Is it the Yu-Gi-Oh of this season?
|Since nobody wants to take this poor baby, I decided to take this anime. At least, for the FI. I’m curious whether this will be a replica of Yu-Gi-Oh or not.|
It turned out that this anime has nothing to do with Yu-Gi-Oh or any other card game. Yes, this means that nobody here takes out a deck of cards and summon monsters from it. Instead, the characters only have one card to capture and control the creature from one of the Worlds. To make long story short, weird black holes appeared all over the world, and from these worlds, strange creatures began attacking the humans. There are five worlds, and from each world comes different kind of creatures – white world for celestial beings, black world for demons, green world for green (plant creatures), blue world or mecha and related things like that. Well, the whole setting is pretty interesting to me, and it seems that it has some kind of potential to create something deep. At least, I’m glad the setting and the system has nothing to do with card games.
What about the cards the characters posses? They’re actually cards to capture the creatures and control them, and only soldiers can have those. So yeah, about five teenagers having those cards… It’s a strange story, really, but only Asuka’s story is shown. He’s supposed to be a laid-back character who is frugal as hell yada yada until he meets this weird loli shrine maiden that gives him the card, telling him to save the world and so on. It’s a typical way for main characters to gain their powers. How he acquired his monster, the celestial being Fierte, is pretty silly too. Asuka catches the angel falling from the sky, and some random chick named Ayase appears out of nowhere with her demon, telling Asuka to hand over the injured angel.
Andddd will Asuka give the angel? *drum rolls* It’s not revealed yet actually, since Asuka’s story starts in the later half of the episode. Yep, the anime starts with Mikado’s invasion of Kobe with his creature Alexander, and Asuka with Ayase and a loli named Azumi try to stop Mikado. It seems that they’re doing the episode just like Magi’s first episode where they show the climax first then shifts to the beginning of the story. Ah well, having the similar style as Magi‘s first episode is fine, but will this anime be as good as Magi, we’ll see.
I said that this anime turned out to be interesting, and I really mean it. I did not expect this anime to be this decent. The story is the one that caught me off-guard, since it has nothing to do with cards. You’d guess that it’s only about a bunch of teenagers fighting some kind of tournament like Gundam Build Fighters and Beyblade, but it turned out that Yamaguchi Yuuji the director took the setting seriously and exploits it to the max. Which, I say, he did a good job at since I bet most of the audience didn’t expect the story to be this serious and non-card-related. And it seems that the director likes to play with timeline too, seeing how he shifts back and forth from flashback to the present in this episode (by the way, I see that many complained about this part of the anime, which is weird since Magi the first episode has the same format and yet everybody went all “yeaahhh!!!!” for it. Hmmmmm).
None of the characters are fully delved except Asuka, but I already like Asuka that many people hate. I don’t know what to hate, really. He seems frugal by considering his job and saving his city to be important to him, but I can see why since his mother is sick and he has no expense for entertainment whatsoever since the money goes to his mother’s hospitalization. Many also complained about his fear of height when his angel carries him while flying, but I think anime characters have the right to not overcome their fears in a snap. Despite the complains from others, I see Asuka as a perfectly healthy teenager (with acrophobia) that acts like a real teenager. Not emo, not angsty, just a teenager who has a part-time job to earn extra cash. What’s wrong with that kind of character? He’s definitely refreshing, and I like him like that.
As it can be seen, I actually like this anime. The only thing that disappoints me from this anime is the animation and the crappy fighting scenes that are anti-climatic. Oh well, nothing is perfect. This post might seem like my defense of this anime, and it is. I see many not liking it and dropping it for the silliest things (which, strangely, also happen in many anime), but I see it as a decent anime with potential to develop. Unfortunately, I won’t blog this since I have too much in my hands already. Not blogging it won’t stop me from watching this anime though.