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Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru - Dance With Dragons [message #366298] Fri, 13 April 2018 20:14
Dave Baranyi is currently offline  Dave Baranyi
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“Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru”, aka, “Dances with Dragons” is an adaptation of a very long running fantasy light novel series about an alternate 21st century world where humans use technology-based magic to fight dragons and other creatures who also use technology-based magic against humans. The anime is essentially a “buddy” action series about two squabbling bounty hunters, Gayus and Gigina, who form an anti-dragon team.

Gayus is a minor noble who switched from a science-based graduate program into dragon fighting, and Gigina is a tribal-type fighter who happens to like collecting furniture. Both men use dual purpose swords that also focus magical spells and are loaded with magical bullets. The show starts out as the pair take down a pair of dragons in a no-man's land that exists between the human realm and the dragon's realm. One of the dragons is well above the usual combat level of the two humans and the humans achieve some notoriety for killing it. The two bounty hunters then become unknowingly entangled in the complex politics of the human realm where various sides play all kinds of power games while the humans try to decide whether to coexist with the dragons or go to war with them again.

The anime tries to set a “Western” sort of feel by playing pseudo-TV Western music in the background. Gayus has a half-elf girlfriend who he doesn't treat very well but he still gets sex out of the relationship. Gigina lives beyond their means due to his penchant for decorating his sword hilt with expensive jewels and his hobby of buying antique furniture. Despite the squabbling of the two they fight together very well.

The audience isn't supposed to take this show too seriously, in the same way that most Buddy Flicks are not meant to be taken seriously. The action is pretty good, but the light novel roots get in the way often due to the need to fill in details of the “wheels within wheels” background plot. I find it easy to turn on my suspension-of-disbelief and ignore the techno-babel, mainly because the lead characters are adults rather than kids. So my initial rating is B and I will likely continue to follow this series.

Dave Baranyi
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