I liked it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. I liked it because it was a pretty good fantasy story full of different types of magical creatures. I liked the take on ogres, sprites, fairies, mages, etc. It was unique its own way. The animation was absolutely gorgeous and the fight scenes were well animated. There were times where I felt a few episodes were rushed but not enough to dislike the series as a whole.
I can’t say I love it and here’s why. The series lost me a bit when Yuri turned to the darkness. I detested that part of the story. I just didn’t like it. Its so cliche having a hero fall and get help to find his way back again. It’s redundant and I’m just not a fan of that type of scenario. Yuri was a great character. Perhaps I’m biased since he was my favorite but he always stood up, no matter how many times he was knocked down. It didn’t matter the darkness was trying to eat at him he always resisted. Since he wouldn’t submit, they had to make that demon witch push him over the edge. As soon as Yuri turned dark and joined the dark army, I just wasn’t as into the show anymore. I was thoroughly disappointed.
During the last two episodes I was concerned Yuri and Fina were both gonna die. If that was going to happen, it would totally ruin the entire series for me. I detest stories that kill off main characters. Maybe some people like that for dramatic affect, but personally I prefer my favorite characters to live, thank you very much. I was happy to see that Yuri and Fina didn’t die. I also loved how Yuri reacted when Fina went limp in his arms. It was clear he loved her and I sort of got all fan girl about it. I was elated to see her come back to life, back to Yuri.
I had hoped to see more what happened after the dark king was destroyed. I wanted to see more of Yuri and Fina, but I guess it really wasn’t necessary. Perhaps I’m biased since I happen to really like the relationship between those two. lol
So in the end, I give it a 6 out of 10. It was decent. Not something I find the need to rewatch but I don’t regret watching it. If you like a good fantasy anime, I recommend it. It’s not too bad and if you like English dubs, the dubs are pretty good thanks to Funimation.
-The Wife Shawna
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