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Chrono Crusade Vol. 1
Distributor ADV Films
For those who love all things Gonzo, Chrono Crusade is going to be right up your alley.
Based on the manga by Moriyama Daisuke, Chrono Crusade is set in a retro society and concentrates on the exploits of the young nun Rosette Christopher and her childhood friend Chrono, a demon whose supernatural powers are sealed inside the pocket watch she carries. The pair work for the Order of Magdalene, specialising in excorcising and combatting the demonic forces encroaching our world.
Like Trigun & Kiddy Grade, Chrono Crusade relies on the "everything is not quite what it seems" premise that has become so popular of late. Rosette is haunted by the disappearance of her younger brother Joshua, who, it transpires, may well prove to be her biggest adversary in times to come. The cute young Chrono is certainly more than he first appears, and as events unfold his link to Rosette is revealed (to rather grand effect).
Perhaps the most striking thing about Chrono Crusade is the setting. We've had space cowboys, intergalactic troubleshooters and more, so perhaps its no surprise that Nuns should be the next stop. The designs throughout the series are certainly endearing, and the retro look only adds to the atmosphere. With all the religious imagery I'm reminded of Hellsing, though Chrono Crusade is far less menacing (at least in the initial stages).
You can't help but get the feeling the series is following a mould that'd beginning to get a little tired, and it's certainly no great shakes in the originality department, but so far it's keeping things just interesting enough to be worthy of tracking down, and later episodes see things improve greatly.
A fluid thriller with some nice comedic touches and enough mystery to hold your interest.