Blade and Soul First Impressions

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Alka, a member of the sword clan, is on the run and trying to find the woman who killed her master so she can follow some code that may or may not involve killing the person responsible (they are maddeningly non-specific on that aspect).

First Impressions:

Okay, so I’ve kind of watched about half of this series before I’ve bothered to do first impressions but that’s okay. I still have about 7 episodes to go so plenty of things can change before I do my final review.

Firstly, I received this as part of my last Hanabee Mystery Box so I’m actually enjoying it enough for the price I actually paid for it.

Secondly, apparently I’d started this anime before (possibly on Crunchyroll but maybe somewhere else), though it took until the third episode before anything happened that jogged my memory that I’d seen it before (and amazingly enough it was the stupid armour the ‘Pleasure Gang’ were wearing that tipped my memory.

That said, given I didn’t finish the series the first time I watched it, and given even as I remembered that I’d started it before and dropped it I started thinking about all the things wrong with the series, my first impressions aren’t great.

Certainly, this show is watchable (provided the outfits on some of those girls don’t make you flee but you can figure that out from the art work). The biggest complaint I would have is actually Alka. She’s an incredibly boring protagonist and no one else has really stuck around long enough to leave much of an impression. Plus the show has this nasty tendency to introduce characters only to kill one of them off in a totally preventable manner but have Alka and other strong fighters just stand around and let it happen. That’s when the highly overpowered villain isn’t just turning people into red mist.

I am going to finish this because despite that complaint I’ve actually found a lot to enjoy. It’s ridiculous and the story is moving incredibly slowly (which is probably a good thing given there doesn’t seem to be much story) and the characters are all kind of caricatures rather than people but it’s the kind of ridiculous that is mostly relaxing to watch and if Alka develops some sort of personality it would almost be recommendable as a binge watch on a rainy weekend.

So that’s my first impression of this series and as I said it still has time to actually go somewhere or do something amazing.

Before I finish I’m going to add in one more major complaint. The guy who follows around the girl who either serves or is manipulating the villain (yeah, I’ve paid a lot of attention to names here). He only talks in grunts and seems less articulate than Chewbacca from Star Wars and yet the girl responds to his various noises as if he’s an ace conversationalist.

9 thoughts on “Blade and Soul First Impressions

  1. I’m torn on this one. usually, I really enjoy fantasy shows, even when they are terrible. Yet, a boring protagonist and no focus to the story are major things that make me drop a show.

    I’ll put it down as a maybe at some point, and see what your full review has to say.

    1. While I like MAL as a rough guide I know that I actually really like some anime that have some appaling MAL rankings so I tend to not trust that. In this case, I think they may be right though.

  2. You know I waited for this MMO for years, only to still not have a computer good enough to play it when it finally hit the west early this year. I do still want to try it out. Anyway what with my interest in the MMO, I have heard of the anime but never bothered with it. Your first impressions are generally what I expected from it.

  3. Anime logic: The less you wear, the better you fight.

    I think I’ll wait for your full review before deciding whether or not this is worth a go. Boring protagonists usually ruin a story for me.

  4. Haha…what a great post again 😂😂 Especially the last paragraph, I had to laugh at lol. That said, I currently have already way too much I still have to watch, and this series does seem to have more negatives than positives. That said, I also (kind of) enjoyed Highschool of the Dead, so I might give this one a try around the time I have a little bet less to watch.

    1. I’ve watched another couple of episodes and now I have no idea what this series intends to do because the person they were building up as the villain is apparently dead (though whether that is actually true or not is kinf of on the fence). No idea what the intention is anymore which has made it hard to be interested in finishing it but I’ll probably try to wrap it up over the weekened. Then it will just be a matter of when I actually get around to a full review.

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