Once upon a time, the demon lord Rchimedes spread terror throughout the world, until he was eventually sealed away by the legendary hero Creasion. Since then, a thousand years have passed peacefully. However, a mysterious hole has opened up between the demon and human spheres, and countless demons have surged into the human realm once more. Coming to the conclusion that Rchimedes would soon return to wreak havoc, a human king summons the possible descendants of the legendary hero—all 75 of them. Unfortunately, after so long, it was too difficult to pinpoint his true descendants.
Among the lionhearted prospects is the amateur adventurer Alba Frühling. His skills may not be top-notch, but he is accompanied by the talented soldier Ross, who helps the young hero whenever he is in a pinch...or at least, he is supposed to. Though undoubtedly a skilled warrior, Ross is actually both sarcastic and sadistic, and hence revels in Alba's suffering.
Senyuu. is a comedic adventure following the unlikely duo as they struggle in their endeavor to defeat the demon lord, meeting various eccentrics along the way.
We spit on the carcasses of animators and seiyuus from past battles. No anime has particularly captured the spirit of the good times (the 80s and 90s). Look at ourselves squabbling what is the best anime this season; we are not united. There's even some of us who say none of the anime this season is actually good. Inside our corrupted minds, the inner voice is telling us, "No, this anime will never be good as Anime X." It is how human nature works: we are negative, brutish, cynical beings.
But one adventurous director has decided to fight against the odds -- the nasty public that prides itself in deriding other animes. He walks to us, face-to-face. Despite the possible violence, he believe this is a fateful night for us. We may change our ideals and therefore should stay, he argues. Who is this man and why is he trying to make an anime that will unite us together? This brave soul is merely reckless. Not one fractale of hope remains in our miserable anime lives. He will need more than just a bunch of lucky stars and blessing from some shrine maidens.
This man takes out his sketchbook and flips the pages to show his masterpiece. Was it godly enough to cause the world to change at a whim? Us skeptics take a step closer, breathing more and more air than usual. Are we excited?
We can't be. Anime is a dying medium after all. The sick invasion of moe has dumbed anime down to the depths of stupidity. And we feel the greatness of today's animes are attributed to some form of disgusting perversion. We do not wish to understand. No, why should we understand today's minds? Let the kids play their iPads and watch their crappy Precure shows; us real anime fans want to engage in discussing and writing essays on the structuralist conventions and philosophical themes in our children's cartoons while listening to "Canon in D".
So what is this irrational excitement we are feeling? Is it a return to the bygone days of anime intellectualism? Why are we panicking as if this is our second chance to see a good anime?
Shorts are quite rare in Anime, and as like majority of the shorts Senyuu is a gag or comedy short in its core. But what is unique about this show is that it is based on a fantasy settings which is even more rare in shorts. Unlike many other shorts Senyuu has one other criteria that is although it tries to parody the fantasy world setting in overall it also tries to have a continuity (rather then being self contained episodes) and tries to tell a short yet somewhat coherent (somewhat comes to mind mostly due to ridiculously comic sequences) story. And that is what I find enjoyable and also an appreciable effort for this series.
The story is in a setting like old school rpgs but with a few funny twists. It goes something like long time ago the demon king Rchimedes was defeated and sealed by Hero Creation, but suddenly one day a huge hole appeared in the world and all kinds of demons started coming out of it. So naturally the king decides that the demon king has returned and tries to send the hero's descendant to fight him. and there comes the first funny twist as one thousand years had passed he found 75 candidates and sends them all and declares whoever defeats the demon lord will be deemed the "true hero" and will receive vast riches. This show particularly follows the hero Alba & soldier Ross in their quest to be the true heroes where they meets many funny characters and the writer also throws in various slapstick humor while also parodying various other typical Shounen anime/manga.
Overall the story is somewhat original and I enjoyed the humor very much so it gets 8 out of 10 from me.
While the art is anything spectacular but I really enjoyed how the animation and art was used to convey humor and how they complemented the overall nature of the ridiculous humor of the show. And on a small note, I also quite enjoyed the varying opening sequences used.
This gets 7 out of 10.
While Alba is a typical Shounen character I really liked his comments/complains against various actions of the other characters and even the narrator. Ross is character with a very unique sense of humor which is quite enjoyable in a slapstick nature really. Other characters like the little girl and innocent demon lord; the elderly loli lover; the masochistic cat are very funny and unique. the rest are somewhat generic but still compliments the overall nature of the show nicely.
This is another strong aspect and gets 8 out of 10.
The in-show music what not that noticeable at all and I was not impressed at all. The opening and ending theme is done by JAM Project which sadly I didn't find neither appropriate nor enjoyable. In short to me this is by far the weakest aspect of this anime and gets 5 out of 10.
For me who is relatively new at shorts actually this was really a unique experience to say the least, although there are a few faults like a bad overall music & a cliffhanger ending that was quite unexpected I would gladly watch the second season. I would recommend this to anyone who likes shorts or parody shows or to people who likes to have some good laughs occasionally with no string attached for bigger storyline or whatnot.
Senyuu is a general hilarious story of the adventures of Alba and Ros to defeat the demon king. The story follows a particular video game style much like old Final Fantasy (Utilizing a control pad to attack or defend). The story involves quit a lot of slapstick humor, as well as many references to characters being perverted ("Tentacles are sexy").
The art work is very well drawn, although simple. The artwork also tends to change from time to time, with great detail.
The sound quality is great. The actors do a wonderful job depicting each character.
The characters are good, but have no real change in their characterizations, although in this particular case there is no need for this.
I laugh at the constantly funny characters, and get a kick out of the slapstick comedy in the piece. The one thing that does detract from the shortness of the episodes. Much like Hetalia, the episode are generally 5 mins long. What is unlike Hetalia, is Senyuu is even shorter. Despit this fact it was on of the best winter anime of 2012-2013.
I would recommend this anime to almost anyone. read more
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Quick & dirty:
It's 4.5 mins long, & 1/3 is the outro. I laughed every episode, so far- so that counts for something. Try it- it's too short not to.
By the numbers:
Story: 7. Though there is a 'story', it's really a vehicle for situational gags- not that there is any problem with that.
Art: 6. Acceptable. Both art and animation are only ok- gets the point across, doesn't look crappy- won't win any awards. Small amount of fan service.
Sound: 6. Voice acting is good. All classic voice stereotypes. Good sfx. No ambient scene sounds. Nothing exceptional.
Character: 6. The first 'likable' character is also the 'villain'. The interplay between the primary characters is a little discouraging to me, but that's just me.
Enjoyment: 8. It can be unexpectedly funny.
Overall: 7. I have no idea what's with these short anime, but whatever- this one's worth taking a look at.read more
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