Taboo Tattoo was produced by J.C. Staff and consists of 12 episodes, running at about 24 minutes per episode. Based on the synopsis and the thumbnail on http://myanimelist.net, my first impressions were that it was an interesting anime, with a bit of gripping potential. Did it grip me enough, though? Okay, let’s start.
What It’s About
Seigi Akatsuka, a middle-school student, had been trained in the martial arts by his grandfather. Because of his training, he thought he was strong enough to protect those who are weaker around him. In fact, he was often doing these good deeds where he saves someone who is in trouble. That was actually how he received his tattoo in the first place. He received it as payment for saving a homeless man who was running away from a bunch of punks.
Soon, Seigi finds himself involved in a dangerous world where people had supernatural-like powers, stemming from these tattoos. He finds himself being pursued by a blue-haired girl who wanted him on her team, and he also finds himself pursued by the people of the Kingdom, who wanted him and his triggerless tattoo. Not only was he putting his life at risk, but he also ended up putting the life of his childhood friend on the line.
My Thoughts on Taboo Tattoo
Taboo Tattoo started off well. The first episode itself introduced most of the main characters that we would later see as the story progresses. It also explains what the tattoos were and how they function. There was a lot of comedy in Taboo Tattoo, which kept the atmosphere light and entertaining. However, it was inappropriate at certain times, especially when the situation is supposed to be tensed and serious.
A lot of reviewers complained about the mediocrity of the production, and I have no choice but to totally agree. I would say that the execution of the plot is better than some other animes that I have watched, but it was still pretty weak. I think the reason for this is because the anime is focused more on the action that plays out between the characters. The comedic side of the show kept the anime entertaining far more than the actual storyline does. So, in terms of plot, I would say it was a bit poor.
The characters of Taboo Tattoo were pretty cliche. We have the protagonist-type main character, who was too strong for his age, and who enjoyed saving people from harm. We have the childhood friend of the main character, who is of the opposite sex and who, apparently, has incredibly large breasts despite still being in middle school. She was also pretty useless, and did not play a specific role in the anime, other than help move the plot forward. We also have the villainous princess whose perverseness was outright ridiculous. Bluesy Fruesy, the blue-haired girl, was probably the only interesting character in the anime, especially since her hatred towards the tattoos was explained. All in all, the characters of Taboo Tattoo were pretty generic and had no impact on me.
The animation on the other hand, was incredible. I remember being surprised at how detailed the animation was, and how fluid the characters moved. Don’t even get me started on the action scenes. They were all fantastic! If I could rate an anime based solely on its animation style, I would definitely give it full marks.
I actually had fun watching Taboo Tattoo because it could get pretty funny at times. However, the story did not work well with me, and I thought it was just outright ridiculous at times. Therefore, I give Taboo Tattoo an overall score of six out of ten (6/10).