Long ago in the nine provinces of Kyushu, a calamitous event was prophesied to take place: falling comets would exhaust the spiritual energies of both the heavens and the lands and thus bring about an age of chaos upon the world. But contrary to the prophecy, the comets passed by with no calamity taking place. At the same time, as if touched by the phenomenon, a boy was born in a remote village of the Sokei region by the name of Ouriku.
Twelve years later, as the memories of the event have faded from people's minds, the Reikenzan clan—one of the five supreme sects of the nine provinces—decides to hold an examination in order to gather the most talented individuals fit to become disciples and eventually sages. Hearing about this news, Ouriku and his servant Ouchou head toward the site, unaware that the organizer Oubu, despite her elegant appearance, is infamous for being extremely irresponsible and carefree; hence, making the trials in the examination unpredictable.
Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage follows the story of Ouriku as he journeys through these trials to become a powerful sage.
Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage is based off a Chinese webnovel titled Cong Qian You Zuo Ling Jian Shan (Once Upon a Time There Was a Spirit-Sword Mountain). It is being simulcast in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
Hey folks, this will be a review for Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage. I'm really surprised to see many people scoring this so highly. It wasn't terrible but it definitely wasn't anything impressive by any means.
The story revolves around our male mc Ouriku, and his journey to becoming a sage. The beginning of the story flows rather nicely, showing the characters and placing them in the trials that would determine whether or not they gain entry into this clan, which seems to be the best clan to be in. However after the first few episodes of being able to follow the story we are given massive
time skips(years of time). Most of the middle and end of this anime is Ouriku hearing about a new word or power then saying "I want to learn that", then time skip, or simple quick 1 day montage until he gains the power and tells us some fuzzy description of what he felt and what he can do. It was honestly hard to follow.
The art felt a bit dated, which shouldn't be the case as this just finished airing. The art isn't terrible by any means but its just ok. Soundtrack didn't jump out at me either.
The characters had some interesting elements but nothing gets explored. We have some character development early which builds up into nothing. Our only developing character is Ouriku who again is flat as a board personality wise. Sometimes serious, sometimes comedic/arrogant, but all around bland. The character I was most interested in was Rei the inn owner, however she seems to be a convenient master of things to teach Ouriku occasionally and gets little time for progress.
I didn't hate this anime, but I didn't like it either. This really felt like a time waste as nothing really happens the entire time, I didn't care at all about the characters, and the comedy was mostly Ouriku's arrogance in one or two episodes. If there was more back lore, or if your someone who can follow all of those crazy names, symbols and martial arts then you may enjoy it more than me. I however felt it was a confusing waste of time.
TLDR: Nothing happens, no personality characters, small and lame comedic elements, and hard to follow dialogue and martial art skills. Wouldn't waste my time.
Let's be honest, this story will be confusing for a good amount of people who are not familiar with Chinese culture. Originally this is an anime that was a collaboration between japan and china, making the Japanese voice over harder to understand because of all the chinese idioms.
This review is more of a comparison than a review of how good it was. This is because it really does depend on whether or not you can understand or relate to chinese culture.
This anime will be very different for those who love anime. The plot pace will be different and more chinese paced where the whole
back story is presented before the main problem of the story appears. To make it more simple the story is about the efforts and life of a character who is growing up as they face many different life choices (like a saga or biography), instead of the (mostly seen) japanese action battles packed episodes that make a character grow as they continue to peruse the problem of the story.
-The comedy will also be different and so will the behaviors of the characters.
- The plot will span over many years (so # year later will show up a lot)
-There is more scheming and mental process within this anime
-And characters will be overbearingly powerful (aka too perfect)
Also this anime, whether they deiced to make another season or not, will depict the main character training to become stronger. So their will be no awesome plot problem until the very end of the last episode.
Why you should watch:
If you'd like to try watching something different and away from all the usual product anime, you might as well give this anime a go. Japanese and Chinese culture are very different and may just interest you just by how different they are.
To be fair chinese manhua/ china in general never get this type of attention, getting their own anime with a full 22-24mins long ep (most are reduced to online airing of short 5-15 mins). My opinion of this anime maybe be slightly biased for being good. But i'll be truthful that it's not the best story i've come across, but its one of the better ones.
The anime was really great with lovable, mastermind, intelligent, cool, calm, normal looking Main Character. The plot was really great but some part of it is sort of abrupt I think.
The character development was great with a smooth flow, great plots. Can't really explain, but it is really satisfying, with funny moments to get pass the serious moments or the sad moments.
The art is really modern with beautiful drawn characters. It is not necessarily the best but it is really cool.
The voice actors are really fitting to their characters, I can't really complain much about sound.
Great character development that are funny and
not pathetic. All of them are strong and none of them are really weak or too different from people.
Do give it a try and don't be put off by that...perverted woman on the cover, she is just a goddess. This anime has great action scenes, well not based entirely on action, just sort of slice-of-life of an apprentice to a goddess(sort of) character.
Ga, so hard to explain. But do give it a try, you will like it !(i hope)
Let me start with: If you like comedy, read further on, if you don't like comedy, just search for another anime.
Story: 6. Storywise, this anime isn't that great. It has the typical storyline of a main 'hero' who is special in some way and quite OP and who shows everyone else that he's not just a loser. The story is quite clichéd but I do give the show some credits for keeping the difficult explanations of everything at a fast and understandable pace without getting too much into detail but in a way you can still kind of understand everything.
Art: 9. Here I have to
start with the art of the OP and ED which I somehow really noticed and really liked. Afterwards let's talk about the art in the anime itself...I think it was great. Normal scenes had nice and clean drawings but what really made me love the art (and in fact the whole anime) was how it switched from a normal perspective to the funny chibi scenes and other comedic stuff. I guess like 60 percent of the anime are held in the comedic style or has comedy scenes which makes the whole anime a really funny one and gives the clichéd story a fresh note.
Sound: 8. The OP and ED were quite nice, although I think that the ED gave a whole different feel (maybe it was the art and less the song) to the anime or it was as if the ED was for a different anime...still I liked it very much.
Character: 10. This is probably the one reason why I watched it til the end. Some of the characters may be clichéd and nothing new but with all these characters mixed together it's just a comedy party and there will be moments when you cannot stop laughing. Also I think it is quite amazing that they managed to give me a feeling of "I know this character pretty well" even if you don't really know anything about some of the characters. I think that is an amazing thing to achieve.
Enjoyment: 8. Like I said very funny, although there were some scenes where I wished they would have done something differently or highlighted something more.
Overall: Great for some fun time and I'm very curious for the 2nd season.
Also, I have never ever seen an anime with THAT many time skips...(in a good way, not in a bad way)