Brave 10 Series Review

Overview:

I started this one as a random roll on Crunchyroll and went in more or less blind. Yukimura Sanada is gathering ten warriors that will be known as braves during the Warring States era in Japan. And that’s pretty much all I knew before watching.

Review:

Brave 10 is one of those odd little series that doesn’t really tick any of my usual boxes for enjoyment but is still perfectly watchable providing you don’t object to the occasional bit of swearing and fairly revealing costumes on both male and female characters. That said being perfectly watchable isn’t exactly being good and Brave 10 never really rises above watchable.

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In it’s favour it does have a truly great sound track for what it is doing. The music picks up at just the right moments, the sword and other weapon sound effects are suitably over the top, and even leaves and other natural sounds come through really well. While it isn’t going for orchestral masterpiece each bit of music perfectly conveys the right mood for the right scene and it is all very enjoyable. Of course, given my first positive point for a series is the music doesn’t exactly bode well for the rest of it.

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Continuing with positives, despite there being eleven characters of significance, the story really focusses on Saizo and Isanami for the most part (Isanami having fled her shrine when it got attacked and roped Saizo into escorting her to Ueda where she met Sanada). All things considered, and given the focus of the climax, that’s pretty much where the focus needed to be. While a lot of the side characters get almost no development, these two remain relatively entertaining and their relationship grows throughout the series fairly well, provided you accept in the first instance that Isanami has inexplicably imprinted on Saizo despite absolutely nothing happening that should convince a girl that he’s a good choice for a friend. I guess the whole supernatural/destiny thing that comes into play during the climax might explain their ridiculously fast attachment but after that, the rest of the relationship develops fairly logically.

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This is also a pretty fun series. Other than a few moments toward the end, it doesn’t take itself overly seriously with over the top action, outfits, and of course the music, so you don’t feel like you are being dragged through a history course or a blood bath. While not every bit of comedy lands cleanly, the general tone is one of entertainment and you rarely finish an episode on a low note.

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Onto the less fun side of the show and the first criticism I have is that this story introduces way too many ideas that it does nothing with. Sanada is involved in some political manoevering but nothing ever really comes of that. Masamune makes an appearance to kidnap Isanami and later to try to kill Yukimura, and even at the end is about to ride out to plunge the world into war, but he basically serves no purpose in the central narrative and his actual goals remain totally unclear.  Even Saizo, who arguably gets reasonable treatment as a character, is apparently some well known, prodigal ninja, but after the first few fights is kind of just ordinary and then we never get back to his back story or his own goals (I guess he found the power of friendship or something).

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However, worst plot thread of the whole show goes to Hattori Hanzo (who also gets an award for worst outfit – see above). He actually seems like a pretty cool villain in that he is an incredibly over powered fighter (which given who he is facing is kind of necessary) but we never know what his goal is. He openly admits that they needed more information toward the end of the series but then he shrugs it off, says they have enough, and go to claim their prize, only he has no idea at all how to use it so you have to wonder what he was actually going to do. His cackling and laughing declarations would have you believe he just wants to destroy stuff but that doesn’t quite click with some of his earlier statements. Ultimately, he gets swept aside as completely irrelevant because this is Saizo and Isanami’s story even if they don’t know it.

If we then look at the sheer number of scenes that seem to exist only to show off various female characters in revealing outfits (although in fairness the outfits on some of the men are pretty revealing as well), and just some random side missions they go on while recruiting the ten braves in the first place, for 12 episodes there’s a lot shoved in and very little of it seems focussed enough to get us to a satisfying final.

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And there is a final episode that seems to be an attempt to bring some resolution, however there are so many character motivations and plot thread just left either unexplained or insufficiently explained, it ultimately doesn’t feel particularly satisfying. Not to mention the plot armour every character we’re supposed to care about seems to be wearing.

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I’m not really going to recommend this unless you happen to be a major fan of any anime set during that time period. But, if you are bored and looking for something to kill a few hours, you could do worse than Brave 10.


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Brave 10 Episode 12

Review:

This episode works well enough as a final episode in that we finally see Isanami’s power and Saizo finally does something more than flail a sword around (at least momentarily). We also get a lot of passionate speeches about comrades and friendship and freedom and stuff (by the way, all the previously nearly dead braves are suddenly fine and able to turn the tide nearly instantaneously so don’t worry about casualties).

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Despite that, I can’t help but feel like this was a rushed conclusion. We don’t really know what the whole political intrigue angle is doing (other than what I already knew about the warring states from reading and other anime) and no real sense of what the finally chosen final villain was actually hoping to achieve. Given he got brushed off like a bug this episode, it seems like it was hardly relevant so why was he even there?

I’ll do a full series review but pretty much this one is popcorn viewing and then move on.

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Brave 10 Episode 11

Review:

We spend a lot of this episode caught in some sort of dream world where I guess they just had to confuse us further about whether the wind guy was actually a guy (I’m guessing he’s a girl given he’s dreaming about being a Princess, but it isn’t like they confirm or it matters in the long run).

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My bigger issue is I don’t care about this particular character so when we’re this close to the end spending half an episode trapped in a vision with them wasn’t exactly thrilling. The end however more than made up for that even if they are drawing out some of these duels excessively (not Dragon Ball or Bleach excessive but then again there are only 12 episodes of this).

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I don’t really know what is coming next but I’m pretty sure a full solar eclipse caused by the removal of a hair clip is not a good sign.

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Bave 10 Episode 10

Review:

Okay, a few episodes ago I questioned the lack of reality being presented in some of the ninja’s abilities. I take it back. This episode makes it clear that they are magical and you can have whatever technique you want. Basically this episode is an extended fight sequence between a few members of the brave 10 and the ninjas that Ana was working for. In addition to pushing skill believability we are also pushing costume believability.

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Admittedly, things don’t look like they are going well for the group I guess we’ll call the good guys (though given we still don’t actually know what their intentions are it is kind of hard to know if they are any better than the ninja group). Still, we have two more episodes to turn it all around.

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Brave 10 Episode 9

Review:

After a lot of nonsense and drinking parties in the previous episodes we finally have the group return and at last all 10 are in the same place… yet they don’t even get to meet together before one of them turns out to be a traitor. Personally, I blame Isanami for raising that flag and waving it around.

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Whichever way, we do get some exposition this episode about why they needed 10 of them and what they all represent and Isanami overhears that she’s the source of darkness and understandably freaks out. Great note to end the episode on.

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Essentially, in the final third this series has decided to take itself seriously for a moment (as evidenced by the first actual wounds of consequence on two of the group). I wonder if that means we’re in for a big finish or if we’re going to get back to drinking again after this.

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Brave 10 Episode 8

Review:

This episode is cleanly divided into the escape from the capital and then the drinking party on the boat where they finally recruit the 10th warrior (look at that, it only took 8 episodes and they’ve got 10 of them).

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Anyway, with the roads blocked they kind of get themselves backed into a corner. Still kind of wondering why they needed a road when they could clearly just go across country but maybe it was for the horses. The only good thing about this sequence, other than lots of small explosions, was that Saizo has finally actually made the decision to stay with the group. Given he hadn’t exactly been trying to leave for awhile I kind of didn’t realise we still needed to go through this flashback montage of indecision but hey, at least it is clear now that he’s decided to stay and isn’t just hanging around.

Then we get on a boat and drink the night away, because why not.

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Actually, they were rescued by the boat through whatever ridiculous luck is keeping Sanada alive and bringing him to the warriors he’s trying to recruit and they end up taking the captain with them when they leave.

Now that we’ve got 10 warriors what next? No one ever bothered to explain that part.

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Brave 10 Episode 7

Review:

Part of my dislike for ninja stories are the crazy things they end up doing despite the fact that technically there isn’t any magic in the show. In the episode we get a sword vs fan fight and somehow the only injury is a single cut to the fan. Seriously? And who believed for a moment that anyone was going to listen to the weapons ban?

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Prior to that though, we meet another Rokuro (who soon gets a new name because apparently having 2 Rokuro’s is confusing) who first sends them down a mountain path and then pretty much tries to kill them before demanding to join the team. I guess that’s one way to find work.

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While I’m enjoying individual episodes of this, I’m still not actually sure what the main group are trying to achieve (if anything) and as a result most of the encounters just seem fairly petty and silly. Then again, other than get the magic hairpin thing I’m not really sure what any of the antagonists want either so I guess that balances out. Either way, this show is still fun to watch but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to rewatch this as there just doesn’t seem to be anything overly compelling about it.

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Brave 10 Episode 6

Review:

Anime really do like to cover the basics and a hot springs trip, even when it seems completely irrelevant to the story, is one of the most basic. Complete with guys peeping on girls and over the top reactions to the peeping, although we also get a character whose gender is questionable and ends up going to bathe in the river rather than joining the men in the bath.

Outside of playing in the hot springs and with the usual tropes associated with that, Isanami apparently has a not-related-by-blood brother who has been looking for her and now they are reunited.

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Okay, he’s weird and we meet him during a particularly silly fight sequence that more or less ends with Saizo standing on his head.

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Despite the clichés they came up this episode and the general silliness of it, this felt more fun than the previous episode and we’ve now met most of the characters by the looks so hopefully the plot can actually get moving.

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Brave 10 Episode 5

Review:

So, at the end of the previous episode Isanami was kidnapped and we start this episode with it looking like she’s in some kind of peril and things might actually be getting serious. If by serious I mean it looks like the ongoing sexual harassment of characters will continue only thinly hidden behind a historical context.

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But then we get a pep talk and a rescue sequence that just seems far too easy and anti-climatic. It was almost like they just had no other way to introduce a new character other than to have him kidnap the girl only to lose her so be forced to follow.

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What does follow after the rescue is the return of everyone to Ueda where Saizo gets some sense knocked into him and somehow everything is fine. There’s clearly more going on with the writing in the hole from the previous episode, but like most major plot points, they aren’t going to share just yet.

This is probably my least favourite episode so far given it really kind of felt like a lot of the interaction and events were forced simply for the sake of setting up later events.

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Brave 10 Episode 4

Review:

We start this episode with random new character who is clearly after whatever the widget is at the shrine (and based on previous anime I was guessing he was going to turn out to be Masamune and that’s confirmed by the end of the episode).

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We don’t spend a lot of time with him because you know, he’s kind of stuck in transit, and meanwhile we have a Priestess to mourn over the loss of the shrine, a slider puzzle to solve, another confrontation with a previous villain, and then the return of the wind guy who for some reason has now changed sides.

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In the previous episodes there have certainly been a number of innuendoes (and some just outright obvious sexual references) but this episode took it up a notch with the snake lady straddling the prude followed by the wind guy’s obvious fascination with Saizo (pretty much any character that refers to another as a toy isn’t exactly being subtle). While I’m not finding it intrusive, I’m thinking there’s a few people that might not be thrilled with some of the dialogue.

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