Something evil is stirring in the shadows of Tokyo...
During the spring of his senior year in high school, quiet Tatsuma Hiyuu transfers to Magami Academy in Shinjuku. The mysterious boy's "outsider" status and his profound skills in martial arts quickly earn him the friendship of class delinquent Kyouichi Houraiji. Through an uncanny connection and a happenstance challenge, he also meets Yuuya Daigo of the wrestling club, the captain of the girls' archery club, Komaki Sakurai, and Aoi Misato, the Student Council President.
During their encounter, there is a sudden, harsh disruption of the Ryumyaku (literally Dragon Pulse, otherwise known as Dragon Vein or Dragon Stream), the flow of arcane energy. The surge awakens within the five teenagers a latent power, giving them each a supernatural ability. Enlightened to their newly acquired gifts by Hisui, the young heir of the Kisaragi Clan who maintains his family's antiques shop - as well as their duty to protect Tokyo from Oni (demons) - the Magami students decide to use their power to protect the city from the onslaught of dark forces.
Battling the demons alongside Hisui Kisaragi, the five unlikely friends discover that they may have to face a greater threat to Tokyo other than destroying a few malevolent, random monsters. The Ryumyaku had been disrupted by force, from someone invoking the Dark Arts - and that person has a wicked desire to unleash a long-dead evil.
Can the teenagers overcome their own fears and flaws to fight against the Dark Arts? And soon they will also have to face their own destinies as they discover their Stars of Fate.
This anime is based on a manga, which was based on the Nintendo role-playing video game originally released in 1998.
This anime has all the classic elements from shounen, action, anime and uses them to produce this eerie, confusing yet superb show. ^_^
The story follows five students: Tatsuma, Kyouichi, Aoi, Sakurai and Daigo who never really have talked to each other, in their fight to protect the city. The 1st episode was extremely intense and exciting to watch, on the other hand it will leave you completely bewildered and wondering what was going on. Yet for the first couple episodes of Tokyo Majin not much was explained about the current plot and it felt unnecessarily confusing. It's only until episode 7 "Multitude of Demonic Arts"
that a lot of the main questions were answered, which gives chance for a less confusing show that can be fully appreciated.
The animation was superb which looked like a mix between the anime "Shakugan no Shana" and "Samurai Champloo". The character designs were decent but the weird designs for the demons and undead definitely was disgusting but great. The fight scenes were definitely interesting to watch and usually it can become really intense and gory, combining all the popular fighting styles found in most Shounen anime and making it work well with the story. The only real problem with the animation is that some scenes can get way too dark and the quality of the characters faces degrades at a distance.
The music was alright and suited the mood of this eerie, gory and intense anime perfectly nonetheless if you despise "Hard Rock" then you'll obviously have a problem with this anime. However there's also a superb orchestra score during dramatic moments and even though the soundtrack is limited, it's still great.
Overall this anime has all the standard elements found in Shounen anime (team of good guys, special powers, the main bad guy, the minor bad guys under control and so on…) and it works well in this series. Nonetheless there is still quite a bit of confusion in this series, right through to the end of the Dark Law Chapters. Even though there was a fantastic build up to the end, with plenty of fights and surprising developments, the Dark Law Chapters ended at such an anti-climax. Yet the reason for this high score is because this anime has a lot of potential, with the coming second season "Martial Fist Chapters".
So I recommend this anime to any shounen anime fan, because you won't be disappointed with what you get.
hm.. alright so.. i'm not exactly sure why this anime hasn't scored a higher average.. it's one of the most fantastic things i've seen in awhile.. i was even tempted to rate it a 10 just because i enjoyed it so much..
the story might sound a little familiar.. dragon veins, daoist monks, martial arts, spiritually-endowed high school students faced with an apocalyptic event.. but so what if the elements aren't anything new.. it works, plain and simple.. and compared with other end-of-the-world anime, this one wins hand-down as far as style goes.. the story is pretty easy to follow, though the spiritual stuff gets a
bit confusing [kinda has to be].. i really had no serious complaints.
the art.. wow dude.. i loved it.. heh-i even watched the entire series streamed and the quality wasn't perfect.. and it STILL blew me away.. the character design is great and the fight scenes were riveting [no lie].. usually i get bored with the fight scenes, especially when they drag on forever.. but Tokyo Majin is the perfect blend of story and fighting.. all with eye-candy animation.. never a dull moment, in my opinion.. first episode is probably my favorite as far as the action goes.. hell, they're all spectacular.. the fighting is so.. fluid.. i guess would be an accurate word to use.. bah.. can't get over it.. kind of like samurai champloo fight scenes.. but better.. bloodier.. heh if you don't mind that sort of thing.. plus the monsters/demons weren't cheesy like they tend to be in other series.. sweet designs.. and they actually creeped me out.. which doesn't happen very often.
sound was definitely good as well.. nothing bothered me, but nothing really blew me away either.. it all blended together though so.. no complaints here.. they kept it dark enough to fit the mood, but not over the top..
characters.. perfect.. there's just enough romance for those of you who enjoy that stuff.. but nothing that detracts from the story.. sometimes that sort of thing can really take away from the overall impression.. this is not a series about love.. though i guess no series would be complete without a good romance or two.. heh.. but yea.. i honestly couldn't pick a favorite character.. well, i'd definitely rule out the journalist chick since she's hella annoying.. so ok-one negative there.. but the dynamics of the rest of the cast are more than enough to overpower one stupid little girl with a camera.
as far as enjoyment goes, i couldn't have asked for more.. just uh.. anxious to see the second season is all..
so there you have it..
i HIGHLY recommend this series.
Almost all the main female characters in this anime are highly annoying, they boo-hoo over anything and everything. It makes it almost painful to watch at times. But the male characters in this are the counter of that which made it bearable to watch this anime all the way through.
The story itself is wonderful, and if they used better female roles I think this anime could have gotten an easy 10/10 from me.
Story - 10/10
Art - 9/10
Sound - 10/10
Character - 6/10
Enjoyment - 8/10
Overall - 8/10
The one thing that made me watch this Anime was it's genre; I just needed to see for myself whether this was really such a badass action Anime.
It starts out weird, with monsters and them beating it up. The Animations seems to be ok. That was until I saw something that changed my whole perspective of this Anime. But more about that later, I'll discuss the story and characters first.
The story revolves about a group of youngsters. Each one of them having their respected influence, as they all have different strengths, weaknesses, powers and personalities.
It seems to be a pretty cool cast. You have the
silent boy no one really knows about, the strong and fierce delinquent, the protective girl with healing powers, etc. They're fighting to kill weird monsters they call "oni". There is also a storyline to this all. I can't say this Anime gave me much to complaint about (yet). It seems like you've jumped right into a game, that together with your party.
There are of course also minor negative things about this Anime. One of them being that whenever there is an action scene, it ends pretty quickly. But it are only minor things, nothing to worry about. Talking about the action, I think it's time to tell you whether the Action is really as great as I expected.
The action is what made my perspective of this Anime that different. It wasn't just "beating up monsters" any more. The amazing thing about this Anime is in fact.. the action. I've seen my parts of action Anime already, but this one was different. Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou Tou has really cool action. You see all kind of different fighting styles used for fighting monsters; not just monsters, also other people with a sort of "super power". I remember seeing one guy having the ability to use lightning. Using a large pole-arm or sort, it blows away the enemy's with his speed and power; it's still lightning of course, imagine how badass that'd be.
I've been trying to think of a negative part for a while now. But there really aren't many. If you think that the monsters are actually one of this Anime' weak points; than you are wrong. I have to agree that the zombie like creatures look like they've escaped straight from Resident Evil. But no, they didn't, neither do they bother you when viewing the Anime. Not to mention that the zombie'-like creatures aren't of a big importance in the Anime.
In fact, they don't have that big a role. The ones using and making these Zombie's are the ones controlling them. Those controllers are the ones playing a big role in the Anime, neither are they as bad in looks as the Zombie's, they look pretty cool. If you mix up a cool looking cast; mixed together with cool fighting scenes. Just what else can you wish for in an action Anime?
The story continues with a second season, and after that there might even be a third and/or fourth season. So isn't it a waste to watch an Anime who will grow to have over 30 episodes?
Uh, no. It's not even close to being a waste. I really enjoyed this Anime, and I think you will too.
It's not the "best" Anime out there. In many ways it's just an average Anime. But the fighting scenes (when they fight), are awesome.