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Tatakau Shisho – The Book of Bantorra – 01

OP Sequence

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OP: 「堕天國宣戦」 (Datengoku Sensen) by ALI PROJECT
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Summary:

Along a coast somewhere, a group of Armed Librarians attack a ship controlled by the Shindeki Church. The religious organization responds by sending out people known as Meat who have bombs inside of them. Doing their best to avoid these, the Armed Librarians’ mission is to free the Meats and to seize evidence from the ship. They are easily able to defeat the ship’s defenders and make their way below deck to find a room full of Meats. As the others are helping the Meats off the ship, one of the Armed Librarians discovers a message carved into a steel beam that reads “Vend Ruga is alive. He is living inside Olivia Litlet.” This proves to be interesting to their leader Hamyuts Meseta who is observing everything from the coast. A short while thereafter, explosions rip through the ship, and many of the Meats that the Librarians were trying to save get thrown off. The Librarian named Volken attempts to save one, but the Meat just falls back into the water lifelessly after getting pulled up.

Sometime later, the Armed Librarians are gathered back at their library of books holding the memories of the dead, and they review the materials they found on the ship, which includes a book fragment concerning Shiron Byacornise. 280 years ago, she was the only person who knew how to produce the medicine to fight a disease called the Dragon Pneumonia, and it is said that she spread the disease to sell the cure. The Armed Librarians are after the rest of the book fragments so that the Shindeki Church won’t have both Shiron Byacornise’s memories and the Dragon Pneumonia. Meanwhile, in a mining town, the Meat named Colio Tonies that Volken tried to save meets up with a member of the Shindeki Church and is ordered to kill Hamyuts Meseta. He’s got with him a fragment of a book that had fallen with him into the water and had touched him. As a result of that, he had seen a beautiful girl from the past, and she had left him a cryptic message, at the end of which she had said that she loved him. Colio has a hard time accepting this because he’s been brainwashed to believe that love is only for humans, and he’s not human.

ED Sequence

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ED: 「Light of Dawn」 by Annabel
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I actually didn’t think the opening song began all that bad, but then the main part hit, and I was reminded of how I don’t like ALI PROJECT’s music. I swear it all sounds the same. The ending song was at least was decent, and it was a bit more upbeat than the last Annabel song I heard (the ED to CANAAN).

For a first episode, this was a little overwhelming in the beginning given all the characters and terminology that appears. I got a much better understanding and appreciation of the episode after watching it a second time. As such, I liked the concept of the Meat as a lower class of people, and Colio’s struggle with his humanity based on a vision from a book is promising. Of course, the idea that books can convey dead people’s memories and feelings in itself was interesting, and there’s a lot of possibilities there. That plus Armed Librarians are the reason I watched this series in the first place. Speaking of which, the Armed Librarians were pretty cool, but we only got a brief glimpse of their abilities this episode. Hamyuts Meseta is the most intriguing one so far, and a lot of that is because she’s still surrounded in mystery.

Production-wise, I don’t have anything particularly good or bad to say about the work that david production did, though I guess the CG during the boat scene wasn’t all that great. The voice cast, on the other hand, was pretty nice, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise given all the big names on the cast list, plus I always enjoy hearing Kawasumi Ayako. All in all, it made for a solid first episode, and since I’m still on the fence about whether I want to follow it, I’ll give it another week or two.

October 2, 2009 at 8:04 pm
33 comments »
  • October 2, 2009 at 8:09 pmNinja Penguin

    first! :D

  • October 2, 2009 at 8:20 pmchrollo

    i thought it was a decent episode to start off the new season

  • October 2, 2009 at 8:31 pmEira

    lol, i agree on the ali project one

  • October 2, 2009 at 8:40 pmMeery

    The clothes are all over the place. Green neck-pieces everywhere!

  • October 2, 2009 at 8:43 pmgarfield15

    Omni, I swear I had the exact same reaction to the OP that you had.

    So I’m liking the jazz riffs in the OP and thinking “Well this sounds pretty nice. Very interesting piece. Sounds like this’ll be a pretty good song….”

    Then the music started getting faster and then I was like “No….No! NO! ALI PROJECT!”

    That song could have been a lot better both musically and visually.

  • October 2, 2009 at 8:49 pmMabo

    Awww… Where to start?
    - Too many people with too many different weapons/abilities/whatever like in Asura Cryin’
    - Poor animation quality
    - 3D sequences PURE FAIL
    - Big boobed female trying to save a shitty plot? Come on guys…

    Already dropped…

    I really can’t understand Kampfer’s haters for a show which was surprisingly good and Book of Bantorra’s lovers who think that there is here a good potential for a MASTERPIECE… Open your eyes ;_;
    Or my tastes are too weird >.>

  • October 2, 2009 at 9:22 pmAvenger

    Seriously, Ali project just needs to disband NOW. I have never listened to a single song of theirs halfway without having my brain bleed. As for this show.. kinda hits you too hard with all the different terms(as stated.) I’ll give this show a shot just for the boobs. Seriously.

  • October 2, 2009 at 9:28 pmkk

    i disagree totally , armed librarians is very superior to kampfer , kampfer has beautiful girls and a handsome protagonist but the history and the plot is nothing special , armed librarians have a great animation i loved how the characters were drawn , poor animation ?????? i only agree with the 3d but for only one scene i not dropped a promising anime and the history i liked it

  • October 2, 2009 at 9:39 pmNerdruda

    I was actually really waiting for this to air. When I saw it however, it was kind of a disappointment. It didn’t make me scream that this was totally awful, but I am not as excited as I was before to see the next episode. Indeed, the 3D seens where pretty crappy, and the animation wasn’t as good (maybe because the last series I watched was Canaan, which has some of the best animations I’ve seen) and I’m not too fond of the character with big boobs. I just hope that the second episode is better.

  • October 2, 2009 at 9:43 pmEspada

    xD nyahahaha Ali Project + Blood + Gore = Your in my list xD

  • October 2, 2009 at 9:45 pmSilver

    Personally, both Armed Librarians and Kampfer so far are awesome. Eitherway, I think I’m going to enjoy it as both have something that the others don’t have. Kampfer has things that I don’t need to explain and Armed Librarians has some good action and atmosphere.

    An extra note, I simply love how Kampfer does not have those types of “in your face” fanservice. I simply get irritated with those like from Sekirei and Ikkitousen.

  • October 2, 2009 at 10:30 pmMark

    The opening is very visually distracting, and I assume this is an audio mistake, but I wear earphones can only hear the OP’s music out of my right ear bud.

  • October 2, 2009 at 10:30 pmMark

    Bah, nevermind the ear bud thing. The problem was on my end.

  • October 2, 2009 at 10:35 pmdamian

    I was looking forward to this too but was left disappointed. NONE of the characters seemed appealing and the models were all so bland and boring. The premise is good, but seeing as how the first episode is suppose to be the hook, this premiere failed to do that. Ill give it a couple more weeks though, to decide whether to keep watching or not.

  • October 2, 2009 at 11:50 pmChakra

    Overall this episode was a disappointment it had too many things going on at the same time to many characters introduced all at once yes there were parts like the opening scene with boy with the scar,
    and the scene with the mysterious lady with sword. i also wonder why everyone in this anime want to kill that arrogant woman called Hamyuts Meseta shes just annoyin.

  • October 3, 2009 at 12:29 amEspada

    nah~ dont judge the anime by its first episode

  • October 3, 2009 at 2:42 amAlec

    dont know bout u guys…i kinda liked d 1st ep

  • October 3, 2009 at 3:38 amm

    The CG looked like it was rendered with a Gamecube.

    I didn’t really find this episode especially interesting. There is a lot of room for brainwashed suicide bombers, but there wasn’t any subtlety in the presentation here. It’s also hard to discern the rules for how people live or die, when we see some guy sink into the ocean and show up later. Does he live because of the book fragment? Was he going to survive at the bottom of the ocean anyway?

    I didn’t really see any characters in the cast that really resonated with me, but there were a lot of characters introduced so there wasn’t a lot of time spent on any one of them. They clearly favor Boob-chan and her psychic nattou, but without more of the story it’s hard to see why I care if they blow her up.

    I’ll have to give the show another episode to flesh out the world a little more.

  • October 3, 2009 at 4:38 amAnon

    seeing the screencaps I’m about 20% interested in this show, I’ll wait a bit longer.

  • October 3, 2009 at 5:43 amactarus

    i quote @m
    i think that for a start up there’s a lot to see and understand for a single episode of a show…also the very beginning don’t make any sense for me…what’s with those espers?where is the usual anime “let’s build up a fantasy world” explanation? i would give this show one more shot next week, but i don’t expect much more.

  • October 3, 2009 at 3:36 pmAlec

    had 2 watch this episode twice 2 understand pretty much everything

  • October 3, 2009 at 7:20 pmMike

    The plot and stoyline seem interesting and Hamyuts Meseta look so hot and sexy, but no matter how hot she look I can’t help but totally hated her, hope she really get kill by those brainless zombie.
    You got innocent ppl brainwash and become sucide bomber, and her attitude is carefree and not give a damn about it, is fine to be like that if she was just a minor character, but for someone sitting in the position of a boss and having that kind of attiude piss me off. Someone in that kind of position need to understand the situation and its responsibility, treating it like a joke is not how a boss should be behaving. If I were that green hair dude I would walk up and slap bitches like that and tell them if you not goner treat these kind of situation seriously then step down and let other who actually understand the responsibilty thats bestow upon them handle it, and don’t be an eyesore get outta my face.

  • October 3, 2009 at 11:15 pmRoshi

    @Mabo : you’re not alone, I completely agree with you!
    there is a bad hype @Kampfer and everybody’s going into it…

  • October 4, 2009 at 2:23 pmPokute

    Okuu’s ribbon should be green, not black.

  • October 4, 2009 at 4:27 pmRaika

    Goddammit I hate Ali Project. Totally agree that the song began promisingly enough with a sort of slow, moody noir-ish piano thing (which seemed to fit the setting), but dammit they ruined it with their signature speedy screeching.

  • October 4, 2009 at 4:57 pmExia

    All of ali’s projects songs just hurt the ear.

  • October 4, 2009 at 11:31 pmShinmaru

    My favorite part of the episode is that Colio looks and sounds just like Zwei from Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~. (He’s voiced by the same seiyuu, so that’s not shocking, but he seriously looks like a skinnier Zwei.)

  • October 6, 2009 at 7:17 amconyo985

    So far too many things happened in one episode or too many characters introduced in one episode. I can’t like this one yet because I can’t connect to a particular character to appreciate this one. I have notice animes always have worked for me when there’s one particular character to connect to. In the episode, 4 characters seem to be important and really that’s too many to connect to.

  • October 9, 2009 at 4:29 amborderline psychotic

    watched for 9 mins before getting unbearable. skipped the 2nd half of the episode. i dunno about you guys. i say this anime is made of fail

  • October 9, 2009 at 3:05 pmfoamer

    Someone forgot to button up their shirt o_O

  • October 21, 2009 at 11:40 pmsealouse

    I don’t know if anyone’s gonna read this, but episode 3 was quite good in my opinion. It’s just so damn weird.

  • October 24, 2009 at 1:28 amtenchu1990

    I’m definitely damn LOVE this anime! ahhhhhh

  • October 24, 2009 at 1:44 amdivine

    sealouse:
    I read it. I agree the series has improved a lot since the first episode. I’m still quietly following it every week. =)