While there have been a few Red-haired-girl-connected-with-death-teams-up-with-pussy-guy shows in the past, Kurokami is the only show that has appealed to me. Reason: the fistfights.
The action in Kurokami is great. The fights often get bloody and visceral, and Kuro isn’t spared the violence just because she’s a cute girl with an ahoge. In fact, she gets battered every episode, and then rebounds with ball-crushing results. There’s also a sense of flow and movement in the action shots. It’s worth watching the show for this alone.
There’s a ton of bad stuff, though. The characters are wonky. Keita is unabashedly a pussy who treats Kuro like shit because she got him into trouble. You’re already involved, so deal with it! And the childhood friend character who looks more like a MILF, I’d appreciate it more if she wore cuter clothes and had a bust size two notches down. As for Kuro, she makes cute faces when not pissed off, but Kuro is still a terrible name, and much more appropriate for animals. Don’t tell me her last name is also Kami. We also have villains who look like evil bureaucrats, punks, and Electric Kenpachi. I’m not impressed.
The show also has some terrible writing. In episode 3, we’re presented a twist–thoughtful homeroom teacher is actually one of the bad guys! He takes Kuro on and beats her up, until Keita intervenes… by spraying his teacher with a fire extinguisher. And they get away with it. I would’ve thought there wouldn’t be any ass-kicking this time around, until the teacher ridicules Keita’s dead seatmate which pisses him good enough to start SYNCHRO. It’s not hard to predict what happens next.
The final thing I hate about Kurokami is the premise. Having two other persons who look exactly like you and share your luck is painfully idiotic. Do the authors of the manga even have a grasp of genetics? That, and there’s a lot of stupid terms like Tribal Ends, Master Roots, and Coexistence Equilibriums. Please. Less metaphysical crap, more FIGHTAN PLZ
But the show has an OP done by Minami Kuribayashi (whom I’ve been a fan of since Mai-Hime). I can forgive its flaws, for now, as long as the fighting doesn’t let up.