Dragon's Dogma

Web (7 eps x 26 min)
2.987 out of 5 from 699 votes
Rank #6,274

Resurrected as an Arisen, Ethan sets out to vanquish the Dragon that took his heart. But with every demon he battles, his humanity slips further away.

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CatScampi
8.5

I'm writing this review because I believe, according to its rating, people misunderstand what this anime is. This is an adaptation not from a manga nor novel, but a video game of 2012. The beginning, middle, climax, and ending all reflect something one would see in a game. TLDR; Simple, entertaining, exciting, fun. If you're looking for something entertaining and enjoyable for a few hours this is a good anime to watch. It has just 7 episodes and each one is very quickly paced. What might take 50-100 hours in a video game to experience, is done so in just a few hours in the anime. This makes it entertaining and simple. Story: Packed with eye catching scenes and explosively dramatic twists to grab attention and keep the viewer entertained. Not a novel, don't watch if you're expecting Harry Potter. Characters: Actually good characters, generic yes, but they are architypes that just work. Blonde Pawn is Bae. Setting: Old school RPG themed, Dark high fantasy. Theme: Violent, Bloody, Fierce, Morbid, Seductive. Animation: 3D style, CGI style, not traditional anime. Works well with the type of anime though. Similar to Knights of Sidonia, or Godzilla. I liked it. Sound: Not the best, not the worst. Pretty avarage. Voice acting was interesting- Switch to Japanese subs if you don't like strange English accents. Art: Great Colors, Lots of Flashy effects and great fight scenes. Especially the Lich *Drooling*. Ending: Not what you were expecting.. Unless you have played Dragon's Dogma, then you probably were from episode 1.  Overall: A very nice show to watch for its fight scenes, subtle character nuances (not full development, just some faint hints on a surface level) The two main characters do experience changes but not something I include in development, it's very gamey and forced (which is fine because Dragon's Dogma is a game duh).  Spoiler below: Spoiler below: Spoiler below: Spoiler below: Spoiler below: Spoiler below: Spoiler below: Spoiler below: Really, it's a spoiler, don't read if you don't want the ending spoiled. Ending: The ending fight is highly anticlimactic. In fact, there really is no fight. But that is because the dragon did not actually want to fight. This may seem cheesy to you, but if you actually think about what the dragon says, it makes sense. That is, he is finally lucid after being coerced by his "nature" (curse) to do great evil, but he himself was not evil. Therefore he allowed the "hero" to slay him with great ease as compared to the other monsters, because he wanted to perish and absolve his sins. While this curses the hero to the same fate, the dragon was simply too fatigued and war-weary to carry on destroying humanity.  If you give this a deeper look, by allowing the cycle to continue sooner the dragon is actually giving humanity a chance to survive, by delaying the destruction. It is a neverending cycle, unless the hero chooses to remain sinless. Therein saying, as long as humanity is full of sin the cycle will continue to challenge the survival of humanity.  Metaphorically this is a great theme. So if you don't understant why I like this anime because of its controversial ending, this is why.  I loved it, Understand why some people hated it, especially the ending, but Also sad people didn't understand that it's not a traditional anime.

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