Reign: The Conqueror

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roriconfan's avatar By roriconfan on Jan 21, 2012

This is a steampunk version of the life of Alexander the Great. Being Greek myself, I really need to mention how it feels like having your culture’s historical figures turning into amusement.

ART SECTION: 7/10 [Macedonians in tight bikinis!]
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 2/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2
- The animation is done by studio Madhouse, of which I consider the best in overall at its field. It did a fine job to convey the weird world of the series.
- Very unusual artwork. Makes it feel almost like it’s not an anime. The faces, the body figures and the machinery are very distinctive and just for that, they deserve a good notice. I simply get tired of watching series with identical looks. In this case, the world is a grim, dark-colored, steampunk version of the Mediterranean world. Quite original, both in presentation and feeling.
- Ok, having Macedonians and Persians dressed with cyber implants, facial mascaras and tight bikinis was… weird. It made them look bysexual at best. It is one thing having Hollywood presenting ancient Greeks as gays, and another having Japan in cooperation with China, Korea and America making them look like transvestites in an alternative reality. Ancient Greeks were simply admiring the male human figure. ADMIRING, not screwing from the ass damn it; how hard is it to understand?! They were MALE PEDERASTS, not PERVERTED PEDOPHILES! … Anyway, although they will feel ugly and feminine to an average otaku, the character figures are also as distinctive as the backgrounds.
- Animation & Lightning / Visual Effects don’t strike as special. They have their moments of excellency but most of the time it will be just swords swinging, 3D objects spinning and simple filters thrown in the background.

SOUND SECTION: 6/10 [Deep talking, followed by eerie music]
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3
Nothing much to write about. Voice acting and music themes had a serious tone to them, boosting the atmosphere. And most characters use a very scientific form of dialogue. But I wouldn’t go all the way to call them exceptional. You will like them but you will also never go OMG on them.

STORY SECTION: 9/10 [Alexander meets Neon Genesis Evagelion]
Analysis: Premise 2/2, Pacing 2/2, Complexity 2/2, Plausibility 2/2, Conclusion 1/2
- I was left speechless by the way they mixed, like, every genre there is, with historical events, many good sci-fi ideas, existentialist issues and metaphysical concepts. I really urge you to be aware of the historical Alexander’s story beforehand, as the series adapts several genuine events based on ancient texts, along with several fictional events, which dress the final product in lovely ways. In reality, Alexander never went after Pythagoras’ mystical artifact, was never the target of a mystical cult and never heard of the teachings of the Jewish Kabala. But all the same, the story became a lot more interesting because of those touches.
- With only 13 episodes in length and a really multi-layered story, there is no time gone to waste. The story doesn’t focus only on Alexander but also on his several allies and rivals, making the whole very realistic. Some episodes will feel very boring but that doesn’t make them fillers that drag the story for no reason. Every episode has something to offer and usually in a different way than before.
- Based on the context of the story, I can say it has a reasonable explanation most of the time. It does provide explanations about everything metaphysical and it does excuse Alexander’s devilish luck as part of a master plan, ordained by the fate of the algorithmic cosmos. And even has Alexander going against his own destiny, thus not succumbing to fatalism, an ever-present element in ancient Greek theater that I loath, since it always leads to out-of-place and illogical Deus ex Machina solutions to every problem.
- When the last episode is over you will most likely yell, “Where is the rest of it?!” Once more, we have a series that doesn’t know how to wrap things nicely. Some may say that Alexander’s will to go against his destiny was the conclusion; but I leave that to your own judgment.

CHARACTER SECTION: 7/10 [Send out my elite cyborg assassins! … DARN; I look good in leather! (touches himself)]
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 2/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 2/2, Catharsis 1/2
- All major characters have different personalities, goals and develop by the end of the show.
- Almost all characters have a vague background story and the ending does leave it open to what each one of them was doing. Plus, the story evolved around Alexander’s catharsis and left the rest without a clear one.
- I wouldn’t call them attractive, as they don’t look like your average trendy or emo dudes. And they do feel like transvestites most of the time. Still, their distinctive clothes and way of animation make them stand out.

VALUE SECTION: 4/10 [Becoming master of the world has its toll.]
Historical Value 0/3: None.
Rewatchability 1/3: Low. No reason to watch it again. It may be good to spur you deeper into history, philosophy and mysticism but not to watch the series again. There is simply nothing to expect from a second watch if you were paying attention the first time. And those Macedonian transvestites need a lot of tolerance on your part!
Memorability 3/4: It may not be the best presented series ever, but it will definitely be carved in your mind; a very unique feeling that will stay for good.

ENJOYMENT SECTION: 5/10 [This bikini is too tight]
Sadly, this is not a series I enjoyed a lot. It had an awesome story and interesting characters, but in the same time it was not appealing in a mainstream way. Not that I like lukewarm, run-of-the-mill series. It’s just that this sort of presentation was hard to like. The colors were too dark, the characters looked too weird and the ending was too vague. It felt most of the time that it was the story concept that is attractive and not the characters themselves experiencing the story. Plus, the whole deal of someone wanting to rule the world doesn’t feel so special these days as there are many famous anime with leads aiming at the exact same thing.

VERDICT: 6.5/10
What is the meaning of life? Who are we? Where are we heading? … Shoot; I ran out of mascara!

SUGGESTION LIST
- As far as animation style goes, you can always check out the much inferior Aeon Flux, made by the same guy.
- If you dig stories about metaphysical concepts and personal dramas, there are fine titles like Neon Genesis Evagelion, Ghost in the Shell, Serial Experiments Lain, Habaine Renmei, Ergo Proxy, The Vision of Escaflowne, Brigadoon, ZegaPain, Argento Soma, Betterman, Soul Taker and Rahxephon.
- If you dig protagonists who aim to rule the cosmos, then head for Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Death Note, and Code Geass.

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9/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall
JTown91's avatar By JTown91 on Apr 2, 2011

This anime was really fun to watch.  I first saw this show on cartoon network on adult swim a while back and even then it caught my eye.

I have watched it through twice  since then and both times I found the illustrations reallypleasing to the eye.

The series puts a magical spin on the glory days of Alexander the Great's rise to power and vast territorial domination.  The depictions of cities in Macedonia and Persia are highly  agrandized with secret technologies that combine a unique mix of fantasy and midevil features that will amaze you visually and conceptually. The animation itself is also very unique and the characters' figures exaggerate the classic greek ideal of the body to which the series relates heavily. Most episodes are highly protagonist focused, which I liked beacuse it provided a look into life and human nature thematicly.  The story is about how Alexanders uses his speed and experiance to explore the prophecy given to his mother that he will conqueror and destroy the world.

But although all events revolve around Alexander, the show is not about just his actions. The inclusion of historical icons like Pythagorus, Zoroaster, Aristotle and Diogenes, to name just a few, make this anime intresting to any viewers who are intrested in history, the classsics, sacred geometry, or ancient philosophies.  Also the vast refrences to persian rulers, philosophers, religions, and gods make the series not just a great anime, but a potential side history project that resulted in me having several wikipedia pages open by the end of any given episode.

The sound didnt really stand out, i watched it in japanese with subtitles and i'd recommend it beacuse its fun to hear japanese people pronounce things like platohedron.

The show has alot of swift samurai-like plotting and killing done by Alexander, and several war front battles like in Berserk (another favorite anime of mine.)  There are a few scenes where the animation is repetitive and almost all the footsoldiers look identical (possabily for a thematic reason.)

Every now and then there are bizarre dreams or visions, but if your're intrested in history and willing view them from an abstract point of view it they will be welcomeed by you.

Overall, It isn't a love story or a battle between good and evil like Berserk, but what it lakcs in male female relationships it makes up for with a more outside focus on the mysterious and infinate fields of the power of intellect, the supreme being, and ones own quest toword it.

8.5/10 story
9.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
9/10 overall
Thrawn's avatar By Thrawn on Oct 19, 2013

Story: I'm no Alexandrian Historian and what I know about Alexander the Ass Kicker is limited to Deadliest Warrior and Fate/Zero so I can hardly comment on the changes they made to make it space age ancient history. What I can comment on is the sheer amount of crack LSD that was used because the part with the dog wasn't made after eating rotisserie chicken. Shit gets fucking trippy when Alexander goes on a dope trip in his moonage daydream with Dographes as he looks into the future eye to gaze upon cities and landscapes, the destruction and creation, the end and the beginning, the armies and the people, the holy fucking shit he is a fucking dog philosopher the fuck kind of ancient egyptian shit am I on and of course, the real deep nitty gritty plot shit that would completely spoil not much really because it's fucking messed up and gets even more tripped out by the time the final crackisode rolls around and it just gets fucking insane.

That last half? That's like the second half of the show, where it degenerates to meth-induced dreams, shit that can be considered filler, philosophy, symbolism, creationism, endism, shamanism and holy fuck it barely makes a lick of sense. On a stage it does, Alexander and his fabulous hair is conqueroring all these bitch ass countries, he is just steamrolling these fools and could even solo some shit with his fabulous powers of- Man, did you see the main picture for this in the entry? That hair? That undeniably sexy, gorgeous hair that you can run your fingers through? Can a man like that lose? Can any of these fuck shits stand up to that? No. No. Fucking. Way. No fucking way can anybody stand up to that, let alone his normal outfit, meaning that he is the perfect leader through and through basing it on looks and how badass he is.

But the first half? It's still kinda retarded because:

1) The people are a bunch of dumbshits.

2) Not enough snake porn.

3) There is a term for snake porn. I wasn't the one who looked it up.

4) Mathematical as it was, needed more Ptolemy and Pythagoras.

But, it did have the rising of cavalry wrecking asses through strategic ass-wrecking positioning and formations, riding down infantry not just because Alexander led them, but because- Wait, that is why. He brought about the age of cavalry charging through waves of infantry because again, they're a bunch of bitches to Alexander and his posse of good looking guys, and that one pussy who is a complete wuss.

Animation: Leaving Alexander the Sexy for a moment, the character design I didn't mind much. Reminded me of World Record from the Animatrix and I can almost say it's unconventional from what I'm used to. Sure a lot of them are ugly and the armour designs are not only impractical but pantsless and some even don't even guard the nipples but it was a fabulous time back in ancient space Macedonia.

And Alexander? His hair, his outfit, the way every female gets wet when they get near him, let alone look into his eyes, guy could have the biggest orgy in all of ancient space with them looks.

They reuse scenes, the battles look cheesy and bad, that last episode had a boost in animation and crackaphine in the (At the time) episodic acid trip and that whole early on snake/woman porno scene which was kinda wrong and actually really wrong once you get the implications so I guess the animation really was bad overall.

Sound: Out of place music, bad music, Alexander's totally excellent voice, that really effemin- soft speaking guy, those fucking dick punching awful voiced Mathematician Pythagorancers who I really have no idea who they are anymore and can only guess, fucking hated their voices but damn if I remember them. This is generally shit.

Characters: Names I remember: Alexander, Pythagorias, Dographes, Socrates, Crazy Socrates, Methmes- Bhamin?, Egypt, Olympia... and that's about it, ones that look correctish. I couldn't remember names that well and most of the characters are just names or part of Alexander's crew. They hardly matter but Alexander himself, he's top biscuits. Nobody can touch him and the only one that comes close is Dographes who is the man to go to for your space trips. Dographes man, Dographes.

Other characters that are somewhat important: King Darius and Olympia, the former who can't compare to Alexander but has the balls to stand up to him and Olympia Snake Charmer, and by charm I mean fuck which is obvious in her first appearance. So obvious that I didn't even bother to warn you. It's more about the journey than the characters, because the journey deals a lot in visions.

Dope visions.

Overall: It straddled the fence of crap and tolerable until the second half, where it took a dive and in the final episode, spinfucked a volcano into an acidic explosion that caused the stars to fall out of the sky and mountains hanging ten on the waves of the baked ocean. Turned into fucking shit is what. Illogical, retarded shit. And I don't think Alexander face stabbed ninjas in actual history. Certainly not ones of a mathematical cult.

2.5/10 story
5/10 animation
3/10 sound
2.5/10 characters
2.5/10 overall