During a protracted civil war that pitted the North against the South, the outnumbered Northerners used dark magical arts to create monstrous super-soldiers—Incarnates. Now that the war has ended, those Sacred Beasts must learn how to make their way in a peaceful society, or face death at the hands of a Beast Hunter...
Nancy Schaal Bancroft, the daughter of an Incarnate soldier who met an untimely end at the hands of one such Beast Hunter, turns to hunting the hunter herself. But once she catches up with her quarry, she discovers hard truths about the lives of the Incarnates...
To those who are wondering if this is a carbon copy of Fairy Gone, it is not that. In fact, the manga came out a few years ahead of Fairy Gone, so you could expect the premise to be of the same (only decent with backing groundwork), just with a slow burn that rewards its audience with tolerable patience.
And to boot, this will not be a show where you'll see many things happening at once, or rather it takes upon the "show, don't tell" approach that I will assume that either you'll like or hate this, regarding the amount of content that we have already
seen so far.
To give a very brief summary, this is a show that is all about the central characters called Incarnates: human beings that can transform into different monsters, and just like Fairy Gone, are the key to winning a post-national war. Now that the war is over, suddenly these Incarnates turn upon each other, winged by the Incarnates' vice captain by the name of Cain Madhouse. And yes, Cain as in the Devil's Incarnate (of the Bible) and Madhouse (make up your own assumptions). To mitigate this, our central MC Hank Henriette, the former captain of the Incarnates, became a beast hunter to hunt down his former out-of-control comrades-turned-Incarnates to stop the destruction and lay their souls to rest. Along with side character Nancy Schaal, who mistakes Hank the first time after a harrowing flashback with her dad slained by an Incarnate, she joins Hank in this high-risk no-frills conquest.
Say what you will about MAPPA, but I feel like this is one of their less-stellar shows with the dark visuals and fantasy setting which sometimes are hits or misses, even in the action itself. The manga itself (in terms of pacing) is one that I personally would advice that if you're following, take it with a grain of salt as the pacing of the anime adaptation is better suited not just in terms of story but progression as well, even if the content on the small screen eventually aligns with the manga.
Personally at this point, if anyone's still interested, I can only give the guarantee that it's not Fairy Gone 2.0, backed up by character development (and hopefully a good-written story). Other than this, I can only bet that it could get somewhat better after this point, just...don't really hope for much and you'll have a decent time with it.
I know many others seem to believe this is a commonplace action show with bland characters, but I believe otherwise.
The premise of this show will tell you right away that it's meant to follow the lives of the Incarnates. They are super soldiers who lost nearly everything on the battlefields and are now attempting to find a way to live in society. This is the indicator that this show is mainly character-driven, the plot is based on the characters of the stories and it also sees the characters develop. You will get a sneak peek at the mental state of these soldiers and I
will say, it's quite entertaining. Not only does Hank's life and situation make you feel genuinely bad for the guy, but the Incarnates' troubles invoke some emotional feelings that get to you as well. Their lives are sad, which makes you sad too. I think that's the most enjoyable part of this show, the morally challenging existence of the Incarnates. The fact that they're also human, but because they succumbed to the issue they experienced during the war now they all must be eliminated. The only way I can describe it is sad, very goddamn sad. It seems unfair, but then fair at the same time. Nancy sort of takes on the audience's position, as we're both trying to understand why the Incarnates are as awful as society sees them and why they have to be treated so harshly. Obviously, we have the background knowledge, but Nancy follows Hank around just as us watchers follow him around too.
I actually find the art very clean and crisp, I like that the characters are vibrant, especially their eyes. Though, many scenes are coloured dark and grey for the more heavy scenes.
The opening and ending are good, I have no real complaints. The sound doesn't exactly stand out, but it's not so bad that I would exactly recognize that it's bad.
I like the characters, I don't think they're exactly bland. Though I do feel a bit of a disconnection between myself and the characters (mainly because we don't know much about them) I'm still able to feel sympathy for them. Especially for someone like Hank, I feel nothing but sadness for him. I can see and understand his pain and struggles, and I do find myself wishing it didn't have to be that way for him. He's a strong main character who feels many negative things, yet somehow finds a way to keep going. He chose to burden himself by relieving his fellow soldiers of their war days, feeling responsible as their old captain. The side characters are interesting as well, they have their own views on the Incarnate situation and their own goals towards it. The villain is diabolical as ever and challenges Hank to his core, who doesn't love a truly screwed up villain?
All in all, it's a pretty good show and I've been enjoying the action and story a lot. I wouldn't say the concept is unique, but I like the way it's being portrayed and used in this series. I would recommend giving it a watch if you enjoy this genre.
To the abandoned sacred beasts is a very niche show that has come out this season. Many believe this is just a boring action show with no good characters or story. However, even if the story is lacking in areas, I still find this anime to be entertaining.
The story focuses on the mental state of the Incarnates, beastly super soldiers, after a war. Our MC, Hank, has to kill the Incarnates because they've gone insane. However, the one fatal flaw of the series is its pacing. There wasn't enough time for the watcher to relate to these characters because they started being killed
in the 2nd episode. That makes the show feel like a typical monster of the week show. Mappa has done a fine job with the animation but the directing is nothing to be excited about. The characters are kind of interesting but overall they are bland. Although, in later episodes the story starts to pick up dramatically and has become quite fun.
If you are someone who likes monster of the week shows, then you will definitely like this. There is something interesting about it that makes me watch it every week. Especially the last two episodes have been really fun.