The story is about Red Dragon, the guardian diety of Nil Kamui had gone mad and destroyed Nil Kamui, leaving it to be extremely weak as other nations slowly gain more and more power. Nil Kamui lost its independence and is struggling against the big countries D'natia and Koran to maintain a balance of power.
After a certain event, a group of characters from Nil Kamui, D'natia, and Koran band together to find Red Dragon but each individual has a different desire in their quest. The main character, Ibuki, is given the power of the Red Dragon where he can kill anyone if
he offers the life of someone close to him. As the story progresses, more things become unveiled about each nation and the true mission of the characters.
At first, the story seems interesting with an emphasis on politics and a quickly received idea that anyone can die at anytime. However as it continues, it becomes a mess. There is no build up to events that should be climactic and the initial plot completely changes from side events. Things just happen without explanation and there are numerous things to question about the world, the nations, and the characters themselves.
Ibuki has an interesting start being a young boy, an heir to the throne while possessing the power of Red Dragon. He goes through a lot in the first episode as he has to sacrifice the ones closest to him to reach a certain goal. Although he had a lot of potential, it was utterly wasted. He continues to whine through the entire anime and never gets developed except in the last few minutes of the last episode.
Eiha is Ibuki's guardian who is infused with a demon and is constantly looked down upon from everyone. She serves to be Ibuki's guardian after she made a promise with one of Ibuki's closest friends but she doesn't really have personality or appealing qualities. Although she had an interesting premise like Ibuki, she does not get any build-up nor events that make her shine. She stays linear but the writers try to make her have a bigger role as the story progresses even though it is poorly executed.
Swallow is Black Dragon Knight from D'natia who is a part of Ibuki's group but shows to have a secret as the story goes on. He has been cursed as a child with everything breaking as soon as he touches it. He was abandoned by his parents and lived in isolation until he befriends a girl named Meryl. He is definitely the most intriguing character with his curse and his views on people and life. Again, there is not enough development for him, everything gets rushed.
Lou is an assassin from Koran who is a part of Ibuki's group but instead of finding Red Dragon, she wants to kill it. She has a special blade which was passed down and constantly speaks to her with Lou referring it to it as her "lord". She is a vicious fighter and has a seductive personality while fooling everyone. She is one of the most mysterious characters in the show but nothing really gets answered regarding her role.
There are wide array of other characters in Chaos Dragon but none receive any development that they should be getting. This is problem when characters die because the audience didn't feel enough attachment to the characters to make the deaths have an impact. There's a big issue with the introduction of characters in the middle of series that just make things more confusing and uninteresting.
The lighting and the scenery are absolutely gorgeous. The character designs are also very well done and unique. The opening and ending are both great. The only reason I did not give this a higher score is because of the CGI. The CGI is absolutely horrible. Red Dragon and other things in the series look so strange with the CGI and it really takes away from everything else. Overall, the art is good.
I would personally say Chaos Dragon has the best opening in all of the summer anime and probably the best ending as well. Both are REALLY good. I also enjoyed some OSTs through the series and even the classical music in the later half. The last scene in the series has another great song sung by Natsumi Kon, singer of ISOtone - the first opening. The voice acting is also good, nothing to really elaborate on.
The episodes were inconsistent for me. Some were good, some were boring, and some were annoying. I felt frustrated at times with the story and the characters, each revealing things that completely go off track and leave viewers confused. I wish there were more action scenes because the fighting animation presents them really well.
Is it worth checking out? Yes.
It does require patience at times because of the quick-pacing and questionable plot points but the music is great, the animation is good, but the story does get convoluted. I really wanted to like this series more but unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations.
So Chaos Dragon....... Hmph let me paint a quick picture. Me sitting on my comfy chair reading a list about the upcoming animes of the season. An anime by the name Chaos Dragon catches my sight. Why someone may ask? Well the name has gravity. Then the description. I country fighting for independence with dragons, magic and stuff. All good s**t, right? Well it's a pretty hard left turn from here onwards. From the few other reviews I read you could say it was borderline atrocious... and it was bad thats not to argue about, but how much?
As a said the premise was quite good. Promising some political friction, dragons (I like dragons) and many awesome possible themes. What happened! What was presented: a really shallow plot with next to none world building. There was an invasion, but do not expect explanation about it. And what about the countries participating..... nothing, again. Well the dragons then? Hahaha.
Personally the pacing did not bother me. Yet it lacked urgency and could have been better. Next is complexity - none and plausibility - oh where to begin. Everybody is throwing themselves to be killed like some damn messiahs. The relations between the opposing countries make less sense than an epileptic auctioneer. Without spoiling it was like the Warsaw Pact and Nato cooperation in Afghanistan or Vietnam.
The conclusion of this charade is fitting for it. There was this tiny small moment that was bad itself, but at least it gave the impression that they were trying before they fraked up that too. Yep the plot was immensely disappointing.
Let's stars with Swallow Cratsvalley. Or one of the few good things in the show. Good backstory, nice attitude he should have been in a better anime.
Ibuki. If there was one thing that hurt the anime for me it was this little cancer. He is one of those retarded protagonists who would sent a whole nation to hell, because he is "good". No personality whatsoever and it's, it's...... just bad.
Everybody else are there just so some of them could be killed and make the anime deep and thought provoking. Yet another miserable fail, because I did not care about any of them. Here is also the point to talk about the character of the different dragons. Hahahahaha (what did you expect)!
Except for Swallow Overall they characters lack presence, suffered heavily on personality, had little to nine backdrop and development.
The art is unsatisfactory generic with some bad and a few good moments. Believed it or not I liked some of the fighting scenes.
Forgettable themes with dragons that sound worse than a five year old making dragon sounds.
Enjoyment and Conclusion 5/10
Overall It was uninspired, yet it's not like you can't get any enjoyment out of it, but I wouldn't really recommend it.
Mine Overall Score 5/10, but it's more like ->
->Thought out Overall Score 4,125/10
I may be a bit harsh here, but it's just the way I review(but I don't mean bad). Experiences may vary on viewer so don't let my semi- I hope logical rant discourage you from giving it a try! :)
Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki, cool title huh? Meh too long. The first two words would have fit the the anime already in my opinion. CD was nice, but not interesting enough for me to keep my eyes on the screen. I have been holding my phone while using Disqus and other sites the whole time I have been watching the series because even if I don't focus on what I was watching I knew that I won't be able to miss anything important. Okay so let's move onto the review.
The story was pretty much easy to predict, like what's gonna happen and who's gonna
die. There was really nothing that made me gasp on a scene or not blink for like 5 seconds or so.
The MC was so-so. Like he has the normal reactions a human would have, cry whenever his friends die. Refusing to hurt those who are precious to him and gets scared. It wasn't really interesting its like the same old anime shows wherein the MC gets to go on an adventure with friends and they get hurt and then they get to be successful and viola! Ends.
Lou, however was the one who is kind of intriguing. It would be better if the series focused on her more. Like why she became like the person she is now, (even though it was shown on the mid part of the anime but it wasn't enough).
If you have time to spare and just looking for a random anime to watch then Chaos Dragon is okay, but its not good if you'd like to binge watch it because it gets boring somewhere so you gotta give it a rest before finishing the whole series. It isn't that much of a disappointment as what other have said (for me).
We start out completely thrown into a battle, and the main dude "Ibuki" the one who is supposed to be crowned king after his family's death must kill the ones close to him to protect the rest. LOL WHAT?? that is a terrible pretense, what a life of sadness and loneliness.
Next, we begin to meet all these new characters that are in search for the red dragon, who went "mad" and I dont even feel like it was that long of a time they were all together (perfect strangers at first) and yet they talk about all
these "bonds" and stuff. LOL WHAT???
Ibuki, in the very beginning to save the ones he cared about had to kill Mashiro, who was apparently the closest person to him.. and then the next thign you know, these "new" Friends are suddenly also equivalent for sacrifice. LOL WHAT????
Literally, all i can say is LOL WHAT??? simply because I was lost, the story line had no structure, there were dragons, magic, seals, idk what else, ZOMBIES, WEIRD MONSTERS. yeah. idk. I just dont.
The story of a boy that lost your parents, home, friends, kingdom and enters in an adventure trying to recover the kingdom from the his enemys. This is a tipical and common introduction to historys, and can lead in a good adventure show, but in Chaos Dragon this doesn´t happen because everything is a failure.
The characters and mainly de protagonist are boring and bad, and the worst is that the anime try to make you feel sad for them. The anime has some death that try to disturb you, making you feel sad about the character that died, but you can´t because you can not
like anyone. People just appear or appear very little and the anime tries to make in those few time you get attached to them and it just does not work. Because of this the deaths are idiots, superficial and nonsense.
Along the plot much is thrown at you without explanation as if it were your duty to understand, and the animation is terrible, it doesn´t work well in fight scenes and make the show static, the CG are the worst i´ve ever seen. Oterwhise the soundtrack are good, but it´s the only thing whit quality in this show.
Is that how this anime is going to be?
You producers are evil....EVIL I say!
So to summarize the story:
There are two countries fighting for supremacy; Donatia and Kouran.
In the middle of all this fighting is an island country Nil Kamui which has lost its independence. In each country there are guardians; including Nil Kamui where the Red Dragon has gone berserk.
So far so interesting? Yes?
What gets confusing is after this is explained in the first episode.
So we find out that there is a constant war due to the conflict between Donatia and Kouran and the little island Nil Kamui is trapped with their guardian dragon gone
How can it get confusing? Unfortunately it can...
As you can see the storyline is simple:
->war between countries
->the third country is in between the two
->usually the third is powerless compared to the other two
->the main character appears and somehow gets caught up in the conflict
->the main character goes on a journey to solve the conflict
->the conflict is solved
Is what YOU MAY think MIGHT happen; I mean its war between countries with a country IN BETWEEN the two! You would expect some hero to rise.
HOWEVER, this anime goes to a whole new level. A more personal level.
I say this because of the characters in the anime; which I will refrain from explaining as it will spoil the series.
The main message from this anime (In my opinion) is of how human nature works. This can be clearly seen in the last episode and throughout the series. How and why? You can find out by watching
I'm trying not to spoil the story as much as possible but if you're interested in the series give it a try. Some may get bored halfway through (Trust me, I went through that phase too) But I guess it was worth the wait?
However I was NOT fully happy with the ending. It was pretty forced from my opinion. Maybe the anime would have been a little better if the producers didn't have a limit of 12 episodes.
But none the less I will somewhat miss this series. It had a pretty decent story but halfway through the series it kind of lost the whole meaning of the story and the ending seemed kind of forced.
You know what... this series gets a pretty bad wrap for what I consider nonsense reasons. I am REALLY glad the trailer had a badass metal thing going on so I gave it a chance because it was actually pretty refreshing. Don't let the haters dissuade you, this is definitely worth a watch.
The story is actually quite interesting. You have Ibuki who is given the power of the Red Dragon (to kill someone precious to him in order to kill someone else). You would think this would be fairly common in anime but this is the first and only time I've ever seen this
concept explored. I know metaphorically it is explored through hard choices that get you to the same place but never has it literally been a life for a life. I think this is pretty cool. Also, the story may have a few issues (killing Red dragon gets completely sidetracked in the middle) but it all flows logically. The characters follow a logical path, the 3 sides are all represented clearly and their goals make sense and on top of that the story builds to a final battle and there is a concrete conclusion (if not a lil sappy and a bit open ended). I don't want to spoil it so I can't go into much more but trust me there are lots of twists and turns and the story develops well.
It looks pretty good. Unique character models, the SG isn't done excessively and isn't too jarring and the art does a good job of setting the mood.
In episode 1 when the intro theme kicks in (during a badass scene near the end) I knew this anime was going to be awesome. The fighting sounds are fine, the music is solid and the voice acting is done well.
This is the weakness of this show. There isn't enough character development (this is one where there is a lot of false character development in the form of tragedy instead of true evolution). Another thing that bugs me is that characters seem to gain powers over time in convenient ways (this is hardly something unique to this series). I will admit there are a lot of tropes going on with the characters but the angles they take are unique (a character that breaks anything he touches is pretty interesting) and most of the characters are done in such a way that you will like or hate them. Also. people will die and I appreciate that.
I liked it. It felt a bit short (is that a good thing?) but before I knew it there were only a few episodes left. I liked the unique angles and the direction they took the show. The characters were appealing and it wasn't afraid to confront death (I mean hell the outro of the show basically had a "kill counter" that crossed out in red an of Ibuki's comrades that died with a special X for those dying that episode). Little things like that really enhanced the enjoyment.
It was good. I have no idea why people disliked it so much (and I'm not going to waste my time finding out). This one is good. You will like it if you don't think too deeply and just accept that it is fairly unique and tells a complete (if not a bit short) story. Enjoy!
Well, this is one of those anime that one begins to see so excited, it sounded great, but eventually ended up staying in something simple and repetitive.
The story in general is rare mix so much that in the end can make you lose track of everything, if there is one really.He started from a good base, but extended to secondary and alternative things that made no sense whatsoever. I do not think it has been a good story, the beginning was good, and the end as well, but the rest of the plot is boring.
The art takes an approved because it is good,
it is also not the best I've seen in my life, but has a more than pleasant colors and some designs that I think is very good. Perhaps the mistake I see, is not taking advantage of this resource of everything to make a better anime Chaos Dragon.
The soundtrack of the anime is the highlight from my point of view, has several issues that are very good and can get to thrill, I especially like the opening and ending themes and some others. I notice that in certain scenes have failed to settle the score correctly, because they did not fit with what was happening, or did not reach thrill.
This is one of the things that's bothered me about this picture is that, having characters who could work perfectly and give much to talk, they were simple flat characters, which do not show you anything beyond what is name. What I liked even less, is the attitude that leads the protagonist chapter by chapter, has made me nervous throughout the anime, and sometimes I gave up wanting to die, he could become a little obnoxious.
I can not say it's an anime you liked me, nor indeed has managed to entertain me during its chapters. The only more or less interested me were the first and last chapter, the rest were bland, boring and with a plot that revolved random nonsense, to the point of not even knowing what was happening. The only word to define my enjoyment encounter with this anime is: Boring.
It was not a good anime for my taste, I wanted to give a chance to the end and good, if they take a second season I will give it another try just to see if they improve on something. I especially do not recommend for those spectacular and action-packed anime wait, because practically there is not.
This show is alright. The one thing that really bothered me however is how nearly every character literally wants to die....for terrible reasons as well. This show pretty much would have been great if every character wasn't attempting to beg the mc to kill them.
like i said before, the storyline is basically someone begging the mc to kill them so the mc can kill someone else. The story could have felt alot more like a tragedy if the characters had acted differently. MC ofc does not want to kill them, but their absolute willingness to give up their life just kind of becomes
irritating rather than sad.
decent art/sound, no complaints here
90% of the characters want mc to kill them or are the target. Only good character is Lou pretty much, she is the only one who thinks things through and really attempts to do something for herself. Hien is mentally ill and should have been killed in episode 0.
Besides the faults I've listed the show is still watchable, so my enjoyment would probably have been good.