BLACK CAT: CAT AND MOUSE (VOL. 3)

Posted On March - 22 - 2007
  RELEASED BY:   FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT
  ASPECT RATIO:   16:9 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN
  AUDIO:   ENGLISH DD 5.1 & 2.0 AND JAPANESE DD 2.0
  RUNNING TIME:   100 MIN
  RATING:   TV PG
  RELEASE DATE:   03/20/2007
  REVIEW DATE:   03/23/2007
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD


A serial sex offender on the loose, a revolution attempt at a summit meeting and Train’s reunion with Creed and a new and deadly group of killers; it’s a roller-coaster ride of violence, danger and death in this latest riveting instalment of Black Cat!

First a dangerous sex offender is on the loose and Sven, Eve and Rinslet are on the case- and over their heads. Train shows up in the nick of time to lend a hand, but they are also joined by two skilled fighters and end up meeting two Apostles of the Stars, Creed’s own set of assassins. Next at the World Summit, killers converge on all sides as Train and his friends are there, but so are the Chronos Numbers and Creed’s Apostles of the Stars. It all turns out to be a plot to capture Train. Overcome with his rage and grief over Saya’s brutal murder at Creed’s hands, Train is pushed to his limits. Can the Black Cat stay true to himself and not take a life when he’s face to face with the man he hates like none other?

This set of episodes makes it clear that Saya’s death remains a wound open and festering deep in Train’s heart and soul. His desire to kill Creed may well overcome his new life and fight to leave his assassin days behind him. However, Creed isn’t as easy to kill anymore. The strange power of Tao (the Shinkitou) has made it almost impossible. Both he and his Apostles display extraordinary abilities far beyond the realm of what Train or Chronos know how to handle. And these killers want to change the world to suit Creed’s vision. The tense and fiery battle that ensues sees Train losing himself, his humanity in his hatred for Creed. But when Sven intervenes, he learns more about Sven’s tragic past, and the reason for the eye patch and Sven’s burden of his Vision Eye.

After those two intense episodes, the series turns to some light fare and comedy as Eve befriends a kindly buffoon claiming to be the infamous Black Cat. But the end of the episode reveals an Apostle of the Stars and leads Sven to some clues to where Creed might be. Rinslet, Eve and Sven go to investigate without Train in order to protect their friend. But at the castle a deadly melee occurs as three of the Chronos Numbers are set to take out Creed and run up against the strange Apostles of the Stars and their terrifying abilities. This leads to an amazing and utterly exhilarating sequence as three sides battle it out using all of their skills. Train arrives to face Creed but his friends are in danger and the fighting is tearing the castle itself apart. It all leads to one crucial choice for Train: to kill Creed or save his friends.

This latest volume really throws a lot at the viewer. The return of Creed and reveal of his terrible Apostles of the Stars takes the anime into a new direction as both Chronos and Train want to stop him and his maniacal plans. It raises the tension up several notches and gives the show an increasing edge to the story. The back story to Sven was an unexpected touch that added to Train’s growing attachment to those around him despite his loner ways.

The captivating opening theme song “Daia no Hana” composed, lyrics and sung by Yoriko, not only has gorgeous music but also a striking animation sequence to enjoy. It isn’t the only striking animation of course. This series so far has shown some tremendous high quality animation throughout and the huge battle at the castle is filled with stunning animation and suspenseful action. It’s a thrill to watch.

EXTRAS:
Bonus feature include FUNimation trailers and clean opening and closing animation.

IN SUMMARY:
The latest volume sees the reemergence of Train’s greatest enemy and the birth of his, and the world’s, greatest threat as the Apostles of the Stars arrive on the scene.

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