During a protacted civil war that pitted the North against the South, the outnumbered Northerners used dark magic to create monstrous super-soldiers called Incarnates. Now that the war has ended, those Sacred Beasts must learn to make their way in a peaceful society, or face death at the hands of a Beast Hunter. Nancy Schaal Bancroft, the daughter of an Incarnate, turns to hunting the hunter herself. But once she catches up with her quarry, she discovers hard truths about the lives of these Sacred Beasts.
I have a different opinion than other reviewers on here. This story feels like it was dedicated to veterans and what they go through on the battlefield and once they get home. The Sacred Beasts were heroes of war, but once the war was over, they were left to deal with their scars on their own. Once their scars overcame their sanity, they were hunted down and exterminated. The plot isn't the greatest. It could have been done better. But it's a reminder about the reality of war, especially civil war. Every one of the Sacred Beasts was a gentle person before the military turned them into a science experiment. They went insane because they gave their lives for their country. You see their pain alongside the careless decisions of leadership. They were all used as pawns. Even the humans who are supposed to be defending the country from the Sacred Beasts who went mad get sacrificed. The story is a testament to the evils of war and the greed of those at the top who lead their people to their deaths.
It's bad. Themes are there "you never leave war behind"; which is like, heck yeah, PTSD themes. The anwser to that? Murder everyone who can't leave war behind! Because they can't function in society anymore! and never will be able to! Sure, it's saying that is because they were tested on and became super-human Beast-gods-mythical creatures. But... yeah no. Characters are stale, rigid, and not... there. The action and animation of it is better than passable! Gunwork and the characters are just... boring, with no real motivation, dynamics, or drive.And what motivation there is "yeah you are broken so you have to die... WE PROMISED SO DIE" and like, ew? fuck that? Watch Fairy Gone instead, and be disappointed in similar ways, but at least it has characters and real motivation, and mild growth, and mild plot
Preachy and Predictable Story is pretty much a generic and water downed version of Tales of Rebirth for the PS2. Hank is your standard brooding stoic beefcake with a dead love interest and don't do any much with him to standout. Other than to be Bara doujin fodder, hence why the show likes to have him shirtless whenever he's in bed or morph into Werewolf form. Schaal was a naive damsel disguised as a Gunslinging Badass Normal who dosen't even live up to that part. As well as to be a Faux Love Interest to Hank for shipping bait purposes that don't go anywhere. Liza just exists to be Fanservice, considering that her huge curves have more personality than Liza herself. Cain Madhouse (Yes that's his name...) is basically a generic non flamboyant Vampiric version of Creed from Black Cat without the flamboyance that made Creed a fun and more memorable villain, with a basic wanting to rule the world motivation. And Claude one notely hates and wants to kill all Incarnatus and his own brother Cain. And that's all there is to him. Animation Quality is decent, but the Action Scenes are mediocrely choreographed and animated, which isn't a good thing for an action heavy show. The only positive aspect I can genuinely give praise is that it got a Really Nice English Dub with Ray Chase in a lead role as Hank, along with Erika Harlacher, Cherami Leigh, Mick Wingert, and Billy Kametz. But since it's pretty clear most people on AP don't care or dislike English Dubs, there's very little to no appeal this show has going for.
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