Phantom in the Twilight – Anime Preview
Synopsis: The reverie of a girl who fights her destiny and the “Shadow Guardians.” The stage is modern-day London, in a world where the fears and anxieties of people give birth to inhuman shadows. A foreign student gets embroiled in an outlandish incident as soon as she sets foot on English soil. Seeking help in a city where she knows no one, she wanders into a quaint cafe that has quietly remained open in the dead of night: Cafe Forbidden. It is a place where the guardians of the border between human and shadow gather. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Though Phantom in the Twilight is an original story, it starts off with a lot of the hallmarks of an otome game based show. First we open with a scene in a cafe run by three bishonen men, each featuring some prominent design or character type to appeal to every female demographic possible from those that like the blonde temperamental one, to those who favour the playful one or even those who prefer the quiet and mysterious one. Then it quickly becomes obvious that they are going to be a protective, harem like group to watch over our female protagonist who just happens to have something that makes her super unique and special.
In fact the introduction of the magical elements isn’t done in the smoothest manner. While we get an early hint that one of our pretty boys might not be just another human boy, it’s so vague that when we suddenly have a rat/bat like goblin steal our heroine’s belongings while also being invisible to everyone else, it comes out of nowhere.Then we have the sudden reveal that apparently our heroine knows how to draw and use magical sigils. Later on, once it is revealed that our cast each have their own magical properties, we’re treated to a ‘showdown’ where machine gun like weapons are used, alongside a wolf man’s claws to take down the evil goblins making for a very jumbled aesthetic.
While Ton has slightly more personality than the standard self insert characters you might find in most otome style stories, it’s only just. She’s there to be the catalyst and that’s about it for now, lending even more to the otome like atmosphere of the show. Her lack of personality is further exemplified by how blase she is about her friend’s condition and vice versa for two girls who have literally just touched down on a new continent where they seem to know no one else for the time being. In fact, towards the end of the episode, it’s revealed that both girls have cellphones yet not once do they try to call each other after being separated until the next morning.
Phantom in the Twilight seems to be aimed at Otome fans with how it checks off a fair number of Otome like characteristics; its cast of pretty boys and an almost self insert like main protagonist. If you fall into that Otome die-hard category, then congrats you have a new show to try out. If not, then move along.
Phantom in the Twilight is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.