Blade & Soul (ブレイドアンドソウル)
Blade & Soul (ブレイドアンドソウル)
Pilot was ok. Few things of note.
This is based on a game http://us.bladeandsoul.com/en/ which is a NcSoft game. I have played a few of their games but not this one.An since they killed one of my favorite mmorpgs City of Heroes purely because it was not a big hit in Korea, but was making money in the states.They are on my will never get a dime of my money again list. Also note they stress in the credits NcSoft Japan. NcSoft is based out of South Korea an they call the shots from there to any branch . An if the branch does not jump so high when they say jump the branch in pruned.
Now Gonzo is doing the animation an man o live are they overkilling this. It looks as good as many anime movies if not better! Story wise its not bad, wronged female with a kink for cutting throats.Many were calling this Boob and Soul for um some reason or another.Pilot is well worth watching for the animation quality but the story so far is passable.Shame NcSoft if part of it cause if its good enuff for me to buy now I will not.But I will watch it online tho.
Also this is my 1st post using Opera browser an so far so great.
I can see why they called Boob and Soul because of the predominant female cast we have and outfits. Makes sense it was based on a game because this is geared towards male demographics. This show reminds me of Queen's Blade except Blade and Soul has less kinkier, ridiculous, and revealing attire.
Besides that, I thought those guys would be the supporting characters. They were all expendable and killed within the first episode leaving the female chief (who I don't see the 2nd episode preview) and Alka.
@takashichea: Yup she wasn't in the 2nd episode. Watching this because of GONZO they do good work normaly. Even taking a thin mmorpg background story an making a silk purse. Or something like that. Animation quality an ilustration style is amazing. Movie quality.
Still chuckle at the NcSoft Japan mark at the into right under the NcSoft normal logo.Kinda pandering is kinda lame. What Japan players of the game already know what any one with a case of the internets knows.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_%26_Soul .They would do better not to pander I think. Then again im watching this because of GONZO .
Story wise is um bit lite. Main character has less facial expressions than all the other characters. So it feels disconnected for me a bit. Sure the animation is great but story is very lite .
Watched the 2nd episode. It seems the story is revolving around her and not using much supporting characters in her journey. The ending song was strange with its CG. Pretty much, it's fan dance with boob jiggle and CG effects. I agree with the disconnect since it still does the world building from a tight knit, small village to a bustling city with parts focus on the slums.
3rd episode was better.
Drunk pistol girl returns. An we learn the lack of expression is not just to save animation costs! So I will keep watching Boob & Soul err Blade cough Blade & Soul.
Also does this basic plot lay out remind any one of some old western with a very eastern name? Plot seems familiar.
4th episode was good.
Tho it now confirms what i thought of the over all pace an plot. This is the mysterious wander plot used a lot in westerns. The wanted stranger with a bounty on their head an a heart of gold like substance sometimes or lines with or some such.
5 felt lackluster to me.
It lacked connection to characters other than the village people. Who really didn't care if what they were making was bad for others.The girl sudden shift felt forced an it was like she had the ol red shirt on from the start.
Again this could have been a western. But this one probably for me was the worst episode. Even tho it had characters we knew a little about it all felt like filler an not the good kind. Also animation quality dropped a bit adding more to the filler feel.
6 other than the animation did not impress me.
I mean it felt flat an disconnected again. were at the half way mark ( if its 12 episode or 13ish kind ) an sure some episodes felt good an had a old school redone western feel to them. But the last two episode felt like filler an thats never ever good. Again GONZO does great animation but it feeling more " Boob & Soul" more an more now.Rather not watch just for the animation tho I'm not above that.Just was hoping for bit more story development.