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    SERVAMP(サーヴァンプ)

    Servamp, short for servant vampire, is a show about a simple-minded boy whose fateful encounter with a black cat results in him being dragged into a war between humans and vampires.

    Airs: Tuesday, July 5

    Studio: Brain's Base

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    The story revolves around a 16-year-old boy (15 at the beginning of the story) named Mahiru Shirota who likes simple things and dislikes difficult things. One day, he picks up a stray black cat he finds in the middle of the road and gives it the name Kuro (which literally translates into "black"). From this moment on, a contract between the servamp Sleepy Ash and Mahiru is formed, and Mahiru is pulled into the Servamp war between the seven deadly Servamps and their eighth sibling Tsubaki.


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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Black cats do bring bad luck.

    Mahiru sure got a lot more than he was expecting seeing that he's so simple-minded. Instead of just a cute little black cat, he gets a servant vampire who is a cat by day and a boy by night. Mahiro and Kuro make a pact with each other seeing that he was being attacked by another vampire, and Kuro shows just how powerful vampires are. That was a nice way to begin this show seeing that those two have such a quirky relationship with each other, and that those vampires sure are crazy. Next time, Mahiro and Kuro meets Tsubaki, who is apparently that vampire's master to get answers as to what's going on.
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    • #3
      Episode 2

      And then there were eight.

      So this Tsubaki person turns out to be a Servamp, the 8th one of Melancholy that is not so well-known as he's not one of the seven deadly sins. He sure does feel the part, but his actions suggest otherwise. So he fights Mahiru and Kuro, but they manage to escape and end up forming an alliance with another Servamp in Snow Lilly, the lustful one, and his master Misono. Just when things couldn't get any more chaotic for Mahiru, it just did with his best friend Sakuya attacked by another Servamp. Things sure are getting chaotic here, and it's great to see it all go down given how quirky these guys are.

      So with that, I'll watch this through to the trial period before making a decision.
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      • #4
        Re: Episode 1

        So wait... the name that Mahiru gave the cat just happened to be his real name? A lot of things about this show are just a little too silly for me, so I don't think I can do any more of it. Not too great-looking, either.
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        • #5
          Episode 3

          It's all a lie.

          Something certainly was up when Sakuya was skipping school, and as it turns out he's one of Tsubaki's vampires. Now, Mahiru is caught between a rock and a hard place seeing that his best friend is trying to kill him, and poor Misono took the worst of this skirmish. Belkia sure does act like another Grell there being so over the top about everything. Anyway, Mahiru sure has a lot on his mind seeing that he doesn't know how to use his weapon, which happens to be a mop.

          This show will go its full trial period before I make a decision on it, so one more episode at the very least.
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          • #6
            Episode 4

            Their friendship is no lie.

            Sakuya sure did come from a broken world where everybody is lying, with the biggest one being that his older sister being murdered by her parents to collect life insurance. It's a great thing he has a caring friend in Mahiru seeing that he would have totally lost it if he didn't have someone who sees him as a person and not as an enemy. Then there is that bag head Servamp known as Doubt Doubt, who kept Kuro from going berserk, and it will be interesting to see what his background is. Anyway, that was some nicely developed friendship there, one that saved a life.

            So with that, the trial period is over, and while there are some things that this show does wrong, I am enjoying it. So I'll pencil it into my watchlist.
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            • #7
              Episode 5

              Can't find the exit? Make one.

              More characters are entering Mahiru's already increasingly chaotic life. First, there's the younger than he looks Tetsu who is so strong carrying his Servamp Hugh in a coffin, and he's quite a nice guy. And then there's the older than he looks Tsuyuki, who works for C3 and is wanting to establish harmony between humans and vampires. While he means well, capturing Tsubaki means harming Sakuya, and Mahiru won't stand for that. So he escapes the room where there are many doors that only lead him back to the room by creating one above the building. Those new guys really are something.
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              • #8
                Episode 6

                Wherefore art thou Lawless?

                Here comes the world-class pianist Licht and his Servamp of Greed, Lawless. They claim to be angels, and they also view Tsubaki as a threat. But they aren't exactly willing to side with Mahiru, at least Licht isn't. Lawless sure isn't afraid to show off his love for Shakespeare, and this hedgehog seems to want to make friends. For an angel, rather real or self-proclaimed, he sure does act like a demon using that concert to slay Tsubaki's vampires like that. He took his act too far and that led to his manager intervening. It's hard to get a good read as to what this Licht guy is all about, but nevertheless getting along with this guy isn't easy seeing that his Servamp is quirky, while Licht has an attitude problem.
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                • #9
                  Episode 7

                  The past has come back to haunt him.

                  Things sure got really bad for Mahiru there as not only did Licht and Lawless get kidnapped, but he couldn't do anything about it with Kuro transforming into a ball rather than to fight. Kuro had quite a rough past there that he doesn't want to revisit, and that has really made the situation bad as Higan has nothing standing in his way of kidnapping Licht. At least Misono has a bargaining chip as he has one of Tsubaki's subclass servants with him, who he offers to trade for Licht and Lawless. Anyway, Mahiru continues to do nothing but get himself into trouble seeing that he's all about helping others, and this time things have gotten out of hand with Kuro becoming a ball.
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                  • #10
                    Episode 8

                    What is he thinking?

                    So while everybody goes out to rescue Licht and Lawless, Mahiru sees the mad scientist Johannes to figure out how he can get Kuro out of the ball. And after a bunch of sidetracks with his crazy personality and physical checkups, he gets a potion that will allow him to enter Kuro's mind. Meanwhile, the rescue operation to get Licht and Lawless out of a skyscraper hotel has hit a snag when Sakuya sees right through everything and sends the elevator 41 down rather than up. The situation sure did get out of hand.
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                    • #11
                      Episode 9

                      To be or not to be? The answer is yes.

                      Misono and Tetsu were tricked as Tsubaki's plan was to lure Pride into his trap using Licht and Lawless as bait, and as such both of them are actually on the top floor instead of on separate floors like Misono had planned for. In the meantime, Mahiru is getting into Kuro's mind to get him back, and some disturbing things from his past surface as he spearheaded the movement to kill his creator. But in the end, a good headbutt from Mahiru managed to get him to snap out of his funk. It wasn't easy, but Mahiru is a guy who can look past all of those ugly truths to get his friend back in a great time of need.
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                      • #12
                        Episode 10

                        The need for greed.

                        That was quite a tragic backstory there about Lawless as not only did Ophelia sacrifice herself to bring peace to her country, but it would be short-lived as more powerful countries would come along and wipe her's out of existence. But he did find a new purpose in life through all that misery, and after butting heads with Licht, the two are finally on the same page again. He and Ophelia were in completely different classes, but their love really was something.
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                        • #13
                          Episode 11

                          In like a lion.

                          Now that everything has been reconciled, Mahiru and Kuro are back, with Kuro unleashing his true form, which is a lion. And then Lawless and Licht take care of Higan on their end by turning him into something that Licht can play through a piano. So with everybody beaten, everything seems to be good, except that Lila has taken the Hyde tag away and Tsubaki arrives at the scene. That was quite an intense fight there, but now they are up against the big boss of those guys. One more episode left.
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                          • #14
                            Episode 12 (Finale)

                            It's raining cats and daggers.

                            It's no wonder why Tsubaki is out for blood as Kuro killed his teacher, and he wants to avenge him for that. So with Tsubaki on the attack and Kuro having turned into a lion, it's up to Mahiru to stop the fighting as the hotel becomes a war zone. He unlocks Tsubaki's past, and got everybody to reconcile there at the end as Kuro is back in human form, while Mahiru got Tsubaki to change his way of thinking letting his servants live freely for a change. That was a decent way to end this, and certainly the bonds between the characters got stronger through this ordeal. Tsubaki's anger is understandable, but so misguided with those raining daggers that threatens everybody. But in the end, it's all about seeing the goodness in everybody and even though Tsubaki has been a menace, Mahiru knew that he was a good person deep inside.

                            Overall, this show has some good things going for it with a good story concept, nice action, and intriguing characters. But the show absolutely drops the ball on the approach to telling the story by introducing characters way too fast and making the story too complex for its own good, and that had me less into this show as the series went on (not enough for me to drop it, but nevertheless I wasn't as invested as in the beginning). That said, the story concept is a great, well thought-out one with characters that are so full of mystries that made for a decent show.

                            MAL Rating: *******---
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