Now this is entertainment. (spoilers below – the identity of one of the character’s…do NOT click more if you haven’t watched the episode, or you’ll miss the joke completely)
I had no clue what to expect from this series, other than being based off an online RPG (oh why does that sound sooo familiar?). Unlike Show that Must Not be Named, Ixion Saga from start to finish was completely ridiculous and full of laughs and things an avid gamer would take note of. At times, I wasn’t sure if it would abruptly stop and wallow in melodrama, but thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case as the director of the first half of Gintama, Shinji Takamatsu is known for pure comedy such as Nichibros. Plus there were tons of references to Final Fantasy including a slightly remixed version of the iconic FF7 boss music. If you’re expecting something DEEP and PROFOUND, please turn around now. It *could* get serious, but I’m betting against it and hope that turns out to be false.
So yeah the ‘plot’….something about some nerdy kid named Kon gets seduced online by some hot chick, gets transported to the world of Alma and takes down the blue haired guy with the power of his chair. He somehow saved the princess of Alma, along with her servants: a brute with a big sword and a …tranny who uses twin pistols. They proceed to take the princess so she can get married at the ripe age of 8.
Honestly, that was a very ridiculous episode but in the good kind of way. I swear, I DID NOT see those dragon boots being used in..such the way they were used. Ouch, but with that comes some video gaming 101: never, ever name your attacks to be ridiculously long or you’ll be left wide open in other ways than one. Nothing special on the production side, for a Brain’s Base series it’s awfully cheap but perhaps all the money went to Tonari. Music was fine, but I do like the choice of voice actors here: notably Jun Fukuyama as our token trap character, Hiroshi Kamiya as yet another villain (was Natsume his only sweet/kind role?) and Kazuya Nakai as Sainglain, whom I was hoping to say some engrish lines, given his notable role as Masamune Date from Sengoku Basara which was created by Capcom, who also created Ixion Saga. Still, if Ixion Saga stays the way it is now, I’ll definitely enjoy watching it. Other notable names like Yuuki Kaji (as Variation..yes that’s a name) are present and I expect more to come in the following weeks.
In a way, Ixion Saga may be the truly under-rated title of Fall as Shinsekai Yori relinquished that once more people heard about it. For once, I trust the director and his resume.
The series is slated for 24 episodes, according to the Blu-ray volume solicitation: 8 volumes of 3 episodes each.
Here’s the list of main seiyuu for the series (+ notable roles)…I’ll do this for the posts I already made.
Kon Hokaze – Takuya Eguchi (Asemu – Gundam AGE, Kujo – GOSICK)
Sainglain – Kazuya Nakai (Hijikata – Gintama, Masamune – Sengoku Basara)
“DE” – Hiroshi Kamiya (Natsume – Natsume Yuujinchou, Izaya – Durarara!!)
Ecarlate – Shiori Mikami (Akari – Yuru Yuri)
Mariandale – Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch – Code Geass, Panda – Shirokuma Cafe)
Variation – Yuuki Kaji (Shu – Guilty Crown, Haruyuki – Accel World)
Pet – Yoshimasa Hosoya (Arata – Chihayafuru, Sentarou – Sakamichi no Apollon)