Japanese: ブレイブルー オルターメモリー
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2013 to Dec 25, 2013
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 6.341 (scored by 11341 users)
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SynopsisThe story is set in December of 2199, when the streets are full of anticipation for the end of the year and the start of the new one. Amid the celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna or the "Grim Reaper" is the destruction of the system controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivaled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi.
Characters & Voice Actors
First off BB: Alter Memory is based off the popular fighting game series BlazBlue. The series adapts the first two games in the series Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift and crams it in a 12 episode anime! The story starts off with our main hero Ragna the Bloodegde fighting some creepy robot girl named Nu. Ragna gets stabbed by Nu and we're introduced to a gothic princess girl and her butler taking about the event that just took place and the outcome of the situtation. We then see more character that are introduced and we don't know anything about them only we can infer who they are. And those are the assumptions people can piece together. But long story short the story is a convoluted mess that newbies who never played the games would be confused as hell and the fans will be very disappointed.
The characters retain their personalities from the original source but their are convoluted in the relationship area and are just thrown out there just to make an appearance but disappears for the rest of the series. You will be asking questions like why are Noel and Ragna comrades?, how are Rachel and Ragna connected to each other? How Jin knows Tsubaki? Why is Litchi worried about Arakune? and many more. The characters in the series are unique and very interesting but the show throws away the opportunity to develop them and make the audience relate more to them.
Art & Animation
Before I get to the art I have to get the animation out of the way. Like Fairy Tail the series has some cheap animation but unlike FT it drag the series down some more. Every time there's a sword fight there's a lightning like light too cover up the lacking animation. Also who can forget the infamous ice brick Jin shot out in episode 1. But the only piece of high quality of animation is in episode 2 when Noel summons Bolverk. The art on the other hand isn't special but comes off as generic. There's nothing really distinctiful about the character designs.
The background music is mediocre and forgettable. Some of the tracks are reused from the games. Except when there fight scenes the music is fairly good but still forgettable. The opening shows more of how the series is on a cheap budget since it's all rehashed scenes from the episodes and the song is okay but not a remarkable one. Same goes for the ending. The voice acting is average but I'm not those people who treats the Japanese language like its a Holy language. Kanako Kando sounds a bit annoying as Noel and it did bother me at times in the series and I felt Kana Ueda didn't sound aristocratic and condescending as Rachel and sounded a bit bland. But the only stand out is Tetsuya Kakihara as Jin who retains his ability to voice the sociopathic Jin.
The series can be enjoyable if you turned your brain off and watch only for the action which is decent. But from a critical point of view you would be irritated.
In the end Blazblue Alter Memory is just a huge disappointment and and confusing mess to fans and newcomers. Advice to newcomers just go buy the games and enjoy a more coherent and understandable story. The show is just mediocre at best. I only time I'll be rewatching this is if the original English voice cast comes back to voice the characters. If you want a better anime adaptation of a video game watch Persona 4 The Animation. It has better character development, animation, and story that even newcomers can understand.
I would like to provide some of my insights on this show, as a viewer who had not played any of the BlazBlue games. At the very least, I had watched a few gameplay videos of them on YouTube.
STORY: 3/10 Poor
In my opinion, this series is created with the sole assumption of: the viewers had already played the games before, and are very knowledgable about the plot. And if you happen to be like me who did not meet this requirement, then there’s a very high chance that even after finishing this series, you don’t even know what BlazBlue is.
That is how bad the story is. Tons of terminology were thrown around, yet there is hardly any explanations to them, not until the very end. But what’s the point of dumping info so late, when the viewer had already been so confused all along?
Perhaps some sort of narration would solve this issue, but there’s no such thing here.
If you haven’t played BlazBlue before, and for some reason have a sudden urge to confuse yourself, watch Alter Memory.
ART: 5/10 Mediocre
For an adaptation of an action-heavy fighting game, this series really undermined all the badassery of the original games. This could be due to the lack of budget from the animation studio, which is painfully obvious as you watch this series.
How so? Well… for starters, the OP of the show did not even have its own animation in the first 3 episodes, instead taking a few scenes from the first episode and putting them together. The ED is just a rotating wheel of static characters.
Fighting scenes are watered down that action fans will find them really unsatisfying. Early on, these scenes were so short that there were like, less than 3 clashes between both sides before the battle had ended. Battles lasted a bit longer in the end, but still pretty dull-looking when what supposed to be a super-awesome mega showdown between the world’s strongest had become some half-assed brawl at your local tavern.
You are better off playing the games or watching some gameplay videos of YouTube if you want a more entertaining battle.
Characters wise, they look okay (without comparing them to their game counterparts), as their designs are indeed rather unique, only that I often feel that Ragna is too thin. Sceneries are nothing spectacular, but fits the setting well. The entire show at least looks balanced with no awkward or out-of-place objects.
Okay characters, okay sceneries and very bad action scenes sum up the art section.
SOUND: 7/10 Good
This could well be Alter Memory’s best section. We have an all-star cast of seiyuus, in which I believe did their job well enough to keep me going. Yuuichi Nakamura’s my personal favorite here as he made Hazama the most vibrant character in the series.
The background music is pretty good, especially the ones used during the fight scenes, which are composed of blood-pumping rock music.
The same cannot be said to the sound effects, which often times, doesn’t sound right, most notably explosions, which doesn’t really sound like explosions.
CHARACTERS: 4/10 Bad
We have a bunch of potentially likable characters in Alter Memory, but the story did not do them justice, leaving them as empty husks until the very end, where we hardly get to know any of their personalities. It’s hard to get attached to these characters solely by watching this show. The only character that left me some impression is Hazama, as annoying as his laugh is, at least he’s distinctive.
ENJOYMENT: 4/10 Bad
Funny as it seems, I always find myself returning to every Wednesday to watch this show. I can’t really say it’s enjoyable with all the confusion going along, but at the same time, perhaps curiosity had gotten the best of me back then. But then, was I satisfied? Hell no.
OVERALL: 4/10 Bad
The only reason I chose to watch this is because I at least knew what BlazBlue is, and is curious on how an anime adaptation will turn out. Unfortunately the low quality adaptation really undermined this popular fighting series, that perhaps it would be wise to skip past this one, and watch something else.
Very similar plots : In distant future, an Outlaw / Rebel gets chased down by the authorities and bounty hunters for being the most wanted head in history.
The main characters also look physically very similar : spiky hair, red coat, mechanical hand, black hands and shoes
Main character badass fighter who is chased by every bounty hunter. Also they both look similar: white spiky hair, red coat, black pants and shoes.
Both of the anime have one guy whom unrivaled groups had been hunting for some reason. One knows why he was being captured (Blazblue) while the other does not (K). Both shows are 'epic-ly' drawn and animated. Both stories are interesting and are shounen and supernatural. Both anime has a very nice soundtrack and a choice of voice actors. And both of them can be enjoyed very well.
Opening Theme"BLUE BLAZE" by Faylan
Ending Theme"REINCARNATION BLUE" by Aira Yuuki
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