Straight to the Point
- You must begin at Noblesse Awakening – OVA before watching Noblesse – Episode 1.
- AWESOME fight scenes and demonic supernatural powers.
- The characters alongside the immortal Nobles make the story flow as the Nobles are lifeless in emotion.
- Feels rushed slightly as there are no side-characters in the story making the world seem smaller than it really is.
- The humans of the world seem to just accept anything such as random guard at the school gate, soulless new students (Nobles) which they fall in love with but never seem to speak to them.
- Great selection of characters for the bad guys.
Published by WebToon, Noblesse tells of a world with Nobles which are powerful immortal beings that secretly inhabit the human world. Raizel aka Noblesse, the protector of the Nobles, has awakened from his 820-year sleep, and now begins to try and blend in at the Ye Ran High School in which his servant, Frankenstein, is the principal.
As seen in the prequel OVA episode the bad guys from the Union are assigned and dispatched to find the coffin where Noblesse resides without knowing Noblesse has already awakened. There is a turn of events during the OVA and one of the bay guys IM-21 becomes a bodyguard at the high school in a hope to keep a promise to his comrade.
The special forces of the Union (DA-5) are dispatched to Japan to assess the situation and locate the coffin…
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If you enjoy fast-paced storylines and a quick build-up to the next fight scene then Noblesse may be the one for you. I thoroughly enjoyed the fight scenes while trying to determine what is happening…PAUSE! Watch the beginning episode first ‘Noblesse OVA’…START!
Now where were we, yes that’s it…Noblesse is a world with protectorate immortals of the human race called Nobles and mutant type assassins from an organisation called the Union.
- Nobles = super boring soulless immortals without the fangs and allergies to sunlight who claim to protect humans.
- The Union = a group of brilliantly illustrated enhanced humans with special ability who each have their own distinct evil personalities.
- Humans = super weak species in everyone’s way. 🙂 But don’t worry, out of the only two human characters in the anime, both are in the same class as Raizel with one being a hero at heart and another being a computer genius.
When everyone is not finding trouble or falling victim to the Union they are busy studying at school. This helps to brighten up the overall tone of the series with a few funny scenes and jokes. Raizel is trying to understand the new world he has awoken to and M-21 is trying to find his place in the world as an experimental being now he has defected away from the Union. I’m actually interested in both dynamics but find the story moving too quickly to realise any emotion in myself.
Back to the fight scenes… they are AWESOME!! The OVA episode was brutal and right at the beginning of Episode 1 sets the scene for what’s to come next. The bad guys literally make this show and I want to see more… there’s a sense of art to the evil depiction of their inner sick mind when they KILL!
Scared?? Then get back to watching Pokemon as these fight scenes may be too wicked for your delicate heart. In all seriousness sit back and enjoy the stunning fight scenes in the anime but not necessarily get tied up in any backstories or drama.
I personally wished this anime could have invested more time with the characters’ backstories. In this way, their deaths/ victories would have seemed more fulfilling.
A final thought on the Noblesse review is with Raizel being so quiet I literally don’t have a clue on what’s on his mind…We will just have to wait and see what’s next to come!
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The gore within this anime… (licking lips) …is SUPERB. The OVA episode was brutal with images of heads being snapped off! Moving towards lunatic assassins with a taste for the kill. Even though I found the Noble’s silence irritating, it worked in the build-up to a fight. There was a sense of ‘What’s going to happen…’ in the air. It also gave the Noble’s a sick sense of vampirism in their persona. Combine this with the Union and waalaa a dark-at-times anime.
All in all, as discussed in this Noblesse review it has been a pleasure to watch with its beautiful battle scenes ranging from the street fights with human-to-human battles to apocalyptic strength and might from enhanced humans and Nobles. However, the story does feel rushed with very limited backstories. Even if there was time, the Nobles wouldn’t say much anyway!