Doesn’t he reminds me of that Kayneth guy from Fate/Zero?
Anyway, first thing first. Here’s my verdict throughout the series:
Entirely, it’s not bad at all. Only thing that flawed was when an issue had been resolved, then another one came up. Kaoru had been such an emo guy lately. IMO if he accept the issues that he faced so far & behave himself, I’m sure I’ll add up additional 0.5 point more in this aspect. Oh, one more thing; it did not cover the manga entirely since it’s a 12-episode anime so some parts from the manga were cut out, especially this episode. It skipped the 8 years part so we can’t figure out how they ended up in the 2nd part of the episode. The ending was satisfying but it feels like you’re missing some points there. So it’s better to read the manga itself.
Animation, Art & Design (8.0/10)
The animation sometimes very fluid especially during the jazz sessions. The drum movement, piano, trumpet & other instruments synced very well with the music. Characters appeared throughout the series sometimes a bit appealing, except the guy with fangs because he did not even fit in this ’60s setting anyway.
As I expected from the Cowboy Bebop music composer, the music was truly masterpiece. All the new renditions of the jazz music from the past were really catchy. From the OP song, through the OSTs, then the stage performance music until the ED song, these were surely never failed me. Nuff said.
In conclusion, that was an another good direction by Shinichiro Watanabe after his universal success in Cowboy Bebop & Samurai Champloo but I think adapting something into an anime was not a good idea for him, yet this is josei series. Only his expertise are mixing different things into an anime filled with action-packed & enjoyable moments but overall, it’s good. Only thing that sucks was some repeating melodramatic scenes. With some funny moments between characters throughout the series, you wouldn’t even get bored & also all your curiosities towards the series were gone for good. Anyway nicely done, worth to watch & probably one of the best anime of the season.
Don’t forget about TARI TARI because the story has some similarities with this series.