“In the year 1930, vampires have infiltrated Tokyo to feast upon its unsuspecting citizens. As the number of victims continues to rise, the city’s authorities decide to hire the Jaegers—a strange, diverse group of individuals tasked by the V Shipping Company to hunt down vampires around the world. Carrying musical instrument cases to disguise their identity, the Jaegers battle the vampires with the same mercilessness demonstrated by their foes.
Yuliy, the Jaeger’s most skilled warrior, is the sole survivor of a vampire raid on his home village. Using the strength granted by his werewolf blood, he works with his team to assist Tokyo’s law enforcement with the city’s vampire problem. Though under the pretense of helping the police, the Jaegers are actually fighting the vampires over the mystical Ark of Sirius. With its power to change the fate of the world, Yuliy and his friends must locate the artifact before the vampires can use it to achieve their destructive goals.” – MAL Synopsis
Sirius is a fun show that has flown under the radar since its release. Hell, I don’t even remember how I heard about it. But ever since hearing about it around the time it came out. It sort of just festered in my plan to watch list. On a whim I finally watched it. And I’ll say, I’m pleasantly surprised at some aspects of the show. But ultimately it was just alright.
This show has a really interesting world and story. A world with Vampires, Humans, and Sirius (which are basically werewolves). The Jaegers are a vampire hunting group that operates in semi-secrecy. The whole dynamic between all the little factions was cool to see. The overall story is pretty straightforward, with very few twists and turns. Which I can appreciate. A lot of shows can get lost when trying to tell a story. This show knew the story it wanted to tell and told it. With that being said. While there were some interesting points. The story is pretty standard. And there are parts that I still really don’t understand and the story wasn’t interesting enough for me to go to external sources to figure it out.
The strongest part of the show is its characters. Yuliy is the mc. The last of his kind, basically fostered into the Jaeger group. It’s hard for me to put my finger on it, but I just really liked his characterization. He has a pretty calm temperament and I liked his back story and motivation.
The Jaegers are cool. The whole group is diverse and they have a real familial feeling within them. They all care for Yuliy and each other to the point where they’d risk their lives for him. It all felt real, which is one of the highest compliments I can give to something like character relationships.
The other vampires are generic. There are some interesting things that happen at the very (and I mean very) end of the show. But other than that there was nothing that made me care for any of them. There’s a military man who finds himself working out the mystery of the Jaegers and the Vampires. He was cool but not really noteworthy. There’s a character that helps out Yuliy towards the end of the show. I liked him. His background was interesting, but with him being a side character and all, he doesn’t get that much shine. The last of the characters that are even worth mentioning is the most forced love interest I’ve ever seen. Naoe is just horrible. They try and do this thing about a sort of sheltered girl meeting a boy and following him and learning more about the world. It’s just really not done well. It’s completely one-sided. I don’t think Yuliy even look her way once. She constantly puts herself in dangerous situations where not only is she no help at all, but she’s a constant liability. She could be completely removed from the story and it would improve from it.
This show really shocked me with its animation quality and fluidity. At least early on. The fights in the first few episodes are so well animated. With that being said, I found myself wondering towards the tail end of the show that it didn’t hold up animation-wise compared to the beginning. Which is a shame, cause some cool stuff goes down during the climax.
This is one of my shorter reviews but I don’t have much to say. This anime is alright. I think it was on the path to becoming an undercover gem. The show showed real promise during the early episodes. Ultimately it teetered into mediocrity with its story and animation. There’s definitely some enjoyment to be had here, but there are anime that do the whole vampire vs. human thing a lot better.
Sirius the Jaeger – 6/10