Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero (Season One)

A hero of questionable decency smuggles the daughter of a Dark Lord back to Earth in order to protect her and keep a promise to an old foe.

What did you watch and why? This was the first title from my A to Z Anime Challenge. I picked knowing that it had one season which was twelve episodes long. Other than that, I went off the title image. That’s generally how I plan on making my picks. So this one had a hero, a hot dark lord, and a massive sword. Winner!!!

What’s it about? Interestingly, the story begins with our hero, Akatsuki running through the woods where a group of well-endowed warrior maidens attack him. He fights them off with ease, immobilising them by expertly removing their undergarments (bras and panties!). Once clear of the embarrassed maidens her goes through a portal back to Earth.

There he opens the duffle bag he was carrying to reveal a beautiful naked girl concealed within. It turns out she is Miu, the daughter of a Dark Lord and Akatsuki is sworn to protect her. Having been summoned to another realm, they are placed in a special school for people gifted with combat based magic.

Akatsuki soon takes over the place with his charm and general badass nature, but it’s not long before the rulers of Alayzard realize where the Dark Lord’s daughter has gone and sent warriors to retrieve her.

What hooked you? With the A to Z Anime Challenge, and I don’t know if I mentioned this but I am not allowed to drop anything once I start, so hooking isn’t necessary. I will say that the animation and art style appealed to me, plus the hero, hot dark lord, and the massive sword helped… a little!

What was your favourite scene? Akatsuki is garbage at magic, which is funny considering he is supposed to be the true hero. He more than makes up for it with his speed, power, and control of the elements. At the school, the students are given bracelets that will enable them to summon their weapons.

Akatsuki, however, is unable to do so until he pits on eight bracelets that he stole from the other students. He did this because a giant chicken that Miu and her friends were sparring against had been tampered with to make it incredibly powerful. Finally able to summon his weapon, a giant demonic double-handed broadsword appears. It’s at least twice the size of him, but that’s what makes it awesome.

What was your least favourite scene? There was a scene where Akatsuki, Mui, and two of her friends, Domoto and Izumi get trapped in a storage room. Before they are rescued Domoto reveals that she needs to pee. In a weird attempt to help her, Akatsuki applies pressure to each of the three girls, forcing them all to pee, figuring it won’t be embarrassing if they all wet themselves. Even for a rogue hero, that’s below the belt…

Who was your favourite character? Even with his dastardly roguish behaviour, Akatsuki is still my favourite character. I actually believe that a lot of what he does is intentionally bad. Now, I know that doesn’t sound like it’s a good thing, but he’s hiding the daughter of a dark lord and I believe he does this to move the attention away from her. He doesn’t care about how he looks or what people think of him. That’s the true hero.

Who was your least favourite character? I was almost tempted to say Akatsuki for this one too, but that would be silly. Instead, I’m going with Kaido. He appeared out of nowhere and declared he was going to be Akatsuki’s best friend. He hides in the bushes and generally didn’t really do enough to warrant the time they gave him.

Which character needs more screen time? Haruka needs more screen time. I know she got a reasonable amount of it, but I think she’s also the real love interest for Akatsuki. Sure, it seems like it should be Miu although I think he sees her more of a little sister, which is ironic since she’s pretending to be his little sister. Is that irony? Possibly because she clearly likes him, but also hates him for killing her father…

Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen? I would probably liken it to Hundred, because of the training school elements, but also similar to World Break. There are the harem elements that fit into both. Even with the bizarre episode at the beach where everyone was trying to steal Akatsuki’s shorts, but he flipped it and stole everyone else’s bathing costumes it’s not quite as raunchy as Maken-ki although there are similarities.

Would you like another season? It ended with a pretty major event that would certainly require another season to answer that alone. If they make another, I will undoubtedly watch it, but if they don’t it’s not going to kill me. It was definitely fun.

What elements of the story inspire you? It was interesting that the series began after the end of a pretty massive storyline. From what I can tell, Akatsuki was summoned to Alayzard where he fought and defeated the Dark Lord. It hints that it was pretty epic, but we don’t see that. I think it would be interesting to write something after a major event and slowly piece together everything that happened before it as the story progresses.

Other reviews in the series

AnimerciseThis was my first full series of 2019. I have done more exercise than this so far, but will only report the numbers with the reviews.

Episode Count: 12 (13)

Push-ups – 40 (40)

Sit-ups – 40 (40)

Squats – 40 (50)

8 Comments

  1. I watched this one a while back but only really remember the moments like the storage room incident. It didn’t really leave a lasting impression other than I probably don’t want to watch it again. I do remember kind of liking the hero and then he would do something that would make him seem like a jerk again and the cycle would continue.

    • Yeah, that was the biggest issue. He just flip-flopped back and forth between being a jerk and a hero.

  2. I like arrogant characters that can back up their talk, so I enjoyed this one. What I had wished though is that more actually happened – I would have preferred to see him in his role as a hero rather than see him in some school the whole season.

    • Definitely, it doesn’t always have to be at a school. I think that’s what we would get from a prequel or a sequel.

  3. This was done by the guy who did…(ugh) Shinmai Maou, but it is considered to be his stronger work, aside from fanservice (one of the only two good things THAT show has). I might give it a look one day, but my wounds are still fresh.

    • I’m yet to see Shin’ai Maou. Should I?

      This wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t great. There were some funny parts, but like Yoma said in the comments, it would have been better to see him being a hero rather than being a student at a school.

  4. I’d love to see what someone else thinks of that show, just to see if my dislike of that series is mutual or just me being an idiot.

    If you love hot under the collar, right up to the line Fanservice, then Shinmai wins the gold medal and it should be respected and credited for that, but if you are there for more than glorified softcore porn, then it’s quite frustrating. At least it was for me.

    • Haha! I’ll pencil it in then, unless something catches my eye closer to the time.

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