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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate review

What would you do if you couldn't remember who you were? In November 2013, a woman had that problem, but it didn't stop her from kicking a lot of angel ass!

Directing this 90 minute animation/action/supernatural is Fuminori Kizaki.

The voice cast is: Hellena Taylor as Bayonetta, Grey DeLisle as Jeanne, Yuri Lowenthal as Luka Redgrave, Dave Fennoy as Rodin, Joy Jillian as  Cereza, J. Grant Albrecht as Father Balder and Richard Epcar as Narrator.

After being asleep for 500 years, a woman with no memory wakes up in the middle of a lake. Since she woke up, she's spent the last twenty years trying to figure out who she is... and fighting angels. Now, something big is coming and it seems this mystery woman, named Bayonetta, is right in the middle of it. Familiar faces, like the white haired woman, hint at knowing something about Bayonetta's past, but won't tell her. So, it's up to Bayonetta to remember who she is, and find out why the angels are so focused on catching her. 

This flick comes from a video game called Bayonetta (2009), and has a manga that was illustrated by Mizuki Sakaibara that had a run from November 2013 to December 2013. From my understanding, this flick is an adaption from the video game.

For the most part, I liked the story which was written by Mitsutaka Hirota. There's not much meat on the bone story-wise. You get the characters that are important and a reason why everything is happening and... that's about it.

The play-through right off the bat has a fast pace to it, almost too fast to enjoy what's going on really. I'm all for keeping the fans entertained, but everything just flies by and next thing you know - it's over. Then there's the ending, I wasn't too stoked by it. You have 80 minutes of build-up and battles, then the ending comes and it just doesn't really fit the rest of the anime.

The main characters were designed by Ai Yokoyama, and were based on the video game characters designed by Mari Shimizaki. The fight scenes were pretty cool looking to watch, and the Angel characters that Bayonetta goes up against were bad-ass. Unfortunately, the fights with the angels are short. On the upside, there's a lot of angels so a lot of things get killed. Apparently, we have Hiroya Iijima to thank for his work on overseeing the designs that were based on artwork for the game. 

Overall, even though the animation looks great, this is one I could have missed out on and been just fine.

It's rated UR (unrated) but has language and violence.

2 stars

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