I love the 1920s-1930s. Granted it’s more for the smooth jazz, vaudeville, and those flapper girls but it’s still my favorite decade. Looking at the same decade from a different country seems like a really interesting idea right? Well... I’m not so sure about this one...
Night Raid 1931 is an original 13 episode Action/Sci-Fi series from A-1 Pictures and Director Jun Matsumoto for the Spring 2010 season. Three additional OVA episodes from the same Director and Studio were released later that year. As of this review, it is licensed by Sentai Filmworks (US) and Siren Visual (AUS). It is also available for legal streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Anime Network with Hulu and AN having the additional OVA episodes.
|The fights at least look nice.|
The story is a little iffy. The first half of the series focuses on our four major characters as they complete different missions in Shanghai, with some bits of character development here and there. There is one episode fairly early on that kind of hints at the main plot, which is a nice touch, but then is not really addressed again until the half way point. From then on, the main plot comes into play and it’s.... Well.... To be honest, I would have been completely fine if this series was more episodic then if it had an overarching plot because the plot isn’t really executed that well. There are plot holes that are almost never filled, leaving the viewer with more questions rather than answers. It also doesn’t help this series with the amount of cliches it uses in some of its plot points such as Kazura and his military past. But I feel like the worst part about the story is the last two episodes. When the credits roll during the last episode with Yukina the end is satisfactory, but the build up to that moment was rather contrived making a potentially good story suffer. I don’t often look into OVA episodes of a series, but I have been told there is an OVA episode that serves as an epilogue to the main plot. I’d have to watch this episode to see if it’s true, but considering how hard it already was to watch thirteen episodes I don't think I would be interested in watching more.
Next time we return to the pair known as Tatum and Palencia. Until then, otaku on my friends!
Final Rating- 4/10 If only the plot didn’t kick in....