Could have been much better.
I didn't like it.
I'm not a Shakespeare purist, I didn't mind the setting change and plot expansion, I actually enjoyed it a lot in the beginning, even if the story did use some cliches. However, some point after Episode 7 ( Lancelot's death
) I felt that the series started going downhill. The plot became weird and boring and poor characterization began to show. Romeo's storyline tended to be really, really boring and a bizarre fantasy element comes out of nowhere when the main La Resistance
plot would have been fine. Specifically I had issues with Juliet, Mercutio, and Tybalt.
Our heroine is introduced as a badass vigilante who routinely gets into sword fights, but in a later fight she freaks out over wounding a mook, which completely breaks my suspension of disbelief and comes across as chickification
as well as a narmy attempt at drama. You'd think the Red Whirlwind would jump at the call to overthrow Montague the tyrant, but Juliet just angsts about it and runs away with Romeo. She went from strong and capable to "love story character".
Mercutio is a smug, irritating jerkass who sucks up to the Montagues and pays for it in the end—why is Romeo friends with him? In the original play he was the comic relief, likeable
, and straight man/foil
to the idiocy going on around him. Why did they feel the need to change his character?
I liked Tybalt better when he was just a Hot Blooded
asshole. The show doesn't need more family-related angst, Freudian Excuses
, and brooding, I couldn't help but think of Sasuke
. For me, the complicated family trees didn't add anything to the story.
In general, much of the series takes itself so seriously and tries to be epic and dramatic, but I didn't feel it. The characters' idealism is supposed to be heroic, but instead it's played up so much that it's unrealistic and wallbanger-inducing
at times. I wonder if Romeo and Juliet will ever get bored of each other in eternity, as much of their dates when they weren't fighting for their lives were just blushing at each other and hugging. The series tries to fix the four-day romance = true love fridge logic from the play, but it's not any more convincing than any other anime
teen romance. The series promises a lot in the beginning but ends up underwhelming.