Six years ago at the magic school known as the Tower of Fang, a grave accident happened involving the magical sword Baltanders and the magic user Azali. Unable to control the sword's power, Azali was transformed into the shape of a great dragon who since that day became known as Bloody August. Krilancelo, a young magician at the Tower who cared greatly for Azali found much to his disgust that the elders of the Tower of Fang were less than willing to save Azali and wanted rather to pretend the accident never happened. Angered by their stand, Krilanceloa swore that he would find a way to return Azali to her former self. Thus he forsook the name Krilancelo and declared himself Orphen, leaving the Tower and his magical studies behind to wander the world...
Orphen is not something that will leave you thinking you just watched one of the greatest animes of all time. It's a good fantasy story presented in a nice way. The opening statement might sound negative but it's better to be blunt about it, it's not.
The story is enjoyable and the best thing about the anime. Some nice changes to pretty common story elements make Orphen get a story that is good and solid. The mix of humorus sceens and action and battle scenes it done very well and in a way that helps the story along and doesn't feel like it has been put there just for the heck of it. There are fightscenes but they are generaly not long. They are far from the battles of animes such as Dragon Ball or Bleach where they stretch on for several episodes with one episode dedicated to the yelling needed to power up. If you are a fan of these battles I whould not recomend Orphen to you for it's fight scenes. The battles mostly over after a few strikes. If you have read the Lord of the Rings trillogy you can expect the battles to be much in the same way when it comes to presentation. More focus on what happens before and after a fight than the actuall battle. They are not overly short but no longer than they need to be since they are not the main focus of the story. That is the hunt for the relics needed to transform Azalie back to her normal form before the Tower of Fang (called Talon`s Peak in the story synopsis) can kill her.
I like the art style of this anime. You can see that it's not a very new anime by just looking at it but with a fantasy story it doesn't hurt to think old. The backgrounds are detailed without having any real details. It might sound odd but it's the best way I can describe it. Everything has a good amount of colours in diffrent shades. Grass and stone are not one colour with another shade for shadows and highlights. They are done in the same style as paintings or the old disney films.
The characters are done in the three shades way mentioned above with the addition of another colour for lighting effects and fit very good onto the background.
The magic spells could have done with some more detail, they are very simply drawn but then it's pretty hard to add shadows to something that glows strong enough to make make all other shadows look weak.
The characters fullfill their roles very well even if they are very sterotypical in most cases. Despite that they are fun and fit into the story and they don't feel to sterotypical untill you start to analyze them. It whould have been fun to see a bit more character development from Majic and a bit more so from Cleo. It whould have been fun looking back at the anime but nothing I found myself thinking about while watching it. The others are done nicely enough.
The soundtrack did what it's supposed to. Be in the back but wasn't very intresting with the exeption of one track which was great. I also liked the opening and closing songs especially the closing ones. More personal taste than anything else in this case I'd guess since they are pretty standard. You'll like or love them while you watch but forget them after a while when they get replaced by the next thing you watch.
I whould highly recomend it to people who want to watch a good fantasy anime that has a good mix of story development, action and humor.
If you want a anime with lot's of actions and battles or a very deep and serious (in terms of theme) anime you should continue your search.
If you are looking for something good to watch in general, you could could easily do worse than watch Sorcerous Stabber Orphen.
Also for those who are not to elitist to watch dubbed anime. The english dubs are good.read more
i really liked this anime because its full of humor, action and plenty of fantasy. it was fun to watch but i'd personally enjoy it more if it had a little more depth into it. The storyline and ideas behind it, are amazingly well done but i think if they put some more dramatic moments (not the cheesy ones) it'd bring more attention. either way, over all, i'd say an 8 sounds good. the 2 points that are really missing are the lack of character development for cleo and maybe Orphens apprentice. but other than that, i'd recommend this anime to people who arent into a very deep story line. read more
This will be my first review. At this moment, I believe that I would have the right eyesight to review and critique an anime considering the amount I have watched. Also, the fact that I was just too lazy to write one. :P Well just bare with me.
Majutsushi Orphen... Hmmm. You can always read the description that MAL gives you but it doesn't do the anime any justice towards its story whatsoever. It has a somewhat deeper demeanor that gives the viewer a new way to view the world around them.
Considering from other anime series, this one is one of the best classic anime that is possibly unknown to most people (even though there is a PS2 game for the series that came to the US). In my opinion, it brought upon the stigma of 90's anime which mostly consisted of action, adventure oriented material. One of the main reasons that it is a good anime to watch is if you get tired of watching romantic and slow paced anime then this is a nice change of pace. Another reason is that it goes beyond just the fight scenes and into what is really important which would be why people act the way they do.
The sound and art of the anime are exactly what one would expect from the 90's. The only qualms I have is that the soundtrack was good but I wouldnt say it was spectacular by any means whatsoever. The artwork on the other hand was well done. Especially the backgrounds that were placed in each episode.
Overall, it is an anime to watch but be mindful of some of the characters. In my opinion, be open-minded since at some point there might be ones that you either enjoy or dislike. Yet this happens in almost any series but don't let this take you away from the storyline which presents itself nicely.read more
Orphen is mostly your typical adventure/fantasy series. It doesn't stray far from it's genre, which in this case I don't really mind. It isn't trying to be more than it should be. However, that doesn't mean that it is a good series. Overall the series is slightly above average and has alot of the standard cliches that you would expect from a series in this genre.
The series stays close to the typical "I'm going to save the one I love" story. It isn't anything spectacular at first glance, but it does it's job pretty well by creating a goal and purpose for our main cast. I did appreciate the little twists in the plot, but it wasn't anything that will blow you away. Sometimes I even felt that it was executed and handled poorly.
The series explained parts of the story though the use of flashbacks, which I didn't really mind. The flashbacks were pretty well placed and it didn't made the viewer forget about the events in the present. The ending was predictable, but I didn't expect anything major or groundbreaking.
The story had it's fun moments, but when you look at the big picture it was mediocre at best.
The series dates back to 1998 and it showed when looking at the art. The art was dated, but is wasn't irritating to look at. The background were for the most part pretty dull and dark, but at the beginning of the series it looked very refreshing and sometimes beautifull. The character design were pretty cool, but the overuse of robes for most characters didn't give them any uniqueness in design and appearance-wise.
The sound is this series strongest point. There wasn't much OST which I didn't like and it fitted really well in the many scenes, but the different OST were starting to get overused as times past on. Both openings were really catchy and nice to listen to. The endings were average in my opinion. The voice actors did their jobs as they should have done. They all sounded allright and they could convey the emotions in a good way.
The characters were a downside for me. Our main cast got hardly any development through the series. At first I had high hopes for our main character Orphen, but he slowly began to feel like your typical shonen character which dissapointed me. Majic didn't change in a way or form. Cleao was the only main character with some development, but it wasn't anything big.
The series also had a comedic duo consisting of the brothers Volcan and Dortin. This kind of comedy is normally a hit or miss and in mine case it was a miss. It didn't make me laugh and because of the repetitiveness, I started to get irritated by our "comedic" duo.
The villians were pretty shallow in my opinion. It was very confusing at the end what actually the main reasoning behind their goals were.
In the end, I did enjoy this series in a way. The twists in the story and the nice music gave me the motivation to keep watching and see what happened next. The poor character development and overall predictable and mediocre story made me almost drop it, but in a way I'm happy that I continued to watch it.
I wouldn't reccomend this immediatly when someone wants to watch a series in this genre, but I would advise you to check it out when you have some spare time.read more
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