I must say I am pleasantly surprised with Madan no Ou to Vanadis. I really wasn’t expecting much from this show. All I thought about it was “well look at that, yet another generic fantasy ecchi”, I wasn’t proven exactly wrong, but there was some potential for an interesting show. First and foremost, it is rather rare to see an adventure anime where the main character is actually an archer. The main character is always the guy with the sword…always. In some rare case we might have a wizard, but I do believe it to be one of the first time I saw a story of an archer.
From the look of the show so far, the anime probably won’t be the greatest commercial success, nor will it be something out of this world and super original, but I still think it might be a very enjoyable mindless watch. The show is drastically less interesting than something like Fate/Stay Night (which unfortunately come out the same day) but at least it has boobies. I still think that people who enjoy the genre can enjoy this show, there is enough things that are different and original with this to make it interesting and not make it feel like every other fantasy/adventure show out there. If I have enough time I would definitively like to give this show a shot, It has been a while since I watched an half decent fantasy ecchi like that one, maybe the show could even surprise me, who knows.
The one major complaint I have for Madan no Ou to Vanadis so far is the terrible naming convention of everything in this universe. I think I’ll bite my tongue and chew it down my throat trying to pronounce the name of any location in the show. Zhcted? Seriously? Give me a break here, I already have to learn the name of so many characters and universe every season, can’t you at least give me the name of stuff I can easily remember? I don’t even know how to pronounce that combination of letter, even when thinking of the name in my mind only the letters appears because my brain is unable to understand what sound that name is supposed to represent. Every name in the show is rather painful to read, they are long and complicated.
I might pick up this show if I end up with free time after most of the big hitters, but even if I don’t, Madan no Ou to Vanadis looks like a solid fantasy/adventure show for people who enjoy the genre, it gives enough freshness to the genre to make it interesting at least to some degree. I’d recommend it to the avid viewers of the genre.
ZeroGhj signing off