Warning this review contains spoilers-
Again this was another anime recommended to me by a friend. The story was very simple and average. It wasn't very different to the many harem anime that I have watched and come across, the only main different was this harem and others was that it was between a human and a bunch of mythical creatures. The story was also slightly expected in most cases, the only bonus was that the ecchi parts were small.The animation again was pretty simple in my eyes, that is all I have to say in this section.
The music was much better than the anime itself, sadly. The opening gave me slight hope that the anime would be better than it actually was , which was disappointing. The ending on the other hand didn't appeal to me but it was cute. To me the characters were very undeveloped for example Maruga, after the problen with George we didn't get to know her very well at all in my opinion, even in the end we only found out a couple of things about her and Onyx. Even the main characters weren't as developed enough, we didn't get to know Ruuji's parents either, they say a couple of lines at the end but other than that we don't really know anything.
Overall it was a very simple, as I mentioned the ecchi parts were limited which was a good thing as you may know I don't like ecchi very much. However the characters clearly weren't developed enough like I also said. I think this was the the weakest point in the whole anime.
Dragon Crisis is anime done on the run, using an established but tired formula. If you are fans of Fate/Stay Night, Shakugan no Shana, or Toaru Majutsu no Index and your expectations are not high, you may enjoy it. If you like good storytelling, deep character immersion and plot twists then don’t even bother.
It’s you know, the usual deal, let’s have some dork being surrounded by pretty chicks for some unimportant reason and then let’s focus on random silly adventures and fan service. But to be honest, I liked the reason the main girl is so fond of the otherwise boring lead guy. When she hatched from her egg, he was the first person to see and according to “imprinting” she now considers him her daddy. Ok, I admit, that makes some vague sense than all those other harems where they dig the guy for no sane reason.
Other than that… I did say “hatched”, didn’t I? She is a dragon you see, who looks like a loli just because this is a harem show. And she breathes fire from her… hands. And loves to get all fuzzy (and usually undressed) with her “daddy” in a most un-fatherly fashion. She even wants to marry her… father. Said father, as usually, almost has a heart attack every time he sees a girl’s privates. That doesn’t sound like a healthy reaction for a parent towards his child. Fail of a human species but then again this is why it is a harem and not a hentai show. Anyways, he is also one of those leads with a special hidden talent (and an extremely broken power) who gets to use it in order to save chicks along the way and increase his harem size by one every two episodes.
The story is as I said some poor excuse to have moe and fan service all over the place, forced as usual. The show is divided into story arcs of one to three episodes each, where some supernatural chick has an issue with the lead and they fight for awhile before she succumbs to his genericness and follows him around thereafter. The script is very loose and superficial and despite the efforts at building tension and drama, everything is quite childish and silly. The battles end up having no excitement at all, while the emersion to the personality of each girl is rushed and buried under the whole silliness of the show.
All those are expected from a franchise which doesn’t want to experiment and just rehashes the same old boring stereotypes. This thing was made by Studio DEEN, one of the worst in production values yet famous for fan-catering its audience with lots of retarded pseudo-serious softporns. The main loli is also voiced by Rie Kugimiya, who pretty much does the exact same voice in all her loli tsundere roles and ensures high sales amongst the 2D pedophiles but otherwise has no variety or depth in any of her numerous roles (with Toradora being an exception). I loath both studio and voice actress and one doesn’t even need to wonder what kind of a shitty show he is going to watch if he hears any of these two names. May they both burn eternally in HFIL.
I’ve seen the exact same thing a hundred times before in the exact same fashion. No innovation or even experimentation at all; they just changed the names and the hair colors a bit. This is nothing but an early Mortal Kombat game color swapped ninja costume; thus, little to no enjoyment. Enough with these Shana/Taiga/Rose clones and Fate Stay/Index rehashes. Try something different you lazy bums!
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 5/10
General Artwork 1/2 (average production values)
Character Figures 1/2 (cop-outs you will forget fast but moe/sexy enough to like while watching)
Backgrounds 1/2 (typical looking schools, apartments, castles, with perhaps a bit more detail than usual)
Animation 1/2 (nothing much)
Visual Effects 1/2 (ditto)
SOUND SECTION: 4/10
Voice Acting 2/3 (good, in a typical fashion sort of way)
Music Themes 1/4 (completely uninspiring and forgettable but not horrible)
Sound Effects 1/3 (nothing much)
STORY SECTION: 4/10
Premise 1/2 (generic excuse)
Pacing 1/2 (predictable short story arcs)
Complexity 1/2 (it flows in a linear fashion with one girl at a time)
Plausibility 0/2 (harem premise where nothing makes sense)
Conclusion 1/2 (there is one… and it’s of course an open-ended harem ending)
CHARACTER SECTION: 5/10
Presence 1/2 (moe and sexy girls but nothing we haven’t seen better in a hundred other shows)
Personality 1/2 (mostly defined by generic quirks and their haircolor)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 1/2 (they do get colorization in the arc they appear in and then stay as such as they enter the main lead’s harem)
Catharsis 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 0/3 (none)
Memorability 1/4 (a generic show, a rehash of a tired to death formula)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Art 0/1 (looks lazy)
Sound 1/2 (sounds boring)
Story 1/3 (some good ideas but that is all)
Characters 0/4 (forgetabble)
Shakugan no Shana
Toaru Majutsu no Index
This series started out with quite of bit of promise. The world in which this takes place in seems to be pretty interesting- "lost preciouses" floating around the world which have untold powers, a "society" of people, breakers, that have the ability to use these lost preciouses or would like to research them. Anways, on to the review...
This is a very disappointing story. The premise was very strong, and the first arc was somewhat decent, but all they do is build a few new characters in the following arc and the final arc is... horrible. They manage to survive through a plot device, after the main character does something stupid brought about by another plot device. This story is just not alll the great.
This series employs a slightly unusual or non-mainstream art-style, but most of the action is well done and the character designs are fairly unique and attractive. Nothing that would be a game changer, if you will, but it was well done.
Some of the characters in this series are fairly good... but too many lack any depth, are too cliched, or just not needed. Ai, despite having a bit of depth, could have been dropped from the story and everything would have been fine. Margura was an ok character, but lacked a reasonable amount of depth. Ryuuji's parents, these bad-ass breakers, barely even make an appearance and then just disappear. Eriko just hangs around for no real reason and is given basically no depth.
Well, this series was, for lack of a better word, an utter and complete disappointment. And that's all I really have to say for it.
i liked this anime it was prety fun it went kinda to quick wud have loved to have seen more but overall it was a prity nice anime i would recommend to watch it
I'm not going to do a summary of everything because you can find that elsewhere. If you watched the series this first part is for you. if you are interested in this series skip to the second paragraph.
For those that watched it, I thought this series should have been at least 24 eps long and allowed for a more detailed storyline to develop, a richer background to provide the viewer with more details, and more time to allow for character growth that goes beyond the first layer or so of a character. Most of the sub characters and even some main ones had a few minutes to only two episodes of character development and backstory. I also thought some of the plot developments were unnecessary and distracted from the central story especially with only twelve episodes to tell the story. If they were going to introduce Ai and Margura then they should've taken more than a couple episodes to rush their stories. Also, some minor characters like Misaki and Bianca had a couple of moments for development (Bianca's connecting to Ryuji's father and Misaki's initial meeting with Ryuji) and they were merely glanced over. I believe the writers were going for the normal- girl- crush- surrounded -by extraordinary- girl- love- rivals approach and failed. Simply put, there wasn't enough time to become fully engaged with the characters and not enough story to make it worth the while for the viewer as well as for the characters to blossom into rich characters filled with emotion, determination, and maturity.
For those interested in watching this, it is a quick watch and full of light and fluffy romance. There's nothing wrong with that but for me personally, I'd like a little more conviction. Maybe fluffy isn't the right word but something was lacking. I practically watched it in one sitting and some of the characters aren't too bad.
All though, this gets me every time, but how is it that in every harem (or most) that the guy is oblivious to the fact that all the ladies have the hots for him?!?! Is that just dramatic irony as we the audience can see this from a third party perspective? This to me is just one of the things that makes a harem anime unrealistic to me (apart from the fact that this is a fantasy anime lol).
Well that's my two cents. I don't often write reviews but when something irks me I get the urge to write/rant about it so most of my reviews are generally negative. Maybe I'll write a positive one next time if y'all liked this one. Let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading!!!