The Sablum Empire has been attempting to take over the kingdom of Windland for many years, and are now plotting with the mercenaries Sister Hell and Darkness Knight to start a new offensive using powerful magical beings called Angels.
Hyaweh, a carefree yet talented swordsman, and Priecia, who just might be the lost princess of Windland, are enrolled at the Knight's Academy in Windland to hone their skill at swords and sorcery. There they meet many friends and allies who can help them protect their homeland from the impending invasion.
This anime had all the right elements in order for it to become something great. However, as many anime shows based of video games (like Prism Ark, Devil May Cry comes to mind as another one), as far as an anime goes, Prism Ark falls short of using its elements that it has and incorporating them into something that could have shined brightly above others of its kind. However, its shortcomings do not take away from this series as being something really adorable, cute and flashy, and Prism Ark is definitely an enjoyable watch from start to finish, even though you may not
know what's going on half the time.
I'd give an overall synopsis of the story, but everything in this show is so loosely connected to each other, there really isn't an overall plot besides the main focus of the budding romance between the two main characters, Precia and Hyaweh. There seems to be some evil organization out there that wants power to become like a God and most probably, rule the galaxy or something of the sort. But because all of the episodes focus mainly on the romance between the two characters instead of the plot mentioned briefly, it doesn't amount to much, besides in the last episode, really.
I feel the saving grace of this show has to be the art and animation. The overall design on the anime and characters is something new and will shine to you once you start watching. Heavy detail is given to each of the characters and they are all colored well. Speaking of which, the use of color is really portrayed nicely in this anime. Animation is also pretty good, as many of the battle scene, even though rather quick, are nicely animated. And just to throw it out there and something of totally my opinion, I absolutely loved the weapon design that this show presented.
Overall sound was pretty good. Music was upbeat and fit nicely with all of the scenes. Some of the character voices I did not particularly like (i.e. Precia, one of them), but its doesn't take away too much from the show.
Like I've mentioned above, the character design is amazing and the detail given to each is strikingly clear as you compare characters to one another. Prism Ark, being an ero-game, more detail is obviously given to the women characters than the males. As far as personality and such, you have your typical main protagonists, each with their own twist (stuck up, stubborn princess and a shy, courageous lad, both of whom just so happen to have dark secrets). What brings the show out of the dirt is the side characters, all of whom compliment the main ones quite nicely and have different personalities, leading to personal favorites.
Though Prism Ark has some interesting battles and the anime revolves around students in a knight academy, training to become Royal Guards, a huge factor of how much you may enjoy this show can be based on the fact how much you can put up with the romance factor. It also gets a bit frustrating too as the romance between Hyaweh and Precia, although so painfully obvious, doesn't really develop till the second half of the anime.
In the end, I feel that if they stretched this out to be a 24 or 26 episode series, the potentially interesting plot that was introduced but not really brought out till the last few episodes, could have been developed much more. Ultimately, I feel that the anime is more of a fan-service to the audience who have played and are familiar with the Prism Ark games.
So to start off, I pretty much loved this anime. I've always been a sucker for the romances, but still, even outside the range of the romance, I loved this anime. There are a few things about it that I didn't like, but still, I really enjoyed it.
One thing was that I felt that the storyline itself had a lot more potential than the producers or whoever gave it. I never played the game though; I only watched the anime, but still, they could have maybe went pass the storyline of the game and built more on to it. To me, the ending was a
really good ending compared to many other animes, but if you compared it to what it could have been, it wasn't all that great.
The beginning was actually pretty good, in my opinion, seeing as how it started with a complex story, but that complex story kind of died out until the end since they focused a lot on the school lives and romances of the main characters. It left out a lot of the complex story. T_T
The art was beautiful. I really liked the designs of the characters seeing as how they get their own personal armors and weapons, and these things are very well designed. The animation was very good, too. The backgrounds really brought out the mien and setting. I can't say too much about the quality, though, since the quality that I watched this anime in may be better or worse than yours, but still, pretty much, there was a lot of beautiful color and detail used in animation and design.
I actually really liked the sounds for this anime. The opening and ending weren't bad, and these theme songs matched the anime well. The background music was very fitting for the moments it was in, and the voices for the characters fit their personalities really well seeing how Precia's (main girl) voice fit her mature yet snobby attitude.
Prism Ark's characters could be amazing or awful depending on how you portray them. All in all, the character development in the story was very good, except for the fact that the romance was a bit slow moving. As for their personalities, each one stood out very well, and it made it clear who was what type of person. The only way you can portray the characters as awful is by opinion, such as hating Precia's personality for acting kind of selfish, spoiled, and stuck up, or disliking Hayaweh's (main male) for seeming so dense and overly kind. But still, those are just my opinions.
It's amazing how the characters' personalities devolop and change through such a short anime.
Enjoyment wise, I enjoyed it completely. ^_^ It got me hooked from the beginning since I like comedy, romance, and drama with a bit of fantasy and action. The romance was amazingly cute with the whole girl hates guy but falls in love later thing. And you can't help but love this whole school of fascinating characters in a fantasy setting.
Overall, I can't find many words to express his anime but I loved it. I loved everything in this anime other than the develpment of the plot. If they could have made the anime longer or gave more information on the complex story behind it, it would become one of my all time favorites. Pretty much, I wish it had a sequel. Still, I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind an anime based off an ero-game. ^_~
That's the true score I give this anime. Plan and simple. I don't say this often, but this should have been a 24 to 26 episode anime. In terms of stylization, plot, characters and animation, all of it was top notch with the makings of something great, but the fact of the matter is that this anime got throw together in a hurry, didn't close up more than half of it's plot lines, leaving them wide open, and simply left the viewer stuck in drive. When I finished, I honestly thought there was a Season 2 somewhere. When I realized there wasn't and there wasn't
any news about a second season either (although it's still possible considering it only wrapped up 8 months ago) I became stunned, because that's how open the last episode is.
The worst part about it is that the last episode had that "feeling" of being the last episode but the rational side of me said there was no possible way they could wrap it all up in 24 minutes. I was right, of course, but apparantly they still tried.
What makes this sad is that this anime had amazing potential along the long-lasting lines of Shakugan no Shana or Zero no Tsukaima. It's a feel-good anime with tenderness, amazing art, and a story worthy of telling in more than two seasons and definitely more than 1. So why only 12 episodes? Who knows? is my answer. I shrug, too, because I'm not that invested in it. It was only 12 episodes, but I wish there were more, mainly because of the great romance between the two leads, which was done with great passion and taste.
So, my final impression is "Oh well." I wish there was more, but I'll get over it. It's just too bad, is all.
The anime was so awesome. I love how they confuse people at the start. I would really recommend this one for those who like the anime Zero no Tsukaima or something similar. This anime is just a Masterpiece. It's actually quite a real shame there's no season 2 since the anime is just so awesome. I wish someone will continue this work. The story is line is quite confusing at first as I mention, but fear not because the anime is actually explain it throughout the series. I also like the Romance Comedy of this anime. Hyaweh and Priecia is just perfect, but the progress
of their relationship was quite rushed. I haven't read the Manga yet, nor i don't know if there is one, but if there is, i will not waste time and will read it right now.