What They Say:
After his defeat to Kon, Erec has been left lopsided. Meanwhile, Kon wants to find a way home but the Princess has other plans. less
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the first episode being a bit awkward and kind of wonky at times, Ixion Saga DT got things rolling by bringing Kon into the game world where he’s got some skills, made some friends and made an enemy of Erec after defeating him in battle. It’s no surprise that someone thrust into a game world like this would end up having problems and causing problems and someone like Erec definitely isn’t one you want on your bad side, even if he is a basic comical villain. Kon gives it little thought in the end though as he just wants to get him even though he’s stuck with the others in his party getting the young princess off to the capital for the time being.
On the weird side, we see that the battle Eric was in has literally left him lopsided, an odd visual gag to bring into it that just feels plain weird. But it does kind of go with the way the show has this kind of light and fancy free flutter about it in that it’ll do silly things just to be silly. Erec does at least have serious reason to deal with Kon and his group since there is that mysterious superior that has him concerned that he must get this done before the higher up superiors find out what’s gone on. Playing this out at the same time that we see Kon kind of going through the motions and hanging out with the others at least gives some sense of purpose and story. Kon is just spending his time doing nothing, at least until he’s told he should try and do a little sword training.
The first half has most of this fluff before it descends into battle as Erec gets his troops together and a tank to go after Kon and the others. Kon’s not exactly all on top of this kind of thing but after seeing Sainglain go at it with gusto, he gets himself directly involved as well. But it just turns comical, first with Kon’s weapon turning into a weird hammer of sorts with his sword and then with Erec getting out there on foot and unable to really do much of anything because of his balance issue. It’s comical, but bad comcial. You aren’t supposed to take them seriously and that’s maid plain here as it gets further into the battle with the expressions and kind of attacks that are in play. It’s just unfortunate that the humor all feels forced and very out of place with the character designs used.
To say I don’t have a good feeling about this would be an understatement. While an opening episode gets some leeway to establish itself, you get a better feel for things with the second episode as it starts to move forward a bit. Ixion Saga DT essentially says it wants to be a silly action comedy with a screwball kind of feeling to it that’s reminiscent of my memories of old Saturday morning cartoons. From the opening theme up through the end, I find myself more or less cringing or just feeling nothing at all about the show. I suspect I’ll kick it around for another couple of episodes at least, but so far it’s just archetypes and nothing else going on here with a few trappings of silliness that should appeal nicely to children at the least.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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