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That is the one big issue with Bantorra is there is not exactly any protagonist in the series. It will jump around a bit following different characters. During this time, a lot of people get killed too. It is hard when watching it to really get to like any one character. If you do, they are either taken out of the story by events or just plain killed. This is not a cheery anime even though it has a few cheery characters. Get used to people dying, get used to some real nasty villains. If you watch it for that and pay no attention to figuring out the story, you'll find something here. The villains alone I would rate as one of Bantorra's high points.
Aside from the weakness in the storytelling, the rest of the series has some high marks. Art is quite good and the opening theme for the first half of the show is very memorable. Ali Project does the theme and it is one of their best works in years. Very iconic with the show. It is strange why it gets changed halfway through. The theme that replaces it doesn't hold a candle to it.
If you like these kinds of shows and dark anime, then you'll probably love Bantorra for it's dark factors. This is just a fair warning to others that you will be confused going into this one. The story starts to make a little more sense around the midpoint, then as it is coming to a close. But when those final credits roll...well, you'll see. I can't give it more than a 3/5. This is one of the few I would recommend to rental only, not purchase. See if you'll like it first. Perhaps if I read the manga and got a little more depth with this series, I might be able to find it more appealing. But I don't see myself wanting to visit this series again.
world where deceased people turn into stone-like books and are stored in the Bantorra Library, anyone who reads a book can learn its past. Bantorra Library is maintained by the Armed Librarians, who wield supernatural abilities, and their enemy is a psychotic cult known as Shindeki Church. As the story progresses it presents a world of sorrow and pain, and the unfairness and frugality of life, as well as personal desires. However, in each arc there is also a small underlying hope, and more of the reasons, conspiracies, and secrets are revealed behind everything. It is about a specific overall history in time of Bantorra Library and its people. Each character dies a sorrowful yet meaningful death, and each death will open paths to a small ray of hope in the world, which also reveals a part of a secret to the reader.
The show has one of the most original stories I have ever encountered. The music is pretty good, though I'm not going out to buy a soundtrack anytime soon. The animation was well done and clean. loved the depth of the character development: all of the characters were original and not at all cliché (as it seems like most series nowadays are). The characters changed and struggled and grew. This show carries a bit of a serious mood, so it isn't one of the laugh-with-the-good-guys shows. Don't start out expecting your normal anime laughs and cheerful misunderstandings. To me is Great Series, cant wait for it to come.
The show, however, soon suffers from a detached narrative, severely degraded animation, and a habit of removing likable characters without decent reason. The fights, animation, premise, and characters are all golden in the first five episodes. Then the animation takes a nose dive: two-frame movements, pathetic attempts at cheap fight choreography, and poorly integrated CG effects as a crutch for even poorer visuals.
The characters that are likable fade into the background or disappear from the narrative. A misunderstood, white-haired villain joins the team (taking three episodes to achieve that tired cliché). In addition, a spunky, too good to be true, blameless, clueless vixen takes center stage and is completely bland and flat--except for the chest region, which is spilling out in all its bronze, balloon-mocking glory, accented with oiled highlights that shine even when she's in a dark cave. Normally I'd say the hell with it, it's anime. But she replaced a credible female character (Meseta) who was calculating, mysterious, and still well-endowed.
This show started off with all the promise of a solid anime series and then threw it away, quickly, to embody the average export. If someone can convince me that part two turned this trend around and pulled together a cohesive idea, then I'll gladly give it a shot. When the creators of this show stopped caring, so did I.
I'm an animator and writer, so I frequently pour through stacks of anime. If this was helpful or our tastes seem to align, follow along. I'll try to steer you straight.
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