[Quickie] Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

== Juuou Mujin no Fafnir ==
(Myanimelist)

Expect:
Fantasy harem genre.
Cute girls doing cute things.
Kana Hanazawa voice acting.
Kirito and Silica in this show for some reason.

Don’t expect:
Good 3D modeling.
That much of actually good action.
No seriously, you can still see the meshes on the monsters.


You know, to be fair, I watched Juuou Mujin no Fafnir after the atrocity that is Hundred and I needed an actually good superpower harem anime show to just turn off my brain and watch. That being said, Juuou Mujin no Fafnir is only slightly better than Hundred.

The action’s not as fast and dynamic as say Danmachi, but there’s a lot more calculation and planning, so that was at least fun to watch. At the very least, the voice acting lineup is top notch. I pretty much died laughing at Kana Kanazawa’s performance. She usually pulls off the “cute anime heroine” role fantastically, but she seems to just be reading lines for this series for the sake of getting them done. The deadpan Hanazawa voice just cracks me up. At least the anime girls are cute, unlike Hundred.

Is this basically another generic fantasy harem anime? Yeah. Is it better than garbage? Yeah. Is it actually really good? Not really.

The core concepts are pretty different from the norm. There’s actually some tension with the premise that the monsters are gunning for specific characters rather than just rampaging randomly. The fact that the main protagonist has a real price to pay for his power (though they don’t actually matter in the long run) is somewhat different. The military strategy is fun to watch and adds a layer of depth I don’t usually expect from shows like this. I think I would’ve like Juuou Mujin no Fafnir more if half the girls were guys with better character interaction, teasing relationships or acting as fierce comrades. Instead, we have a bunch of girls falling for Kirito/Betelgeuse (same VAs). Oh well. Can’t be helped.
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+ Classic Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (aka Kirito)
+ Action feels more strategic.
+ Excellent voice acting lineup.
+ Kana Hanazawa sounds like she is literally just phoning in her character and it’s absolutley hilarious.
+ While the cast is big, side character’s feel superfluous and thus do not crowd screen time. Show could have easily not had them, but I guess that’s a positive here?
+ Idea of choosing your path rather than having your past dictate them is well presented.
+ Better than Hundred
– This show would be way better if it was not a harem anime.
– Trivial slice of life moments are boring to watch. Would have preferred more battles.
– The monster 3D models literally have their meshes completely visible.

Overall: 5.5/10 (Interesting concepts. Poor execution.)

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