I know Brave10 is soon to be on the 3rd episode, so you will have to forgive me for my lateness in getting this up. So yes, Brave10 is one of the new Anime series of 2012 and this is the review of the first couple of episodes.
To start with, this is the plot for those who haven’t heard of the series:
” A year before the battle of Sekigahara that ended the Sengoku Period, the ninja Saizou Kirigakure meets the miko Nami Isa as she’s attacked by assassins. Her shrine was destroyed by Tokugawa Ieyasu for siding with Yukimura Sanada. Meanwhile, Sanada has been gathering ten warriors known as Sanada’s Brave 10, who have the power to change history. As they gather one by one, Nami’s own mysterious power awakens.”
So yes, this is basically another ninja / samurai series. This is one of the series I picked out from what I considered a disappointing season, and truth be told I went in not expecting too much, though at the same time feeling like this could end up being quite good regardless.
With that said, I have enjoyed the first two episodes a fair bit. I should say that there is nothing special about the anime, it doesn’t have 5 star animation or characters, but despite the fairly generic and predictable plot etc it still manages to be enjoyable, due in part to the fantastic Daisuke Ono who plays the part of the main protagonist – Kirigakure Saizo. I personally like Saizo a fair bit already, I took a liking to him immediately and seeing him in the preview was one of the reasons I decided to watch in the first place. Here’s a little more background on Saizo
“The protagonist is a Ninja known by the name of Kirigakure Saizo. Saizo makes his living as an assassin. Though he possesses masterful skill, he distrusts the loyalty relationship between lord and vassal, so he doesn’t serve any lord. His weapons are a large kunai called “Mari-Blade” and a smaller kunai. He also hates Koga ninja.”
Saizo is very much out only for himself, though in the first episode (and continuing in the second) he is unwillingly roped in to helping a shrine maiden named Isanami, who was fleeing for her life after her village was burned to the ground and the villagers killed, all because someone wanted to take her away. Saizo, while still not officially attached to anyone and who wants nothing to do with her, eventually ends up defending her and himself after some of the people chasing her emerge to fight. Saizo defeats them easily with his power and skill, though this only makes Isanami like him and want to stay with him even more.
You can probably see now from reading this the type of series this is and will be, Saizo is the protagonist who seems distant and uninterested in dealing with anyone other than himself, Isanami is the female lead who comes to (almost) idolise him and look up to him as her hero, and they end up in various situations where Saizo is left with little option but to fight and save her. This is pretty basic all around and something most Anime fans will have seen plenty of times before.
If you don’t mind putting up with that and the (in my view) annoying Isanami, and you don’t go in expecting something special then you will probably be quite happy with the series. This show is perfect if you just want something straightforward with plenty of ninja battles, if you want something with more meaning or depth however then this won’t be the series for you.
I personally enjoy it for what it is, and shall continue to review the series as it goes on. So to wrap up the review, while not for everyone, there is still plenty of enjoyment here for anyone wanting a bit more action in their Anime.