In a land where the souls of humans fossilize to become books, a group known as the Armed Librarians strive to maintain and protect the tomes stored within the Bantorra Library. Meanwhile the Shindeki church is transforming people into living weapons. These human bombs are known simply as ‘Meat’, and they have been programmed to carry out a single action: to kill Hamyuts Meseta, the Armed Librarians’ director. Now, alongside the threat of Dragon Pneumonia, the Librarians use their powerful and unique psychic abilities to stop the Shindeki Church at all costs. But when one of their colleagues betrays them and steals one of the seven war machines of the past, the Librarians must work even harder to prevent their enemies’ nefarious plans from coming to fruition.
Area 11 is still under Britannian rule and the Elevens remain brutally oppressed; what’s more, their saviour, Zero, is nowhere to be found and all of Britannia believes the rebellion is finally over. Elsewhere, having lost the battle, Lelouch sets his sights upon winning the war – but the task is no easier since the Britannian forces have learned some valuable lessons all of their own. Not only have they discovered his identity and captured many of his Black Knights, but they now manipulate the memories of all of his friends. Worst of all, they have taken the most precious thing in his life – his dear sister, Nunnally. With his hatred for the Britannians stronger than ever before, Lelouch must now recuperate his forces and bring their rule of terror to an end.
One of the center characters in each of these series (Lelouch and Hamutz) are rather similar, being somewhat hard to read as both the viewer and for other characters in the series and being anti-heroes. Also, the climax of each of these series are rather twisted, keeping the audience guessing.
Cecily Cambell just wants to be a Knight and protect her home like her father and grandfather before her. There's just one problem: she’s incompetent! During a fight with a crazed swordsman, Cecily’s cherished blade breaks; and just as she’s about to be cut down, a man named Luke comes to her rescue wielding a katana - a blade unlike any Cecily has seen before. Together they must ensure that the Demon Sword Aria doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, and Cecily alone must prove herself worthy of her very own katana.
A faux European setting, in the medieval or early modern era; completely preposterous 'European' names that are likely only impressive to the Japanese audience; bizarre magic powers, posessed swords of evil intent and whole bevvies of girls clad in tight, revealing clothing. Expect much bizarre plotting (or little thereto), and a heavy bucketload of angst. Sacred Blacksmith is definitely the sillier and more ephemeral of the two series, but Bantorra - while more plot driven - isn't bereft of mediocre bizarre-ness either.
The shows are so similar that some plot points got confused in my mind upon viewing them, and I suppose if you like one the other's worth a go.
Akiyuki lives on post-war Sentan Island, always rushing between the demands of his separated parents and his friends at school. But his carefree days come abruptly to an end when his school bus suffers an explosion, the first attack to plunge Sentan back into war. Akiyuki lives to find himself turned into a Xam'd, a mysterious creature, by the suspected cause of the explosion. Engulfed by Xam'd, Akiyuki is eventually saved by a red-haired girl, Nakiami, only to find himself torn away from those he loves. Now he must work to control and understand the creature within him, all while searching for his family and friends in a world steeped in the secrets and chaos of war.
Kamui has returned to Tokyo with a traumatizing past, but he is not the only one. Many people are returning to Tokyo for the same reason: they play a part in the End of the World. The Dragons of Earth and the Dragons of Heaven now must fight for the destruction or safety of the world. But is this troubled Kamui really the key to saving the world?
I have little good to say about either series. Both involve ludricously convoluted and somewhat pretentious waffle as an excuse to wallow in anime cliches (including bishonen males, though Bantora skews more towards buxom and moe-moe girls). Neither are good, honestly, but if you like your silly action scenes sprinkled liberally with a smattering of pseudophilosophical nonsense and a side order of Dead Serious Angst, then maybe you're of a mindset that will enjoy these.