Ash Blake had been waiting longer than most for his dragon to be born. With a Star Brand unlike any others, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that his dragon would be a bit different, but no one would have expected Eco!
What did you watch and why? For the letter D in my A to Z Anime Challenge, I watched Dragonar Academy. Admittedly, this wasn’t a total shot in the dark as I had already read the first six volumes of the manga in 2018. As I hadn’t seen the anime and was enjoying the manga, I thought it seemed like an ideal opportunity to watch it.
What’s it about? Set in a fantasy world with a mix of magic and technology, a small nation is responsible for the world’s dragons. Unable to breed themselves, dragons are implanted into worthy humans who will later become their masters. One such worthy human, Ash Blake has been waiting a long time for his dragon to be born, but nobody expected this…
When Ash’s dragon is finally born, she appears before him in the form of a human girl and immediately begins to boss him around. This of course causes all sorts of problems for Ash, who unlike any other is able to ride other breeder’s dragons. This also makes Eco, his dragon incredibly jealous.
A dark entity appears, bringing an undead dragon with it. Ash fights to put the troubled creature to rest, but many eyes are on Eco and the potential she holds. Can Ash defeat the entity, save Eco, rescue the Princess, restore order to the continent, and save the dragons? He’s got a lot of work to do, that’s for sure.
What hooked you? Having read some of the manga, I knew exactly what to expect from this series. The style of artwork looks
What was your favourite scene? Ash and his friends head into a dragon tomb and attempt to stop a villain from turning the corpses into an undead dragon army. Eco uses her powers to create Ash a set of armour so that he can fight back. Basically, it’s lots of fighting and zombie dragons. Seems kind of obvious, but there you have it, although I’m not sure where the tentacles came from…
What was your least favourite scene? I don’t want to compare the anime to the manga as that’s not really fair. Sure, they are connected, but I believe they should be treated as their own entity. That said, there were several moments where they tried to incorporate stuff but barely glossed over the subject. It drastically reduced the effectiveness of the situation. The scene where Eco is kidnapped by the hot scientist is one that springs to mind.
Who was your favourite character? It’s Silvia Laurteamont, the princess who Ash annoys and tries to boss everyone around. She starts out
Who was your least favourite character? I don’t think the series really did Eco any justice. She’s a massively important role in the story, but they seemed to make her less complicated and less interesting as a result. It’s a shame because the manga took more time with her and gave her more depth (honestly, that’s the last time I’ll bring up the manga).
Which character needs more screen time? Navi needed more time. Admittedly, she and Eco are the same person, or will be in the near future, but Navi has all the confidence and experience to be a true femme fatale as opposed to Eco who is just a screeching loli!
Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen? It is a harem fantasy school series, so it has a number of similarities with several of those. Think High School DxD light, but it is definitely different enough that it stands on its own.
Would you like another season? If they followed the rest of the manga, I would definitely watch it, although I would temper my expectations based on the first season. I did enjoy it, but it never really blew me away. It could have been much better, but it would have been much longer. Maybe if they’d committed to a twenty-six episode season they could have put more of the details in.
What elements of the story inspire you? I’m a big fan of fantasy stories, so anything with dragons and knights is going to grab my attention. I loved all the lore and history behind this sort of world building. One of these days, I’ll waste a ton of time developing a world so that I can do something similar, although I’d probably avoid the high school elements.
Other reviews in the series
- A to Z Anime Challenge
- Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
- Blood-C / Blood-C: The Last Dark
- Cat Planet Cuties
- Dragonar Academy
- El Cazador de la Bruja
- Freezing / Freezing Vibration
- Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
- Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
- Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon
- Jormungand / Jormungand: Perfect Order
Animercise: There were twelve episodes in season one of Dragonar Academy and I did ten of each after every episode. Those numbers are really starting to climb now.
Episode Count: 12 (126)
Push-ups – 120 (730)
Sit-ups – 120 (730)
Squats – 120 (700)