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)
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