English: Jyu-Oh-Sei: Planet of the Beast King
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 14, 2006 to Jun 23, 2006
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.541 (scored by 13376 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction adventure drama sci-fi
Nov 1, 2008
Jyu Oh Sei dispels the myth that a series has to be long in order to be good. It's only 11 episodes but the plot moves very fast and a lot of stuff happens at a good pace.
The story starts off with two twin brothers barely into their teens abandoned on a prison planet after their parents are killed. It begins as a "survival tale" with Thor, the elder brother, being the protagonist, and swiftly transitions into a nature documentary, action movie, drama and finally space opera. Secondary themes like genetics, social order, politics, relationships and existentialism are explored. You won't be bored.
Real. Fascinating. Relateable. Even Machiavellian. Everyone has an agenda. Nobody is stupid. A few wear their hearts on their sleeves but they're all well fleshed out. Even those with relatively little screen time are important to the story. There aren't really any unnecessary characters. Even the plants in this show are their own characters.
Art/Animation and sound
The animation is not as crisp in some places but overall quite good. When they say the main charater looks good, it's because he really does look good. The characters age and again this is very well done. Backgrounds are very detailed and realistic. Both the Opening and Ending themes fit the anime and were good songs in their own right. Sound effects were pretty good too. Overall very good.
Extremely enjoyable. When it ended I wanted more. This could easily have been 24 or even 52 episodes.
Completely underrated but very good, very watchable anime. It's hard to find though. Please PM me if you want it, I will figure out how to make a torrent for this if only to share this with other users. read more
Jun 30, 2008
On a colony planet far from Earth, two brothers stumble upon their murdered parents and are knocked out by gas. They wake up on a planet loaned from whoever built the sets for King Kong and Little Shop Of Horrors. That's right; the jungle tries to kill you every five minutes!
Who killed their parents? Why were they sent to a cruel planet populated by miscreants in tribes who battle each other for supremacy? How can you get off a planet that's controlled in a dastardly manner that the agents of the Matrix would approve? More importantly, is this damn genre-juggling show worth a watch?
Yes it is, and the reveal which propels the story into a completely different direction is excellent. What we get up to that is decent animation, pretty engaging world design and plotlines that sci-fi fans will dig, and that sense of epicness which comes along with a tale that follows a character over a period of years.
With Jyu Oh Sei there's this feeling that you're watching something different from the norm, even though nothing about this production is pioneering in any way at all. I think this refreshing feeling has to do with the fact that the source of the story is from a short manga rather than one that went on endlessly, and that the production crew did a good job delivering it to the small screen. Maybe that in itself is rare these days? The bad guys in this show don’t even have tiny irises! Kudos.
There are miscellaneous flaws as mentioned above, like a love triangle that feels tacked on (aren’t they all?), generic narrative clichés that you've seen a million times before and wish you'd never see again, but they're just little bumps in the road, nothing to dampen the parade. The core concept driving this show, that of the consequences of living in a dog-eat-dog world, fighting to survive for a tangible reason, and the relationship between you and your less-than-spectacular twin brother, are however compelling enough to make you forgive any clichéd moments that pop up.
Jyu Oh Sei breezes along thanks to its 11 episode length; because it’s a successful adaptation and not the insipid tailor-made trash of a TV writer. The soundtrack from the superb-as-always Hajime Mizoguchi is the final dressing on this dessert and stays with you long after you witness the last episode. read more
Nov 30, 2009
The foundation of the plot is a big 'ole mess of second rate science fiction concepts, including The Plant Planet, The Prison Planet, The War Between the Sexes, and others that it would be spoilerish of me to reveal. Seriously, this story kept reminding me of the Golden Age SciFi I've read. The difference is, those stories (well, the good ones anyways) fully explored their concepts and were able make interesting situations out of them. And perhaps the Jyu-Oh-Sei manga manages to do this, but here none of the concepts are really given enough time to become interesting.
The setting and ideas have it easy, though. The characters are the ones who really suffer, as the creators push them through rushed plot twist after rushed plot twist. Perhaps the worst example comes in the first episode, when Thor whiplashes from protecting his brother, to trying to kill him, to protecting him again, in just a few minutes. What was supposed to be a brutal moral conundrum just comes off as silly (It doesn't help that his brother dies anyways in the same episode, essentially invalidating the whole moral struggle).
And this show is talky. Very talky. There just isn't time for the characters to exhibit their traits through their actions, so everything has to be explained. This leads to some pretty significant disparities between how character talk, and their actions on the screen.
No, this is not a character-driven anime. Rather, the plot is in control, cracking its whip and forcing the characters through one unnatural contortion after another.
Still, despite all this, it manages to maintain a modicum of interest - up until Ninja Chick is introduced, in a forced attempt at a love triangle. Their is no chemistry to the relationship, however, and it only serves to dry up whatever enthusiasm the viewer has for the finale. The bizarre death of a major character at the end didn't even provoke more than a puzzled 'huh?' from me.
Visually, the show is a mixed bag. The character designs and animation are pretty good, but they take place in incredibly uninspired locales. Big empty spaceships, big empty castles, big empty tundras, big empty valleys - there's just not much stuff on the planet of the Beast King, apparently.
Another complaint is the misogyny present. Despite the fact that the original work was written by a woman, the story is far from feminist. Oh sure, on the surface stuff like "Women have the absolute right to choose their mates!" sounds all pro-Grrl, but the truth is that all our supposedly strong female characters are completely dependent on men by the end of the show (or dead).
For all the vitriol, Jyu-Oh-Sei has redeeming qualities (it looks alright, the plot starts out somewhat intersting, etc), and people do like it. Nonetheless, this is simply not a very good show, and I recommend skipping it. Certainly don't blind buy it unless it's very cheap and you have a high tolerance for schlock. read more
May 12, 2008
To start, the story. I've never imagined that kind of story could exist.
Mixing Sci-fi with he...Hum...how to say it... with a "king of the "animals"", was very sought.
So: Thor and Rai, 2 little twins with blue eyes, pale skin and grey hair, discovered their parents, dead. Dispatched in an unknown planete -by important people (but who?That's a really important question in this story)-, where the law is simple: the stronger, who rule on every people on this planete (called Chimera), and rule on the "special" flora of Chimera, will be able to quit it...
After a little time to think, Thor is decided: He'll be the Jyu Oh, the king of the animals, king of Chimera...
The beginning of the story was fast,so I realised very quick that all the anime will be like this.
The only little problem is that the anime was just on 11 episodes, so some parties of the story couldn't be detailed.
Like in the first ep', when Thor 's going to kill his twin, why don't we have some explanations about his feelings?
And the part with Karim, it's a little bit disturbing when Thor fell in love so quick....It's just unbelievable.
The animation and the art was very good, I really liked the battle scenes, even if the profile of the characters was special to me (the noses too, they were really ...special.and big.) .
The sound , after that. So, the OP is special (lyrics, music and voice), but I enjoyed it, I just do not know why. the ED was absolutely beautiful for the voice, even if the lyrics weren't researched at all.
The voices were all good, but in the last ep' I was disappointed: was it because it was the end that they were not looking passionate?
The characters were good.But sometimes, I didn't understand why important characters ( the chiefs of the Cercles, for exemple.) didn't appear much longer, instead of some useless (Karim, Chen) chara' who were always in all the ep.
By the way, the age of Thor was disturbing: His voice, and his physic didn't show us a vision of a nomal child of 11 for the first part, and a vision of an adolescent of 15.
After all, I really enjoyed it, I wanted to kill some chara because of their stupidity or their arrogance, and that is why it's a very good anime: it carry you in a new vision of Sci-Fi. [ and the end, oh god...] read more
Jun 24, 2009
The music is nothing particularly special, in fact it can be a little too melodramatic at times, but the opener and closer heavily remind me of 90s top 20 hits, so I can’t hate on it that much.
The acting performances are also quite well-done in this show. For the dub, I was surprised at how mellow the acting was for a show that begs to be very melodramatic, but in hindsight, it’s probably good that the actors chose to be less cartoony and more down-to-earth. It’s still VERY dramatic, but it’s not Code Geass or anything. I was also very happy to hear a new hero voice from Thor’s character, and Sean Teague has a perfect youthful gentleness in contrast to the rough, brutal supporting cast around him. Great work all around.
The only thing I can compare this show to is a good old Ray Bradbury short story. It’s pure undiluted science fiction with lots of techno-babble, weird societies, epic fighting, and strong themes about humanity, nature, and the morality that gets sandwiched between them.
So the question is: does the show do it well? Mm, for the most part, the answer is yes. Again, this show is only eleven episodes long, and it has to cover Thor’s life from runty kid to beast king in that time, so you’re not going to have any filler material, but at the same time, the story didn’t feel rushed, except in its very final episode that, while fitting overall, could have used some rewrites in some raw meaty places. On the contrary, I wonder if it could have held up with any validity if it was longer, as some of the plot twists are a little silly and it can be very predictable at times. I swear, there are a couple of characters that could walk onscreen with nametags that say “I’m going to die in ten minutes,” and it would be less obvious.
Still, these are minor flaws considering how very well the story flows at the breakneck speed it must, and for its few contrivances, the story also has some wicked good twists that bring out the best in its shocked little posse of players.
Character development is an important part of sci fi where motives are needed for bizarre behavior, and on that front, I don’t know that Jyu Oh Sei delivers too well. The writing is fine, so the real problem is just too many characters, not enough time. Our leads the three Ts, Thor, Tiz, and Third, (yes, his name is a number, you find out why later,) are quite interesting enough despite the fact they have to spend so much time updating you on the plot as we zip through the years at a speed that necessitates a gallon of Dramamine. It can feel very “after-school special” sometimes when the characters start spouting exposition, morals of the story, and their profound (yeah, right) emotional problems, just a necessary evil for the anime’s length.
All in all, this is good, basic sci fi, with nary a stutter from beginning to end, a bite-sized epic. Still, the sophomoric character development and sometimes questionable plot twists are juuuuust enough to water it down to less than what it could have been.
*THIS IS A PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF MY VIDEO REVIEW WHICH CAN BE SEEN HERE:
Thanks for reading! read more
Jan 21, 2008
Oct 23, 2007
Now I can start. :D
Actually I don't like Science-Fiction that much. I think it is boring. But with Jyu Oh Sei? I couldn't stop watching it! If the downloads were more faster, I could finish it in the day I started (I finished it in 2 days). Except of Wolf's Rain, this is one of the most intersting stories I've ever seen in Anime!
Art and Animation-
The art was really good. The picture of the views and stuff were good, but in some scene it seemed that the characters had two noses T___T and the animation was a little annoying. ^^;;; But I lived with that, so you can too. :o
The opening theme was... yuck XD I hated it but I got used to it eventually.The ending theme was... *-* soooooo good! I can't stop listening to it even now. |:
The voices of the character were very good, each character had the perfect voice that matched it.
Good,besides one thing in the last episodes that was.. weird ._. I hate that kind of stuff. Also the romance in the anime was really beautiful between two couples.
10 from 10. *_* I can watch this anime over and ove again, and I'll do it! So go watch! :D read more
Dec 2, 2007
The story is really really good. There are so many plot twists, and the pace at which it moves is quick but comfortable. The story is the kind of story i like to watch, with betrayals, battles, coming of age, human nature =D
The animation is nothing special...
The opening and ending themes are really good, especially the ending theme. The background music was good as well, but the reason why I didnt rate the sound a 10 is because the animation sequence during the ending theme should have been more elaborate to reflect song.
The characters are really fun to watch. You really dont know the motives of any of the characters. However, the characters just come and go, and you dont find out enough about the characters (except for the main character) after their scenes are over.
This anime was a fun ride, but it was sad that it was too short.
Great short watch! read more
Sep 26, 2007
Jyu Oh Sei is a story about two twin brothers who were sent to a planet named Chimera. From a point of view, It's very nice, two kids who look the same have to surivive on an abandoned planet with only a poor beam knife, but the planet Chimera is full of dangers, like humen eating plants. I think the story is very good, but there have been similar situation in other animes.
I don't really complain about the art, it was satisfying enough, but the nose style is kinda getting on nerves.
The opening song and the Ending song are really good, and they match it to the anime's style and geners. The background sound was very nice too.
The first characters that you'll see in the anime are Thor and Rai, These are the twins that I talked about. They have completely diffrent personality. Thor is the stronger one, he's smart and he was the first one to adapt quickly to Chimera's environment and fights for his survival on the planet.
But Rai was completely shocked when he found himself on Chimera.
In the first episode they meet Zagi, after a few years, he returns as a rival of Thor. Thor meets a girl named Tiz, she saves him from the humen eating plant and wants to get married.
Third is the mysterious one, he doesn't have a name and in the first episodes
u wont be able to tell anything about him.
Karim is Zagi's second, a pretty woman that Thor falls in love with her immediately.
The action in this anime is great, especially when they're grown up. The mysterious makes u want to see more and more and find out about Chimera and about the characters. There is romance too. Sci-Fi has taken a serious part in the enjoyment. read more
Aug 4, 2012
Jun 7, 2012
Basically the story is of two boys who found their parents dead and were shipped off to a difficult planet in which plants are dominant with humans as pretty much just animals living around them. I love this one scene where the large plants grow out of the swamp and you see this beautiful landscape where there's these little water bowl plant things. Its so amazing with these ladder type design of plants. I wish I lived there, even if it meant dealing with the harsh winters.
Also, the ending is a really good one unlike most animes that leave you questioning. read more
Aug 2, 2009
The story had its moments where it was really really interesting or really really boring, and it seemed as though there were only those too extremes. The big time jump during the first third of the series seemed to be random, but after it explains itself it makes complete sense. Sometimes I found myself sitting there saying "What?" during the supposed 'plot twists' as well as character development. However, minus the melodrama that seemed to infect this series, the basic story made me want to figure out what was going on.
Phenomenal. Everything was really fluid and very specific when it came down to the details, plus near the end of the series it was still as good as it was in the beginning. The creatures weren't exactly origional, but they looked good :D
The introduction song was really good, and fit well with the animation as well as introducing the characters without really introducing the characters.
The characters were developed too quickly, and bounced from one extreme to another in one episode flat. Some series' can pull this kind of change off, but when it happens to just about every character in every episode it's almost like the characters were catered to fit every episode differently. It made the characters kind of loose thier sense of uniqueness by adjusting too quickly to what was going on around them.
8/10. I did watch the entire series because it moved quickly without dwelling too much, and even though there was a good amount of melodrama it was bearable, if not entertaining.
Not bad at all, but it would take me a while to actually watch it again. read more
Feb 26, 2011
In a distant future, human beings inhabit terraformed planets after using up most of Earth's resources. They can no longer reproduce normally and the average human life span has been drastically reduced, those who don't have a special operation hardly live past their twenties. Still, people live in a world of fantastic technology and brothers Thor and Rai have lived sheltered lives. That is until their parents are killed and they are sent to Chimera, a planet dominated by carnivorous plants. This planet, where only the most worst criminals are sent and only the most savage survive, is known by its inhabitants as Planet of the Beast King. Soon after arriving, Rai is killed and Thor is left alone in a world he does not understand. However, there is a small hope for him. If he can fight his way to the top and become the Beast King, he can leave the planet; and find out why his family was murdered and why he was sent to this merciless planet.
As mentioned before, Jyu-Oh-Sei has a complex and richly detailed world. One thing not mentioned in the summery is the bizarre social structure of those inhabiting Chimera. People live in four separate territories, called "Rings"; each is ruled by a leader titled the "Top". If the Top of one Ring conquers the others, he will become the Beast King and have the privilege to leave the planet. Also, women are scarce on Chimera, and so have the privilege to choose their mate for the "Month of Mating" and those they chose cannot refuse. This strange society frames most of the story very well. It gives Thor a way to escape Chimera and find out why he was even sent there. It also sparks much of the shows character drama.
The pacing through most of the series is actually very good. In just eleven episodes, it has to follow Thor from little boy to young man, which is not an easy task. Surprisingly, it doesn't feel rushed; even the time skip doesn't feel unnatural, an incredible feat all on its own. Thor's quest and character relationships develop naturally (with maybe one exception) . Unfortunately, the this cannot be said about the final episodes. The plot twists near the end are all jumbled together in a mess, and may even seem ridiculous to some. However, the strong overall execution of the story is enough to overshadow the missteps of the final episodes.
If its plot is Jyu-Oh-Sei's strongest point, then its characters are its weakest. For his part, Thor is a strong lead; he wants to leave Chimera to find the truth behind his parents murder and his banishment. At the same time, he is burdened with the circumstances of his brothers death, and tries to achieve his goal as humanely as possible. His two main companions Tiz and Third (there is an explanation for his name being a number) are also pretty likable and interesting. However, even then those two are not particularly well developed. Tiz's motivations are simple (she's in love with Thor) and Third's are shrouded in mystery; obviously having a lot to do with the overall plot. Everyone else is more or less a plot-device or fodder for the body count. Many are actually quite interesting, but they ended up being discarded or put aside until they could be fit back into the story.
The artistry and animation are what you would expect from a top animation studio like Bones; magnificent. The character designs are extremely attractive, but without looking like they are pandering to a certain audience, or looking out of place in the brutal landscapes of Chimera. The backgrounds are just as strong, if not even more so. Chimera's jungles look and feel real; they are beautiful but lurking with danger. Likewise, the high-tech settings of the universe outside of Chimera are a marvel to look at, and really give the feeling of a technologically advanced civilization. The music is not particularly memorable, similar to most sci-fi adventures, but does just fine supporting the story.
All in all, Jyu-Oh Sei is a strong sci-fi well worth its time. It has its fair share of missteps, especially in its final episodes. However, being that it is only eleven episodes long, it tells an impressive story in the time it is given; certainly better than one would expect. Though not quite living up to its potential it is a rewarding experience most will enjoy. read more
Aug 10, 2010
Jyu-Oh-Sei: Planet of the Beast King, is a relatively short science fiction anime about two twins whose parents are murdered and are abandoned on a deadly planet where criminals are sent to die known as Chimera. Vicious plants rule this planet, and tribes of humans are forced to fight each other, until a hero is granted the title of Beast King.
Nothing though, is what it seems, as proved in the final episodes of this grand show. Jyu-Oh-Sei is an unique and epic masterpiece, and tells an unforgettable story. The ending amazed and shocked me due to its sad nature. Go into Jyu-Oh-Sei expecting a tear jerk-er.
The show is split into two parts, one when the main character, Thor, is a child, and the other when he is a teenager (5 year time skip). Time skips can be somewhat unsettling, but nonetheless his show is extremely addicting and easy to finish in one sitting.
The art is very well done and has high enough quality to be a movie!!!The characters models look great; the only strange thing I thought was their noses. Other than that though, the artwork is extremely good.
Character voices matched their appearance and you can tell that the voice actors actually cared. Both the beginning and ending theme song are really good, and I listened to both every single episode (something I rarely do).
Most of the soundtracks were pretty good, except for one, which really sets your mood and I consider to be a gem.
Most of the characters in Jyu-Oh-Sei are three dimensional and have great depth. They change and grow throughout the series as they learn about the truth of the world around them.
Most of the character names are based off of Norse mythology such as Thor (main character), Odin (minister of Balkin), and Loki (old scientist).
Watching Jyu-Oh-Sei was an incredible experience for me and I highly recommend this anime to everyone! read more
May 20, 2008
I was online and I happened to come across the opening theme for this anime and when I saw it I decided that I was really bored so I went ahead and watched it expecting to be bored out of my mind after the first couple episodes. I wasn't.
Though I wish it could have a been a bit longer I liked how they developed the story in only 11 episode, true, some parts could have used more detail, but none the less, the plot was carefully unraveled and kept you guessing until the end.
Even though the ending isn't the full happy ending most people like, I thought it really suited the plot and tied off everything and gave you full closure. I completely recommend this anime even if you're not a big sci-fi fan! read more
Aug 18, 2012
On that, the plot of the series is that three hundred and fifty years have passed since humans first settled the Balkan star system, located approximately 150 light years from Earth, where a number of planets have been "terraformed" to resemble Earth. Two 11-year-old twins, Thor and Rai, live on the space colony Juno until they come home to find their parents have been murdered. The unknown assassins drop Thor and Rai on Chimaera, a secret planet used as a penal colony where day and night last 181 days each and the planet are marked by extreme weather patterns.
In other words, the plants dominate the ecosystem of the planet and have many defensive techniques as well as carnivorous varieties as a hazard to the people. In the society, there are 4 groups of humans called “Rings” that plays as governs via the Ochre Ring, Sun Ring, Blanc Ring and Noire Ring, which are based on skin color. Each ring is led by three people: the Top, Second, and Third, with the Top as the leader.
On characters, there isn’t a strong point on that faction. For example, take the main character Thor (yes, his name is Thor; I’ll spare the Marvel jokes and there is also the usage of names from Norse Mythology i.e. Odin, Loki, Heimdall) who at first seem like a weakling and eventually grow to be a stronger character than he was. Rai, on the other hand, isn’t much of a highlight considering he was annoying, whiny, and did slowed Thor down at some times and also was the first to die by the plants. That wasn’t really much of a spoiler; he gets killed off in the first episode. Tiz is an interesting character but there isn’t much motivation from her besides that she wants to marry Thor and have his children since on the planet since women make up 20% of the population and the chosen mate is not allowed to refuse. Third is a bit of a shifty character and it seems like he really can’t be trusted and without revealing anything, we can’t really be sure upon that. The other characters aren’t worth mentioning considering some get killed off quickly and/or we either don’t know much about them, making us not really care for their lives.
The series is only about 11 episodes and for me, the pace is a little too quick. I get that there isn’t filler and that is a plus but most of the time, they would leave out some important details that could’ve help the series progressed but it’s very flawed on that detail, much like Eden of the East and their follow-up movies.
The animation by BONES is actually good. The jungle scenery and sets has a realistic feel to it and the character designs are a bit jarring, especially with the designs of Thor and Rai, which I first assume was effeminate males although that design isn’t exactly new and then again, their child versions are voiced by a female voice actor so there’s no harm done. The background music was okay at the time but I really didn’t like the opening theme that has a taste of ‘90s boy band music and I really detest that kind of music but the ending was much better suited for where it’s at.
FINAL VERDICT: This was an okay series that really should’ve extended its episode count by at least about 3-4 episodes or even some extra OVAs. The pacing goes rapid and leaves out some details that could’ve been used for later. Some characters you can’t really care about when most of them might die after an episode or two or we just forget about them until the next time they appear. I would say to watch this, just to past the time. read more
May 20, 2011
It is very rare that I will give an anime a 10. Especially across the board. Normally, they range between 5-8. This anime earned it. Some people like those animes that drag on and on...this anime was the perfect length. Short, sweet, perfect.
Let's start with the story. Seems simple enough. Twin brothers from the distant future live an ordinary life on a space colony called Juno. A Tragic twist of fate sends them to the planet of Chimera where it's a contasnt fight for survival against the elements, the plants, and other humans. Rai doesn't make the cut but Thor raises to the occasion. He goes on a quest of sorts to become the Jyu Oh (Beast King) and get off the planet and return home. But as you delve in deeper, the edition of characters like Tiz, Third, Chen, and Zagi and their own agenda and the plot unfolds to become quite unexpected. The edition of the Hint of Norris Mythology (Thor, Loki, Odin, Asgard, Valkyrie, Chimera) really added a fun twist to the story as well!
Lets take a look at the characters. At first, everyone seemed a bit cookie cutter to me. Nope. Thor constantly struggling to stay human in a world of beasts as he rises to the top, Tiz's undying devotion to Thor and the predicaments it lands her in, Third's cool and easy going nature with a hint of something suspicious, Zagi's seemingly kind then cruel nature with a dash of mystery. For 11 episodes, they jam packed in more character development then some shows can accomplish in 100 episodes. And each was unique and could grab the viewer by the heart strings and yank real hard.
The theme song for this anime is something I strongly desire to comment on. It was the most fitting anime theme song I have ever heard. the rest of the music for this anime was fantastic and the voice acting was spot on.
It's really a shame this anime is so underground. It's really worth taking time out to watch it. I don't regret it in the slightest! read more
Jan 16, 2011
But in the end I would still tell people to watch it
May 28, 2011
Planet of the Beast King could have made a great sci-fi / action / mystery / survival anime but because of bad storytelling it ends up being nothing but a superficial shojo romance for fangirls. Do not make the mistake of expecting action or adventure while starting this anime. The story begins with a pair of twins living in a high-tech colony, having their parents murdered and themselves thrown on a savage planet where they must survive on their own. This is an instant hook with most viewers who would of course expect an epic adventure. The setting may support the genres but, guess what, they are used at minimum. Most of it is tragic romance and overblown drama around pretty lads and pretty gals, thrown amidst a poorly constructed mystery / sci-fi setting.
- Animated by studio BONES, so of course that means good production values and absolutely no attempt to have a decent plot.
- Directed by Nishikiori Hiroshi, who has a surprisingly variable roster that covers most genres (Angelic Layer, Azumanga Daioh, The Melody of Oblivion, Ghost Slayers Ayashi, Toaru Majitsu no Index). None of them are particularly good but at leas the guy tries something slightly different each time.
SCRIPT & CAST
The story had enough material to be a full season or more yet it was all ruined by having to be shoved inside a tiny 11 episode format, where most of its elements are left out or done in a rushed way.
- The most obvious example of which is a time skip that happens midway and practically throws out the window all the adventure and the possible action the setting could have. One moment you have a wimp weak boy starting its adventure in a savage world. The scene changes and you are told years passed and it is now a macho man who surpassed all challenges, conquered all the savage tribes, and became the master of the world. WELL THANKS FOR NOTHING! All the fun is watching HOW he did all that and not IF he succeeded in the end.
- The second problem with this anime is the rushed and unnatural relationships and behaviors of the cast. Romances bloom out of nowhere, and characters behave way too exaggerated before they become completely different people out of screen. You are simply not made to believe all their overblown drama is interesting since it is completely artificial and forced. You don’t care about them either because all that happens too fast to find the time to even get used to this artificial feeling.
- The third problem is the plot twists that are completely ridiculous to the point you think they were written by a 5 year old. Or in this case, the BONES staff, which is the same thing. The finale reveals the reason for all the mess in the story and it is plain ridiculous. It’s again trying to shock you with a major plot twist that happens ten minutes before the series ends and with no investment to it, you are just facepalming and wondering WHY DID I WASTE MY TIME WATCHING THIS? It came out of nowhere, without foreshadow or even further elaboration, as again nothing but an amateurish method of using SHOCK EFFECT to make you go WOW with things that were unexpected because there simply was NO WAY to figure it out yourself.
Yet I understand that the target audience for such works LOVES this overblown drama, as long as it is around tragic romances concerning pretty and very stupid people. You know what I mean; feminine boys and bimbo girls that are in desperate need to be saved by handsome men… because they are girls. So yeah, in theory it is very successful for the same reasons the Twilight movies were. Still, nothing lasts long enough for even the fujoshis to care and all you are left with is a messy plot that changes abruptly every 20 minutes just because THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF EPISODES. All the potential the rich setting and the character interaction had was wasted right there. Plain horrible!
The best part in the whole anime is the artwork, which is very good in terms of colors and drawings. A minus is the DAMN huge eyes the characters have, just because this is a shojo story. Very hard to accept it in a series that takes place on a savage planet full of testosterone filled barbarians. And as I said, don’t expect any action because it sucks.
Music on the other hand is plain mediocre. The songs are full of silly Engrish and a tone that feels irrelevant with the setting. This anime is called “Bestial” and we get LULLABIES??? So we can what, fall asleep while watching the man-eating plants ripping apart their victims or the barbarian tribes gutting each other in raids? This is all out of place! And so are the voice actors; most sound like gays and bimbos despite being on a planet oozing with hormones. I guess those sentient plants are full of TENTACLES that ass-rape them twice a day in order to achieve that. Pf, the anime better fits to be called Planet of the Drag Queen.
This anime fails in practically all sections. Maybe it wouldn’t if a different studio had animated it. I recommend Towards the Terra as a much better variant, plus to make sure you throw this series to the ass-raping plants where it belongs.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 7/10
General Artwork 1/2 (nice setting)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 2/2 (very fantasy-like)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 1/2 (basic)
SOUND SECTION: 4/10
Voice Acting 1/3 (out of sync with the setting)
Music Themes 1/4 (average and out of sync with the setting)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 0/2 (terribly messy and rushed)
Complexity 1/2 (rich context but barely looked into)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 0/2 (bullshit plot twist)
CHARACTER SECTION: 5/10
Presence 1/2 (generic)
Personality 2/2 (rather cheesy but well founded)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 0/2 (ridiculously rushed)
Catharsis 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
VALUE SECTION: 2/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 1/3 (low because of too much rushed plot)
Memorability 1/4 (the setting is the only thing worthy to remember it for)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 2/10
Art 1/1 (looks so fantasy-like)
Sound 0/2 (sounds gay)
Story 1/3 (good ideas handled by BONES)
Characters 0/4 (stock material with rushed developments)
VERDICT: 4/10 read more
Oct 30, 2011