is one of those classic anime series that many
fans know of simply by recognition of the name even if they haven't
episodes of the show itself. I remember hearing about it back when ADV
owned the license and thinking that it sounded like a fun and enjoyable
The good word of mouth surrounding Chrono
Crusade certainly did nothing to change my viewpoint that this was
successful anime for the North American industry. The buzz had me
when I should set aside some time to give the series a fair viewing
enough that time never seemed to arrive for me when the show was
released. Watching the show in today's day and age I have finally
this great anime series and can now see for myself what all the fuss
back when it first arrived.
beginning almost fooled me into thinking this was a
weak anime though. Honestly, it was
mostly uninvolving for me at the start and it made me question what
saw in Chrono Crusade to begin with.
The series first few episodes definitely lacked the faster pacing and
that ended up making the show addictive and highly entertaining. The
storyline that is setup involves the two lead characters simply
evil and trying to restore the balance to the good side with many
seemingly thrown into the basic plot mix episode to episode. It seemed
though the show was somewhat aimless and unsure of what it wanted to be
these initial moments, and it was dramatically less involving than I
was good about the beginning was that the show
started off by introducing the lead characters: Sister Rosette and the
who helps her through thick and thin, Chrono (who also happens to be a
albeit an incredibly nice one; ala Casper the friendly ghost). The duo
as a team working with the Magdalene Order (a group of Nuns working to
evil) and it doesn't take long to start liking these joyfully spirited
characters that are almost instantly engaging. While the plot may have
almost irrelevant at the start these characters were already showing
truly worthwhile character development and it made the early episodes
if less interesting.
the show starts to introduce the main villain,
Aion, a devil who seems determined to destroy all of humanity, things
pick up in pace quickly and everything became significantly more
it only takes the first few episodes for this storyline to pick up. The
episodes started to feel like they were part of an ongoing story-arc
refuses to let go of its building momentum instead of simply feeling
filler material with 'demon of the week' scenarios.
the show progressed I realized I was watching
something which is simultaneously hilarious and frequently
characters are often humorous in that somewhat exaggerated anime way
could, in my imagination, be worthy of a trademark). Yet the story
unexpectedly dark turns - even with the nature of the show focusing on
evil as a consistent theme, a lot of the events that end up transpiring
unexpected and darker than most anime series are willing to go.
Personally, I believe
that recognizing elements such as the darkness to the show is part of
bringing in viewers. Everything in the storytelling feels edgier than
expect. Nonetheless, this is a series that remains watchable and
for a teenage crowd (and it will certainly still appeal to a wide range
animation is not exactly stunning per-se. It's
consistent - a strength that is worth remarking about and applauding.
never matches the best in anime from an animation standpoint. Having
of that, I would still like to note that Chrono
Crusade features exciting animation and good character designs. Sometimes it is just good to keep expectations
in check and know that while it won't be considered a top-tier series
it is still a cut above the rest and any pitfalls or shortcomings in
are made up for with great writing, an exciting score, excellent
themes, and perhaps most importantly excellent direction that makes the
feel exciting and engaging.
should probably mention that I found the ending emotionally
resonant, rather exciting, but somewhat disappointing. This reaction
the result of seeing an excellent series end on a rushed note in
comparison to the
rest of the show. The main storyline does not resolve itself in a way
please everyone either. In some bizarre way though that feels like
a show as entertaining and complete as this one is - it does resolve
and plot-elements that some anime series may have simply brushed aside.
anime fan that enjoys a good mixture of action and drama this is a
series well worth
1:85:1 anamorphic transfer is very
impressive to behold. Funimation has done a great job with the
this show and it would be particularly hard to really find noteworthy
with a transfer as pleasing on the eyes as this series has displayed.
animation is breathtaking and as clean and crisp as I would have hoped
this DVD release.
Crusade with two sound options - the original language track with
or the English language version with 5.1 surround sound. Hearing the
with either one of these possible choices is pleasing on the ears, but
the surround sound mix is slightly more engaging. However, I preferred
Japanese VA's. I would still say that either option is worthwhile for
different but equally acceptable reasons. Take your pick and enjoy the
were a lot more extras on this
set than I was expecting to see included as so many anime releases
continue to be
lacking in the supplemental features department. However, Chrono
Crusade: The Complete Series includes Azmaria's Extra
Classes -- which are cute and informational short pieces that lend some
historical background to some of the show's background details. There
commentaries on a few select episodes with some of the English VA's.
enjoyable enough to listen to once. I wouldn't really recommend them to
who isn't already a big fan of the English Dub actors though.
and closing credits are also included. There are even a few 'never
openings. Trailers are also provided for upcoming Funimation releases.
you have never seen Chrono
Crusade before there has never been a better time to jump on the
and check out this now classic anime series. The storyline becomes
addictive and thrilling. If you like your anime dark with humorous
this is a great series to consider watching. I thoroughly enjoyed it,
and I am
now even more confused as to how I ever allowed myself to miss out on a
as entertaining as this one is. Highly
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.