Takeru and Takeshi are best friends, and rivals in their school's kendo club. But when a strange earthquake somehow transports them and their friends to a fantasy land filled with strange creatures and evil spirits, the two friends find themselves separated in a world on the brink of war. While Takeru decides to find his lost companions and fight to save the world, Takeshi sets off on a path to find a new purpose and gain recognition...even if that path that leads him away from his friends. The battle for the fate of the world approaches; will the friends ever be reunited?
VOICES FROM THE DREAMS
A STRANGE WORLD
THE WAY THIS WORLD IS
FOUR SACRED BEASTS
CONFRONTATION IN A FORTRESS
A PEACEFUL TIME
THINGS TO PROTECT
THE TWO SPIRITS
Please keep in mind this is my first review. This story is about two guys and four girls who all go to the same school. They get transported to another world and the group gets seperated by certain circumstances. The world they're in apparently is in a war with two sides, one being the humans and the other being evil spirits. The evil spirits want to connect both worlds to create a perfect one while the humans in the "Ne" world want to protect their world. The story had a lot of potential I think, but the problem was the animation and parts of the story. The story started off well but at times it made no sense and stuff was explained really poorly. There was very little character development, even in the short 12 episodes you learn little of the characters and feel nothing from them at the end. This show didn't leave an impact on me at all, almost as if I didn't watch it. The character designs were pretty good in my opinion, they just weren't developed at all sadly. Overall, if you have nothing to watch, I still wouldn't reccomend this show. But if you really wanted to watch it and waste your time go ahead. It's not that it was bad, it just wasn't good.
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: While fine it is a bit underwhelming for a series that aired in 2005. For some reason I thought it was much older than it actually is. Still, how the anime looks shouldn't matter as long as it does what it is supposed to do: Show you a story and this it does. Sound: No real complaints actually, it's pretty ok. Voice actors are good and I don't remember any music either. This is how I generally prefer my anime. Characters: The main character is Takeru. He goes to school with his best friends and trains hard in his grandfathers dojo. He cares deeply for his friends and will fight for what he believes in. Takeshi he is Takeru's childhood friend and they train at the same dojo where he is the undisputed number 1. After a falling out they become bitter rivals to the horror of their friends. Story. Takeru's life has been good. He does decent in school, has good friends and loves his kendo classes with the man who took him in. Things take a turn for the worse when his kando master picks him to represent the dojo instead of Takeshi, who takes it badly. Before they can settle things they are suddenly transported to an unknown world where a endless war is being fought. Before he can figure what is going on he and Takeshi are seperated with both ending up on the opposing side. With both friend now fighting in a war that isn't theirs they must settle their differences or face each other on the field of battle. Rant. This anime is very flawed but ultimately fine. It didn't piss me off and that is what matters the most these days. With the amount of garbage coming out of Japan these days I take everything I can get. The place where this anime fails spectacularly is in its charecters and story. The main problem is the rivalry between Takeru and Takeshi. We are TOLD that they are the best friends instead of being SHOWN. We are TOLD that Takeshi is the best fighter instead of being SHOWN. Granted there is the one fight where Takeshi beats Takeru but nothing beyond that. The master appoints Takeshi as the one to represent the dojo, Takeshi challnges and Takeru beats him. Next thing we see is Takeshi embracing his dark side and switching to douche mode. He actually assaults one of their female friends and Takeru takes offence. Before things get uglier the world starts to get weird and everyone is transported to another world. The problem with this is that this is the first episode. So much is set up in this episode but does it so poorly that it is utterly wasted. Especially Takeshis' shift comes out of nowhere because we never got to properly know him. The first episode should have focused completely on their relationship and kendo sports. You need to set up the fact that Takeru throws his fights and the reason why so that Takeshis' reaction to losing makes sense. When you fail to do this then it is pointless because you do not care about any of it. The thing is that there are some bogus episodes that could have easily been cut to make room. Initially they try desperately to go home and they work hard to make that happen. They do make it back and stay home for a day before they decide to go back and get Takeshi, who stayed in the alternate world. Again, this makes the entire journey there utterly pointless and wasted our time watching it. The exposition side also sucks ass. One of the people who got transported over to the world is a mole and she betrays the group to the enemy. Do not worry about who it is as you will know before the first episode ends so the reveal is again, pointless. Anyway she betrays the group and takes one of them captive. Once at the base she contacts her master and he then explains her back story. She of course knows this story because it is very much HER story. She should damn well know it because she has LIVED it. That means that the ONLY reason why he is there flapping his mouth is to tell her story to YOU, the viewer. You will not care. If you want her story known then there is a easier and natural way to do it. She has one of her party captive. Have her walk over to her prisoner and have the prisoner say one simple word: Why? Once that is done she can tell her story in a natural way and create some drama between the characters. You can create sympathy for the characters and go in so many directions but the way they did it is both stupid and pointless.
Before I get into my review of this anime, let me first say I initially saw this series back for the first time in 2010 on an app called crackle on my old ipod. Because the title was in Japanese I totally forgot the name of it. I've been searching for this series for the last 8 years and I finally found it thanks to this website. I just finished re-watching it again, so with that being said let me get into my review.Story:Looking at this from a story point only, I think the structural design of the plot is very well developed. I've always loved the fact that this group of friends gets split apart into 2 seperate views and is forced to fight against eachother for what they think is right. Absolutely 10/10 on story.Characters:Each of the characters is very unique. I can't say I've yet seen an anime where 2 main charcters (who are best friends) names both start with T. Aside from that, if you look at each of the characters qualities, they are very unique from eachother in their own way. Minus the fact that the background characters are a bit bland, all of the main characters each have distiguishable traits. Easy 8/10 for characters.Animation:I feel like this category is controversial simply because this series was made back in 2006. If you compare this animation with anime like InuYasha, you'll notice that the animation style is very much designed in a similar means. With that being said, I am reviewing this category on a standpoint from what 2006 animation was like. Back in 2006 HD simply did not exist, so if you look at quality, the best comparison would be against something like InuYasha. I had a difficult time locating a place where I could even watch this series again online. When I did locate places, the best I could find was probably either a 360p or 480p resolution NOT on a 16:9 ratio screen. So with such a quality loss it is hard to determine how good the animation had a potential to be. However, presuming 1080 HD did exist, I would have to presume it would have been as good as InuYasha's anime. So with that said, I am going 5/10 on animation for equal balance in results vs assumption.Sound:Again, another controversial category. Sound back in 2006 was not crystal clear HD. So I will be rating this again on a standpoint from 2006 based on a comparison of what InuYasha's sound was like. The music in general was alright, the OP and ED were very good in my perspective from 2006. The ED in my opinion is probably the best piece of music in the series, followed by the OP. The pieces of battle music while the fights were taking place definitely made the fights stand out and feel like a fight. However, the use of musical sound fx (not including battle fx such as sword clashes, jumping, standard combat effects) were a bit annoying to listen to while the battle music was playing. Another thing I found annoying was that there was only ever 1 song played on a flute that comes up a lot in the series. I think a more creative approach could have been taken on that. Overall, I liked the music that was played and the combat fx were pretty good all for what 2006 was. I give sound a 5/10 for good use of music but bad use of musical sound fx and annoying repetitive use of flute.Overall:Overall, I give this series a 7/10, because thats what you get when you add 10+5+5+8 /4. :pOn a personal note, after having this anime's plot vaguely stuck in my head for the last 8 years. I can say that the scenes were very different then how I'd forgotten they actually were. Very similar, but very different. I love this series for every bit of what it's worth, and I'm very glad I got to find it again.I would highly recommend giving this series a watch even though it is very old. And keep in mind the 2006 guidelines when making your final personal opinion of this show. :)
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