Witch Hunter Robin (it's so cute the way the Japanese voice actress pronounces 'Robin'). For some reason, I can't get out of my head the French pronunciation, Ro-BAHN. This character, however her name is pronounced, is such a refreshing change from the typical fifteen year-old heroine of Japanese anime. Robin Sena has left a nunnery in Rome to join with STN-J, a secret Japanese police agency that fights witches. She has been brought to replace someone who was killed - we do not find out on this volume who they were or how they died.
Robin is very natural and believable. No huge bishoujo eyes, short skirts, and long hair; Robin has a somber, Puritan-like black dress and a quirky hairstyle. There are hints she will probably develop a romantic interest in a fellow officer: hey, it's anime - this nun thing can't be carried for too long! But you hope she will stay the special person she is and will not change too much.
In volume one, Robin arrives but is ostracized by Amon, the unofficial leader of the STN-J agents. She quietly and determinedly seeks to prove herself. A place of refuge for Robin is Harry's, a lovely restaurant run by the sympathetic yet mysterious Harry. No other customers ever seem to be in Harry's. Who is Harry?
In Volume One, the agents fight four witches - all male except for one. This is interesting, as "witch" connotes a woman. There are four episodes: 1. Replacement, 2. Addicted to Power, 3. Dancing in Darkness, and 4. Stubborn Aesthetics.
The music on the intro is fantastic. The animation is exceptional, one of the best I've seen in anime. Interestingly, the Sci-Fi Channel, which brought us the series Stargate, is producing a live action version of Witch Hunter Robin. It will air sometime in 2004 or 2005.