Title: Kurau Phantom Memory (クラウ ファントムメモリー)
Studio/Creator: Bones/Hiroshi Tominaga and Tomomi Ozaki
Distributor: FUNimation. Also streaming on Youtube in dubbed format.
Rating: 10/10 Recommended Age: 10+
No. of episodes: 24
Summary: Kurau is a little girl whose father was researching an energy source called Rynax. While she is watching the experiment, Kurau is infused with the energy and it takes over her body. Because of this union, Kurau now has light-based powers, such as flight, energy blasts, and intangibility. She also tells her father that Rynax live in pairs and hers has yet to arrive. We now fast-forward a decade, and Kurau is now a mercenary. This is when her “pair” arrives–a direct copy of herself at the time of the experiment, who she names Christmas. She is also now on the run from the GPO, an organization that is hunting down all “Ryna-sapiens” (humans infused with Rynax powers).
Review: This is one of the sweetest titles I’ve ever watched. What I like best is how character-driven the story is. There is a great dichotomy between Kurau and Christmas. Christmas is every bit as naive as Kurau was at twelve. Kurau, on the other hand, has all the experience that Kurau lacks. It’s quite similar to the relationship between a mother and her child. Another interesting dichotomy exists between former GPO agent Doug and current GPO agent Ayaka. Doug sees Kurau and Christmas as actual people and attempts to help them keep as low a profile as possible. Ayaka, on the other hand, sees them as targets and a menace. I truly enjoyed this title and would recommend it to any anime fan.
Music/Score: The music is very poignant. Although I wouldn’t call it spectacular, I did like it. Sometimes it’s nice to have music that just establishes the mood without trying to stand out.
Sub/Dub: I was only able to watch the dub, which was very well done. Jessica Boone in particular was adorable as Christmas.
Violence: 3/10. For the most part, this is very mild. SPOILER: In a late episode, we meet a Ryna-sapien who has lost his pair and attempts to make Christmas a replacement. After Christmas refuses, he goes off to be alone and attempts suicide.
Language: 2/10. Rare at best.
Nudity: 1/10. Some silhouette-style nudity when Kurau first receives her powers and in the finale.
Religion: Kurau gives Christmas her name because of the warmth the holiday gave her. Although Christmas does receive an Advent calendar, there is no emphasis placed on religion, Christian or otherwise.
Related Media: The show is based on a light novel of the same name. According to Wikipedia, there was a manga, but it was never published in the United States.