Otaku Review: Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers

First up is our disclaimer. We watched this anime for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.maxresdefaulthd

This anime has left me with an irritation that no ointment can clear or calm. The animation style is great overall, as are the opening and ending songs for this twelve-episode series. From the moment the series starts, you are given no back story for the characters, and the main character…Adlet Mayer…keeps prattling on about how “I’m the strongest man in the world!” I kid you not, this goes on for about four episodes; kinda like how they paid Dan Green once to say “It’s time to Duel!” and repeated it throughout the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

At times you feel like you can grow attached to certain characters. But honestly, considering how short the anime version is, compared to the manga, it feels forced and sped up hoping you will grow to like them. Now I am not saying the entire anime is bad, but for twelve episodes I was hoping for something more tantalizing. Yes it is a mystery action series and the main plot point is that there are six heroes, hence the title: Braves of the Six Flowers.
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When these heroes meet up to stop a Demon from reviving, there are actually seven of them. They all end up trapped in a fog barrier that won’t let up until they discover who trapped them. They must either kill their captors or get them to lift the barrier. That is when things take a turn for the worst; they all begin to suspect each other. As luck would have it, Adlet Mayer, being the main character that he is, becomes the prime suspect; believed to be an impostor working toward the Demon’s revival.

Now here is where I was actually drawn in, as the series started making me pit characters against each other. I enjoy a good mystery. However unlike a mystery series with Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes, we aren’t given all the facts at the start and thus you cannot guess who it is as you go. So you try your best to break down all the facts, only to be disappointed; unless you just get a lucky guess or you read the manga.screen-shot-2015-09-12-at-4-23-52-pm

Truth be told, after the series was over I was kind of happy. It leaves off with another cliff-hanger, which forced me into reading as many Wikipedia sites as I could find. I discovered that the manga isn’t even over, and that there is a traitor among them!

Overall the series was a nice watch. I binge-watched it, however I hated the premise of it not giving out all the crucial details. After all, it is a mystery style anime. However if you enjoy action and a bit of mystery, then this is definitely an anime worth checking out.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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