Apr 1, 2016
Hey folks, this will be a review for Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage. I'm really surprised to see many people scoring this so highly. It wasn't terrible but it definitely wasn't anything impressive by any means.

The story revolves around our male mc Ouriku, and his journey to becoming a sage. The beginning of the story flows rather nicely, showing the characters and placing them in the trials that would determine whether or not they gain entry into this clan, which seems to be the best clan to be in. However after the first few episodes of being able to follow the story we are given massive time skips(years of time). Most of the middle and end of this anime is Ouriku hearing about a new word or power then saying "I want to learn that", then time skip, or simple quick 1 day montage until he gains the power and tells us some fuzzy description of what he felt and what he can do. It was honestly hard to follow.

The art felt a bit dated, which shouldn't be the case as this just finished airing. The art isn't terrible by any means but its just ok. Soundtrack didn't jump out at me either.

The characters had some interesting elements but nothing gets explored. We have some character development early which builds up into nothing. Our only developing character is Ouriku who again is flat as a board personality wise. Sometimes serious, sometimes comedic/arrogant, but all around bland. The character I was most interested in was Rei the inn owner, however she seems to be a convenient master of things to teach Ouriku occasionally and gets little time for progress.

I didn't hate this anime, but I didn't like it either. This really felt like a time waste as nothing really happens the entire time, I didn't care at all about the characters, and the comedy was mostly Ouriku's arrogance in one or two episodes. If there was more back lore, or if your someone who can follow all of those crazy names, symbols and martial arts then you may enjoy it more than me. I however felt it was a confusing waste of time.

TLDR: Nothing happens, no personality characters, small and lame comedic elements, and hard to follow dialogue and martial art skills. Wouldn't waste my time.
Reviewer’s Rating: 4
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