Xanadu is based on one of the earlier jrpg franchises out there and thus feels like a part of a bigger universe. Its premise is extremely interesting, with a futuristic ai assisted combat tripod being isekai-ed into a world of magic and mind baffling schizo tech. On top of that, there is a world destroying dragon of legend present in the story. There is an exciting promise of an epic showdown between these extreme destructive powers from two very different worlds.
But just look at that run time! At little over 50 minutes, we all know how this will turn out. Like other fantasy ovas such
as Gude Crest or Wizardry, the hype built up for this great evil force is for naught and the role played by the isekai elements eventually takes a back seat to story elements from the rpg games instead.
Despite the squandered potential of a cool premise, the anime still has plenty of wackiness to offer as one would expect from an obscure old ova. Some of my favorites are:
-Combined arms attacks with howitzers and, sword wielding men at arms?
-mech pilots being torn apart by bugs, these anime always pull their goriest tricks too early
-on the topic of gore, the bizarre contrast of indiscriminate civilian slaughter and then a comedic skit not even a minute later
-loli airship captain!
-its a fantasy setting but there are advanced magitec aircraft, guns (which are never used in actual battles) and radios!
Sadly this anime isn't a Gasaraki meets Dunbine classic. What we get is decidely mediocre. A must watch if you've actually played the original Xanadu series of games. Fans of nonsensical oldschool fantasy anime will also get a kick out of this. The rest of you, bump down that score to 5 or 6 and watch a seasonal isekai instead.