The blade arts of the “Devil” tasked with striking down evils threatening a peaceful Edo! Heizou Hasegawa, upholding the role of chief officer protecting against crime and arson! In 1783, the heart of the Tenmei era, Hasegawa held the office of chief director of the department charged with sustaining safety in the region, suppressing the most vile of thieves and criminals, an individual largely feared, renowned as Devil Heizou…- Copied from MAL
Onihei is that series of Winter 2017, the one that went grossly ignored among the hustle bustle of loud, dominant, crazy music Anime. It happens every season, and the key to is looking hard enough for that one anime that strikes your interest out of nowhere.
I am one of those people who found Onihei after almost flinging my laptop off when Spring 2017 came up with Natsume Yuujinchou and arguably, Attack on Titan as the only good lot. To start off, Onihei is a mixture of mystery and action, and while I certainly lean more towards the mystery in any show, who doesn’t love the good old days of kick ass sword fighting in anime?
Onihei thrives on the concept of good criminals and bad criminals. Thieves, and their three golden rule that must never be broken. That even a officer can respect a criminal if he follows his moral code. The concept that there are such thing as “True Thieves”. The series gets the memo that while there are plenty of bad people around, here are also a large group of people who are nothing but product of their circumstances.
While the titular character, Heizou Hasagawa, is a well made character, there are times when he is a little too perfect. Or should I say, he is a character that’s been around forever, that one detective that gets thrill out of mystery’s and has little to no regard for his own life. A remarkably kind character, there were times I didn’t agree with Hei’s method or found them harsh, mainly the main episode. Other than that, he is more of the plot point that introduces us to a delightful range of characters. The supporting cast are a bundle of delight, with their stories and various characteristics. In all honesty, I felt and sympathized with the supporting cast more than I did with Heizou, and I believe that was the intention from the start.
Onihei is also an undoubtedly dark anime, it delves into some nasty corner of humanity and there are a lot of scenes that is hard to watch, thankfully the art style is well made with the concept in mind and gives off that midst between soothing and painful. I won’t say much about the music, except they suit the theme.
Onihei isn’t all dark, there are light scenes and clear reminder there is happiness between all the pain out there. That not all sad stories have to end that way, however sometimes the episodes swing from too dark too light.
All in all, we need more stuff like Onihei.