Uzume Uno is a young student and former champion of a trading card game competition. She is trusted with a special device containing five powerful Fantasista Dolls. These dolls are sentient virtual beings who reside in cards which are now controlled by their new master, Uzume.
The name of the anime says it all "Fantasista Doll": an anime about dolls existing in fantasy brought to the real world. It is about the relationship between the dolls and their master.
The story plot is predictable throughout the series: the main character Uzume signs a contract which leads her to owning 5 dolls. Other players have to duel with her in a battle and steal Uzume's cards in order to achieve their goals. It is pretty straightforward, however in some episodes it was confusing to understand right away. And because of the confusion, some points were deducted but nevertheless it was still a good story.
The artwork is quite nice, especially the eyes. I really liked looking at the different eyes of each character. The outfits and hairstyles are unique reflecting on each individual's personality as well as their master's. Everything was very colourful and enjoyable to look at.
I liked the music and sound effects played during the battles, and the VAs (seiyuu) all sounded really nice. I didn't give a 10 because I think some of the voices could have been a bit better. For example, Komachi could've sounded more stronger and powerful during the battle in the final episode to display a more compelling impression. Overall, I love Sasara's voice the most.
Uzume's personality is very kind hearted but she has trouble making decisions on her own at times. Therefore her emotions sway from time to time not knowing how to choose the next few steps, thus with a little push from her friends, she was able to resolve those problems. Uzume's dolls are laid back and fun to be with, Sasara stood out the most for me. Her personality, voice and appearance caught my attention and that is why she is my favourite doll. Other characters didn't stand out too much for me but I was happy Kagami chose true friendship over a wish she wasn't sure if it will be fulfilled or not.
I am always a fan of shoujo, moe, magic type of anime so I really enjoyed watching this series. I even cried at the final episode because it was touching and I couldn't have asked for anything better than that.
I personally think this anime is pretty good and I will consider re-watching it again in the future as well as recommending it to others who likes this genre. Although the story is very fictional and impossible to happen in real life, I could still see the meaning behind it. The anime taught the audiences to value friendship and cherish each person that has been there supporting us the whole way. The relationship between the dolls and their master wasn't all about obeying rules and acting as servants. It was about the moments spent together and sharing them with everyone. No one is alone because there is always someone out there who cares. This is what I learned from the anime and I'm glad I watched this.read more
Welcome to Fantasista Doll, it’s about a young high school girl named Uzume Uno. When she was really young, she was a professional card game player and had won a renowned tournament; though upon entering high school, she has given up playing cards. Uzume is our main protagonist, she’s sweet, kind, absolutely sincere and will protect her dolls no matter what.
So what the heck are dolls? Oh that’s easy, imagine a card game, now imagine the cutest, prettiest, most beautiful girls you can, good good, now every time you decided to play this card game, you would summon your girls and you can battle with them, they can have different outfits and all sorts of things. Yeah, Dolls live inside of cards and can be summoned at will. A large portion (all of it), has the Dolls saying “master” a lot, if you hate that stuff, this isn’t for you. (Though let's be honest, we all love that)
So what the heck is Fantasista Doll really about? Uzume is gifted cards from a stranger and a device to use said cards. These cards contain her 5 dolls, Katia, the super cute, super little blue girl, Shimeji, the eccentric pink haired girl, Akari, our gothic lolita (sorta) who is expressionless, Madeleine, the large breasted, level headed/tactician girl with purple hair and lastly Sasara, the “leader” of sorts with golden hair. They all fight with different weapons, Akari: Yo-yo’s, Katia: Colored Dango (I think: Think Honey Lemon from Big Hero 6), Sasara: Fencing Sword, Madeleine: Polearm and Shimeji: CQC. The plot makes little sense; there are two organizations, one you can consider very good and the other very gray. Uzume is somehow in the center of it all, and this gray organization wants her cards (dolls). The over arcing plot may be a little cliché, the way all the fights are handled are most definitely cliché, if you hate seeing “friendship rules all” types of resolutions, Fantasista Doll is not for you; I on the other hand love seeing “friendship rules all” in anime so this was fantastic for me. Expect to see Uzune stand up for her dolls, expect to see a lot of tears, expect to see some really good combat and expect to fall in love with Fantasista Doll (seriously).
The cast of characters is thankfully limited. Each “Master” has 5 dolls and in the anime, we witness around 3-4 “Masters” that Uzume fights. The other “Masters” are taken care of by a support character named Kagami. We also have Komachi, Uzumes friend who is always ready to give Uzume advice, Manai, Uzume’s friend and creator of the Card Club and of course, Kagami. The plot of Fantasista Doll intertwines all the girls stories with Uzume in a well thought out manner. I honestly wasn’t really expecting twists in the story to happen, but once I hit episode 7-8, I was like, “Oh crap, that’s that and she’s that and oh my gao, what just happened?”. It may seem simple in comparison to other anime, but I still found it very gripping.
I’m also too sensitive and got a little too emotional for Fantasista Doll, but “friendships rule all” is so touching and Uzume is great. (I don’t expect others to get a little teary eyed watching this)
The Art: As you would expect, it’s very cute. The entire art style is super, I’m talking, super adorable; though a little on the “bloomy” side. The girls and Dolls are all drawn well, the lines are smooooooth and the quality of the art doesn’t take a dip the closer we get to the last episodes, so it’s a good mark from me. Animation is a little different. The first couple episodes have the flashiest animation in battles/fights. Near the end of the series, certain attacks are just cut/quickly shown, either to reduce time or just not draw out the intricate details; it’s a noticeable change from the earlier episodes too, unfortunately. That’s probably the “biggest” issue with Fantasista Doll, though it’s only an issue if something like that matters; I didn’t care so it didn’t affect me, I was way too busy squeeing and being too happy.
Music: FANTASISTA DOOOOLL, yes, that’s the OP and yes, it’s very addicting. OP is beautiful, both the song and the animation that goes along with it, super gorgeous art work is involved and you would/should feel bad for skipping it if you do, because hearing FANASISTA DOOOOLL is too much fun. The ED is just as good, being pretty. The music that accompanies both OP/ED is also really nice to listen to, happy, cheerful and beautiful vocalists. About the BGM: just like the anime, most sounds/music is very cute, very happy, very cheerful, and very magical; yes, magical, perfect word to describe it. Though there are some sad moments and things like that, not much, so a lot of happy involved with Fantasista Doll.
Overall, Fantasista Doll is amazing, I love the concept of the card battle (even if it’s been to death before), I really liked Uzume and her Dolls (even if Sasara is a bit hidoi), I liked the twist(s) that occurred and I most definitely liked the entire package that Fantasista Doll brought, would watch again if a new season was in the works without a doubt. Will probably watch again just because it’s super fun. read more
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