Once upon a time, there was a tragic war, in which the power of the devils was involved. After the war, the devils' power was banned and the world was restored to peace. Cecily Campbell is a knight, who has been looking for a blacksmith to repair her old sword given by her father. One day, she saw a man fighting with a ruffian who used the tabooed devil's power. The man defeated him with one blow of his weirdly shaped sword. The man turned out to be a blacksmith called Luke. The fateful encounter was the beginning of the adventure.
What it's really about:
A big-chested clumsy knight gets involved with a demon problem, as well as handsome blacksmith and his mysterious past.
- Excellent production value
- The relationship between the blacksmith and the knight is cute
- The episodes that don't directly further the plot are still very interesting
- The setting has an intriguing history
- The knight can be viewed by many as "annoying."
- Those expecting a Lord of the Rings experience will be sorely disappointed.
I think the reason this anime got so many below average reviews is because of the reviewers' preconceptions of what the anime should have been. If you can manage to dispel any preconceived notions you have about this anime, then you're in for a very nice treat. Just enjoy it for what it is.read more
I find this anime pretty interesting, it's rare to find animes where the main protagonist is not almost an "all-mighty-god" who kicks everyone's butt in less than a second, this makes the anime more interesting to me due to the fact that I want to see that character's progression.
This is a very laughably bad show. Probably the most enjoyment I get from this show is pointing out everything that is just outright terrible about it. The production looks alright, with decent enough music, sounds, and artwork, but after that the quality of everything else goes down the drain.
For starters, the main character is simply awful. Cecily Campbell is perhaps one of the weakest protagonists I have ever seen in anime. She's clumsy and useless at doing anything without the help of other characters, and largely demonstrates very weak initiative throughout series as up til now.
The show largely focuses on sex jokes to inspire comedy value. These often involve Cecily being sexually harassed or victimized through various means. Not only does this not make the protagonist look any better, it's very stupid and overdone to the point of becoming stale.
The plot for the large part does not show any more hope either. Very little is done to develop character relationships aside from the multitude of sex jokes, and what little that may resemble a backstory or plot development is often overshadowed by the huge amount of fanservice that is stuffed into this show.
Fight scenes in this show are pretty unspectacular, largely due to Cecily looking extremely incompetent and clumsy during most of them. Luke Ainsworth, one of the supporting characters admittedly does get some cool points for apparently being the so-called Sacred Blacksmith, and an expert swordsman to go with that. The same pattern of him constantly rescuing Cecily from her periods of sucking in combat is pretty darn lame however, not to mention Cecily's reliance on a Demon Sword rather than her own powers to be able to do anything in combat.
As I've stated, the only reason why I even bother watching this show is just to make fun of how awful it is. If for some reason you can overlook the fact the main character sucks (probably literally too, but this isn't an adult rated anime), and you don't get tired of constant jokes about how Cecily's breasts are huge, you might find something worthwhile in this show. It's only twelve episodes anyway, which isn't too unreasonable to endure.read more
The Sacred Blacksmith is a really mixed bag. This could have been good, with the underlying story being highly interesting. The whole excecution of the story is unfortunately, horrific.
The flaws in the storyline mainly lie with the protagonist. Cecily as the main lead has shown growth but this is unfortunately obscured by her annoying personality. The way her "talk" sequences were done was extremely off-putting, and her jarring voice made things even worse. This links to the lack of a logical flow to the storyline whenever it involves Cecily. One evening, she's in a life-threatening battle, the next day she's smiling at her potential killers (twice...same people, same arc!). Another example is excessive, irrelevant chatter during battles. It's as if her speaking has a "freeze" effect on the enemy (yea right!).
The supporting main characters, Luke, Lisa and Aria were highly pleasurable and fun, each having rather interesting backstories as well as a good source of laughter. They fulfill their respective roles excellently.
The art was average-good, with the use of an eye-pleasing palette. Afterall, I started watching after seeing the nice art at the Animesuki season preview. The girls were either cute or hot, depending on age! The monsters looked ugly but aren't monsters supposed to be ugly anyway? The animation sequences during battles were very well done. It's a shame the battles had to be rushed in a short, 12-episode series.
The BGM is very good and it is a pity because of the lacklustre storytelling. This situation is reminicent of Tsubasa Chronicles season 1 where the music was awesome, but too lively for a poorly executed and slow story. The OP seems to have split people but I felt the beat and tone was a good fit. The ED is just awfully cute, and expresses Lisa as a character very well.
Overall, I enjoyed the story because it had such potential, as well as the interesting and likeable supporting characters which kept me watching this rather mediocre series. That said, the lack of logical flow *points at Cecily* is a serious killjoy. People have asked me what I was watching during Autumn 2009. While I gave an honest answer (SnB was the only show I was following!), I have told every one of them to avoid.read more
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