Anyone ever watched the Romance of the Three Kingdoms anime version by Yokoyama Mitsuteru and was sad to find out that it did not continue the entire story from the book? Well I got good and bad news for you.
The good news is that this slightly more modern anime not only looks good and sounds good, it also covers the story written in the original Romance of the Three Kingdoms book really closely and goes all the way to the end by showing one kingdom coming out as victorious (you will have to watch it to know which kingdom, unless you already know from
reading the book).
The bad news is that this anime is almost impossible to get. Seems information on this anime is limited so I will tell you the facts. This anime IS available in both Chinese and Japanese dubs but it appears that it is impossible to buy it since DVDs do not exist for sell.
I have watched all 52 episodes in Japanese (without subtitles) and was very impressed with the quality of this anime.
Story: Follows the story of the original novel of Romance of the Three Kingdoms VERY closely and covers it until the end. The story does feel rushed though so if you have never played a dynasty warriors game, read the novel, or watched Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi before then I would suggest you do one of those first. However, I think it is perfectly acceptable to watch this anime first. It is very educational.
Usually when there is a new Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it either follows the story through the perspective of the 3 factions, Wei, Wu, or Shu. This anime follows the anime from the perspective of Shu, and I believe it definitely takes the cake as the best RoTK anime created as of yet, beating out Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi.
Art: I found the art style to be perfect It has a good sense of realism and characters are not overly exaggerated.
Sound: The soundtrack is very nice. At certain points when some heroes appeared in battle, there was this epic soundtrack that gave me chills.
Character: The characters are very well done and I felt really attached to a lot of them. Since the story was a little rushed though there could be some improvements.
Enjoyment: I really enjoyed this anime and would watch it again. For those of you who are hesitant to watch this due to the non-existence of subs, rejoice, because I decided to make subtitles for this anime since I liked it so much!
Overall: This is the BEST animated version of the RoTK if you enjoyed Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi simply because it covers the story to the end and is realistic. I give this anime a 10/10