Dragonar Academy

Alt title: Seikoku no Dragonar

TV (12 eps)
3.339 out of 5 from 7,355 votes
Rank #8,144
Dragonar Academy

"Problem child" Ash Blake is nothing but a nuisance to his fellow students at Ansullivar Dragonar Academy. Sure, he's got the sacred star brand that marks him as a future master of dragons, but his lack of dragon companion and hot temper make it more than a little difficult for him to play the part of the hero. That is, until his dragon awakens, and he's finally partnered with a fierce, fire-breathing... cute girl? And her human form isn't the only surprise; she's determined to be Ash's master. But when dark forces begin to endanger the lives of dragons and students, Ash and his partner must find a way to work together to defeat them!

Source: Funimation

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Dragonar Academy is awful.  Unless you are already the type to enjoy shows like these then maybe it's for you but if you are looking for something even remotely entertaining stay away from this garbage.  Produced by C-Station and directed by Shunsuke Tada I must say I didn't exactly have high expectations going onto this.  I'm generally not even a fan of harem shows to begin with but much of my morbid curosity stemed from the fact C-Station was once apart of Bee Train, a studio that many have come to hate over the years but I still reamin a die hard fan today for their vast and highly imagintive works.  By 2012 however it seemd Bee Train made a quiet retreat from the business with it's aged founder and director likely retiring and this sub studio breaking out on their own.Anime is full of time honored clichés that never seem to die and Dragonar Academy is so packed full of them it shows just how void this show is of any shred of creativity or imagination. Giant bouncing breasts on all women characters, naked magic girls showing up from nowhere and mood swinging tsundere character clichés are ripe and abound in this series. As C-Station's first produced effort, it's a marginal failure on just about everything it sets out to do. Taking from probably equally lazy source material, the scripts written by Noboru Kimura are shoddy and thrown together with no thought or effort behind them. Many tropes from Mai-Hime which Kimura wrote the manga for are present in this it feels like deja vu all over again.  Basically this amounts to being a fantasy slapped into school setting for no good reason.  There's a large cast of cookie cutter characters that will bore you with just how uninspired they are. We have Ash Blake, typical do-gooder-main character, Silivia which feels like she might have some depth but in the end is a shallow attempt at depth, her loyal maid servant who clearly is supposed to be clever and in on some grand scheme.   This is barely forgivable from a group of first time creators but the fact this comes from several long time animators. Topping off this we're treated to many moments of soft core tentacle porn, a trope you thought would have died out in the 80s but somehow has found a modern revival.  There's so much fan service and tentcle action you'd swear that ARMS was animating this series.  And perhaps the light novel is just as trashy but that hardly excuses it.Animation and art is just as lazy with ugly looking dragons to top off the grossly exaggerated character designs. One would think with a show centered all around dragons it would be the one thing you could get right. Half the time you won't see any dragons and it will be mostly focused on whatever lame slice-of-life scenarios ripped from every other show of it's kind.  The dragons are oddly colored and look like they're stained in hard water spots you'd find on a mirror and the characters are stiff.  I'll admit I do like some of the deisngs of Anya and Siliva but that's about it. The music was about the only thing memorable about it, at least the score was, the theme songs were typical J-pop song that feels the need to shorehorn in the entire cast for some odd reason.  I can't imagine every seiyu in Japan has singing talent yet it seems every anime that features a pop opening has to use its cast for some reason.Dragonar Academy is uninspired, lazy and contrived. Beating down dead clichés that have saturated the market of the last couple years alone this would barely make the grade for a crappy one episode direct-to-video, forget a 12 episode season. Perhaps it's not fair to compare or expect C-Station to be the successor to a studio I adored which made most of its work with the very auteur director Koichi Mashimo but it goes even beyond Bee Train now as we are seeing the potential end of Studio Ghibli and in this era of remakes, reboots and horrid stuff like this we need these creative forces more than ever but as long as the otaku keep running things expect more of the upteenth light novel adaptation hopefully those will have a little less soft core and a little more plot.

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