A long time ago, Zeus, the great god, created a three–tier hierarchy of angels, top, middle and lower, although they were supposed to be equal. Also, Zeus appointed 6 angels as Saint Beasts who govern the animals of Earth. They were: Go, the seiyu; Shin, the genbu; Rei, the suzaku; Guy, the byakko; Yuda, the kirin; and Ruka, the hooh. However, Kira, the shooting star, and Maya, the fuga, didn’t attend the selection tests and left for the Earth.
The six angels fulfilled their tasks faithfully. However, because of Zeus’s increasingly tyrannical acts, they begin to mistrust him.
I sometimes think that deep down I am a masochist, because I cant understand how on earth I didnt drop this anime after the first 2 episodes and saved myself some precious time.
I will start saying that I absolutely love Yaoi, and since I love it so much I get fairly irritated whenever I come across this kind of bullshit.
I can even picture in my head how this anime was created:
Producer 1: Hey! there arent a lot of shonen ai animes out there, so if we make one NOW, all the fujoshis will watch it! right?
Producer 2: Great idea! but lets do
it so the shounen ai is unbearably subtle and practicaly non-existent so those shoujo fans will watch it too!
Then they decided that the best way to do it would be to throw "bishounens", a lousy plot and magical creatures (because, why not?) in a blender... and thats the story of how Saint Beast was born.
Well, seriously now:
regarding art it isnt that bad... but it isnt great or even nice, either. Character`s designs arent original and not that attractive to the eye. But, that isnt the whole point, is it? Theres more important things like, you know, personality.
Well, in that aspect, this anime also fails, as there isnt character-depth, you just get the feeling that they are all kinda shallow. Their interactions with each other are poorly managed too and its obvious that the creators tried to emphasize their friendship(like, all the time) but failed miserably.
*one of them does something stupid but that makes him look kind of "cute" like, i dont know, fall of a tree *
*another one makes a mocking but lighthearted and good intentioned comment like "wow, pal, thats just like you!"*
*the former gets "adorably" irritated and everyone laughs happily, rejoicing in the fact that they are having such a good time!*
This kind of scenario takes place quite a lot, and it gets more irritating as times goes by, believe me.
Regarding plot... I dont have a lot to say about it, I mean, the idea was ok, but the actual thing was below average, the development was poor and overall forgetable.
All in all, I obviously found it horrible and wouldnt recommend it to ANYONE, specially if you are a "shounen ai beginner"(?), because this may make you think that all shounenai animes are just as bad as this one, and that would be quite a huge mistake.
(PS:I am sorry if there are any grammar mistakes, english is not my home language and my keyboard just plain hates me)
Well, let me start off by saying that this review will cover all three Saint Beast series: the original, six episode spin off of Angel Tales (Saint Beast: Seijuu Kourin Hen), the OVAs (Saint Beast: Ikusen no Hiro to Yoru Hen), and the thirteen episode series (Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshi Tan).
Saint Beast was one of the first shounen ai (boys love) animes I ever saw, which might be part of the reason why it holds a special place in my heart. The plot revolves around six angels referred to as the "Saint Beasts" and their trials on earth and in Heaven, as well
as their relationships with one another. The story line is confusing and hard to follow if you don't do any research before hand, but once you get into the series, it's very difficult not to get addicted to it.
I will say that I am among the critics that say that the first, six episode series of fandom (titled Saint Beast: Seijuu Kourin Hen) is complete and utter crap. It does not follow the established canon (and thus is not entirely necessary to understand the plot, though I will begrudgingly admit that certain plot points in it can help clear up a little confusion), and is quite frankly not worth the time it takes to watch it.
However, the two OVAs (titled Saint Beast: Ikusen no Hiro to Yoru Hen) and the second, 13 episode series (titled Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshi Tan) are very well done. The two OVAs are fairly light in nature and deal with how the six main characters of the series met in Heaven, but towards the end begin to introduce the much darker conflict that drives Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshi Tan.
In addition to being somewhat confusing, this anime is also very dark at times, and deals with, what may be for some, ideologically sensitive material (i.e. homosexual relationships between angels, evil god, etc.). Also, if you are looking for hard core, boyxboy action, you will not find it in this anime, as the most any of the couples do is hug.
However, this anime is, without a doubt, one of my absolute favorites, due it's fascinating (if at times, one-dimensional) characters; interesting and unpredictable plot; and complex romantic relationships that will, at times, have you tearing at your hair in frustration while yelling "Just f-ing kiss already!" and at the same time make you sigh at the absolute adorableness of it all. So yes, I highly reccomend this anime to anyone looking for a good shounen ai with a great plot.
At first I was a bit hesitant to watch this anime since there were some people who didn't recommend it and for its low rating, but I decided to give it a chance and watch it anyway. I'm glad I did because I actually really enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. The characters were all very interesting and entertaining in their own way. Yudas, Gou, Gai, Rey, Luca and Shin each brought something special to the story that made me want to watch the next episode.
It had hints of shounen-ai, which for me was fine since I like the genre. I thought the
art style was nice and the voice actors were well chosen. The story itself really grabbed my attention since it revolved around angels. So I would recommend this anime to anyone who likes shounen-ai, angels/demons type story, and short anime shows.
I finished it in two days so I might just be strange for really liking it. It's better to give it a chance.
I went into this series after being very disappointed with the OVA and at first I was pleased by the improvement in the artwork and general story. Then I watched past the first episode. After the main characters are chosen as the Six Saint Beasts, and are charged with keeping the peace on Earth, one would expect the story to unfold and become more interesting, but unfortunately it just drops off into random monster encounters and a whole lot of griping about how Zeus (the God figure) is doing a bad job at keeping order in Heaven and on Earth. Still, it would be enjoyable
if there were enough fan-service and shounen-ai fluff to go around -- but there really isn't. Other than the occasional touching or lingering gaze, the characters don't behave in any way that could be considered squeal-worthy. This show is slashable at best, which is quite disappointing considering the main characters are all so pretty.
At least they have that going for them. In terms of personality, the characters fall flat with the exception perhaps of Gai, who just tends to be annoying. Part of this is due to the poorly written dialogue. Most of the dialogue consists of each character speaking in turn and stating the obvious while the others nod and say witty things like "Ah," or "So." If I were blind and couldn't see what was going on screen, this might have been helpful, but as is it was just irritating.
"That tree is a monster!"
"That tree has evil energy!"
After suffering through the entire thirteen episodes of this series, I was treated with -- what's this? A cliff-hanger ending? It seems like there needs to be a second season after this that just didn't make it. I left this anime feeling extremely unsatisfied and would not recommend it to anyone. I actually feel bad for anyone who sat through this.