Don’t be fooled, dear viewers, into mistaking Love of Kill for some action-packed love story, because it decidedly is not. Mistaken impressions aside, there is a decent amount of thrill in the action and mystery we do explore, even if our protagonists lack several identifiable human traits.
Main character Chateau is a contract mercenary who seems to cover mostly innocent jobs free of death. When one of her gigs lands her pinned against the ground by Ryang-Ha Song, it looks like the start of a possible romance between like minds…that is until he opens his mouth and reveals himself a bit of a possessive creep.
“But wait, Marina, you don’t know their full story and it really does get less creepy!” I was actually told this, and after completing the anime, I’m sorry to say this never actually was the case even if I did learn more about them and why they might have acted the way they did. More information does not automatically excuse past, present, and future actions no matter how much I may empathize. Ryang-Ha may share a similar line of work to Chateau, the darker route, but their repeated run-ins was obviously intentional given his frequent requests to meet up and spend time together. I also had the nagging feeling that viewers were supposed to be impressed by his strength and skill as an assassin, but I ended up mostly feeling concern about how those abilities could be ill-used in the name of affection.
Chateau’s role in this show started off somewhat interesting, but her passivity quickly wore down any hope I might have in her actually doing something meaningful. In a way, she reminds me of the generic reverse harem lead who allows herself to be swept up in the actions of the surrounding attractive men. I’m conflicted between disappointment that she isn’t stronger than the multiple males she faces, and slight approval that she isn’t unrealistically overpowered. She’s either expressionless or displeased. She barely speaks and is soft spoken when she does voice her opinions. I’m not sure how this show wants me to feel about a main character with so little reaction.
Stalking and boring protagonist aside, what did hold my attention just enough to keep me through to the end was the mystery of Chataeu and Ryang-Ha’s pasts. While we do get some insight into his childhood and explanation for why he fixates on Chateau, we get very little information about her other than a late and very short revelation about her royal lineage. How they each got the training for their life styles still requires further backstory, but it was somewhat satisfying to get more of a reason for their pairing than just one guy’s weirdly obsessive fixation.
Love of Kill starts out as a seemingly coincidental meeting, turns into some twisted idea of a romance, then finishes out with a partially-solved mystery. There’s definitely room for a sequel should there be enough interest for it, but I likely won’t be there for it should a continuation actually happen.
Rating: 0 dango
- 0 dango – average and forgettable.
- 1 dango – very good in its category.
- 2 dango – excellent show that is worth a try.
- 3 dango – exceptional show one must watch.