After a traumatic accident takes his loved one, Tooru Kokonoe enrolls Koryo Academy, a school where every student has a weapon that is their soul manifestation. Fueled by his desire for revenge, Tor is dismayed to discover his soul is not a weapon…but a shield.
Ok. I've seen most reviews of this (if not all) are super positive, so I am most likely setting myself up for some hate. Still, I've relied on the popularity of this anime when I decided to watch it, and so I must warn others like me. We'll do the watch if list first, then we'll move on to the rant. Watch this if: - You thoroughly enjoyed Maken-Ki 2, - You believe female characters should jiggle their breasts with every spoken word, - It makes absolute sense to you that children rule the world and grownups are background, - Blurring and 256 shades of gray make the world look pretty to you, - consistent plot is only marginally important. Do not watch this if: - You are a woman - You are over 18 - Plot is something you care for - You watch animated series to enjoy detailed drawing and colors - not a lolicon Allright. If you got this far feel free to insult me in the comments below. Now off to the specifics (spoiler-ridden, so if you're still going to watch... actually no, read anyway. It's not like any part of the plot so far could in any way surprise anyone with average or higher IQ): Animation / Drawing This is by far the worst thing I've seen as of late. Even the anime with 3D models (which I do not care for) are better. When I got my hands on the first episode I actually scrapped it and got a 1080p version thinking there might be something wrong with mine - I was mistaken. First thing that pops into mind when watching this is: "did their background artist quit and no replacements were available?". The whole thing is utterly dark. And I don't mean that in a good way. It's like watching a CAM movie straight off the cellphone of your friend who went to the cinema for the pre-screening. If some parts require light or would have otherwise forced the artists to do some actual work, they are being clouded in a gray "fog". Who needs backgrounds and details if we can just blur and gray everything out, no one will notice! Well, I noticed. When the characters speak it's like a sock-puppet show. Simply making their mouth orifice open and close is not enough, really it isn't. One could say battle scenes are better.... if one is currently heavily medicated. Weapon designs are poor, and only vary slightly by color , or rather the glow they give off, which also seems like it's been 3D rendered. Character movement reminds me of LEGO motion pictures. Battle scenes themselves (apart from being utterly dark and boring) are completely uneventful and make no sense at all. Sometimes a character will go down after taking a single punch/shot, sometimes they will (for no reason at all) take multiple of the same and be almost fine. Mostly you will see still frames of CGI-based "colors" and that is that. Sound Although it's nothing to write home about, it's actually also the strongest point of this series. The opening is, anyway. The VA is not half bad, although due to the above-mentioned animation problems it still feels that way. Characters Plain, generic, boring. You have your usual abundance of girls, most equipped with what I can only describe as lower-back injury waiting to happen. They are your typical harem characters as bland and generic as you can possibly get. The whole "school" is actually ran by a child. There seems to be literally hundreds of students, but only one class, one teacher (also an adolescent) and no grownups whatsoever (except for the occasional night watchman or janitor in the background, if you can see past the gray-black fog). As for the males there are two besides the protagonist. One does not speak (most likely to make his character stand out more, as he is also bland like spring water) and one wears glasses - that's about it. The protagonist is also nothing special, but considering where he is I'd do the same. Why try if you're already set up to fail by your surroundings. Plot [sarcasm] Bread and butter of this anime. The reason why everyone watches it and definitely not for the boobs..... [/sarcasm] A guy is accepted to a school (oh the novelty of it all..) , and immediately has to fight to stay in ... with the only friend he just met. Wait... what would his parents say to something like this, right? Wrong. As mentioned before there are no grownups in this anime, not even in mention. The protagonists backstory consists of 8 seconds of flashbacks to where he sees a guy with a sword kill a bunch of people for being weak. He does not have a family, nor a place of origin, though it is mentioned in passing he knows the "guy in glasses". His name is "Tor" or "Thor" however you decide, and so he also has a super technique that no one else has, and that has no basis in whatever story the anime tries so desperately to hold on to, called "mjolnir" (which was a hammer and his is a bare-fist attack). So after being pitted against eachother in one of the most dull battles in anime history, the protagonist wins (surprises everywhere!) and gets accepted to ... well.. a "school". As mentioned before , it has one teacher. That teacher also tries to kill the best promising students as soon as she gets the chance. She then fails, gets beaten... and re-hired as a teacher in the same position, to teach the people she just tried to murder. The explanation is "she gets results" .... right. [sarcasm] Makes sense. [/sarcasm] There is absolutely zero explanation to her motives or any other backstory. The children then "level up" (LITERALLY!) by getting injected with some experimental stuff (also absolutely unexplained part for the few pictures the teacher made on her blackboard) - thank god they got no parents to speak of! All in all this feels more like a plot for a fighter game then anime. Overall Stay away from this trash if you value your time.
Originally I wasn't going to write a reveiw for this, but there are more bad reviews than good reveiws so I will even things out a little. I don't really see what's so bad about this anime that people would give it a low rating. It's pretty standard for it's genre but that's not a bad thing. The story has a beginning a middle and a sort of end with room to continue (which is far more than I can say for a lot of other anime), the sound and animation is good, and the characters are interesting despite being pretty standard as well. This anime doesn't go above and beyond it's peers, but I think it's pretty good. I will say that it's not the greatest and it wouldn't even make it on my top 20. An anime with this type of setting in this genre has almost 0 chance of becoming a favorite. That being said, I am taking into account the genre when rating this anime. Now maybe if you were looking for something with less story and action and more focus on fanservice with some actual story as a side dish, then yeah, it's not great. There isn't a new girl every episode trying to get close to the main male character. There are only a few girls after him actually and only two seem to be interested in him romantically. It doesn't waste a lot of time with romance and swimsuits and all that which is great. It's true the story has some weak points. Hello, we are not in the right genre for really strong stories. Still, compared to it's peers, the story is pretty strong. I will say that the transition from episode 5 to episode 6 made no sense to me. I have no idea how the hec it got from the end of 5 to episode 6. I feel like something was missing. I kept checking to make sure I didn't skip an episode. Other than that, the transitions were fine. When they were weird, they were explained shortly after. Also, there is obviously more to the story. There are probably some things that would make more sense if the story was continued. I can't say for sure since I have never read the manga, but that would be my guess. Despite that, the lack of certain information didn't affect the story much. It had an ending too which actually gave some closure. There is lots of room for the story continue into a second season, although I doubt it will, but the ending is still decently conclusive. That too me is very important. I liked the characters. The females weren't all obsessed with the main character and trying to get his love and all the main and supporting characters stood out appropriately. The characters developed through out the story as well, perhaps not much, but it didn't even span a whole year so you can't expect too much growth. None of them seemed overly powerful either. The main characters power was limited due to him "weapon" being a shield, therefore he needed help in a fight. At the same time, he had some martial arts skills to help him out, but he wasn't so obviously stronger than all the others. Okay, that's all I'm going to say because I don't feel like writing more, but I did enjoy this series quite a bit. With regards to the genre and it's peers, I give this anime an 8.
I have been waiting for this anime to come out. I've read the light novel, and I loved it. Ever since I saw the upcoming list I kept checking every day, counting down the hours to when the first episode comes out. I have watched the first two episodes, and I absolutely loved it. I have no complaints whatsoever between the anime and light novel.
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