August 21, 2005
This series SUCKS. It gets a lot of deserved attention from its artwork, and I’m willing to forgive confusing plots in first volumes and pass it off as exposition, but this series is just incomprehensible.
The artwork is such that I can’t tell the characters apart, and the backgrounds are such that I can’t tell where the characters are. The dialogue is such that everything is left rather mysterious and confusing, and while I can sort of tell what’s going on, it’s just really frustrating. For instance, I know they were going after the evil Alichino, but the pacing was sort of messed up, and I don’t know when they left home and entered that weird villiage, and when they left the villiage in favor of a castle, or another town, or what. And they keep throwing in this weird character interaction. What I can figure out isn’t terribly interesting or original, which is sad.
It’s mired in its own sea of stylistic incomprehensibility, and that’s about the best thing I can say about it.