OP: 「legendary future」by fripSide
「月夜に蠢く魔物たち」 (Tsukiyo ni ugomeku mamono-tachi)
“Demons Moving on the Moonlit Night”
Isekai may be all the rage, yet fantasy hasn’t been forgotten—at least if King’s Raid is anything to go by. While nothing really new as RC Preview is wont to discuss (particularly that mobile game origin), this one is determined to possess a bit of staying power, and if first episode impressions are anything to go by, it might just accomplish its goal.
Right off the bat King’s Raid betrays its origins: it’s a pure fantasy, warts and all. Besides the dime a dozen walled city starting location and swords and shields foundation, we have the usual array of characters and classes everyone and their grandmother has seen before. Case in point is our knight Kasel (Ishikawa Kaito), who besides oozing the ubiquitous knightly concepts of valour and chivalry, retains the ever-present naivety and inexperience which colour damn near every character in a similar position. Add on top the noble sacrifice Clause and childhood friend and future party member (for obvious reasons) Frey (Kakuma Ai) and you can easily guess where this one is going structure-wise. Lord of the Rings and Record of Lodoss War continue their traditions apace.
Where King’s Raid secures some room for maneuver though is in the story itself. Besides the typical demonic invasion seen plenty times before (itself also featured in fellow season mate Dragon Quest), King’s Raid throws up some dust with the presence of dark elves and what definitely looks to be a tale of revenge against decadent villains lying behind the visage. Again, nothing really new if we’re being completely honest (Shingeki no Bahamut’s second season is a good example of the concept), but it is interesting to see the mashup of ideas at play here, especially considering our dark elf duo is likely to join with Kasel and friends once the main plot gets going. While I don’t expect any major shenanigans here outside of the real enemy lying somewhere in Kasel’s immediate orbit (who brought about the latest demon incursion? Your guess is as good as mine), there’s always room for surprise, especially considering it’s been a long while since seeing a good old-fashioned high fantasy romp.
Although we’re unlikely to see any serious anime magic out of King’s Raid, I’d certainly keep this one in mind if in need of some proper fantasy to break the isekai monotony—particularly given King’s Raid just happens to be 26 episodes in length. This one may be generic, it might be overly vanilla, but even the most common of stories, when properly told, can yield a good deal of fun.
ED: 「”SticK Out」by KOTOKO
Looks like a classic fantasy story. Looks like Kasel failed achieving his goal already. Really have to see the next episode to see how this goes.
Liking the dark elves role in the story already. Thought the prejudices were wrong, but it ended up being correct. What I like was that it became that way because of those prejudices. A nice case of a self fulfilling prophecy.
Checked out the show’s website and they’ve practically named everybody from the opening except the elves. Looks like it’ll be some time before that hot elven archer shows up…
Oh yeah this one is going to be pure fantasy through and through. The one benefit is the two cour run because that’ll really enable the story to spread its wings and actually let us enjoy it for once – too many similar series have an ungainly habit of rushing through material lol.
Well, that first episode was just dreck. The dialogue was so tedious that it was difficult to pay attention to it. I hope it can recover but I’m skeptical at this point.
What I found amusing about the dark elf perceptions was how the only moderate views were those of the guards. Townsfolk or noble, the reaction was always, “Hey, a dark elf. I hate dark elves.”