When his clan is wiped out by a beautiful demon, young Taikobo finds himself in charge of the mysterious Houshin Project. Its mission: find all immortals living in the human world and seal them away forever. But who do you trust—and whose side are you really on—when you've been trained to hunt demons by a demon?
I love the Houshin Engi manga, so when I saw it was going to receive another anime, I was hopeful this one would cover the whole story and do a decent job on its adaptation. Sadly, I was wrong. The first episode already shows, for the worse, big differences between the two. The story is badly told, you can't understand much if you don't know it already. It also doesn't cover all the facts you should know and rushes in a way you feel dizzy from watching.
I still recommend the manga, but this anime shouldn't exist.
Ah, the opening song is good, at least.
Well hakyuu houshin engi what a clusterf*ck of emotions this is.I still wonder why im watching it.
Coeherent storytelling? pfft who needs that, all you need is a bunch of cool looking locales and scenery to tell a story.Seriously the passing of this anime is horrendous, if you advert your eyes for mere seconds you lose any track of where you were since this anime just likes to skip around in places to deviate your attention from the unholy characters this show pretains, introducing new characters basically every episode only to be done with them by the end of such, voiding them of any further
emotional and/or character development.
Once you dislike an animes' story, or more so its delivery, you start to notice details or in this case obvious designs that you would otherwise let slide. The character designs on this series as a whole aren't bad per say, but don't quite fit in as much since, due to the bizarre look they hold, seem to cut off the serious tone the show intends to demonstrate at times.Speaking of backgrounds and animation the first one is good but not incredible although there were some moments where the portrayed world was beautiful due to the backgrounds and open settings and the latter is decent with few errors or slips and for the most part consistent.
Nothing stands out except the op,it's only good because the artists are good enough said.
Every episode gets me closer to depression.
Terrible adaptation and shows how much care they take for the original work.
Hakyuu Houshin Engi clearly has a very small viewing audience atm, and (seemingly) has been attacked at various angles that will likely prevent many from starting this anime at all.
Which is a shame! Hakyuu Houshin Engi has merit. It's art style is unique. The storytelling, while strait forward, includes a lot of moving parts. The characters are probably the weakest link, with all of them fulfilling roles in which they stay within a certain margin. The hero is a hero, the villain is diabolical - so on and so forth. I feel this approach is ok though, because (imo)
this anime focuses on the overall story arc, and not the character interactions.
Who will like Hakyuu Houshin Engi? Fans of Chinese action cinema - especially the really far out type movies like Swordsman II, Master of the Flying Guillotine, & (especially) Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain. Hakyuu Houshin Engi feels like it takes place in the same world as Zu: Warriors in fact. So, my guess would be both draw heavy inspiration from Chinese folk tales.
What is the world? Classic asian middle ages where humans and senin (immortal demons) work for or against one another in various ways. The main character is a senin who's goal is to protect humans from his own kind, which makes his position a constant challenge. Many senin want to rule, or do as they want without interference, while others strive for more peaceful co-existence.
There are a lot of characters, and they are not all on the same team - and there is subtlety to allies and their motivations. This isn't four main characters, who always are together, each with defined roles. There's a bunch of grey areas with regard to characters, which (I guess) is complicated? Not really - this anime is strait forward as long as one brings a little intelligence to the experience.
I would put all the production values at above average, but not spectacular. The strongest element, to me, would be the art design. Everything has an interesting look, from the architecture to the floating islands, clothing, character design, and all the magical effects. It's just a cool looking anime, and fun to watch.
I rate this overall as a 7. While far from classic, this anime does a lot of things right. It does occasionally fall flat on it's face in a scene or two - odd, tonally separate scenes that can really feel out of place. Other times a lot of the characters just talk there way through long sections, where it feels like the writers are unloading story without showing any action. But these moments are outliers through 11 episodes. Still a long way to go, but I feel this anime could go in either direction (better or worse) from here.
While there certainly is some fan service and predictable elements in Hakyuu Houshin Engi - by and large it has a unique approach that separates itself from most anime. If the viewer feels a bit out of place? The old rule, watch at least 3 episodes, maybe 4 or 5 in this case, and judge for yourself at that point.