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A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: M

Recommended for Mature Audiences

Reviewed by Chris Cleveland:

Welcome to the world of what is perhaps the most androgenous anime character - ever. Yep, that's right. Kimera is so androgenous that even most of the other characters have a difficult time figuring out what her gender is.

Based on the manga by Kazuma Kodaka (the same woman responsible for "Kizuna"), "Kimera" is full of blatant shounen ai undertones, even if it does not really fit in that particular genre. In one scene, a scientist explains that Kimera really is a woman, but the sheer androgeny of her character makes the comparisons with Kodaka's shounen ai work inescapable.

The story goes like this - Three capsules from outer space land on Earth. Each of them containing a vampire. Kimera is one of them, and she silently goes around, stunning and confusing everybody with her androgenous beauty. Keanu is out to kill Kimera, since if she ever gets impregnated, her offspring will bring doom to all the humans. And then there is the other vampire, Ginzu, dealing with an egomaniacal scientist (you just KNOW that he won't live until the end of the show when you first see him treating an assistant abusively because she did not flatter his ego) to make a mother out of Kimera.

Then there is the human guy that Kimera falls in love with (mainly because she confuses him for Keanu, a confusion which has to be seen to be disbelieved).

"Kimera" contains a few scenes of very graphic horror violence, but that's to be expected. There is also a scene where two guys see Kimera walking down the street (wearing nothing but a raincoat, no less) and decide to try to have their way with her. If you ever wanted to see another reason not to take strange people home with you, the (rather predictable) end result of that moment is one of them.

"Kimera" is not a family anime, but I could recommend it as an oddity. This is a triumph of style over substance, but the various kinks and bizarre moments help to make it entertaining. But if you are uncomfortable with anything remotely homoerotic, you probably should avoid this one altogether.

Parent's Guide Rating:

red (recommended for mature audiences)

Unlike the manga (which is definitely adults-only material), the anime for "Kimera" fits squarely into the realm of the R-rated, with one fairly explicit sex scene, and several quite graphic scenes of violence. There is some nudity, but not a whole lot (there have been episodes of "Ranma 1/2" that contain more nudity than this anime).

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