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Glasletter

  • Joined Apr 2, 2017
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The Faraway Paladin

Jan 7, 2022

Yes, it is a slow burn anime. No, that's not a detriment to the feel of the show.

The time they took in the first 3-5ish episodes made it feel like an extended prologue almost, but it also added so much more weight to the conflict and "inciting incident" that propells the show going forward. It takes a very realistic approach to dealing with how the world is and what can be done about it, with no "One OP character fixes all" solutions but rather a gradual approach to the natural world that is being built.

Of course, if there were no second season this would be an overall failure of an anime, as again the whole thing is basically establishing the world, the conflicts, the power systems and so on. If I were to compare it to any individual show that flows similarly, I would say it is actually very similar to Ascendance of a Bookworm.

Overall, it's unique, surprisingly emotionally connective and definitely worth the watch if you're willing to stick around for what comes next.

8/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

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