Well, I definitely did not expect to enjoy this show as much as I did, but here we are. After putting this show on hold last season (mostly because I had far too much on my plate), I picked it back up recently.
Now, when I picked it back up, it was honestly mostly for completions sake. Just something to pass the time whilst I sink myself into more Naruto (which is more time consuming than I’d ever imagine), but it turns out that whilst Killing Bites was definitely nowhere near a masterpiece, totally entertaining it was indeed.
“People have been created that are human-animal hybrids, and powerful businesses bet on the outcome of their duels. College student Nomoto Yuuya’s casual acquaintances ask him to drive them around to pick up girls one day, which he soon finds out means by force. The girl they kidnap is an animal-human hybrid named Hitomi, who slaughters all of them except Yuuya. Hitomi is a honey badger, which has been called the most fearless of all animals. Now Hitomi is assigned to stay with Yuuya, for his protection!” (from MyAnimeList)
Now, I am a sucker for battle royale entertainment. I don’t know what it is, but whenever someone suggests a show to watch that involves people either fighting to the death, or dropping off one by one, you can bet that I’ll be watching. If you remember way back in Fall 2017, when Juuni Taisen was airing…that could’ve been a completely perfect show to me. Unfortunately, it had its issues, which I don’t need to go into here. However, I mention Juuni Taisen due to the similar premise it shared with Killing Bites: both of the shows revolve around animal-like competitors fighting to the death.
The big thing that separates Killing Bites and Juuni Taisen, and probably why I found it so enjoyable is that unlike Juuni Taisen, Killing Bites isn’t taking itself seriously. I mean, the main character is based off of a honey badger. Everything – from the stakes bet, to the powers of the characters, to the fact that the girls animal forms serve as fanservice vs the full animal males is light-hearted. I mean, Killing Bites is a totally serious sport. The one with the sharpest fangs wins, that’s what Killing Bites is. But for full enjoyment, we really don’t need to take it seriously.
The most likely reason that Killing Bites is so light-hearted for a battle-royale, fighting anime is because it is, at its core, an ecchi show for furries, with some plot built around it. And that’s okay. I mean… just look at the three main characters. If you went into this expecting anything different, you have to explain yourself.
And I’m not talking light ecchi, either. Besides the almost vagina-bearing outfits, the show doesn’t stray from full exposed boobs, catering to pretty much every furry-related fetish they can find…even a 10 minute long yuri scene. Yet…somehow, it doesn’t feel misplaced (the big issue I find with ecchi in shows). Even though I found the yuri to be a little much, and went on for a little too long, I couldn’t complain since it actually worked in with the plot. Believe it or not, this was caused by someones battle strategy, and probably could’ve worked had it been for ‘muh plot armour’ and some gloating.
There’s no deep story to Killing Bites: rich people bet on their animal to win a big tournament (again, Juuni Taisen), and we see a lot of blood and some boobies. Is it going to win any awards? God, I hope not. But was it entertaining, with likable characters suitable for popcorn viewing? Oh, yes.
Whilst I definitely wouldn’t recommend Killing Bites to everyone, if you’re not adverse to a little bit of perversion alongside with your ridiculously over-the-top fights, then Killing Bites may be for you.
My rating – 6.5/10
What do you guys think of the battle royale anime trend? Can you see yourselves giving Killing Bites a try? Let me know!
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