Shikabane Hime Kuro continues where Shikabane Hime Aka left off. I was not very impressed with Aka, and really wanted to drop this series. However, I usually like to finish what I have started, so I decided to sit through it. I am rather glad that I did because Kuro really brought the series back to life.
Unfortunately, not only is the annoying male lead, Oori, still there, he now has a much larger role. I hated watching him yearn and lust after Makina, especially since Makina and Oori’s brother, Keisei, love each other. Throughout the series, I just kept wishing he would simply take a step back out of Makina’s life and hopefully out of the show. But then the series would of course lack the weak, hesitant, confused, self-righteous, but kind-hearted boy that seem to be pivotal in so many otherwise good anime.
Besides that, the plot is actually quite nice. The series has several plot twists and really progresses to a climax in Kuro. Moreover, the fights against the Shichisei are well done, as are the character designs on some of the different corpses, priests, and Shikabane Himes.
Further, Angela, with her unique sound, is just great to listen to for the opening and ending sequences.
My Story by Angela
Hikari, Sagase Naku Tomo by Angela
Shikabane Hime definitely far exceeded Aka and my expectations. However, having to sit through a very annoying kid and a very mediocre first season, Shikabane Hime might just not be worth the time…