Quick & Dirty
Initial Interest: High
Favorite Character: Kazuma
Likely to Finish: Definitely
Four years ago, Kazuma Kannagi was defeated by his cousin Ayano Kannagi for the right to be the successor of Enraiha, a sword passed down in the Kannagi family. His defeat, along with his lack of talent for En-Jutsu, the fire arts, the Kannagis’ specialty, resulted in his banishment from the family. Now, Kazuma returns as Kazuma Yagami, a skilled master of Fū-Jutsu, the wind arts. (Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)
So I read the synopsis on Netflix at some point and thought it sounded pretty interesting, but I promptly forgot what it was about. It’s been waiting for me for some time. Every time I see the cover art on my Netflix queue I think that it looks intriguing and I tell myself I should watch it. Now that I’ve reacquainted myself with the plot summary my interest is redoubled. So here goes.
Kazuma won favorite character within the first two minutes of his arrival. It’s pretty rare to see a character who is overwhelmingly powerful and justifiably cocky from the get-go but Kazuma is that character. He comes into the series as the single most powerful character and he knows it. Honestly it was kind of refreshing. He is every bit as awesome as say Vash in Trigun, Kira by the end of Gundam Seed or Goku at just about any point in Dragonball Z but he doesn’t spend any time pretending to be stupid or trying to level up because he’s already powerful and he’s proud of the fact.
This series is amazing. The premise sounded interesting to me but they seem to have pulled it off more beautifully than I could have hoped. I think the sure power of Kazuma is the main reason it’s as cool as it is. You’ve run into the series where the main character is cool and all but you’re just waiting for that really awesome ass-kicking moment. Well Kazuma starts off kicking ass and by the end of episode 4 has had a crowning moment of awesome. And you still want to see more because he’s just that cool.
What they did well: Kazuma is an awesome character with believable motivations. Also he has a back story that I can’t wait to find out. By then end of episode 4 we’ve already resolved our first story arc in which Kazuma nd Ayano tag team to fight a demon. There are still 20 episodes and that’s the start they made so I can’t wait to see what the meat of the story is going to be about. The animation is great as well.
What they didn’t do well: While Kazuma is awesome the rest of the cast leaves a little to be desired. Ayano is your typical useless female character that is so common in anime, she also doubles as the weak character who is intent on proving her strength. Basically she’s annoying, which wouldn’t be so bad if she weren’t a main character. We then have Ren, Kazuma’s little brother who is our resident squishy character. He’s small, cute, clingy, and weak to the point that he has to be protected almost any time there is danger. He gets a small saving pass because he actually gets to fight for a while in one episode, but he still comes off as cliché. After that we have Ayano’s two friends who play a pretty small role, as main character’s friends often do. And we have the Kannagi clan which seems to be made almost entirely of total assholes. The head of the family, Jugo Kannagi, seems to mostly be okay. There are also two other characters that I know will be important but in 5 episodes have had around 5 lines between them, so I can’t much comment on them yet. I also felt like the Enraiha – the special sword of the Kannagi clan – looked pretty lame and seemed pretty weak. The weak thing though, I think, has more to do with it being wielded by Ayano who is weak herself.
Next Official Review: Up for suggestion. Darker Than Black if not otherwise requested.