1. John Watson – “corpse engineer” and medical student. Name referencing the character from Sherlock Holmes
2. Friday (Noble Savage 007) – Watson’s re-animated companion. Name referencing the character from Robinson Crusoe with the codename referring to James Bond.
3. Hadaly (Later, Irene Adler) – President Grant’s personal secretary. Name change refers to the character from Sherlock Holmes, original name refers character from The Future Eve.
4. Burnaby – The soldier assigned to accompany Watson. Name referencing a real British Army officer of the time.
The first thing I should say: Yes, all of the main characters are named after famous people both real and fictional. Do not spend too much time worrying about that, it is almost completely irrelevant.
The Empire of Corpses takes place in an alternate version of the late 19th century, where, apparently, Frankenstein is real . . . and so is his research and experiments. The first part of the movie revolves around the advancement of “corpse technology,” the use of re-animated corpses as laborers, and the main character’s (John Watson) quest of defining what exactly is the human soul. The latter part of the film deals with the ethics behind the use of human remains for tools, whether or not a human even contains a soul, and the “People can’t be sad if they aren’t people anymore” ideology.
The changing focus of the movie resulted in some “jumps.” After the cast reaches their first goal, the movie almost comes to a standstill, before the reveal that sets up the setup for the rest of the movie. After reaching their second goal, ANOTHER reveal happens, and the cast sets out again. After reaching Hadaly’s safehouse, the plot becomes eerily similar to the ending scenario for Shrek 2, and that is uncomfortable to think about. There is an after-credits scene, so make sure to watch through the credits for it.
The animation quality is high. I expected the quality be slipshod and drop greatly outside of key action scenes, like Attack on Titan, but Wit Studio really did a great job on this one.
- Plot: 7/10
- Animation: 9/10
- English Voice Acting: 9/10
- Overall: 8/10
Released: October 2015 – Movie
Director: Ryoutarou Makihara
Original Story: Project Itoh and Toh EnJoe
Studio: Wit Studio
Licensed By: Funimation