In this episode, we see that Seigi is forced into Bluesy Frusey’s Tattoo Retrieval Unit Team “Blue Moon,” as a means of his own protection since he is the only user that has thus far been able to manage the Void Maker seal. Upon his recruitment, Bluesy Frusey begin to set up training for Seigi. Later on, Tom discovers that Princess Aryabhata of the Kingdom Selinistan has taken over her parents’ Kindgdom in a coup. Arya sends two of her ‘Brahmin’ tattoo users to track down the Void Maker tattoo. One of the Brahmin, R.R. Lurker, attacks Izzy at the school, while the other, Iltutmish, finds Tom’s house and attacks Tom and Seigi during their training.
Most of the themes in this episode are a balance between comedy and serious tones. They include:
- Friendship- Seigi is put to the test as Iltutmish takes over Touko’s body to use against him in battle.
- Heroism- We see Seigi step up to the plate before he even has an opportunity to hone his skills in order to save Touko.
- Sexualization/Sexuality- When Izzy (Bluesy Frusey) infiltrates Seigi’s school as a young school girl, she teases Touko by playing with her breasts to mess with the boys of her class. Furthermore, we find that R.R. Lurker is a sadist with a fetish for young girl’s bodies when he attacks Izzy.
- Curses- Izzy points out that with every seal, there is a trade off for power. Her price happened to cost her an adult body, meaning she will forever appear as a young girl, despite her age.
Overall, the episode had a great amount of action, and the gore left more to be desired. The bad guys were more unique in their different traits than your average stockpile character. For example, R.R. Lurker is very upfront about all his ill characteristics, making it hard for the viewer to sympathize with him from the instant he makes an appearance. Iltutmish is interesting in that she strategizes carefully about how she will approach her victim, which lets the viewer know that Princess Arya’s crew is not just a bunch of brash meatheads. They are compiled of carefully selected killers.
However, there seemed to be several issues with the setup of the plot. There is a fine line between comedy and seriousness when writing an anime, and neither seemed to be given the amount of attention they deserved. Every time the anime started to get serious, and engaging, a cliché or random joke would be thrown in, like with Izzy and her sexual assault on Touko.
On top of that, the entirety of the episode seemed to focus on Izzy and her antics more than Seigi. This leaves cause to wonder if the anime is really about Seigi or Izzy.
Overall rating: 3/6
TV anime “Taboo Tattoo”
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.
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