Utawarerumono Anime Review (Original & The False Faces)

Utawarerumono AnimeUtawarerumono is able to become one of those harem animes that everyone can possible find fulfilling, even though they don’t especially like the idea of harems. Based on the ero-game of the same title, Utawarerumono centers around an amnesiac man who’s found severely injured in a rural town. With the kindness of the villagers, he recovers and spends his times in harmony with them. However, the tranquil times swiftly end with a heart-shattering incident that tosses the man and his fellow villagers right into a life of war.

This can be such an amazing show. I really wasn’t expecting this anime to become as good as it was but perhaps by everyone saying it was so good, you may grab this series considering it is an epic masterpiece of an anime just like a ROBOTECH, Cowboy Bebop, or Fullmetal Alchemist – when it really is not. So I don’t think you must let your expectations exaggerate either.

Overview


Utawarerumono Game Cover
Utawarerumono Game Cover

Utawarerumono is the Japanese adventure and fantasy anime TV series produced by Oriental Light and Magic studio and directed by Tomoki Kobayashi. The anime was broadcast on CTC and other networks starting from April 3 to September 25, 2006 in Japan.

The spin-off series with the title “The False Faces” produced by White Fox studio and directed by Keitaro Motonaga was aired on Tokyo MX and other networks in Japan between October 3, 2015 and March 26, 2016.

Funimation licensed the series, while Sentai Filmworks licensed the “The False Faces” series in North America. For more information, you can visit Utawarerumono Anime Official Website.

Utawarerumono itself is based on the Japanese adult tactical RPG (visual novel) developed by Leaf and published by Aquaplus of the same name, which first released in April 2002 for Microsoft Windows. The game then could be played on several other platforms including PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 4.

Two manga adaptations were published by ASCII Media Works. The first manga is written by Aquaplus and illustrated by Arou Shimakusa was released on September 30, 2005 to November 30, 2006.

Utawarerumono


Review

A severely injured man is found in the woods by a girl called Eruruu, and everything about him is strange. Without information about his past nor even his own name, he’s welcomed to Eruruu’s home and is provided the name Hakuoro by her grandmother, and younger sister, Aruruu. While the residents of the town have huge ears and tails, Hakuoro’s identifying physical trait is very different as he has neither ears nor tail, but only a mask that he can’t take away.

Right after he turns into part of the villagers’ lives, a revolution against the tyrannical emperor of the land starts, and the turmoil finds its way to his new house. Hakuoro needs to do whatever he can to save the people and the town that he has arrived at love, all while finding the mysteries that shroud his past.

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Trailer

Story

The concept in Utawarerumono is fairly simplistic in the beginning, with most the anime carrying out a basic formula of battles, fights, and much more battles while presenting new characters. You can find that the way the story unfolds in this anime is very similar. however, if you are a lover of war tales with from time to time comedic scenarios and smart strategies to undermine the enemy you are likely to neglect the lack of variation. Despite what has been stated, Utawarerumono also has numerous twists and turns that should keep the audience sit in their chairs long enough to find out the story through.

Artwork

The animation can be so stunning from time to time, and then we will get details that just seem rather standard. Backgrounds tend to be always so in-depth and colored so incredible that it’s hard to notice the little things that don’t look pretty right though. You will find small times that the anime utilized CG to show off some of the action scenes but I don’t blame all of them. The truth that this is a fight heavy anime implies that there are a lot of extras that would have to be attracted again and again.

Characters

The character set for this anime can be described really deeply through the entire show. Each character provides their own unique personality, as well as the background. As such when particular characters die the audience is feeling just of the emotion and suffering rolling off the screen by the characters. Because of the show is based of an eroge, there’s the stereotypical female cast, along with the shounen cast although some characters tend to be certainly designed to be the object of hatred from the audiences and others are your run of the mill expendable characters, most are memorable characters whose personalities tend to be things to be preferred in other anime.

Sound

Sound can also be quite a mixed bag, you may enjoy it, or even detest it. The opening theme is quite catchy, even though there’s nothing specifically unforgettable about it. The ending theme also shows to have a unique style to it, with the entire tone of the music befitting the atmosphere of this anime. Since Utawarerumono consists of numerous battle scenes, the background music does nicely in offering the proper feeling that is required to set the atmosphere of the anime. The seiyuu is good, without anyone truly standing out but with everyone befitting their role.

Overall (8/10)

Utawarerumono is able to provide a pleasurable package to the casual anime audience. One may need to watch this anime more than once because of the presence of foreshadowing and adequate the background take told in several episodes. Either way, Utawarerumono offers some everything for everyone. It has enthusiast service-like scenes and characters, a lot of intense action scenes as well as a good intriguing and fairly deep plot for those seeking something less brainless and profound. It may not end up being strong in any given area, but it provides a show that should leave most anime lovers what they have just seen.

The False Faces


Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen, or also known as “The False Faces” in English is the successor of the original series. It was produced by White Fox studio and directed by Motonaga Keitarou. The series was broadcast every Sundays at 01:00 JST on Tokyo MX starting from October 4, 2015 to March 27, 2016 in Japan.

Review

Waking up cold and alone in the snowy forest, a mysterious man is surrounded by unfamiliar scenes. Without any memories, he’s entirely lost until he stumbles upon Kuon, a young cute girl with animal ears and a tail. She saves him, leading him back to her village while guarding them both against “boro-gigiri”, a giant centipede-like monster and a strange red slime. After they get there, she names him Haku after a notable historical figure from the region. He quickly finds out he’s one of an only one without animal ears and a tail. The two voyage to the capital of Yamato, the country in which Kuon lives, meeting, even more, people and making new friends, all the while unconsciously delving deeper into the politics as well as inner conflicts of Yamato.

Utawarerumono: The False Faces centers around Haku as he gradually reveals the secrets of this unfamiliar world. He works to solve the surrounding the red slimes, along with to prevent war from erupting among the nearby nations.

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Trailer

Story

People may state that it has not a story, I say the otherwise. The first half can be quite a low-development form. For those who compared straight with the first Utawarerumono, it truly is sluggish and without outer story development. Although, the second half continues a great curve of the show. So, we have character and setting presentation as well as later the rampage of the plot.

Artwork

The background in the first few episodes blew me away, it truly offered you a feeling of being in the different world. The huge scale battles presented cookie cutter soldiers, but I’m okay with this mainly because it is quite costly and a waste of money to try and anime each soldier individually in a huge battle. Overall, characters movement felt smooth and the colors utilized in the anime felt natural.

Characters

We are introduced to the whole group of cliches to non-cliches characters. I especially truly liked the protagonist, mainly because he’s truly different from the normal main character, and has a fantastic development. In addition, the entire set tends to be well-crafted, the visual, the actions, thinking, reasons, among others. Even the lesser points can be seen as a potential character development fuel.

Sound

I feel one of the more defining parts of the Utawarerumono series. As the whole original soundtrack is more or less based around an oriental and Asian style of music tracks sound much more unique than your today’s traditional anime opening theme, ending theme, or even background music in general due to that.

Overall (7/10)

If you watched the original Utawarerumono, you need to watch this as well. It carries on the story and provides another layer of the world of Utawarerumono. it’s the second part to a trilogy, so pretty much, this can be a “lead-in” part of the series that goes the series to its final bottom line, so it does not precisely end cleanly, but nonetheless, it’s a fitting end. If you are new to Utawarerumono or you are interested in a fantasy show along with war plus some fairly deep lore, I would highly suggest you watch the original first.

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