BlazBlue: Alter Memory Anime Review

BlazBlue Alter MemoryVideo games adaptation has always been a recurring phenomena in today’s anime industry. Year after year, new anime series makes it to the market based on its original material in game. You can find several successes but also failures when it comes to achieving satisfactory outcomes of adaptation, including this BlazBlue: Alter Memory anime series.

The show is really straight forward  at the start with our main character named Ragna the Bloodedge. We honestly know almost nothing about him apart from he looks like some cool character based on a video game complete with the plain looking scarlet coat, white hair, and hot blooded expression. But we later know that the is a wanted criminal with a large bounty placed on him.

This BlazBlue: Alter Memory Review will only include:

  • What is BlazBlue: Alter Memory anime?
  • BlazBlue: Alter Memory anime review

BlazBlue: Alter Memory can be an adaptation that just go wrong from the start. It is really rushed, zero character introduction with their cliched personalities, and has broken story that is hard to repair along with confusing execution and plot. Several technical facets of the series does save it from complete destruction but this anime really needs many patience to get through.

BlazBlue: Alter Memory Anime


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The official arcade flyer for BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

BlazBlue: Alter Memory is the Japanese anime TV series produced by teamKG and Hoods Entertainment which directed by Hideki Tachibana. The series was broadcast on Tokyo MX and several other networks in Japan starting from October 8 to December 24, 2013.

BlazBlue: Alter Memory itself is based on the fighting video games BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift developed by Arc System Works. The games are available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows.

Madman Entertainment and Funimation licensed the series in Australia and North America respectively. The latest blu-ray has been released on March 21, 2017.

BlazBlue: Alter Memory Anime Review


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Synopsis

In the year 2199, humankind thirstily waits for the dawn of the new century, following end of several devastating magic wars. Word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class criminal with the highest ever bounty on his head and a powerful form of Ars Magus called the “Azure Grimoire”, has shown up in the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. To collect the bounty and his Azure Grimoire, a motley array of fighters converge on Kagutsuchi.

Story

Episode 1 started with a battle out of the blue, so I couldn’t seen a reason about what was going on or why they are fighting each other. And even after the first episode end, they only thing I could noticed was about our main character, Ragna the Bloodedge, but it’s still confusing. However, after several episodes you will find an explanation about the world in which the plot was taking place. But still, even after the very last episode the story leaved various plot holes. In the end, I don’t know what is the anime about.

Artwork

The art style of BlazBlue: Alter Memory looks like very fitting, at least for its background and world setting. However, the character designs appears to be plain looking and simple. But I still love Rachel Alucard, the head of vampire clan. She looks so cute and has great style.

BlazBlue: Alter Memory Review

Characters

Just like what I mentioned above, BlazBlue: Alter Memory has zero characters introduction. The main issue I could find in every character is the lack of background information. Starting from main characters to the additional characters, they just keep showing up without any kind of explanation about them in story. There is almost zero character developments, but still you can find it the last 2 episodes, but not too many.

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Sound

The BGM is not very good and forgettable. Most of the tracks are reused from its original games. However, I still love the opening and ending. It feels like you are in the world full of battle.

Overall (36/100)

In the end, BlazBlue: Alter Memory can be a huge failure and confusing anime to its original games fans and newcomers. It’s better to play the game alone.

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