As society rises from the ashes of war, cybernetically augmented arena fighters battle for fame and fortune... or die trying.
It's the 19th century, and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of mechanical martial arts has galvanized the nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines.
Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hell-bent on winning in order to simply survive.
The new Netflix anime that nobody asked for but got anyways. Made by Polygon Pictures who are known for bringing us fully cgi anime that nobody wants but get anyways.
The new boxing anime called Levius.
We follow a young man named Levius who have made a reputation for himself as a metal boxer. Where you fight with prosthetic body parts with the help of a special kind of steam called Hyper Steam which you can control on your own.
I found the concept as well as the steampunk setting to be very interesting, but sadly they don't explore it that much or the world in general. Which
is sad because there is a lot of interesting things they could do with it (maybe they will in season 2).
Other than that I found the first half to be kinda boring because the characters don't have any specific goal to make me invested and there are no stakes. Which changes in the second half which made it a bit more enjoyable imo. It was also nice that some of the things he learned and people he met in the first half had some relevance in the second half which I didn't expect. [7/10]
Art and Animation:
CGI characters have never looked very appealing to me and it's the same here, but there are far worse cgi that I've seen so I didn't mind it that much. The backgrounds are nice though and I liked the early 1900's vibe but with more advanced technology.
The animation while clunky at times was pretty good and the fights were decent though predictable. I know most people wants to impale their eyes whenever they see cgi and if so then you should probably watch something else instead. CGI in anime can definently improve but I think this a step in the right direction.
Also would like to note that in some scenes the background characters didn't move which felt a bit lazy. [7/10]
Sadly the thing that lacked the most in this show.
There is very little time spent on fleshing out the characters and develop them in a meaningful way. There are some scenes for this mostly for flashbacks which isn't enough in my opinion.
Levius himself is a pretty boring character to me and we don't even get to know why he decided to fight in metal boxing until much later which is one of the reasons why I thought the first half was pretty boring. It's the same with the secondary characters who are either just helping Levius or is his opponent.
Barely noticed the music most of the time because everything else was usually louder.
But when I heard it it just sounded like it could have been in any other show than this. Not that it was bad but it wasn't memorable.
Voice acting was great and the perfectly fit the characters they had. I've come to expect it from most shows I've seen but it is always nice and improves the show.
Like I said the first half wasn't that entertaining to me. It picks up a bit when the characters have a clear motivation and goal. But I can't say it was peak entertainment either, it was just okay for the most part. Had a good enough pacing but I found it hard to care. Would have been improved had the character been more developed aside from flashbacks. [5/10]
There are very few things this show does really well but also few things it does really bad.
Watch it at your own risk as long as you are okay with watching cgi animation because I can't see you enjoy it a lot if you aren't.
Overall I found it to be pretty meh but there are certainly far worse shows you could watch.
So if you're waiting for the new season of Megalo Box and/or the next season of Hajime no Ippo that might never happen, then this might be worth checking out.
TL;DR middling show that is based more in its aesthetic than its story or characters.
Some spoilers, nothing explicit but implied
I will say that I enjoy story for what it is. A simple rising third rate boxer trying to move up the ranks with some mystery past is a good base and the pacing for growth is quite good except for the telegraphing. It’s good to foreshadow, it isn’t good when you can deduce an entire plot line of an episode the first time round.
The art is typical 3D Netflix affair but having recently watched Kengan Ashura, the fluidity is missing so I’m ranking it
as mediocre instead of Ajin level. I do enjoy the steampunk aesthetic but it is decent enough to not be jarring, though the uncanny valley is there at points.
Sound is standard fighting anime and I don’t notice anything jarring alongside the forgettable. The ED is melancholic and the OP sounds like a budget FMA Brotherhood so it’s good enough for me, the average joe.
Character is where it falls apart as Levius has all the personality of a silent protagonist/ Kirito. The main character is gruel. The uncle and engineer are decently written and the best characters alongside discount hisoka but the way they are conveyed lends no real weight behind their motivations. The “rival” is lower tier than the tea drinking gran and reads like “we need a female fighter as a love interest”. The opponents also read like trope villains with murderer who lost faith in X activity, beefy dude who thinks they’re the bees knees, childhood regret turned down the wrong path.
Overall, this show is mediocre in every sense of the word. It’s half decent but I feel nothing for the story or characters struggle besides it looks cool enough because the backstories seem half-assed and lack the heart to bring the investment up. Hence 6/10
Despite the CGI, the action of this show was actually interesting to watch, the fights were well build and had some basic to relentless strategy on it, although sometimes the scenes had some obvious low framerates and static/repetitive characters in the background, but no big deal.
As for the story, it seems decent, although it wont explore clearly the main characters intention and their reason to engage in fights from the beggining, which is kind good and bad at the same time, since it creates some environment of mistery while also kind of make hard to relate with them until later on, specifically Levius due to
his silent archetype and lack of expression, although such character construction suits his tragic past/trauma.
The opponent characters were ok, but ironically kind falling behind due to the fast progression in their story. Still the characters animation actually seems very lively (taking in consideration it's CGI). Overall, I'd give it 8, because despite a few flaws it have, I'm actually a fan of fighting genre and also due to the fact that this anime made me aware about it source, the manga, which was totally off my radar and I'm glad to learn about that excelent piece of art.
I surely wasn't expecting this show, but I'm glad it came.
Hope for a second season with all the covered aspects upgraded.