Anime adaptation of Majin Bone, a digital card game project.
Majin, the creator of the Universe, has been resurrected in the present day. Shougo Ryuujin, an ordinary high school student who transforms into the Bone Fighter Dragonbone with the Bone Card in order to save Earth. Together, with the other White Bone warriors take a stand against the Dark Bone, a foe that has appeared from darkness to devastate Earth. However, "could the true enemy be ourselves?"
The type of shows that appeal to kids, specifically for boys, are normally the kind that revolves around action, sci-fi and supernatural powers—especially if the theme is of a superhero-esque flavour. This hodgepodge of styles makes up for a similar formula we have seen one too many times, however, while it is very unspectacular, Majin Bone has the charm to make it watchable for all audiences. It depicts the life of a young boy who gains powers and turns into a robotic-armoured fighter with dragon powers to save the world from its enemies. Very simple, very lacking but again, it has the charm of most
tokusatsu shows of the past that makes a bit more endearing.
Majin Bone is based on Bandai’s digital card game of the same name. It started with the manga being published in the magazine Saikyo Jump and within three months it received an adaptation from Toei Animation to help promote the game and the merchandise. At the centre of the story, a young boy named Shougo Ryuujin finds himself caught in the middle of a war between armoured fighters who are wreaking havoc and destruction around a city, fighting battles between themselves in both, reality and in a digital-cyber world. Oblivious at first about this, his friend Saho Shimatami constantly points him in the direction of aliens and soon discovers foreign sounds that draw him to this mysterious object. Are trio of strangers observe from afar, who later turn out to be the people he teams up with later in Antonio, Tyrone and Luke. But for now, they are pedestrians to a bad situation for Shougo when a warrior accosts him when he comes into contact with a magical stone tablet and merges with it.
Shougo becomes Dragon Bone, one of five White Bone warriors who have the duty to save the world from the hands of Dark Bone. This is the gist of the show, about our main protagonist learning his powers of the Dragon Bone and defeating the villains in a similar vein—whilst also dealing with the sexual tension of having his best friend Saho staying in the same house as him—her family’s home got destroyed in the aforementioned fight—and her discovering his porn collection doesn’t bode well for our young hero. What I need to make clear here is that this Majin Bone isn’t meant to be a deep or a study case of robotic warriors and such; it's simply an anime created to help sell a card game. And just enough details with its plot to serve the purpose of advertising the cards available, the basic concept, the main characters and future merchandise. It’s fairly generic with characters representing all the class archetype troupes in anime.
Shougo is the classic aloof teenager who grows into being dependable and confident. In contrast, Saho is the oddball supernatural obsessive with a happy personality, she is always wearing a smile. Luke is the stoic leader, Antonio is the eccentric “ladies’ man,” Tyrone represents the polite and respectful character from humble beginnings, but large and strong. Lastly, Luke is the cocky, quarrelsome type. They are all given backstories and real motives and goals. What makes the characters stand out from your typical Yu-Gi-Oh! clones are the voice acting. Having a voicing cast that was able to give a natural and realistic tone with their range. These characters not only sound normal but human as well. With a better script, the dialogue could have been less cringe-worthy at times.
Giving credit where credit is due, Toei Animation’s production team did pretty well for the small budget it was given for Majin Bone. They tried really hard to make a product that punches above its weight. You can see some payoff here when the show has a nostalgic, retro tone with its visuals. The charm comes from its distinctive art style, reminiscent of tokusatsu series of old and complements the limited resources. And while the characters were generic in terms of personalities but their designs were very original and they standout apart from each other and similar shows. Most of the action sequences involving the bone fighters had the heavy use of CG. The designs were impressive, but the action was a bit lacklustre, save it be for a few moments, which were the important ones. In general, the CG made for a stale and unfinished look. With a decent budget, you can easily see how much cooler these sequences, and the anime as a whole, would have been. The OP "Legend Is Born" by Kazuki Katou is so good, when you hear “Legend is Born! / Rising! / Shining!” you can’t help but feel pumped.
Majin Bone is a bit of an oddball as its very simple, its lacking and obviously not some A-grade show but I couldn’t help be taken in by its charm. It doesn’t try hard to be something it’s not, it doesn’t overplay its hand and has a surprisingly solid pace which made the daunting task of completing a 52 episode—an above average-like series—a lot easier and more fun than it should be. It's not something I would recommend but if you’re a fan of these types of stories and the tokusatsu style then maybe give it a shot.
Majin Bone. A show that really tests the value of everyday life.
Story 7/10: The story isn't terrible, but it isn't really ground breaking. But what is shown is actually very well paced, it never really felt like they had to rush a certain detail and it does have a good since of discovery within the world that they have given us. There were also moment that it did draw me into the story of it, especially closer to the end. I just wish it kinda happened a little bit earlier.
Art 8/10: Now this is where I felt that the
show really shined, the animation. There are two different styles 2D and 3D, if anything this kinda reminded me of Aladdin in the Cave of Wonders part. And I was a fan of the 3D part, what I wish they did was put more of the two styles together more often. Aside from the first few episodes it doesn't happen that often. And when it did happen, the 3D stuff didn't do much, it need to more interactive in my opinoin.
Sound 6/10: It is well voiced acted, and the effects are good enough. Music okay, but no real battle music aside from the big ones. If they had something that match the fights it would of been that much better, but as it is, it is passable.
Characters 6/10: The characters are kinda all over the place. Some I really like, some I didn't (which is really only one), and some were tolerable. The antagonist had the most development here, you see them struggle with faith a lot more then the actual protagonist. I like that, but it was obvious that they never really were the bad guys simple because they give off a likable trait early on. The main character on the other hand, started off great. I was really able to tell his struggle and pains that he went through, and what he fights for is a good cause, but my main problem with him was that he had too much doubt in himself. First few times understandable, rest too much.
Enjoyment 7/10: I did enjoy the anime, and I probably would watch it again. The fights were fun, no doubt about that.
Overall 7/10: A good anime, I think people would enjoy it. Especially if you want a good study on antagonist being good in the end.
My outlook on this anime overall its a bit mixed. I really enjoyed the premise and the plot along with the idea's meant to be taught, however there were times when the forward progression falters. The premise of the planet and the elements of nature lending there powers to a select few chosen people to protect the planet. That is a somewhat common plot.
This may start out that way but they expands to encompass the protection of the whole universe. They really push the envelope with that addition. When these things are attempted the majority of the time it backfires, though, in my opinion,
the writers "just" manage to pull it off. I'm also pretty sure I can speak for most us when I say "no one really likes recap episodes" All it is is a filler episode. Just an attempt to fill time while they work on the next episode, but it losses the stories over all flow.
Even with these flaws and a few others, they manage to pull it all together in the end. The conflicts are resolved, their destruction is held off for them to clean up their act, and the two opposing forces join in a common goal. The best part for me is this is not one of those cliff hanger, unresolved ending stories.
I just finished the anime and I am not disappointed at all. It was an awesome anime. Not like best of the best. But as a child who think of a superhero is this anime perfect. It's story is really great and the characters were maybe not in art developt but their stories are clear.
If you are able to watch an anime with a mind of a child who likes superheros. Totally watch this anime. There is a lot of drama, but that really makes this anime a little different than most others.
I hope you all will enjoy it like I did.
I think this
is one of the most underestimating animes from this time. You must not look to the anime expecting things like Death Note or Fullmetal Alchamist.
This is a anime based on a card game. But the card game is not that much for important in the anime.
You live with a person that wants to see all good in people. Something done a lot and it failed a lot of times. Even here it kinda fails because that is to much that it supposed to be. But still it gives you thinking about "Can I see the good within everyone". Even it's a bit much, it still fill within the anime.
It's still a anime based for kids. Watch it with a mind of a kid and you will see that the anime isn't that bad as you think. Someone who will protect his life and those around him and play the superhero. The characters are all colorfull and they separate the characters perfectly.
For what I have seen so far. It's really worth watching it if you still have a child's mind