Overall I think this anime deserves an 8.5 on my scale, but unfortunately there isn't that option.
Story: The story itself is fairly basic, but has some interesting back story thrown in every once in a while. However, the anime does seem rushed. I think a lot of people did not give this show a chance because the beginning is so chaotic. The first episode does not feel like an introduction at all, in fact you are pretty much thrown into the story.
Art: I really enjoyed the animation. It seemed to be well done (it better for being 10 episodes). Maybe, it is the
little girl in me, but I appreciated that they changed the main characters clothes and hair throughout the show.
Sound: Characters voices were fitting. The music throughout the show was very nice and enjoyable. Originally, I didn't like the intro song but it grew on me.
Character: This is one of my favorite things about this show, but at the same time could've been better. Rahzel, the main character, was AWESOME. She had a great back story, was interesting, kicked butt and was everything I wanted her to be. However, the other characters could've been so much more. I really saw potential for interesting characters and there were definitely moments, but I think the anime just didn't flesh it out well.
Enjoyment: Basically this show just captured me and kept me hostage. There is such a great mixture of humor, action, and friendship/love that I kept thinking "I'm going to rate this a 9!" I couldn't justify that high of a score overall, but the enjoyment level was definitely a 9.
Hatenkou Yuugi is a 10-episode anime based on the ongoing manga with the same name. It aired between the 4th of January and the 7th of march, 2008.
The genres include: Comedy, Adventure, Drama.
Hatenkou Yuugi begins pretty randomly, but with a lot of promise. The young woman Rahzel is thrown out of her home by her dad, because he wants her to travel and see the world. She quickly finds two traveling companions, Alzeid and Baroqueheat, and together travel from place to place, helping out people with different problems. Sounds good? Sure does, but during episodes you sometimes experience these random comedy moments that destroy the
series (I say sometimes, but in some episodes, there are like 10 minutes wasted on horrible time-fills like these). Sometimes they're so bad I actually laugh at them, but usually they're just failed attempts at making the series more enjoyable. The series did pick up pace, but way too late to affect this score.
This series has beautiful character designs. Every character is detailed and nicely drawn. The thing that fails though, is the fact that sometimes the movement looks awkward (a character cheering will only move his/her arm and the rest of the body just stays still, like a mannequin), wasting the good designs. If you take a look at the backgrounds, they're all nicely drawn, and look good. Too bad that the quality drops loads of times and negatively affect the series.
The far best aspect of the series. The voice actors did a great job in this series. Since you can't really rely on body language in this series, the VA's all helped. Especially the voice actors for Rahzel(Kobayashi Sanae) and Alzeid(Sakurai Takahiro) were the best of the bunch. The OP and ED were both very good and fitting of the series, and one of my favorite voice actors(Koyasu Takehito) had a guest role.
The only interesting characters are the main trio, Rahzel, Alzeid and Baroqueheat. Other than that, you just have a lot of characters, simply used as plot-devices, and even though there's only just three main characters, they hardly get any development, except for the occasional hints of romance. Though I have to admit, that the main trio are all good characters.
I'll be honest, I did not enjoy this series very much. Only 3 out of 10 episodes were good, and the rest were boring or worse. As I said earlier, there are many totally random events during the series. Sure, I like randomness, as long as it's kept to a certain level, but since these random events n-e-v-e-r have anything to do with the actual story going on, they're just stupid and unnecessary.
I will not recommend this series to anyone. Do yourself a favor, and stay away from this, unless that you really like the things I hated with this series.
I hope you found my review helpful, and if you didn't, please tell me why, so I can improve myself until next time.
This is the first anime I've ever seen that I would call random. I think the word random is overused when describing many shows but this show is random - random in a funny and fun way, but random none the less. Yes, I know the reading the manga would probably make it less random but that itsn't the point.
What the MAL description fails to convey is that the show is really just ten episodes of following a trio of dysfunctional people on a journey. It definitely suffers from a lack of plot, but it redeems itself because dysfunctional people on a
semi-random journey can be really funny (the reason I stuck with it and suggest you do as well).
The journey has some vauge goals like revenge or finding something, but the goals are not the focus of the show - not that there is a focus to it aside from the before mentioned journey and the people who are on it. The themes of the episodes are to repetitive - just variations on Rahzel seeing and child in need and saving him/her with the help of Alzeid and Heat again and again and again. The story is poorly developed and ends up being disjointed - partly because it is so episodic. Many good shows are episodic in nature, but in this one the individual episodes rarely connected to each other at all and there is no transition between them e.g. random.This lack of buildup leaves the show with very little tension and almost no climax. Major parts of the story are never explained (for example how or why people can use magic is never addressed), although I assume the manga which I haven't read contains more detailed explanations. The show proceeds as if there is no gaping hole and you have the needed information to understand what's going on which makes it rather confusing at points. Several times I was left wondering either what the heck is going on or why on earth would this be happening.
The characters are amusing if not not well developed, and their banter will keep you laughing. Rahzel comes dangerously close to just being annoying -privileged 14 year old girl need I say more (?), but stays on the likable side by a small margin. Alzeid is a pretty great character, and really adds to the humor. The dialog is pretty fast paced and witty which is the biggest redeeming quality of the show. The lack of charter development is a little problematic, but somehow it mostly makes them seem disgruntled which adds to the humor of the show.The people introduced in each episode mostly do not have any real connection to the main characters and are only occasionally used to illuminate something about the main characters past, so in the end you have a random assortment of people who have not contributed to the plot. You find out very little about the main charters' pasts or even why they are traveling together which is kind of ridiculous.
As far as the art and music is concerned it's nothing special but overall not bad. The character designs are fairly generic and a little goofy. The op and ed are pretty bad.
While the lack of explanation and development of the plot (if you want to argue there is one) can be frustrating, I still enjoyed the show mainly for its humor and wit. It's kind of a silly anime but may prove to be a fun watch.
Story (7.1) - Story is pretty random. There are some episodes with sequence, like a 2-3 episode case, but in overall, each one has a case that must be solved. The progress its not very fast, and there are some moments that sound like filler minutes, when the story has really no progress.
Well, just an average aspect.
Art (7.3) - Design is acceptable, animations lack a little bit indeed. There are some flaws here and there in the show that could have been avoided, and the effects are not something great. Another average aspect.
Sound (8.0) - Maybe the best aspect of the show. Opening is
good, ed is not bad, voices match very well and background music is also good. Not much more to say here, its a good aspect so 8.
Character (7.2) - The main characters are interesting , but the show lacks in the rest. There arent any more important characters other than the main, and even those (the 3 main characters) are not very well develloped. We know little about them, and thats a negative point.
So, just a 7 here.
Enjoyment (7.4) - Some episodes were interesting, but most of the 10 were just acceptable, and nothing great.The randomness of the story doesnt help, The characters keep the show a little interesting, but their lack of devellopment also makes hard to fully understand the anime.
Overall (7.2) - A nice show, but no more than that. It is a show with some interesting moments that could have been much better, had potencial to do so.
Too many beautiful words too little characters developments, that's the best and worst things for this anime.
The anime is amazing and it have a great and fun story,I enjoyed it a lot.
And what makes the anime more awesome is the characters, the characters personalities are outstanding and unique, they also have unique and humorous reaction to things, their reactions always surprise me in a good way.
The plot goes smoothly in the anime, not fast but not too slow. However, i did not notice any characters developments in the anime except for only one character and in the last two episodes only,
that's why i didn't want to give the anime 10/10 rating. What i also did not like about this anime is that they did not show how the second guy who joined Rahzel journey met Rahzel, he just popped out of nowhere.
The last episode of the anime left a lot of unanswered questions. it's probably because the manga did not end. I'm guessing plus hoping there would be a second season to the anime.
Let me say first the comic is better.
That said the story starts out without much introduction of characters or a plot. Just a kooky father essentially kicking Rahzel from her home to go experience the world.
Rahzel is a child who by unfortunate means had to grow up very quickly and has an unusual arsenal of unique talents (magic and so forth). Her troubled past left her with a very mature outlook on life and yet still a child like optimism that keeps her and her soon companions on an never ending upward momentum. With an attitude that perceives challenges as adventures, and adversity as
a test of character. This outlook is mostly what helped her gain her first companion in traveling, Alzied, which she promised in so many words to make his life more interesting. Alzied has his own dark demons of the past that come into play as the story continues. Compelled by the headstrong Rahzel they soon team up with an old friend of Rahzel's (cant spoil the connection) Barqueat. He is a gifted jack of all trades and adores Rahzel like an over zealous big brother.
The three go on adventures helping people as they travel and learning to depend on each other and learn about each of their troubled pasts. The main attitude of Rahzel is even more admirable when you discover all she has overcome. And it's inspiring to watch a character with so much darkness in their past use it to become a stronger person.
The story has a lot of holes in it, and the plot development could have been better.The music is not anything special, but the artwork is good. I would recommend this anime, but I would read the comics first. They fill in the holes.
I haven't wrote a single review yet, but this one requires one. Yeah this one does, why? Because it is so terrible that if you just watch the first episode, you may want to leave anime for months! I know I did. It was that bad. Not only was there a lack of real plot, the little provided didn't make sense and wasn't very cohesive.
First let's sum this up, female protagonist Rahzel is randomly kicked out of her home and randomly meets some random guy named Alzeid (like I care) who is randomly mugging somebody. Believe me, the word random reoccurs so many times
the "randomness" becomes a daily ritual.Then another random character "Baroqueheat" jumps into the story. Then they randomly travel the world helping random people with their random powers to randomly exorcise ghosts and other RANDOM apparitions. Really! WTF!?
What made this worse was that there was that little attempt of humor that is casually inserted into the story, but flops and becomes terrible. Really, Rahzel's cocky girl attitude is in no way original and is very disappointing. Along with the arrogance of Alzeid (I just realized, what the hell kind of names are these!?), no intersting banter, no originality.
"But wait mistah-manila! What about the good qualities?" Ha to the freaking ha! Okay the animation and sound value of this anime are pretty standard and have appeal, but after that you would probably think that "then again, there are thousands of other animes that suck with the same standard of drawing."
Please for the love of God, watch something else. Hell even Pokemon is better than this. Unless you are a masochist who loves to be tortured, by all means go ahead you sick pervert. LOL JK
Overall 1/10, why? Because someone out there will say "It wasn't that bad," but then I provide rebuttal with, "yeah, but you only say that because it wasn't that good." The only redeeming qualities is the fact that this anime has a plot appeal to certain types of people (God knows I'm not one. Sorry people, I'm not going to lie to myself.)
I really enjoyed this series, until i got to the ending. In the end, instead of feeling satisfied with the conclusion, i was left with more questions. The series ends as if theres a sequel that will resolve some problems concerning two of the main characters and introduce a character that popped out a quite a bit, seemed important to the anime, but in the end was never introduced. Unfortunately, there is no sequel. Also, thanks to that character that popped out alot, it felt as if there were two seperate storylines. While one of the storyline was obvious, the other was hinted everytime that
certain character came out.
So yeah, I really liked it, mainly because the characters were great, but I hated being left with questions.
I read the manga and absolutely loved it so when I heard that there was an anime I was really excited to see it! However, when I started watching this series I was sorely disappointed. The first episode lacked character introduction. Baroqueheat just pops up out of nowhere and Rahzel already knows him. As a viewer I was confused about how that had come to know eachother. And the second episode contained many flashbacks to things that should have been shown in the first episode when Razhel and Alzeid were in the restaurant. I don't usually write reviews, but I felt the need to on
this occasion because the manga is so much better than this anime. I found this to be a disappointment.
Sometimes you end up watching an anime just because you have nothing else to do or watch. This was my case: I knew nothing about Hatenkou Yuugi, and just downloaded it out of boredom.
What a delightful surprise.
The story has, well, a lot of plot holes. That said, the plot is really involving and the tales told on every episode are very nice. However, there's a lack of interation between the stories and a second season would definitely be needed.
The art is regular, and so is the animation. But there's an interesting sense of character design here: the clothing is never overly dramatic, and changes regularly.
It seems refreshing on an adventure / fantasy series, as most are taken by over the top, never changing dressing.
The instrumental soundtrack is not really interesting, although not being bad either. However, the OP and ED themes (Heartbreaking Romance and 手の中の永遠) feel quite appropriated, and the insert song Take You As You Are really shone on the series finale, making the scenes memorable.
The characters, at a first impression, seem like a group of walking clichés. While Baroqueheat stays with little development through the series, one soon realizes that Alzeid and Rahzel raise out of what they look like first. This applies mostly to Rahzel: while most anime girls with similar personalities tend to fall either into being a irritating tsundere or into trying too hard to be bold, she really shines through the series with a real looking confidence and sense of independence, while keeping her flaws and frailties.
Overall, Hatenkou Yuugi is a really great watch. It's not perfect, and don't market itself as being. We might never get to the destination (and, actually, we barely know what is the driving for each chracter), but it sure is enjoying to see how that weird, haphazard trio will get there.
the story starts with a rich girl that is kicked out of her house by her father to go see the world. unlike other girls however she just dusts herself of and go's on her way meeting two other characters.
the story is 10 episodes long which is a shame because it desears to be longer. the show is entertaining and will keep the watcher coming back for more. they have a lovely balance with the humor and the seriousness in the show and it works really well. the only probelem i think the story had was were it didn't allways make complete sense or didn't
explain something properly. this is shown mainly in the first episode and dosen't show up as much through the remaining 9 episodes.
the art is outstandiing. the characters are wonderfully drawn and it catches your eye straight away. the most stunning feature in the drawings for me though is without a doubt Razel's(the main character) eyes. they are a stunning blue and not for a better word beautiful!
the music is lush! i love the opening, heartbracking romance.it's a catchy song and i just loved it, end off. the music throughout the show is also great.
the characters are as funny as can be. the three main characters, razel, alzeid and baroqueheat are great entertainment and never leave you with a boring moment. (does that make sense?) they are all completly different yet they seem to get along really well. the characters just bounce of each other and are so fun to watch. they have completly made my fav characters list.
as i have kept saying throughout this entire review, i have really enjoyed this anime. it has been great to watch and i'm sure it is one i can see myself watching over and over.
my overall core for this anime is 10/10. i love it and it really is that simple. everything in the story is great and i would reccomend it to those that may want to watch a small anime serise, who would like an anime that makes you laugh alot and gives you a decent story line and of course if your looking for great art. mind you beware of cliffhangers!
an anime i am happy i came across and will be watching again.!
I’d had some interest in Hatenkou Yuugi for a while now, but I never thought I’d get this into it. I decided to download the anime about a year ago, which was surprisingly short, but amazing. You never thought you’d hear this from the person who hates horror. Children getting sacrificed for experiments, people slitting their throats, husbands killing their wives… I never thought I’d like that. But I did. OK, not the gruesome parts, but I loved the action, and the interactions between the characters. The three colorful characters, Rahzel, Alzeid, and Barouqueheat.
Hatenkou Yuugi is about three people traveling together across a land where
magic exists. There’s Baroqueheat, a brawny guy who has a crush on Rahzel, Alzeid, an albino man looking for revenge, and of course, Rahzel, who changes Alzeid’s entire life with one sentence.
“I will turn your life upside-down, and make your boring life super exciting! Bang!” Rahzel forms a pistol with her hands and smiles at Alzeid, a stranger she meets in the ally, who’s extorting money from a man.
One of the things that was odd in the anime was that Baroqueheat just suddenly appeared. He didn’t get an entrance like Alzeid, which tells how they meet. He’s just suddenly on the roof of the inn Rahzel’s staying at, and on top of that, talking to her! Stalker~
Another bad thing about this anime is that it didn’t last long enough! There were many things left open! Who’s this guy attacking somebody with the voice of Hiro Hirono from ef: A Fairy Tale of Two? I want to know, and the manga is already licensed as Dazzle. It’s got to be translated wrong. I mean, Hatenkou Yuugi means “Descending Game”, or something like that. How the crap did they get Dazzle?!
The art. It was very, very cheap. I've seen a lot of anime, and I can tell that this coloring was thrown together at the last minute. It reminded me of old Pokemon episodes. Just by seeing the anime was 10 episodes after 11 volumes (at the time of release), starting in 1999(LOOONG), it was obviously given a very shitty budget.
Well, the music. The OST was pretty good, it went a certain way… More towards the dark side. Where the chocolate milk and cookies lie~ However, the remixes of Heartbreaking Romance and Take You as You Are were very pretty. I especially liked “Take You As You Are: Battle Version”. The opening, Heartbreaking Romance, was good, but it didn’t catch my ear like some songs. A previous song of Itou Kanako, the singer of Heartbreaking Romance, called “Kimi to Yozora to Sakamichi to”, which was the ending to the Myself; Yourself anime, was absolutely amazing, so great that I kind of wished that they put it as the opening. But it might sound too sad and not hopeful to put as the opening. Off topic~ The ending song, Te no Naka no Eien, was very beautiful, and the singer’s voice was very solid and crystal clear. I really liked it. But once again, the song didn’t catch my ear, but did catch it more than the opening.
However, the ending really ended with a “Bang!” as Rahzel would say it, which was her last line. She repeated her line to Alzeid.
“I will turn your life upside-down, and make your boring life super exciting! Bang!” This line kind of made tears come to my eyes. It really made it feel like they would be together forever, and it made me happy that Alzeid went after her. I wish my first love said those same words to me when I was forced to leave. Aw crud, so sad, oh well. An anime review is no time to be talking about this.
In the end, the music by Itou Kanako, called Take You as You Are, was very touching and brought tears to my eyes (does anything not?!). It felt like it related with unconfident girls (like my self), who are sad because they are never seen for who they are, and no one will accept them for who they are. It gave some hope in my heart, somehow. I hope a new season will be aired, and I hope to see more of Rahzel and Alzeid, maybe a romantic relationship in the next season? Please? But for now, let’s keep these three travelers in hearts.
BTW, read the manga! It's 100000000 times better!
I hate to say it but--the manga was better. Is better, as it were. The anime skipped an enormous amount of very key details, leaving chunks missing from the plot and changing some very nice points. They appear to have basically just cut out most of the "filler" stuff, but since plot development happened in many of those "fillers", the anime wound up rushed and incomplete and lacking a great deal of not only humor(of which there was a LOT) but a lot of the truly dark elements. The bright colors of the anime, though technically fitting to the plot, also gave a rather different
feel than the truth behind the anime, which, while certainly not a horror, is far from the "magical girl" feel it occasionally gives off.
Rahzel is still delightful of course, and I always adore a tough girl who isn't mopey. And they seem to have tried really hard to keep a lot of the humor, but overall--well, I wouldn't watch it again. They left out some of my favorite characters even, and while it was fun, it wasn't something that left a lasting impression. If you're interested in the plot, I'd suggest reading the manga. Though the anime is almost bland(though not boring), the manga is definitely worth a read. And, to set something straight--this manga/anime is not targeted at 14-year-old girls, unless they are quite mature ones who enjoy a lot of blood and mayhem with their manga.
Oh but, to continue with the anime--it's not NOT worth a watch. It's certainly fun, and it's short, so if you've got the time you may as well give it a shot; it'll probably leave you wanting more. If you do decide to read the manga--start from the beginning, or else you'll miss out on an enormous amount. I'm disappointed in this anime as compared to its original, but in and of itself it's not bad by any means.
Hatenkou yuugi is an outstanding anime about a girl making friends and going on a jurney with no destination and no purpose other than to see the world. Hatenkou yuugi grabs you in within the first five minutes with its amazing costumes,story line,art,characters but most of all its emotion. The emotions that the writter felt you feel. You cry and laugh and even somtimes love throught this wonderful anime just as the writter wanted you too and they did a good job of it. The anime had amazing eyes (Yes im serious) The characters eyes showed emotion that most people now days in the
anime/manga buisness forget is there. Every character had beautiful eyes that showed deep into their soul and a uniqueness about them that made them seem real. This anime made you want to jump in along for the ride and its one of those animes you cant stop watching plus it leaves you with a bang =)
If you're in the mood to settle for less, this is the anime for you!
Because this may very well be the most generic anime i've ever seen.
It doesn't feel like any emotion was put into the creation of this series, it feels like it was made to fill a time slot, by people who had to use every cliche in the book to make up 24 minutes of content.
I felt like I'd already seen the premise to every episode of this show done better in Fullmetal Alchemist. While I understand that it's hard to make an episodic series without taking ideas from different places, none
of the characters were likable enough to take my mind off of how lackluster the writing seemed.
Pretty much every character has a really grating and stupid sense of humor, the kind of quirky shit that you only hear when you're watching something that thinks it's really funny but is NOT (ex:"ur stupid" "wat?!? i am not stupid my precious kawaii-chan!!!"). Not to mention the fact that they flip from thinking the others are stupid and annoying to TREASURING OUR PRECIOUS FRIENDSHIP whenever the plot calls for it, which is about once or twice every 2 episodes.
Take Cowboy Bebop for a better example. They did plenty of "homages" that were pretty much ripoffs of other stories, but they had style! and characters that you could think of as people, and not just anime characters.
The biggest issue I have with this show other than the annoying characters is the pseudo-philosophy that the girl spouts near the end of most episodes. The main girl speaks wisely about the emptiness of revenge and the importance of friendship, but it's all the same shit we've heard in every other shounen anime on the planet, so it only results in climaxes that are almost as lame as the fucking jokes.
The difference between this and something like Gintama is that Gintama, for one, is actually FUNNY, and manages to bring some life into these stereotypes by giving the characters that espouse them actual compelling reasons to, and bringing them out during developed story arcs, instead of just SAYING them because they might as well
In short, you'll only like Hatenkou Yuugi if it's one of your very first anime and you're 12 years old. Even then, you should probably just stick with Gintama or anything else I name dropped in this review.
I really, really loved Hatenkou Yuugi. I always enjoy a historical anime, so I planned to watch it immediately after I heard about it.
Each episode is comprised of the three main characters helping someone out on their journey. The stories are very different and keep you hooked. One thing I enjoyed especially about this show is that it isn't afraid to be dark; sometimes everything doesn't go perfectly and things turn out unexpectedly. My one complaint regarding the episode layout was that the characters are not clearly introduced in the first episode; the second man who joins them, Baroqueheat, simply seems to appear out
of nowhere. After I re-watched that episode, I could recognize him helping out Rahzel, but it still doesn't explain how he joined them and is extremely confusing to a person who had never seen the show before, but after episode one, the story is flawless.
The art is not anything too out of the ordinary, but it is pretty good. One thing to note are Rahzel's outfits, which change each episode and are always interesting and unique.
The characters are where this anime truly shines. They are truly unique and endearing. Rahzel doesn't play the damsel-in-distress and is resourceful and absolutely hilarious. She views the world differently and is always optimistic even in dismal situations. Her relationships with the two men are wonderful, and they are loyal to each other throughout the series.
Hatenkou Yuugi is extremely unique. The stories are complex and entertaining and you will find yourself laughing at odd moments. The characters are interesting and it is impossible to find their equals. It's a great show to spend a bad day watching; it will cheer you up and leave you begging for more! My one and only complaint is that it is only ten episodes!
I'm not really sure what to say about the anime. It's random but the characters are great. Especially the main one Rahzel. She's not whiny and doesn't act like a damsel in distress all the time but she doesn't act like she's all that either. Not to mention Baroqueheat and Alzeid are amazing too. If you read the manga then the anime will seem way off base and all over the place though. I highly recommend reading the manga after watching this not before though. The anime doesn't give enough of a story or any backgrounds on the characters. But overall in my opinion it's
an amazing anime and manga.