Welcome to the Asterisk War review! It's spoiler free. Asterisk War is originally a light novel series written by by Yuu Miyazaki and illustrated by Okiura. I'm reviewing the anime adaptation, season 1.
Invertia… an unprecedented disaster that struck the world during the 20th century. Because of this disaster, numerous cities around the world were destroyed. However, within the meteor, an unknown element called mana was discovered, which allowed human technology to make rapid strides. This also gave rise to a new species of human born with unique skills – the Star Pulse Generation. The setting for the world’s greatest comprehensive battle spectacle, the Festas, is an academy city above the water surrounded by six academies called Rikka also commonly known as Asterisk. Via Crunchyroll
Where to Watch This Show?
AnimeLab - Australia and New Zealand
Crunchyroll - North America, Central America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand
Daisuki - Europe (except Germany) and Asia (except Japan, South Korea, China, India) [October 3rd] + North America, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand
FUNimation - USA and Canada
Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld
The setting produces a huge world with a wealth of characters due to the huge tournament encompassing different academies.
While the fantasy show features more science than magic, it gives a variety to weaponry and "puppets" that are more like robots.
Like any other harem, it brings a chance to spotlight different characters in different matches. It doesn't soley focus on Ayato. It has quite a bit diversity in matches.
With their strengths, it does make flaws. With a huge overworld, it spends limited time unequally on characters. If you had a favorite, you might or not have enough spotlight. Season 1 had a good episode for Saya and Kirin. However, you don't see much of Claudia or Ayato's past with his older sister as much.
Pacing is a bit slow. Personally, I was sleepy during the beginning of the show. I felt the show picked up when it talked about lux, a series of weapons created with magic and science. Lux has a different side effect.
Due to the pacing and large cast issues, the love interests and protagonist aside from Kirin in this show get limited development.
For a harem series, it doesn't distinguish quick enough within its first three episodes. It still carries the generic light novel based harem. Its pilot is riddled with cliches.
Overall, the series has potential but it didn't do as well within its 12 episode run for the first season. It's merely introducing the characters and the world, but it doesn't have much pull in its huge cast and main characters for folks to attach to. With every season producing harem shows, Asterisk War needs to distinguish itself from the flock. For folks who are used to the harem cliches, they want something fresh and new.
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