I've watched 7 episodes so far, and I have to say that Orion has taken a firm approach with the story and characters that was missing in Ares. I'm reviewing this show as a 20-year old dude who has been watching Inazuma Eleven for 8 years.
The story is much better; there is the usual scary organization behind the scenes that uses middle schoolers to take over the world or something. However, the team's response is finally worthwhile. Kidou gives no shits about the wholesome soccer spirit and actually fights back. Episode 6 in particular was so enjoyable because finally they decided to beat up their
enemies instead of the other way around. It was really funny to see the trope being reversed, and I laughed so hard in that episode
I also really like the progression of power in Orion so far. Goenji is as hype as I wanted, and his plays removed the stale taste from Ares. It's also great that Inazuma Japan is actually evenly matched with the other Asian teams, and they have to rely on beating the other teams' gimmicks rather than just getting powerups through the course of the match. I'm glad that they stopped the whole V2, V3, G2, G3 system and simply use hissatsu tactics, shoots and goalie moves. Endou's power up is great too, and doesn't feel forced. The team already has incredibly strong hissatsus like The Explosion, Perfect Penguins, so they can contend with the Asian teams while still developing even stronger ones that are world-level instead of Asia level.
Art is really good at times and acceptable most of the time. Kinda sad that it sometimes isn't as pretty. Music is awesome and gets me hyped.
Characters look good for now. Ichihoshi definitely will get a character development arc soon, and Kidou as usual is the best character of the series. Kidou, Gouenji, and Endou easily made Orion better than Ares, but so far Endou hasn't had as much impact as Kidou, Haizaki, Hiroto, and Gouenji. I'm looking forward to Nosaka coming back as he was the best character of Ares.
Overall I'm giving it a 9 because the show has broken some old annoying tropes, has paced itself well, and has a solid plot progression.
Story 6/10 :
Again a new system comes as always, but this time it is a bit too much. They included all the old characters and now kicking them out one by one. The FFI was also in the main first season, but this time too awkard.
Art 4/10 :
Well I don't know they are sort of time or money on the animation, but it is just worsening after each episode, definitionely not expected from animes such a shit animation.
Just as Inazuma franchise, 1 or 2 traitors are always there, they aren't developing much, except Endou and Inamori, all have accepted the traitor but just can't
kick him out, and they hit him in Australia, yet he is in perfect condition.
Enjoyment 8/10 :
As I like Inazuma franchise from since I was small, I still enjoy this anime as Endou and Gouenji are there.
Overall 7/10 :
It is somewhat decent series, but animation is worsening, might be worth watching once. If planning to watch one, watch the previous season first.
So as a Inazuma Eleven fan this really just hurts, that I have to write a review because this season of Inazuma Eleven has gone downhill so much from its previous season which also wasn't the best(I'm talking about Inazuma Eleven Ares no tenbin) and because I am such a Inazuma Eleven fan I tried to enjoy this I really did but it is just not it. Overall the animation is just really bad and the development of the story is just really rushed. The only small pluspoints I can give this new season is it use of old characters although they don't
seem to develop like they used to in the first season and the sound is alright the soundtracks are really fun and entertaining but the rest is just really bad sometimes there is not even a sound if the ball is passed. Anyway lets get to it.
Story | 5/10: To me the story feels really forced because they are using the same Inazuma Eleven formula again, there is a team they're the underdogs and there is a traitor within the team. And because of the same formula from the first season it really has gotten predictable. And because of it being so predicatble they tried to change it by adding a company known as the Orion Foundation just as an excuse to get rid of some characters by making a person that works for the Orion Foundation participate in a match and wound a player my for example throwing spikes on the ground like literally spikes (No the referees nor anybody else exept the players notice this). And because of this absurd way of getting rid of characters this story really is bad.
Art/Animation | 3/10: I already talked about this a little but the animation feels really and I mean really sluggish, Also there is no signs in improving, it just looks like they threw their whole budget into the game (that got delayed multiple times already) and because of that the animation is just straight up bad, if you look at the art/animation of Inazuma Eleven Go, Inazuma Eleven Go Chrono Stones and Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy the animation is just really bad. Though the animation is bad the art is al right I like the way they look more grown up, the old series made them look like they were kids which they are but I mean they looked like theyre from Primary school. Anyway the animation can only improve and the art can get better in its own way.
Sound | 5/10: I have mixed feelings about the sound, the OST's are good, they are reusing some of my favorite tracks from the previous seasons and the new ones are also likeable, but that is not the problem the problem with the sound lies within the sound effects. They are just so bad sometimes even the creators give op by not including the sound of a shot when the ball has been shot and that really is a waste because some great voice actors are working on this (Endou has same voice actor as Naruto Uzumaik Ichinose Kazuya has the same voice actor as Eren Jeager). But same as with the animation it can only get better!
Character | 7/10: I gotta say the characters are the best part of this season, lets start with the good part once; the base of the characters is there some of my all time favorite characters are in there, and I love seeing them mix in with the new characters who are likeable too, but the problem with the characters is that because there are this many characters some characters get no development or the development feels forced, they solved this problem in the first season and in the Go season, but in this season they really didn't put any work in this and its a shame because again the characters are so likeable but because they can't develop naturally really hurts.
Enjoyment | 4/10: As I mentioned already I tried my hardes enjoying this but it is just not good I was so hyped up when I saw that there was going to be more Inazuma Eleven action because Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin was not too bad, they had some of problems but not as much as this anime has so far, its just really unsatisftying to see one of my favorite shows I grew up with end up being so bad. But once again they can only get better from here on.
Overall | 5/10: so I rate this anima a 5/10 just because it is the sequel of a great anime if this was a first season I would have given it even less. It really hurts inside me that I have to give it this low rating and I wasn't too strict while rating it because it is the sequel of the show I grew up with but I just can't give it higher then a 5 sorry people who are enjoying this and if you are good for you I sincerely hope you will keep enjoying it but this show just is not what I was hoping it was.
well then that was a lot of work but I guess my unsatisfying feeling is gone a little, see you around people!