Anime / B: The Beginning

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B: The Beginning is a Netflix original anime released on March 2, 2018. It was directed by Kazuto Nakazawa and Yoshiki Yamakawa, and was produced by Production I.G.

In the nation of Cremona, a series of gruesome murders have garnered the attention of the Royal Police's investigative agency, the RIS. The murders have been attributed to a Serial Killer named Killer B, who is named after the mark he leaves at the crime scenes. While the RIS struggle to catch Killer B, a mysterious organization begins its operations in the shadows.

See here for the debut trailer.


B: The Beginning provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Being a police force, members of the RIS have to deal with the possibility of their teammates or themselves not making it back from a mission or even being attacked while off-duty. This is particularly true for Keith, as he becomes aware that someone is out to curse him to lose everyone he ever cared about, in a repeat of how he lost his sister, Erika.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Limbs can get lopped off with unnerving frequency but it doesn't deter some characters.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Reggies. They're prone to becoming increasingly violent and unpredictable after age 20 due to Sanity Slippage setting in.
  • Being Watched: Someone within the RIS has been observing the other members through their phone cameras, a fact that Brandon and later Kaela figure out.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Some members of Market Maker and Koku can turn their arm or leg into a blade.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Inazami's leg blade serves as this. Originally used as her weapon during her fight with Koku in Episode 3, she asks Koku to cut it off at the end after she's mortally wounded. The leg blade makes its next appearance in the finale, when Koku uses it to finish Minatsuki.
  • Conspicuous CG: The vehicles stand out next to the characters and the background.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Brandon, upon suddenly realizing that his life might be in danger after discovering the recording program, reveals that he had a weirdly specific plan prepared in case something happens to him: he changes the hands on his French model watch to different numbers, which clues Keith in to who attacked Brandon. The fact that Brandon managed this after being grievously injured and saw the attacker indicates how prepared he was for what happened.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Lily can be quite scatterbrained and rash, and Boris can jump to conclusions, be too simplistic and a bit of a blabbermouth, but they're both competent cops in their own rights.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Quite a number. There's the man who died from the toxic gas, which involved him vomiting blood; the fate of the two criminals in Episode 3, where their flayed skins are found stapled to a wall; Erika was horrifically facially mutilated to death; the list goes on.
  • Declaration of Protection: As children, Yuna and Koku Pinky Swear that they'll always protect each other.
  • Dueling Hackers: Between Kaela and one of the criminals in Episode 3. Kaela would've won if the criminal wasn't preemptively killed.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Keith is forced to kill Gilbert to prevent the latter from shooting Lily. Koku defeats Minatsuki and carries Yuna away. It's initially left ambiguous whether or not they survived, especially given the amount of blood that they both lost. However, it's shown that Koku and Yuna did in fact survive and are now living peacefully with Keith.
  • Expy: With Fictional Counterpart in the mix. Cremona's geography in the map resembles Cuba and Italy to a certain degree.
    • The markings used by the Royal Cremoan Police resemble those used by the Japanese National Police Agency.
  • Fantastic Drug: Golden ampules are used by Reggies to stave off their growing instability.
  • Government Conspiracy: Market Maker started as a black ops intelligence unit backed by the Cremoan King before it went underground, being used to conduct terror activities.
    • The project to revive the Winged Ones also turns out to be this twice over. It was first set up solely to scam money out of those who bought into it in a bid replenish the Kingdom's depleted coffers - the ones behind it never intended for the project to bear fruit. In the present day it is used as a front for the mass production of Reggies, who are a very lucrative business in their own right.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: At times, the audience isn't shown exactly what caused that sudden gout of blood, sometimes playing up the Nothing Is Scarier.
  • Hacker Cave: Kaela has one, with multiple keyboards, monitors and even foot pedals. Justified in that it's her office and she needs all her tools in one place when providing technical support to the RIS.
  • Henchmen Race: The Reggies - superhuman humanoids derived from the genetic material of the Winged Ones whose sole purpose is to fufill the goals of their masters.
  • High-Pressure Blood: You have to pity the clean-up crews who have to take care of the messes that occur throughout the story.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters:
    • In addition to being a serial killer, the series' Big Bad Gilbert Ross is a human who is directly responsible for the destruction of the Jaula Blanca Institute. He lied to Minatsuki about his purpose in life, driving the latter to kill Heath Flick and most of the children in the institute.
    • More generally, the Reggies (demihumans bred for killing) were a direct result of government-sponsored scientists trying to play God. Moreover, if the inscriptions were anything to go by, the first king of Cremona was a human who killed the two winged progenitors in the Jetblack.
  • I Will Find You: Koku's primary motivation is to find and reunite with his missing childhood friend, Yuna.
  • Morality Pet: Gilbert was intending for Erika to be his. Unfortunately her falling for Keith ruined those plans.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: Market Maker. They are a government-sponsored organization dedicated to manipulating social order and chaos.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Erika falling in love with Keith - the final scene of episode 12 reveals she was adopted.
  • Off with His Head!: Killer B's primary method of killing.
  • Police Are Useless: RIS and its parent agency, the Royal Police, are constantly several steps behind the criminals it deals with. Even with a genius investigator involved, they're often too late to stop these criminals. To be fair, they're unknowingly dealing with a government-sanctioned organization of super-powered people.
    • MM has double agents working within the rank and file of the Royal Cremonan Police, including the chief himself.
  • The Prophecy: A prophecy found inscribed in some ancient ruins tell of how the black-winged king (Koku) will become the invincible ruler of the world. Or not, as it's not made clear how much of the prophecy was made up or misinterpreted in order to justify the Super Soldier experiment and to manipulate the real Minatsuki.
  • Red Herring: Used to mask the true identity of the man who attacked Bran.
    • Also used to distract RIS while Market Maker pursued their true goals.
  • Serial Killer: Killer B targets criminals throughout the kingdom of Cremona.
    • Gilbert also, as he tends to target women who resemble Erika. There have been 37 recorded cases though the bodies found in Gilbert's hideout indicate there's much more than 37.
  • Sigil Spam: Killer B's insignia, which is left behind along with his victims, is a B with four tally marks. This is actually a code shared between Koku and Yuna, representing the number 13 and a roman numeral representing four (IIII), used as a sign to tell each other where they were.
    • The Market Maker symbol involves a Día de Muertos skull and a letter M, which can be found on the palms of members and other important articles in order to get free leeway around the law.
  • Slasher Smile: Oh boy, and how!
  • The Stinger: The post-credits scene in episode 12 reveals that Kirisame, Koku's guardian, survived the destruction of the Jaula Blanca Institute. Unfortunately, he's shown to have turned heel and makes plans to see Koku soon to get his left arm back.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Several characters show that, when things start going south, the best way to conclude business is to set the explosives off.
  • Super Soldiers: The Reggies were created to be unstoppable killing machines. Unfortunately, they proved to be unstable and Ax-Crazy.
  • Superior Successor: Minatsuki to the rest of the Reggies, having all of the enhanced strength and reflexes but none of the madness that comes with age.
  • Tattooed Crook: Members of Market Maker are shown to have facial tattoos.
  • That One Case: For Keith, it's the murder of his sister Erika.
  • Traintop Battle: The fight between Koku and Quinn in Episode 1.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The show follows Keith and Koku in solving their respective mysteries, which leads them to Market Maker.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Cremona is not specifically mentioned on which continent it's located.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Some characters are killed off before they have the chance to do much, such as Quinn or Kukuri.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Reggies are incredibly fast and strong, able to cause widespread destruction with ease. They are also inevitably prone to increased aggression and unpredictable behavior after turning 20.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In a flashback detailing what separated Koku from Yuna, armed Market Maker soldiers are seen willingly gunning down the children in the facility.
  • Yandere: Izanami has some shades of it, mentioning that she holds the fact that Koku chose Yuna over her against him. Gilbert as well, since he killed Erika after she fell for Keith.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Various characters have hair ranging from teal to lavender and pink, and it's never pointed out or questioned.
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