DISCLAIMER: If you're watching this with the intentions of finding an in-depth story of accurate, nonfictional World War II events, then STOP! Read no further! This anime is not for you! However, if you're watching this for some cute (and hot) looking Anthropomorphic ships fighting each other, then this IS the anime for you!
There's really not much to say in regards to a sophisticated, detail-oriented plot. Essentially, Azur Lane is about a group of naval fleets from around the world fighting an unknown and unexplained enemy known as Sirens, who possess immense, highly-advanced technological power. These naval fleets ban together to battle and defeat this common enemy. However, as time carries on the once allies soon become enemies amongst themselves, and they lose sight of their true enemy, the aforementioned Sirens. And so...
...this is what Azur Lane is about! It is the great representation of the "real" battles of World War II. It is the great tale of naval conquests. It is the great story of naval warships. It is the great diegesis of hot, attractive, and kawaii girls! It is...wait, what!? Come again!? That's right! You read that correctly! Truly, Azur Lane is the antithesis of anything and everything that actually resembles all of the above as it pertains to World War II.
More over, when the story line starts to take itself more seriously, that's when it goes from silly fun to just bad! The important thing here to remember when watching is to completely forgo the plot and enjoy the lovely lady ships and all the battles they have with each other.
At the time this review was publicized, Bibury Animation Studios had a large catalog of six total anime listed in the A-P database.
In other words, they are a new player in the world of Japanese animation, and it shows. That's not to say that the studio doesn't merit some praise. The color palette in the art is typically vibrant, which causes various characters and scenes to "pop" when watching. Sadly, that's all I can say about the artistry. The details are plain and the CG is anime usual, bad!
In regards to the animation, the battles are fun and executed OK. However, there are way too many lengthy scenes where still frames and filler audio are used to encapsulate the audience, which typically doesn't succeed in any anime, not just this one.
After a one time listen, just skip both the OP and ED. They aren't that good at all, although the OP is at least tolerable. Now the actual sound effects that happen throughout each episode, especially in the battle scenes, are particularly good most of the time. The music in the episodes is adequate as well.
Belfast (light cruiser) and Enterprise (aircraft carrier) spend a significant portion of time together, which is fantastic because they are the two hottest sea worthy ships I've ever seen! If I could be an anime character in the Azur Lane universe, I certainly would want to be a destroyer and for good reasons. They'd be my primary targets for sure (wink wink)! But I digress, forgoing my male perversion towards sexy battleships and the like.
The remainder of the girls, err, sea worthy ships are a HUGE group of classes, shapes, and sizes! There are so many crammed into the 12 episodes that it's difficult to really discover more about their "historical" significance and details. The biggest, most significant uncovering of them comes in the way of episode six. Here is where the brief, but detailed information is denuded in regards to the majority of the ships' interiors.
Aside from that specific episode, the only other standouts who get a fair amount of screen time, and/or represent any manner of importance to the storyline are characters such as Ayanami, Cleveland, Javelin, Kaga, Laffey, the other main character, Akagi, and the two Siren ships, Observer and Tester, who are rather scary with their uncanny, manly deep lady voices. Even Barry Eugene Carter's voice isn't that deep, and that's saying something!
Lastly, the characters are fun to watch and have enough variety in personalities to warrant an "OK" overall score.
If you go in with the mindset of not taking this seriously and remove the fictional storytelling of historical naval ships and events, then there is some fun and enjoyment in this anime adaptation of the mobile game that is known as Azur Lane.
Entertainment Score: 6/10
Achievement Score: +3 to Overall
My expectations were Low, and it delivered Slightly Above those expectations.
Age rating: TV-14+ (violence, episode six, select moments of sexual innuendo)
This show isn’t bad but i decided to drop it after they took forever to get out the last two episodds and at that time i had just lost interest, to be honest the show had a lot of potential but i don’t think the battle scenes are up to todays standards of intense action which i belive is to be expected with any anime battle, they introduce the two factions too fast and all of a sudden “hey we’re fighting now” and “oh here comes the op girl to save the day” i think all this anime is is just cute girls do cute things with a few battle scenes thrown in.
i've been playing azur lane for a bit over a year now and i still don't understand the story in the game. i don't think anyone does. but even after watching the anime i still don't understand the story and what happened before, like where are the humans? so im gonna leave it blank.
sometimes the animation is beautiful. like it was made in madhouse or something. and sometimes it looks like it was made on ms paint. no like seriously.
the sound design is really nice and i think they added some from the game like the aa guns maybe. idk. another cool thing is when they played the azur lane ost at the end of the last episode which was pretty nice. just wanted to throw that in there.
in the game, all the characters are nice and you can tell their personalities the more you play and level them up. i think they did a pretty good job with the characters and they're basically the same in the game. but of course shikikan isn't there or it'll be a harem and i guess they didn't want that. charcters like akagi would obviously be different because the commander is all she cares about.
i don't think there will be a second season but if there is going to be, then i hope the commander will be there. or maybe not. kinda sounds like a bad idea.
I mean, it is not that bad i guess. :)
I enjoyed this show quite a lot, although its a bit simple it has a certain charm to it.
Its short and can be binged in 4-5 hours.
I'd highly recomend watching this if you have the free time.