1st Episode Anime Impressions: Phantom in the Twilight

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Japanese Title: Phantom in the Twilight


There is a mysterious cafe in London that only opens at night, called ‘Cafe Forbidden’. The handsome employees are hiding a huge secret. A tea-loving vampire, a cheerful werewolf chef, a reticent Jiangshi (Chinese ‘hopping’ vampire) waiter. They are living in human society, but they are not human. One day, a girl finds her way to ‘Cafe Forbidden’.
Her name is Baryo Ton. The girl’s great-grandmother was the first owner of the cafe and a legendary caster! Ton gets involved in troubles at ‘Cafe Forbidden’, where various people are involved and diverse bonds are born between one girl and a bunch of handsome employees.


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Unlike the impressive Sirius the JaegerPhantom in the Twilight is exactly what I don’t look for in an anime. The series has run-of-the-mill characters, lackluster dialogues, lack of subtle sideline humor, and an overly used plot. The protagonist is a Chinese girl, descendant of a powerful caster who once opened a cafe in London for some creatures to find refuge at. The three beautiful men are a vampire, clearly the leader of the group, a werewolf, and some kind of Chinese caster.

Ton has all the typical traits of an anime protagonist. Destined to be something great, she was bestowed with a power she can use to help the world and the people around her. She is cheerful and naive, and everything is either an opportunity to criticise something or be overly cheerful about it. Yet, the studio has done its research and every scene is very much like UK and London. Not that it’s a good thing, but at least when it comes to portraying the city, they did every scene right.

Not my cup of tea, but you might find something to like if you are fond of England and washed down stories.

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