Alternate Titles: ティアーズ・トゥ・ティアラ
Original Japanese Release Date: April 5th, 2009
Episode Length/Run-time: 26
The Divine Empire is conquering lands from far and wide and in an attempt to prevent this from happening, the Goidelic people are planning to sacrifice the priestess Riannon in an effect to revive the demon king Arawn who they believe can help fight again the Empire. Well Arawn gets revived but Riannon doesn’t need to be sacrificed after all. Arawn begins his revolt against the emprie with the help of Riannon, her brother Arthur and many other skilled fighters.
This is a classic example of an RPG type series. You have a medieval setting, with castles, swords, knights and magic. Oh yea, did I mention elves and all of your cliche character types? You have the tiny childlike character that uses a huge hammer, the swordsman, the knight, the mage, the healer, etc…It’s great fun.
The aesthetics of the series are quite good. The opening and closing themes are awesome. “Free and Dream” is a great song. I actually have that one on a jogging play list. The animation of the show is pretty decent. It’s good enough to support the action packed battle scenes. Also, the character designs are very nice. I really did enjoy them quite a lot.
There was one thing that I really didn’t care for about the show and that was the pacing. For the most part the series is just a lot of battles and traveling from place to place. The actual story of the show doesn’t reveal itself until the last half dozen or so episodes. That being said, the conclusion has quite an epic feel. There is a huge battle at the end that makes it worth the wait.
All in all this is a pretty average anime. It feels a bit like other anime that have appeared throughout the years. I can think a bit of Record of Lodoss War except this show is obviously a lot newer and has a lot more action. I suppose its because of the RPG feel that I think that. It’s a decent show. If you are a fan of magic and sword battles, check it out.