The game and anime follow Kon Hokaze, a boy who embarks on a journey from our world to an alternate world known as Mira, which is full a mysterious energy known as Alma. After saving Princess Ecarlate from attackers, he soon finds himself in the middle of a struggle around Alma.
#1: "Let's Go ED (レッツゴーED)" by Golden Ixion Bomber DT (eps 2-12) #2: "Let's Go ED (Erec ver) (レッツゴーED （エレクver）)" by Golden Ixion Bomber DT (eps 13, 14) #3: "DT Ondo (DT音頭)" by DT group (eps 15-18) #4: "○○Tama (○○たま)" by Erec (Hiroshi Kamiya) and "DT" by Kon Hokaze (Takuya Eguchi) (ep 19) #5: "Stand Up! ED" by ED group (eps 20-24) #6: "DT Suteru (DT捨テル)" by Golden Ixion Bomber DT (ep 25)
This has been on my list of show to watch for a while now. Having completed it, I would say it was a lot of fun. It's nothing deep nor is it anything overwhelming original. It's just fun. Fun can go a long way though.
The art and animation are unremarkable, though far from bad. The story is quite thin and simplistic. It rids on humor, some of which can be hit and miss. There's a lot here that isn't at all great. Regardless, I'd still give it an 8 just because the characters and the humor when it does work make it a silly, fun
The characters here are quite likable. The main character is rather annoying at first, but he does seem to grow through it all and become increasingly likable. His traveling companions are more immediate. Princess Escarlate is wonderfully deadpan and amusing. Her knight Sanglain is serious and likable, while still crazy enough to provide good laughs. Mariandale is probably the best character the series has, having a great design, fun personality and being at times a surprisingly grounded and positive example of a transgendered character in a purposefully dumb shounen comedy anime. Rival Erecpyle and his subordinate team Incognito meanwhile offer big on comic mischief and are always fun to watch. All the while the party comes across minor characters who are sometimes equally crazy and fun. It's an appealing cast.
The humor is focus here, and as humor is a subjective thing, it's what could potentially curtail enjoyment of the show. Ixion Saga's humor is very stupid, irreverent and often immature. As audacious as it sometimes gets, it can be worth quite a few good laughs if you're willing to laugh at that kind of humor. Don't go in expecting particularly smart comedy though. If you have no use for silliness and willful stupidity, you will not find anything of value here. For those of us who do enjoy watching something just kind of silly and dumb at times though, Ixion Saga is a solid and rewarding pick.
Just finished watching Ixion Saga .Mixed Feelings about that one :
Ixion Saga can me summarized as an attempt to replicate the relaxed/wtf/lol?/laid-back style Gintama made popular in Anime .
In this style a lack of a greater overarching plot , comedy and dirty jokes , excellent sound-soundtrack choices and strange character are the standard .The style is great , Gintama that introduced it in the Anime industry a masterpiece .Let's see how Ixion Saga DT fared though :
As i said before the specific sub-genre/style Ixion belongs to lacks plot lines as it's main points .Even though i take that as a given , still Ixion Saga
could have fared much better: it tries to use the story both as a background and as a hook/point of interest , with the result being a failure in both attempts .The story is not absent - it is there , but it is ignored , resulting in some disbelief and boredom that could have been (easily ?Dont know .) avoided .The lack of progress endangers the whole series as the viewer can become tired of what seems as meaningless events , spawning at each episode like NPCs in a RPG game that is just too full of grind .And i know that the fans might defend the series reminding me that Ixion , like Gintama dont require a master story - yet still having seen and loved Gintama and even Sket , i have to commend that Ixion Saga's story can be compared with boring Pokemon episodes but not with the tense and emotional charged story arcs the two aforementioned shows field .
(Let it be known that the last episode has a much better written story than the rest of the show- a wonderful surprise rewarding us for making it to the end !)
Nothing great , nothing good , nothing bad .
Lately Art seems to have been standardized .I kind of miss the variety the 90s and the 2000s had : each show had it's own style for good or for bad .And there were always glitches to be found .The much cheaper/improved technology of today has eliminated visual errors and unusual/unique art styles from most series today.
Ixion Saga has great sounds and soundtracks :the level was on par with Gintama !
Different music genres , familiar chords and styles , variation - the soundtracks were great and played a nice part in drawing you into the series . There was Rhythm and good taste in orchestration and song choices .And the most surprising fact is that i am not talking about the OP/ED - no , i actually didnt liked those two - i am talking about background themes .Very good on sound .
Ixion Saga's Chars are interesting and funny : each has his own fetish plus some perks - and each gets a decent amount of attention in the show .And here is where trouble ensues :
the characters while are interesting seem to have been made with some kind of character generator you can find for RPGs .They are too much replicas from the Gintama series- something that becomes even more obvious when you actually hear half the cast of Gintama playing as the main chars in Ixion Saga .There was a lack of originality - i find myself imagining the people that designed the character watching Gintama and saying to each other "Ok that was good , what can we use instead of that ?" .In short if you ve seen Gintama you ll see no new character concepts in Ixion Saga .They have somewhat recycled the chars from it .
Enjoyment 6 - Overall 5
Ixion Saga is a fun Anime and it sure is enjoying watching one .With all the the lack of originality it still has some entertaining value .However -and with that i sum it up - this show has copied Gintama at so many major points , so obviously that one can clearly feel the lack of dedication and investment from the creators .And since those two things are what make an Anime interesting and enjoying to watch i can say that this show is worth watching without lying .
Ixion Saga is for Gintama what the many industrial Harem anime are for their originals .
DT,DT,DT,DT,DT,DT,DT, DT Sutero, 'nuf said, as I've finished watching the last episode of this no good 25 episode thingy, normally if something is not good I drop it, but this one was different, it was no good alright, but it does have it's silver lining, since there were episode that are enjoyable and there were those you'll just skip. Co'z this was not the kind of anime that one must categorize it as a whole but it was something that has to be categorize on a per episode basis, and frankly, that's what director Shinji Takamatsu was aiming, he probably wants us audience to forget
everything what was this anime about and just focus on each episode, in other words this anime as a whole was more of a gag type than anything else, since there was no plot to begin with just a scenario on a per episode basis.
So, here are my ratings for each of this anime's category:
Story- like I said, there is no plot just situation that on every episode and each episode has a plot on it's own.
Character- regardless of the characters info.........something that one must just forget, co'z on every episode that characters take a new form, which one would be irritated with, at one point in any given episode and appreciated on the other.But I'm sure everybody will agree with me that Kon is one big loud mouth a***** that everyone wants to take a swing at, and Erec and his Incognitos are a bunch of retards, as for Mariandale, I'm also sure that everyone will agree with me that she should've have been cast as a girl and not some cross-dressing man.
Art- I like the design and the way the character's where illustrated and I'm referring to Mariandale, Almaflora , Ecarlate and Sainglain. I also like the way how them Incognitos were drawn.
Sound- though, Kon maybe the kind of character whose butt I wanna kick, I still like the guy who did his voice, the same with Erec and his Incognitos. I also like this anime's opening theme, but not the closing.
Enjoyment- I gave it a 6 because, there are episode that I find it funny and there are those episodes that where downright corny.
Overall- this is something which it would depend on oneself if which episode that's worth watching and which are worth skipping. Frankly, studio Brain's Base should have just leave it as an on-line game than make an anime out of it.
Ixion Saga DT is an anime based off of an online game, because those are known for their compelling narratives and not the high amount of repetitive grind at all. Although, to be fair to the concept, I've looked at an anime based off of a Pachinko machine that was quite good. The anime was written by Yamatoya Akatsuki and developed by our old friends at Brain's Base. Which is a bit of a mixed sign since they've done some good stuff, some kind of mediocre stuff and some stuff that's utter shite. Let's see where this one falls.
Young Hokaze Kon is a gamer. While
playing Monster Hunter, or a game with very similar encounters with massive monsters, he meets a young lady player. They talk and she manages to get him to agree to help her. Which results in him being transferred to another world, chair and all. He accidentally falls on top of a man, saving a small group that was being cornered by him and his goons. Kon agrees to travel with the people he inadvertently rescued in order to find a way back to his own world. Together, they head on their journey to get an eight year old princess married for political reasons while also finding a way for Kon to return so he stops bothering everyone with his existence. Various shenanigans ensue.
The most pervasive problem with this series is the humour. It's built around subverting tropes and doing the unexpected. However, half the time it just draws attention to the fact that what it's doing is clichéd and it's jokes that are actually subverting regular tropes are mostly really obvious, making the punch lines predictable before the set-ups are even done. The consequence, in either case, is that the comedy falls pathetically short. The story itself is very shallow, relying heavily on those comedic elements both to provide entertainment and to distract from the obvious element that's incredibly not okay. Another issue with the comedy is that the series likes to repeat itself. There are multiple cases where they'll have a jape and then quickly repeat the jape twice more in a very short amount of time. I guess they just really wanted to run those jokes into the ground or maybe they thought if it didn't make you laugh the first time, it would the third time.
To its credit, there are a few funny scenes and the stuff that doesn't work is more stupid than it is annoying or painful. I also do appreciate the way they subvert the usual unfunny trans-gender jokes you get in anime.
Most of the characters in this are just boring and pretty one-note. Then you have Kon himself. He's the worst part of this series. Definitely among the more annoying protagonists I've seen. Yeah, he's better than Shinji Ikari, but that's not saying much. On the plus side, the moments where he's in pain are cathartic.
The artwork is pretty good. The background details are nicely fleshed out. The biggest issue with it is just that the comedic exaggeration scenes can be excessive and, like the comedy in general, they don't really work well.
As a whole, the acting is perfectly passable, but not anything great. Fukuyama Jun does really well making him one of the few male voice actors I've heard play a female character well. Eguchi Takuya, in contrast, is really bad in this. To be fair to him, he was good in OreGairu. In this case, he wasn't given much to work with. I don't think anyone could have made Kon's dialogue sound good.
There's a little. It's established early on that Mariandale attracts both men and other women.
Ixion Saga DT is not a good series. The comedic elements largely fall flat. The main character is a constant annoyance and there's just not much to recommend it. That being said, I wouldn't call it terrible since most of its faults aren't particularly egregious. My final rating is a 3/10. Next week is the notorious Byston Well Monogatari: Garzey no Tsubasa. It's supposedly really atrocious. The week after that it'll be the 300th anime review. Until then, may you experience kindness, laughs and tranquillity.