Phantom in the Twilight – Anime First Impressions


Studio: Liden Films

Episodes: Unknown

Director: Kunihiro Mori

Genre: Action, Supernatural, Vampire



Set in modern-day London, the story takes place in a world where “Shadows” known as Umbras are born from human fear and anxiety. A young girl arrives to study abroad with her best friend, only to be caught in a bizarre incident as she enters university. The helpless girl wanders into “Café Forbidden,” a mysterious café that exclusively opens at midnight with the guidance of a paper airplane talisman.  She meets an assortment of handsome men employed at the café, where guardians who protect the boundary between humans and shadows convene.


What you need to know about Phantom in the Twilight

  1. The main female protagonist, Ton isn’t a damsel in distress and is an upbeat foreign-exchange student from China. Her best friend, Shinyao, on the other hand, is more elegant, kind-hearted and is borderline a damsel in distress.
  2. Rijan, Ton’s great-grandmother, was a legendary badass career woman who helped Umbras coexist with humans during her time.
  3. The story takes place in modern day London that has ‘Umbra’, supernatural beings born due to human’s imagination and fear.
  4. There isn’t much romance FOR NOW but Ton is in good relations with the 4 main male protagonists.
  5. The visual representation of London is splendid and the action in this anime is quite well done and natural.




  1. This series is a Japanese and Chinese co-production.
  2. It is an original TV anime that is not based off any manga or otome game.
  3. They have a small omake section at the end of every episode that gives us new information about the characters.



Verdict: Worth giving a try IF….

This anime has a lot of potential to grow but up until the 5th episode, the plot is still very saturated and geared to making us viewers understand the way the world functions in the anime. The base of the anime is good with the historical element and many unanswered questions that once revealed would turn the anime into a success but the slow pace of the story-telling kills the fun in watching.

Although it has hints of reverse harem, romance isn’t the anime’s main focus and the majority of the male cast has a strong bond with Ton, the main female protagonist due to her great-grandmother. Overall, if patience is a virtue you practice a lot, this anime might turn into something rewarding for you in the end!

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