Hiiro no Kakera: The Tamayori Princess Saga

Alt title: Hiiro no Kakera: Tamayori Hime Kitan

TV (13 eps)
3.204 out of 5 from 5,148 votes
Rank #4,721

When Tamaki is attacked by creatures believed only to exist in myths, she's rescued by a young man who is not only part demon but also her future classmate! Moreover, he is part of a group of protectors that Tamaki will need if she is going to fulfill her destiny as a Tamayori princess--a destiny no one told her about! To add to the chaos, Tamaki is fresh meat at a new high school and has to learn to deal with some very, very old school problems in Hiiro no Kakera ~ The Tamayori Princess Saga!

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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Episode 1

Tamayori Princess

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Episode 2

A Step of Determination

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Episode 3

The Five Guardians

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Episode 4

Advent of the Saint

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Episode 5

The Two Tasks

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Episode 6

The Course of the Battle

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Episode 7

The Breaking of Bonds

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Episode 8

The Prediction of The Bureau of Medicine

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Episode 9

The Rumbling of the Earth

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Episode 10

The Guardian's Feelings

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Episode 11

The Demon's Tradition

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Episode 12

A Time for Battle

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Story: I can't say I haven't seen this particular storyline before. I can even say I've seen the stoyline done better (see Pretear for better plot devices). The whole plot revolves around keeping an ancient demon sword sealed, and protecting "artifacts" that are explained haphazardly as the story progresses. There are several parts where the storyline deadlines, and here's the kicker, the characters even comment on it. There are one or two plot twists that you see coming a mile away, and I kept expecting, hoping, for some twist that I didn't expect. Animation: This is one of the key points of this anime. It was pretty. As far as fluid movement, however, there were some points that I think the animators might have gotten a tad lazy. Sound: I liked the opening theme, and most of the filler music. I marathoned this particular anime, so I'm not certain where I stand on the ending theme. As for the voice acting, there were times when I think they turned the microphone of one of the actors up to 11 just to make me rip off my earphones in pain. Otherwise, it was fine.  Characters: Well, we have the makings of a typical reverse harem. We have: the young pretty boy, the sage, the rowdy one, the blank wall, and the main love interest. Other than that, we get very little in the way of depth (other than one likes meat and motorcycles). The villians (if you can really call some of them that) aren't given much background at all, and I'm still confused about their motives. The side characters were a red herring.  Overall: I would only recommend this for the bishies, and the hope that the planned sequel is a little better. 


Hiiro no Kakera: The Tamayori Princess Saga is an anime that made a valiant effort to be an anime that would be an excellent visual display, with likeable characters and an enchanting fantasy storyline. I’d say it got about 1 and ½ out of the 3. Light spoilers ahead. Story: The story is centered around Tamaki Kusaga; a descendant of the Tamayori Princess whom is tasked with keeping the seal on an ancient sword, Onikirimaru. To assist Tamaki with her task are 5 magical guardians that are bound by duty and blood to serve the Tamayori Princess. An opposing group of magic users “Logos” comes forth and challenges Tamaki and her guardians in order to take Onikirimaru. The plot sets itself up to be very interesting and intricate. Sadly, that is just not what happens. The story loses pace, and to be honest, I got annoyed with it. The pace goes fast then too slow, then completely stagnant, then fast again, and so on. At some point I think the writers just thought they needed more comedy or more slice of life bits thrown in, which were unnecessary. Animation: Beautiful for the most part. The fighting scenes have continuity and elegance that I can appreciate. The backgrounds are lovely and add depth to the scenes. The characters are definitely bishie- esque so enjoy. Sound: The opening song I particularly enjoyed. The rest of the soundtrack was fitting as well. The actions scenes left something to be desired in my opinion, but it wasn’t mediocre. Characters: Besides the story, this is where the anime had its biggest flaws. The development of the characters was completely erratic, particularly Takuma’s character. While others Yuuichi and Atori were one-dimensional and predictable. I can think of 3 episodes out of the 12 where absolutely nothing happened in character development. For a 12 episode anime I feel like this is ridiculous. All in all, the characters are likeable but ultimately a bit forgettable. Overall: 5/10. The animation of Hiiro no Kakera is very beautiful and the soundtrack is well done. The plot has some good points, but without characters that develop consistently it’s hard to watch and enjoy. I think that younger anime watchers would enjoy this more than the seasoned anime watcher.

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