Sands of Destruction

Alt title: World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin

TV (13 eps)
3.497 out of 5 from 4,097 votes
Rank #6,106

In a world where humans are enslaved by beast men, there is one person who wishes to destroy it all: Morute, the leader of the World Destruction Committee. She sets out on a journey with an ancient artifact known as the "Destruct Code," a device rumored to have the power to destroy the world and turn everything back into sand. Along the way she finds two companions: the kind-hearted human Kyrie, and aspiring hero and beast man Toppi. Together the trio travels the world, always staying out of reach of the World Salvation Committee. Will they discover the secrets of the Destruct Code, and more importantly, succeed at destroying the world?

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Sands of Destruction starts off with a unique storyline, interesting world, and solid animation. The world they live in is primarily ruled by beastmen, and humans play the role of the disenfranchised minority. The main character has a mission to destroy the world and carries a black sphere with the power to do it. She just doesn't know how it works. A plucky, confused cook joins her and a rough and tumble pirate bear makes it a trio.After three episodes the show plummets into mediocrity and loses in all the categories it has thus far championed. The girl with the epic death wish wanders aimlessly and has some remarkably juvenile reasons for wanting oblivion. She loses credibility as a dark antihero. If it happened slowly throughout the series I could see it working, but they defanged her way too quickly. The cook doesn't get tougher for the company he keeps and stays shrugging and stumbling throughout the story. The bear speaks the proud language of his people which, regrettably for the viewer, involves him ending every sentence with "kuma." Every single one. Imagine someone saying "period" after every utterance. It's a neat idea that is painful to behold.The animation also dives to head shaking levels. Three frame movements and combat choreography gimmicks steal the action.All in all, this starts off with a lot of promise and then sinks quickly to a run of the mill cheap anime title with nothing new offered and nothing new gained. It's a better ride than most S.A.V.E. titles, but that's not saying much. There might be something special here for fans of the game, but for your average anime viewer, there are only characters as dry as sand, and pacing that makes you yearn for destruction.

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