Now that I’ve wrapped up the last of the DBZ episodes that are available on Hulu, I figured it’d be good form to follow a contemporary shonen show - - one that some people already think could join the glorious “HST” now that NARUTO and BLEACH are tying off. I liked the first episode a lot, despite its usage of chibi, and I’ve been assured that the chibi factor decreases significantly as the series goes along, so here were are.
Once again, what I appreciate about this show is that it feels like it’s been devised by people who’ve actually read the SCHEHERAZADE for themselves and aren’t just basing their plot off the one time they watched ALADDIN or played THE PRINCE OF PERSIA. All of the bountiful creative liberties work because they’re built on a foundation of legitimate understanding with the source material.
All of the foundational stuff I just discussed would be irrelevant if the show weren’t actually fun to watch, of course, and I can safely say it is. This is a gorgeous show with the kind of creativity that makes you just step back and try to process what you’re seeing. I’m particularly thinking of the early battle between the Djinn and the gelatinous green ghouls.
We’re still at a very early point in this saga, and many pieces are still being arranged on the chess board (I’m sure we’ve only just gotten the thinnest hints of the deeper intrigue with slavery in this world, for one). Still, the show’s managed to craft some legitimate tension, as I really did question whether they scorched one of their main characters to ashes by episode #2.
Hey, it’s anime right? Anything goes.