This anime had a lot of hype before it aired. The reason is, it was based on a videogame by Aquaplus, the same people who made Utawaremono, another anime adapted by their roster. That anime had a big fanbase and thus people immediately jumped to the conclusion that Tears to Tiara will be great too. Don’t look at me though; I never liked that silly show. Neither did I like this one. Neither did most others.
Very good in overall. This is the first work by studio White Fox, and I must say they do a splendid job in all the shows they animate (Katanagatari, Steins;Gates and Jormungand). The artwork is very detailed in backgrounds and clothing, although the character figures all feel generic. The animation, although sloppy at points, it is generally smooth. The battles scenes are semi-interesting as they have some basic choreography and bloody violence, yet in overall they are silly and boring. You never feel like they being serious about it. Voice acting is ok, albeit too obnoxious for some moe / sexy girls that simply NEED to sound like retards. The BGM is also nice with its blend of folklore and pop, but there are no memorable tunes in it.
SCRIPT & CAST
A demon lord is summoned by evil rulers to destroy the world, yet he joins the good guys against the evil empire. As interesting as it sounds, it is presented completely childishly to the point you are laughing even when they are trying to be serious. Here, let me explain to you what happens in the first episodes in order to get what I mean.
- There is this evil king who wants to rule the world. So he summons the demon lord in order to destroy the world. And then the king can rule a destroyed world… Does that make any sense?
- In order to summon the demon, the king needs to sacrifice a princess. The princess is willing to kill herself in order to prevent the summoning but when the king threatens to kill two random kids near by, she agrees to obey him. Yeah, as if the two kids won’t be killed by the demon, along with the rest of mankind. Makes no sense why she fell for that.
- The demon lord is summoned but turns out the myths around him are all false. He kills the king and joins a tribe who are at war with an empire. And everybody doesn’t find that suspicious at all.
After that he begins an expedition to become a ruler and along the way he increases his harem. That is right; he gets a new wife every few episodes. There are no erotic scenes in the anime version but the game has them in spades and that is why you don’t give a rat’s ass about story and backdrops there. For the same reason, the anime is silly and eventually forgettable. While the war escalates in an interesting way and the parties involved grow in numbers, the whole deal remains pretty basic and light to the most part. Despite being, you know, about a huge empire clashing with a demon lord for the sake of the whole world, you eventually get a silly fantasy adventure with two dimensional characters you won’t bother remembering outside the doujin you will read about them. Especially towards the end where the pace drops considerably and a big bad is introduced at the last moment for some flashy but shallow finale.
There isn’t anything worthwhile in this anime besides its good artwork. The plot is basic, the characters are generic, the action is almost silly. Just like the previous anime, it is too not really worthy of its hype. It’s based of a porn game for Pete’s sake, how good did you expect it would be? I do admit though it is also inferior to Utawaremono for having a less interesting story and weaker character chemistry. Other than that, I do not recommend it.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 8/10
General Artwork 2/2 (looks detailed)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 2/2 (fitting with the feeling of the series)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 2/2 (lots of pretty lights)
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Voice Acting 2/3 (corny but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 2/4 (ypical)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 0/2 (very loose)
Complexity 0/2 (none)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 1/2 (cheesy)
CHARACTER SECTION: 5/10
Presence 1/2 (generic)
Personality 1/2 (eroge archetypes)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
Catharsis 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 1/3 (low because of too little plot)
Memorability 0/4 (too generic to bother remembering it)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 2/10
Art 1/1 (looks nice)
Sound 0/2 (sounds meh)
Story 1/3 (feels generic)
Characters 0/4 (eroge archetypes)
The most interesting aspect of the show is how the story plays with legends and myths. It takes parts of the Legend of King Arthur, the Bible, and elves, fairies, and dragons, twists them a bit and makes them completely original. The beginning is a little slow, but picks up about half-way in where real characterization and action take place. There's a few surprising turns to make you impressed, and the ending is very satisfying. Not the greatest story ever told, but very much worth watching.
I'm a huge fan of Dubbed anime, but the fake Irish and Scots accents in this are just painfully bad. You get used to it over time but it really grates on the ears at first. Set in a fictional Roman Britain, a ragtag band of Gaels fights against the Romans and have the power of Celtic mythical beings on their side. One of the Roman officers, Octavia, defects and sides with the Gaels. Lots of political intrigue and scheming and combat. It's a fairly decent anime, but probably the sub version in Japanese is the one you want to watch.
I was a bit hesitant when I was going to start watching this anime. 2006?.... Oh man the graphics have got to be old school and I know thats not everything by far, but i've been so spoled lately....
I was pleasently surprised by this show. I thought the story was going to be lame and predictable, but it ended up having smooth transistions between arcs and overall I felt it was an original anime. I didn't feel like it was a rip off of any of the shows I've watched before.
Compared to all the cookie cutter anime I've watched lately this was a very big relief to see an anime that I felt was a bit old school but did the old school die hard true hero's some justice. (Made me think of Ned Stark.... the super one sided good guys that you never see in real life anymore because they are all dead from true nobility)
Anyways... Not the best of the best, but I enjoyed watching it without a doubt. Woof Woof.
Fantasy is one of the genres that I think anime does best. This is, of course, because there are so many outstanding fantasy animes such as Inuyasha and Wolf’s Rain. Before I even started this anime, I had a feeling I was going to enjoy it. And as you can probably tell by the score I gave it, I was right!
Definitely one cool story. Tears to Tiara has a character-driven plot where we follow our growing main cast to see lots of different places and get to know lots of different characters. Their adventures together never got boring and I always found myself wanting to know what would happen next. The characters all have unique powers/weapons and are all skilled at using them. I was also very happy with the ending, they did a very good job closing the series and the characters were developed so well that by the time I finished I felt like I knew almost everything about them. There’s also a REALLY CUTE couple in this series (but I’m not telling who).
Super animation! The bright colors were very inviting. And I love the character designs, they are very original and make them all look special in their own way. Backgrounds were rich in detail and really give the show a mystical feeling. But my favorite thing would have to be the battle scenes, seriously, you get to see every minute of the action, and it doesn't just flash by before your eyes (like in some other series)
The voices fit the characters and the music was wisely picked. Nice!
The entire main cast was loveable. They all had depth and charming personalities. And the best part was no character was more important than the other. They had equal roles and each of them contributed to my enjoyment of the series as a whole. Riannon is so sweet and Arthur is funny and loyal. Then, there are other awesome characters like Taliesin and Morgan who were also fun to watch. The characters also have their own flaws to balance out their good qualities.
This was so worth watching. I recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy and adventure.