The name of the game in the first episode of MARS RED is ‘establishment’. This entire episode is establishing who people are and what their place in the pecking order is.
Taking place in 1923, the main character of this series is Yoshinobu Maeda, who has been called back to active duty in order to deal with a vampire problem. It seems that an actress has been turned into a vampire and he is to determine if she is to be destroyed or turned into an asset that can be used. Over the course of his investigation, Maeda will meet various folks including a young female reporter and a subordinate who just recently got married.
The official Japanese release date is Tuesday, April 6th. However, Funimation premiered the first episode on Monday, March 29th on their website and streaming service.
The Japanese broadcast has the series airing at 1:59 am Japan Standard Time, which means future episodes will premiere in Japan at the following times around the world:
Pacific Time: 9:59 am
Central Time: 11:59 am
MARS RED is currently streaming exclusively on Funimation. No other streaming services, including Crunchyroll, have announced plans to stream this series.
The second episode of MARS RED will air on Tuesday, April 13th, so mark those calendars and start those countdowns!
MARS RED is off to a very quiet start. While there are some action scenes and blood fountains sprinkled throughout the episode, for the most part, this episode is quite subdued, which is an interesting way to start things off. A great example of how this is pulled off is with the background music. This series doesn’t use a flashy pop song to open the series but uses a gentle instrumental track set to scenes of our characters traveling to their initial destination. This trend continues throughout the episode, with many scenes that you would expect to be accompanied by intense or even eerie music, but in this episode, the staff chooses to use a soft background score that sets a somber mood rather than one of anxiety.
At first, I wanted to use the word predictable to describe this episode, but by the time the end credits were rolling, I was already questioning that word choice. There are plenty of things in this episode that you might think you see coming, but my instincts are telling me that this is being done intentionally to lure the audience into a false sense of security.
This seems like a series that will be worth keeping your eyes on this season, but we’ll see how the audience feels about that by the time the third episode is done.