Mar 27, 2016
Rhapsody- (All reviews)
Second Season > First Season.

No, it's not a joke.

I guess if you're here is because you watched more of the first 12 chapters, right? Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen, something that seemed to be a spin-off, was actually a sequel to Utawarerumono, hence many had expected something very similar to its predecessor and, in that sense, were disappointed, but... What so special is the first Utawarerumono?

Both series are of the same: a "medieval fantasy world" where peace is apparent, although there are frictions between various kingdoms, and where one day, appeared someone without memories whose fate will influence many people and the fate of one or more nations, while looking to find out who is actually. The first part showed this from a more "serious" side, basically without any break between wars in its 26 chapters, however, we must not forget that this is also a "fantasy" and as such, it also has elements comedy, slice of life, romance, even harem in the case of the visual novel. In this sense, many apparently did not notice the flaws of the first season: everything was going at a frenetic speed, while time to present all its cast in an acceptable manner were not given. 26 chapters of war and more war is not entirely productive, there was almost no development of character, to the point that only a few were important and the rest were forgettable. As if that were not enough, even dedicating all its chapters to advance the plot, this was not developed at all well; everything was so rushed that did not explain certain issues, there were had many plot holes and an ending that leaves more questions than answers (and is not exactly a cliffhanger). The first season was not bad set, in fact his story is very interesting an with a good potential, but its development left much to be desired.

Now, talking about Itsuwari no Kamen, which started much slower than its predecessor. In this case they decided to do something more "faithful" to its original concept, which apparently angered many who expected wars since the early chapters. Itsuwari no Kamen decided to dedicate its first chapters to the presentation of the characters and even had time to decide if you take their affection or not.

Yes, perhaps dedicates 12 chapters was too much, but it knew how to entertain us with a good dose of comedy and slice of life as we knew a little more to the characters. From the second half would start the real story: a more serious faction of today's world is shown located several years after the first season, with a story that has nothing to envy. The wars raging again, but in this case we see from the perspective of people who do not fight directly in them, we see Haku, our protagonist, who is not used to the horror of seeing people die before his eyes, and he has to deal with this situation, while trying to help his nation and his friends. Yamato, a nation with great military power faces several threats, including a possible war with the nation of Tusukuru. We must not forget one of the facts that makes this story very interesting: the mystery behind our protagonist, which has much to do about the origin of today's society, which this season is played less, but always in an understandable way and when you have seen the first season (where they left some plot holes in this issue). In only 13 chapters, Itsuwari no Kamen built a story that moves at a good pace, with serious, intense, intriguing and dramatic moments (the latter especially in the final chapter, with a great atmosphere that makes you reflect on the events that led to that conclusion) and how the characters were taken to that situation. Something that Utawarerumono did not quite very well in 26 chapters.

The characters are not the most interesting in the world, but enough to bring history and have time to at least take their affection. Haku is someone quite apathetic attitude a bit annoying but it brings, for both comedy situations, as for those moments where the character is in unexpected situations, where he has to show a change in their way of being if he wants overcome as a person and achieve his goal. Kuon is a fun character, but knows how to be serious when the situation requires. She's cute, beautiful, something perverted, rude and quite mature, basically is Best Waifu. Oshutoru is basically who makes the story forward, who saw the potential of Haku and made it what it is, just as Haku tries to support him, although his peculiar way. The rest of the cast is not much to say, they are all quite different in personality, but they fulfill their roles.

In short: Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen is an anime that has nothing to envy to its predecessor. Has a different way to develop the plot, very slow at first but satisfying in the end, an audiovisual quality above average and acceptable and charismatic cast. Although it might be better in some ways, it is a very enjoyable and entertaining series that achieved its goal. The final cliffhanger shows that the series has potential if it proposes.