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.
I haven't enjoyed a short anime this much in a long time.
I don't consider myself a short anime expert (I've only seen Hetalia, Teekyuu, Danchigai, and Pupa in the genre) but I have been binging some lately and this is a rare find. There's something charming about it that other shows seem to lack.
The story is good, to begin with. Each episode is not it's own crack episode: there is a storyline (however vague and loosely connected) and there is a large cast of characters with different relationships to the plot. I found that interesting. On top of that, it honestly has a better
plot than a lot of serious anime that I've seen.
The art is pretty good, especially considering the (probably) low budget and the terrible animation and art that most short animes tend to have. It's by no means intricate, but it even makes the art part of the joke.
The characters, while very crazy, have actual personalities. Even if they seem like parodies of characters, they truly seem to have motivations and goals and defining traits that make this anime quite refreshing.
I enjoyed this a lot!
I would recommend this if you: like medieval stuff, like quests, like crack fiction, liked Akatsuki no Yona and wanted a kinda parody version of it, like sadistic or questionable characters, like stupidity, liked Teekyuu
I would NOT recommend this if you: want something serious, wanted something heartfelt, were looking for a legitimate journey of some sort, wanted something deep, cannot tolerate subtle and frequent jokes about lowkey pedophilic people
When you don't have the time or energy to indulge in a long and complex anime, but still want to watch something, there are a number of fantastic short anime options to choose from. Here are 20 of the best, as chosen by Japanese netizens!