As far as we know, ItsuTen is one of the most highly demanded light novels – managing to even always appear on the light novel rankings, yet we avoided that read for the most part. However we did pick up DenYuuDen, which shares the same author as Itsuka Tenma. Takaya-sensei really has a thing for long and complicated titles.
Nine years ago, Kurogane Taito made a contract to a “vampire” Himea (Saitohimea), but because of some incident, the two were separated. That left Taito to forget about what happened and Himea being sealed ever since. Now on his way home, he experienced an accident while saving Mirai Andou from a truck. This enabled him to regain his lost memories whilst also allowing Himea to break free from a spell (Taito must experience death for her to be free). When the two met at the park where they used to play previously as children, Himea was stabbed in front of Taito.
The start of this anime was heavily focused much more on fanservice – pantyshots (a lot!), censored parts for unnecessary scenes and even Mirai lewd scenes with the “monster”. Although we are not very conservative, these things distracts us badly to the point of losing interest for obvious reasons. Another failed debacle was the long monologues – we really don’t care about about them (Nishio Ishin has a lots of it on his works!) since this can add spice to the story, however if intending to capture the audience in episode one, this was a terrible move.
But the interesting on this was the terrible cliffhanger it gave us to the end. It’s like reminiscing of some “Romeo and Juliet” wherein the latter saw her dying lover till the end – or even on some romance stories we found in TV. It’s an obvious romance between Taito and Himea (and a Love Triangle for Haruka), but it’s not as cheesy as it should be. Actually, it’s quite interesting and anticipation building to see how it goes.
To compare this with the author’s previous endeavor “Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu”, I can say this anime is fairly better that DenYuuDen in terms of first episode airings. The light novels are still ongoing and currently on its third volume, so there’s a possibility of some story developments.
“Kore wa Zombie desu ka?” screenplay Shigeru Morita is also the series composer of ItsuTen, which is why it reminds me of Taito’s immortal body (and still alive even the head was detached) to Ayumu’s. “Nanatsuiro Drops” animation director Satoshi Isono also did the animation and its character designs.
There’s was some wide-spread anticipation on this before the anime was aired – Baka-Tsuki was translating the novels and the manga was still updating. Unfortunately, the anime doesn’t seem to live up to the novels thus far.