The story is set in Aquafall, a fantasy world abound with water and greenery, and populated by dragons and fairies. Meteorites suddenly bring forth evil creatures that threaten all living things on the planet. The fairy Syrup assembles the Aquafall Defense Force, with three girls of the dragon clans as recruits. The story follows Syrup and the dragon girls Leviathan, Bahamut, and Jörmungandr as they work together to battle enemies and grow up.
When an anime serves as a prequel for an Android-based RPG you've never heard of, chances are good that one shouldn't go into this series expecting much more than a four-hour commercial for the game it's advertising. Throughout the entire run of Zettai Bouei Leviathan, the show never really tries to be more than it is, which is a mediocre piece of fluff that just happens to have a fantastic voice cast.
Zettai Bouei Leviathan tells the story of a trio of dragon-girls on a planet named Aquafall that is occupied by dragon-people. At least, some of them are dragon-people, as we see non-dragon denizens milling
about over the course of the show. One day, Aquafall starts getting pelted with meteorites that contain insects known as Lucasites who start invading the planet for an unspecified reason. In order to put up some resistance, the fairy Syrop goes on a journey to establish a team to defend Aquafall from these insect invaders, but, instead, she just ends up relaxing for a while with the first three girls she comes across and calls it a day. Once she infroms the girls that their planet is in grave danger, they all rebuke her, so she decides to stick around and convince them to join her team. That's right. The world is in grave danger and in her quest to form a team to save it, she asks the first three people she finds to assist her. Strangely enough. nstead of going and finding teammates who are actually interested in saving the world or who even have the skills required to do so, she decides that these three are her only options and spends an inordinate amount of time pestering them.
Granted, the story is mostly non-existent, but to be fair, If you decide to watch this, you're probably not here for the story. For the majority of the show's run-time, the characters just sort of hang around and do nothing, with the occasional cgi bug battle thrown in. However, for the most part they just go to the beach, eat, or visit a hot springs. Additionally, this anime acts as a prequel to the game, so the plot doesn't even really kick in during the show. In other words, if you want a story, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.
As far as the characters go, they unfortunately don't fare much better. The cast mostly consists of the four main characters; Leviathan, a timid water-user, Bahamut, a selfish fire-user, Jormungandr, an adventure-loving warrior girl with an ax, and Syrop, a useless fairy that isn't good for anything other than food jokes. There's very little depth to the characters, who are best described as vague, color-coded archetypes. Although there is a bit of character development here and there, there isn't enough of it to make the audience care about any of them.
That isn't to say that the characters are particularly unlikeable, but their mannerisms and interactions can certainly be quite grating at times. Leviathan is obsessed with finding her brother, Bahamut has daddy-issues, and Jormungandr comes from a loving two-father family (which is something I've never seen in an anime before.) Syrop on the other hand is just annoying. We never learn anything about her and her comic relief moments are all so interchangeable that it's a wonder they exist at all. Bahamut is also extremely whiny and selfish, so she tends to grate on the nerves as well. On the other hand, Leviathan and Jormungandr are mostly non-offensive, so at least the major cast members aren't all annoyances.
Interestingly enough, Zettai Bouei Leviathan comes courtesy of Gonzo; the once powerful studio that famously imploded, only to slowly start building itself back up without any of its real talent on board. The lack of vision in the staff is visible throughout many aspects of the production. That is to say, Zettai Bouei Leviathan is extremely bland and generic to look at. The character designs are bland and extremely basic and the background art is the same type of typical fantasy fare that you can find anywhere else. There was absolutely no creativity expended on the characters, nor the world that they inhabit. That's not to say that they're badly drawn or anything, but everything is simply as cookie cutter as can be. Significant portions of the show take place in such interesting settings as Generic Fantasy Town and Generic Desert. All in all, the art isn't interesting to look at, which extends to action sequences and enemies. All of the Lucasites and dragons are rendered in CGI and while they don't look terrible, their appearance shares the same weaknesses as the rest of the art. They're completely non-threatening looking and, once again, extremely generic. The animation is much the same; it gets the job done while doing the bare minimum.
The girls also have transformation sequences, but these are boring as well. Each one just shows the characters wearing scale underwear (because they're dragons, or something) at which point they put on magic outfits and grow wings on their sides and heads. The fights are also very uninteresting to look at. When it comes to attack variety, the characters leave much to desire. Leviathan conjures water-tentacles to grab her foes, or throws water projectiles while Bahamut either throws fireballs or uses a stream of flame, while all Jormungandr does is hit stuff with one heavy swing of her ax. The battle scenes are few and far between, so they're not THAT redundant, but they do come across as rather lazy.
Then we have the voices. Despite how mediocre every other aspect of the show is, Zettai Bouei Leviathan has a fantastic voice cast made up of Saori Hayama (Ayase in OreImo), Eri Kitamura (Saya in Blood+), Ayana Taketatsu (Kirino in OreImo), and Kana Hanazawa (everything ever.) These talented actresses all do the best they can with the material, which, although it isn't much, helps to muster at least some enthusiasm for the series. They do sound a little bored, though, especially Saori, which is hard to fault her for, considering the monotone nature of her character. Still, the voice acting is the sole bright spot in the series. Why they got a star-studded voice cast and left them to languish with such mediocre material is beyond me, but if there's any reason to watch the show, it's them. On the other hand, the music is completely forgettable and not even worth mentioning.
All things considered, Zettai Bouei Leviathan isn't terrible. There's nothing particularly offensive about the show, but it is extremely boring most of the time. It mostly plays like an extremely long advertisement for the game and it feels like it only exists to spread the word and fill air time. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone, but I wouldn't moan and groan about it either. There isn't much to like, but at the same time, there's not much to hate either. If you just want a bland, fantasy show with a great voice cast and cute characters, you could certainly do worse than Zettai Bouei Leviathan, but there are much better shows to spend your time on.
Zettai Bouei Leviathan is an enjoyable anime. Even though it has many flaws, it is a pretty decent anime because this was just based on an iphone game. The story is somewhat cliched because the idea of people coming together to try and save the world is not new. The plot line is not very good, but it is not the worst.(Three girls with different elements try to fight against lucasites that are trying to destroy the world.The main character, Leviathan, is trying to find her lost brother. Bahamut is struggling with family problems, and Jörmungandr is trying to protect her family.)
While watching the show,
I noticed that some characters actually became quite annoying. The main character, Leviathan, is very passive and does not really talk with much emotion. Bahamut acts spoiled, but that is not the problem with the character. She is sometimes annoying because she acts very selfishly. Despite all of this, the character designs are actually good.
Another small problem in the anime, when I watched it, was the animation for the dragons and lucasites. I believe that the anime would have turned out better if they did not change the animation for the dragons and lucasites. Because of that different animation, it looked as if the creatures were moving very awkwardly.
Overall, it was an okay anime. I have to say it was somewhat good because there is no actual manga or novel to base off of. So, I thought this was an enjoyable series, even with some of the flaws. The major positive thing about this anime is the character designs. I would recommend this series to people who want a light-hearted anime and to people who just want to enjoy a decent show. (this anime would be great for cosplay)
Zettai Bouei Leviathan, although pretty cliche, was harmless and relatively relaxing to watch.
Story - 6/10.
There wasn't much of a story to be found in this anime, to be honest. A peaceful planet, Aquafall, is beset by meteors, inside which are bugs called Lucasites. A fairy, Syrop, goes on a journey to find people willing to protect the planet. The story development is incredibly slow - we are introduced to our characters, they do cute stuff, eventually they go on a short adventure to kill some bugs.
Art - 6/10.
The art for this anime was okay. Character designs were relatively predictable and bland, each being designed to
fit their element, colour included. Backgrounds were nothing special, either, just kind of generic, but inoffensive. The one thing that really bugged me (ha! get it? bugged...) was the 3D animation of the dragons, Lucasites etc within the anime, they looked pretty clunky and I didn't feel they really had a place in the anime. (Although that big river dragon thing was kinda cute). I also found their transformation sequences awkward - boring, and the music they put to it didn't peak my interest either.
Sound - 7/10.
The voice cast for this actually includes some very famous seiyuu - including the voices of Ayase and Kirino in OreImo and Kana Hanazawa. However the sound in general was pretty bland despite the star-studded cast. Leviathan's voice sounded a little flat, and the others were just on the edge of being irritating, especially Syrop.
Character - 6/10.
The characters for this were pretty archetypal - nothing original about any of them. Syrop was essentially a token character there to be the butt of or make jokes, Leviathan the shy and quiet one, Bahamut the fiery spoilt one and Jormungandr, the excitable but loving one. None of the characters particularly grated for me, with the exception of Bahamut, whose spoiled attitude really got on my nerves a mere few minutes after her introduction.
Enjoyment - 7/10.
Despite its flaws, I enjoyed switching my brain off and tuning into this show every week (I watched it when it was still airing). It was unoriginal and slow but nevertheless the characters were decently cute so it was okay for a wind-down watch.
If you're looking for an original piece, something funny or something with a proper story I'd suggest you look elsewhere.
Zettai Bouei Leviathan is an anime series released virtually concurrently with the mobile game it was based on. The series was written by Zappa Go and Ide Yasunori and was created by Gonzo, which has been behind some really good stuff like Bakuretsu Tenshi and the Lunar games. It's also been behind some real rubbish like the Brave Story film and Gantz. The only way to find out where this one falls is to check it out.
Our story opens with a fairy named Syrup looking for strong people to join her Aquafall Defense force to protect the world from invading alien bug creatures. Naturally,
she seeks out the silliest trio of girls she can find, Leviathan, Bahamut and Jormungandr. Okay, she doesn't try to recruit them because they're silly people, that's just a happy coincidence. The problem is that neither Bahamut nor Leviathan is interested in the position. The series mainly revolves around the misadventures of the three girls while Syrup tries to get them to join her in protecting the world. The series mainly revolves around two things comedic moments and action sequences. So, how well does the comedy work? Well, the series certainly has some really funny moments. In general the comedy is quite effective, actually, but there are also some jokes that fall flat and some that are just predictable and not all that amusing as a result. Putting the humourous elements aside, the story is rather mediocre and predictable and, unfortunately, the series does try for some serious story moments.
The characters aren't very well developed. The four main characters do have somewhat fleshed out personalities, but they aren't particularly deep ones. That being said, they are functional for comedic purposes. They interact well with one another which does lead to some good moments where one plays off of another. The familial relationships are decently handled, for what little you get of them.
The art is pretty mixed. On the positive side, the character designs are really nice, in spite of Bahamut's cap of +10 tomfoolery. The action sequences are also put together pretty well, for the most part, and have good intensity. Onto the negatives. The transformation sequences are fan-servicey, which you should never be able to say about a series that features characters who are designed to look roughly twelve. The series also makes use of fan-service in several other scenes because... the art design team was obsessed with Nowi. The backgrounds are also kind of lazy and the side character designs vary quite a bit. Jormungandr's family suffers from recycled designs with minor differences, for example. They also incorporate more traditionally CG designs for Fire Drake and Yurlungur, which are interesting but also look completely off when contrasted with the rest of the art in the series. It would be like taking Vincent as he appears in Advent Children and randomly throwing him into an episode of A-Channel. The styles simply don't work together.
The voice acting is pretty good. The main cast consists of Kitamura Eri, Taketatsu Ayana, Hayami Saori,and Hanazawa Kana, all of whom are good voice actresses who occasionally end up cast in something really terrible that requires them to pretend they aren't. While this isn't a series that requires them to be at their best, it is a series that allows them to show their skills. The music is okay.
The ho-yay factor is a 3/10. There are moments where you can envision them going that route, but nothing substantial.
So, how is Zettai Bouei Leviathan when taken as a whole? Well, the comedic elements are mostly effective and the characters are fun, the voice acting is good and there are some real positive aspects to the art. However, the fan-service is pretty bad, there are some other assorted art issues and the attempts at being more serious outright fail. That being said, if you're looking for a light-hearted fantasy story with some good action sequences you'll probably like it. My final rating is going to be a 6/10. It's decent, but nothing spectacular. Next week I'll look at the Bubblegum Crisis OVA, because why not?