Ren Homura has just moved back to his hometown of Kaminohara, but he isn't able to remember much about the time he spent there other than vague flashbacks. When he retrieves his cell phone which he had sent to a shop for repairs, he finds that a mysterious game titled “Monster Strike” has been installed on it. Unaware of its purpose or how it got there, Ren decides to open it, an action that will change his life forever as he finds himself suddenly attacked by a strange man.
Now trapped on the roof of his school which strangely has been designated as a "stage," Ren is shocked to see the man summon a realistic monster from the game, one that is more than capable of inflicting damage on a human. His only chance of getting out of this situation alive is by summoning the dragon Oragon, who tells Ren that he will crush the opposing monster for him. Unfortunately, it turns out that Oragon is a tiny dragon that is completely useless!
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Monster strike is not good show , not at all
please allow me to tell you why (ahhm)
first of all the biggest problem i have with this show is the i guess battles of some sort between the monsters , at first it looked like it actually is more of a strategy based combat in which you fling the monster in order to hit your opponent and cause it to reflect back to the opponent as many times as possible dealing as much damage as possible but then i noticed that some monsters can only hit a few times and some had some sort of a special attack and eventually i realized that its as random as can possibly be. nothing makes sense and i could tolerate that if the animation was a impressive but its as average at its best.
The characters are pretty boring and normal the only one that really stands out a little is the little red dragon that is with the protagonist since he is some sort of a prince of the monster world or something (so far nothing was explained)
The sound is very basic although the ending is a cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You" so that was cool but other than that nothing really stands out both positively and negatively
The only shiny little star i found in this dark sky is the humor of the show , it actually was pretty darn funny especially the moments in which the protagonist breaks the fourth wall and speaks to the camera
At the end of the day this show is bad , really bad at times so you should probably avoid watching it.read more
Alright let's see.
Story: Ren Homura returns to his former residence , yet he feels very uncomfortable , he possesses no memory of having lived there. A game called "Monster Strike" installs itself into Ren's smartphone , monsters of the game then literally fly out from his smartphone and start fighting on streets,when he fight he start to pick up his lost memories. Well the story it's pretty good,it's such a shame that the anime duration is only 8 minutes but still i like how the story goes.
Art: Hmmm..how to explain?the art it's somehow good,not bad.
Character: I swear that little dragon (Oragon) it's so funny =)). I like the mistery between Aoi and Ren , can't wait to see when they will reveal their past , they have to. I like almost all characters they are not bad but also not that good.
Enjoyment: how much i enjoyed this? hmm..good?i think (i give it a 7 at this point)
In fact if you want to watch a anime like Pokemon more or less go watch it also if you want a mistery go watch this(the anime fits somehow with pokemon because they call monsters from phones instead of pokeballs)
It's your decision ! read more
Monster Strike; an anime based on the mobile game of the same name with each episode lasting 8 minutes. Now then, let's get into it!
Middle school student Ren Homura returns to his hometown of Kaminohara where he used to live during his childhood. However he seems to not remember much of his life there unlike his mother and little sister. The day he moves he accidentally breaks his cellphone, after getting it repaired he finds a strange application called "Monster Strike" installed in it. This leads to a series of events where Ren and his friends must solve the mystery of his missing memories and the problems arising in the town.
It is mentioned by Ren several times that finding his missing memories is the focus of the show. However it is hardly mentioned at all and rarely seems to have that much of an impact on the overall plot which is rather annoying. I wish the anime actually focused on one thing rather than juggling multiple things such as saving the town from attacks, finding his missing memories and forming a Monster Strike team at the same time. Finding his missing memories seems so important during the earlier episodes but quickly gets sidelined to focus on other things.
Art & Animation: 5/10
The art isn't all that great; I mean what is up with their faces? This is more evident in the later episodes with the human characters' faces looking so lifeless. Furthermore they pretty much never blink at all which unnerves me.
There is no opening theme but there is an ending theme; it's a cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You" by Gloria which is pretty good. The new one that starts at episode 13 however... What the heck did I just listen to?
The voice acting itself seems fine with Ren and Oragon being noteworthy.
Ren Homura is a middle school student returning to his hometown but doesn't seem to remember his past life there. He seems to have an alter-ego that is an ace at playing Monster Strike.
Oragon is a strange monster summoned from Ren's phone after Monster Strike is installed.
Aoi Mizusawa is Ren's classmate and aims to make a successful Monster Strike team with Ren.
Akira Kagetsuki is another one of Ren's classmates and used to be in a Monster Strike team with Aoi. He seems to be a perfectionist and doesn't see Ren as a good player.
Minami Wakaba is an airhead who also used to be in a team with Akira and Aoi.
Honestly these characters aren't very interesting. We hardly know anything about them at this point making it hard to really talk about and describe them.
Action scenes are rather slow paced and boring while the humour can miss the mark at times. They like breaking the fourth wall at times which as I said before it's "hit or miss". It's hard to take this anime very seriously.
I think one of the biggest complaints I have with the action scenes are the "bump combos". Our main characters can seemingly pull off some of these out of their asses because of plot convenience.
Obviously Monster Strike is aimed at kids and made to advertise the mobile game so I'll cut it some slack with my scoring but as an anime this is pretty lackluster so if you're looking for any short episode anime to watch I don't particularly recommend this to you. If you are familiar with the mobile game (I am not) then perhaps this might be worth looking into.read more
For a more visual and indepth review; check out this Youtube video: /watch?v=mIldC5aPuSc
The story is not interesting and almost looks like less inspired version of other pocket monsters game anime in that genre. This may not be as disappointing if you came to this anime through the original game, which had a very flexible premise that could lead to many different designing principles. Seeing them play it safe and take the most standard can be rather insulting. Even by ignoring this, the anime does not represent the game well and gives out false impressions of some mechanics.
The design and art style is very similar to the game, which can go from decent to great design. Thanks to the design and style, it does render 3D models better than other monster based show with CGI like Berserk. However, it does not go far than that and the animation only peaks in fights that does not last long.
The audio department has only two aspects that remotely stands out: The voice actors and ending theme. The voice actors have done a decent job and try to make the character sound less inspired that they already are. The Ending theme is decent, but it’s every rock ending theme you heard. The cover of Queen’s We Will Rock You is not my favourite. Maybe it’s because I’m too fond of the original.
The human cast is underwhelming. Those character that starts interesting lose their touch and those who did not becomes at least entertaining. The only one that I could think up that does not fit in either side is Minami. Minami is the equivalent of the 90s kid who kept shooting out catch phrases and pop culture references in any chance she got. Or in other word, a character that is likely to piss off old anime fans.
The monster cast is more interesting and they are probably the reason why you come back to this show.
The villains are mostly generic as they come. Nothing more to say about them.
When the focus was on the monster, it was entertaining. When it the focus was on the humans, only some supporting characters could hold entertainment to some degree. The humour was entertaining when it went meta on the first episodes, but it disappeared afterwards.
Monster Strike is a decent anime series that plays as any adaption of a popular social digital game. If you don’t regard the script, execution of said premise, the references, boring soundtrack, the misguided direction, the false impression of the source material, the shallow protagonist and even more shallow antagonist, you find that this is decent enough for you who wants to watch a 10 minutes’ episode anime on YouTube. I mean the design and action was good, or pretty much when the series focused on the monsters. read more