The series takes place in an alternate world, staged mostly in the city of Eridana, whose territory is half in the Tseberun Dragon Empire, and half in the Lapetodes Seven Cities Alliance. Each half is separated by the Orielal River. In this world, special abilities called spell formulas (咒式, jushiki) exist, which are essentially chemical reactions augmented through special weapons that cause a magic spell-like effect. These special weapons are called Magic Staff weapons, and are as varied as regular weapons are. Spell formulists use these spell formulas to fight with "Beasts of Abhorrent Form," natural creatures that use spell formulas and pose a threat to humans, such as Dragons, Aions, or Enormes. The story focuses on the two main characters, Gaius Sorel and Gigina Ashley-Bufh, the only two employees of spell formulist dispatch office Ashley-Bufh & Sorel Co. They are met with a variety of requests from a variety of clients, all requiring the adept use of spell formulas.
Dances with the Dragons is certainly a badass name for a show which is both: bad and ass.
When I heard the main character is called Jerde Dolk Melios Ashley Boeuf Gigina, I assumed upon introducing himself, he would continue this with something like "friends call me Billy." but unfortunately the author of this series was completely serious when they wrote this piece of shit name monster. This petty much sums the series' biggest mistake. It tried to be serious when it was obviously so bad it could have only carried itself as a comedy or alternatively by creating content that is so over the top
it becomes entertaining to watch.
Basically elf-people, philosophers and high school kids who wear classes and look like bishonen princes are fighting against dragons in a fantasy universe filled with technology. Sounds great once again until you remember the series tries to be serious. Pretty much the only way to enjoy this show is to mock it and view it ironically, but it comes off so lacklustery it's nearly impossible to find even one detail or factor that can be laughed at. The show is simply the visual representation of "nothing". Not even tabulara rasa is this content-lacking.
I somewhat enjoyed the scenes where MC for example took an elf-lady in a manly fashion while she whispered "baka". Pretty much all the entertainment the series can offers lies within fanservice where main characters grope tits and embarrass elf ladies in lewd ways.
Maybe ppl who have sicker sense of humor than myself can find some enjoyment in this, but be warned, I was able to enjoy shows such as Hand Shakers, Guilty Crown, Sword Art Online, Death March, Shingeki no Kyojin and even Mirai Nikki ironically. This show is where my humor stops.
Seeing that no one made a review of this trash, let me do the honours by giving you the rundown with this shitshow instead.
Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru: Dances With The Dragons was a series that got delayed for numerous seasons, then the green light was brought this season. The overarching problem is, as much as the light novel adaptation was rather fresh and innovative (for its ideas) but yet outdated for its time, this anime adaptation by Seven Arcs Pictures was (dare I say) an anime adaptation made even worse for the fact that it replicates everything from the LN: a convoluted story,
bland and mediocre art and graphics, characters that are too much and not worth peeking a look into, all at a rate where the production takes a nosedive.
To be honest, you cannot judge this show with the 3-episode rule alone. Why? In a nutshell, the story goes of two Jushiiki swordsmen that are capable of defeating evil with the magical ability of swords. The town of Eridana that they reside in is controlled by two territories: one half Dragon Empire, the other half by an alliance. These two Jushiiki swordsmen, capable of their powers are entrusted clients who can be a threat to other forces of evil, while homing on their powers. (I don't bother to read the synopsis, because it's very confusing and after reading it twice through, I still don't understand much). Said word, nothing found, nothing gained.
The characters are very unappealing at all, especially the two MCs: Gigina (the buff lord guy with a RIDICULOUS name) and Gaius (part womanizer with his elf-wive, part swordsmen). The other side characters are mostly clients or either the forces of evil who are working on their way against their ideals. Another said word, it is NOT icing on the cake, but the broken base.
The art and animation fares from OK to horrendous. Just as mentioned earlier, Seven Arcs Pictures got the notion from the LN that's not modern and outdated, and tried to replicate it here in the anime, and it's a huge turn-off. Yes, I can barely watch an episode, but there's really nothing special about anything, not even an honorable mention.
The sound is...OK I guess? To me, knowing that fripSide songs are leading the way means that the show itself will portray itself as bad (same with Clockwork Planet last year), and it doesn't fool me twice to think about that. Overall, an unmemorable OST all around.
Overall, don't say this show is half-baked, it's NOT anywhere that close to touching even the worst of this season's offerings. I was really expecting this to come out last year, but the production delay made me totally lose faith, knowing this show's subpar standards.
MUST SKIP THIS, EVERYONE. It's not worth wasting 25 mins of your time watching this.
I'm unsure why this show has such poor reviews, my suspicions lie with the degradation of intellect in the world as a whole. First and foremost this is a DRAMA that means most things are going to be over the top people are going to cry all the time and the comedy is going to be drier than an 80 year old cooch. so yeah if you looking to giggle away the night make sure you can understand the nuances that dry humor has to offer!!! If you love dry humor and shows that involve you questioning morality, does the end justify the means!?!, then
you'll enjoy this show. Its plain and simple/ cut and dry... nothing fancy going on here, but that most assuredly doesn't mean you have to write nasty despicable reviews on a work you don't understand!!!
Honestly, avoid Dances with the Dragons. There is simply is no serious direction and use of such a series and is just a clutter of random fights and events which clamp together to make an ugly and poorly thought out series. Unless you're sadistic and want to watch a confusing, action-oriented, thoughtless and plotless anime, or want another drop to your list, then go for it. Other than that avoid watching this.
Scores~ Story  Art  Sound  Character  Enjoyment  Overall [2.2]
This anime makes a clearly unsophisticated and pathetic attempt at an action sci-fi anime. It chucks random individuals with no backstory,
explanation or reason and makes them do things. You simply cannot find any place where this series has made a serious attempt to make things even slightly interesting apart from making things fight other things.
The art is fine. Nothing too exciting or horrible either. It is averagely drawn but doesn't really give the characters a hint of identity. The art is honestly, just there to adapt the manga to anime form. It's decent.
Again, the sound is fine. The studio has made no real attempt to put forth any high-quality sound and clearly has made no real effort to make this a lasting impression. Again, its here just to adapt something to anime form. it's decent.
I could go on and on about how horrible the characters are, but ill keep it brief-ish.
They are hollow, dumb and daft, almost like placeholders for boxes. They don't really develop, have any real meaning, background, drive or reason. It's almost like we are placed in a world with some dragons and flashy explosions and are following their every move, including the chores. It's honestly sad. If you don't want to see an anime character pay the bills, then you don't want to see this.
Argh. Such a cool flashy name ruined by a studio's inability to make this series at least decent. Sure they're some cool dragon fight scenes but even those will get boring. The studio has made no effort to make this series decent and it's honestly sad and a BIG chore to watch. At least be bearable.
This is an anime made with no real effort or conviction, like a series that exists just to exist. It's honestly pathetic to see the studio disappointing me in every aspect, except with the mediocre art and sound. It's sad, depressing and hurtful.
Also, the name "Dances with the Dragons" for this series is honestly a waste and should be used for an at least respectable PG-13 show. *sigh* *sighs harder*