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Apr 19, 2019
Preliminary
Wonderfully animated, excellent sound, and great coreography! Everything else? Abysmal.

They couldn't even bother to make Terra's ability coherent. First he somehow survives a giant laser which cuts through rock like paper. His ability requires him to say "precedence self -> laser" or something but he just gets baked alive. Then he reappears in the next scene, literally says "I can survive anything, so long as it's just one thing at a time!" ... Not 5 seconds later his comrade drops a rock on him and he dies. It's just... Sigh.

The series contains almost no plot or character development; it's merely one battle after another mixed read more
Jul 16, 2018
Preliminary
This anime is based on the Douluo Dalu novel.

It seems to be translated as "Soul Land" here but the original translators called it "Combat Continent."

Doulou is the name of the continent, and according to Chinese dictionaries, "dou lou" means "to bring to light" to "shake out" or "to squander." Dalu means "continent." So the name of the novel is literally "Doulou Continent." Making my amateur transliteration "a continent which squanders and oppresses but also brings forth the light." Chinese is pretty interesting for fitting all that in a title.

Point is, we know the story is excellent because it originates with Doulou Dalu. A few important read more
Apr 4, 2018
Story 1/10
Art 3/10
Sound 3/10
Character 4/10
Enjoyment 5/10

Overall 4/10


Story: I don't know what to say about the many story failures, so instead here's an example: there's a scene where people are lining up to hug a 20 foot tall demon like he's the pope. They were shooting him 10 seconds ago. This is a joke, right? Nope!

The story is skewed heavily in favor of human emotionalism rather than, you know, actual plot. What little plot exists was ripped mostly from the original Devilman series. They also tried to toss in elements from the Devilman mangas, OVAs, and even the live action movie. As a result characters will read more
Jan 9, 2017
Ay yi yi, what a mess. A good mess - but a mess nonetheless.

Story 5/10
Art 9/10
Sound 8/10
Character 5/10
Enjoyment 7/10

The art and sound are decent enough. The storyline was very confusing! It reminded me of Eureka 7, and it should, since it's by the same studio. Like Eureka 7 I only figured out what the heck was going on after sleeping on it. Frankly, I think a lot of viewers will leave this anime feeling unsatisfied because the ending seems like one big Deus Ex Machina. It's not, but it sure feels that way. It is not AT ALL obvious how the big bad is defeated read more
Jul 18, 2016
Romeo and Juliet IN SPACE!!!

But seriously, that's what it is. Expect a lot of heart-wrenching twists and unexpected subplots.

Story: 10/10
The story is excellent and lacks any obvious plot holes. More importantly, the anime studio actually saw it through to the end, which means the ending is proper and finished. None of that "Come back next season!" crap. We get a real resolution with a few thematically unimportant questions left unanswered. Perfect for a sequel if they decide to make one.

What really impressed me was the anime's lack of attempts to "make sense" of the use of quantum physics. Aptly quoted at one point: "What's that read more