Rin, an energetic girl who loves to eat, lives in a verdant frontier village. Deep within the royal palace in the bustling capital city, the songstress Finis spends her days in solitude. Both share a special power no other person has. A miraculous power that can heal wounds, create water and stir the wind—the power of song. Guided by destiny, the two young women each face an arduous journey with the power of song. The shadow of war looms over the kingdom, tainting even the miraculous songs with the blood of innocents. Loved ones meet their deaths as silent screams echo through a stone prison. As two destinies intersect, will the final song be one of despair, hope or...?
Lost Song is by no means a revolutionary anime that's going to change the game forever. That doesn't mean that it isn't still unique and surprisingly enjoyable. In fact, I would say it's that surprise itself that lends a hand to my enjoyment of the series overall.
I went into Lost Song with low expectations, given from the first few episodes it seems to be a standard fantasy era war show without any interesting gimmick that made it stand out. Only reason I kept with it was because I watched with a friend and we wanted to predict what would happen.
Predicting what will happen in Lost
Song is a feat that proves much more difficult than you would expect. As I said, it was the surprise of how much we couldn't predict what would happen that made it so enjoyable. Partway through, the series pulls off one of the best plot twists I've encountered for such an unassuming series, and it's how discreetly packaged this show is that made it such a wonderful, delightful surprise.
That isn't to say it's only the surprise that makes it interesting. You find that groundwork had been laid out this entire time, and unbeknownst to you, a well crafted and clever series had appeared beneath your feet before you knew what you were watching.
All I can say is to give Lost Song a chance, and it certainly won't disappoint you. I wish there had been just a bit more time for better pacing to give a few more characters some spotlight or unfold a few more threads they'd lead with and tied off loosely at the end, but all in all, it's still satisfying and a very fun ride until the very end! The art is decent at worst and great at best, the music is enchanting, and the two protagonists are the characters who really sell the story. Lost Song is the hidden gem of its season.
Lost Song is like a fantasy game from the 16-bit (SNES) era. You have abilities, you suffer a tragedy, you have an adventure, and you realize that there is more, much more to the world than you've ever imagined. It reminded me of Terranigma, but with more singing.
If you're looking for a fantasy/medieval anime and you got burned badly by Grancrest, I highly recommend Lost Song. It doesn't try to shove 10 volumes into 24 episodes (which is more like 4 volumes and change if you value quality, and A-1 or the production committee clearly didn't), there is believability in the plot and characters as
a result, and the thematic elements give the story a clear direction, but allow for the plot to take a sudden turn. Plus, there are bards. You can't have a proper fantasy/medieval anime without a bard somewhere. Honestly, I kinda wish that this was a 2-cour anime so that loose ends could be tied up, but evidently that wasn't in the budget.
Visuals are, in my opinion, the show's weakness. Aside from Finis, the character designs are like a shonen manga artist designed all the women; From certain angles and using certain expressions, Rin's face looks almost like a guy with a wig. Then there's the designs for the supporting women... Uh, tone down the cleavage, guys. Those tops look insanely uncomfortable. It's like someone in the design team wanted to see breasts, but the studio forbade them from showing nudity. The show doesn't take a lot of wide shots early on for a very good reason that is revealed midway through the story. Once you start seeing them in the last couple of episodes, pause the playback and take a look around.
It would be a travesty if a show about a "lost song" had mediocre music or vocals. Rin's voice actress has a superb singing voice, and Yukarin as always delivers a solid performance as Finis, and her "Song of Endings" is one of her best songs yet. Unfortunately the soundtrack isn't particularly memorable, but at least it's not as ridiculous as the Symphogear franchise.
Solid 8. I wish the show were longer (the plot twist felt rushed and there are loose ends), and the character designs weren't that great overall; good singing and execution otherwise.
Konomi Suzuki and Yukari Tamura singing a duet together? LA is in!
LA saw Lost Song well the first half of the anime as a rather predictable music fantasy anime with all the cliches down pat, but the later half...well it was ambitious to say the least and that ambitiousness both confused and kept LA interested for the long haul as well as somewhat redeemed the cliched beginnings, key word being "somewhat".
So the first half of the anime has MANY of the cliches in a typical fantasy medieval setting just with the twist that "songs" are incorporated into the fantasy setting, characters being cliched to
all hell and back and seeing plot twists coming from a mile away. The plot was projected right down the step it had to be taken to say the least but this wasn't helped but the cliched characters, especially Prince Lood voiced by Yuto Suzuki being the jerkass prince towards one of the main characters and fiancee Finis voiced by Yukari Tamura and his rather stupid moments making him intentionally unlikable to every notion in the process. Character wise, the characters did as expected even down the simplest action at times and MANY TIMES LA predicted right what was happening. The character dynamic for the most part had a very black and white morality to it all, like Rin's growing company along with Finis and Henry Leobort were the good guys while EVERY ONE ELSE were evil and that just made the plot so obvious so much. Rin and Finis were the narrative focus and the main characters of the anime thus are good, Rin voiced by Konomi Suzuki was oblivious and was a glutton and loves to sing as her trait while Finis was the damsel in distress with no sense of direction. Henry Leobort voiced by Seiichirou Yamashita, Finis guard was the typical white knight and the perfect foil towards Lood. Rin's company, Al voiced by Misaki Kuno the gadgeteer genius, Pony Goodlight voiced by Chiaki Takahashi the alcoholic who doesn't want to be called old, and finally sisters Alyu and Monika Looks voiced by Asami Seto and Yuu Serizawa respectively as the genki talkative to the shy intorverted sleepy archetypal sisters. The only character LA really liked was Finis' maid Corte voiced by Ai Kayano, being Finis' protector and helped WHENEVER she could and definitely deserved MVP during the first half not to mention she was so likable to a fault. So with all this being said, the second half changed EVERYTHING LA said about the first half to the point of redemption of the anime's story it had going for it.
The second half by all means "redeemed" LA faith to Lost Song if anything it threw a curveball into the clicheness Lost Song had but even then with this LA would say because of the second half, the first half was the building block and setup to what the second half had going for it. LA will say talk potential spoilers right now, so look away or WATCH THIS SERIES NOW then come back!.
Ok, so Lost Song incorporates "time travel" into the mix and this can either go in the way of Steins;Gate and bring in a good time travel story, or on the other hand, bring in one confusing plotline that can end badly but like LA said Lost Song's setup paid off for the most part and the anime thought through all the time travel hijinks leaving NO plot holes as far as LA knows as LA theorized and tried to get the story straight for a LONG time before LA concluded that the time traveling plotline had no plot holes. See from what LA could gather Lost Song incorporated converging timelines along with it's time loop in order to tell it's story and allowed the story to fit into itself properly, that and LA wasn't trying to be bias that "just because this theory works, no plot holes, no problems", LA thought through it from alternative timeline theories to in media res, or split segmented storylines, but it was for the most part the one theory that made sense to all this was the branching converged timeline theory (LA only say this as Lost Song NEVER properly say what kind of time travel shenanigans it did to the plot and expected us to follow through...see that how you will, this along with LA's branching converging timeline theory as LA won't contest this theory is definitive) and because of this HUGE revelations made the link to Rin in the process. In terms of characters, the majority of the cast had some stake in the plot or improved the character through some plot twists about them later, the only two LA really didn't see improving were the Look sisters, yes they helped out Rin's cause, but not much after that. The greatest character development would go to Finis mainly on what she went through and her degradation of her personality to where she got to, nonetheless from damsel in distress to a major factor and stake to the plot in which HER drive caused it all was a massive improvement from her first half counterpart and even though Finis was a heavily flawed character especially with her beliefs and plans she had going for it, Finis nabbed LA's favourite character overall, this is helped that she was the most fleshed out character from the entire cast.
Ohh and the second half gave us a MUCH BETTER villain in the form of Bazra voiced by Tsuyoshi Koyama, though his motivations were alot more ambitious than Prince Lood, jerkass for the sake of being a jerkass, Lost Song's villain department nonetheless was cliche all around unfortunately as much as Bazra was an massive improvement in terms of villainy.
The animation done by Dwango and LIDENFILMS was visually striking to the eye for the most part, from the great amount of backgrounding to the colorful character designs. The animation all around was consistent and this is especially with the character designs which for LA was the highlight of the series next to the beautiful backgrounding work it had. The the other side of the spectrum however, the CGI royal orchestra was annoyingly blatant to say the least, like LA will say this time and again but DON'T PUT HUMAN CHARACTERS THROUGH FULL CGI UNLESS THE ENTIRE SERIES IS CGI, it just made them stand out even more is what LA is saying but the CGI on some of the mechanical structures gets a pass and was at least incorporated right. Nonetheless, the animation was crisp, exotic and interesting to watch for the most part.
Voice acting, well this is interesting to say the least, well you know Konomi Suzuki is voicing one of the main characters, you may know Konomi Suzuki as the singer of several OP's like Absolute Duo, Ange Veirge, Freezing Vibration, Madan no Ou to Vanadis, No Game, No Life, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu and Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!. LA was a HUGE fan before her role in this anime and her first debut in voice acting...was decent all things considered and was a good decent debut role to be put in an anime that had elements of singing in it. Now as much as Konomi Suzuki was interesting to see in the voice cast, Yukari Tamura utterly steamrolled any other voice actor in this anime without a doubt, Yukari Tamura did her expected stuff and LA loved her portrayal as Finis and by all accounts Yukari Tamura had the most diverse range in voicing Finis throughout the anime, again expected of a veteran like Yukari Tamura. Misaki Kuno crossdressing as Al was interesting as well, though it had Misaki's typical high pitched vocals, LA was still fine with Misaki and had some oddly good chemistry with Konomi Suzuki. The only other voice actor LA would talk about would be Ai Kayano being the extremely supportive character of Mel and Corte and LA didn't even noticed Ai Kayano was pulling double duty not until LA saw the VA cast list. The singing portions for the most part was great, coming from singers in general of both Yukari Tamura and Konomi Suzuki, LA thinks this was expected to say the least. The voice cast is utterly amazing to say the least, even towards many of the minor characters and even the villains, this voice cast was exceptional with the tremendous help of Yukari Tamura keeping it all together (Can you tell LA is a fanboy of Yukari Tamura?).
The finale, tied up many of the loose plotlines though the later half of anime was already doing that with Rin and Finis but nonetheless, the finale DID fill in the remaining plotlines and was bittersweet to say the least but with a good side to it all in some sense if the anime had anything to say about it. Lost Song IS an original anime thus had some decency to give us a full story and end it when it need to and it did just that.
Lost Song is something of a hidden gem, hidden from the already cliched plot from the first half which detriments the anime even further but nonetheless the anime's second half redeemed itself quite well and effectively made the first half something of building block to the overall story as cliche as it is and no LA isn't saying it because LA was a fan of both Konomi Suzuki and Yukari Tamura thus gives a pass to the story, Lost Song's second half was where LA interest skyrocketed, theorizing and gotten into many of the main characters and what their plans or plot twists what were to come were in the process that was almost unpredictable with the first half as predictable as that was, was made as a leverage in making itself better in the process as well. Sure Lost Song isn't the best thing LA saw in the season of Spring 2018 but nonetheless it had a solid structure to itself and it KNEW what it wanted to tell as at first cliched then turn confusing and risky as it was at the end of it all. Lost Song is seriously a hidden gem of an anime and ambitious to a fault that LA at first discredited as cliche...as much as Lost Song has some clicheness to it, it DOES NOT take away the the latter half's success and intrigue that it followed through with vigor.
Lost Song is one of the more ambitious yet risky animes LA had seen for the Spring 2018 that actually pulled through all it's ambitious and risk into making a fully fleshed out and satisfying story and characters and because of this, it definitely gets LA's hidden gem of Spring 2018.
This anime started off really good but ended really poorly. I enjoyed a lot of the characters in the story. I really liked the magic design of the world initially. The main story was extremely enjoyable for the first 60-70% of the anime.
the story telling took a really bad turn during the last episodes. It's hard to explain what went wrong in the last episodes without spoiling anything. but to me it just felt like the world that the writer established just fell apart by the last episode, and it almost felt like the characters who were well developed before lost their identity. There was
also a major problem with the world design. I felt like the Magic technology they made. Especially near the end of the story was just way to over the top. And made the world design feel unbelievable
Giving this a rating was a bit hard because the story started off being extremely enjoyable. But by the end, the story telling took a really bad turn.