A sorcerer who was once the top student of the famous Tower of Fang, now spends his time chasing around his hopeless clients as a moneylender, at least until his client comes up with a plan to make money: marriage fraud. Unwillingly being dragged in to the plan, Orphen encounters a monster who has long been his goal since the day he left the Tower of Fang. Between those who seek to kill the monster and Orphen, giving everything to protect the monster, his lousy but peaceful days end. Trying to turn back his sister, Azalie, back to her true form leads to many more mysteries and the key to the secret to the world.
Are they feeding you over there Studio Deen? You guys are dropping the ball on some of the best anime. First Seven Deadly Sins and now this.
Orphen was one of my favorite animes growing up and they remove his entire motive in 3 episodes and the 4th is just a pointless flashback. In the original it took 24 episodes (granted half of it was filler) but he had a motive to work toward. In this series he takes care of his main mission and now we just watch him travel and be a sorcerer with zero motive. I only know one anime that truly pulled
that off and it was Slayers and I don't think Deen can accomplish what Slayers did
Whenever I tell people about this show (which is rare), I tell them "I like it but I hate it." Why? Because this is one of those really bad shows that has its "moments" that saves it from disaster.
The story itself is actually not that bad. Though there are cliches every once in a while (side note - cliches don't necessarily make a story bad), and there are moments that seem to go in ear and out the other, the story is still decent. The only think I have to complain about is the fights. The magical fight scenes specifically. How do I
even begin to describe this? It's horribly cliched. Let's say you want to perform some simple magic. All you need to do is outstretch you arm (or both if you want), shout "O (insert element name here)" as loud as you possibly can, and just hope that whatever you're doing will completely destroy your target. I get that shouting spells is a thing in anime, and that the visual magic is different colors, but this is just plain unimaginative. Also, within these first four episodes, the magic itself is not very powerful.
I could go on about the bad magic system, but I don't want to bore you with every single complaint I have. Simply put, the magic system is poorly thought of. However, I'm not quite done with the story. Another problem the story has is its world building and narration. I put these two together because the show uses narration to introduce the world to the audience. As a storyteller myself, I know that narration is perhaps the worst way to introduce the concepts and history of a world. Its a little peeve we like to call "info-dumping." The info dumps could be worse, but in this show, they are kind of spread out which gives it a little leeway, but a nicely paced show like this does not have a need for info dumps. Also, there is a lot of narration, most of which are the info dumps.
One of the best parts of the story though is the dialogue. Although there is the unnecessary narration, the way the dialogue was written is one of the only reasons I want to continue watching. The "moments" I talked about earlier happen in the dialogue. However, there are also times when there is perhaps too much dialogue. It's almost like the creator got a little dialogue happy and wanted to continue writing dialogue for scenes that could have played out much better if the visuals did the storytelling for once.
The art in this anime is pretty average. There are some questionable low quality moments, but I will talk about that in animation. There are some really cool designs to this fantasy world, especially the character design of the present timeline. I am no art critic, but I felt the need to say that the art isn't bad, but it's nothing special.
There is a dragon in the show. It shows up in the first episode, and it's probably the worst animated thing this show has to offer. Its design is ok, but animation is what is supposed to make this dragon look real. The animation on the dragon is pathetic. It's one of the reasons why my score for the animation is so low. As an amateur animator, I understand that dragons have a lot of movements, not to mention that the animator has to keep the art consistent, which would make a dragon hard to animate. The dragon in this anime has very limited movements, not to mention that the way it is designed almost makes it unrealistic. Another thing I would like to mention is that sometimes, the animation would cheat with either low quality shots (mostly with the dragon) or limited animation techniques that shouldn't be used for too long. If you are expecting an action packed show with a lot of movement, then look elsewhere because this isn't it.
Sound/Voice Acting: 4/10
You can thank the opening for this low score. Some people might like the sound of multiple styles of music horribly mixed into one song as an opener, but out of the many anime openings I've seen (trust me, I've been all over the place. I've seen the bad ones, the poor quality ones, and even the weirdest thing you'll ever see), this opening has the worst song. I'll admit, I like the piano at the beginning, especially how it matches up with the visuals, but the moment the vocals come in, the song just goes downhill. It starts mixing different styles of music, so I just turn off the sound and watch the visuals (which are decent). The voice acting is actually pretty decent. I've seen a lot of subbed anime, and I know what bad Japanese voice acting sounds like. At least the voices are pretty good even when they have to shout ridiculous attack names or just plain cliche lines.
Although as I mentioned before that there is too much dialogue, that doesn't mean I don't like the characters who said the lines. Yeah, some characters are a little cliched, but they are actually pretty interesting. The only reason the score is kind of low is that even though the characters aren't interesting, they aren't presented well. Here's how I say a character is presented well: the character is memorable. Only a few of the main characters were presented well, but the side characters are presented in a way where if they were never a part of the story, then no one would notice. Also, this is only describing the characters of the present timeline. The characterization in the flashbacks is just plain trash. It doesn't interest me to watch these characters go about their past and maybe something significant happens that impacts them.
I think this is almost self-explanatory. There were things that were ok, and there were things that were bad. I don't think I need to repeat them here. I can tell I'm not enjoying this anime very much because when Tuesday comes around, I think, "oh yeah, a new episode of that Orphen show came out today. Eh, maybe I'll watch it later." I don't get very excited about the new episode, which really says something. This show doesn't get me excited at all. As I was watching episode 4, I was thinking of probably dropping it, but then one of those "moments" happened and I was like "maybe if I should wait for the rest to come out and then binge until the end. It will be less painful that way, waiting for this bad show to end." Yes, the show is interesting, but there are too many small bad things about it that gets me a bit riled up.
I wouldn't recommend watching this show if you're new to anime. This is more of one of those shows for people who are bored and have already watched plenty of anime, and they are looking for something new. Still, it's bad, so watch at your own risk. I kind of get bored watching some parts, so normally I'll have an episode playing while I do something else like drawing or knitting. Perhaps this show might make a turn down Pleasant Avenue halfway through, but if you don't want to suffer through half decent first episodes, then don't watch this anime.
Majutsushi Orphen, one of my favourite anime since childhood. When i found out and watch this anime, my childhood is ruined.
What was Studio Deen thinking when they decided to make this horrible anime. More or less was it really the studio fault for such disastrous casting of talentless actors which is questionable to what type of approach they were going for, The anime is a downright textbook example of how to not make a big budget epic. Scoured with a Horrendous screenplay, Bad Acting, Laughable Dialogue, horrible filler, really inconvenient plotting and all too embarrassing quick pacing and how could I not mention the terrible
storie. Pretty much its all surface no substance throughout; ploughing through the popular anime back in 1998. Studio Deen has sunk to an all time low with nothing to gain from this picture alone. Just like Seven Deadly Sins horrible adaptation.
This anime is aimed squarely at boys in the throes of chunibyo. I suppose the 1998 original would have been a trailblazer with such a target, but now, with all the anime that have made fun of chunibyo over the years, this remake feels like a joke.
HOWEVER, I will say that it's still enjoyable and valuable in that Orphen is still a hero's hero. Even if the plot gets cheesy and his outfit and pseudonym are lame, I don't ever lose any respect for Orphen as a hero. He does the right things for the right reasons and is always someone to look up to.
I had a son, I'd be okay with him watching this show. It would at least instill an upright sense of heroism in him, one that fits with archetypes thousands of years old. I would then hope that my son quickly outgrows the embarassing chunibyo affectations quickly, keeping the moral lessons Orphen teaches.