Haruma Riku begins high school with no future in sight. Then, in a passing glance, his attention is captured by the wild, animal-like movements of a student on the school's athletic field. He jumps higher, runs faster, and tries harder than anyone Riku has ever seen. That student is Kariya Akira, and the sport he plays is the one Riku attempted in the past but gave up: rugby. As he watches Akira running in a rough, unrefined gait, Riku gives him a bit of advice without thinking, and those words end up setting his passion for rugby alight again. With this first encounter between these two young men, one tactical and the other physical, a new light begins to shine on Riku's future.
The Moon and the Sun
Athleticism and Tactics
The Past and the Future
Failing and Overcoming
Opposition and Oaths
Cleansing and Conflict
Frenzy and Ambush
Rugby and Chess
Pawns and Teammates
Soran and Sekirei
Confidence and Trust
Younger and Elder
Even though this series is based off of a manga, realisitically Try Knights was created solely to capitalized on Japan hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup. So in a way it felt like a 12-episode advertisement for the sporting event. The effort used in the making of Try Knights pretty much proves this. The main story focuses on a pair of rugby-playing brothers with different attitudes and career paths. The older brother has a superiority complex and views the younger brother as unfit to play the sport. The older brother prefers atleticism while the younger brother favors a more tactical approach to the sport (which was explained by his chess background midway into the series). The younger brother builds a team at his new school with a bunch of raw, rowdy players - some are actually very skilled in the sport - to take down the more prestigious powerhouse school the older brother and his band of "knights" attend (they even sit in a round table like in medieval times) during the high school tournament. It's a very cliched, uninteresting story which seems to progress very slowly and was hard to watch. The animation was by far the worse part of the series. At times I couldn't tell if the players were playing rugby union or rugby sevens (the shorter version of the game) because the characters were too spaced out on the pitch, and there wasn't much physical contact in a sport known for being pretty brutal. The scenes of the actual gameplay were hard to watch, and most of the time it looked like still-motion animation; there was no fluidity or continuity in the animation, which was very disappointing. I'm led to believe that there was a very small or tight budget set on this series, and the quality showed. It also didn't help that the series was the almagination of a once-strong studio that has seen better days (GONZO) and a studio mostly know for producing hentai (Seven). The characters were pretty cookie-cutter and cliched, typical of any average sports anime. As someone that values character relationships and development, there was none to be found in this series. I coudn't find any character to really root for or support. The OP and ED songs were okay, but nothing special or memorable. The only positive that I can draw out of this series is that they did give out good explanations of some of the basic rules of rugby. So even someone who's new to the sport or has never seen a rugby match can get a decent understanding on how the game works. Rugby is starting to gain popularity in Japan, and this is the second rugby-specific anime out there that I watched (the other is the vastly superior All Out!!). But as far as sports anime goes in general, Try Knights is one of the worst you'll watch.
Alright hear me out XD Jesus Christ I wanted to drop this at episode three but I decided to hold on and continue watching because I had already dropped YU-NO the same week - 3 - I liked episode one. I thought it was interesting and I liked the dynamic between Riku and Akira and I still do like them after completing the show. But that CG was so AWFUL. I actually had to pause some earlier episodes because the animation was so terrible and the art was sooo inconsistent to the point where it was literally killing me to watch ;3; I thought the message behind it was nice. Like you should always try even if people tell you can't do it! Although you could probably get that message from a billion better animes :/ The last episodes, specifically the last two, were good in my opinion (especially in comparison to the beginning). I wish they expanded more on the brothers relationship because seriously Reo goes from being a complete dick to be supportive in like five seconds - 3 -. Also they never say who won the final friggin match! And now they're on a team together in the Olympics or something??? But anyway, I'm definitely gonna read the manga. Maybe I'll enjoy it more without the animation distracting the crap out of me and hopefully everything won't be so rushed. P.S- If you want to animate something badly PLEASE don't pick a sports anime! Just seems like a bad idea :P Double P.S- I'm not good at rating things so don't kill me pls
this show fails massively as a sports anime and its disappointing because i had great expectations for it. the manga has a cool art style/concept and is apparently better. GONZO just failed to deliver a good adaptation. the animation was very low budgeted and it was painfully noticeable... it threw me off from the very first episode. the storyline and characters were as mundane as they could get.... i was hoping for a redeeming quality in any way or form but i couldn’t move past the 3rd episode... if you’re a lover of sports anime don't bother watching!
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