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On a more objective note, the characters remain constant to what they were before the OVA - each with their own individual personalities. They continue on their journey to their paradise but eh this trial is different from all of the others.
If I were to grade this OVA, it would receive the same grade as Wolf's Rain, there's no real difference in quality when compared to the original series. However, the ending strays from I think the typical happy shonen themes we've seen in the previous 26 episodes...
One can't help question some of the illogical happenings throughout the OVA and for me it was a little frustrating. read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
Psi-fighting, transforming monsters, transgenics, guns, sibling love, adopted family, and love that trespasses differences of species all fill the 26 episodes of this series. Sure the general storyline is pretty goodish (the reason why I gave this a one will become apparent later), and the only REAL problem was the excessive re-using of scenes.
Everything you really need to know is: The Countess with her psychic-wielding children and her ex-lover fight each other to bring their own "peace" to the universe.
Now where did everything go wrong? What killed this series with a -9DMG hit to its score? By episode 25 I was pretty curious as to how this series would end. Would it have been possible? Let me quote one character in the last episode:
"It looks like this foolish badly written play is finally at an end"
I think I have been laughing through the last episode due to how terribly ironic, laughable, and depressing it was. The heck? It makes School Days and Neon Genesis Evangelion look like happy endings. Gah...
I am not particularly fond of the storytelling here, it's not particularly riveting or out there, but it's bearable and gets the key points across.
If you're looking for something mildly deep and don't mind watching a twisted ending, I think this is worth a go.
On the other hand, THIS SERIES HAS THE BEST EPISODE PREVIEWS EVER :D read more
It is important to know that this series begins in a very typical fashion and follows the synopsis closely, but ONLY UP TO THE FIRST FOUR EPISODES. For some I can imagine that they would like to see the main heroine discovering her riding style and showing her prowess and creative ballet-based moves. If you are looking for the story of a talented girl who rides Mecha, stay away, or at least stop after the first four episodes.
This anime takes a certain twist (one that I myself was not particularly fond of since it was executed in a fashion worse than the previous portion of the story). There are more "gun-fighting action scenes" than actually "ridebacking" scenes which seems contrary to what the title implies. Hell, we are introduced to characters who go under this quest for vengeance, but how the characters were betrayed is completely unknown and resultingly, their revenge is moot/unimportant to us.
My largest disappointment in this series is that it was not "touching" at all. One might find this as a personal preference and personal weaknesses towards some situations, but I will say that a talented actor playing a sad role can bring tears in all eyes while an artificial one will only bring yawns. There was great potential in the story, and had it been held in a more cohesive fashion and revised, could have greatly improved the anime on the whole. While I would like to complain about more things in this series, the statement that there is good, but under-performed suits my complaints the best.
[Again brain diarrhea, I will need to revise this or rewrite it later] read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
So perhaps you've seen the anime KEMONO SOUJA NO ERIN, an anime that is based off the same novelist as SEIREI NO MORIBITO.
Overall, this series is one that has one of the most consistent levels of epic and journey (absolutely no lag) that is a great example of good storytelling. While the series is more diffused in development than KSNE, this is more of an action story that focuses on the given plotline.
Some things that I have noticed is that the author appears to have a thing for surrogate mothers, as both Balsa and Erin have that kind of role. I cannot help laughing when imagining Tanda and Balsa having female-prejudiced and male-associated lifestyles/roles.
I think this is more of a brain-farting rant, but in short:
THIS SERIES IS A NICE, FAST-PACED ADVENTURE W/ A VERY SLIGHT SPIRITED-AWAY FEEL. IF YOU LIKE THE FIRST EPISODE, YOU WILL LIKE THE REST. THOSE WHO LIKE PRETTY-MACHO WOMEN WILL LIKE THIS~
My one complaint is that the ending seemed a little rushed, but whatever. Great series overall. read more
50 of 50 episodes seen
After I received a small hole in my heart after watching The Twelve Kingdoms, I was searching around for a nice fantasy anime with a certain scope and detail in a fantasy setting. I did not know that my small open wound would be ripped further and leaving me *gasp* in further pain; anime is my heroin.
We begin the story that would have had the typical children's story feel, yet as the memorable character Erin encounters her major lessons in life particularly of death and passing, she develops a strong trait of maturity and her resolutions after each trial is really admirable. Yes, Naruto might have a similar lesson, but the story of Erin is something that I find more invoking of feeling and somehow more consistent as she continually remembers her saddening past and tackles the future.
The presentation of Erin is without a doubt unique, with its rustic-fantasy themed colors and selection in music. The only potential flaw that I see in the series is the continual reuse of certain scenes. Everybody's tolerance differs, but even as a person who might finish a 20 minute episode in 5 minutes (hell why not read the manga), I found myself watching through 99.9% of each episode. The pacing is that good.
In terms of pacing, the series has two time skips, which implies a total of three sections to Erin's life (about equally divided throughout the series). Each segment of Erin's life is again, well-paced with enough development in each episode to seem seamless. There are two filler episodes however, before the third time skip and I skipped over them to get into the real meaty juicy part of the main plot. What one should note, however is that Kemono no Souja Erin is an anime with several layers and three very different stories. In the beginning is the childish dream/anime that is similar to the story of a small blonde haired girl who lives in the mountains. As we progress it's the academic life of a beastarian scientist, and finally it's the story of a national hero who is involved in court intrigues and romance. It is this miraculous bilsdungroman across genres that I think makes Erin not just a 9.8-star anime, but a 10-star.
The realistic lessons and involving, touching lines, dynamic character portrayal, and a plot that is just "so right" all deserve a good watch.
There is the end of my review, and I have to say, I was really finding myself in withdrawal, but I'm more seriously addicted than I ever expected...this is more serious than heroin
I find that one of the more critical, compelling, and powerful moments in a series, just like human life, is in its poetic end. This series has been adopted from a series of novels, and as expected, the level of a conclusion of this anime is to me, so touching. Hell I've been crying throughout all the sad parts in this, and the last time I can remember crying was that first pokemon movie when I was really young...heck
This series to me has been a really moving piece with a similar impact to the Studio Ghibli movies, only that the artistic force has been slowly growing since each episode. To me, this is one of those animes that I will remember and cherish, a true masterpiece in my eyes.
I think that I've learned that it's not the special effects and sophistry of an imagery that makes a series worth watching, but the cumulative effects that pass to its viewer a deep sense of understanding. It appears to me that this anime focuses on a very beautiful story on the nature of relationships between species and the question left unanswered- will human relations be the same? This is a question I've also considered and I'm sure that many others have also wondered, thought, and perhaps gave a small sigh of despair.
I think that this is a masterpiece with a few small flaws if one considers them flaws. The messages throughout this series become increasingly complex and always emotional and powerful. How will I ever find an anime to match this I wonder (funnily I was watching Morbito: Guardian of the Spirit) before this (same author and animation studio(?) I believe). It's just a small coincidence.
Again, I think that most can understand and truly appreciate this series. It goes beyond simple "character development" and the sense of realism and life is apparent. I do hope that you'll all take the moment to enjoy this experience.
My mistake, there were actually 3 time skips ;) read more