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Anime Brew: Dances with the Dragons

Plot: (from Crunchyroll): Jushiki, a system for reproducing natural phenomena and paraphysical acts such as the creation of matter, allows humans to wield a power which they once feared as “magic.” Its mastery has brought advancements to all fields of life, while facilitating the extermination of the once-rampant “Dragons” and “Others.” Gaius and Gigina, two combat-type jushiki wielders, run an office in a chaotic frontier town called Eridana, and make a living using their art to solve problems and collect bounties. One day, a dragon-hunting job falls into their laps. But the job is just the start of a plot that goes far deeper…

The Bottom line:  This is one of those anime that may be on my 3 episodes and out list. On one hand, I did like the opening act with Gaius and Gigina hunting the dragons. These two are yet another unlikely pair of guys who are like ‘oil and water’ partners. Gigina is the ‘spiritual, just live life’ type while Gaius is the more practical straight-edged type. On the other hand, this episode was a bit all over the place with the show attempting to do some world-building with the politics and war serving the back drop of the series. I was somewhat surprised that the show was a lot more grounded than I thought it was going to be

However, the point after the world is put into perspective is when we are introduced to the hook of the story. There is a serial killer going about hunting down and killing jushiki wielders. The question, of course, is why and how the two protagonists of the story are connected.

The animation itself is pretty decent, as I like the character designs. Gigina’s sword in particular gives off a FFVII type vibe and I hoping we get a little backstory about it. Gaius on the other hand, I don’t know about. His character is ‘less is more’ feeling; while his character design is forgettable, it may turn out that his motivations could be what defines him.

Like most first episodes of anything, I am on the fence but I will give it a chance and see what happens, especially now that there is an underlying element of a murder mystery to be had.

2.75 Altar Dragons out of 5

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Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill

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