In 3015, the year of Huanli, two countries, Donatia and Kouran, are embroiled in a war of supremacy that is tearing the world around them apart. The small island Nil Kamui has suffered exceptionally from the war, with lands conquered in the name of each kingdom and stolen away from the people. To make matters worse, their deity, the Red Dragon, has gone mad, rampaging about Nil Kamui burning villages and killing people indiscriminately.
Ibuki, a descendant of Nil Kamui's royal family, resides at an orphanage and refuses to take on the role of king. Abhorring conflict, Ibuki desires a peaceful resolution, however the chaotic world will not allow for such pacifism when it is being torn asunder by war. Despite his reluctance, Ibuki is drawn deep into this conflict. Can he rise to the occasion and save his country?
Chaos Dragon is based on the role-playing fiction project Red Dragon, a story which was created by five notable character designers: Gen Urobochi (Fate/Zero), Kinoko Nasu (Kara no Kyoukai), Iduki Kougyoku (Mimizuku to Yoru no Ou), Ryohgo Narita (Durarara!!), and Simadoriru (member of the Stripe Pattern doujin circle). The results of their tabletop role-playing game sessions over six days created material for a seven-volume light novel series.
I'm sorry Chaos Dragon, but you just didn't manage to attract me.
First off, the animation. It would be really good, if it weren't for the CG. It's overdone, and useless. The Bollock lord of Sheet mountain.
(On the other hand I'd be a really nice person, if it weren't for my personality)
Story: CD has a lot of focuses, which some people might think of as it is diverse and combines "good" elements of each genre, but how i see it is that it doesn't have a bloody focus, and without a focus, it gets really boring really fast! Doesn't have consistent comedy, story, characters or actually,
just about anything.
Gets boring quickly, I don't know how i went through 12 episodes of something that equals chinese water torture.
Characters are boring and inconsistent. Generic as well, trying to picture a wimp as an occasional badass. Doesn't work like that anymore.
Sound is alright, it doesn't stand out in either way. There could be some improvements, but that's just personal opinion. I'm trying to have a general opinion on this.
Enjoyment and overall should be read from the above. Didn't enjoy it. It's bad.
Explosively apocalyptically bad. There's anime that you should watch just because they're bad, and the animes you avoid like the plague. This one is the latter.
If there can be one thing said about Chaos Dragon as a whole, I think that would be "I'm glad it didn't get delayed"- because thank God, it's finally over.
Chaos Dragon... what an interesting idea- taking a DnD-based game called "Red Dragon", played by four industry persons and some dude named Simadoriru: Gen Urobuchi of Madoka, Fate Zero and Psycho Pass fame, Kinoko Nasu, creator of the Fate series, Ryougo Narita, who wrote Baccano and Durarara, and Izuki Kogyoku, another author
... and turning the story into an anime. While not an original idea, ("Record of Lodoss War" was the first) it's still one that
could turn into an interesting fantasy style story, replete with dragons, loot, the undead, and fascinating characters who are extensions of the personalities of their creators, right?
Well... Chaos Dragon has these things, but they don't always work out.
Artwork and Animation: 7
A collaborative effort between Silver Link and another studio, Connect- the art stylings are reminiscent of ufotable- large eyes (and everyone has this intensely long cateye that shows through hair) and skinny bodies. The character designs, though, particularly the clothing- are really stupid looking.
Allow me to describe Ibuki, the main character, to the reader.
Imagine, if you will- a young boy, no older than 12. He's got white hair and red eyes, because apparently the entire Nil Kamuian royal family is albino. He's clad in a white tunic, with a belt- and attached to this belt are what appear to be two red trash bags, cut on the sides to appear like pantaloons. He's also wearing flip flops and socks like a real gangsta, and he has a turban on.
This is the most egregious example, but never fear, the rest of the characters from Ibuki's country are clothed similarly idiotically. It is nice, however, to see some character designs that don't involve school uniforms or sailor outfits.
Animation wise, everything is solid. Fairly consistent detail, fairly fluid animation, and a lot of nice looking fantasy backgrounds- castles, valleys, cities, etc.
Sound and Voice Acting: 5
Marina Inoue cast as Ibuki was probably the single best thing they could have done for the show... if they wanted to have a ninnyboy, weenie protagonist. Also the voice of Armin in Attack on Titan, Ms. Inoue delivers another dish of crybaby protagonist in Chaos Dragon, only moreso.
The rest of the cast ranges from pretty boring to fairly chilling, ending with Lou Chen Wah. One Maaya Uchida voices Lou (in a role that would have been perfectly suited for Yukari Tamura) excellently though- bringing the cold hearted evil witch to life.
The problem with the characters lies mostly within the writing abilities and types of characters that writers like Urobuchi and Nasu typically write. It was plainly obvious from about the 4th episode on who wrote which character. Not that this is a bad thing, but given that I knew these two were involved, I was on the lookout for their character, and it was immediately apparent- Lou belongs to the Urobutcher, and Sweallow/Meryl were the Nasu characters.
Lou's character is probably the best in the show, and all credit due her writer- Urobuchi. She's exactly what you'd expect from one of Gen's characters though- ulterior motives, backstabbing bitch, and very cunning. I guess it doesn't hurt that she's also a religious fanatic who's possessed by Soul Edge- an evil sentient sword passed down through the ages that drives the wielders insane and turns them into a slave to gather more souls for the evil sword to increase its power.
At this point, we can safely say that Nasu has no clue how to write (or while playing DnD, act as?) effective female characters, and his male characters ALWAYS follow the same progression.
1. Protagonist has some curse or affliction
2. Protagonist has a heart of gold and some family members or friends to protect
3. Protagonist is lawful good TO A FAULT, and extremely foolhardy upholding their sense of justice/right/must protect/!
Sweallow by far is not the worst character though. No, that award goes to Ibuki, who is probably now on most every top ten list of "Worst/Most Annoying Shonen Protagonists". Not since Suzaku Kururugi have I wanted a character to die so hard as I did Ibuki.
The absolute embodiment of the most stupid shonen tropes, I think Ibuki was created just to anger the audience. It was just tolerable in Fate Stay Night with Shiro, it was acceptable in Neon Genesis Evangelion with Shinji... but Ibuki takes the wiener cake. He's most cowardly, contemptible character I think I've ever seen. His absolute refusal to harm anyone, despite it potentially costing him his life, and his country being at war, ravaged from inside by their own patron dragon is mind boggling. He literally has people throw themselves on his sword to escape his presence, that's how bad it is.
Oh, and Ka Grava is just a sane Big Daddy from Bioshock who wears a top hat and is super rich.
A lot of major things that happen in the show are most likely as a result of dice rolls- characters take damage or die? The player probably rolled low.
Lou's arm loss was probably a result of a bad roll. Lou getting a new stupidly overpowered arm was probably the result of rolling a 20 for loot.
While the story (if one had no knowledge of how a DnD game typically plays out) seems really nonsensical and disconnected, it's really not too bad, other than how excessively tedious it is. DnD games involve a LOT of talking and not a ton of action all the time. This doesn't translate well to a short anime series where you spend the first 3 episodes explaining the world, introducing the characters, and the complex relationships in the world that the Dungeon Master lays out before an adventure.
I do understand that it's necessary to have this exposition, however there are ways to make it interesting, such as short animated scenes in the form of flashbacks, but the beginning montage that repeats the same lines over and over just gets tiresome. Yes, we know the island nation of Nil Kamui is beset upon by Kouran and D'natia, thanks. I don't need to be told 12 times. The story is pushed along by the ever growing (and shrinking) cast. New characters are introduced with nearly every episode, and then a majority of them are killed off throughout the show... I only wish that Ibuki himself was the one that died. His idiotic "curse" really isn't a curse at all. At any point throughout the show, all of the conflict would have been settled and nobody would have had to die if he'd just offed himself, but of course, our little ninny shonen protagonist must survive at all costs!
The story itself is fairly typical of a DnD adventure- a party goes through towns and dungeons and lands in search of a mystical item that will stop the rampaging dragon that's ravaging the land. Some characters have ulterior motives due to their allegiances, and some decide that their friendships are worth more to them than the wills of their government. While this sounds pretty exciting, in actuality, it's rather boring to watch. Each episode is semi formulaic- Ibuki and pals run into a conflict that can only be solved by Ibuki killing one of his friends, and then Lou and Sweallow, and their respective nations scheme other plans for what's going to happen when they find Red Dragon, whether it's to kill or enslave it. The evil is defeated with Red Dragon's power, and they move on to the next place.
Enjoyment and Overall: 4
Chaos Dragon does improve somewhat at the end, but the introduction of yet another Deus Ex Machina character kind of spoils it. The ending is a bit of a head scratcher as to why Ibuki can't just do the deed, but it ends on a nice note at least. (A better note would have been Ibuki's head on a pike, on fire.)
Overall, it's a pretty boring fantasy series. Not a whole lot of redeeming qualities about it, maybe except the artwork. (The 3D CGI doesn't suck!).
Chaos Dragon is a Chaotic Neutral show. It follows its own whims, and like most neutral characters, it's neither good enough to like, or bad enough to despise. It just rides the middle of vanilla territory.
Now that Chaos Dragon is over I'll be sure to tell the truth about this series.
Chaos Dragon is a very interesting series not because it's good or unique but because it's hard to predict how it could get worse and worse each episode.
But since you could go on for hours about how terrible it was I'll just make a pro's and con's list.
Pro's : The concept itself was interesting and
Some of the less important main characters were fairly good characters.
Con's: Horrible writing, terrible lead character, barely
any effort put into the series, poor execution, nothing memorable from it's soundtrack, crying 12 year old protagonist, terrible animation most of the time, terrible character development, terrible pacing, terrible dragon designs, and plenty of other things.
But long story short Chaos Dragon isn't the worse anime ever but it's definitely close. I'm trying to think of a reason to recommend people to watch it but it's only something I recommend to people who want something to watch to learn how not to make a pathetic series.
On every season I pick up over 44 series the summer season. LITTERALLY. I picked 44 in total. For the most part for me summer was alright, with a few bad shows. Few good, at little great, but also Silver Link delivering shows like their works this season like Fate/Kaleid and their winter work Yuri Kuma which was an anime original series. The phrase of "In Silver Link we trust" is a very common word for them because they barely make any terrible series. Their weak points are making anime original series to be honest. One of the only series I remember that was horrible
was C3 Cube. Trust me that show was terrible... and then we got this. This show. Alright? we had Gen Urobuchi behind this, but do you know what happens when Gen is behind some shit? Yep trolled behind our backs to get our heads spitted with saliva. This would go for the same way as his previous troll series this year. But lets just go on ahead and say, this series is by far the worst of the kind. If you think that Ranpo is one of the worst of the season... trust me, this is litterally the worst series I've seen after winter spitting me words of BS. Well lets begin with the review before I lose my sanity.
Story: One of the few, most pitiful parts of the series categories. Yes it has some of the interesting concepts, I will admit I was curious for the series because for #1 it had a lot of people behind which are famous, and second the concept or the plot seemed interesting from the trailers and as well with the synopsis. But then when you watch it... thats when the things get atrocious. The first thing of this anime is that the episodes are very very inconsistents. I mean they're terrible overall. Yeah, we had a first bad episode, and I personally give all a chance, but then later on it became worse and worse for me. It felt like forced stuff going around you here and there. The second thing is the execution being completely poorly done. It feels so jarring and very predictable as well because you would know by the glance it will happen. There was also moments where I felt like the series was being shifted fastly, in other words rushed pacing. There was a very lack of build up as well and not to mention that the ending for me felt like its telling a season 2 in a bad way. So overall the story is by far the weakest component of the series.
Characters: This would be rather short, because this would be considered another part of the anime where it actually fails to bring a good cast of characters. Other words they're by far the 2nd worst component. They're all or most of them are one dimensional with no good development whatsoever. They felt for me just thrown there. Especially when you have someone interesting you don't get good insight. I only remember one good character and thats it.
Art/Animation: Now a bit to say here, the artstyle isnt the best but its not terrible either. It looks a bit more creative style for their character designs because technically the authors had to make their own characters, and they look okay. However also the background feels lacking and jarring. NOT TO MENTION. The biggest issue here in this anime are two different things: The animation is completely utter bad, I mean choppy a lot of the times and it just feels and looks horrible. It looks very inconsistent and also very cracky. But most of all the second issue. The awful Dragon CGI. WHAT THE FLIP IS THIS? IT LOOKS LIKE FUCKING CLAY. It looks horrible and usually I can say the Overlord's CGI are better. Or Rokka's. Overall, a bad art/animation.
Music: Lets get into the OP and ED. To be honest these two are the best things from the anime. They fit with the series rather well and it gives a dancing groove. However the music soundtrack its very generic and unmemorable. Sound it makes me go and get my ear drums pump badly. It feels like screeches as well.
Enjoyment: I only liked bits of the anime fights and some parts of the series. Overall... it was a terrible factor. Many series even at the stances of bad like for example Fairy Tail and Mirai Nikki they are usually fun at times. This for me personally has none.
Overall this series was a true disappointment to my waste of time and potential thrown aside towards anime original content too. Of course this is the director's first try, but damn please learn after this. This is also Silver Link's second worst work so far. They barely makes bad shows of course... thats just me.