Far from the dungeon beneath Oraria rises a new threat, one the beautiful goddess Artemis has sworn to destroy with the help of her chosen warrior. But this fighter isn't the renowned Ais Wallenstein or another storied hero of Orario legend. Instead the fate of Artemis' quest falls upon the shoulders of Bell Cranell, who must partner with the goddess and stand against the menace lurking in the remains of a distant, ancient city. Although Bell is the ordained champion of Artemis and a member of the goddess Hestia's familia, their adventure will test every skill and take every ounce of courage that Bell has — and perhaps, along the way, turn him into the hero he has always aspired to be.
Source: Sentai Filmworks
The tricky Hermes organised a competition during a festival where the person who pulls a sword from a block of crystals wins the blessings from a goddess along with a trip around the world. Bell wins the competition and gets introduced to the mysterious goddess Artemis but that's also where all the fun and games stop. The animations and the cast are amazing as always but I do feel that the movie struggles to show how serious the situation is that our heroes find themselves in. Some of it is due to the runtime of the movie where the story feels rushed to make it all fit and some of it is due to the way that some of the cast members don't really want to share what kind of trouble our heroes find themselves in. The scenes between Bell, Hestia and Artemis are pretty magical with a great display of emotions and powerful expressions. The movie also has some excellent tunes.
This movie takes all the cliches in this genre and does them in the most irritating ways. Holy Moly dudeski, This movie had so much potential and then decided that "The Chosen one" movie cliche was the way to go.
All things said, its a lovely Greek Mythology adaptation with RPG surprise :)Considering how hard its to adapt that kind of story, I will give an overall 8Picking the review from Gozza, here is what I think: I think the animations and cast were fantastic 10/10 for both (by cast I consider which ones were selected to be part of this movie). The development of the characters were good too, even for who didn't watch the anime before and is not familiarized with them, it may inspire a great deal of curiosity for the franchise. I also do do feel (just like Gozza) that the movie struggles to show how serious the situation is that our heroes find themselves in. But the reason why, in my opinion, the Level of danger perceived by the audience is directly connected to how much the audience is aware of what is at stake for all the characters (not just the MC), how much could be lost or gain and in how long (the feeling of emergency/crises). In other to sell that feeling to the audience it requires a few things and time it’s not one of them, but how well managed is the time you have (script, time distribution, characters with few lines but deep content, etc) - otherwise we could only have good movies if they were longer than 3 hours. Even considering that scripts adaptations with Greek mythology are not a easy task, I don’t believe time was the issue, but how long with was spent with unnecessary events (the long travel for example).