Uraboku Episode 1 (Betrayal Knows My Name, Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru)
Plot Summary: Sakurai Yuki is a mysterious boy with a mysterious ability. He was found in the bushes as a baby and adopted by his current family. Because of this, Yuki strives for independence. The last thing he wants is to be a burden to anybody. Furthermore, when he touches others, he can feel their emotions. Unable to control his ability, he often made insensitive blunders in the past. With death threats and his abilities increasing, somebody appears claiming to be his brother.
- Director: Katsushi Sakurabi (Storyboard/Episode Director: Alien Nine, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Shigofumi)
- Series Composition: Natsuko Takahashi (07-Ghost, Antique Bakery, Bleach, Chrono Crusade, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gankutsuou, Jyu Oh Sei, LoGH Spiral Labyrinth, Marimite, Prince of Tennis, Remeo x Juliet, School Rumble, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0)
- Original creator: Hotaru Odagiri
- Art Director: Hirotsugu Kakoi (07-Ghost, Hatsukoi Limited, Inuyasha, Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
- Editing: Shigeru Nishiyama (Ai Yori Aoshi, Alien Nine, Aria, Azumanga, Excel Saga, Tokikake, Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile, Ouran, Princess Nine, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Shigofumi, Slam Dunk, Slayers, Soul Eater, Toradora, Summer Wars)
- Souichiro Hoshi as Yuki Sakurai
- Takahiro Sakurai as Luka Crosszeria
- Akira Ishida as Kanata Wakamiya
- Daisuke Ono as Hotsuma Renjou
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Kuroto Hōrai
- Houko Kuwashima as Tsubaki Shikibe
- Jun Fukuyama as Tsukumo Murasame
- Junko Minagawa as Elegy
- Kana Ueda as Ashurei
- Ken Narita as Isuzu Fujiwara
- Kenji Hamada as Fuyutoki Kureha
- Mamoru Miyano as Shusei Usui
- Marina Inoue as Tōko Murasame
- Momoko Ishikawa as Sodom
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Katsumi Tōma
- Satoshi Hino as Senshirō Furuori
- Sayuri Yahagi as Aya Kureha
- Shinichiro Miki as Tachibana Giō
- Shintaro Asanuma as Masamune Shinmei
- Takehito Koyasu as Takashiro Giō
- Yukana as Yuki
- Yuri Amano as Ibuki Shikibe
- Shinnosuke Tachibana as Uzuki (ep 1)
Excellent directing and editing. Every frame is very carefully designed, and we see a wide variety of angles, although the perspective changes too fast and too often at times.
Backgrounds are nice, but not very special.
Music is wonderful. I am not familiar with Kaida, but would like to check out the OST.
Pointed chins… It’s nice to follow style of manga, but no, just no.
The plot is suspect with all the archetypes and cliches, but I like the concept. I recall one short story by Ray Bradbury where he mentioned a device that would allow people to feel emotions of others. If people had true empathy, if they could really understand how others feel, the world would be a better place…