I haven’t been consistent in keeping up with any of my summer shows let alone my winter shows except for Shokugeki no Soma, which is why I had the urge to just breeze through the five episodes I’ve stacked up for Rokka no Yuusha. My initial impression of the series was terrible, and after, well it still left a bad taste on my mouth. I still think this should have been adapted as an OVA instead of a series. With the lack of spice to capture the audience, I won’t blame people who have dropped the show on it’s second or third episode (I had the urge to drop it half-way through the first episode). I’d be surprise (like how I was with myself) if you’ve managed to cling onto it ’til the fourth episode, where things actually started to take a turn. I realized by this time that despite what I thought the goal of the characters were in fighting the Demon God, I was wrong. It turns out that since there are only six chosen braves to fight the Demon God, only six should be present at the temple where the braves are supposed to meet, but they were seven; not to mention, they were trapped kind of forcing them to kill or be killed.
Please note that I don’t watch a lot of mystery shows so my critiques are obviously from a different type of audience. Having said that though, I thought that this was a mediocre mystery show. By episode five, I had made a list of who I suspect, and the finale was merely a confirmation of my answer. Given that there were seven characters, there was one-two that were bound to be just extra characters. They’re merely there to throw you off, but easy enough to know they are for distraction. The mystery feel didn’t feel consistent throughout the series. There’s so many unnecessary scenes that only around episode seven or eight did it sound like there’s already some actual theories by the characters. Theories in itself cause more curiosity and throw off the viewers. Even after episode 5, my list hadn’t changed. Only by episode eight/nine did it confirm four real Braves already that I knew were real. Another thing was that since it had a fantasy tag as well, the audience weren’t given enough information to even form a/other concrete hypothesis. When I say that, it was the instance when Riura, Saint of the Sun, suddenly became part of the whole ordeal when Adlet was explaining the seventh’s plan in the end. When they were doing introductions about the saints and what they did and who the Brave-Killer killed, there wasn’t given much about their powers/roles even in small bits throughout the show to even consider it. (Contradicting myself, I guess it’s a mystery in that way, huh?) There wasn’t any need, in my opinion, to add some romance in the mix. Adlet professing his “love” all of a sudden was laughable. Fremy’s darkness can’t disappear with just a confession. Love will be born out of friendship, if that’s how Adlet approached her. But that’s just me.
Something I couldn’t bear in the entire show was its characters. The plot was already unappealing, and the characters should’ve been used to save me from that, but until the end, there was just poor characterization and development–everyone was static. You might ask me, “How about Fremy?” I thought about it and she just didn’t convince me when years of hatred dissipated just like that? It looked so fake to me, like the whole thing was just a setup to have a tsundere character for the main guy. In other words, her character change wasn’t convincing. Hans was a little dynamic; he was the most bearable character out of all of them. With Adlet, wow, how many times can this guy say his annoying tagline in just one episode? Everything he did was reasoned out as “because I’m the strongest man in the world”, and that’s just bad characterization. I get his backstory, I really do, but there are ways to go about. With Nashetania, oh man, I can’t even begin to describe her irritating character. If Fremy was the tsundere, she’s, without a doubt, the yandere. When her character was revealed to be the seventh, her reason for doing what she did baffled me. “What? Come again?” was my reaction. Her reason was weak borderline pathetic as the villain of the show. I thought there was something much deeper than that, but “peace” that’s… something. Basically, the characters were unconvincing as themselves.
So apparently, Passione was the production company. They did Rail Wars! not too long ago. The animation there wasn’t that bad, but considering I only watched three episodes, that’s not enough to judge. The art and animation was amateur and of “Toei” quality (I guess that’d be too harsh since the animation here was definitely slightly better than any Toei-produced shows). I’ve never read the manga but I’m just going to go ahead and say that the animation’s character designs were not on par with the manga’s–I still like how they were drawn in there, but I still don’t like Nashetania and Adlet’s clothing designs. They have a weird getup, especially Nashetania…
Given that there was still a seventh problem even at the end, my list still remains as is. Goldov is probably working with Nashetania. At episode three when they reunited, it seems that Nashetania ordered him to find out who the Brave Killer was to obviously use it to her advantage. In the finale’s reveal, it just raises my suspicion more on Goldov. Nashetania can’t do everything on her own, she will need an accomplice so with Goldov preparing everything before that day then he’s a plausible subject. His loyalty is, without a doubt, to her. There’s one thing I’m unsure of though, in the end, either he was betrayed by Nashetania that’s why she left him and he was sulking or it was part of another plan. Great actress.
I know it seems like I only have negative things to say about the show. I’m like this most of the time. I would’ve said positive things if I enjoyed it or there was actually some good things to judge but there was none. I’m the type of person that if the show had a notable plot/character, I’d disregard my personal feelings about it and definitely point them out. If the show didn’t have either but I thoroughly enjoyed it, I’d say the good and bad things about it. This one though like, many others I’ve watched before, the plot/characters were unsatisfactory and I didn’t enjoy it as much, so I have nothing to “defend” it. However. what it has successfully done, and I guess you can count it as a good thing, is that it managed to keep me curious to who the fake Brave was, which is how I was able to complete the series. Rokka no Yuusha was obviously not the show for me, but it may be for you, if you’re into mystery(?) and action (and borderline psychotic girls with bunny ears).
Sound/VA cast: 3/5