Juuni Taisen is an anime about 12 scumbag mercenary's named after the Zodiac signs or whatever the fuck, fighting to the death for one wish.
There's 12 characters and 12 episodes and since all but one of them has to die by the end of the anime... They kill someone off every episode, and to give the characters a little depth before they die the writers shove 15 minutes of exposition down your throat before killing the character said exposition corresponds to with an obsessive level of violence effectively wasting your time because you just learned the backstory
of cannon fodder.
Are you worried about your favorite character dying? Well don't be I assure you that every backstory is written in a way to guarantee that the viewer will hate the guts of any character that gets one.
Each of the fights are dynamic and interesting, but the charismatic characters, over the top action scenes, and its complex commentary about how war changes people in different ways ultimately fail to make this show anything more than a predicable death game with little more to offer than a stripper bunny and blood shed.
Watch it...If not for the near mindless gore watch it for the bunny.
Also it has a decent into madness type vibe so there's also that.
It's unbelievable how terrible this anime is. The premise of the show is that these 12 "badass" mercenary warriors each representing a zodiac animal are pitted against each other to fight to the death for the victory to be granted any wish much like that of the Fate series. The battle that takes place every 12 years (like the zodiac calendar) is supposed to be a war that replaces all other wars in the world to prevent the unnecessary loss of life, but yet the show constantly flashback to each warriors history of years of war experience. This completely contradicts the whole premise.
the concept seems like it'd be fun to watch a bunch of people killing each other, the story telling aka plot progression completely ruins any enjoyment. It starts off with a interesting character you think is the protagonist by telling you the backstory and then kills them off. What a twist right? Then the show proceeds to replicate this formula for EVERY single character for the whole show. It's so predictable that there's no reason to even guess who's going to die next. Also these heroes are constantly dying in the dumbest ways to the point that each build up become anti-climactic.
I don't know how anyone would think this was worth making into an anime. There's no character development and there's no concept of storytelling.
This is an extremely fast-paced show so if you are the type of person that likes deep character development and to bond with the characters in a killing game story this might not be for you. If you are the type of person to like nonstop action with a small amount of character development you've come to the right place. Every episode we learn the short backstory of a character then we watch them fight. The story itself is about 12 people representing the zodiac killing each other to retrieve a poisoned gem from each other bodies and then getting the one inside you
taken out upon victory. Somehow we have pacifists in this competition but that's not important. We don't know exactly why people showed up for this tournament but maybe we will learn. I do like any killing game plot and this is no different but I like character development also so I have a love hate relationship with this show maybe you won't.
The art is amazing as shows like this need good art because there is so much going on and people will drop janky and bad art like a sack of rocks. They have nothing to hide behind with this show and I appreciate the effort.
The music is also pretty nice and fits everything the show needs well. You know what you're getting just from the music used when it shows up. The voice acting is also pretty good.
Like I said before we get a short backstory every episode for each character then we don't learn much more about them. I don't mean that as a bad thing though. So you can't make bonds with everyone except for maybe the pacifists if they live long enough. What I will pick out is the powers. Every character has an ability related to their zodiac even if it may not seem like it. the chicken can control birds, the boar holds ammo like a pig does it's slop with endless reloading so she never has to stop firing her gun as long as she has ammo like a pig never stop eating as long as they have food. The rabbit has necromancy so the people he kills does his bidding for him with their powers intact I don't know how to compare that one. The dog can control poisons I guess because dogs can sniff them out and etc.
I like the way they balance this powers out so no one is too overpowered even though all the dog has to do is sit around until everyone else dies since he is immune to poisons.
Overall I'm loving this anime and can't wait for a new episode every week especially since we have so many duds this season. I'm somewhat liking everything about this show and hope it keeps it up. They even keep you on your toes by throwing you things you may never expect.
To be honest, I was amazed at the aesthetics of the show, and could see how easily this alone would be one of the underdogs for the Fall season.
To the setting is just like the Chinese Zodiac, where the 12 animals pit themselves against each other in a battle royale for the supreme, where the last animal/human representative standing would be granted a wish of any kind (oh, and also obtain the poison gems).
Right from the start, this show embodies folklore with the oh-so-exact replicate of the order of the animals, so the order of assassination goes backwards (spoiler predictability) or that the creators choose
to have a twist in the order. It's all in the eyes of the beholder.
As you would expect with the zodiac wars, all 12 supernatural humans are treated similarly to their animal counterparts, each with their backstory, traits and their intention of killing. Some are interesting, some will have turnoff, and others are so-so. So with each episode every character has the spotlight in the order above (as mentioned) so it's no surprise.
What DOES surprise me is the art and animation that Graphinica has put into making this show shine in the aesthetic department. For a show that's purely based on action, you would have wanted good art along with consistent animation, and it has done its course (though Ep 4 wasn't the best of the starting bunch).
And what better way to support the show than to give an impressive soundtrack, at least IMO. "Rupture" by Panorama Panama Town is easily one of the best OPs to air this season, and both the ED and OST are of no slouch, helping to develop what I hope will become better as the series progresses.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
A double blue-tick for a series that while is ongoing, it shows promise and delivers it outright with some of the best action shows we had in quite a while. Will definitely watch this towards the end, so for now...
After watching half of the show, I want to say that this anime... Had potential. And a lot of it. But it went downhill really fast.
I'm going to talk about the pattern of the anime, which makes almost every episode the same, the poor "border story" and why the anime which is tagged only as "Action"- doesn't do anything interesting with action. Minor spoilers but I do not specify names.
So, when I first saw Juuni Taisen, I got hyped "Another Fate? Sounds cool!" and the story is pretty simple. 12 fighters, 1 wish, fight to death, last one standing (probably).
Where did it fall off? Basically
at the end of the first episode, but you only realize it later.
Juuni Taisen repeats a pretty bad pattern for almost every episode.
Show flashbacks of character->Show character's amazing plan how to win->Character dies a random, quick death. (You sit there afterwards and ask yourself what the hell has happend)->Show next episode's title which contains an animal and spoils the next death in the next episode.
I have been watching it and hoping- Will the pattern break? And also, we are spoiled the order of the deaths, I do not want to spoil where, but once you see it and realize and doesn't break pattern and unlikely to.... You lose 80% of the enjoyment.
The border story? None. They fight for a wish, that's it. Oh and there's some guy who started all this and introduces them in the first episode to that Juuni Taisen, we don't know who that guy is (....yet?)
In conclusion, my score is dropping quickly for this show. Right now it's standing on 6/10 total, I do not really recommend this anime.
I think this may be the most underrated anime of the season... but for good reason.
Juuni Taisen is a battle royale anime, pitting 12 characters against each other in a fight to the death. A simple enough premise right? Every character is explored and as a result you do feel some connection or sympathy with a character when they die. And as its a Battle Royale, nearly every character... well dies. Written by the same writer of Katanagatari this anime is NOT meant to be a Mystery anime. People come into this show and somehow become upset when a character they like dies - if
you can't stand shows like Game of Thrones or Breaking bad where characters that are built up die because thats the context of the world they are in, this show isn't for you.
Putting aside the obvious which apparently needs to be said, this show is moreso like a character study instead of a pure action anime. When put into a situation like this, every soldier/warrior has a different creed/way of thinking that leads them to act the way they do both in everyday life and in this said situation. What makes this show incredibly enjoyable is that we get to see multiple perspectives of how to handle a situation like a Battle Royale with every character receiving a thoughtful depiction. Yes there is gore and yes there is violence, but stripped to its core Juuni Taisen is more like an episodic case study show of how characters would act/behave within the given world of Juuni Taisen.
Its a fairly straightforward story -> Characters connive, plan, team up and kill. Art is alright. Only thing to really note is CGI is used for once in an anime fairly seamlessly within the show, which not many shows have been able to manage to pull off. Sound fits the show and helps with characterizations. Again, despite this being an action anime this show shines the most at being a set of individual character studies. Some of the other reviews here dislike the fact that characters they became attached to... well died. If you are willing to accept that fact, this becomes a thoroughly enjoyable show to watch.
This show isn't going to have you thinking about large philosophical questions like a Shinseaki Yori, but it does what it sets out to do. Provide a Battle Royale where every character is provided characterization and their methods/ideas are explored and examined. I would sincerely say this is one of the most enjoyable anime of this season.
It's a good anime, but I see some problems. Like, if you really pay attention you can see the order of the deaths by just looking at the ending animation. And on the episode 9 the animation is not that good. But still funny to watch everybody dying in different and unexpected ways.
The anime doesn't give you time to enjoy the characters fully, but the flashback on their stories makes us like them a little more, even though they die very easily.I like the way lifes are so volatile and end so quiclky, it gives tension to the work and gives us more expectations.
The plot is weak, the fights are.... I'd say lackluster but they are over so fast. There is just no flow to this anime. The only halfway redeeming quality is the female competitors go around half naked, but it's not enough to hold your attention.
If you like story, don't waste your time. If you like character development, don't waste your time. If you like epic, mindless battles, don't waste your time.
This anime has nothing to offer except to eat some of your life.
I'm supposed to write a longer review, but there is nothing more that can be
said without spoiling some plot. Avoid Juuni Taisen. I keep waiting for that "cool episode" or the grand battle, but it's lame on top of lame.
The premise is like Fate zero, the animation is good, another than that there's nothing good. i didnt feel like I connected with the characters and apparently, some of the strongest competitors are weak and die so fast. it felt completely random who was going to die(with some exceptions) and most of the reasons for the death were completely stupid(i.e out of carelessness and honestly I think that's how most if not how most people died so far). I watched until ep 7). Also like the most helpful post said they just kill everyone then spit out of exposition(either before or after they die), it
barely lets you connect with the character if you even did connect with the character.
Juuni Taisen is a story about 12 warriors with exceptional capabilities killing each other until there's only one left who will have their wish granted, and some shady guys betting on them for world domination or whatever. Honestly this isn't explained at all and don't expect any explanation about this, the writers simply don't give a damn about writing a coherent scenario.
You know about character development, right? Well, when a character gets character development in this anime (via flashbacks), they are killed right away. Predictable doesn't even start to describe how terribad this is. The viewer doesn't know
anything about the background of the characters still alive, thus the viewer has no reason to care about them, thus this show is condemned to be trash until the very end.
The action scenes are fine, but since the viewer doesn't feel attached to any of the characters (since they either don't have any character depth, or will die shortly after getting some via a flashback), they have absolutely no appeal whatsoever.
There are 12 characters, 12 episodes, one killed by episode, the only depth they give to the characters is when they will be killed, so it doesn't contribute at all to the "story" (or rather lack of).
Don't waste your time.
Dropped at Episode 6 when main character got killed.
So it's very premature to be criticizing this show on the actual story, but so far the BEST and WORSE aspects of this show are the same characteristics. The story and more specifically the predictability of who will win.
Unlike fate, future diaries, battle royal, (hunger games in a way), and almost every other battle royal. THERE IS NO PLOT ARMOR. We don't have a main character that "Must survive" or that everything centers around. At first you are like oh yeah Boar is the main character totally a bad ass going to win it all.....
But NOPE dies right in the first episode. Watching it
now I feel like I know who wins due to a very obvious story fault, but even so I still feel like they might throw in a curve ball and knock us all away.
The downside is so far aside from Snake which their is tons of discussions about, they have all died in the order of the zodiac. This kind of defeats the purpose of not having plot armor, or not knowing who wins if you know the story they based this on. Even so I'm hoping snake is the exception and throws that idea out the window for the second half of the show.
Regardless this show is fantastic, one of the better battle royal series I've watched thus far, would defiantly recommend this to anyone.
Be Warned, this review contains Spoilers. (Not that it matters, this anime is so predictable and not worth it, spare yourself the time.)
Juni Taisen is among the most disappointing, and bad, anime I have ever watched.
The story; if it can even be called one, is your run of the mill 12 warriors enter a field and die. There is absolutely nothing plot-twist in this story, there's no big surprise because it's all executed in a fashion that after the first time it happens, you can summarise it'll happen for the next set of episodes.
The art was fairly mediocre, nothing interesting about it; The
character designs are fairly bland and generic as well. There was some CGI but it was eh.
Sound? Generic. Nothing to talk about.
This anime is so bland and generic you'd have more fun watching paint dry.
This anime is loosely based on the Zodiac Race. Is it worth your time? Definitely. Are you looking for a traditional Battle Royal anime? Then this is not for you.
The plot is what you will expect from a battle royal anime, but this time the focus is less on who is going to die, and more of a brief study of the aspirations and mindset each participating character has in this event. In that regard, it's also less about the battles themselves and more about the history and hubris of the characters; and in what way would it lead to their fate. If you
are aware of the Zodiac Race, or have seen the first two episodes, then you would know immediately in what order each character will die. Juuni Taisen also heavily utilises tropes of irony and poetry.
The combat scenes are well animated, despite not being the main focus. And the animation on a whole is consistent. There is one particular episode where the quality dipped lower than what's usual for this anime, but it wasn't to the point where the anime suffered. Computer generated animation was used in place of the more common 2D hand-drawn animation in that episode, but it was done in a way that it didn't matter.
The art for the characters are well-done as well. Each character has their own distinctive look and are easily recognisable from each other. They also have their own special way of walking and running, which helps sell each of their personalities. The background art doesn't stand out, and works how it was intended.
As for the sound direction, there aren't any particular standout soundtracks. There is only one piano track which stood apart from the rest. Otherwise, the opening and ending are standard fare.
Overall, you will find enjoyment out of this series if you have more interest in learning the history of the characters and wondering how they'll die, rather than musing about who will die.
Going off of 7 episodes thus far, this anime promised a lot with the trailers but didn't really deliver in my opinion. I enjoy horror/gore and action anime but when it doesn't have a plot then its rather boring to me.
The anime as we all know it, is a battle royale between the 12 zodiac warriors. They must all fight to be the last one standing and whoever is left alive wins and gets a wish granted.
Characters: We got to sort of meet all of the characters at this point. We know what Boar, Dog, Chicken, Monkey, Horse and Rams lives were like
and what they were trying to do. However, when it came to Chicken and Monkey, their stories or at least their mini character arcs weren't really clear or were rather mediocre. It seemed rushed particularly for chicken with the whole her emotional susceptibility; yet shes a cold hearted liar who can deceive anyone. Seeing as it is a battle royale , chances of having a favorite are slim if any character really appeals to anyone.
Art: It's not the greatest but its not the worst either. There are some interesting character design choices...... particularly with Chicken, Monkey, and Tiger. Considering they are going to be in an all out war they are the least dressed for that. Likewise with Rabbit, I'm curious to know why they changed his outfit from the beginning to what he is during the battle.
Honestly I just think the story is not catching my attention because it spends an entire episode giving you backstory and trying to get you to feel bad for some of these characters who weren't exactly good people either. To then get 5 minutes of a bit of action and then the inevitable death of said character. I am skeptical as to how this is going to develop further.
Sometimes stories of authors who have had a recognized work are animated under the idea that they work only for the recognition of the author.
Some examples are Elfen Lied (decent) and gokukoku no brynhildr (garbage).
Or another example we have Mirai Nikki and Big Order.
This time we have Nisio, Isin who is the author of Monogatari Series and the adaptation of his work Juuni Taisen that follows the same idea as before. Let's start.
Story (1): 12 warriors must fight for the last one to win a wish. The premise would not be bad if it were not because it is too predictable. Anyone becomes a clairvoyant
while he sees this.
In addition, the story of the characters is almost half of each chapter, which would not be bad if it were not for that they are 12 and this series only has 12 episodes. It is boring to see a flashback of some character and he will die immediately. In short the worst possible story without coherence.
Art (1): Actually at the beginning was decent, but the last episodes are really bad, becoming unpleasant the little detail of the characters and their expressions.
This is the Paint Level + Bad CGI
Sound (6): It's decent. the sequence of the opening is good and the ost of the series equal, but the truth is that the characters die so fast that the addition of music does not help much.
Character (1): bad background stories, the characters do not develop, they do not plan interesting strategy, they are bland. Nothing more to say.
Enjoyment (4): The idea of knowing who survives is what motivates me to continue this for so long.
Overall (1): God save you from spending your time on this.
I don't know why people say this anime o terrible. this is so good anime, this is a real battle royale. you have no time to show off skill like anime FATE. you have no time to talk to much and have a less action. this is a real battle royale anime
12 warrior must killing each other, and there is a time limit, because they all swollen a poison. sure the normal thing you finish the game is killing so fast as you can.
I watch Anime Fate before and Too much Show off. people meet, show off their skill and nothing happen, just show off
but Juunitaisen more real. as the game started, they directly kill each other. I give this anime 8 score.
In Juuni Taisen, 12 warriors are battling to death. That's it, ok. So, the first impression of the anime was: "There are going to exist a variety of strategies for each warrior, and this is the anime focus." But no. The anime focus on the past of each warrior, to see their difficult past.
Let's start by the Art and the Sound (7 and 6, respectively): The 3D element is well used in the anime, and that was the only thing that caught my attention about the art. About the sound, well... I like the opening.
Character (8): The characters are very well made, and have defined
types of thought. As the anime shows their past, the characters gets closer to the viewer. The exception to the rule is like, the Horse.
Story (5): It have no story, its literally 12 guys fighting to grant a wish. Just that and the backstory of each warrior.
Enjoyment (4): Sounds like a cliche right? But it isn't. It presents a Fate type of story but it tells us the backstory of each character, all in 12 episodes. I didn't watch the entire anime, at this time I've completed 10 episodes, but it is very boring to watch because is predictable.
Overall (6): Watch Juuni Taisen if you like to see individual stories, because the main one it's just so irrelevant and predictable that it turns out to be boring.
Battle royale between 12 character for getting any one wish. What wish? Who gives it? Why is city empty? Who cares. Lets have some amazing fights........or lets just go looking at 12 backstories of some random guys you just so you can just see them dying 5 minutes later.
Story: This is one of the main reason why its mediecre at best. More than half of story is flashback for every character which also mean that this character will die very soon. It these flashbacks it always is about some pseudo-philosofical teory why somebody fight or what is and isnt good or another bullshit. This is
not reason a started to watch these series. I want to see good fight, i want to see intrique, betrayal, suprise atacks, guessing who will die first. None of this is here. Every fight with one exeption end one minute after it begins many times with some deus ex machina move. First time is really suprising and refreshing after many shonens which can have 5 minute of fight have in 3 episodes. but after third episode it gets boring and predictable. And another problem is that is not suprising who will die next. There is way to know it and you dont even have to give it much thinking. I knew who will die in episode 9 after i saw just 3 episodes. So you have series who wants you to guess who will die next but also it will just tell you before it even begins. 3/10
Characters: I must say characters are little bit interesting. Every character have his way of killing which could be interesting to see. Every character have some reason to go to this deathmach some of them even know they wont probably survive but they still go there. Some of them have even some kind of special power which can make fight even more interesting......but its one why isnt nearly as good how it could be. There is little bit of spoiler. One of the character is necromant(it was shown in first episode so not much of spoiler). So instead of seeing some interesting fights with clash of ideals or protecting someone. we have fight agaist corpse. which can move even without head. How can be this interesting? Also this whole ability have some really big asspulls. Some of the charactercs can be little bit interesting but thats about it. 5/10
Sound: Unfortunately i never give much attetion to music so cant say if its good or bad because without opening/ending i never can remember any of music. I must say that i quite liked them so i dont see any problem here. 6/10
Art: It started good. nothing exeptional but not bad either. But with every episode it gets worse to the point you can see bad links without even trying. It may be because lack of funds or more probably lack of time. But still its not good. 4/10
Enjoyment: Like i said it started really good after first 2 episodes it would be clearly 9/10 but then it started to go down really quickly. Seeing flashback every episode with it taking it at least half of episode it gets boring. And because i already know winner and even order of dying it takes away every little suprise. And the bigges problem its anime about fighing almost without fighting. How can this be any good? 4/10(and gets lower)
Summary: It had really good potetial being first true battle royal without clear winner from begining. Unfortunately it got lost in endless backstories with actual fight taking less than 5 minutes in every episode. Overall 5/10 with one point taking it for having potetial.
Junni Taisen technically is an anime following the same concept as the Fate series. Yet it effectively looked so bad in comparison.
Character development is just dump a long frustratingly annoying backstory then kills them in the instant. The character-viewer connection is near non-existent so we've given little reason to root or like them in any way. And personally the lack of recognizable protagonist makes it hard to invest in this anime.
Seems like its only purpose is blood, guts and actions with little character development.
All in all, its a frustrating to watch and just painfully hard to see this anime as anything but
a shallow action anime that I can easily forget once its all done.
Only positive is that at least it has a relatively interesting character in Ox but even then we'll never know if he'll bite the dust next either.
Only action-centric people can enjoy this purely for its action but for people like me who needs excellent characters to enjoy any anime, its just not my thing. I've only rated it 6 out of generousity and hope it gets better soon but I have my doubts.
This Anime is boring with just killing as a plot device. The Anime is predictable in which character dies next. Just look at the end credits and it will tell you the order they die in with the exception of the snake the order it exactly like the end credits.
I would say the show it boring and lack character development but it isn't the worst anime I personally have ever seen. This Anime also doesn't know how to create characters with proper development and the only one who seems interesting to me is the monkey but tat doesn't matter anymore. Now that I think
about this anime it is like Fate series but bad writing and zodiacs instead.
If you are look for a fighting or killing anime where it isn't predictable as this one. I would recommend fate/zero or Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku