English: The Sacred Blacksmith
Synonyms: Seiken no Katanakaji
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2009 to Dec 19, 2009
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.011 (scored by 25656 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Dec 20, 2009
A big-chested clumsy knight gets involved with a demon problem, as well as handsome blacksmith and his mysterious past.
- Excellent production value
- The relationship between the blacksmith and the knight is cute
- The episodes that don't directly further the plot are still very interesting
- The setting has an intriguing history
- The knight can be viewed by many as "annoying."
- Those expecting a Lord of the Rings experience will be sorely disappointed.
I think the reason this anime got so many below average reviews is because of the reviewers' preconceptions of what the anime should have been. If you can manage to dispel any preconceived notions you have about this anime, then you're in for a very nice treat. Just enjoy it for what it is. read more
Apr 29, 2011
Seiken no Blacksmith is basically about the misadventures of a lady knight named Cecily Cambell with a blacksmith called Luke. These misadventures ironically, contains very minimal adventures; so if you’re expecting to see a fantasy-like adventure with a good story that contains some dragon slaying or monster killing with a bit of dark magic just like a scene from your favorite role-playing games, then prepare to be disappointed.
Seiken no Blacksmith is actually your boring and random slice of life only set in a different time which was probably during the medieval times. You might disagree with me on it being a slice of life, but look at the pacing; it feels like you’re watching a lame Lucky Star only with erotic jokes and bloodshed. It just focuses on the everyday things that the characters do with a lot of random moments and some tits. Yes, tits, specifically Cecily’s – those are the main focus of the story and I still remember one episode having to joke about it over and over again.
The thing that I liked the most about this anime would be its animation style. The backgrounds, scenes and characters are fluid and precise but there’s one thing that bugs me. If you look at the female characters closely, you would notice the striking resemblance of each and every one of them. Maybe they were twin sisters to begin with but dyed their hair and tanned their skin for identification purposes. The battle scenes look cool but then the powers from the Demon Swords looks like a clash of two huge Kamehamehas from DBZ. And oh, I’ve noticed that the characters here would be good barbers as with every strike from their swords even if it was a miss, you could see hair strands falling. But enough with my lame jokes; the animation was the best part of this anime seriously, which actually made me like it a bit.
Aki Toyosaki as Lisa. Rings a bell? Yes, it’s Yui Hirasawa from the anime K-ON! She’s my favorite seiyuu in Seiken no Blacksmith as she made it livelier but then it actually emphasized that the entire anime was about “moe.” If you don’t believe me, the ending song proves it. While the ending song could be a K-ON!-like song, the opening song really made me want to kill myself after listening to the ending song and back to the opening. The opening song was somewhat a song that was taken from the ‘90s while the ending song is your modern “moe moe kyun” song which I find horribly not compatible. Setting that aside, the BGMs were ok though, got nothing to say about it.
Seiken no Blacksmith has main characters which proved to be ok, but not to the point that they’d be outstanding. Simple character development was given to the four which made them realistically human… or waif. What I hate the most about the characters is the antagonist. He is insanely stupid but ridiculously strong. Want to know why he is stupid? His motives weren’t even stated as to why he does things; clearly, he just wanted to have fun like “Doh, me wants to smash you.” Seriously, why would someone with a good mentality let his enemy create the “Most Super Fantastic Ultima Omega Best Sword Ever Which Turned Out To Be A Katana” in front of him which could lead to his doom? But thinking about it, maybe the authors made it look balanced by lessening his brains while adding up to his brawns.
Seiken no Blacksmith started out promising at first, but all that started to quickly fade away just as soon as you’ve finished the second episode. You might think that each and every episode would go deeper revealing more of the scenes in episodes 1 & 2, but guess what; Seiken no Blacksmith proved viewers that they were wrong. Seiken no Blacksmith was never really predictable, heck it wasn’t because the whole anime itself was very random. At first, it introduced a very interesting premise which could have garnered a lot of potential if was continued properly but then a totally different sub-story just popped out from out of nowhere and it was about some “Demon Swords.” Though it is said in the anime that these “Demon Swords” are rare, I can’t help but to laugh on how the anime itself contradicts on what it has set as most of the characters that appear are carrying one. After this, the “Demon Sword” topic was easily shoved away and ignored faster than you can say “Ka-Ta-Na.” After a wasted time on a sub-plot, another and a more unrelated sub-plot came out from nowhere and it was about some random guy who wants revenge and again carries the “rare” “Demon Sword” which actually wasted about 2 episodes. Seriously, when will the randomness stop? At the ending maybe? Finally, Seiken no Blacksmith now takes on its proper path but with the retarded and boring pacing, the ending really feels awkwardly rushed. With a lot of questions still unanswered, I couldn’t help but smile on how I managed to get over those 12 lame episodes.
ZZzzzz... Huh? Wait it already ended? So what just happened? Exactly! This anime is pointless no doubt. It was all about the characters doing what they do at their best but then considering that there was a supposed to be plot; it just ruins everything. But if you like Digimon, I’m very much sure that you’ll like this as Drimogemon (Drill-Nosed Mole) appears in one of the episodes. read more
Dec 20, 2009
The flaws in the storyline mainly lie with the protagonist. Cecily as the main lead has shown growth but this is unfortunately obscured by her annoying personality. The way her "talk" sequences were done was extremely off-putting, and her jarring voice made things even worse. This links to the lack of a logical flow to the storyline whenever it involves Cecily. One evening, she's in a life-threatening battle, the next day she's smiling at her potential killers (twice...same people, same arc!). Another example is excessive, irrelevant chatter during battles. It's as if her speaking has a "freeze" effect on the enemy (yea right!).
The supporting main characters, Luke, Lisa and Aria were highly pleasurable and fun, each having rather interesting backstories as well as a good source of laughter. They fulfill their respective roles excellently.
The art was average-good, with the use of an eye-pleasing palette. Afterall, I started watching after seeing the nice art at the Animesuki season preview. The girls were either cute or hot, depending on age! The monsters looked ugly but aren't monsters supposed to be ugly anyway? The animation sequences during battles were very well done. It's a shame the battles had to be rushed in a short, 12-episode series.
The BGM is very good and it is a pity because of the lacklustre storytelling. This situation is reminicent of Tsubasa Chronicles season 1 where the music was awesome, but too lively for a poorly executed and slow story. The OP seems to have split people but I felt the beat and tone was a good fit. The ED is just awfully cute, and expresses Lisa as a character very well.
Overall, I enjoyed the story because it had such potential, as well as the interesting and likeable supporting characters which kept me watching this rather mediocre series. That said, the lack of logical flow *points at Cecily* is a serious killjoy. People have asked me what I was watching during Autumn 2009. While I gave an honest answer (SnB was the only show I was following!), I have told every one of them to avoid. read more
May 28, 2010
Cecily Cambell becomes a knight and she is totally useless. She's all talk. She is saved by Luke Ainsworth and begs him to make a katana like his. And so their relationship begins. The story was like a Déjà vu (literally!!) But it shines! It makes you laugh, sometimes cry and feel the feelings of the characters in the story. It wasn't repetitive nor boring. Sometimes the fillers and disappointing. There is only one filler episode but in each episode there is a part that has nothing to do with the actual plot. Either it is at the beginning or the end. Even so, it's no boring or unbearable.
the art was exactly like K-ON's sometimes I thought Cecily looked like Yui just in a red version(LOL). I'm very picky about my art. It has to be up-to-date and such. But the animation flaws my eyes just don't see I don't know if there aren't or if there are. But the fights, when the swords are swung and the colors it's really catchy.
The theme song matched the anime but it wasn't special in particular. The ending son was very catchy. Also, the background music, which sometimes I don't notice is good and it goes with the whole flow of the anime and it's set date.
I liked Cecily's character. She's useless but she understands others feeling and her feelings are genuine. She isn't one of those big mouth girls who cant do anything or the crappy type of girl she's a strong willed character that I like.
Not only Cecily but all the character's have their share in the spot light, their time to shine. You can feel the feelings of all the main characters.
As I said it is really enjoyable even without much action.
Just watch the anime!!!
Nov 2, 2010
Now, I don't remember the studio Manglobe nor remember if I've watched any series from that studio, but it turns out that Manglobe does a damn fine job with it. Even if the manga wasn't good material, I'm glad they stuck with the pacing of the story instead of going inventive, which usually sucked. The colours are brilliant and the animation are crisp; and for once, the action scenes are actually pretty good. I don't know how a series like this got that kind of budget but hey, I'm not complaining.
I didn't think much of the story but I really love the characters, even Cecily, who I thought was irritating in the beginning for being really useless, but her really cool action scenes towards the end made up for it. The ending of the story feels like one of those last minute addition to create a finale (I don't know because I didn't get that far in the manga), and though the main villain is a pretty crappy character the ending ain't too shabby.
A fairly nice series to watch if you're a fan of medieval settings, like me.
Plot/Concept: Fairly Good
Story Style: Great!
Value: 7 read more
Feb 12, 2010
Story - 3/10
Fantasy world with demons, demon swords and some mysterious people. Sounds very nice, but the way that the story develops it's everything but nice. The demons are the usual, the sword too, not to mention the main antagonist - "the man in black"... and this is not the worst. The main characters are also the usual strong boy and weak knight, the only "new" it's that the knight it's a female character. The development of the story it's boring and predictive, and the end it's in my personal top 3 of worst ends.
Art - 7/10
This is may be the best part of this anime. The characters are drawn very well, and are easy to remember their appearances. I don't really like the hairdo of Luke and this funny "armor" of Cecilly, which seems to be there only to make the viewer lough. The special effects are the best part of the art - lighting, the spells, and my personal favorite - when Luke forges swords.
Sound - 6/10
This is good too. The opening and ending are nice songs, although I wouldn't listen to them (not my music). The seyuus are good too, although they are nothing memorable. Background music it's there, but doesn't make any impression, so it's good.
Characters - 3/10
Compared to the story characters are good, but in fact they are just stupid and boring. Female knight with big breasts and funny armor, who looks like catches sword for first time in first episode and it's yelling "mamoru desu"(I'll protect...) all over, and over, and over again. Male blacksmith, who is kind of bad-ass, but later very emotional and deep character with good feelings. Female demon sword complaining about how bad destiny she have, and how she want's to live peaceful life. Those are the good, and the bad are even worse. Some "man in black" who at the end reveals to be kind of absolutely non mysterious guy and kind of well known bad guy. Even the secondary characters are cliche after cliche.
Enjoyment - 4/10
If this was my first anime, may be I would think it was good, but it's not and everything in it it's well known and I've seen it numerous times before. If it wasn't the good art and the studio I would never end this, and now I kind of regret i did it.
Overall - 5/10
This is one of the worst animes I ever watched, and the worst thing it's that it's made by Manglobe, studio with animes like Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy in it's catalog. Really, don't waste your time with this, just go out and bang your head against some wall... it will be less painful.
Sorry if there are some mistakes, but English it's not my mother language :) read more
Dec 19, 2009
The series opens with Cecily Cambell, a newly trained knight charged with the protection of the Third Independent Trade City. She is an excitable girl, stubborn, and full of bravado. She wishes to help people, but has little actual competence. The broken sword of her family is as much a symbol of her own need to be tempered as anything. Towards those ends she pursues the services of Luke Ainsworth, a standoffish blacksmith with little patience for Cecily’s immaturity. Joining them are Lisa -- Luke’s pint-sized and spunky assistant -- and a woman with a mysterious and tragic past named Aria.
Dark events soon push them together as tenuous companions. Some figure in the shadows is collecting Demon Swords, powerful remnants from the great war that ended forty years ago. The City is threatened and Cecily and Luke have their own reasons to stand against it.
The setting and plot sound clichéd because they are. This is well-trodden ground. The first few episodes promise to offset that imbalance with the characters, but sadly that’s where things start falling apart. As our protagonists quickly find themselves thrown headlong into one problem after another, their relationships become secondary. Instead of friendships blossoming from shared duress, they just seem to ‘bond’ because they shared the same scenes.
Part of the problem is in Cecily’s characterization, which puts light on the deeper issue of Sacred Blacksmith’s incorrect focus.
Two of my favorite moments are when Cecily realizes that her desires and willpower are not enough to become the best she can be and then, later, when she uses that deficiency to overcome a seemingly insurmountable object. That was when the story shined and I thought “yes! -this- is what this show is supposed to be.” Cecily is our protagonist in all her inept glory. Watching her stumble towards being a skilled knight is where the show -should- be focused, how each tiny victory and tiny defeat magnifies her growth.
Admittedly, there are times when Cecily sheds her armor and shows some vulnerabilities in a realistic light, but usually she merely sheds her armor so someone can joke about how wonderfully large her breasts are. I like running gags as much as anyone, but Sacred Blacksmith never really earns the right to do so. They would be complementary features in a series less problem-ridden; instead they merely draw attention to themselves and make it difficult for a reviewer to be objective and not single them out for one whole paragraph. It gets to be a little bothersome when they just pop up out of nowhere.
And, no, that wasn’t a boob joke.
It isn’t that the foundation here is weak, but that it’s uneven. There are some really exciting and insightful moments and yet they are surrounded by plodding uninteresting plot and cloying melodrama. It sometimes feels like a writer du jour was invited on board each week to pen the script. The story is disjointed, populated with mini-arcs that hardly elucidate the main arc at all. Challenges seem incidental. Character development unearned. And then everyone dresses up like a maid.
If that last sentence seemed to come out of nowhere and confused the hell out of you, it was supposed to. That’s exactly how I felt.
The most irksome problem is pacing. The main story arc only gets underway late in the series, ending up rushed. Halfway through the series our cast of characters effectively doubles, but we have no time to get to know them beyond their two-dimensionally flat personalities. Worst of all, two battles are halted in their tracks while our heroes take a break to lollygag. Oh, I mean, “work slowly at making a weapon to continue the fight after all the scene’s original tension has been obliterated”. It felt more concise to say lollygag, though.
Aside from that specific editing choice, the battles are actually engaging. In fact, my greatest praise is what weaponry gets used. For all the adherence to the conventions of the swords-and-sorcery genre, there are some uncommon armaments here. I can’t describe enough how visually refreshing I found this, to see different weapons and fighting styles. Like all the other good bits in the show this too doesn’t last long, but it helps break up the “This is a fantasy; we need more swords!” mentality that plagues the genre.
Overall, the art and animation is of consistently high quality. The city is a vibrant place. Manglobe’s attention to detail in creating a living, breathing setting is laudable and effective (something I personally found lacking in their earlier work, Ergo Proxy). There’s an idyllic peace in the city when all hell isn’t breaking loose and a gritty immediacy when it does. That the city is built at the foot of a mountain covered with an ominous and never-moving cloud is a fantastic addition. The characters too are well-designed and have outfits that are intriguing albeit sometimes impractical. If only they were as cool as they look.
I couldn’t help thinking back to last season as I watched this. CANAAN showed how to put together a compelling ensemble cast, while Spice and Wolf II showed how to dramatically weave the complexities of a relationship about two protagonists. Both lessons are lost on Sacred Blacksmith. There is neither a group dynamic nor a fully realized pairing. The one great friendship we do have between Cecily and Aria gets lost in the shuffle of events and hardly has the emphasis it deserves.
What disappoints me most is what Sacred Blacksmith fails to do. It fails to do anything exciting with fantasy. It fails to test its characters’ resolve with any meaningful challenges or anguish. It presents so much magic… yet fails to capture any wonder. Once we understand more of Aria’s nature, for instance, a wild world of possibilities opens up. How does her nature impact the way she interacts with the city she lives in? The people she calls friends? Her own inner turmoil? Instead, her character development seems to have the same tedious trajectory that everyone else has: at least one episode devoted to mental struggles, a resolution easily attained, and a sanguine outlook the rest of the time.
The music is a good analogy for the show as a whole. The OP starts strong, is rather catchy, reasonably dynamic technically speaking. The score of the series is standard fare medieval fantasy (recorders, lutes, tambourines, and the like) and other more traditional orchestrated pieces that are apt, but not spellbinding. Finally, the ED is the most randomly bright and unbelievably saccharine thing you have ever heard. While I freely admit my personality isn’t morning glories and sunshine, this outro is so distinctly misplaced and just one more example of Sacred Blacksmith’s disjointed elements.
So who is this anime for? More forgiving viewers, I imagine. The series isn’t high art and let’s face it: it’s not trying to be. It doesn’t want to be a humble, little fantastical tale, but a brief little epic about a lot of different things. About companions trying to help each other, faltering romance, sociopolitical intrigue, freaky monsters, black villains, sleeping horrors. By including too much its scattershot attention span shows, but if you can overlook that and the other systemic problems, want a light-hearted romp with a peppering of drama, or happen to be a fantasy junkie, you might have fun with this.
If there is a second season I can only hope they strip away the extraneous parts, peel back the deeper layers, and leave what remains proudly exposed and naked for all to behold.
And, yeah, that was kind of a boob joke. read more
Nov 15, 2009
For starters, the main character is simply awful. Cecily Campbell is perhaps one of the weakest protagonists I have ever seen in anime. She's clumsy and useless at doing anything without the help of other characters, and largely demonstrates very weak initiative throughout series as up til now.
The show largely focuses on sex jokes to inspire comedy value. These often involve Cecily being sexually harassed or victimized through various means. Not only does this not make the protagonist look any better, it's very stupid and overdone to the point of becoming stale.
The plot for the large part does not show any more hope either. Very little is done to develop character relationships aside from the multitude of sex jokes, and what little that may resemble a backstory or plot development is often overshadowed by the huge amount of fanservice that is stuffed into this show.
Fight scenes in this show are pretty unspectacular, largely due to Cecily looking extremely incompetent and clumsy during most of them. Luke Ainsworth, one of the supporting characters admittedly does get some cool points for apparently being the so-called Sacred Blacksmith, and an expert swordsman to go with that. The same pattern of him constantly rescuing Cecily from her periods of sucking in combat is pretty darn lame however, not to mention Cecily's reliance on a Demon Sword rather than her own powers to be able to do anything in combat.
As I've stated, the only reason why I even bother watching this show is just to make fun of how awful it is. If for some reason you can overlook the fact the main character sucks (probably literally too, but this isn't an adult rated anime), and you don't get tired of constant jokes about how Cecily's breasts are huge, you might find something worthwhile in this show. It's only twelve episodes anyway, which isn't too unreasonable to endure. read more
Nov 18, 2009
Jan 5, 2013
Yes, you'll find that there's no shortage of fanservice here. In fact, it's pretty much the running gag of the entire series that everyone pokes fun at Cecily's chest. This is further explored by convenient costume malfunctions and shameless bathing scenes. Thankfully all the pandering is at least tasteful enough that it never interrupts the flow of the story. The writing carries enough wit to know when sexual humor is appropriate.
At a glance, much of Sacred Blacksmith's story is standard procedure for an average fantasy anime. It has all the elements one would expect; knights, magic, demon swords, and giant mythical creatures are abundant. It even comes complete with an angsty tsundere romance. Where the series falls short in originality though, it makes up for this in its near-flawless execution. All of the main characters are rich with distinct personalities and deep backstories that are revealed steadily as the plot unfolds. The story progression also strikes a perfect balance between comedy, drama, and action; constantly keeping the viewer engaged with these three elements while the pacing never stutters or moves too quickly. Even episodes that could potentially be considered filler don't really feel like it, as they serve up plenty of character development to excuse them. Although at its core the plot is fairly familiar and straightforward, Sacred Blacksmith is not without some of its own twists on the genre either. It mixes a strangely light-hearted tone to the story with very dark and mature medieval themes, and while demon swords may sound conventional for the setting, their ability to transform into rather unassuming humans with more nuanced intentions is quite unconventional. Though it may seem like this odd mixture wouldn't blend well at first, the series somehow manages to make it all mesh together nicely.
It's worth noting that Sacred Blacksmith's narrative is heavily character-centric to such a degree that traditional fantasy tropes one would expect to see in its setting are often absent or take a back seat to character development. This may be off-putting for some coming into it expecting to see a Tolkien-esque expansive epic, which is unfortunate because the series does otherwise tell a very good story for what it is, but it often gets a bad wrap from critics who may be judging it based on something that it was never aiming to be. Sacred Blacksmith takes its time to flesh out its characters and doesn't invest much in the adventurous side of fantasy or exploring its world. Although it's clear that there is still a rich history behind it from the brief glimpses we are occasionally given, nonetheless this is not the story's focus.
The series' character-driven plot does often work to its advantage though, because where Sacred Blacksmith truly shines is in its ability to masterfully craft a cast of characters whose interactions make them instantly likable and constantly engrossing; never leaving the audience with a dull moment. Cecily's unwavering dedication to helping others is interesting to see being put to the test as her inability to defend others frequently conflicts with her convictions. Aria's mysterious past as the demon sword of wind hides behind the veil of her lovable friendliness, making you eager to find out more about her history and motivations. Even the most seemingly loathsome characters can become hard not to sympathize with as more of their histories and backgrounds are uncovered. It is commonplace that conflicts arise between them purely because of of how sharply contrasting and vibrant their personalities are. Luke's cold and dismissive attitude perpetually clashes with Cecily's stubborn determination, which makes for some particularly entertaining dialogue. The script is often written rather heavy-handed, but it helps establish the strong characterizations of the protagonists. Still, Cecily's melodramatic monologues can occasionally overstay their welcome.
The production values of Sacred Blacksmith's art and animation are nothing short of superb as well. Character designs are thoroughly detailed depicting even the subtleties of Luke's fake eye, and animation is consistently smooth and fluid. Couple this with its epic orchestral soundtrack and solid voice acting that fits the characters and effectively brings them to life, Sacred Blacksmith satisfies in nearly every aspect of its design. All of this is accompanied with quality intro and ending segments set to some J-pop tunes. The ending in particular has a rather catchy and cute arrangement, which is further enhanced by the associated artwork with it that really shows off the impressive designs of the characters. In fact, it's possibly my personal favorite ending piece just because it's so adorable and the music and visuals play off each other so well. The intro on the other hand has a decidedly more standard song choice that isn't quite as interesting, but it more than makes up for this with a good mixture of action scenes and beautiful perspective shots of the characters. Sufficed to say, this is one of those rare cases where I found myself watching both the intro and ending for every episode because they were simply that enjoyable.
With everything right that Sacred Blacksmith has going for it however, it's difficult to take notice of any of its major flaws--until it ends. Just as soon as it feels like the journey is only beginning, it is abruptly cut off. This unfortunately is Sacred Blacksmith's greatest shortcoming. By the time the series come to its conclusion, many major plotlines and ambiguities in the story have yet to be fully fleshed out. It's clear judging by the finale that there was still much more of the story to tell, but for one reason or another there appears to be no sequel coming in the foreseeable future. As of the writing of this review, you will need to consort the manga that the series is based on if you wish to delve deeper into its story. Despite this, it's not enough to break Sacred Blacksmith's strong momentum from start to finish. Even with these problems, the anime still manages to deliver as satisfying a resolution as can be reasonably expected while leaving the plot open for continuation. With its colorful cast of characters, high production values, and engaging narrative that has its own twists on the genre, Sacred Blacksmith is sure to entertain many fans of fantasy anime. read more
Apr 2, 2012
As I said, though, I watched the first episode on Netflix (which has only dubbed anime) and enjoyed it well enough; I liked the character designs, the voice acting was alright for a dub (except Lisa whom I wanted to throttle after 3 lines) and it seemed like it could develop into a decent story, so I decided to continue. However, fate intervened, and I was unable to get to netflix the next time I wanted to watch, so I looked it up online and found the original--and OH GEEZ was it good comparatively. Especially the voice acting:
Sound: 10 AMAZING
When the obnoxious girl from the English dub was replaced by Toyosaki Aki going to the original after one episode, I nearly exploded with joy (she is my personal favorite Japanese voice actress). Besides that, Luke was now voiced by Okamoto, Nobuhiko (whom I recognized, having just finished watching To aru Majutsu no Index). So I will not deny that my love for the voicing and music are indeed partially due to the sub-par dub counterparts I was originally exposed to. Even so, the voice acting is incredibly strong in this series, from the entire cast. The theme song took a few episodes to grow on me, but it certainly did, and it is now one of my favorite anime themes. Toyosaki Aki singing the ending theme won me over after the first 3 lines.
Story: 7 Good
The story does fall into a few stereotypes and uses a few stock characters, but they're not too distracting and the rest of the story has some interesting ideas to it. The idea of the object/not-quite human character struggling with questions of their existence is nothing new (Data from star trek, even Hatsune Miku in the song "The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku" explore similar issues) but the story offers enough of a twist on this admittedly cliche but interesting plot point to make it acceptable.
Art: 7 Good
Not too much to say here, the art wasn't super amazing but it was by no means bad, and each of the characters were distinct and memorable.
Character: 9 Great
This mixes with what I said about the story--which is partly because most of the story is exploring the characters and their pasts. All of the protagonists, and even some of the minor characters, are developed surprisingly well and enjoyably, especially Lisa. (I won't go into detail there to avoid spoilers)
Enjoyment: 8 Very Good
This would have been a 9. It was almost a 10 actually, until the end. I won't give away WHY but the ending was....infuriating. I found out why later--the series, like many anime, is based off a light novel series, and of course the anime finished before the books did, and so the anime writers had to slap together an ending. There are some times where this is successful, at least to a point, but this NOT one of them. Little is resolved, the final battle is frankly STUPID and the ending left me sitting there saying "what, THAT''S HOW IT ENDS?!?!?!" I still enjoyed the rest of the series, but such an awful ending could not let me leave it with a perfect score.
Despite the atrocious ending, this anime is still more than worthwhile I think. I thoroughly enjoyed following the growth of the characters, and as I said, the amazing voice acting. Though there is little hope, as this wasn't the most popular anime, I do wish they would make another season to give it a respectable ending, but nonetheless I do not regret seeing this anime, and still would recommend it to anyone.
Feb 9, 2011
Every review here says that is the worst anime ever.
That is not true, I liked this show.
I dont have to see a great epic quest with intergalactic battles with sound from mozart and picasso himself drawing the hole thing, to enjoy it.
Well sure it lacks many part to become a great anime, but still.
If you just wanna relax, and see a naive cute "knight" doing mindless s**t WATCH IT.
Dont make hater reviews stop you from seeing a show you might enjoy.
Jun 20, 2011
I am not sure what the plot is or if it ever existed at all. The plot is supposed to be continuous from episode to episode but, it is impossible to tell how the plot reached the current point from the previous. It seems like somebody wrote a series of short random events modified and arranged them into a short story board putting forth as little effort as possible.
Character development is a far more serious problem than the plot itself. Characters make leaps and bounds forwards in one episode then might regress twice as fast back in the following episode. Or you wonder where the characters came to a certain conclusion and can only conclude that it was in between the episodes when there was a massive plot jump. This makes it even harder to understand or relate to the main character. The character all seem to be drawn the same as well and then modified. Copy and paste is not working in their favor. (I was wondering if this was just me but then I saw it in somebody else’s review as well.)
Theme; tits. I’m sure this is the theme…every episode seems to finish off talking about Cecily Cambell’s breast size. One episode has entire dinner scene talking about Cecily’s boobs… as well as a pool scene and many others. Boobs are actually shown in this series which does nothing to enhance the show. It is a poor and failure of an attempt at comic relief.
Dialogue is horrible and when it is not horrible it is so absurdly cheese it is intolerable. Music enhances anything and everything that is cheesy and is vastly overused. The animations are possibly the only redeeming fact about Seiken no Blacksmith.
If you still want to watch this series after reading this review be my guest, but I do not recommend a 4/10 rated series to anybody. Somebody wanted to make some fast easy cash off developing this series and, therefore put no real time into it.
Aug 10, 2012
The characters seem not fleshed out enough, and we barely see a back story to any of them except Luke and even that happens a little to late in the game. By that time, the characters felt a bit stale, and hard to relate to. In a 12 episode show, they shouldn’t be dinking around like they do, mostly bringing up jokes about Cecily’s breasts and her strange breastplate that seems to be way to close to her to not of been molded on her breasts. And what’s with her mother even bugging her about it? Really? It’s not enough that the whole town talks about her breasts but her mother too? I’m not fond of how this show seems to move a bit too slow this show gets, but once it gets to the point, it is pretty good, and then it ends... Really, they spend more time talking then fighting and nothing really gets said.
It seems that everything leans up to the climax but many of the things are lost in the first part. For instance, the only time I find out that that Luke has a fake eye is to the second to the last episode. If it was a big thing with the story then it should be said earlier in the story along with Luke’s story. I feel like I only got half the story through the show and I wish there was much more to help me see the lines. It just screams second season to and from what I know of, there isn’t one.
The artwork is pretty nice though some of the characters look familiar to other shows. Little Luke reminds me of Sora from Kingdom Hearts and I can pick out little things hear and there that felt like rip offs. And don’t get me started on the creepy monsters that attack. It plays out mostly like a monster of the week style though the story makes it hard to watch them out of order. The comical parts in the art seem forced in whenever we have a serious point and trust me, that happen way to much for this show. I wish they chose a side, ether comical artwork with comical plot, or serious artwork with serious plot.
The voice acting is pretty good but I am a little put off by one or two of them. Lisa isn’t that great a voice, making me sigh at the high pitched sound from her mouth. Some side characters really need deferent voices because sometime it makes them feel way too important then they should be. read more
Dec 10, 2009
This story seems to have taken place in a land resembling 15th century England, France, or some other Western-European country. From what I watched, I found this anime great in many aspects because of one of the main songs (not themed) that helped create the atmosphere of the simple yet very interesting storyline concerning the Empire's General wanting to recreate a catastrophe to gain dominance using what they call the Devil's Contract. The devil's contract seemed to use some sort of enchantment to create a demon from a human heart. The main villain is blamed for the death of the father of the 2nd main character, Luke Ainsworth, resulting in his will to seal away the main antagonist, Valbanill. The main protagonist is a clumsy knight recruit following her father's footsteps. She wants to live the glory that her father once lived defending the nation against the onslaught of Valbanill's demonspawn. As these demons are spawned, so are the weapons of focus - the demon swords. There are several demon swords, and few of them even were granted the forms of normal humans who have their own stories, personalities, and ambitions. What I found odd yet intriguing about this story is the background of Luke Ainsworth's assistant, Lisa. This story also involves a merging of the knowledge of molded swords and folded swords such as the katana, which is the preferred weapon of Luke. Luke is the believed Sacred Blacksmith who is ultimately the catalyst of stopping Valbanill's wishes of purging the world in to hell as it was once before purged 44 years before this story takes place. How you assume Luke is that Sacred Blacksmith is the use of prayer contracts to create powerful elemental (ethereal) katanas only capable of 3 successful slashes. Some negative aspects of this production involve silly and unnecessary insertions of fan service surrounding the main protagonist, Cecily Campbell. This production is however shorter than most only planned to span half a season and for it's short-lived airtime I personally felt it was worth watching. The story being great and all however may be bumped by the slow progression of the first few episodes. Overall, this anime deserves a 9 overall. Happy watching to all those interested!!! read more
Feb 13, 2013
I understand that Japan has its own way of animating the fantasy genre but they never managed to produce a single well-made epic fantasy anime in their entire history. The closest ones to the “rather good” status still are Record of Lodoss War, followed by Guin Saga. All the rest are nothing but goofball comedies and ecchis, or horribly low-budgeted Middle-Earth imitations. This belong in the former category and all you are offered is an uninspired premise, a generic setting, awful cheery pop songs that are completely off with the genre, and lots of done-to-death softporn jokes that are completely out of fashion after we were plagued with four seasons of Queen’s Blade.
The funny thing is, many people expected something good out of this show because it was animated by Manglobe. I have no idea why that is proof of anything since they have made a couple of great shows and a bunch of mediocrities. This one is in fact their worst job yet, both in production values (which are average to bad) and context (which doesn’t exist). The director or the writer didn’t produce anything significant in their whole careers either, so again you have nothing to expect.
Even if you try to view this show as a silly comedy in a fantasy setting, it is still bad, since it is hardly as funny or exciting as similar shows from almost two decades ago, such as Slayers and Mahoujin Guruguru. If you want a more specific reason of why it is so bad, all you have to do is to separate the anime into the background part and the foreground part.
- The background part is good in terms of creating a generic but otherwise interesting setting. The sceneries are very detailed and indeed make you feel they are part of a medieval world. The BGM is indeed made to sound like it’s a fantasy/action show. The backdrop story is indeed made to appear as the classic tale of a demon trying to take over the world and releasing demons everywhere, while a band of brave adventurers sets out to stop him. These are all very good and dandy.
- The foreground part where all the plot and action takes place is a complete mess. The characters are all drawn in a most generic and boring way, with too much focus on boobs, plus their personalities are simple and lack any interesting or meaningful development. The intro and outro songs are completely trash material, full of cheery squeaking singers. The dialogues are all full of retarded softporn jokes and juvenile talking about friendship and compassion. Voice acting is nothing much because of the lack of seriousness that would require from them to sound any better, plus the few loli characters have that annoying pinch in voice I hate so much. The plot is to the most part aimless strolling around with lots of dead time and ecchi moments, plus there are cases where the characters make some really out-of-character decisions, plus the ending is left open. These are all bellow average material.
Down to it, this is a terrible anime and I don’t recommend it not even as a time waster. It will forever be known only as Sacred Boobsmith, the worst show made by Manglobe.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 6/10
General Artwork 1/2 (hit-or-miss)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 2/2 (very detailed)
Animation 1/2 (average)
Visual Effects 1/2 (typical)
SOUND SECTION: 5/10
Voice Acting 1/3 (retarded)
Music Themes 2/4 (good BGM, bad intro and outro)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 2/10
Premise 1/2 (generic)
Pacing 0/2 (stupid)
Complexity 1/2 (not much)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 0/2 (doesn’t exist)
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Presence 1/2 (typical)
Personality 1/2 (generic)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Catharsis 0/2 (none)
VALUE SECTION: 3/10
Historical Value 1/3 (none, unless you consider it the worst show made by Manglobe)
Rewatchability 0/3 (no reason to rewatch it)
Memorability 0/4 (no reason to remember it)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Art 0/1 (looks lazy)
Sound 0/2 (sounds boring)
Story 1/3 (feels generic)
Characters 0/4 (booby cardboards)
VERDICT: 3.5/10 read more
Dec 11, 2010
Story - The story is very poor or rather, like most animes, rushed. The series is more about the main character's daily life and interaction with other characters of the series rather than the main character itself. They focused too much on the main characters that the story was neglected and at the end, it was rushed to complete the series. If there were just one more episode, I believe that the anime could've ended on a nicer note.
Art - Like most of the anime that are currently being released, character designs and animations for them are pretty good. I particularly liked the designs of the houses like they were in medival times. Other than that, nothing much to say here.
Sound - The only music worth mentioning is the opening and ending songs. Other than that, I have no impression of any noticable music really. Which is also one of the main flaws of the series. Although fights need not necessarily require music, it does add to the flavour and feel of the situation at hand.
Character - Character development is fantastic. The main character does grow over time and slowly gets people to acknowledge her, though of course it's not like she was ostracized, bullied or looked down upon by the community in the first place, just that she wants to prove a point and she did. The only flaw is that we don't get to actually see the character become strong since everything was rather rushed towards the end.
Enjoyment/Overall - Aside from the flaws I mentioned, I rather enjoyed this series and I do hope that a season 2 will be made. I think that the series will do very well in season 2 should there be one. read more
Aug 15, 2012
Feb 5, 2011
Atleast Cecily didn't come off as another "invincible chick." She was literally BEGGING Luke to make a katana for her. She had her faults, but that emphasized her strengths; and she made a good character overall.
Atleast Luke didn't come off as a total jerk. Because, you know. That's what "people who are still suffering from their past mistakes" are called nowadays. (And the people who call them that are the REAL jerks.) AHEM. Luke is another overall good character; powerful, harsh yet kind. I'd wish he WOULD kick Cecily's butt just to knock her down a peg.
Atleast Lisa, Aria, on down proved to be good character; some of them with great backstories. What's up with Siegfried and his "Shounen Jump Boss Syndrome?" The only character that REALLY needs something like a BPKO (belly punch knock-out) is Fio, the Campbell family maid.
Honestly, I believe one of the only "good" anime worth having / supporting / buying is "Heroic Age." The characters herein don't make me wanna punch them in their face, the plotline doesn't make you wanna wish that the storyboaders and writers get smacked in their faces, and it's a breath of fresh air from all the pandering to the loser otaku...
(CAN a "good" anime be done where the (supporting) male lead isn't a wussy punching bag AND panty shots can be shown from an upskirt angle? No licensor in the US wants to touch "Juuden-chan." "Dokuro-chan" and "Working," but not "Juuden-chan.")
Oh well... There's always adult anime. And anime like "Sacred Blacksmith..." My recommendation is that you look beyond animation (and "boobie chestplates) to find the true spirit within. Because pretty soon you'll need to ask a title like this is worth keeping around. read more
Dec 20, 2009