Spinoff based on the Nintendo DS RPG game by SEGA, released in Japan July, 2008.
In a world where humans serve as livestock for the ruling beastman, and where sand fills the roles of water and fire. Kyrie is recruited by the "World Destruction Committee" to assist in putting an end to their world. Kyrie alone holds the power needed to do it.
The biggest problem with adapting a game is that all too often the reason for doing it has come from the marketing department rather than any desire to truly retell the game's story. Because of this, no effort is made to improve on the source material, and the whole thing becomes nothing more than a glorified advertisement for a game that probably isn't selling as well as the producers had hoped.
Part of the problem stems from the fact that the original storyline is normally standard RPG fare, the kind of generic sword and sorcery tale that seems all too common in the games market and
normally involves saving the world from "the ultimate evil" - which usually involves running around in circles while you try to pick a fight, levelling up, exploring the "world", levelling up, going into the homes of total strangers and stealing their possessions and money, more levelling up, etc, etc, etc. It's pretty obvious that the people who dream up the various plots and story lines for these games aren't really pushing the boundaries of imagination.
Unfortunately, the same is generally true for their anime adaptations, and World Destruction is just another example of a generic RPG spawning a generic fantasy anime. The only difference is that this time the anime was released before the game.
The story is set in a world where humans are ostensibly slaves serving the various races of beast men known as Ferals, and follows the adventures of Kyrie Illunis, who somehow winds up travelling with the notorious human Morte Ahserah, the leader of the "World Destruction Committee", a group whose sole purpose is to destroy the world.
Doesn't sound too generic does it? Well, aside from the obvious comparison to Planet of the Apes, the idea of humans rebelling against their non-human masters isn't a new one. The problem though, is that World Destruction tries to be unique by throwing in the idea that the only way to save the world is to destroy it. Unfortunately this doesn't really work as, aside from the obvious "World Salvation Committee" getting the way (seriously, who thought up these names), the plot itself relies on generic methods and devices to move the story forward.
The simple fact is that while the pacing and flow may not be that bad, the reliance on storyline stereotype is pretty obvious from the outset. That's not to say that the story is bad though, but aside from the whole "destroy the world" aspect, most of the plot has been done before (in one form or another), and done better.
Now given that this is a show by Production I.G. one could fairly expect some decent animation and visuals, and for the most part the series delivers. The only problem is that because this is a game adaptation/advertisement, the design of, well, pretty much everything, was already done beforehand. Because of this, there is very little scope for any advancement in the visuals as the last thing Sega wanted was for the anime to look better than the game it was supposed to sell.
That said, the animation is pretty good throughout the series, and there are some nice visual effects used in various scenes. The character design leaves a lot to be desired though, in particular because Sega made no effort to step away from the altar of genericism when making the game.
World Destruction has a pretty solid cast, but like so many other game adaptations, this does not automatically equate to great acting. Once again the issue lies with the plot itself, in particular the fact that the game is constructed in a particular manner, and thus the character interactions are already defined in a certain way. The anime manages to flesh out various points, however there is nowhere near enough depth in the story to bring out the best in the seiyuu.
The acting isn't bad, but it's not great either.
As far as the music goes, it's pretty standard fare throughout the series. The thematic music is decent, however the overall effect on the atmosphere of a given scene can sometimes be disjointed. This is also reflected in both the OP, "Zero" by AAA, and the ED, "Kaze no Kioku: To the End of the World" by Aimmy. The former is a strange blend of dance music that doesn't really suit the style of the show, while the latter is a "bittersweet" ballad.
To be perfectly frank, the music is just a little bit overdone, and a bit too ostentatious for my liking.
It should be pretty obvious by now that World Destruction is pretty generic in its approach to fantasy, and this is reflected in the characters as well. The two leads are decent enough, however the show, like the game, doesn't really develop the characters as much as one would like. Granted there are efforts made to allow some growth, but in the end the generic characterization and the number of episodes precludes any substantial development.
Now, one would think after all of those points that I didn't enjoy World Destruction, however I found the show to be watchable, and at times enjoyable. The problem is that there is a very disjointed feel to the series, and the generic nature of the show doesn't really help as it only makes the flaws more obvious.
The main issue though, is that this show is nothing more than one of many adaptations that are nothing more than an attempt to make more money, and because of this there is no effort to make the anime more enjoyable for the viewer. While there are some interesting ideas used in the series, essentially this is nothing more than another good versus evil story, and not the best one out there by any measure.
Still, if all you're after is no-brain entertainment, then you could do worse.
THE REAL PREMISE:
In a world where oceans are made of sand, and beastmen have rule over humans, a woman seeks to unlock the secrets of the "destruct code" in order to destroy the world. Her motivation: her brother was killed by beastmen. She involves 2 others who engage in some antics until episode 9, when they finally start to unravel the truth behind the "destruct code."
- The standard action/adventure plot has a nice twist at the end.
- The characters are likeable, though not immediately so (it took me 8 episodes to warm up to them).
- The character designs for beastmen
are a bit silly. Humans with animal ears? Really? A man with a crocodile's head named Dr. Crocodile? Really?
- Episodes 1 - 8 don't further the plot very much.
Most of the anime is your standard adventure story. There's a twist at the end, but even then, it won't be anything you've never seen before. Also, episodes 1-8 don't advance the plot very much; so, I suggest watching the first episode, and asking yourself, "Do I like these characters enough to stick around until episode 9?" Once you get that far, the anime actually gets really good.
“Sands of Destruction” turns things around. Instead of being the guys who are saving the world, the main cast are the one trying to destroy it. This might lead you to believe that this is going to be a dark show, after all they are the “bad guys” this time. That couldn't be further from the truth. Almost nothing in the show is taken seriously, making the show a very carefree experience.
The premise plays out like this. A group of 3 people are trying to destroy the world, these 3 people are appropriately call “The World Destruction Committee”. The plan to destroy the world is
to use, what else, the “World Destruct Code” witch happens to be an easy to carry pocket size black ball. Only one problem stands in their way, they have no idea how to use it. In actuality 2 out of the 3 don't really want to destroy the world, they are only along for the ride because the government thinks they are part of the “The World Destruction Committee” and can't go back to their old lives. Even the 3rd person seems to spend more time trying to convince people that she wants to destroy the world then actually trying to destroy the world. The group apposing “The World Destruction Committee” is call, of course, “The World Salvation Committee”. These are the bad guys, but they are the ones trying to save the world so how bad can they really be. The whole thing is absurd, but it is absurd in a hilarious and good way.
The show doesn't spend a lot of time developing the story. For the most part they seem to go around not getting any closer to the goal of destroying the world. The show does give reasons why they go from place to place but for the most part it is just them wandering around for 10 episodes. However it all comes together at the end and out of no were manages to pull off a really good ending. A pleasant surprise to a show that otherwise didn't have that strong of a storyline.
Even though this show is mainly a comedy it manages to throw a few action scenes in it. No a whole lot but the couple that make it in the show are entertaining. Many times it actually ends up being more comical then action but still fun to watch.
The characters really work well together. Morte, Kyrie, and Toppy make up “The World Destruction Committee”. Morte is a hot headed female and the one who is trying to destroy the world. Plus she has this cool giant blade thing has her weapon of choice. Kyrie is a laid back male lead. His biggest concern most of the time is were his next meal is coming from. He tries to convince Morte to not destroy the world from time to time but not because he actually cares if the world is destroy it is just that the whole thing seems like a lot of trouble to him. Lastly there is Toppy, an adorable yellow teddy bear with an eye patch. He hates when people call him a teddy bear so Morte and Kyrie call him it all the time. On the other end “The World Salvation Committee” is made up of Lia and Naja. Yes thats right the world is in danger of being destroyed and the army sends 2 people. Lia's solution to everything is to punch people first and ask questions later. Naja spend most of his time convincing Lia to not hurt people. Both teams manage to play off one another personalities for a lot of comical moments.
The animation is sufficient. The colorful art style is appropriate for the mood of the show. Nothing is wrong with the animation it just fails to impress.
“Sands of Destruction” is a nice easy going show. It never takes itself serous enough to try and push morality on you. An absurd but entertaining story line and a cast that can hold your interest. Just a fun little comedy.
Sands of Destruction also known as World Destruction Commitee!!(WDC)
My overall score is 9!!!
A WORLD WERE BEAST MEN LIVE WITH MEN AND WHERE MEN ARE RULED BY BEAST MEN.
Overall the story could of been better,Why? becuase during this whole show the Characters Morte,Kyrie and Toppy travel and help people out.Mostly through out the show they have enemies A.K.A. World Salvation Commitee(WSC).
The action is awesome did I tell you there's a lot of action!!!?,the enjoyment is worth it but will you be able to watch the whole show? I did becuase I wanted to see if my predictions were or are going to be correct.Seems to
me it kind of was.
The art is really creative and the creater's world is really well done I love the show wished it had more episodes because all the good stuff were solved in the end and it just ended to me a cliffhanger, I would love to see more of their world and more of "Someones" powers !!!This show started of Very Good then turned out to be really good.In the end you get attached to the characters and would like to know more just like I do. maybe I should get a DS and play the game.