A normal high school boy Kisaragi Ryuji's peaceful life is turned into an adventure by the return of his second cousin Eriko. Ryuji and Eriko seize a relic box from a black broker. In the box, they find a red dragon girl Rose. In order to protect Rose from the black organization, Ryuji decides to fight using his power as a relic handler.
The first episode received a free online preview at online streaming service GyaO! starting on Thursday, 16th December, 2010 until Wednesday, 22nd December. 1000 lucky participants in possession of a Yahoo Japan ID were given the chance to see it through an online lottery. The regular television broadcast started on January 11, 2011.
One thing can always be certain when it comes to anime these days, and that's the inclusion of at least show about anthropomorphised creatures of some sort every season. Many people will already be familiar with humanoid cats, foxes, dogs, etc, and with the "popularity" of the types of anime that normally include such characters, it's somewhat surprising to find dragons thrown into the mix.
Now this isn't a new thing, especially as these giant fire breathing lizards have appeared in works of fiction for many, many years (and it's even longer when we start talking mythology - but we won't go there). From
tales of steel clad warriors going toe to toe with something that sees them as canned food, to the stylings of Anne McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern series where humans live and work with the creatures, dragons have long been a source of inspiration, fear, admiration, majesty, and many other things besides.
But aside from their appearances in certain anime, nobody has ever called them cute (or tsundere - more on that later).
Dragon Crisis is, first and foremost, a light novel series by Kizaki Kaya that spans eleven volumes, all of which have been published under Shueisha's Super Dash Bunko line, and as with any reasonably popular written work, it was earmarked for an anime adaptation, this time by Studio DEEN.
Oh goody. More adaptations.
The story is about Kisaragi Ryuuji, a seemingly normal high school boy whose life is suddenly thrown sideways by the return of his treasure seeking cousin Nanao Eriko. She persuades him to join her on her latest venture, but things don't turn out the way she plans when instead of treasure, they find a girl in a suitcase.
Throw into this various other anthropomorphic beings (generally female), magical treasures called Lost Precious, and a very familiar comedy angle and what do you have?
That's right. It's another supernatural harem romantic comedy.
The main issue with the Dragon Crisis is the lack of explanations. There are any number of interesting aspects to the story that really could have been expounded upon, but in the typical manner that is common these days the viewer is expected to simply sit there, accept what they're given, and not want for anything better. The lack of any real detail about The Society, dragons and the Lost Precious puts a strain on the storyline that becomes more pronounced as matters progress.
That said, the plot is actually paced reasonably well, but that's simply based on the even scattering of tokens throughout the series (usually one per episode), and it's pretty clear that a great deal of thought wasn't expended on making the story interesting. Instead Dragon Crisis relies on stereotypical comedy and the generic methodologies applied to almost every other harem rom-com in an effort to move things along, and because of all of this the whole show is about as predictable as the sunrise.
Visually the series isn't bad, but it's not brilliant either. The reliance on generic character types is very obvious from the get-go as it's not something that can really be hidden by changing clothes (or school uniforms), hairstyles and eye colours. That said, the characters are emotive to a degree, and it's nice to see that efforts have been made to allow a bit more expression that one might initially expect from this type of show.
Sadly the typical anime reliance on the European style dragon once again rears its head, and this time they're coloured (which brings into question the issue of dragon racism, but that's a matter for another time).
On the plus side the series features some nicely detailed backgrounds that, although somewhat generic, are also rather appealing. In addition to this there are some well choreographed and interesting CG effects that give the action sequences that little bit more flair, and the quality of the animation is stays at a pretty decent level over the course of the show.
When it comes to music, Dragon Crisis has a range of tracks on offer to suit almost every occasion, from foreboding techno beats to melodic piano pieces, and there are also some rather nice audio effects throughout the series. Unfortunately there are occasions when the two clash, and although the timing is pretty good, this isn't enough to salvage the resulting cacophony.
The opening theme, Immoralist by Horie Yui (who plays the role of Maruga or Margerite, whichever you prefer), is a rather dramatic J-Pop number with martial overtones that feels a little out of place with the concept of Dragon Crisis. As for the ending theme, Mirai Bowl by Momoiro Clover, this rather more playful piece also doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the anime, but that may be due to the rather whimsical beginning to the song.
So, on to the acting, and oh look! It's Kugumiya Rie playing yet another clone of Louise/Shana/Taiga, except this time her role is far less tsundere so hopefully the industry will stop typecasting her at some point. Even with that though, she is able to inject a likeability into the character of Rose that is nice to see. Shimono Hiro and Yukana also play their respective roles (Ryuuji and Eriko), passing well, and while the overall series may be tediously generic in many aspects, it's nice to see the seiyuu still working hard to deliver some decent performances.
The unfortunate part is that there's only so much a voice actor/actress can do in certain situations, and this is one of them.
The reliance on genericism severely stunts the characters in certain fundamental ways that prevent even the best seiyuu from delivering a stellar performance, and while part of the problem stems from the anime, the majority of it comes from the source material itself. The simple fact is that each character is designed to deliver a specific plot token into the story, and this makes them objects rather than people. Because of this there is the appearance of development over the course of the series, but in truth this is nothing more than a veneer that covers some truly lazy characterisation. That said, Dragon Crisis does feature some diverting interactions and relationships, and while there is little in the way of real growth, the series does maintain a degree of enjoyability due the inoffensive nature of the characters.
One thing that is a little puzzling though, is the decidedly human nature of the dragons themselves. While this could easily be explained away by stating that they're anthropomorphic creatures who have lived alongside humans and adopted their personality traits, this information has to be extrapolated by the viewer, and this brings up the issue of why they have to act like humans. It would have been far more interesting to see humans and dragons learning to cope with the problems presented by modern day society from the perspective of the dragons. Likewise the prospect of watching the characters adapt to the daily problems faced by each species would have offered some completely different insights, yet still left room for situational comedy.
Dragon Crisis offers little in the way of innovation, but that's pretty much expected from supernatural harem rom-coms these days. While the original concept may have been interesting enough in the beginning the execution leaves a lot to be desired, and there's a mechanical feel to the show due to the "fill in the blanks" approach to the story, and the fact that this is essentially a "production by numbers" (hence Kugimiya Rie in a typecast role).
The series does have its good points, and there are some enjoyable moments to see, but ultimately Dragon Crisis is yet another example of a wasted opportunity, only this time its not the fault of the anime as the source material is to blame.
Dragon Crisis! is a below average to borderline horrible action harem anime that has been done dozens of times before, and done much better. I continue to be perplexed why tripe like this continues to sell and gets made into anime. And I thought Hollywood had hit the bottom of the barrel when it comes to creativity and originality.
The story concept for Dragon Crisis! has been repeated ad nauseum. An ordinary school boy with average looks and the personality of an anvil is suddenly thrust into a secret world of the supernatural including, as the title suggests, dragons. Of course
most of the dragons just happen to be cute girls who naturally flock to the harem of our slack lipped leading man. The plot is virtually nonexistent since the writer seems to have decided to forgo anything resembling a story in order to load up the cast with every type of stereotypical character imaginable. Instead we are inundated with obscure and nonsensical terminology such as "Lost Precious", "Level 10 Breaker", and "Engage".
What little story it does have mostly falls flat on its face. Red Dragon and loli Rose really loves Ryuuji and shows her affections in a very open and honest way, like a child. It actually manages to be both kind of sweet and creepy all at once. Ryuuji, like any red blooded Japanese boy maintains his puritanical values and attempts, unsuccessfully, to fend off all those cooties carrying girls who throw themselves at him. However because just about every episode introduces a new character, the cast becomes bogged down with characters making the execution of any kind of serious story impossible. What we do end up with has all the sophistication of an elementary school creative writing project.
Much like the shows concept, none of the characters are all that special either. They conform to basic harem archetypes and rarely, if ever, deviate from them. A few of them might just be remarkable for how dull pointless they actually are. Probably the best example of this would be Misaki, Ryuuji's shy secret admirer. She is utterly a waste of the art materials, man hours, and computer time necessary to bring her to the screen. She contributes nothing of value. She has no powers and is just an ordinary human and she basically seems to only be in the cast because the "How To Make a Harem Anime" playbook calls for her type to be included. The only positives amongst the characters, I suppose, would be Ai and Eriko. Though it certainly isn't because of any originality on their parts. It's only because they happen to come across as the most fun and enjoyable characters in the show.
What Dragon Crisis! does do exceptionally well is its music. Yui Horie's "Immoralist" OP is really a great upbeat and exciting table setter for the show. The real shame that the feelings and action displayed in the OP do not really materialize within the show itself. Overall though I think this is easily the best song from any of the anime from the Winter '11 season. On the flip side, the ED "Mirai Bowl" is a playful and naughty and at first glance seems out of place for this anime. It features extreme chibi abuse, which raises it up in my favorability rating but it’s just so damn cute and adorable that I really looked forward to seeing it each week. Of course this also meant the episode was over, which might have contributed to me liking it so much.
The seiyuu cast is also very strong and chalk full of talented actors. They are mostly wasted on this and none of their performances are really memorable enough to worth mentioning. However it should be noted that this is yet again another loli role for veteran Rie Kugimiya. I honestly love Kugimiya to death as an actress but it is really quite distressing to see her continue to be pigeonholed as the same damn character repeatedly either through her own poor judgment or from studio typecasting. Though her role as Rose is not your typical loli tsundere per see, it certainly would be nice to see her try to expand her range a bit. Honestly the been there, done that nature of her performance is one of the reasons this anime comes across as so lame and uninspired.
When you get right down to it my entire experience with Dragon Crisis! was neither good nor bad. A viewer is as unlikely to really hate it as he is unlikely to love it. One can certainly do better, so unless you simply must see every anime about dragons you would be advised to give this one a pass and watch something better.
This is a good anime to see if you run out of anime, the action was consistent in every episode, so since the beginning to the end there's action, there's little romance and i wanted to see more than just little.
A high school boy named Ryuuji has a normal life, one day his cousin arrives at his school and takes him to a mission, there's when you find out, he is not normal, well in that mission they retrieve what is going to be a girl dragon and then call her Rose and she loves Ryuuji instantly, that's all she does, loving Ryuuji, but
there's a reason behind this and that's watching every episode.The story could seem generic, but i'ts good to be honest, it's almost consistent in every episode, every episode is another treasure hunt but the story lack of explanations and you get confused on to why things happens and the action was ok.
[b][u]Art & Sound[/u][/b]
The art was a little generic but the landscape was good, the animation was good. The VA was good, Rie Kugimiya made Rose likeable and the rest did a well job too, the OP and the ED didn't fit for me, the ED was likeable tho, and the background music didn't fit either.
The characters where a litlle bit boring, maybe just the main three were more likeable than the others but it's because of the good voice acting, they were bland, but overall was ok.
For some reason i enjoyed this, maybe because every episode was well paced or the appealing action in a few episodes and the ending but other than that there's not much.
Well, I must say, while this anime isn't a masterpiece I feel it deserves better than it's getting. Also... this is going to be my first review so forgive me if it's not that great XD.
First things first, I'm going to try to keep this short. Second, I will refrain from any spoilers. Third... I loved this anime. While the situations and characters may not be the most original, they work, and because of this they make a truly enjoyable viewing experience.
It's been mentioned by other reviewers and I'm going to mention it again, If you want explanations and depth this is not your
anime. Throughout the anime you will often be left to your own devices when thinking through certain aspects; however, don't worry, this is an easy anime to follow.
It's not the best, and they could certainly have sped up the characters and pacing in the action scenes, but it's not bad. I'm a bit of a stickler for art but i wont abandon an anime for it. Luckily that's not an issue here, as i stated previously its nothing to marvel at but I seriously can't imagine anyone dropping this because of it.
If I will hold anything against this anime it will be the sound. While it isn't bad in it's own right they could have chosen better. The OP/ED are not terrible but I question their use for this anime. I normally forget about/ignore the music during an anime as it blends into the background and feels like a part of the scene; however, throughout this anime there were several times when I couldn't help but listen to the background music and think, "Wow, I mean, it's not like it's bad, and it still (kind of) fits the mood, but, seriously? could they not find something better?".
Very little character development, I get the feeling reading the original light novels would be a much more fulfilling experience. As i stated in the beginning depth is not a terribly strong point here. Cliche characters meet Cliche events, to an extent. Even saying this thought I have to admit, they did a good job developing their separate personalities. Given more episodes I believe they could have done something truly amazing with this anime if they had been willing/had the time to devote to creating depth in a lighthearted anime. On the plus side the male protagonist isn't a completely clueless dunce that bludgeons his way through social situations :D.
This is a lighthearted anime through and through. I love harems, I love comedy, and I love characters I can get behind. While there are times *cough* the last episode's "engage" animation *cough* it appears cheesy or cliche they still do a good job. And if there is one thing I love (as another reviewer I've read has put it) it's watching my ships set sail. I love harem's but if there is one thing I love more it's an ending that leaves you with a conclusion. While a stickler may still argue the point I would say it's pretty damn obvious who ends up with who. While the premise is original the characters and the situations are not. Don't let this dissuade you though as every episode manages to bring something to the table to keep your attention and while it may not be the most original it is certainly worth watching.
If you are looking for a lighthearted comedy/romance/harem anime that can grab your attention and won't leave you feeling like you just wasted part of your life, look no further!
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