Sacred Blacksmith: The Complete Series
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Based on the Japanese light novel series by Isao Miura, with original character designs by Luna, a total of nine volumes have been published by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J label (targeted towards young adult males, the J stands for juvenile). Meanwhile a manga adaptation began its serialization in 2009 in the monthly manga magazine "Monthly Comic Alive" and in October 2009, a 12 episode anime series by Manglobe aired on AT-X through December.
The anime series is directed by Masamitsu Hidaka ("Linebarrls of Iron", "I Dream of Mimi", "Pokemon Advance"), a screenplay adaptation by Masashi Suzuki ("Hell Girl", "Shuffle!", "Akane Maniax") and character design by Jun Nakai ("Tokyo Majin").
"The Sacred Blacksmith" takes place in a land that was once ravaged in the great Valbanill War. During that time, humans sacrificed their bodies to become powerful demons in which they would turn into Demon Contracts (weapons). These weapons have long been banned.
The story begins with a 3rd generation Knight named Cecily Campbell. She has sworn herself to protect the city from harm and corruption but one day, she sees a former Knight that looks out of it and screaming for "salvation". When she goes to apprehend him, he strikes with a huge sword which breaks apart her family sword (that has been part of the Campbell generation for ages).
The Knight nearly kills her but he is stopped by Luke Ainsworth, a mysterious blacksmith who easily beats the Knight with his sword and his sword easily cuts through the Knight's sword with ease.Read more ›
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a general rule of thumb with any anime is think of it as "game logic". Lots of people have complained that luke cut through another persons sword with his katana. Is it unrealistic? sure. but so are the demons and the setting and the people. lets not be so closed-minded okay? The way the official review describes this youd think it was clunky and kinda stupid. It isn't. the plot doesn't have a whole lot of time to develop (i mean come on, the whole series so far is only 12 episodes) But what you do see, in my case, wants me to come back for more. And it's not because of the fanservice, (which really isn't excessive, or even very present actually...) it is because for the first time in a long time i actually gave a crap about what happened to these people, i cared. not to mention the action is great, the dialogue (at least in japanese) is fun and entertaining or informative when it needs to be. My one complaint is that the bad guy is rather obvious. you take one look and you think "thats him." which kinda ruins the revealing of said bad guy. It is also necessary to point out that the reason it is so short is that the manga it is based off of is ongoing. So, where this story ends is about halfway through the existing manga. Just FYI.
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The show has a good plot with good characters. Its short comings come from the cliches. Like the jerk who the lead falls in love with, I think this is rectified a bit simply by how they explain his general behavior but he takes a while to become likeable.
Waaaay to much talking about the leads boob size... Seriously it is annoying at times but other times it can be funny... Oddly every time a male character refers to them it's actually funny or acceptable. It's probably because it is less common and doesn't feel forced.
Katana worship... Yeah... Lots of that. The funny thing is that the show writers seemed to put some research into the making of a katana but failed to do any on the other swords in the show. Katanas are neat swords but they are not as great as this show makes them out to be.
Bathhouse scene with 5 girls... Yeah goes about the same route any other would minus the pervert guys. Seriously there is only one perverted male in this show and he's only in the first episode the girls are the real perverts in this one.
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This anime is short compaird to others. However if you done have alot of time and want an ending this might be the movie for u.Published 2 months ago by nanohammers
Great animation! A wonderful story with a dramatic historical setting. Action, yes! It's worth watching. If you don't have this yet, get it!Published 3 months ago by Walter D. Fitzgerald
Another SAVE series that makes adding to your collection easy and cheaply! A great little series. Ending leaves a bit unanswered, but good none the less.Published 5 months ago by Tony
This is a strong and durable DVD box. The cover is brightly colored, with a lot of details. The DVD's work great. Great series to watch. Very fast shippingPublished 6 months ago by Jacinda Rilla Wright
Great show, with interesting characters a good plot and a nice art style. The dubs were superb and the only bad thing to say is that it NEEDS a SECOND SEASON!Published 6 months ago by Sinister Grey