi struggles to match the girl in combat and she ends up pinning him down after testing his strength.
The girl reveals that the tattoo weapon is activated by a trigger, which in her case is a piece of chalk contacting her tattoo. Once the tattoo is triggered it summons the abilities of the “sealed” by letting loose supernaturally strong physical abilities. Her power happens to be the ability to make high density air bombs that she demonstrates by blowing up the warehouse.
In the final half of the episode, we discover that the girl with the tattoo is Lieutenant Izzy of the U.S. Army Tattoo Retrieval Unit, and she is working with her sidekick Tom, to locate smuggled tattoos throughout Japan. Seigi is with Izzy, when they stumble across a tattoo user that Tom has been beaten by and Seigi throws the man to the ground. This was a mistake, because the user becomes enraged and activates his tattoo, beating Seigi within an inch of his life. Once Seigi has been beaten to a bloody pulp, his tattoo activates by his blood and releases the Seal called “The Void Maker,” and he completely wrecks his opponent, while simultaneously healing himself back to normal. The anime then jumps to the credits after we have discovered that Seigi has the infamous, “Triggerless Seal Tattoo.”
This anime gets down to the facts that you need to know right from the beginning. It compacts the entire set-up in the first episode and gets to the point that these tattoos are a force to be reckoned with. If the first episode is already this exciting, then there can only be more fun to come as we see Seigi start to develop his newly found powers in combination with his martial arts expertise. Hopefully in the future, we will get to see a lot of action happen very quickly in more jam packed episodes such as the pilot’s.
The action writer Shinjiro has become widely known for the manga adaptation of “Fate/Zero” which is currently serialized in monthly Comic Alive magazine (publisher: KADOKAWA Group Publishing). This is an adaptation of his stylish action anime full of superpower battles.