Once upon a time, the demon lord Rchimedes spread terror throughout the world, until he was eventually sealed away by the legendary hero Creasion. Since then, a thousand years have passed peacefully. However, a mysterious hole has opened up between the demon and human spheres, and countless demons have surged into the human realm once more. Coming to the conclusion that Rchimedes would soon return to wreak havoc, a human king summons the possible descendants of the legendary hero—all 75 of them. Unfortunately, after so long, it was too difficult to pinpoint his true descendants.
Among the lionhearted prospects is the amateur adventurer Alba Frühling. His skills may not be top-notch, but he is accompanied by the talented soldier Ross, who helps the young hero whenever he is in a pinch...or at least, he is supposed to. Though undoubtedly a skilled warrior, Ross is actually both sarcastic and sadistic, and hence revels in Alba's suffering.
Senyuu. is a comedic adventure following the unlikely duo as they struggle in their endeavor to defeat the demon lord, meeting various eccentrics along the way.
Shorts are quite rare in Anime, and as like majority of the shorts Senyuu is a gag or comedy short in its core. But what is unique about this show is that it is based on a fantasy settings which is even more rare in shorts. Unlike many other shorts Senyuu has one other criteria that is although it tries to parody the fantasy world setting in overall it also tries to have a continuity (rather then being self contained episodes) and tries to tell a short yet somewhat coherent (somewhat comes to mind mostly due to ridiculously comic sequences) story. And that is what
I find enjoyable and also an appreciable effort for this series.
The story is in a setting like old school rpgs but with a few funny twists. It goes something like long time ago the demon king Rchimedes was defeated and sealed by Hero Creation, but suddenly one day a huge hole appeared in the world and all kinds of demons started coming out of it. So naturally the king decides that the demon king has returned and tries to send the hero's descendant to fight him. and there comes the first funny twist as one thousand years had passed he found 75 candidates and sends them all and declares whoever defeats the demon lord will be deemed the "true hero" and will receive vast riches. This show particularly follows the hero Alba & soldier Ross in their quest to be the true heroes where they meets many funny characters and the writer also throws in various slapstick humor while also parodying various other typical Shounen anime/manga.
Overall the story is somewhat original and I enjoyed the humor very much so it gets 8 out of 10 from me.
While the art is anything spectacular but I really enjoyed how the animation and art was used to convey humor and how they complemented the overall nature of the ridiculous humor of the show. And on a small note, I also quite enjoyed the varying opening sequences used.
This gets 7 out of 10.
While Alba is a typical Shounen character I really liked his comments/complains against various actions of the other characters and even the narrator. Ross is character with a very unique sense of humor which is quite enjoyable in a slapstick nature really. Other characters like the little girl and innocent demon lord; the elderly loli lover; the masochistic cat are very funny and unique. the rest are somewhat generic but still compliments the overall nature of the show nicely.
This is another strong aspect and gets 8 out of 10.
The in-show music what not that noticeable at all and I was not impressed at all. The opening and ending theme is done by JAM Project which sadly I didn't find neither appropriate nor enjoyable. In short to me this is by far the weakest aspect of this anime and gets 5 out of 10.
For me who is relatively new at shorts actually this was really a unique experience to say the least, although there are a few faults like a bad overall music & a cliffhanger ending that was quite unexpected I would gladly watch the second season. I would recommend this to anyone who likes shorts or parody shows or to people who likes to have some good laughs occasionally with no string attached for bigger storyline or whatnot.
How could something so epicly funny be so epicly short? Senyuu answers that question, after the first episode it's hard to resist it's satirical slapstick comedy that is incredibly short and sweet. It takes the classic hero knight story and turns it on it's ear. The only problem I have with this series is the length of each episode. 5 minutes becomes 2.5 of actual episode once the credits have been accounted for, but that's part of the humorous appeal. This is one of those special series, and I look forward to watching season 2.
If you like knights, demonlords, old perverts and constant slapstick satirical
comedy then this is for you. Don't miss this wonderful series. It's not like you don't have time for it!
Senyuu literally translates into short story, and that is what you are getting out of 'Senyuu'.
Each epsiode is 5 minutes long, with enough chuckles to fill a chucklebox. Everything about the anime(art, sounds, characters) are all at good at best, but where this anime stands out is through its quick and witty humor.
'Senyuu' follows the story of a king sending soldiers to fight demons, but is focused on bits of interactions between characters, which is brilliant because they are able to divulge on the fast-paced funny and interesting jokes and parodies while also having something to tie it to.
If you get tired of the
shouting matches of the Big 3 Animoos, or the twists and turns of the more complicated animes (which is saying pretty much everything else because a blank canvas can be at times more complex than 'Naruto' or 'One Piece'), I would totally recommend you turn on Senyuu; open a bag of snacks and pop a drink, and go for the wonderful short ride of Senyuu..desu.
Shorts are something I never even knew that it existed. A less than 25 minute of anime is such an absurd thing to do and I would never in the right mind, to even think of watching this.
But I was proven wrong with Senyuu, that shorts might not be such a bad thing after all.
A simple, but really imaginative one in my opinion. One day, a huge hole appeared in the world and at the same time, many monster started appearing. The reason though behind this, is that the demon king Rchimedes that was sealed by the legendary hero Creasion, was revived and so
the king sent forth the hero's descendant to defeat the demon king. All 75 of them.
Seeing that there's around 1000 years between the sealing and current time, it is hard to know who's the real descendant, so being the righteous king he is, he grabbed those who seemed to fit.
So Alba's, hero number 45, and Ross's, appointed by the king and from the royal soldiers, adventure had begun.
It sounds simple and has a very serious feel to it, doesn't it?
IN-CO-RRECT! Senyuu are a comedy. With only four-five minute of showtime, more than 95% of it are comedy while the 1% are the explaining the story and the other 4% are the ending song. That's right! Don't expect your heart to be be beaten into pulp or staying up all night because of horrendous plot twist. Just expect to have your WTF face because some can't believe what you are seeing are happening and your water ready because you'll be laughing out loud until you dehydrate.
Probably one of the best there is. Unfortunately, Senyuu and Senyuu 2 only covers the first volume of the webcomic, so character development is not going to be there. But they are given great personality that for god knows how, mesh very well with each other.
Alba, our protagonist and hero, is the straight man (the tsukkomi) that yells out the weirdness or the not logic of something that is happening in the anime. That is his whole personality, because as our soldier, Ross, would say "a hero that can't even comment is like a fried egg without the egg". Our soldier, Ross, might as well be a professional sadist that made his life goals to have our hero, Alba, be in despain 24/7.
Ruki, our third party of the trio, are an adorable demon with hardly any power but changes her personality all the time, depending on the situation.
The rest of the characters are also very funny.
It is a comedy so fighting or beautiful art is not going to there much. BUT! Senyuu is a short so I guess, unlike normal anime, the animators probably have more enough time to make Senyuu good. Because the animation is good, it is clean and sharp and no "one panel that looks really wrong/lazy*.
I beg of you if you are going to watch it, or has watch it but doesn't know this. You are most likely will watch it online or download it. While I don't know about the download one, I know for sure that if you watch it online you are just given the story and then the ending. So I beg of you to go to youtube and search for Senyuu op because it is worth it.
Senyuu opening are over exaggerated scenes from the anime itself that makes you think that you are not watching that silly, comedic anime Senyuu but some other serious, dramatic anime. With awesome catchy opening too!
The ending are really nice to listen too after laughing for 4-5 minute straight, very melodic and soothing. While the anime itself uses rpg kind of soundtrack, like when you level up in a game.
You can easily finish this anime in about one hour with a story and characters that, no matter how you feel that day, will make you laugh. So yeah, give this anime a try!
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