820 years ago, Mujaka, the lord of werewolves finally visits Raizel after a long journey. But the werewolf Maduk interferes in a war of human plotting some scheme. Raizel and Mujaka fall into a hand of tragic destiny, fighting with each other desperately leaving their friendship behind.
(Source: Bucheon International Animation Festival)
Okay, it's pretty hard to review one episode, but let's still try.
Was it worth to wait? The answer is surely yes. Except for interesting story of its own, it also gives background to the manwha (Later on they mention it, but not much. Guess they though this one is enough). Things that aren't really explained suddenly get clearer. Unforunately, there are some question marks.
We didn't learn much about Rai (Except for how he got to the 820 years sleep), but we surely learned a lot about Muzaka and the reason for why all the story in the manwha actually started.
As I already said, one
might still ask himself a lot if he\she didn't read the manwha, but it's clearly can be seen as ova on itself and nothing more.
Okay. now let's focus on the ova of its own:
The story was set clear, but pretty depended on the fact that those who watched it already know the plot of the manwha, a disadvantage in my opinion. Sure, it helped to decrease the time needed for explanation, but still.
The relationships among the chracters were shown very clearly, and even if you see it for the first time, there's no question about it.
It was interesting to watch, though it was a bit excepted (though I think that even those who didn't read the manwha may agree with me). But there were some new facts, that even for those who read, can be still interesting.
I know the review sucks, but I really recommend it. I just don't know to explain myself to well. :(
I've heard this series was good but never read the manwha, and so speaking as someone coming in with literally zero idea of what to expect, it was not well portrayed. I think they set it up for something good, but then it just stopped after one episode. It wasn't enough to make me want to watch more, and it wasn't all that great in terms of animation.
Soundtrack was awesome, definitely will check that out on YouTube later, but everything else was just a bit meh if you don't know about the story at all.
As far as characters go, they seemed like they could be
very dynamic and make the storyline a lot more interesting... If they had continued the animated series, which obviously didn't occur.
For starters, this review is coming from the perspective of someone who has never read the original Manhwa.
Firstly, if you’re looking for consistency, then you’ll be disappointed to hear that the plot for this OVA was all over the place. Considering that it’s only a setup or a preface for what’s to come; and including the fact that there is no “official” translation, the story was still a mess regardless.
Most of the characters in this episode are throw away shells at best, with motivations that have been used countless of times in other series to a much better degree. I will say, however,
that Raizel was significantly more entertaining, and by the end, I found myself wishing that he had gotten more screen time.
Now, is the animation good? No, not by a long shot. Then, is it bad? Well no, not quite. The animation for Noblesse: Pamyeol-ui Sijak is expected for a single OVA episode; rather bland and awkward and sprinkled with minor bits of CGI. But surprisingly enough, there were a few shots—especially some of the camera angles and the final action scene—that were actually put together nicely.
There’s not a lot to critique in this category, as there was barely a piece of music that stood out to me. Excluding both the opening and ending songs, the OST is minimal with a few stock sound effects strung into a tune to create a melody. On a good note, the voice acting was refreshing, since it was done in Korean instead of Japanese.
Should you watch this if you haven’t already read the original source material? No. Frankly, throughout the entirety of thirty-seven minutes I was utterly bored. I am going to check out the Manhwa as it is highly recommended and I might eventually change my mind about the OVA in the future. For now, I do not think it is worth watching unless you are a completionist or a dedicated fan.