Humans are under attack! The evil God of Death Thanatos is on a rampage, and it's up to Pit to put a stop to the Underworld Army's path of destruction. Armed with the Power of Flight that was granted to him from the goddess Palutena, Pit sets forth to complete his goal.
I was able to catch this three parter 3D "Anime" on the Nintendo Video program on my 3DS (where as far as I can tell it was intended to be released as an exclusive). Now while I've never been too impressed by the movies Nintendo Video has to offer or how limited the releases that it's content gets, somehow I was able to see all three episodes (and it's nice to finally see something Video Game related on a service provided by Nintendo). This "Anime" was of course made in promotion of Kid Icarus: Uprising, an upcoming action game set to be released on the 3DS. The last time we saw a Kid Icarus game was Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters in 1991 on the Gameboy, which was a sequel to the 1986 Kid Icarus game for the Nintendo Entertainment system. Of course the main character Pit did appear in Super Smash Bros. Braw; But enough history for now. The story is simple enough. The God of Death Thanatos has hijacked a Trojan horse like vehicle and it is up to Pit (being aided by the Goddess Palutena). The Anime is only 9 minutes long and spoiling the plot really isn't worth it. But I find myself questioning why Nintendo believes the God of Death is an eccentic fat man with a skull on top of his head. As weird as Thanatos is, he is sort of funny. Speaking of funny, there are a few jokes worth mentioning, namely the "Thanatos's Blog" joke and when Thanatos screams "RAAAAGE QUIIIIT!" in a little epilogue at the end. The real point of watching it is the Animation. It's decent, considering it's meant to watched on a 3DS screen. Although I don't remember ever being totally impressed by any 3D effects. But even without 3D the animation is decent, and definitely stands out from what else Nintendo Video has released. All in all, this is a short time waster that's worth seeing on the 3DS for the animation and quirkiness. But if you don't have a 3DS I wouldn't suggest looking for videos of the episodes online, especially if they've been made by pointing a camera at a 3DS screen.
I stumbled upon this 3-minute/3-episode-short "anime" on the home page, hoping it would be one of those animes that I randomly find and turn out to be quite worthwhile. Sadly, I was wrong. The main plot is the God of Death, A.K.A. Thanatos, some flamboyant monster with a talking skull on top of his real head, is on a rampage to destroy a city or two. It's up to the protagonist, Pit, to stop him. Pit is aided by the Power of Flight, which is granted to him by a goddess. Sounds like a typical action/fantasy anime, yes? I guess that's why I didn't really like it too much. However, the only reason I actually gave Kid Icarus: Thanatos Rising a rating higher than 1 is because there were a few jokes I actually found funny. The "blog" & "flip flops" joke made me chuckle. And at the end, Thanatos screams "raaaage quit!" Anyway, I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone. Not unless they like this sort of.. fantasy/action mix. Oh and, the English dub voice actors sound similar to Pokemon's. Plus, they both have some lame jokes that are bound to make you giggle, so I guess I'd recommend this to anyone who likes Pokemon.