Yin and Ning are two sisters who have been wandering the land together ever since their village was destroyed by the villainous Taibai Empire. Their childhood friend, Zhao, has been enslaved by the Taibai himself, and uses his brilliance at tinkering and inventing to get by as a slave to the Empire's whims. One day, Yin accidentally discovers a legendary sword, which grants her fantastic abilities in combat, and allows her to summon a mystical, mechanical fox spirit named Yun, who is sworn to fight by her side. Meanwhile, Zhao is making fast friends with a mysterious young girl who just may hold a great amount of power within the Taibai Empire. As Zhao and the Fu sisters find themselves increasingly caught up in the Empire's battle for supremacy over the land, it will take all of the magic and might that the budding resistance armies can muster to turn the tide of war once and for all.
Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki is based on the 2004 Taiwanese role-playing game Xuan Yuan Jian Waizhuan: Cang zhi Tao, whose story is set in the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history (approximately 770–476 BC).
This anime is pretty much the definition of mediocre. It's not bad, but it really fails to capitalize on the rich setting and world they build. Characters are often introduced and just sort of exist without much development or interpersonal interaction. The way violence is used very casually lends so much potential to the show, but in the end they seem more interested in using that violence as a shock factor than to use it for character development.
That said there are some good things going for it. Their inability to put character depth beyond the main three characters actually works in
the case of the automaton, which in so many other anime would have a developed personality but which was in this show pleasantly flat and tool-like. The willingness of the animators to use real-life landscapes from China really adds a level of overall beauty to the show. And despite the mini-harem nature of the relationship between the main characters, the women aren't represented in a particularly weak or vulnerable fashion.
It's kind of aggravating because there were some characters I genuinely liked, but I feel like their motivations and feelings were really just incidental, and that their destiny had been written by the authors despite their personalities. By episode 4 I was really excited to see the developmental arc of the little sister, but two episodes later I'm facepalming as the authors immolate any possibility of her arc being enjoyable.
You should watch this anime if you have a soft spot for Chinese culture and history, if you like action anime and don't mind transformation scenes, or if you want to watch people be slaves to romance in the middle of wars killing thousands.
Is it just me or am I the 2nd one to make a review of this Chinese Themed anime, cu'z it seems that this anime was totally ignored as if a lotta guys sees this as if it ain't anime if there is no Japanese in it, like the quintessential katana, fan service and kimono in it??????Oh well, I guess they just can't accept such anime that has a lotta anachronism cu'z the setting was that in what can be called a warring states period of China were such mechs called Zhengtian should not exist , coupled with people that have super powers. so I
guess having people with super powers with some mechs on the sides basically complicates this anime , but then again some games should just remain as games than being given an anime adaptation, now don't ask me why, since I haven't have the foggiest , all I know that this isn't a sough after anime. so without further adieu, here is how I see this anime:
Story-Good 7: It was poor due to the setting , anachronism, and the fact that it center around the relationship with a guy name Zhao with his girls namely Ning, Yin and Cheng and the lives they lived after Zhao , Ning and Yin got separated during the Taiban's army assault in their village as they straggle to survive in a world where wars and misery were constant to one must take advantage every opportunity that arrives and that what exactly what happen to Ning and Yin when they join the rebels they enjoy having a roof over their heads and Zhao was able to enjoy power and luxury when he was saved by Cheng whom at first he has no idea who she is. From their things turns around when Ning and Zhao goes back to the same shit they endured in the hands of Cheng. Good as it maybe, it just ended in a cliff hanger.
Art-fair 6: Since there isn't any fanservices for any wolves to howl for, and the fashion was in tune for the setting.
Sound-fair 6: the rating was for Yin's seiyuu Mizuki Nana who was just too old to voice a young girls voice and Ning seiyuu Kugimiya Rie who still uses her signature childish voice that seemly hasn't change with age, but Yun'z voice Noto Mamiko was also too old to voice a young girls tone.
Character- Very Good 8: Ok, so in most case we see the harem get into some petty quarrel over a guy, but , here the quarrel over a guy was intense where we see Ning duke out with Yin over Zhao and Cheng being this bitch who falls for Zhao who is in love with Yin, where Cheng becomes this jealous yandere towards Zhao and Ning that she throw both of them back to the same shit that they came from only to take them back to be her playthings.......now this category is very good, cu'z Zhao ends up with Ning in the end.
Enjoyment- Good 7: Since the trill of what Zhao plans to do after he realizes too late as how much of a spoiled brat was Cheng that we the audience wish that she gets to have a taste of the same kind of shit that Zhao experiences when he was about to be executed, but it didn't happen.
Overall- Good 7: It maybe a good anime, but IMAO this should have just been left as a game than being given an anime adaptation.
Overall I give it 7/10.
If your bored and sifting through anime you missed in fall 2018 I would recommend watching this Drunk.
Every aspect is 7/10 its really just an "OK" anime
Story 7: the story is fairly unique and sparked my interest to keep watching.
I would be interested to see more episodes in the future even though there probably wont be. They didn't end the series on a cliff hanger, but there are unanswered questions.
Animation 7: the animation looks fair and the fighting sequences I`d say are
actually pretty under-rated. My
only complaint is the CGI looks pretty cheezy.
Soundtrack 8: The sounds were put together well, and the music was surprisingly entertaining.
Characters 7: This is the only thing I would say is lacking in the series. The main characters don`t have any problems, but Some of the supporting characters motives don`t make any sense or have any back ground to why they would make their choices.
I'll keep this short: I really enjoyed the overall plot and the main conflict of the characters but neither is going to fix the issues this anime has.
The CGI was a poor choice, most of the side characters are underdeveloped, the dialogue is in large parts underwhelming and the elements of magic and engineering are used too superficially for my taste.
I profoundly enjoyed that the show doesn't really allow you to have a single emotion towards any of the four strongest developed characters, best shown in Ning, a character you'll dislike from the start to the very end for being a horrible
person and you'll still feel profoundly horrified by the level of abuse she's put through.