Supreme Verdict: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

Supreme Verdict: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

The first time I saw this title posted on the anime updates list on the homepage of otakustreamers got me excited because I am very familiar with the game. I used to play this game a couple of times at a friend’s place a long time back and always get a kick out of playing it. One can say that it’s very reminiscent of another third person action game entitled Devil May Cry (that I wasn’t able to play that much) except that the former is a gun-toting hot witch babe who summons demons to devour her angel opponents for breakfast. And yes I am fully aware that this is a half-ass description of the main protagonist who deserves more but if I were to be serious about it, I wouldn’t be able to get any work done.

Supreme Verdict: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

“Yep. That’s her. Only with tight-fitting clothing.”

Frankly, I really enjoy games and or anime titles that incorporate religious references and personalities in them. I also admire how most Japanese game developers design their characters as well as the enemies like the ones in Bayonetta, particularly Fortitudo which I really find cool.

Supreme Verdict: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

“No wonder most people aren’t excited to follow the four cardinal virtues”

Basically, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate is the anime adaptation of the game of the same name and follows the same story as the one in the game with a bit of alterations which I am sure those who’re able to finish the game will notice. For those who aren’t familiar with the title, Bayonetta tells the story of the umbra witch Bayonetta who has no recollection of her past and is being hunted down by countless angels from paradise. She is aided by the weapon smith Rodin who appears similar to Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy who serves as the caretaker of the bar “Gates of Hell” which uses the same font that Dante’s office “Devil May Cry” use.

Supreme Verdict: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

“In order for you to know your past, you have to defeat The Matrix!”

She utilizes the bullet arts which is an exclusive combat technique of umbra witches that combines melee and gun slinging. And when push comes to shove, she uses her wicked weaves, a technique that’s also exclusive to the umbra witches to summon hell spawn to crush her enemies.

Supreme Verdict: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

“Gamorrah’s pleased to meet you.”

Through the course of the story, she encounters angels hailing from the lowest ranks which would be the ones from the third sphere to the higher ones which would be the Auditio where the four cardinal virtues are classified.

Supreme Verdict: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

“Temperantia, one of the four tentacled virtues”

I like the artwork of the anime overall though I find the anime’s game counterpart to be more polished and detailed when it comes to the portrayal of Bayonetta’s demons as well as the angels. I also don’t have any issues with regard to the pacing of the story and the anime ended with not much questions left unanswered. The only objection I have is Fortitudo’s lack of screen time. I know the anime cannot retell every part of the story like what’s in the game but for me, I feel that the anime should’ve included the battle between Bayonetta and Fortitude. It would’ve been epic.

Supreme Verdict: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

“That ass…”

Hmm, come to think of it, some of the battles were rushed like the part where Bayonetta was fighting against Temperantia and she went right away to summon Hekatoncheir to finish him off. In the game, Temperantia appears first as a large tornado in the middle of the airport but the anime didn’t portray him like that. T’would have been awesome if he was introduced in such a way though but I guess we can’t have everything can we? I do find the battle scenes between Jeanne and Bayonetta decent though minus the lifebar and the menu.

Supreme Verdict: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

“Let’s rock baby!”

Overall, (I hope I didn’t miss anything and if I did then well, lels) I enjoyed watching the movie though I wouldn’t be surprised if those who played the game and watched it end up disappointed or something akin to that. I admit, when I watched Blazblue: Alter Memory, I wasn’t that impressed overall because I am familiar with the game as well as the main plot unlike with Bayonetta. People who’ve played games that were eventually adapted into anime tend to have high expectations of the anime adaptation which often results to disappointment. Good thing I’ve already come to terms with such matters.

I would recommend Bayonetta: Bloody Fate to anyone, especially to guys, who enjoys watching anime like Devil May Cry or Hellsing since it’s still a good watch for me. I doubt any guy wouldn’t appreciate some sexy chick kicking some angel ass right?

Thanks for reading,

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Raven Knives


Bonus Trivia: 

Hideki Kamiya, the director of Bayonetta used to be the director of the first Devil May Cry title hence the close similarities between the two games as well as the heavy use of reference from the latter. 


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