The scary great king comes from the other side of the sea... The big incident "Genkou" that shook medieval Japan is being drawn in an original way in this historical anime, along with the beginning of the Samurai!
Yes, YES. This is what i expect of a fucking history anime from 2018.
This anime is soooooo good. The art style is clean, the mc is a fucking badass, and its historical. Get your ass ready for some fighting scenes from ~1300.
Its basically a story about a samurai who got expelled and now has to fight as a slave from another city who bought him.
The characters are nice. Not really indept only the mc really has a backstory so dont worry if you forget everyones name COUGH
I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS NOT MORE NEEDED JUST WATCH IT!
Historical anime is all the rage now with Golden Kamuy as an establishment in the current seasonal lineup, and here comes a series that was airing in its quietness whilst the current below-average seasonal lineup that is seriously underrated and deserves to be watched amongst the rest of the pile.
Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion, as a series, if you're wondering what the context of this story is actually based on, it's taken from the real life occurrence of samurai defending Japan from the first-ever Mongol invasion, more specifically, following the Battle of Bun'ei (or the First Battle of Hakata Bay) in 1274, with the difference
that the exiles, led by former swordman-cum-samurai and one of the princes from the Kamakura Shogunate, Kuchii Jinzaburoh, along with his mercenary of exiles, once prisoners from Hakizaki and banished into exile to Tsushima Island, to help save the distressed people of Tsushima and beyond from Kublai Khan's reigning power to conquer Japan.
And yeap, even though this is content-heavy on the historical aspect, don't rely on it too much as the action-drama will take the art and animation into fruition, and SPOILERS, while the art and animation by NAZ is historical painting that looks good and delivers it fluently, it's use of blood and overtones will be substantial to the series as it displays even the crudest of the crude death shots from beheading to straightforward stabbing without much blood-spurting, so if you're fine watching action scenes like this, then go ahead.
The music is another solid job done as the OST stands well on its own caliber, engaging the historical aspect of the series with the story and dramatical settings that it shows on the small screen.
It's easy to see that this anime has been largely well-hidden under the rubble of the seasonal lineup stigma. I will say this, if you ever encounter this show somewhere, make sure you watch this underrated series that's quite detailed to history in real life with a few mods.
As if the story and characters were written by a bunch of 8 years old kids.
Some island at the end of Japan is in the way of a Mongolian invasion, thus the Mongols want to take control of it; locals think otherwise. That is the gist of the story. Sounds good enough, right? I expected a bit more serious war-story. You know, plans, tactics, mind-games, stealth, trickery, sabotage, top 10 anime betrayals, grim reality of war and death... Yeah, none of that, really.
Without much spoilers; there are (or at least, gonna be) two teams of most unique characters, one on the side of the Mongs,
one on the side of the Japs. I say "unique" but they're really the typical "special" kind of anime characters, sticking out like a sore thumb. Wearing ridiculous outfits, being the only blonde/white haired character, being 120cm short anorexic midget or being 250 tall bull on a steady steroid diet, or being the beautiful, compassionate and determined flower of a princess whom everyone wants to shag... If they stick out, they're important. Their abilities are similarly anime-esque. Night vision, inhuman swordsmanship, casually hopping a hundred meters, wearing plot armor and defying logic. They'll all massacre countless faceless, no-name enemy troops to stick out even more and their actions will be justified.
Speaking of actions, at some point I thought there will be a couple of character who'll play the role of the genius tactician, and, well, I was kind of right. Just kind of, because the show does try to portray them genius even though their actions are just as idiotic as the actions of their polar opposites, the arrogant, possibly retarded figureheads who think they know everything better because reasons, like being royalty or not being on death row. Lucky them, no matter how stupid they might be or how much they screw it up,
as long as they really believe in their actions,
as long as it comes from their hearts,
as long as they give it their best shot,
their actions will be justified and forgiven, described as bravery, they will be hailed (or remembered) as heroes.
Even if they kinda just lose, say, half an army in like 10 minutes.
Visuals... Someone decided to try and make the visuals look more authentic by adding a crumpled, brown paper-like overlay. It's an eyesore, really. Animation's okay, art style is kinda meh but not the end of the world.
Sounds are OK-ish, bit too much shouting when not necessary in a fairly unbelievable tone but otherwise VAs did fine. Music was forgettable.
In the end, I feel like I've wasted my time spending 4 episodes on it when one would've been plenty enough. Unlike, say, Sponge Bob which is obviously meant to be a stupid joke, this show tries to be serious, but it fails spectacularly.
But make no mistake, I do not hate this show. That's not because I'm willing to forgive its atrocious stupidity, but because it made no attempt to make me like, or be curious about any of the characters. At the end of the day, I walked away simply not caring about any of it.
I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone over 13 or so.
We have historical anime series here which looks like the combination of Avatar the Last Airbender and Basilisk. We have princesses, different opinions and ninjas with sword. All that cool stuff in one packet. The first possible setup that comes to your mind after thinking about a story related to these factors, is -- with extra high accuracy -- the plot of this series.
The characters have been polished beyond belief so that not even single soul could mistake their purpose in the series to be actual real persons with personalities. The main character looks like a tryhard attempt to not be anything like Furuta Sasuke
(Hyouge Mono) or Xin Li (Kingdom).
Thus far, this series is a rather weak take on its genre. Suffering massively from the lack of build up and world building, centering around characters which have given us zero reasons to care about their shit and reasons to fight. On top of that, the source material for this has been running for 5 years, yet the anime will only be 12 episodes. There are little to no changes of it getting any better. I am also certain it won't achieve anything during its runtime.
This series also contains the single most pathetic attempt to capture raining in animation. I am fairly sure they had 4 pieces of transparent membrane which they further gave to a family of rabies-infected cats that attacked and scratched them for several days until they died. After this was done, they filtered he video thru these 4 papers by swapping them 76 times a second in randomly generated order. "Looks like rain to me." About half of all scenes are filtered with highly visible filters that look like there is a still layer of wax paper over the actual anime. It was so weird I had to check from several sources if the raw file was just fucked, but apparently no, it's all intentional. Perhaps the production can be blamed for the series to suck so hard from other factors, too.
Despite all the problems the series has, for some reasons that are beyond my understanding: I don't hate this anime, instead have been able to enjoy most it, and for some reason, am interested to know how this season will actually end. For that reason, I conclude this is just mediocrity and not terrible.