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Weiss Kreuz
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/02/2000

Aya, Yoji, Ken, and Omi are the four young men who comprise Weiss Kreuz, an assassin group who eliminates certain menaces to society. Each member has his own trademark fighting style. Aya is adept at fighting with a katana, Yoji has mastered the art of strangulation via strings, Ken is lethal with his metal claws (ala Wolverine), while Omi specializes in a wide array of projectiles. Under the command of a mysterious man known only as "Persia", the Weiss Kreuz is dispatched to take care of drug rings, terrorist factions, and the like. But as things go along, they discover that most, if not all, the bad elements they have dealt with are somehow connected to the Takatori family. The Takatori family is rich, powerful, and influential. It seems if the problem is to be nipped in the bud; the Weiss Kreuz would have to put an end to one of Japan's most prominent clans.

Set in modern day Japan, this anime chronicles the missions undertaken by the group known as Weiss Kreuz. Each episode can more or less stand on its own, but there is a certain continuity due to the fact that the Takatori family is the common denominator in almost every mission. There are also a lot of surprise plot twists with regards to the Weiss Kreuz guys and the Takatoris, so things aren't as black and white as they seem.

Weiss Kreuz is action-packed, fast-paced, and exciting. I couldn't stop watching after catching the first couple of eps. The guys are innocent florists in a quaint little flower shop (which also serves as their HQ) by day and full-fledged assassins by night. Whoever the target is really does wind up dead by the end of the episode, and the guys' double lives are a secret kept to themselves.

Characterization is good as each of the four members are given background episodes as well as situations that they deal with on a personal basis. This gives us insights on what makes them tick and what drives them to do what they do. As a bonus for female fans, these guys are lookers too. From somber to cute, there's a Weiss Kreuz guy for every anime fan girl's fantasy. The art and animation are exceptional and consistent throughout the series. The action is generally well-choreographed and executed, and all the characters (that includes the villains) look very good. In the later part of the series, the Takatoris will have a group of four (how convenient!) beautiful and sexy young women who constantly face off with the Weiss Kreuz guys in their missions. The music is also worth checking out. The seiyuus sing the themes themselves. All in all, Weiss Kreuz is a great anime which has a lot to offer for both male and female fans.

Yes! Weiss Kreuz has finally been released in the US after a long wait, but the title has been changed into "Knight Hunters".

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Review Title:
Weiss Kreuz
Alternative Titles:
Knight Hunters, White Cross
625 Minutes
General Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Action, Drama, Shounen
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