Only a pure maiden can have the privilege to contract with a spirit. Priestesses, who can summon spirits from Astral Zero, the world of spirits, and have full command of their power, are called elementalists. Kamito Kazehaya is the only male with this privilege, and due to what happened in the past he comes to Areisha Spirit Academy where priestesses are trained to become elementalists. He is then told that he is to transfer to the school, form a team with priestesses to compete in Blade Dance where the most powerful elementalist is chosen, and win.
An amazing story about redemption and becoming self-aware lurked in the background of Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance. Like any school life harm with action moments, ecchi won the day, and substantial plot momentum was squandered. That is not to say that the anime was bad… it was light hearted and fun, but it was ultimately mediocre and a one-time-watch. Story In an anime called “Blade Dance of the Elementalers,” you would assume that we would witness the aforementioned Blade Dance. However, Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance deals with the events leading up to the Blade Dance, and all of these events take place at a unisex magical high school. Kamito serves as the single male interloper, and of course hilarity ensues from misunderstandings due to his presence. Oh yeah, there's the thing called the Blade Dance too... Animation There is nothing groundbreaking here. Several action sequences were reused, but these sequences highlight the similarity between two characters and can be forgiven. Sound Again, nothing groundbreaking here. The ending was a little catchy. Characters The winner of the Blade Dance is granted a single wish. As we are introduced to each new character, we learn about each character’s desired wish. Unfortunately, the wishes force the characters into a narrow dimensionality. We never see them really break away from their initial desires. Kamito, while aloof and unaware of the girls’ affection, is not completely useless. Conversely, he’s not completely overpowered. This was a refreshing break from many contemporary action/harem anime. Overall Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance is mindlessly fun. It will take you where you expect, and you won’t have to worry about overly complex plotlines. Because of this, it breaks no new ground and does not really stand out. Watch this as a one-time affair knowing that you won’t have to take it seriously.
First some items I need to adress. I'm Dutch to expect some spelling errors, if they are to annoying just message me and I'll fix it. My opinion may vary from others and this is fine. People are different so there is a good chance that I will not like what you love. Deal with it. I'm not telling you that you should hate it too, I'm telling you why I didn't like it. I'll try to keep swearing to a minimum but fail utterly on occasion. In general it is the more the anime pisses me off the more I swear so watch out for the low scored ones. Art: The art is not the reason of the low score as it is perfectly serviceble. There is some CGI but overall this is not to bad. Sound: No real problems here either. I can't remember any of the music and that is how I prefer it. Voice acting is fine but they didn't have much to work with either. Characters: Main character is Kamito, who is the only known male who has made a pact with a spirit. There are hints to a dark past but don't get your hopes up learning anything about that. Claire is utterly pointless as a character. Don't worry though as there are more of those. She wants power so that she can go after her sister who went rogue and burned a lot of stuff down. She claims Kamito as her spirit contractee and I would call her behavior borderline psychotic. Ellis is the leader of the knight order tasked with protecting the school and keeping the students in line. She pulls her sword so often that I wonder why she even bothers with carrying a sheath around. She greatly dislikes Kamito because he is a male and all males are filthy rapist basterds. According to her anyway. Rinslet A longtime friend and rival of Claire who spend most of their time together fighting. Fianna is a former royal princess who ran into Kamito years earlier and made a promise to meet again. She is now coming to collect and is very interested into getting into a relationship with him. Terminus est is a sword spirit that is best known for killing the demon king a 1000 years before. She is now allied to Kamito and spends all her time with him. She appears as a 12 year old girl who sleeps in the nude with Kamito every chance she gets. Story. 3 years ago the Blade Dance was won by a mysterious person called Ren Ashbell. Now Kamito is summoned to AreishiaSpirit Academy as the only known male able to bind and summon spirits. While he is gifted there are some minor issues for him to overcome. The first is that the Academy is filled with only women and almost all of them are not happy to see him. The second is that forces from his past are after him, some to destroy and some to change him into something he doesn't want to be. Fortunately he is not alone and what few people know is that he used to go by a different name. He used to be called Ren Ashbell. Rant. To say that I didn't like this anime would be an understatement. Granted there are much worse anime's out there but this anime committed the ultimate sin: It was boring. It kept focusing on the wrong things and those were mainly Kamito and Claire. There are hints at very interesting back stories for both characters but we get almost none of it. Claire has an older sister who for some reason decided to betray everything she was taught and believed in, resulting is great destruction. She wants to go after her sister to ask her wtf. Kamito was taken in as a child and subjected to inhuman training, possibly assassin? He escapes during a raid and transforms himself into Ren Ashbell to fight in the Blade Dance. We get little snippets throughout the series and that is it. While we get this we watch the main story where.... nothing much happens. Claire has no arc to speak of and spends most of her time bitching at Kamito. Kamito finds this so endearing that he goes along with this and decides to help her? I personally would have fed her to the first monster I came across. Most characters have as much depth that they make cardboard look fat. 5 minutes after meeting a character you know who and what that character is and during the series nothing much changes. The one character who actually had an arc was Ellis. She hates Kamito and distrusts him greatly but during the series she comes around to the point where she fights alongside him. The exposition is clunky as fuck. You definitely need it though as the world is certainly not ours so we need someone to explain tu us what is going on and what the rules are. There is a good way to do this and a bad way. This anime shows us the bad way. Kamito is being led through the school by a teacher and out of nowhere she begins to explain what the Blade Dance is. The major problem with this is this: IT IS HIS WORLD! He knows this shit because he grew up with it. There is no way he WOULDN'T know it. You later learn that he took part in a Blade Dance and won so it makes it even more clunky and pointless. How to improve this is simple. Keep the scene the same and HAVE THE TEACHER ASK HIM TO TELL HER WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT THE BLAD DANCE! It explains to us, the audience, what it is and shows that Kamito is actually knowledgeble and competent. If you are curious about this anime just go online and watch the first episode. The rest is pretty much the same. I would suggest you go for the manga though as this series is far from complete. The goal is to compete in the next Blade Dance and the anime ends with them getting selected to participate and leave the school.
There is a lot of fanservice, especially in the early episodes, but I didn't hate this as much as I thought I would in the beginning. Some of the episodes were well done and the storyline got more intriguing as time passed.Story: The story is a bit confusing, as Kamito Kazehaya enters an all girls academy. He formerly participated in the Blade Dance 3 years ago as Ren Ashbell, a girl who many elementalists (including the 4 main female protagonists) look up to. Part of the intrigue is the girls finding out Ren's true identity, and also Kamito's search for Restia, his old spirit. There are a few other minor antogonists throughout, though we also have no idea if Greyworth is friend or foe. It's an interesting storyline, one that does make you want to read the light novel to find out what happens.Animation: I despised the animation at first. I thought it was ugly, messy and inconsistent. Over time, I don't dislike it, but I'm not too big a fan of it still. The character designs are nice, but sometimes they look different in other scences.Sound: As I stated in a previous review, my laptop doesn't have working sound, so I watch anime silently. I can't evalute voice acting or soundtrack.Characters: I didn't particularly like a character more than others, but there was none that got on my nerves either. Claire is one many people won't like for her outlandish, loud, and chaotic personality. But she's a classic tsundere which didn't bother me too much. Ellis is probably my favorite character just because she's a bit more level-headed than the others. The protagonist himself Kamito is likable, and does a solid job filling that role. Rinslet doesn't get as much screentime as the others, but her rivalry is Claire is decent. The interactions between characters can be awkward and all over the place at points, and sometimes there are inconsistencies, but it's not too bad.Overall: After episode 1, I thought I'd hate this anime. I was thinking about which episode I'd drop it at. But surprisingly, I stuck with it and watched all 12 episodes, and ended up with a more positive impression of it than I thought I'd get. It did make me want to read the light novels to see where the story progressed, and if there's a season 2, I'd probably check it out.
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