The story takes place in a time when the world is in the pits of despair after being ravaged by a poison called "shinobi" that came to earth via an asteroid. The people run away to the place called "Kairiku," a place that used to be the bottom of the ocean. Here, the people try and protect themselves against the effects of the poison. In such a world, there was a single light of hope. The "Holy Weapon Giga Road" and the legendary warrior "Yagyuu" are needed in order to counter the effects of the poison. In order to save the world, Ame, a princess of a fallen nation, stands up in order to save the world.
I honestly had fun watching this series. Yes I agree the series could have been better if it were longer, but it wasn't bad either. If you enjoy some action with a taste of romance, then you might like Neppuu Kairiku Bushi Road.
Story - 7/10
The story itself was intriguing. The poison called "Shinobi" which are attacking the human race is what caught my attention to this series. Although it was a unique plot, at times the story felt rushed. It especially felt rushed when you could tell where scenes were cut to make the movie shorter. Things escalated quite quickly towards the
end of the series, causing a bit of confusion for the viewer. The ending, I surprisingly liked. I hope to see more of this series in the future, mainly because I want to see more of what Neppuu Kairiku Bushi Road could really be.
Art - 8/10
One thing that drew my attention to Neppuu Kairiku Bushi Road was its art. The animation and character designs are both good, no faults there.
Character - 4/10
Although I adored Suou and his relationship with Ame, I do feel as though the characters could have had better development. Again, if the story were to become an anime or more to the series was added, I would hope to see more character development. Suou wanted to grow stronger in order to protect Ame however, I felt as though this character development fell a bit short. Neither Suou nor Ame's character seemed to grow, except towards the very end where Ame realized what she had caused for everyone. If you are not bothered by no character development, then still watch this series. The interaction between the main characters and the characters themselves were still enjoyable and made up a little for the lack of development.
The movie did not bore me in the beginning and though I hate to say it, the ending was less exciting for me. I enjoyed the bits of action the show carried out, however, the second half of the series seemed rushed. I had also hoped to see more epic fight scenes than what I saw. The scenes between Ame and Suou were also quite enjoyable and gave the series a warmer feeling.
Overall - 6
Neppuu Kairiku Bushi Road was not a bad show, however, it could have been so much more. With this being said, if you are bored and are looking for something to watch, then feel free to watch it. The show is neither good nor bad, it sits somewhere in between, but nonetheless is still an entertaining movie.
[Note: there are some minor spoilers contained in this review, but none that aren't already glaringly obvious as one watches this special. I've marked it so you know where to skip if you want absolutely no spoilers.]
For some parts, Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road can be considered a decent series. But at the end of the 90 minutes, I came away with the feeling that it was a work where much potential went to waste.
Let's start with what makes it potentially a great series. Bushi Road is set in a world where humanity, while warring amongst themselves, was threatened by monsters called the shinobi. Princess Ame,
the main character, lost her country to a massive shinobi invasion. Along her journey, she met Suou, who descended from an ancient lineage known for its exceptional combat abilities. She then decided to find and revive Giga Lord, a lost ancient mecha, to destroy the shinobi once and for all. So far, nothing special. However, given that there are a lot of good ideas that can be explored (for instance, a lost continent that remains mostly untouched), Bushi Road holds a lot of promises. Not to mention that the setting of samurai-era mannerism mixed in with modern mecha combat (complete with flying castles) makes it pretty entertaining to watch.
But as you can expect from my opening, things also went downhill from the beginning. First, it's not difficult to tell that a lot of things were cut out just to save time. In fact, this special adopts a method whereby it cuts off right at certain scenes, shows the aftermath, and uses brief flashbacks to fill up the missing parts. This method isn't an issue in and of itself. However, the number of times it's used makes it clear the director is basically attempting to cut as much time as possible just to fit the 90-minute mark. And it takes away significantly from the immersion experience because as a viewer you constantly get lost as to what happened and end up looking for explanations that aren't there.
Second, the character development not surprisingly becomes an utter trainwreck. [Here is where some minor spoilers are.] Near the beginning, Ame had her key to the Giga Lord (an inheritance from her mother) taken away from her. At that time, the person who took it from her asked her whether she had the resolve to protect her people. Later on, to no one's surprise, she gets it back. Presumably, she should've already matured from the events that took place in between. But no, when she came across the shinobi again, she went on full revenge rampage mode again, as if she basically remained as she was at the beginning of this 90-minute special. [This is where spoilers end.] Throughout the entire special, neither Ame nor Suou seemed to have grown. That would've been fine if character growth wasn't necessary. But it was, at least where Ame was concerned. Under these circumstances, it's hard to feel for the two because the viewer ends up seeing them as essentially static entities. Perhaps even peculiar ones, since change should've taken place.
Moreover, there are just so many plot holes in this special it's hard to justify a lot of what happened. The final sequence in particular came off as being pretty nonsensical. In all honesty, I simply don't think that Bushi Road worthwhile given the flaws that it has. Sure, the animation quality is decent, and so is the soundtrack, but at the end of the day, the plot and the characters simply fall short of what one might have expected, as charming as the interaction between Ame and Suou has been at times. If you have extra time to kill on your hands, be my guest. But if you're looking for quality work, I don't think Bushi Road is one. Maybe it could've been if it was serialized, but this special pretty much killed the chances of that as well. A shame, really.
Surprisingly decent, the ending isn't shit like oh so often. And all endings which are just that, ENDINGS, deserve praise. So points where points are due.
Other than that this is a one and a half hour long episode of any generic sci-fi post apocalyptic shounen anime.
It doesn't bring anything new to the table, but it pulls of what it aims to pull of;
nothing special at all
There was some cringe:ing, but I don't hate myself for watching it.
Not something I would recommend, to anyone really, but I guess some people potentialy could enjoy it.
Beware Major Spoilers Ahead!
And here we go again some typical mecha Japanese anime. Uhhh! i'm getting tired of this. Okay! Lets get on with the review shall we?
Plot wise it was surprisingly good, the originality was there in some ways or another, although it was kinda short for only an hour and a half, it feels like the transition was very rushed but it was well put, there should be some scenes that should have been there, or made, but it was not for example the scenes when the two castles collide and a horde of monsters came crashing down while the mc is gone
berserk they could have made that part even more dramatic but instead it was cut (uhhh why would you cut such important climax of the movie? And only give us a small clip to base our own imagination? Damn you!), Btw I'm just sayin'. So far so good except for the last part! (Ohh here comes the MAJOR SPOILER!) Why japanese anime people why!!!?? Why must you always! Always! let the Herione die!! I don't understand your logic on how a hero should be, but always, always when you create anime like this the male mc always ends up the only one to survive and the female mc is gone dead kaput! Op mc = Female dead that is how japanese creators see it, well, not in my book people! You can't call that a hero, for a hero must die protecting! yeah that's what its supposed to be. Actually you can't be called a hero if you don't die! Jk!. What is the use of such OP Strength? The hell?? Why can't it be like Superman! Lois Lane is lucky to have him. Shit i wish Superman was there to save the day. Okay enough rambling. Time for the score people! As for the plot i give it a 7. Although it has some flaws i still enjoyed watching it.
As for the Art and Animation well it's interesting enough for me to notice and watch the whole show. I mean it's good but it's not that good, know what i mean? What i mean is vivid cocolors and smosmosmooooth animation quality. For that, i'm a generous person so i give it a 7/10.
Music well the End song was uhhh. How do i describe it, i felt old. Yeah that's how i felt. I feel like i was living in the 70's or 60's eventhough i was born in the 90's it was so old and dry no punch or heavyness nor softness, it's like a drift wood. For that sad to say this but a 1/10.
As a whole a 7/10. If you guys really wanna watch something cool i definitely recommend this anime it's called "HEROIC AGE" it has the same qualities and aspects as this one where girl meets OP BOY etc., but has the opposite ahem! Ahem! I'll leave that to your imagination and definitely has a better plot.