Having anticipated the arrival of this anime for quite some time, I was excited to find out that the time had finally come. Time for a nerd-gasm. Yeah, I said that. I saw the trailer for this new anime on Anime News Network and fell in love right away. It seemed to be more serious and had a lot of good looking characters. Like I previously mentioned, nerd-gasm. Ye.
Usually, I wait for the anime to finish airing so I don’t have to wait for new episodes, but with this one, it seemed nearly impossible.
So let’s begin with the review on Episode 1 ~Show Summary:
A young ninja named Saizo Kirigakure is trying to find meaning and direction in his life when he encounters Isanami, who is fleeing from assassins. He manages to save her life, and she then asks him to act as her bodyguard until she reaches her destination. When they arrive in the protected territory of Sanada, Saizo falls into a meeting with Sasuke Sarutobi, leader of the famed ninja group. Sanada has gathered these bold and talented ninjas together in order to bring an end to Japan’s era of war. Meanwhile, Isanami’s mysterious hidden power comes to light.
(Source: NIS America)I love how from the very beginning the story begins to show Saizo as a loner with no purpose. My kinda guy.He meets Isanami when she is being pursued by ninjas that are trying to kill her. She begs for him to save her, which at first he refuses, and succumbs due to her enemies pursuit of him. I like how even though Isanami is putting up a tough front, she really is afraid. Also, the fact that she’s direct and assertive for a girl who’s been, basically, left alone to protect herself. Her bravery is admirable and the anime portrayed that brilliantly.This is one of the few shows that actually reveals some indication of what the premise is, in the first episode. I SUPPOSE it’s fun to know where the storyline is going as opposed to sitting through 100 episodes, kindly mumbling, “Huh?”. This one actually had the perfect balance of, “Huh?” and, “Yeah! I see where this is going!”. You could see the characters relationships form, and the different warriors with their hate towards other clans. You know, the good stuff.Though now I am wondering whether Isanami will be one of the ten warriors or just a priestess binding them together. It may be detrimental to my health if i don’t find out soon.One downside, and it’s a very mild complaint, is the portrayal of the fighting and how delicately it was done. More aesthetic than aggressive. BUT, and this is a very big but, I do believe it matched this style of anime very well. I like my ninja/samurai shows to have more action scenes where they are actually fighting. So there’s that.
It was also a big surprise to see Isanami’s powers, and their kick ass ability to destroy everything in their path. I mean, kick ass or mildly disturbing. To each his own. Obviously though, she has no recollection of what she’s done portraying the sweetest naïve girl. Kind of like me after a breakup.
One of the more interesting, and standout, characters is Sanada; a very curious fella. He’s sneaky, manipulative, conniving and cunning. Some of the qualities I look to avoid with friends, boyfriends or business associates. Pets are okay, since I cant throw my cat out on the street after all this time. When it benefits him, he’ll be your aid but should it ever hinder his goal? You’re under the bus. He’ll play any role in order to pursue whatever it is he needs which means I am looking most forward to his character unravel. Hopefully I’m onto something and not just irrationally suspicious. And if that’s the case, I’ll deny I said anything.
THE BEST PART OF THE SHOW!!!-The characters are not annoying. I know, I know, you think I’m generalizing but this show has no stereotypical stupidity that is prevalent in most anime. I tell you, thus far, there is no “BAKA BAKA BAKA” with the little hands beating someone on the head, repeatedly to REALLY get the point across, because I didn’t get it the first 12 times the person got hit on the head dramatically. Also, no gigantic tear drop to really emphasize the characters circumstance and/or emotion. I know, devastating. Do precede this with caution; I did say, “thus far”. It actually doesn’t insult the viewer with overt theatrics, which, in turn, really makes you believe you’re watching something, dare I say it, and smite me if I’m wrong, normal. Though don’t think it’s all work and no play. There is comedic relief with Isanami providing us with just the right amount of humor.
Overall, the first episode really made me want to continue to the second one right away. I literally mean that. Right. Away. It was interesting, well paced and, a first in quite some time, unpredictable. It was a good change. I don’t at all feel inferior with an immense need to find out exactly what’s going to happen igniting my fervor to continuing on.
Thank you for reading my ramblings and other devoted words,