Genre(s): Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Seinen
Age-Appropriatness: 14+ (Violence, blood, language)
Platforms: Crunchyroll, Funimation
TheAwersome Rating: 5.6 / 10 (Don’t bother)
Premise: The fleeting and sad story about little girls known as fairy weapons and an associate hero that survived. This is a world after it was attacked by unidentified monsters known as beasts and many of the species in the world, including humans, had been destroyed. The species that had managed to survive left the ground and were living on a floating island called Regal Ele. Willem Kumesh, a human, wakes up above the clouds 500 years later and accepts the job of caretaker of the fairy weapons, only to learn disturbing truths of the past.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: If you watch the first episode for this series, you’re going to get nice and excited. It’s going to feel like you’ve just entered an amazing world and you can’t wait to see where it goes. Unfortunately, it does not really go anywhere. Watching this felt like having a roommate playing a Final Fantasy game, where you only come in once every few days and watch for 20-40 minutes, miss three hours, watch for a bit, miss a bunch, etc. It tries to have the scope, depth, and rich history of Stormlight or a Final Fantasy game, but watching it feels like watching a speed-run of said game. For how much of the story is focused on the romance element, it all feels tremendously hollow. The characters literally are only in love because they are the main characters, and “emotional scenes” are very forced.
If it had a good writer (and translator, much of the translation felt stiff), it could be a decent two or three-season show with how much worldbuilding they try to cram in it. I have to say I am glad it was only a single-cour though.
TLDR: Way too much of an attempt at building an interesting world with less than interesting characters.
Y’all want to know my Achilles’ Heel? Good music. I will watch almost any show if it has good music, and this is evidence of it. This show only came onto my radar because YouTube suggested a song from it and I was like “Oooh hey, this is pretty, I’ll have to check this out.” Made the same mistake with Garden of Sinners, and here it is again. It’s especially upsetting because the first episode lays the good music on thick with a dramatic cover of Scarborough Fair and a lot of grand sweeping Fantasy vibes.
All that, only to be a third-rate Final Fantasy knock-off that tries to force emotional scenes. It felt like watching a Poker game and some kid would repeatedly make a grand scene about going “ALL IN” every three rounds, despite the fact that he only has fifteen bucks or less each time he does it. Dramatic scenes don’t work if there’s no substance behind them.
Another thing that I found odd was that everyone and everything has very Old English/Welsh names that are used ad nauseam, so you have to remember that “Emnetwihts” are humans, magic is called Venenum, the cool ancient swords of long-dead legends (definitely NOT Shardblades) are called Dug Weapons by certain people and Carillons by others. Despite looking human, or “Emnetwiht,” the maid Nygglatho Astartus is actually a troll. Actually, you don’t really have to know any of this, they just fire-hose you with the information despite it not really having an effect on the story.
Maybe the Light Novel added that depth, but it absolutely did not come over in the anime adaptation.