Chrono Crusade

Type: Kinda like Fullmetal Alchemist, but not

Chrono Crusade

Synopsis: The year is 1928, see? The Church of Mary Magdalene fights demons in the mean streets of New York, see? One of their star members is Sister Rosette, see? She wears a highly inappropriate high-cut skirt for a nun and teams up with a devil named Chrono, see? Their looking for Rosette’s brother who was taken by this guy whose basically Satan, see? At some point they also team up with a cute apostle and busty bounty hunter, see? I hope you were reading this in an Edward G. Robinson voice, see?

Pros: This is a very solid action anime. I was particularly partial to the American setting, since I had a reference for the scope of the conflict. When they mentioned Denver, I knew their problems were for real. The version I saw was in English, and I must say, Chrono Crusade had some very stellar voice acting. Sometimes dubs are just phoned in, but you could really tell that the actors where giving it their best. The voice actresses for Rosette and Satella impressed me in particular with their wide range of emotions. The relationship between the eventual foursome of Rosette, Chrono, Satella, and Azmaria was very fun, and the eventual romance between Rosette and Chrono felt earned.This show also had a particularly slimy antagonist in Aion, whose smugness really made you want to punch him.

Cons: Well, you see, that is to say, the thing is….there is nothing particularly wrong with the show. It was honestly a solid manga-based anime. But there was just something missing that kept it from being more memorable. This thing really reminded me of Fullmetal Alchemist, especially with Rosette being such a hot-head, while Chrono was so calm. But I can’t really call Chrono Crusade better. I enjoyed it for what it was, but it didn’t wow me. The anime actually diverges from the manga, so maybe that’s what made it feel vanilla. The ending was also kinda a downer.

Watch it?: A good show with great voice acting. Not a must see, but still entertaining (3/5) 

MVP: Aion

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He’s such a sleeze!

Best Episode: Ep. 11 “Hellhound” & Ep.18 “Photograph” (one’s funny, one’s sweet)

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4 thoughts on “Chrono Crusade

  1. Artemis says:

    Although I’m not a big fan of some of the ways the story is told, I actually quite like the ending for this series. I’ve never read the manga so can’t comment on any differences, but it’s unusual to see a series in which, essentially, the good guys completely lose. Sure, it’s depressing as hell, but it’s also unexpected, which I think is something of a rarity when it comes to anime. That said, I agree with you that Chrno Crusade seems to be missing something. I don’t know what it is exactly, but there’s definitely something not quite right. A shame considering its otherwise pretty good qualities.

  2. Perhaps the best thing about this show was the villain. One can view him as the anti-Christ: Christ came to make people free from sin, while Aion wants to make them free to sin. A very vile character, but a great villain! Other than that, Satella is my favorite character in the show. Tiffany Grant’s German accent improved remarkably from when she did Asuka in Neon Genesis Evangelion!

    The most amusing thing about the “1920’s slang” they use in the dub is that I have a friend from Wisconsin who uses the same slang.

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