ANIME & MANGA - Review
17:00 - 18th January 2015, by Matthew Edwards


When you bring two master craftsmen together, the expectation is that something special will happen. This is the feeling we got with Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, a collaboration between Platinum Games (the developer of Bayonetta) and Fuminori Kizaki (the director behind Afro Samurai). But even though these ingredients are of the highest quality, the result is less of a sold-out magic show and more of an entertaining parlour trick.

Based on the videogame of the same name, Bloody Fate tells the story of Bayonetta – a mysterious witch of the Umbra order who has lost all memories of her past. While searching for answers, Bayonetta uses her affinity for the dark arts to brutalise the Angels that try to kill her, and when an equally mysterious woman shows up on the back of a levitating motorbike, the gun-slinging witch gives chase in hope of discovering her identity.

What follows is an uncomplicated tale of forbidden love, divine intervention and raunchy attire as the most domineering witch in the business lets loose with the lead. There’s not much substance between the fight scenes, but if you’re looking for a fairly mindless anime that’s not lacking in style, then Bloody Fate fits the bill perfectly.

It’s no Afro Samurai but that doesn’t stop Bloody Fate from being one of the better videogame adaptations.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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