Synonyms: Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky
Japanese: エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 10, 2014 to Jun 26, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.591 (scored by 7027 users)
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SynopsisThis world has gone through many Dusks, and is slowly nearing its end. Within this world, in the western reaches of the "Land of Dusk," there was a nation that prospered thanks to its use of alchemy.
There, in order to survive the eventual arrival of the "Dusk End," the people devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Rediscovered technology from the past era was gathered in the alchemy research city known as "Central," where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight.
One of the heroes is a young man who researched alchemy in Central, the other a girl living in a small town on the frontier. This girl's name is Escha. In the process of using her knowledge of ancient alchemy to help others, she was assigned to the Development Department. The young man's name is Logy. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, he requested a transfer to this understaffed town to make use of his abilities, and meets Escha when he is assigned to the Development Department as well. The two make a promise to use their alchemy together, and bring success to the Development Department.
(Source: Tecmo Koei Europe)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi
Characters & Voice Actors
I am not familiar with the game series, so I will not be comparing the show to the game.
For the most part, the episodes were, well, episodic. Until the last few episodes, we had an episode to episode storyline, with some stories continuing from one episode to another. Things didn't really pick up until the last few episodes, although those were pretty enjoyable. I would have liked to see a more cohesive, connected plot in all of the episodes.
The animation for the show was nothing spectacular. I noticed in quite a few of the scenes, the characters had what I like to call a case of "faraway face." Some features just seemed off, even when we saw the characters up close. The general backgrounds and scenery were nice- again, nothing too spectacular, just fair. There was, however, quite a difference in animation style when we saw certain enemies in the show. However, these scenes were few and far between, and while they were animated nicely, the style to me didn't really flow with the rest of the animation. Still, the art wasn't bad. It just wasn't spectacular.
Again, this was nothing spectacular to me. The soundtrack fit in with the overall feel of the show, but there were no songs that I found myself particularly drawn to. The only sound effect or sound bite that I could remember week after week was the little interlude they would play near the middle of the episode, when we would see the character cards. The OP and ED were very nice, and fit with the overall theme as well.
This is where the show kind of faltered for me. We were introduced to a multitude of characters in the show, some later than others. And while they had their quirks, to be honest, they weren't all too interesting to me. In fact, some of them were pretty annoying at times. It's not a good thing when the support characters can outshine the main characters, in my opinion- that is the impression I got. Some characters that were introduced later in the series got the minimal amount of development, or seemed to serve no purpose. Overall, the characters to me were average at best. Nothing too unique in terms of design and personality.
Out of all the shows I watched this season, this is the one that I enjoyed the least. But that's not to say it's not a good show. I personally like my shows to have a plot that spans the entire series, and this show didn't have that. Someone who enjoys more episodic shows would obviously have a different opinion. As well, as someone who enjoys a little bit more action, this show did not deliver on that front. To be fair, it wasn't an action show. But that still knocked the enjoyment for me down a notch.
It wasn't a bad show. I've seen worse, I've seen better. If you're into calmer shows with fantasy elements to them, you'll probably enjoy this. Just don't expect to be amazed by it. read more
"Don't give up on your dreams"
That pretty much sums up the moral that the anime teaches in a sense. Although not many reviews or others have really focused on the what anime can teach someone.. but personally I think it is rather important to at least touch on it because it is something that many people overlook. Many people underestimate the power of anime.
Anime is one of the few things that can shed's light on issues that people may not be able to understand, teaches and reminds us of morals and also provide entertainment for all kinds of people (but.. as we all know..some things in anime that can be disturbing for some people and does tend to show women as objects in some anime)
Escha & Logy no Atelier is an example of a pretty standard anime that centers around the idea of "Don't give up on your dreams".
The story is interesting and standard at the same time. It is about a girl name Escha who is from a long line of Alchemist and she starts working for the R&D branch of the Colesit. It then revels the back stories of the people around Escha. But what makes it interesting in the end is the part about the abandoned ruins and the connection it has with Escha and the others. I won't go into any more detail or else it'll revel to much of the plot. However as interesting as the plot developed it was still rather predictable. This is coming from someone who hasn't watched a large extensive amount of anime (around 50 days worth only at the time i'm writing this review). It isn't some mind blowing plots like FMA or Guilty Crown. Overall in terms of story if you can get past the standard plot you'll find it interesting (I can't explain who it is because it'll give to much away)
The art overall was amazing just like any anime these days. There were a few scenes where the animation does glitch in a sense. Example- when it was Escha holding the envelope and then the next scene Logy has it all of a sudden. But otherwise it was amazing in terms of colour and art.
There were two songs that stood out to me from this anime. The opening theme was good in terms of how it fits with the anime. Also the piano theme that comes out whenever something sad would happen was also pretty suiting. However I wouldn't say it has a masterpiece soundtrack like Clannad, Guilty Crown, FMA, and Angel Beats. Or anything extremely catchy like Binbougami ga! or Melody of the Wild Dance from Bleach. The voice acting in anime as usual always impress me. The voices suited their character, I can't imagine Escha's voice sounding like Clone's voice xD..that would be different.
Ok..here is the part where I found that this anime had problems with. However I don't want to discredit the character set-up, which was very suiting and I thought was well planed for this type of anime. But there was little to no character development in this anime (although it is hard with 12 episodes). To kind of put in context.
Escha: Care free, Airhead, Kind, and skilled in alchemy at the start
-> then becomes Care free, Airhead, Kind, and still skilled in alchemy.
Logy: Resolved, Mature, Strong, Caring, Smart (you'll get why if you watch the anime) he then becomes... EVEN MORE RESOLVED, mature, strong, caring, and still smart.
Linca: Strong.. Like so strong she could punch through walls and fight a small beast that can turn into a huge frikin dragon. She then becomes pretty much the same by the end. However for Linca I felt that this character was pretty well made. Especially her back story did make things very very interesting
Wilbell: well... how do I put this..... she's not your stereotypical witch that's for sure. But she is caring (especially for Nio), laid-back and seemed to be very strong in magic (but it's hard to somewhat tell because of how rushed the anime was)
Ya... you pretty much get the point.... However I really like the character set-up and I really wished they did more with it. I would have loved to see more development with Nio, Marion and Lucille. Also they kind of screw with you w/ Logy and Escha relationship.... it's like they are teasing the audience sometimes xD
Ya.. I liked it.. it was a fun anime to watch if you don't want to watch anything really intense. But I think if you can get passed the rushed plot Escha & Logy no Atelier brings some interesting aspects and I wished they would have developed it more.
I wouldn't reallly feel comfortable recommending it to others if I know they don't like animes that aren't original or mind blowing but it's one of those anime's that one could enjoy watching every once in a while. (although i know it would bug a lot of veteran anime watchers because of how standard it is)
How is this similar with SH? Well it's simple, when I first watched EschaLogy's first episode it made me feel I was playing a videogame and that's the same feeling you get when you watch SH. Digging deeper you'll find that these two series also share a similar RPG action/fantasy story that develops in an old village.
* The shounen lead isn't a LOSER; he's skilled at what he does, outgoing and outspoken, and is pretty good with a sword.
* The setting is that of a small community, but the atmosphere is laid back yet bustling with life.
* There's no upskirt panty shots. Okayfinewhatever. _(^_^)_/
* A girl in both these shows have a "tail."
Both anime are based on JRPGs and feel like the beginnings to a long story for a game. Both anime don't have much action, even though there are some, and both anime are more based on daily fantasy life rather than adventure, but there are things going on in the background that further the plot and lead to what should be the game. Altelier however, skips through parts of the story of the game and actually has an ending, while Shining Hearts is mostly like a prologue and doesn't have a resolution.
Both have the same pace and give the same vibe. Also both have settings on a small city and involve "making stuff", having a tiny bit of action to spice things up.
They may not always share the familiarity with economics but both these shows take place in a fantasy setting. And from that setting will be mysteries and discoveries to be unraveled. The two main protagonists shares an unusual yet close relationship with one another. In their world, they discover many innovations and crosses paths with others through a type of journey. There are some animal symbolism and motifs throughout both series although Escha & Logy plays it mostly off as comedy. Spice and Wolf on the other hand has additional elements of romance. I recommend both fantasy series for those who are interested in a exploration and creative thought.
Spice and Wolf & Escha and Logy
Even the titles are similiar, two people travelling and running errands, both with objectives, met and are together(and seems like there is also chemistry within them).
Both shows talk about business, villages, and both women in the animes have a tail. Also the man has white hair in both shows.´
These animes are twins!! Basically! You cant like one and dislike the other, It's must to watch them both :)
If you liked this show, please check Ookami to Koushinryou :)
Opening Theme"Asuiro (アスイロ)" by Rie Murakawa
Ending Theme"Fuyumidori (ふゆみどり)" by Haruka Shimotsuki
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