Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight (Season One)

Montmorency hopes to bring peace to the world, but first he’ll have to end the Hundred Years War between England and France.

What did you watch and why? This was one of the Fall 2018 seasonal series that I picked up. It was one that I was quite keen to watch and had high hopes for. I mean, just look at the header. It looks like it should be a lot of fun.

What’s it about? Montmorency is a student at a knight school along with his close friends Richemont, Phillippe, and Charlotte. They make a pledge to always remain friends and help each other out in their times of need. Montmorency is fascinated by alchemy and has managed to obtain a philosophers stone, believing that it will grant him the power to change the world.

When Richemont is drafted into the French army and sent to war, Montmorency tries to unlock the philosopher’s stone’s powers, but before he realizes seven years have passed. The English have made strides into France capturing Paris and other stuff… blah, blah, blah. Even the synopsis is boring.

Montmorency still on his quest to use the philosopher’s stone ends up in a small village where he meets Jeanne, a young girl who is friends with the fairies and dreams of having bigger boobs! There is an accident and Montmorency becomes the vessel for the elixir that activates the philosopher’s stone.

The English attack, killing the fairies and Jeanne, but Montmorency puts half the stone in her wound and gives her a good Frenching to revive her. She is reborn as Jeanne d’Arc, who Montmorency uses to revive the failing French army and fight back. Some other stuff happens, but I’m going to get to that shortly.

What hooked you? Initially, it was the title image with the strong female knights in brilliantly outrageous outfits. I also decided I was going to give every show a fair chance by at least watching the first four. For some reason, I decided to give it another chance and by then I’d seen eight and felt like I needed to see this to the end. Why? I have no idea!

What was your favourite scene? I hadn’t even considered that I might have a favourite scene until right now. Bizarrely, absolutely nothing springs to mind. This entire series was a hot mess of stories, legends, historic figures, gods, demons, and spaceships… I kid you not! In my first impressions, I mentioned some good moments, but I can’t remember them, so they can’t have been that good.

What was your least favourite scene? All right, this is where I make up the word count. So we started with knight academy which was fine, but had nothing really to do with the story except to establish the friendship. Then we have a seven year jump. This was an ominous sign of things to come.

The story seems to bounce around all over the place, moving from location to location and then jumping forward some undetermined period of time. It was so disjointed and there were so many insignificant characters that it became impossible to keep on top of what was going on.

On top of that, they tried to cram in so many legends it became ridiculous. You had Jeanne d’Arc, a philosopher’s stone, Excalibur’s scabbard, William Tell, fairies, stone circles, the holy grail, Ulysses, Knight’s Templar, it just seemed to go on and on. But all of that is nothing compared to the final act.

Montmorency swallows the other half of the philosopher’s stone and gains incredible powers. Enough to save Jeanne and defeat Ulysses Noir. Then the skies turn dark and tentacles surge overhead before pouring into Montmorency and ripping the common folk to pieces. He is then possessed by a god that contacts an abandoned spaceship in orbit and has it shoot at the humans with an enormous laser beam… All of this took place in the Hundred Years War!

Who was your favourite character? There were a couple of entertaining characters, but they would have been better off in a different show. In fact, they could have taken the entire cast, maybe get rid of Montmorency’s stupid hat, and put them in a fantasy world with a simple quest story and it would have been a hundred times better than this.

My individual favourites were La Hire because she walked away when it got silly, although she did come back when it got really silly, but she looked cool and was an awesome warrior. Richemont had potential, but she got caught by the English and then like La Hire disappeared for most of the series.

After them, I’ve got to give a shout out to Ulysses Noir. It seemed kind of cruel that Jeanne wanted bigger boobs, but when she became Ulysses she got nothing, meanwhile, Phillippe became Ulysses Noir by wearing a helmet that had some connection to the holy grail and gained enormous boobs and a very shapely bottom. It makes as much sense as the rest of it…

Who was your least favourite character? I really didn’t care for Montmorency, and barely for Jeanne. As the two characters in the title that doesn’t bode well for a series. They were just not that interesting and both a bit whinny.

Which character needs more screen time? That would be my favourite characters in an alternate world with a completely different story-line. I honestly don’t want any more screen time in this world with this story. It was a steaming mess.

Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen? I can’t think of anything that has disappointed me as much as this show. Looking at the character design alone, it should have at least been watchable, but I can’t bring myself to recommend this to anyone. It really shouldn’t have been made. The animation is terrible, with multiple repeated frames and duplicated characters and don’t even get me started on the tentacled demon in the sky…

Would you like another season? Oh, yes. Sign me up for that… That’s sarcasm, please don’t. I can’t take any more.

What elements of the story inspire you? There’s actually a lot that you can take from a bad series. Often there’s a little gem hidden somewhere in there. It might have made no sense where it was but take it somewhere else and it could be great. I’m not sure what that is yet, especially as there was so much stuff crammed into this season that it’s almost impossible to remember them all.

Other reviews in the series

AnimerciseThis was another of the Fall 2018 schedule, so only four were watched in 2019.

Episode Count: 4 (58)

Push-ups – 20 (200)

Sit-ups – 10 (190)

Squats – 10 (190)

6 Comments

  1. Honestly I think I appreciate this series at the very least for giving such a bat-shit crazy few final episodes that I don’t think I’ll ever be mad or annoyed that I watched it. Sure it was trash but it was (mostly) entertaining, even when I was left wondering what the hell I just watched. For me, not even the worst show of the year. But I enjoyed your review!

    • Thanks. My biggest annoyance was that they tried to put too much in and never really gave anything enough time to work.

      If they had focused on a much tighter story it could have worked, but yeah that ending was utterly insane. I’d love to meet the author and ask them what they were thinking.

  2. It wasn’t until you said it, but I had completely forgotten there were spaceships in this series. And I only watched the show a week ago.

    I agree, this was a terrible series. Plus, it would appear we both felt weirdly compelled to finish this piece of garbage to the bitter end.

    • Yeah, completely bonkers. They must have figured they squeezed everything else it, what’s a spaceship added to the mix.

      I have no idea why I kept watching. Maybe I still hoped that some good would come from it, but it just got crazier and crazier.

  3. David Boone (moonhawk81)

    Truly one of the worst series I ever began watching. . .never dreamed of finishing, either. You’re a real trooper!

    • It really was. I’d rate as it worse than Conception. I looked back at my first impressions and second chances of the show and I knew it was garbage then and that it was getting worse, but I kept going and I still don’t know why.

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