Twenty years after her awakening, Bayonetta is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin – and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair – Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious – and eerily familiar – little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself.
Bayonetta is a standalone anime film adaptation based on the original Bayonetta video game franchise. In a world once ruled by Sages and Witches, two sides of the same coin, their battle rages on even as their numbers have almost died out. Bayonetta, a woman as beautiful as she is deadly, fights her own fight hunting down the angels the Sages send after her in order to protect humanity from being thrown into the void so that Heaven can start the world anew – by killing all life in the process.
While the story background may be a bit esoteric, the fighting is not. It is guns and knives, swords and wiles as Bayonetta crosses paths and blades with Sages, Witches and angels to try to unlock her buried memories and learn the truth about a young girl and the schemes of a madman with the world’s fate at stake. A fun twist to the story is that angels, Sages and Heaven are the bad guys. They want to end the world while the sexy Witch who talks however she likes, thick with sexual innuendo (Can it be innuendo when it is that blatant?) fires quips as fast as bullets when she lets loose.
For fans of Afro Samurai, Bayonetta will not disappoint. It is edgy, and rocks out with the action and sharp tongued banter. It has elements that remind one of Hellsing with its esoteric bent and supernatural mechanical weaponry. The details in even the smallest things are dazzling. There is a lot going on to admire in the animation visually.
The animation was produced by GONZO. Expect eye stunning animation, incredible details, beautifully fluid movements, and a lot of gravity defying action. The music features a catchy techno song. A feat by the producers is that the show features most of the original voice cast from the Bayonetta video games, so for fans of the games there is a special delight in that the voices are the same with no transition needed.
Bonus features include the US trailer, trailer of other Funimation titles, storyboards, and commentary with ADR Director Kline and Helena Taylor (Bayonetta).
An edgy, at times mind bending, ride into the life of a sexy witch fighting the supposed forces of good, gun in hand, in order to save the world.
- Released By: Funimation Entertainment
- Available on BLU-RAY + DVD Combo Pack
- Running Time: 138 minutes
- Rating: TV – MA
- Release Date: 10/21/2014
- Reviewed By: Holly Ellingwood