Ibuki is the descendant of the royal family of an island country called Nil Kamui, a country torn by war between two countries D'Natia and Kōran who are fighting for supremacy. The guardian deity of the country Red Dragon went out of control ceasing to be it's protector and killing it's own citizens. Ibuki then joins forces with a variety of people from these 3 countries and goes on an expedition in order to stop the chaos created by Red Dragon and to stop the war whilst gaining back the country's independance by becoming the country's king. Ibuki starts in the series as someone pure of heart wanting only good for everyone around him and after gaining Red Dragon's power, which is a life for a life or in other words him having to sarcifice a friend to unleash Red Dragon's power and kill an enemy of choice, he is slowly torn apart by the deaths of his dear friends calling his power a curse he wishes to get rid of. As the series progresses he learns to accept the consequences of his choices as well as the power of Red Dragon and slowly builds his personality towards that of a true king.
The series focuses on character development showing how the events throughout the series change the perspectives and way of thinking of the main cast. A few of the others in the main cast include Swallow Cratsvalley, a new recruit of the D'Natia special forces who have made a contract with their guardian deity Black Dragon, whom is cursed and also wishes to get rid of this curse putting him more or less in the same boat as Ibuki, Eiha whom serves as Ibuki's guardian and is a 'bounded one' meaning her body is linked to a monster and Zhenhua Lou an assassin from a religious organization in Kōran who wishes nothing but to kill and serve her master. Throughout the series a lot of difficulty decisions have to be made and it is shown thoroughly how they affect the affiliated characters of the main cast's psyche. Chaos Dragon also shows some good animation having quite some detail in the surroundings and while it does in great detail show the situations in the country of Nil Kamui is doesn't flesh out the world well making the locations not interesting in the least. Nonetheless the important parts do get enough attention so the story is completely understandable and the characters of the main group are fleshed out quite well all having their backstory revealed and showing signs of varying emotions. The music in the series is pretty point on, being mostly dramatic and when an action scene arises the music adapts perfectly.
As the series progresses the main cast is killed off rather quickly one at a time and almost every episode has a death, resulting in a lot of moments about feelings and the main group thinning. At the end of each episode there's also a picture shown of the main cast with characters that have been killed being crossed and appearing completely in red, but there also lies some spoilers in there. Somethimes a character is half crossed which indicates that it will be killed off the next episode spoiling a bit of the series within itself. This quick killing off makes growing fond of characters hard since they might just die the next episode. Also while the animation overall is good in the series, the CGI animated beasts seem a bit too forced in clashing with the regular animation making those animated beasts a bit of an eyesoar.
My final thoughts on the series is that by killing off the characters in such a rapid pace you fail to get attached to them making the story a lot less enjoyable. The creators of the series could've made the killing off pace a bit slower and used the time to flesh out the world which is also where most of the details in animation seemed to have gone into. Doing that also would allow the people watching the series to live in more with the characters having the series bring the drama over better since with the series as it was i felt indifferent towards all of it. Overall i wouldn't recommend the series to other people for it's quality as a story, but it barely passes as a time killer still having some value in character developments and animation.
I watched the show, and it was confusing as hell. Had to rewatch episodes. Still felt story telling was a mess especially at the ending. I was like what happened? Did she fuse with her dog?
Agreed with you on the characters. I didn't feel any sympathy for any of the character deaths except for the blonde girl who was killed by Juzo. She cared for Sweallow. I didn't think Sweallow had any remorse at all.
CG was really awkward. It didn't look pretty.
If you are going to kill off characters, take a page from Akame ga Kill. Some won't agree with me. I felt that series flesh its characters enough to make you care for their deaths.
Great review! Seems like everyone is writing in paragraph form. I guess I'll do that. Bullet form is pretty short for me.
Taka Thanks! As for your question at the end: Her soul and her dog's soul got merged and put into a new body, at least that's how i see it from what Red Dragon explained. As for the Akame ga Kill yeah i agree partially killing off the main cast still eventually made you feel kind of indifferent towards it, but the fleshing out the characters surely made the first few deaths especially more emotional. When the pattern gets obvious though and you get the feeling everyone will die you'll care less but till then they touch the feels because they're fleshed out.
Also yeah paragraph form is used more because i'll be honest it looks more personal than bullet form. Shows you've put your thoughts into writing the review and that you thought about the reasoning.
Oh yeah, you're right. It gets predictable. No wonder, I felt less emotional and attached in the latter ends of Akame ga Kill than the beginning of Akame ga Kill (except for a few characters I got attached to since they were a big part of the show and killing them made it feel emptier). The shock factor was big.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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