Audio - Japanese (Dolby Digital)
Subtitles - English
Running Time - 325
Aspect Ratio - 1.78:1
Region Coding - 4
TV Standard - PAL
Rating - MA15+
Year of Release - 2013
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Author: K Quach
Haimura Kiri is a seemingly ordinary boy with one slight problem: he is obsessed with cutting other people's hair. One day he meets Mushanokouji Iwai , the "Hair Queen" , who cannot cut her hair because of an inherited curse. Kiri finds out that his scissor, "Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge" (The Severing Crime Edge), is the only thing in the world that can cut them. But little did they know that their meeting sparked the start of an old murder game to kill the "Hair Queen", using the cursed killing tools, the "Killing Goods". Kiri then does everything to protect Iwai from the Killing Goods Owners.
Esentially the series in a nutshell involves middle-school kids that are both cursed by their ancestors and the articles inherited from them, called Killing Goods, that the ancestors used to commit murders in the most foul of methods. The story revolves around the Queen of Hair, a cute, petit girl named Iwai that is cursed with hair that cannot be cut causing her to be shut in a mansion and away from others that bully her for it. Users of Killing Goods are called Authors. Another Aspectr that you may creep you out early in the first episode is the younger half of a fraternal twin pair named Byouinzaka who uses the hypodermic syringe used by her ancestor, a military nurse, to kill patients.
The main protagonist is truly fascinating and sets up the entire premise for the series. One day, unknowingly, the 8th grader Kiri is walking to a mansion on his way home. Then when the girl just took some steps to take a first-aid kit, he grab the girl's hair.
The evening, the girl learns why Kiri came and reveals herself as Iwai Mushanokōji, who has cursed hair and then Kiri managed to prove her uncut hair. Then two pair of girls came and the older one lectures Kiri not to involved with Iwai's curse while the one wearing glasses told that she has dropped her supplies. Then two of them with Kiri take a bus to return home. The next day, Kiri visits Iwai, managed to know a bit of her past, and once again warned by the sisters, this time with force, where Kiri is about to injected by the glasses girl and finally figured how the "Killing Goods" works. The night, Kiri asked his grandfather about their bloodline only to find that the scissors he possessed is the tool that the infamous Norma Grayland used to kill peoples. Later, Kiri come to kill Iwai, and managed to cut her hair until only shoulder-long left, and together, they named the scissors as "The Crime Edge of Cutting and Detachment." It creates a world of its own, entrancing you in its world.
Iwai is petite girl of short stature with blue eyes and black hair. On the daytime, she usually appears in various cuts depending on Kiri, but after the midnight up until Kiri cut it on the morning, it will return to its original length.She usually wears her school uniform or cute-themed casual clothes, she also sometimes seen with long white dresses, describing her as a "Princess" or "Queen."The dark aspects of the plot comes form the other character, in particular Norma Grayland. Norma Grayland took his live victims into his operating room where he used his scissors to dismember them. Male victims usually had a more gruesom end: they would be tied down and have each arm and leg removed before ultimately slitting the throat and causing his victim to choke on their own blood. The Cutting Edge is a very original series, that fans of anime will not be disappointed seeing; due to the unique setting, concept and characters. If you like horror themed anime even, this will engage you.
Madman has also added two extra special features to keep fans of the show happy, it includes the stunning opening and closing titles; this time without title texts.
Overall 3.5/5 (Recommend)