The battle against Tendou Kodzunu is over, and the Magami Five begin to look forward to their senior graduation, hopefully planning for their adult futures. However, life in Tokyo is not at peace...
The underground assassin group known as the Twelve Heavenly Generals of the Martial Fist begin to move against those protecting the city from demons. Normally rumored to kill criminals that the mundane law was unable to bring to justice, the Martial Fist now set their sights on Tatsuma Hiyuu, Kyouichi Houraiji, Aoi Misato, Komaki Sakurai, Yuuya Daigo, and Hisui Kisaragi.
What is the purpose of this cruel turn of events? And who ordered the hit? New threats emerge as others awakened to powers unleashed by the Ryumyaku seek out the Magami kids - and old friends now return as enemies.
Destinies will collide as the Stars of Fate begin to merge; Yin and Yang will meet. And soon the shadowy figure pulling the strings will reveal himself, in an effort to raze Tokyo to the ground and awaken the Vessel of the Golden Dragon.
If you're reading this, then you've most likely already seen the first season so I won't talk about that. This may sound like a rant of nonsensical rambling, but this is how I give my review, or rather critique.
Although for the second season, they fill a lot of holes that were left from the first season, however brought about new ones until the bitter end. S2 fails in comparison to the first. I hate anime that end abruptly in the middle such as a character never being seen again, or they were last seen doing this but don't say what happened to them. This is one of those anime titles.
The story was okay, being that they incorporated fantasy, supernatural mythology, epic action, and some romance, but that's the only reason why I rated it up to 7 as I start from 10 and deduct what I don't like. With the last two episodes, they sort of explained more in depth of the characters backgrounds to accompany the main story's, but not the main story itself.
What I didn't like was for some eps, after each episode, they skip right into the middle of the next one, and go back to where they left off later. I can understand this form of story telling in short stories where they commonly start in the middle and tell onward, but with anime it gets complicated when you jump back and forth continuously, leaving the viewer not knowing what just happened and confused half the time.
I've no complaints about the art and sound as they were top-notch, but the characters of the story aren't expressed very well. The reason being they either don't go too in-depth for certain characters, or go too in-depth for other certain characters, and also the order of which they do that; they need to get their priorities straight.
With anime such as this that has graphic bloodshed, there are bound to be deaths. However continuously I've been seeing more and more series do this: killing off the characters that would have been better if they lived, and letting certain characters live that NEEDED TO BE KILLED & STAY DEAD!!
Although only a fragment of the whole story, at times I've thought the original romantic character relations that were supposedly canon were great, but they decided to put it all in a blender with new ingredients and see what comes out of that. It's like putting tomato in a fruit salad. So obviously I was left with a disgusted taste from seeing little progress, or too much, or misdirected characters portrayals and where the creators were going with this all.
On a side note: the series ends at episode 11. Episode 12 is more of an extra or OVA you'd normally see packed with DVD specials. Another fault I see is they should have directed their efforts or attention towards a more complete rounded ending in the last episode, instead of an extra that the main series could have done without.
My overall enjoyment is high because of my satisfaction for the art, sound, action, and favourite voice actors/actresses(seiyuu), but only average for my disappointment in their story telling and characters.read more
This is a great sequel, personally, I think that this is way better than the 1st season.
Unlike the first season, (with 1 main antagonist and him sending MINIONZ after the heroes), this season shows off TWISTS and more action!
The story was pretty original to me, even though most shounens are the same (High school kids fight evil!). I liked the overall story, even though in some parts I had a difficult time understanding what was going on.
The characters in this anime are great, and this season showed the audience more character development and origins. Although some characters are "common/typical", this anime managed to add more personalities to characters, showing more variety.
The art and sound are A+, I've never seen such great artwork and music before, and through Tokyo Majin I've gotten to listen to such a great band(ACID), and the OST. The fight scenes,(Thanks to the wonderful animation) were all action packed and kept me on my toes.
Although I really wanted more of Alan Claude in the story, this will stay in my favorite anime forever.
This needs more watchers though, seriously. read more
CONTAINS SLIGHT SPOILERS
ASSUMES YOU'VE SEEN SEASON 1 AND TALKS ABOUT BOTH SEASONS HERE.
I’m starting this review with a shocking revelation of sorts. I had downloaded a show called ‘Arigatou Tokyo Majin’ from the site where I usually get my stuff. Hadn’t read the synopsis. I thought it was going to be some really sweet ‘Haiyore! Nyaruko-san’ type show.
Oh boy, was I wrong!
Arigatou Tokyo Majin was not a comedy slice-of-life. Hell, the reason why my expectations were so wrong in the first place because the uploader had (apparently) put the anime up under a wrong name. That’s right, people. It’s actually called Tokyo ‘Majin Gakuen Kenpucho: Tou’. And, it’s not a single season show. It’s got two seasons of 14 episodes – unlike what was falsely advertised by the uploader. The second season is called pretty much the same thing: just add ‘Dai Ni Maku’ after Tou. I’ll be writing about both of them here.
Now, I’m not here to rage at the uploader. Well, actually, I’m not mad at all. I have no reason to be. Tokyo Majin isn’t a bad show. It’s quite decent.
Tokyo Majin starts out with a bang and lots of blood. I’m not joking. People die in like the first 6 minutes of the show. The first episode casually and very quickly introduces most of the characters with whole bag of action sprinkled with a pinch of confusing directing. You’ll be blown away by all booms and ka-pows but, at the end of it all, you’ll be very confused as to what is going.
And that’s where most of the show’s faults lie. Sometimes it is too slow: sometimes too fast. A lot of things aren’t explained well and when explanations are given, they are done in such an uninteresting way that you’ll often question why they (the characters and writers) are even bothering in the first place. But, it’s too expected. Tokyo Majin is an adaptation of a manga based on a game that came out way back in 1998. Things like this are to be expected – especially when it comes to old games as sources.
Tokyo Majin is largely an action show with a rather large emphasis on Chinese mythology and non-black-and-white matters. To be perfectly honest, the black-and-white thing really kills a good chunk of an otherwise good show. Pretty much all of the characters are sad or have deep ISSUES. Oh wow. A free pass for discussions on justice and whether to save or kill people. Oh geez.
Almost all of the characters except for the main duo of Tatsuma and Kyouchi adhere to the whole ISSUES shtick. I mean, they have got their own problems too but at least they’re not whining all of the time. Seriously, the female characters cry so damn much. Daigo the wrestler also cries. A lot. Proper character development is almost non-existent for the non-duo characters. The few who do get it, develop so blandly that you’re left to ponder over matters like: ‘then why the fuck did he became an evil bitch in the first place?’ and ‘you were so happy and shit these last 18 episodes but one brief trip down memory lane later and now you’re acting like an old man gulping a bottle of Scotch mixed with your crush’s tears’.
For an action show, it does a decent job. The first few fighting scenes are pretty sight to behold but, after that, the fighting scene quality really goes down with each consecutive bout. As the heroes and the villains become stronger, so does the need for actual engaging combat scenes. Animation is thrown out and replaced with dramatic stills. That’s sorta sad for an action show, ya know. It’s a personal thing so I’m not going to let it come in between.
The overall animation is good for it’s time (2007). Smooth where it needs to be and detailed where it counts. An episode or two had rough animation so I guess there were release issues or something. No biggie.
The music didn’t do anything for me. The Opening and Ending songs and visuals were… boring, to say the least. None of them clicked with me. The background music is heavy on sad violins playing. It’s not bad, I guess. It just doesn’t suit the show. You’ve got an action show here and you’re giving it music you’re most likely to see in a Korean tragedy drama. Utterly off-putting.
Now, even though the characters are half-assed and the story requires one to be patient and be accepting of all the cliches in the cookbook of Japanese story-telling, the show is quite fun for what it is. An action show that is to be enjoyed at night when you’ve got nothing better or specific to enjoy your dinner with.
Tokyo Majin Blah Blah Blah gets a 5 out of 10.read more
I found this second season to be a bit more coherent and powerful than the previous season. It opens up with a bang, with a mysterious organization, some very interesting build-up, and delectable fights (the choreography and animation for Tatsuma's fights are always so graceful to watch). Although the story seems to progress too quickly (especially with the anime's fondness for never really showing how -anything- ends except with a few flashbacks in the following episode), at least it tries to tie together the various plot strings from both seasons as it heads towards its climax.
We get new insights in characters' pasts as well as character development. The middle half of the series wades neck-high through angst and more angst, before closing out with a rather sudden and unfulfilling ending -- at first glance. Nevertheless, I think the ending did a great job in closing out this seemingly unfinished story and leaving the viewer (at least, me) with a sense of closure and fulfillment, simply by focusing on the characters rather than the plot.