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DVD Review: Phantom: Requiem For The Phantom – Part 2

Adding the Leon-like pupil factor makes for a fascinating story arc!

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Part 1 presented an interesting story of a man who, after his memory had been wiped, was taken in by a shady organisation called Inferno to be trained as their assassin. It was well told and had enough twists and turns to keep the viewer entertained and interested for the second part.

Part 2 starts very low key in comparison with our hero, Zwei, having survived a bullet but minus Ein (a fellow assassin) whose fate is unknown to us. Zwei has now found a young girl, Cal, who he considers training as his pupil. This male/female assassin was a good dynamic from the previous film and adding the Leon-like pupil factor makes for a fascinating story arc.

The narrative carries on and needless to say things for Zwei do not go according to plan and like the previous series, he is forced on the run from Inferno. That coupled with an unsurprising revelation concerning Ein, the whole thing starts to feel a little familiar.

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It seems instead of trying to take the story in unexpected ways, which Part 1 did to some degree, it pretty much tells the same story. This in turn makes it feel overlong and predictable. The promise of the teacher/student story does genuinely perk interest and for a short time opens up the character of Zwei showing us what, perhaps, he was like before Inferno got their hands on him. The story heads for a somewhat obvious conclusion though and leaves us wanting a little bit more from a series that promised so much early on.

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The visuals are well executed and the muted colours match the pacing, which is rather slow. The drudgery of the plot wouldn’t be a problem if it was more engaging and not making us feel that we need to get through moody, talky scenes to see what happens, especially after having already sat through the first half. Not that Part 2 is all talk and no action. The talky scenes are handled very well and because of the muted nature to the rest of the series, they do have more impact than the more action heavy animé some fans are used to. This slow pace approach is becoming more and more common and shows that it doesn’t have to be all style and no substance when telling a story.

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Overall Requiem for the Phantom Part 2 is worthy of your time and despite not living up to the high standard set by its predecessor, it does have enough moments to keep your interest. It could have done with losing a few episodes though to keep the story tighter. But by the end we do care enough to wonder what Inferno and fate have in store for Zwei.

Label: Manga Entertainment

Release date: 12th March 2012

Certificate: 15

Running time: 325 mins

Genre: Anime

Director: Koichi Mashimo

Stars: Ayahi Takagaki, Miyu Irino, Akeno Watanabe

Review written by Dean Hilliam

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