Lord Marksman and Vanadis (Season One)

Lord Marksman And Vanadis Title

Tigrevurmud Vorn had a chance to take out the war maiden that decimated his army, but his arrow was not true. Now a captive of the war maiden, Elen he discovers that his homeland is in danger and begs for her help.

What did you watch?

It’s been a while since I’ve done any updates of my A to Z Anime Challenge, but I have been slowly working away at it. As such, I finished Lord Marksman and Vanadis a while back and have only now found the time to get my thoughts down. I know, I shouldn’t have taken on so many seasonal shows, but hindsight is wonderfully unhelpful at changing the past. Anyhow, I feel like I should just dive straight in. As usual, there will be spoilers.

Lord Marksman And Vanadis Elen

What happened?

So, Tigre was captured by the war maiden, Elen. As is turned out, she also took a bit of a shine to him. Something about him trying to shoot her with an arrow got her all hot and flustered. Each to their own, I guess. Well, it turned out that without its Count around the region of Alsace was in danger of being invaded. Tigre appealed to Elen to help him save his lands and in exchange, he will give them to her. Saving his people is his top priority. She accepted his offer and lead her army against the invaders. They manage to win, defeating the army, its dragons, and the leader, but this puts Elen on a new path.

Another war maiden, Mila is aligned with the family of the invaders and is now at odds with Elen, but that won’t stop her from helping Tigre to vanquish is enemy once and for all. Before long they find themselves in conflict after conflict as the plot thickens when they find the king’s son that is actually a girl and help her to return home and take the throne from the bickering Dukes.

Lord Marksman And Vanadis Lim and Sofy

What did you think?

I have mixed feelings with Lord Marksman and Vanadis. Firstly, I enjoyed the characters and their designs. They were fun and looked cool. The battles, on the other hand, is where I started to get frustrated. There was some really cool one on one moments, but the bulk of the battles were displayed to us in large dioramas with CGI chess pieces jumping around. It really threw me out of the action. I love the tactics as much as the next person, if not more, but there had to be a better way to show it. I also felt like it dragged things out a little and by the end of the thirteenth episode, I was glad to get to the end.

Lord Marksman And Vanadis Elen and Mila Prepared to Fight

What was your favourite moment?

The way it was shown aside, I really enjoyed the tactics used by Tigre and Elen. They were often at a disadvantage because of the size of their army, but they used tricks to fool their opponents or lure them into a trap. If only they had shown us more of the actual battles and not just summarized them with CGI maps, it would have been so much better. It’s ironically the same thing that annoyed me about The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar. You don’t even have to show the whole battle, but to just skip it altogether feels like a missed opportunity.

Lord Marksman And Vanadis Elen and Tigra Attack

What was your least favourite moment?

Didn’t I just do this one? Well, don’t worry, I have another. There was a scene in episode 7 where Tigra is woken by his bow and follows its directions to a mysterious temple. There, his maid, Titta is taken over by a spirit and the only way Tigre can save her is to shot her with an arrow, but Tigre being the master archer he is, manages to do it without hurting her. With that done the temple disappears and everything goes back to normal. There is no mention of the temple before or after this point. I still can’t work out the point of the scene and how it fits into the story. I can only assume that it leads to the bigger picture that isn’t covered in the anime.

Lord Marksman And Vanadis Battle Plan

Who was your favourite character?

The war maidens were all pretty cool and rather beautiful, but my favourite character was Lim. She was just a regular knight but was more than a match for most even without a Draconic weapon. I enjoyed watching her attitude towards Tigre change as he proved his worth as a commander and a friend. He also saved her when she was bitten by a snake… Either way, Lim is cool and I would gladly watch a series just about her. That’s always a good indicator for me.

Lord Marksman And Vanadis Lim

Who was your least favourite character?

I found Titta to be a little annoying and I felt that her being there messed with the dynamics of the group. She was obviously in love with Tigre and struggled to see the other girls showing an interest. It does make for some interesting moments, but I wouldn’t have missed her if she hadn’t been there.

Lord Marksman And Vanadis Titta

Would you like some more?

I enjoyed the world-building and the story ideas but felt the execution wasn’t quite right. Even the characters were enjoyable. It just didn’t all mesh together for me and I think the battle tactics scenes with the voice-over describing it was just so annoying. Every time it happened, I rolled my eyes and lost interest a little. Then it kept happening. As I said, it was an interesting story with good characters, but if you put it together in an odd manner you end up with a show like this one.

Lord Marksman And Vanadis Elen versus a Dragon

What have you learnt?

I’m reminded of a piece of advice I read about showing the small details to deliver the most impact. It goes along the lines of showing a discarded dirty teddy bear in a war zone rather than trying to describe everything. Pick something small that you can focus on. I think the same would work for the battles. Rather than describing the entire battle give your character a task and follow them as they try to complete it. The rest will happen in the background and unless you’re going to have multiple points of view that explore the different elements, then that’s where it should stay.

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7 Comments

  1. I didn’t really mind the chess pieces, although it was a bit of a cop out to just show chess pieces instead of the actual battle, or something more detailed.

    What did you think of the show being based on Europe? Are you a fan of that, or would you rather see fantasy anime like this one use a unique world?

    • I didn’t really mind the European feel to it. Tolkien did the same thing with Lord of the Rings, but not quite as obvious.

      With the chess pieces, I just went in expecting this big epic battle and got some annoying narrator explain what happened so I can watch the final two minutes of it. As you say, it was a cop out!

    • I think the funny part is that they show you the plan with the chess pieces, and then things deviate from that plan, so they come up with a new one, which then brings the narrator back with a new set of chess pieces to explain the new plan.

    • True. More flow killer from that annoying bastard. This series should have been awesome, but they seemed to miss the mark, which is ironic for a story about a marksman!

  2. I weirdly like this anime for all its flaws and it is one I regularly get out on a Sunday afternoon for a binge watch when I just want to chill. I do find the battle narration a bit odd but after repeated watchings it is just part of the overall package and honestly I would love if there was a continuation to the story because there’s so much more to explore in the world. Unfortunately I don’t think we’ll get it, but I did really enjoy this one.

    • That’s cool. There is definitely a load more that could be explored and maybe the weird temple scene would end up being more relevant, or the other battle maiden that materialized in Tigre’s room that night.

      I felt like there was a lot going on and it just didn’t all click together for me and I think the narator was a big part of that. It kept pulling me out of the story and the action to give me a strategy lesson.

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