As part of my "watching shows I'd missed over the past several years" project, I'm almost finished watching Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (the Phantoming, Sponsored by Phantom).
The unrelenting melodrama is actually sort of refreshingly old-school. It feels like La Femme Nikita meets Leon: The Professional by way of John Woo.
I have about 6 episodes left to go, I think, and it's pretty obvious that things are being set up for a tragedy, but...c'mon, that's what this genre thrives on. I'd actually be a little put off if there was a pat "happily ever after" ending, because it would feel out of place.
(Also, "Scythe Master" may be the silliest and least-subtle character name I have ever seen for a show ostensibly set in the real world.)
That's, er, an interesting choice, especially now that Shinbo & SHAFT can pretty much do whatever they want (and do, if sasami-san@gambaranai is any indication) after racking up all that money from Madoka and the -monogatari franchise.
In other news, it's been hinted that the new Sailor Moon series is definitely not dead and would finally start airing sometime around the end of the year. I was starting to worry for a bit...