It’s day four of summer anime first impressions (covering episodes 1-3), and this time I’m giving my thoughts on Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers. AKA Rokka no Yuusha, if you like the Japanese title better. It’s shorter, and if we’re going to be typing Rokka anyways, we might as well just finish off with the rest of the Japanese.
Let’s get straight to the point: Rokka no Yuusha is a Tales of game, but with a lot less gameplay and a lot fewer gels. (And a willingness to branch out of medieval European settings, I suppose.)
Rokka is unique in that it works in a sort of Aztec aesthetic into its setting–namely with its architecture, landscape, and written language (all of which looks great). But then they throw in horses, guns, steel weapons, and ridiculous RPG-style apparel (and, uh, Japanese people), so we’ll call this a loose inspiration. Rule of Cool is the main thing they’re going for, I suppose.
The story has six (or maybe seven?!?) heroes chosen by the gods to defeat all the monsters that have appeared in the land. And that’s pretty much it. After three episodes the characters are still gathering together (we have collected four of them so far), and there’s some sort of conflict between some of them for reasons that are vague at the moment. Other than that, not much has happened… Just lots of talking, and every now and then fighting some monsters. (Spoilers: They kill the monsters.)
My biggest issue with this series so far is just how dull all the characters are. I can’t bring myself to care about any of them. Granted, Tales of games also adhere to a lot of anime tropes for their character archetypes, but at least when they’re interacting with each other it’s generally entertaining. The protagonist is a loudmouth hero (we can call him Naruto), and then there’s a genki bunny girl, and an emotionless stoic knight. Also, featuring Black Rock Shooter
(from the Devil May Cry series).
Well, suffice to say I’m done with Rokka no Yuusha, but will perhaps suggest giving it a try if you’re a big fan of action series. The action itself is animated quite nicely, and the music also stands out for inspiring a strong sense of drama at times. Nothing in these first three episodes clicked with me though, and really only made me want to go play another Tales of game.