Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun #01.
Review: What do you get when you have a protagonist with paranormal powers, a weakling of a monster introduced to reveal the protagonist’s main weapon at disposal, and an ending revelation of a bigger threat organization prompting the protagonist and his cohorts to an adventure? Well, that right there is a premiere episode of very shonen-esque tastes. Of course, Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun also features other elements of conventional shonen, like having a world based upon a particular theme, that being Oriental culture in mythology and religion this time around. What does set this apart from other series of shonen nature, however, is that it is only scheduled for thirteen episodes. At this point, a clear destination has been established. Our main cast is journeying to the capital to defeat the hierarchy of antagonists in order to save their kidnapped damsel. Of course, it is extremely common for a bigger revelation in plot to be realized at some point in this course of execution. But sticking to this established plot rigidly, thirteen episodes have the potential to be loads of excitement and fulfillment. If there’s anything else to note, this is quite possibly the best animation I’ve seen from Studio DEEN, not that I’ve seen muh from them. Definitely props to the quality of animation on this premiere, color me impressed enough to keep tuning in.
*Side-note: I couldn’t envision the two young male characters as any two other than Natsu Dragneel(from his voice) and Emiya Shiro (from his looks).