Eons ago, a cube–like peaceful planet named Quarton, populated by shape–shifting living bricks called Tenkai, was ravaged by a war between two opposite factions: the Corekai and the Corrupted led by the ruthless warlord Vilius who desired to obtain the source of Tenkai Energy for his own purposes. However, the only ones who were strong enough to defeat him were the Tenkai Knights: Bravenwolf, Tributon, Valorn and Lydendor. Facing defeat, Vilius unleashed the mighty Tenkai Dragon, who was later defeated by the four Knights and its fragments were scattered across the planet. These heroes were never seen again, but the Corrupted have returned more powerful than ever.
Now on planet Earth in the year 2034, four teenage humans named Guren, Ceylan, Toxsa, and Chooki find an interdimensional portal to Quarton where they are chosen by the Guardians to become the new generation of Tenkai Knights and prevent Vilius to take control of both worlds.
Tenkai Knights is an original Canadian-Japanese anime series that officially aired in Cartoon Network in the United States on August 24, 2013 and in Canada on Teletoon on September 28, 2013. The anime premiered a year after in Japan on TV Tokyo. The purpose of the anime’s creation was the promotion of Spin Master's line of Ionix construction bricks. Spin Master is a Canadian toy and entertainment company which started producing and promoting The Tenkai Knights toy line along with a new Pokémon line. The anime was adapted into a video game for Nintendo 3DS.
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Tenkai Knights is a show that you would naturally expect from Studio Bones, something worth seeing and unexpectedly good. I didn't think I would ever get around to watching this series because of how it came off to me while on tv; fortunately it was being featured on a website I go to for cartoon watching as well as anime and I am looking to watch more things this year than rewatch.
Anyways onto the brief (as well as I can) review of this series:
Story: The story of this series is a basic good force vs evil force, evil force trying to rule all and good
force trying to beat evil force and make everything peaceful. Though this is simple setup it has done better than most by having multiple things happen that you wouldn't expect unless the outright show it or you are good at guessing.
It can get pretty heavy for it's demographic at times, but it's stays in it's rating.
Art: Man this series looks good. If this series has anything really good about it it's the art; on the humans side the characters design looks different from one to the other, the lighting and mixing of colors is on point, and the design for characters is just right.
On the Quarton side, it isn't meh. The cgi (I guess) is better than series that use it and can't make it work especially given the fact these are Lego Blocks they are using. The fights are incredible; immersive, fast, slow, strategic, head first, whatever it wants to be ep by ep it looks good. The transformations after the going into the Quarton one are cool and by the second part of the series it gets better.
Sound: In english it's not much to talk about as the intro is the cliche 30 sec op with meh lyrics, the ed is the same op with no vocals, and the BGM was unnoticed by me. I have looked up the op and ed in japanese and of course it's better. Why? Because they don't sacrifice quality for commercial time that everyone and their gilf grandma hates (I hope there are people who understand where I'm coming from using gilf for that one and get a luagh from it) and those are good.
Characters: The characters have their own defining personality; Guren being a leader type, having a heart of gold while being forgiving and sympathetic and but can be too caught up in something to notice whats up until someone else clues them in.
Ceylan is the chuckle head of the group usually the one to crack wise and slap stick, often enough he gets someone on him that sets him on track by words to get him to take things more seriously when needed.
Toxsa is the techie gamer usually making references to ones he's played and especially one that makes me hate him when he brings it up which is nearly all the time (I'm not fond of this one). He has his good moments of course.
Chooki (name, my god) is the athlete of the group usually making sports references in some of the things he says and plays a shit ton of them though he can't fish. He is well rounded for the group and he can be pretty competitive with the others when one upped by the Ceylan or Toxsa given all he's done. Also when it comes to his last 2nd form he has the best design to me.
Gen... ok there is little to say about him other than Sasuke, but friendlier after his villain arc. I constantly laughed at his character and made jokes at some of his dialouge because of Sasuke and the voice actor helps in this.
Vilius is standard evil tyrant warlord, but also an unsympathetic dick that is powerful, smart, and Megatron like from Cybertron era.
The side characters in this series is pretty much ok as well being supportive and likable or dis likable given how you feel about them.
Enjoyment: I didn't expect myself to like it as much as I do now since I didn't watch it on tv and was unappealing to me because so, but I really do like this show. It's plays it's cards right most of the time, characters are good to tolerable (Toxsa) and I would recommend this to people that are looking for something new in action and can just let go and watch then think after.
Overall it comes down to a 6.5/10 for me and I hope you all like it more than me or if you don't like it as much or at all that you can find something better.
That's my first review here and I'm not a native speaker, so please be gentle. Also I have just seen the first half, so this review is only for the first 26 Episodes.
What's that? Lego Transformers?
What looks like a boring anime about Legotransformers, has given me more enjoyment then I tought.
Story: The Story is simple but entertaining. The known setting were good forces fight against evil forces is simple, but I liked how they adapted it. As viewer you can guess what happens next, but you're not always right and the series might take a new turn. The whole thing may look childish, but
it can be entertaining to view the daily life of the Tenkai Knights as the story slowly developes. And slowly the story becomes darker and darker, that even if this is an anime for children, it may teach even adults something.
Characters: The Characters are very different. So we have for example Toxsa, who is a video game addict or we have Chooki, who likes doing any kind of sport. From the looking the characters are simple designed and the colours are all different, so you can spot the maincharacters immedately. But even so, the anime shows you the characteristics of the persons, even of side characters like Toxa's sister or Guren's dad.
Music: The music is very plain. In the English version (and German version I watched) there is only a short intro and the same intro is used as ending, just without vocals. The japanese Version has a completely different Opening and Ending, which sound really really good. Beside the Intromusic, I can't remember to have heared any other song, so we don't have much variety.
Conclusion: Many People might not like Tenkai Knights because of the way it looks or that it's an anime for children, but despite of that I would suggest Tenkai Knights because it goes a bit deeper than normal childanime. And even if you don't seek for the most awesome plot, the jokes are somehow funny and be honest: It won't hurt to look into it.
Normal children go to arcades or play at the park. These young Tenkai Knights face intergalactic villains. With the power of the Tenkai, bestowed upon them by Boreas of the Guardians, they fight to protect Earth from destruction. Find out more about them and their amazing Tenkai powers!