Genre: Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, Mystery, Supernatural
Plot: Seigi, a martial arts trained middle school student, often feels driven to protect the weaker people around him. One day, he defends a homeless man against some punks, and the man gives him a strange tattoo on his palm in return. The tattoo is a secret weapon produced in the arms race between America and the Serinistan Kingdom.
Impression: Taboo Tattoo sets the plot in a world where a grand fight, or perhaps a war is going on between two nations; and the reason? Tattoos. Yes, these are not your ordinary tattoos either. Each tattoo holds unique and interesting powers that enable the user to achieve great feats. The show is being animated by J.C.Staff, a studio that has previously animated many masterpieces including but not limited to: Toradora, Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, DanMachi, Golden Time and Shokugeki no Souma. While most of these popular anime have a romantic side that stands out a lot, such is not the case with Taboo Tattoo. So we’re bound to see something different.
As with the previous First Impressions, I’m writing this after having watched only the first three episodes. So whatever assumptions I make, may or may not come true later on. Moving onwards, the anime presents us with a not very interesting setting (or at least I didn’t find it interesting) where two nations are fighting each other to gain more power. The power in question is sealed within Tattoos and activates with a trigger. Our protagonist for the show, Akatsuka Seigi, is very strong for a person of his age and for good reasons. He has trained under his grandfather for years and has vowed to be strong enough to protect the people he cares about. Because justice has to be strong. He also has a female childhood friend who seems to have a crush on him along with having large breasts. Wow. The apparent female protagonist Fluesy Bluesy (Weird name, I know.) is working with the American Army to retrieve the stolen tattoos, and now they work together. In the latter episodes, they get attacked by the opposing force. While Seigi’s tattoo is called “Trigger-less”, his trigger is mentioned to be blood. Bluesy says so. But by the name of his tattoo, I believe this is wrong. The real trigger must be Seigi’s intention. When Seigi is really serious, perhaps the trigger activates by itself. By the end of the third episode, our team of protagonists are training to get stronger.
My opinions? If you loved this anime, better stop reading. I won’t hold back. First and foremost, the title sucks. Yes, with all honesty, I’ve seen enough hentai to find a relation. The name Taboo Tattoo is just so ugly, I can’t even fathom its ugliness. But I will not hate an anime based on its name. I will hate it based on its stupid plot and art style instead. They both, plain as day, suck. Where do I begin?! So I save a random person and he gives me the most powerful weapon in the world in return. I pursue justice when it’s really my 15 year old fantasy. I become “nakama” with one side of the war without even learning enough about the war and both the sides. Oh and I also have a large breasted childhood friend (thankfully female) who has a crush on me for no particular reason. And why does she remind me of Satomi Murano from Parasyte? I already feel like she’s just there to appeal the audience with her breasts and talk to spend some minutes so that the episode ends with less of actual story. On to the art style, what’s with the forceful attempt at making a dark theme? The animation style attempts to make things look dark and adds stupid humors in those very dark animations. There were some fight scenes in the second and third episodes when the opposing force attacked, and honestly the fights were really intense, but I can’t see it compensating for the lack of a good plot or art style. While the fight scenes look nice in the animation style, I can’t say the same for the rest of the anime.
If you’re new to anime and don’t really know why I spoke in such a manner about large breasts, let me tell you, I don’t have anything against it exactly. It’s more about how it’s portrayed. Anime in general have adapted to the cheap trick of using sex appeal, or “fan service” to win over viewers, and some scenes in the anime suggested it was the case here as well (example in screenshots).
The anime features an opening theme and ending theme that I struggled to watch through. The music didn’t attract me and neither did the visuals, which is basically just characters popping up at random. Imagine all the shit in the anime world integrated into a single anime, and that is without a doubt, Taboo Tattoo. I wanted to drop it after the second episode but watched the third just to write this first impression. And my decision still hasn’t changed. I’m dropping it.
I’m hoping to forget I ever watched this anime as soon as I can. It is an anime that will only work towards increasing the amount of anime made, nothing else. My first impression of this anime is a 5 out of 10, and trust me, I’m being generous.
Here is the promotional video for Taboo Tattoo:
Here are some screenshots from the first three episodes of Taboo Tattoo: