I am editing my review for the full season: here it is.
I made a review which was ep1-10. By god, the last two episodes were awful... just... oh man i never wanna watch something that bad again.
This show had a neat first season. I liked it through its flaws and simplicity, but that is something I can't say about the second season.
First season was a pretty neat story of someone with no background making it to the upper echelons of society by his own talent and natural dispositions. Second season? A giant bird invades a city and we have to stop
it (rwby much?). Ok everyones dead, good thing I didn't care about any of them... Oh you're telling me a girl with no usability of her legs escaped death multiple times to arrive at a underground shelter safely? sure. Oh, MC just drank a pool of water that was supposed to be super important? k.
Its just not good. Its so boring it makes my eyes roll at times. So predictable I could have predicted the whole of the season in the first episode or two. And its not a testament to my predicting skills, it was truly not innovative in any way.
The story is truly a predictable, cliche pile of stereotypes and absurdity. The way the MC achieves the next level of magic is just absurd and so predictable...
Art: 8/10, same as season 1
Same reasons as season 1. Nice art, cool designs, sick magic, neat environments.
The art is the best part about the show. The magic at the end was especially neat... But bear in mind, the art is not unique or telling of the story at all. The only reason it is rated this high is because it is pretty. I mean sure it looks like it came from 2014, but its still a pretty show.
Voice acting doesnt have the awkward laughs (praise) that the first season had. OST is meh at best. It is just mediocre at best.
This was a problem in the first season, characters were not fully developed.
BUT the second season has the audacity to kill of some of the already underdeveloped cast because story and character motivation... Honestly theres only one or two actually interesting characters, past that, all the characters are bland and generic. The last three episodes come and it is simply a mess of a show and its character unrelatable and boring. No motivations were fleshed out, no deep backstory setup, no interesting dialogue between the characters, literally nothing to note! It pisses me off because other shows have done this same exact thing but 100x better.
:ohgod: i liked the last season, was one of my favorites (i like OP mc's). But this one has really lost my attention due to it being so predictable. In the last few episodes, iit just became blatantly obvious that the show was a cliche mess that had no innovation whatsoever.
I like OP MC's, usually I rate em pretty high depending on the cliche-ness of them. But this was just absurd, there was literally no innovation, a crappy cliche story, horrible characters, and really was not that enjoyable to watch near the end because half the time I was asking "why the fuck is this happening, this is absurd" rather than actually being engaged in the 'powerful youth' bs. I came back each week to watch it because I did want to see the end, but near the end of the series, It just spiraled into a mess where I knew what was going to happen 4 episodes in advance.
Between the visuals and sound, this show is truly a pain to watch past the 6-7th episode. Everything is just predictable, boring, and archetypal.
I would not suggest the second season to anyone. The first season I would, but not the second.
Reasons you should watch this anime:
1. Moderately entertaining and short enough you can finish in 2 sessions when you are really bored. Then forget it existed completely.
Reasons you should not watch the animes:
1. extremely poor voice acting, MC sounds like poorly paid amateur. And fit to voice a stupid side character than the main lead.
2. MC has no personality, no flaws, nothing interesting about him. Just more power than everyone else, more attention, etc etc. This seems to be a recurring theme in chinese anime. They simply don't know how to write a human being. Only some 5 year old kid's idea of a hero.
Everyone's praising the MC every 2 seconds, you'd get sick of it really fast. You would think after years of naruto, bleach, the new hero academia series, they would pick up on the formula to a flawed shounen hero who has to work to get power and fame. Or noblesse / overlord type series where MC is OP, but focus and time of the show is on weaker characters he protects from the shadows.
3. Animation Quality - i personally forgave this because I know chinese studios won't have the nice budget that Japanese established studios do, but still the action scenes are pretty bland in terms of animation and you have to use your imagination if you want to keep watching.
5. Music and Sound - cheese, over the top and unnecessary.
4. Subtitles : [for non chinese speakers] whoever did this is probably THE WORST subber in anime translation world. And i don't mean the translation. Every 2 seconds there's an irrelevant comment that has nothing to do with the show. Every 2 mins you break immersion and just wanna strangle whoever left those immature and unnecessary comments splayed all over the anime.
Okay well i've never written any reviews before, but the few on MAL seem to be exceptionally negative so i thought i might just try and out an opinion out there of some-one who although understands the number of flaws in the 2nd season and can see it is not a particularly well written anime, still very much enjoyed the series
I will try to keep this spoiler free as possible
Now maybe I do have a bit of a soft spot for anime set in a school environment with OP MCs, but i don't think this show was without its merits
I think if you want to
be able to enjoy this anime you have to go in with the thought that this is just going to be a fun filled fighting montage that lacks a particularly intelligent or ground braking new story. It certainly not as bad as the story for the other anime below a 7 rating in MAL that i have seen and don't think it deserves such a low rating
Story - 6/10
Now the story was a little bit all over the place, a few plot holes, but these are often just simple issues of characters not acting reasonably to a situation, Mo Fan being a prime culprit for this.
If your not able to overlook this kinda of thing, then i can imagine this show being a difficult watch for you
It is also a little easy to predict in in places, i did find myself on occasion successfully predicting what was happening next/next death
They make the classic anime mistake of randomly going into a little more detail for a random character, right before killing them off a couple times
This not only lets me know who they planning to kill next, but doesn't really add any emotion to the situation, because i still don't really care any more about them because of the couple of minutes of extra screen time you have given them (as i mention later no real backstory is given so its hard to connect with many of the characters)
Despite this i still very much found myself feeling sad/shocked just due to the shear brutality of the situation, and the overwhelming loss of life especially to young kids
There are 2 major differences between this season and the 1st
-They've tried to go much darker, with this season, characters are getting killed of left right and centre (although they get a bit carried away and just start killing off and putting time into characters I care almost nothing for)
-I quite enjoyed this dark twist on events, it gave a very apocalyptic feel which was a nice change from the first season started to wonder if mainish characters might actually die from quite an early point of the season
-I also enjoyed the one hit kill kinda style from the monsters this season, a problem I often find with anime is the insane amount of damage people can take before they die, so it was refreshing to see when people got slashed, they tended to just die after
-The 2nd season is spread over a time period of just a week or two, whilst the 1st is over a couple years
-This caused an issue because many of the side characters barely changed from the start to the end of the season (mentioned further in character section)
Oh also just one more thing, ridiculous ending, just doesn't bother answering anything in a cliffhanger for the next season
Other than that I did just about overall enjoy the story for the 2nd season
Art - 7/10
I think this is possibly the one area where there is actually a small improvement from the first season
But i guess thats what you would expect considering the 2nd season came out nearly 2 years later
I really like the artwork for the combo attacks when he uses both fire and lightning at the same time
Sound - 5/10
Nothing very special about the OST
Didn't like the opening or outro songs as much as the first season, they both sound a bit bland
Character - 5/10
I think this was one of the main issues with the anime (i touched on it in the story section)
But there is just a lack of character development i'm struggling to remember a single bit of backstory for any side characters/main characters
So a lot of the characters just feel hollow and only the around to die so the show can pretend that it could kill of anyone at any point
-The only character that really changed at all was our MC, Mo fan, and all that he did was get a bit stronger, I still know nothing of his life, why on earth he got teleported to this world, why does he have necklace that eats the souls of everything he kills?!?!
-And on that note their didn't really seem to be much difference between training for his tier 2 and tier 3 magic and, it would have been nice if they had done something different and more exciting instead of just recycling the first season
Enjoyment - 8/10
Regardless of all the flaws, I very much enjoyed this anime
I went in with the mindset of, hopefully this will continue off from the 1st season, sadly I was disappointed from that perspective
However I was given an entirely different anime to enjoy, that was a more ridiculous way darker and just lacked some of the story quality of the 1st season
Overall - 7/10
Overall i would still recommend the 2nd season to most people
I still watched it all in one sitting, and despite the lack of character progression still found myself wanting more, and often at points at the edge of my seat because i was always intrigued as to what was going to happen next to the students/town etc.....
I can see why a lot of people don't like it though, but i just think in order to enjoy it you just need to watch it for what it is, which is Mo Fan, (and the general, who is dench but they of course wait for the last episode to show you........) just going crazy and murking demons for 12 episodes
Anyway I hope this review helps anyone who's on the edge for whether or not to bother with the second season
I have to say that this anime is underrated, I mean of course it has some bad moments but there was not a single episode that I felt boring, while watching it I always wanted to know what happens next… so yeah it’s good for me and I recommend it.
And also I guess that not a lot of people like anime from China but I definite have to say that there are some great ones and at least this one is fair and decent.
So to anyone having doubts of watching it I would recommend it. Since as I have said the history is pretty good.