While her brother Arthur is away from town, a girl named Riannon gets captured by a priest named Drwc and his army. He plans to use her as a sacrifice to revive a demon king in a plot to rule the world, and although she initially refuses, he coerces her by threatening some children. Those same children tell Arthur of what happened when he gets back, so he goes after his sister. By this point, Drwc has brought Riannon to the demon king Arawn’s tomb, and Arthur and his men are forced to fight their way inside. Arthur doesn’t get to the site until after Drwc revives the Arawn, and Arawn takes on a human form and approaches Riannon.
Since Suara sang the OP for Utawarerumono, it feels appropriate that she sings the opening song for this series as well since much of the production team is the same. The song ended up being just okay though – not nearly as catchy as I remember Musouka being – and it was more interesting to see all the stuff going on in the accompanying animation sequence. A sign of good things to come I hope. On the other hand, I liked the ending song a lot more – it’s a good song to end episodes on – and the ED animation sequence had some nice character images.
I didn’t get around to watching this yesterday when it aired, but a couple of friends had really good things to say about it, particularly in regard to the production quality. And while the music turned out to be nothing special, the animation was indeed very nice – pretty well drawn characters, a good amount of detail, and it didn’t have the crappy-looking 3-D soldiers that were in Utawarerumono. Hopefully that quality won’t drop too much in coming weeks. The story meanwhile appears promising even if it didn’t feel like a whole lot happened in the first episode. I could have added some more detail to the summary, but it still wouldn’t have been very long because most of the second half was just the revival ritual combined with Arthur killing grunts. And don’t get me wrong: Arthur killing grunts was actually some pretty good action – it just means that less happened in the plot as a result. I do question though why bad guys would ever think that summoning a demon king who’s going to destroy the world is a good idea, contract or not.
There’s also a fairly big cast with some top voice talent (most of whom haven’t been introduced yet), and that usually means an interesting relationship web to go along with the main plot. That being said, having so many girls on the character list also makes me think that the middle episodes of this series will likely take on a girl-of-the-week approach. Maybe they’ll surprise me with something else. Either way, this first episode was good enough that I’m definitely planning on watching a few more, if not the entire thing.