Year 526 of the Liturgical Calendar. The world knew that witches existed, and that they practiced the notorious art of sorcery. Nevertheless, the world did not know anything about the study of magic.
Our story follows a half-man, half-beast mercenary; humans mockingly call his kind the "fallen beasts." He always dreamt of becoming a human, but one day, he met a witch who would change his life forever.
"Do you desire a human form? Then be my escort, mercenary!"
The witch introduced herself as "Zero," and explained that she was searching for a one-of-a-kind magical tome that bandits had stolen from her lair. Entitled "The Book of Zero," the grimoire supposedly contained valuable magical knowledge that could be used to effortlessly bring the world to its knees.
Thus, in order to realize his dream of becoming a human, the mercenary must accompany Zero on her journey—despite her being one of the witches he so loathed.
This is the story of a haughty sorceress and a kindhearted beast.
What starts out as a typical quest to right her own wrongs turns into a more complicated anime after she loses her soup, we are introduced to the initial characters and are shown different parts of the world's state and history. With themes that are similar to Junketsu no Maria, the anime as it is right now is slowly expanding our knowledge of the state of the world. Whilst the story is not unique in any way it is not by any means bad (I'm sure some of the other reviews will beg to differ), meaning it will be more than enough to keep you
interested. The recent few episodes have started to show a bit of the characters changing as people which is nice (I have qualms with how slow durarara/baccano was despite being a huge fan)
As for the art, pretty standard, it looks good but compared to most other Japanese anime it doesn't stand out, expect fluid animations and effects. The one bit that I do think they did well for art is probably the characters which are relatively detailed.
Music is great, I love the opening. The ending is calm and relaxing (though not exactly my sort of thing) and the bgm is more than capable of sending the mood. That being said due to the lack of action/emotional scenes so far it hasn't had a really good chance to stand out.
Characters are your typical op + knowledgeable MC (or heroine depending on how you look at it), your character that isn't happy with the world as it is and is seeking the ability to change himself. You have the loyal little magician who may or may not become an antagonist further down the road, which will be interesting to see how it plays out. As I mentioned the characters are drawn in great detail and the MC seems to have some sort of backstory we haven't fully explored yet so I am looking forward to it.
All in all its a 9 for me, this anime doesn't seem to have made a lot of mistakes but at the same time isn't taking enough risks to really stand out and get a 10 (masterpiece), that being said its more than enjoyable and doesn't let the recent few seasons (which have been great mind you) down.
ah... Grimoire of Zero, the show that also confused several fans of Re:Zero thinking that this was some kind of Sequel or Prequel. also the show hated by being "Boring" and "slow" with Jokes that "doesn't work" or some people say (it makes me think, why on their minds does Cringework planet works and this not?)... but let me tell you, they might be Right, but it doesn't necessarily means its bad, in my opinion, it boost up towards development, and I bet that these people would be the first complaining when an Anime doesn't do a proper development for its characters Smh.
the story is quite simple, we have a "beastfallen" that goes by "Mercenary" he seems to have a bad past because of his appearance, he blames on witches for making him look like a beast. here the story brings you upon real things when we are talking about real life, no matter how much you want to generalize your hate against an entire population for being douches against you, there will be always 1 or more of that population that are actually nice guys, and that's what happens here, Our Mercenary is almost "forced" to tag along with a witch named Zero in a search for the "Grimoire of Zero"
as development, we might get "fillers" that works on World building and character development (which for some reason, people wants to call it boring)
Art 7/10: White fox isn't using all in this time, the animation is not top tier, yet it's still good, I like the design of "Mercenary" and the "beastfallens" some magic effects are quite cool looking, for now, I'll be looking toward more, there is gonna be a moment involving animation in a god tier level... maybe. also the sequence for the Ending is quite great
Sound 8/10: I like the Opening so far. Voice acting is going good at the moment, specially "Mercenary", his voice is quite entertaining to hear at. as for Soundtrack, I think it does a good job on scenes that requires it
Character 8/10: again, this is the part were many people tend to hate. but well, that must be them, I personally don't, I might find the kid a bit annoying, but nothing terrible to be pissed at (unless we are talking about the MC of Cringework Planet)
I haven't seen much Anime were the MC is a Beast (or furry) yet he is an interesting character, and here we see how they develop quite right the idea I told you above, about "hating over an entire population won't change the fact that on an entire population there will be nice guys between those that are douches" The chemistry between Zero and Mercenary is quite interesting and really worthy.
Enjoyment 8/10: I find myself really enjoying this, is not exactly what I thought it would be, at least, for 4 episodes, yet it manages to develop the idea in a good way, nowadays anime doesn't show scenes where people travels and interacts with each other, but if they do, it feels pretty rushed and quite confusing, it all belongs to development.
Overall 7,6/10: it has potential to improve, the character's chemistry works quite well and so does the world building. I'm looking towards more of this
so... should you?
do you like magic, fantasy, medieval, setting with variety of races? then you might like it
do you dislike slow pacing story, characters interactions with jokes, slight fanservice (that builds up character development)? then fuck off :v
This is obviously not related to Re:Zero in any way. You probably already know that but i'm just gonna throw it out there. Zero Kara Hajimeru Mahou No Sho is an anime that has been on my "plan to watch" list for a long time. In fact, it didn't even have a synopsis at that time if I recall.
Story 6/10: Story's honestly not that great. The beast, Youhei, meets a witch, Zero, and despite his so-called hate for witches, he decides to embark on a quest with her. For a price of course, that being he could finally be turned into a human.
now, the pacing is slow. At the end of episode 4, it gets more interesting but the first 3 episodes are basically the building blocks of character development. There is also a bit of action here and there but it doesn't last very long.
Character 8/10: A unique MC because of him being a beast. You don't see those too often. I liked him though. He can be tsundere-ish at times and he seems like someone who is good but chooses to be distant and cold towards others due to the fact that he is aware beasts like him aren't treated so well do to their bad history (which is explained throughout the series). Overall, he seems like someone who isn't annoying. Thank god.
But there is one character who could be annoying at times. And it comes to no surprise that the culprit is the yellow haired kid. Honestly, I would prefer him to not be around but he's part of the reason of the MC's character development and he isn't bad all the time.
Moving on to another important character, Zero. She doesn't seem unique at all. Naive about the world and somewhat overpowered in combat. But still knows whats up when things go tough. I also find it confusing when some people act perverted at her (something you'll find obvious) because she honestly looks like a kid at first glance. Anyways, despite her lack of uniqueness, I didn't dislike her at all. But that could change when we get to see more episodes but I hope it doesn't. This applies to the rest of the characters too.
I also like to mention the relationship between Youhei (beast) and Zero. It isn't forced and it just grows smoothly. That is what I like. Romance done right. Rather interesting too.
Animation 7/10: Good for 2017. Nothing that felt out of place. Average. Normal. No flaws. No complaints here.
Sound 8/10: OP with an adventure tune that we see in alot of action anime and an ED with a calm and relaxing atmosphere that reflects on the relationship between the MC and heroine. I love it.
Overall 7/10: I hope this anime keeps sticking with what it is now with maybe a few minor improvements. Overall, I enjoyed watching it and I'll definitely not drop this.
This is one of those slow moving anime with just enough juice to keep you interested. There are times when it picks up the pace and then it slacks of a while. Nothing really caught my attention but I am hoping to get more out of it in future.
Setup of the story is in a medieval timeline and the story in general carries the tune of a magic/fantasy/adventure anime. Characters seem to be pretty solid and the story has a good continuity. I like the whole beastfallen thing our MC has going on for him.
The guy thinks the witches are his enemies and
since the world is all hunting witches he does it too but as a mercenary. During a run he comes across a witch called zero and somehow from an alliance with mutual benefits. He helps protect the witch zero while she searches for somebody called thirteen and in return she would return him back to his human form when the task is complete.
Some interesting concepts and theories are given during the anime. Some of which are:
1. Study of sorcery and skill called magic are different things.
2.Sorcery – draw circles and summon demons who would then do your dirty work
3. Magic – skill where a witch can draw forth demonic energy without drawing a circles or summoning
4. Beastfallen – born to humans and said to be instruments of a witch’s sorcery (called beastleaven sorcery)