B: The Beginning is part crime mystery and part psychological thriller as police investigator Keith Flick and the members of the Royal Investigation Service (RIS) investigate a series of brutal murders that are seemingly connected to a serial killer going by the name of "Killer B". However as Keith further investigates the murders, he comes to realize there is a larger conspiracy at play as the murders are connected to secret government experiments to create superhumans.
B's mystery it delves into offers some engaging twists in its developments that help shape a good amount of the plot and character development found throughout the series. The twists in question are effective at creating convincing transitions of where the story is going, as each adds more layers to the mystery that Keith and the RIS are delving into. The mystery in question personally affects Keith due to his own tragic backstory that the anime later explores and things are gradually revealed about Killer B and his killing spree that has more going on beneath the surface. Without spoiling too much of it what it builds up to, the human element of the mystery explored offers some engaging psychological elements that affect what the main antagonist in question has been doing and adds more to the personal nature of Keith's involvement in the investigation. Beyond Keith and the antagonist, many of the other members of RIS don't have much to show as characters. However, Lily makes for a strong impression as she proactively tries to grill Keith at points about elements of the investigation that he is more privy to and Keith tries actively keeping distance from her due to being partly annoyed with her persistence, and also his personal issues from the serial killings affecting him. Otherwise, the human element of the mystery in question offers up the most engaging storytelling throughout B's run.
As far as the superhuman element of the series is concerned, the handling of it's a bit of a mixed bag. Killer B's connection to it adds some decent depth to him, though his motives are more straightforward for what you may find in many anime titles. There were rough spots in the storytelling at points as B often had a tough time trying to find a solid balance with focusing on both Keith and Killer B's stories connected to the main mystery. Other characters on the superhuman side are not too compelling to see either as they're pretty limited in depth, mostly being mooks or mindless psychopaths. Also, the series teases to more things to come with the superhuman element of the story with its final scene. Whether or not this improves the superhuman element of the series considering a second season is in the works will remain to be seen. However, the superhuman elements make up for the more visually pleasing part of B's presentation with its combat scenes between Killer B and enemy superhumans, offering fluid animation and intense fight choreography that make for engaging action sequences.
Overall, I would say I was engaged to B: The Beginning for the most part due to the exploration of the human element of its mystery. However, I got the sense this could have been a better series considering its superhuman element lacked the intricate and complex development offered from exploring Keith's involvement within the mystery. Still, those looking for an engaging crime mystery series with some psychological and supernatural elements may get some solid entertainment watching it via Netflix.
Rating: 8 of 10
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I can't help but somewhat compare it to Psycho Pass. As much shit I give Psycho Pass, I felt like this show could have taken some lesson from it. Lily character is constantly told she is smart and everything, but rarely have moments to show it or be a true equal to Keith. This is unlike Psycho Pass where the mc female is shown to constantly be almost on par with the male mc. I also did not like how the detective story and Killer B story converge and then diverge. That being said, I enjoy it for similar reason. It was an entertaining watch overall that kept me engaged.
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
Jan 24, 2020 1:44:49 GMT