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In 1899 when the overuse of magic transforms man into monster, an unlicensed assassin, Leiot Steinberg, wears a protective strait jacket to fight magic with magic and defuse the sudden outbreak of demons.
The concept of the movie is intriguing and sounds promising; and though in practice it plays out a little slowly at the beginning it builds into something quite action packed and bloody, suitable of its 15 rating.
The artwork here is definitely attractive, despite being rather generic these days, and the animation is refreshingly stylised in places. The demons are fairly imaginative, though maybe too few in number, while the human characters are a little cliché.
The standout feature of the anime is the music. It has a beautifully composed soundtrack, very fitting; it really enhances the scenes in which it is present, compensating to an extent for the fairly disengaging English track tacked over the film.
As long as you do not watch this expecting brilliance the magnitude of Akira, this is an enjoyable piece of animation and at only 84 minutes long it is easily watchable.