Witch Hunter Robin

The injunction "thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" seems to still be operative in Europe, though the STN-J, the Japanese branch of a worldwide organization based in Europe dedicated to the eradication of witchs seems to have found an alternative to killing witches: sapping their power with a mysterious substance called "orbo".

Robin arrives from Italy, where she was raised in a convent, to join the STN-J. The others witch-hunters are dismayed to find that she is a 'craft-user', who can produce fire at will. The viewer immediately wonders what distinction there is between Robin's powers and the powers of the hunted witches. By the middle of the series Robin wonders as well.

The format is predictable: a young person called on to carry out a dangerous mission because of some intrinsic ability, 'monster of the week' episodes to establish characters, and a twisted plot where it becomes unclear whom the protagonist can trust, and who the 'good guys' actually are.

One part 'Harry Potter', one part 'Hellsing', two parts 'La Femme Nikita': an enjoyable series, but not one of the greats.

Well and realistically animated, though not beautifully so. The voice acting is quite good, as is the music, except for the end title theme.

The main parental warning is violence.

Ratings (out of 5, 1 being worst, 5 being best)

Plot 3.4
Voice-Acting (original)4.5
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