There are not a lot of vampire anime out there that I like (I really enjoyed Shiki be warned it is very graphic) and Servamp looked like a new twist on vampires that l thought would be interesting.
There are seven servamps and they all relate to one of the seven deadly sins. That is a popular theme in anime I’ve come to notice. They become a servant of a human if they are named and given a gift. The human is then known as their eve and they go off and fight merry battles together. Not really… I think I missed the whole point of them needing an eve and I wish that was delved into a bit more. Maybe I just missed it.
I’m not sure how to put this… It was a nice distraction to watch, but the plot left so many questions which kind of ruined it for me. This whole post is one big spoiler so if you plan to watch it you might not want to read ahead.
What I liked…
I liked the character Sleepy Ash
He is like my spirit animal. Sleepy Ash loves to sleep and eat. He turns into a cat if there is too much sunlight and he can’t be bothered to do anything. Love him haha.
The main character Mahiru apparently likes simple things (I don’t know what the point of that character trait was) and then decides to pick up a cat and name it. Thus becoming Sloths eve. The final contract is sealed when Sleepy Ash drinks Mahiru’s blood. As you can imagine it is very shocking when Mahiru finds out his sweet little kitty is a servamp.
He gets thrown into a world where the eighth servamp is trying to kill his older brothers and sisters. We don’t really know why…. So the anime is a muddled plot of them trying to get the servamps to work together to fight the eighth servamp Tsubaki, finding out why Sleepy Ash is conflicted, what happened to their creator, and Mahiru’s friendship with a subclass vamp. All of which kind of gets sidetracked with various battles and meetings of servamps and eves.
I’m sorry if my review is a bit chaotic, this anime was kind of a mess…
Okay so Tsubaki wants to kill his brothers and sisters. There.
He doesn’t understand his place in their world since their “creator” was killed by Sleepy Ash. So he decides his purpose is to kill the servamps since his powers are made to do just that. Then we find out he is looking for a key… Okay then…
My problem with this is that there is no really clear motivation for this character and at the end of the anime they finally give it and it just seems like “eh okay then.” It just seems so thrown together. I would have understood a more revenge driven plot that he loved his creator and was mad that he was killed by Sleepy Ash, it heads a bit in that direction but it doesn’t really fully come together. The whole “I don’t understand my purpose” motivation wasn’t working for me.
Then we get to a whole episode about the servamp called lawless. He apparently likes to kill his eves after his first one was lost in a tragic way.
When I saw this I was thinking “Do we really have time for an episode just about backstory?” We got only a small intro for each servamp and eves and most of the characters have little to no introduction… Which makes is super confusing. Then we get a whole episode about Lawless’s first eve. I’m a sucker for good character development so I got into his backstory and I was like “heck yeah I get it he loved her” I was watching to see how he turned into a crazy servamp and losing his love was a great motivation for me to believe… Then… it happened… Dumbest plot point of this whole show…
His lady love Ophelia agreed to marry a prince from the neighboring country to bring peace. Okay that makes sense. Then oh no the peace was broken and they blamed the princess and decided to kill her. If she dies then that brings peace. What? If she dies then that brings peace. Whaaaaaat?
Okay so my knowledge of politics is a bit rusty. So if the country kills your princess that you sent over to marry their prince you want to be at peace with them? Did I miss something? I don’t understand why her death brought peace. I really don’t. That just destroyed Lawless’s backstory for me.
Sorry this just made me mad but not in a good way.
We then learn a bit about Lawless’s new eve who is a self declared angel. They have a touching moment where they are nearly killed and they bond. For some reason his eve can create things like boots and a piano but we don’t know why. Just go with it at this point. I guess he knows how to use his powers of an eve. It was never really delved into that much.
So in this anime we have background on Sleepy Ash and Lawless and his eve and at the end a bit about the villien Tsubaki. I don’t know if I even want to get into all the Subclass vamp nonsense…
So let’s just skip to the end where Sleepy Ash and Tsubaki fight. They fight. The end haha. Okay well then Mahiru goes up to help Sleepy Ash who now can turn into a huge lion (Whoa can all servamps turn into a huge beast? Who knows there are only a few episodes left at this point no time to explain that ****). For some reason Mahiru stops Sleepy Ash from killing the nut job Tsubaki… Yeah I don’t know why. Then his weapon that was a broom now a spear turns into a key… Whoa… (sorry if you can’t tell I’m being a bit sarcastic). That key goes into Tsubaki’s chest and unlocks his backstory.
Then Mahiru sees Tsubaki’s past and defeats him with a hug. Tsubaki goes away severing all ties with his subclass vampires and that is the end of the story. Seriously.
So in the end. This anime had a some plot holes and honestly if there were more than 12 episodes it would have been and interesting story and world to delve into. I did really like some bits of it. I loved the character Sleepy Ash and he was the only character that the viewer would get a chance to bond with. I liked the concept but it was explained poorly. I liked the art and how the characters looked and I also liked the voice acting. For all that is holy don’t watch the dub version. That was a snore fest. Subs all the way.
Did you enjoy it more than I did? Did I just miss some explanation somewhere along the line?