For one wish, they’ll risk it all. The time has come for the Twelve Tournament—held every twelve years. For twelve proud warriors, each bearing a name from the Chinese Zodiac, they’ll prepare to fight in a bloody battle royal. The victor gets any one wish they desire, but they’ll have to do whatever it takes to earn it. Blood and tears will flow on this battlefield—who will be the lone survivor?
This had so much potential, all wasted. I enjoyed the animation and the music. Action scenes were decent. Lacking depth of plot and the weak character development really was the worst part of this. After the first episode or two, the novelty had worn off, and the killer bunny no longer fascinated as much. Also, whoever decided it was a great idea to spoil the final victor, you'll pick up on what I mean if you're paying attention while you watch, should have their pay docked. It turned into more of, "I know who dies next, wonder how they'll meet their end. Never really found myself rooting for any of the characters, usually just left feeling "Meh, so he/she/they died". I kept watching hoping that it would improve, but the final episode and ending were a huge let down.
Juuni Taisen is a very underrated and under appreciated anime. People were not prepared for the very harsh yet realistic themes portrayed in Juuni Taisen. I think this is one of the best animated dramas to come out within the last few years. Surpassing other life and death dramas that I call my favorites such as Death Note and the video game version of Danganronpa. And is in my opinion on par with the Zero Escape series. It is not only the themes and the plot twists, but also the emotions that the characters go through and how personal each characters back stories feel. The music is also one of the animes strong points in my opinion, there are some songs that are so action-packed or sad that I would say that it is one of the best soundtracks in modern anime. All in all, I would say Juuni Taisen is a near masterpiece in my opinion is one of my favorite animes of all time. 9/10
STORY: Is there even one? I honestly don't know. There's a bunch of shallow characters fighting to death; who needs plot? The problem is with the thrill. There simply isn't any, because you know who's going to die even before watching the episode, thanks to names of the episodes and the ending. As for the characters backstories, they are mostly boring, yet some of them present interesting ideas at least, but, of course, the execution manages to butcher them each and every time. ANIMATION: It's nice to look at, I suppose, but it's not anything special. And as the show progresses, the budget visibly lowers. The random 3D moments are ridiculously disturbing. SOUND: There's a wide variety of voices, which fit the characters very well. And that's a nice change from all the high-pitched screaming females and grunting males. The soundtrack doesn't really stand out, but the opening and ending fit in well with the overall feeling of the series. CHARACTERS The only reason worth watching this show. The most interesting feature of the characters is without a doubt their design. Everyone looks so ridiculously edgy it's hilarious. They don't have any actual personalities, safe for a few basic characteristics, but this is not the type of anime where you'd look for one, and as for picking favourites, you'd best do with either picking the edgiest or the one who represents your zodiac sign. OVERALL: Everybody, clap your hands! It's an edgefest. What more can I say? Watched for the Anime Lottery Game FALL 2017
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