Magano, a parallel realm filled with monsters known as "Kegare," is a place where exorcists deal with all impurities. Benio Adashino is a prodigy exorcist who is recognized for her strength and is summoned to Tokyo by the Exorcist Union. On her way, she plummets into the arms of Rokuro Enmadou, a young exorcist with a troubled past.
But the impurities of Magano do not rest. When these two exorcists witness a couple of children stolen by a Kegare, Benio rushes to save them, dragging Rokuro along with her into Magano. Engaged in a fight she is on the verge of being defeated in, Benio is saved by Rokuro, revealing himself capable of being her rival in talent.
Sousei no Onmyouji tells the story of two talented exorcists who are destined to become the "Twin Star Exorcists" and the prophesised parents of the Miko—the reincarnation of Abe no Seimei—who will cleanse the world of all impurities.
Sousei no Onmyouji was really high in the expectations in my book, especially since the author of Naruto himself recommended reading the manga. Well, I guess Naruto fans might enjoy it, but I sure as heck DIDN'T.
Behold, the insanely unique story about heroes beating monsters! Yeah. That's it. Oh, I guess there's a parallel world too, because that makes it an absolute must watch!
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In all seriousness, the plot of Sousei no Onmyouji is completely ripped through and through, and I honestly have nothing good to say about it, so I'll make this short: If you have
watched ANY SHONEN EVER, I don't recommend watching this, as the shonen you saw was probably far superior.
I've actually seen quite a bit of people compliment the series for it's flashy art style, which surprises me. Until I visited a couple online forums, I had thought nothing but 'below average' while watching the show. The animation, I would still say, is below average, the action looking rather bland (and, lets be honest, who cares about what else animation does in a shonen), but I will admit to the art style being better than I had initially thought. The bright colors are rather nice, and it definitely makes the scenes more distinguishable from other series.
The sound is mediocre through and through. Everything is generic, even the opening with it's nice sound, has lost it's affect on me already, and I'm realizing just how little I care about things like the voice acting, sound effects, and soundtrack of the show. There isn't much to compliment, but hey, it could be worse!
I can't contain myself watching those two...... You have your typical overpowered main character, and the kuudere lead that makes him blush all the time. The characters have absolutely no depth, and the supporting characters aren't really given enough reason to be cared about, even though they have more potential then our lead characters ever did.....
Honestly, unless you're the guy who never gets bored with cliches, I can't recommend this show to you. Sousei no Onmyouji was a pathetic choice for a recommendation Mashimata, though he did recommend the manga, so I won't rant on him to much. Well, at the very least, the anime is not worth your time.
Dropped after episode 29.
Sousei no Onmyouji is Spring 2016 season's average shounen anime with a theme that has already been used many times. It might seem at least a bit nice at first but, it quickly becomes a somewhat repetitive and uninteresting ride. However, the anime has a little special charm of its own and decently developed characters (at least, before the original arc). But, is that enough to call Sousei no Onmyouji a good anime?
The story of Sousei no Onmyouji, isn't something new or very original, as we have already seen lots of anime that center on certain people who possess a special
ability (Exorcists) and fight against supernatural enemies (Kegare) in order to protect the world. The problem is not that it uses an overused theme, the anime does have a little charm of its own but, it doesn't manage it in a way that will make it less cliché. Also, it doesn't give anything interesting enough to get hooked on and you just end up watching a story with almost no impact on you. The story had potential to be much better but, it depended on predictable shounen elements and was pretty much wasted.
The romance between the two main characters shows a little progression after a few episodes and some of their interactions contribute to it. Although, there are others which are only supposed to be funny but, they end up meaningless and annoying. The humor of the show isn't that funny, most of the jokes fall flat and they even repeat some of them often. The random fan-service that they add from time to time, also, feels out of place and doesn't contribute to any aspect of the anime.
Putting a filler arc after a major time-skip that would have contributed to the development of the main characters and their relationship, wasn't a good idea, either. At the end of episode 20, the main characters decide to live in a different place together for a couple of years in order to become stronger. So, you would expect them to become stronger, more developed as characters and their relationship to actually have progressed a little, right? Unfortunately, due to the arc following the time skip being an anime original, they probably didn't know how to handle the story and characters in a way that will actually make it obvious that two whole years have passed so, everything remained the same and the time-skip didn't even make any sense.
At first, the characters seem as dull and insignificant as the story. Their personalities may still be kind of flat and boring but, their chemistry, interactions and development is what makes things better.
The protagonist, Rokuro, seems to be a powerful character who doesn't want to return to being an Exorcist, because of a dramatic childhood experience. He is the kind of MC with not much depth, mostly cheerful but, kind of annoying, too, wants to always protect others and become stronger and his actions are all predictable.
The main female character, Benio, also didn't use to have much to be described with. She was the cool and silent type of character and another powerful Exorcist but, after a few episodes, she showed us a friendlier and more sensitive side of her.
The two main characters may receive development after a lot of episodes, but it happens in pretty much the same way all the time. Something bad happens, they think they are strong and they can face it, they fail, they get angry and cry, they get overpowered, they win. Then again the same thing from the beginning. It is a positive thing that they received character development but, the way it is done can end up repetitive and not very exciting.
The chemistry between them has become better. They got to know and care about each other more, each of them wants to protect the other and they feel stronger when they fight together. Their more romantic interactions can sometimes be funny and cute and actually contribute to the development of their relationship but, there are times that they can be pretty meaningless and cliché.
Unfortunately, despite all the development they managed to get, they remained completely the same after the time-skip, which makes you wonder if it was even necessary.
The rest of the cast is rather forgettable, most of the characters are just there to fill their role and they receive little to no development, at all.
The art of Sousei no Onmyouji may not the best and most detailed out there, but it's quite satisfying. Although, personally, I'm not really a fan of the art style and the bright colours, but that's a matter of opinion, and it may also be a good point of the anime, because it gives it a somewhat special touch. The biggest problem here is how terrible the animation is most of the time. Scenes that are often reused, the same movement patterns again and again, overusing images with no motion at all and generally, the show is poorly animated. It might be something that you can get used to quite easily, but it is kind of off-putting to watch action scenes without the impact that they should have.
Fortunately, as more episodes come out, art and animation seem to become slightly better, although I wish they were at the level of the 2nd OP of the series, only this one was really well done when it comes to animation.
There is not much to say here, as the first OP ("Valkyrie -Ikusa Otome-" by Wagakki Band) and ED ("Eyes" by Hitomi Kaji) seem to be fine and the OST is decent enough, but they become uninteresting after a while. The second ED ("Yadoriboshi" by Itowokashi) wasn't significant either, but the second OP ("Re:Call" by i☆Ris) was actually quite good and the animation was the best they've used so far. The third OP ("Sync" by lol) is rather bland and the first part can feel a little out of place but, the third ED ("Hide and Seek" by Girlfriend) is more lively and enjoyable than the other two.
I don't really think that Sousei no Onmyouji can offer much enjoyment, watching it ended up a chore after a few episodes and the original arc made everything worse.
Sousei no Onmyouji has some cool classic shounen moments but, they are not extremely worth watching and there are other anime where they are done better. The humor isn't the strong point of the anime, as most of the jokes fall flat and it gets repetitive after a while. If you like romance in shounen anime, this one offers some but, don't expect too much.
Sousei no Onmyouji falls into a category of anime with a theme which has been used many times by series greater and more amusing. There are many things that could be done about the story, characters and animation to become better but, it ended up as wasted potential. If you don't mind watching another average shounen anime with nothing much to offer to the genre, you can go ahead and give it a try.
Since the majority of the reviews are negative for this series, I'll go ahead and make a possitive one.
I think the series is quite cool, sure it's a bit whimsy at times, and some of the jokes fall flat, but put that aside and you have a series with cool battles and an awesome dubstep soundtrack.
That should be more than enough to enjoy this, cool battles and dubstep, I think so at least, sure some of you nerds are hard to please, and will probably yell something like *"NO!!! THAT'S NOT ENOUGH!!!!!!"* or *I HATE EVERYTHING THAT'S NOT NARUTURD!!!!*.
Well, I'm simple and I happen to
be satisfied with dubstep and cool battles, but I'll tell you this, there's more than just that.
You might think that "but it's just another exorcist story, can't I just watch D.Gray-Man, Blue Exorcist or Bleach* then"?
Well you can, but then you'd also miss out on this anime, that would be too bad, becuase this is actually better than the low rating gives it credit to be, and I'll explain why, soon.
Here it is; what makes this good is because it's becuase it's hidden uniqueness, they have a cool artstyle, that kind of reminds of the artsyle of NGNL**, which I really like, but not only that, it is pretty interesting as well, they've made a setting where the MC's are forced to co-operate even though they aren't too fond of each other, they always make it work out, either by one protecting the other, or asking for help from the second part, hard to describe without spoiling, but it's actually quite fun to have Rokuro and Benio arguing a lot, but also helping eachother a lot as well.
The main idea of the story is that Benio and Rokuro are supposed to date and then give birth to the Messiah of exorcists that actually sound weird, and it is, because well, it's too early to progress for them in that direction anyway, ehm, yeah I've lost track of where I'm going with this, but...
...give it a shot, this anime is actually better than it first seems, especially later on, and this is really good if you like cool battles with dubstep, it really comes down to that, if you like cool battles and dubstep you'll like this.
Oh, oh, wait, here's a great comparison, you've played Final Fantasy VIII right? If not, then go and do so asap, because it's a great game. Anyhow, this anime is to some degree like FFVIII, you know how in the beginning of the game when Rinoa and Squall meet they're not too fond of eachother (though they did up dancing together non the less) but later on in the story, Squall and Rinoa falls in love, well we're still only on the first quarter here, and Rokuro and Benio aren't really that close yet, but the more the story progresses the more they'll be in synch and the more they'll care for eachother, but that'll be later on in the story. (That's not a spoiler because I'm just guessing based of the likelyhood of that happening).
Ok, well, now I'm done for real, watch it, it's actually better than it seems.
* Yes, I know that Bleach isn't about exorcists, but shinigami, but hey it's close enough.
** NGNL have flashier colours though.
If you answered yes to the two, then this show is definitely a show you might want to consider giving a chance. However, it starts as pretty average and kiddy for a shounen series for about 8 episodes before it starts becoming something worthwhile.
The story can be simplified to "chosen one" kids with sad background stories fight to save the world as onmyouji with mild romance. It's a plot progression that has been repeated quite often in the Shounen genre, but it's still entertaining enough for me to watch it without getting too bored. However, later in
the series there are times when events get unexpectedly dark which is unusual for most shounen. The first 8 or so episodes I had this series pegged as mediocre but later as we witness the growth of the characters, I realized that the story was actually pretty good. Worth a solid 7.
The fight scenes are sometimes like it's straight out of a pretty good game where they pause and call out the name of their move with an epic pose before actually doing it. Everything freezes when this happens, so it adds a certain "style"
I think the art in the fight scenes is pretty cool looking, though the art in the normal scenes aren't too amazing. The art's okay overall, but I feel that the series would be more appealing if the characters weren't so... bright and cute...? Except there's one thing that gets to me every time... It's Rokuro... There are scenes when his art turns into something out of a horror movie. The animation is not the best with many still frames and lack of dramatic camera angles. The art's relatively good overall
What can I say? They did a pretty fine job on the sound. The fighting works well, background music fits completely and enhances the setting. Opening and ending are also very fitting. It's not unique, special, or powerful like something like something Yuki Kajiura or Sawano Hiroyuki would make, but it definitely fits. The ost could be much better since none were very memorable until episode 27's opening theme. That made me feel the need to update this portion of my review. (+.5 to the sound)
The characters are okay at best. Pretty average characters with nothing much special about them except Rokuro's shark teeth (main male character). They took a very long time to develop the twin stars, but eventually I actually started liking the main characters around episode 14/15. They're kids with sad background stories tasked with saving the world from Kegare. The dynamic between Benio and Rokuro is pretty nice to watch, but there's nothing too special here. Rokuro's starts off as kind of annoying, fiery, not that smart, and overpowered but the enemies do get much stronger and Rokuro matures quite a bit and actually becomes a pretty cool character. Benio is the typical smart, cool, amazingly strong, but lonely character. She too grows as the series progresses.
I think this show is fun to watch if you're a fan of shounen games or shows where they call out the name of their epic attack before they actually do it. As it progresses, the initial excitement dies down unfortunately. It was very predictable up until a certain point, but things started becoming less predictable as it progressed
It's more suited to a younger less-mature audience, but there are some aspects that are unexpectedly dark that you normally wouldn't associate with shows for that audience (not too dark though). However, an older audience can still enjoy it because it's entertaining, although you probably won't be able to relate to it much as an older individual.
I think if it sounds interesting enough after reading this review, you should definitely give it a chance. Some people like it, others don't. I wouldn't give it any less than a 5 and no higher than an 8 as somebody that has seen a bunch of anime and has a general feel for the "goodness" of a show.
(if you agree or enjoyed reading, let me and others know by clicking helpful or commenting on my page~ this series seems to be getting a lot of negative attention! thanks~)