I’m really not sure what to say about this. It was certainly an enjoyable watch, but at the same time it was somewhat lacking in intensity. The climax towards the end, well, wasn’t all that climactic to me.

Even though the show did have a single overarching storyline to it, much of the time it still had a slice-of-lifey feel to it; the main characters seemed focused on solving one problem at a time as they came, rather than there being a single overarching goal or enemy. However, I suspect that it only felt that way to me because of the number of events crammed into so few episodes, not leaving room for much development or buildup.

Spoiler alert from here on out, if you care.

OH NOES, THE METEOR DEATH STAR MAHIRU STAR IS GETTING CLOSER!

The biggest problem to me is that this show was only thirteen episodes; I’m sure it would have been quite a bit better if it had the same overall storyline but was extended to encompass twenty-six. Major events, such as the rout of the invading army, the reversal of the star, and so forth, each took place in a time span of only a couple minutes, which made them simultaneously sudden, not adequately explained, and to a large extent underwhelming. For similar reasons, many of the characters weren’t all that well-developed, giving them a “cookie cutter” feel.

Despite its rushedness and brevity, the show does have redeeming qualities. Its setting is pretty well-done, and makes good use of light and darkness. The storyline was more or less your standard-fare fantasy plot, but, well, that’s the whole point of the genre.

In any case, I’d say it’s a worthwhile watch; don’t expect a masterpiece or anything, but it’s good for your fantasy fix if you need one and aren’t content with Utawarerumono. It’s kind of a shame, though, since I had high hopes for this when I first saw it.

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