Set in the land of Yuguto, the people thought that the land they live is the size of the world, but it's actually divided into several areas, each with a respective king. Even though there were small wars among areas, the kings had roundtable meetings to maintain peace and balance. It was until a dark group of dark monsters appeared...
Chain chronicles deserves the epithet mediocre. For a show to have a decent art and characters yet have this awful story and voice acting in perfect balance is pretty extraordinary. The story basically revolves down to good vs bad and does not develop on this in any way. You are thrown into a scene what feels like mid-season and the whole thing is basically a kafuffle of story points and character backgrounds that don’t really interconnect. Unsurprising when like many other anime, it’s based on a mediocre tower defence game.
The characters despite them in the game being shitty little chibi sprites are pretty well thought
out. They have ambitions and feel like they have a reason to be there, mixed in with the fact that they all look really good. For a pretty meh anime, the animation is great which is essential especially for the decent amount of fight scenes that occur throughout this show. Just look near the end of the opening with the circling shot of him running, looks awesome. But it’s the backgrounds and settings that I have to complement the most, with great layouts making them feel genuine and lived in. I wonder what this trend is with every show despite the quality, always contains great backgrounds?
Sound was pretty good. Opening, ending and background music was all great really adding to scenes that definitely needed it. Some people may not realise how much decent music will actually add to a scene, and how stock action music will completely take you out of it. Voice acting however… Was pretty bad. There are some great seiyuu: Ayane Sakura, Daiki Yamashita, Akira Ishida, yet it’s completely mediocre, with some of the performances sounding extremely phoned in. Not to mention that the quality of the audio recordings at points really drop sub-par so I have no clue which studio they recorded this in but perhaps they should get new mixers or something.
Overall it’s a semi decent action anime. The story is a bit bland and definitely needs a bit of spicing up to break it away from the norm that it currently champions. However the characters are the perfect fit, unlike the seiyuu but despite this feel incredibly life like. I feel if it were not for the great animation and music, this would have been a pretty big failure for me and it’s a shame that I cannot combine the good aspects of this with Tales of Zes as that would be a great show.
Mobile game adaptations are few and far in between, and they all fall into one of two categories. Either they're of average quality yet manage to garner a huge amount of popularity due to its characters (Kancolle/Love Live), or no one gives two shits about them because they're so bad no one cares (Girlfriend Kari). So, how does Chain Chronicle, the lovechild between Alim and Sega that no longer has any global servers on the west coast because fuck you westerners, fare in all of this?
Story: Alright, because the anime doesn't give any context, and various synopsis' beyond "This is an adaptation of
a game" definitely don't help, here's the story of Chain Chronicle in a nutshell. The world has the looming threat of blackness threatening to cover the world in its evil. The Black King of all of this is the source, and it's up to Yuuri (aka the player character given a face) to stop him. Along the way, you meet a girl named Phoena who has lost her memory carrying a book known as the 'Chain Chronicle', and a sprite named Pirika, as well as various other characters that you'll meet through the use of gacha roll. So now that you've gotten your merry band of RNG rolled units, fight through hordes of nameless enemies and fight the Black King. Have fun.
That was a quick rundown of the start of Chain Chronicle. The start of the anime is a bit more complicated. The anime starts at the end of the story that I explained above and eventually leads into the second half of the story where the situation of the world is dire, and Yuuri must find his bearing and return to fight the Black King again. The initial problem here is the assumption that the viewer knows what the hell is going on at the start. The show thrusts you into the action without any word of warning, before continuing on with a journey that was started without the audience even knowing. I'm not sure what went through the creators' heads when they started to make this, because everything from the world to what's happening is made to feel already established some time previous when it's barely even past episode two.
Another issue is the pacing. The beginning is very sluggish, as the show inches its way to making any form of progress before speeding up through the plot through the use of deus ex machina in order to make any form of progression happen, and the end is very fast paced as it tries to rush itself to the end. This is due to the fact that the series has its characters in the majority of its episodes just travel from one place to another with the occasional conflict in between to make it feel like there's something actually happening, before creating a large total conflict to make it seem like everything is on the line. This, combined with the generic plotline of a hero and his band of friends fighting the evil king at the end of the journey, makes the whole viewing experience feel bland and boring to watch.
Overall, Chain Chronicle: Light of Haecceitas is a mishmash of fantasy tropes traveling long hours in a fantasy setting with fantasy characters fighting the big evil fantasy guy at the end who wants to destroy everything because people suck and he doesn't like it. Its message is typical shonen friend crap, its plot is predictable, no one that matters dies (surprise surprise), and it's just...not at all a fun watch cause there's nothing interesting about it.
- Generic fantasy adventure
- Terrible start because they throw the audience into the fire
- Uneven pacing
- Way too much deus ex machina
Characters: Fantasy characters with shonen tropes! Yeah, that about sums them up.
Yuuri is...one of our main characters. As the player character tasked with being the player's in-game representation and by 'recruiting' people through the use of in-game microtransactions that may or may not give you the character that you want (oh how I feel that pain), Yuuri is...not interesting at all. He fights for his friends, on the side of good, and halfway through the series, doubts himself and manages to pull off an extremely 'meh' character change that doesn't amount to anything in the end.
Aram is the other main character in this series. Despite having a character design that I'm actually quite fond of, Aram's character leaves a lot to be desired. He's basically a brasher version of Yuuri, as he holds the same morals and ideals as his friend. Does this make him a better character in any way? No. Does this make him interesting? No. Will we be moving on to our last character? Yes.
Then there's Phoena who's literally just there. Phoena doesn't really play much of a big part in this series and is more or less there because she's the heroine and holds the Chain Chronicle, the brick of text this series is named after. She plays a bit like a damsel in distress as she cannot fight and is stuck to the role as that one girl who screams out the protagonist's name whenever the situation for them looks dire, and only becomes relevant to the series when the book she clutches to her chest is involved.
Every other character is just one fantasy trope after another. The brave knight, the fallen knight, the holy queen, the evil bitch who's basically naked, the healer, the archer, the big scary evil guy who turns into a dragon at the end (why is this a common trope), the good dragon, the songstress, old sages, pervy sage, various mages, weaponmasters, someone who actually is naked (they even point this out), the conquerer guy, etc, etc. The majority of these characters are either skin deep NPCs that do one thing for the plot before becoming irrelevant, or are members of the gacha that you could 'potentially' (cause let's be real, you're not gonna get them) roll and add to your squad.
+/- Fantasy tropes. Entertaining? Yes. Good characters? No.
Art: Produced by Telecom Animation Film, Chain Chronicle actually doesn't look all too bad. Granted it's more or less standard fare for this age of animation, but the art and action are all fairly well done and consistent.
For one thing, the show manages to pull off CGI well enough to not create a clear contrast with the handdrawn scenes, and they show off the game's mana system and chain battle system pretty well. (In a nutshell, you get orbs to do super attacks. Doing multiple super attacks in succession has better effects.) Not only that, but the sheer ridiculousness of the majority of the character designs are well done as well. Yes, while the fantasy outfits that these characters wear both look ridiculous and impractical for battle, they look pretty nice.
Sound: On the flipside, the OST isn't great. Both the OP and ED are these rock songs that aren't very enjoyable to listen to. They feel extremely average and there's nothing lost in skipping them.
Personal Enjoyment: I played Chain Chronicle while they had servers over in the west. Alim closed the servers long ago, so playing the game in the west is now impossible. Though I didn't play for long, the residual memory of my experience with it got me excited when I saw that there was going to be an adaptation. And after I saw it? I'm thoroughly disappointed. This adaptation is strange because not only does it begin halfway through the main story, but they just compiled the Chain Chronicle movies into an anime adaptation. The strange circumstances combined with what part of the story they decided to adapt almost made me feel like they didn't really care when they made this because everything felt thrown together. Safe to say, I was not impressed with this anime and it was not worth the time to watch.
Did I like this anime?
Well...I like some of the character designs? That's something I guess.
What didn't I like about this anime?
I hated how boring it felt. The entire show was just characters moving from one place to another before the big fight at the finale. This with the lack of world building due to the fact that the show feels like it expects you to know what's going on and who is whom makes the hard for those unfamiliar with the series to watch. I believe an adaptation should be able to be viewed by all, and the fact that Chain Chronicle doesn't do that makes it seem like they only did this for those who were fans of the series. Which makes sense, but you'd still want to try and get new people into it too, right?
Would I recommend this anime?
To both people who have or haven't played the game, no. This show is not worth your time, as its bland character motivations and sluggish plot progression don't do anything imaginative or interesting beyond 'this is what's going on.' If you want something fantasy, I'd highly suggest watching something else because nothing about this is good. Now I understand why Alim isn't able to fix Brave Frontier...
Okay let me say first that i really enjoyed this show so i'm obviously biased but who cares if i'm biased?
The story is simple and philosophically deep but lacking at the same time, that's probably the only weak point of this show for me. I really do wish they do more on the story department but given the source material, there really wasn't much.
The "Black King" starts with the concept that "the world will end one day". Which is true, we know everything and everyone dies. Even the Sun that can lives for billions of years will die one day. *Everything is destine to ends*
that's the message.
But another thing is also true, we as a humanity will try to survive even if everything is going to end, even for only a small amount of time. Which is "Hope" represented by the Protagonists.
The story is not about "good vs bad" as many people mistakenly taken it to be. It's about "Hope vs Despair" which is similar but not exactly the same and that's the key point that this show has taken my heart.
Chain Chronicle is an adaptation of a mobile game of the very same name. the mobile game has been adapted into a short ova and a movie trilogy, and that movie trilogy has now been broken down into a 12 ep anime (or maybe is what the other way around). anyway coming into this i wasn't sure how to approach it either by the movies or the tv series, so i choose the slow burner method and picked the tv series.
the beginning of the show puts you immediately in the thick of a large battle which i believe for the characters is the final grand
battle against the dark king (or whatever his name was). however by the end of the battle the heroes have lost the battle and the dark king has now grown more powerful than ever. the army now disbanded the group of heroes now have to regroup, and find another way to defeat the dark king and convince the army to fight once more.
very few anime that i know have the protagonist and his group lose a key battle especially so it being the very first episode. however by doing so the show loses many vital things such as world building and the buildup that could have happened for the battle making it feel like i somehow skipped over the first or so seasons. i guess that the first part of the story is in the mobile game, but an anime has to stand on it's own in order to be considered a proper adaptation and not one long glorified infomercial.
the world building is loss in the sense that the viewer has no idea what is going on in the world other than there's a dark king and different factions and races uniting together, but none of these are explored in the anime. as for the buildup they lost it in the sense that it would have been better if the first "final battle" was built up yet they lost the battle at the mid way point, and for them to do it again, and have the viewers think whether or not they can they really pull it off this time despite all the build up from last time. however since we just skip over that, now you already get a feeling that they will succeed which lowers the tension of the show.
the show pretty much boils down to the characters trying to have the faction rejoin and find another way to take down the king, they meet a kid who resembles the protagonists. there's some "betrayal" in the group, there's some battles yet they all look the same, and the final final battle that ends with one of the main characters raseganing the big bad, the end, oh and every one is ok. the story felt incomprehensible at points as i believe that the show was made for people who already have knowledge of what is going on. however even though i had liitle idea what was going on, even i know that there was a lot of bullshit going on in the story with characters popping in and out of nowhere in order for the plot to keep moving forward, and made the story feel rushed just to get it over with.
the same reasoning i had for the story can also be applied to the characters, since you needed to have played the game in order to have a grasp of most the characters. the titular characters in the show are the three main protagonist Yuri the hero swordsman, Arma an "interesting" thief, Phoena, the chronicle cleric. then there's Juliana a princess, Shuza the leader of the ogres?, and i guess burckhardt the princess bodyguard. everyone else one else is one-note either filling in some character class, or as elders/ guardians of a location. he show has a huge roster of characters but none of them are decently fleshed out or if they ever get fleshed out at all( i guess you have to check the game).
Yuri the hero was a somewhat interesting character in the start of the story after having lost in the "final" battle has sort of a ptsd like effect on him, and has doubt if he's worthy to become a hero to the point of siding with the dark king, but this gets swept under the rug fast because what was causing it all along was magic~~~. the same happens to burckhardt as a foreshadowing, but he wasn't much of a character in the first place. Arma our "newest"companion (like the others weren't new enough) joins the group and has a power that is rather convenient for the story, not much is looked into him other than being another shounen like protagonist. Phoena ,who is waifu material, is the keeper of the chronicle and also the daughter of the king which would be very interesting plot point but is glossed over. also it's her and yuris fault for failing in the first place because if they waited just a little more maybe they could have taken him down with the help of the rest of the group.fuck. Juliana and Shuza are just leaders of to large groups ones "kind" ones a "dick" respectively. there's nothing notable about the antagonists the dark king just comes off as a half price pain from naruto, and there's also a demon lady who convinces the characters to be evil. they're just evil for the sake of evil. the betrayers have more depth than them, and that's not saying much.
for a commercial it's pretty good for modern anime standard. i do like the character designs as they were made by the same person who did Maoyū Maō Yūsha(which you should watch instead of this). there's notable usage of CGI for the dragons and the action scenes, but nothing bad upon the eyes. the background is okay, but as i said before in the world building since there's none of it here all the places just seem like a generic fantasy setting and the locations as set pieces. this shows even more in the large battles which all seem to all take place in large gray areas with a dark sky
in terms of sound it's very good for a fantasy anime. it has the triumphed music for when the characters are winning. some despairing music when the characters are in a jam some whimsical fantasy village and inn music during the lighthearted moments, and all of this wrapped up with one singing elf. the voice acting is also fine as well.
in the end i gave up taking this "seriously*, and just laughed at all the bullshit that came my way
overall- it's a 3/10 as an anime, but a 10/10 for a commercial for a product i will never buy.