Riku Haruma enters high school without a future in sight. He sees people playing like monsters on the ground, jumping higher than anyone else, running fast, deciding to try their best. There, he sees Akira Kariya playing rugby, a sport he was once passionate about but gave up due to his physique. While Akira is running roughly, Riku gives him a piece of advice without thinking. From that, Riku feels his dying passion for the sport set ablaze, and his future starts to brighten up...
I will say this from the get go.
THIS IS THE WORST ANIME OF THIS YEAR. PERIOD!
So what do you get when the 2 of the worst animation companies that are the current state of Gonzo who had done Welcome to the NHK and Afro Samurai but delivered the spectacular crapfest of Conception in 2018, and a dumb Hentai studio called Seven that has done amazing stuff like Ousama Game, Galaxy Tylor, Joshikausei and many abhorrent non sexual shows, combined to make what it seemed to be the promotion of the Rugby World Cup 2019 that will be played in Japan.
get the disaster and nauseous show called Try Knights.
Let's say this from the start. WHO DECIDED THAT HORRENDOUS CG ANIMATION?
Holly hell really that work of CG is so wrong, so inadequate, so beyond believe. I will tell you my scale to comparison and I hope you are reading. NOT EVEN STAR FOX FROM SNES LOOKS THIS BAD. I don't think that even the worst playstation game or the worst Saturn game that used polygons looked that repulsive. There are scenes where they design the characters like the icon of the yellow person of google maps but in a horrendous way.
Then my biggest issue with this crapfest is that apparenty it is a sport anime, at least they should be good at explaining how the sport is played and let me tell you the producers don't seem to know that rugby has different variants and also they don't explain the rules at all, except at the ending of each episode where they briefly explain them but they don't show them in the proper show.
Examples: This show doesn't state what kind of rugby format is being used. Is this Rugby Union, Rugby League, Rugby Sevens? Supposedly it is Rugby Union because those are the rules that they talked most but everytime I see the players on the field I never saw in one instant that there were 2 teams with 15 players on each squad. Also in Rugby Union when someone scores the main form of making points a "Try" and after that you get what is called conversion kick and that is something they don't do or practice at all. Yes I am maybe nipicking but if you are going to introduce to an audiece a sport via a show, at least be clear of all the rules. It seems that famous ones at least know how to do that like Ping Pong the animation and Slam Dunk.
The story of the show is the pathetic, "we are the low ones but we will get better and defeat the big 3 or big 2" I don't remember at this point and also with those Boy Love touches that are simply annoying and trying to capitalize in a crappy fanservice that doesn't work although I don't know if any girl is following this even for that aspect.
To end it all, Studio Seven can go to hell with its productions. Why bother on this non sexual shows is the question that I always ask myself whenever something from them comes out every single time and the other part it is sad seeing one of the producers that filled my childhood in the now extinct channel called animax and brought me entertainment with things like Black Cat and Kaleido Star has gone so low to ask help of a crappy hentai studio for their productions and to end it all, really Japan, is this the way you want to promote the Rugby World Cup 2019? Let's see if they don't do something more pathetic for the Olympics.
I don't know about you, but when I watch a sports show, I WATCH a sports show (with all its fancy footwork and such).
We haven't had a lot of anime about rubgy, so having one now adds to the catalogue of sports, hooray. However, that's by no means an indication of a show's quality, and Try Knights isn't that kind of show to marvel upon.
It's just good ol' fashion rugby that just doesn't have a stand to the other shows, even yet on its groundwork of similar shows like All Out!! and the other sports-y stuff. Yet...I think this has potential (that's why I never
gave it a 1).
If I ever have to make a shining point about the show, that would be the full-on manservice stuff and the impulsive characters. Sadly everything else is a failure (IMO).
Seeing Gonzo in the production team means another mediocre anime, and one they could not grasp in doing decently, so much so that they have to have the hentai studio Seven to help out in co-production. CGI in sports has really never been the caveat.
To come out this late with production woes, this is one show that truly speaks for itself, the continuing problems within the anime industry, ya know: quantity over quality?
Review up to episode 5. Verdict: A "mediocre" 5.
About me: 20-ish woman, so I'm exactly the advertised target audience. I've enjoyed sports anime such as Kuroko no Basuke, Tsurune, Haikyuu and Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru and hell, even gone through Yuri on Ice as well as Free!. I'm no rugby (or sports in general) fanatic and I'm fine with not 100% accurate technical stuff.
To be honest... I'm disappointed. This could have been so much better.
But this totally stands and falls with the animation.
Have I seen worse? Yes.
Have I seen better? Hell yes.
You don't just animate a title with a manga that has art
by Takarai Rihito and then come up with this subpar gibberish for the anime -- it won't fly. If you went for a shounen anime for 6-10 y.o. boys, sure...Go ahead. They might easily forgive/not notice the bad art and horrible (!) computer animations. But this is supposed to be Josei...? At least they stopped using the computer animations after episode 3 (?).
I think they spent 90% of the budget on the voice actors and character design makers. Sure, you'll have a decent image here and there but the overall animation/design is bad and the characters don't match their published/advertised character design. When I saw the trailer for this a few months back I was hopeful that these problems would be fixed once the actual series premiered but it got even more horrible at times.... And I'm someone who even endured the most horrible Black Clover animations...You can get through that if an anime will have 200+ episodes... But not on such a short anime... Then it's usually go big or go home (unless you're producing for kids who won't care or notice either way).
The voice actors are great though. So much that I actually feel like it's a waste...
They should have rather taken lesser known seiyuus (come on, there's a bunch of them in Japan... and even the rookies there are often ten times better than the English dub pros, so you'd still find enough matching voices) who might come with a lower price tag and invested the difference in better animation.
The story is okay to good. Nothing too exciting up to ep.5 but nothing too boring either.
Sports anime do need a lot of background stories and stuff to make you invested in the characters after all, so I don't mind that too much. How many episodes is this supposed to get though? 13? If so, I'm not sure we can get anywhere. We'll either be stuck with no real development/a cliffhanger or they'll rush through the actually interesting parts at the end of the season and leave us hanging all the same....So I'd actually hope they'd get like 20-24 episodes. Though they would absolutely have to up their game with the animations to make more people watch it...
As I have no clue about rugby, the chibi tid bit at the end of each episode explaining some rules is nice though I'd certainly prefer it if they integrated this into the actual episodes like they did for example in Haikyuu. People who actually know the rules and expect more tactical info will probably be disappointed.
As for the coming DVD/Blu-ray release... They must overhaul the existing animations. I see no way they'd sell more than 200-300 copies otherwise because I can't imagine anyone other than the die-hard fans of the seiyuus or the manga/novel spending money on it otherwise. Which is really sad. Come on, this has potential....
By now, I might even prefer it if they put this on hold for half a year and fixed the animation....It's obvious they were either entirely under-budgeted from the beginning or they ran out of time horrendously and just half-a**ed it all to hell. I don't get why they didn't test this out with 2 nicely animated episodes as OVAs and then followed through with a decent season if it got the attention they wanted.
Oh well.... Fingers crossed that they'll save it somehow. I haven't lost hope entirely yet seeing as how they at least (for now) didn't use the horrible CG anymore.