Rune Soldier: The Complete Collection
Armed with Merrill's cunning, Genie's strength, and Melissa's prayers, this all-female band has no trouble raiding ancient ruins, unless a magic seals blocks the way. They set out to hire a magician, but all the magicians they meet prefer ereading to raiding-except Louie, a brash novice who seems to do better with his fists than his spells!
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The show has a definite "day in the life of..." feel to it and delivers perfectly. There is no grand quest to save the world here (at least not until the last three or four episodes), just a group of adventurers trying to get by and even succeeding now and then. That's not to say the show is mindless. It has quite a few instances of real drama and pretty deep character development and it's really cool to watch Louie go from a bumbling magician to a truly great hero.
Another treat is an extraordinarily good dub track! Somebody on the Rune Soldier team discovered that dubs are better when the characters sound like real people and not squeaky, hyperactive hamster creatures! Stealing the show is Shelley Celene-Black with her portrayal of the priestess Melissa. She just has this frantic, panicked edge to her voice the whole time and several of her lines had me laughing hysterically.
So what else can I say? Definitely worth picking up if you want some good laughs and some good adventure. The only problem is ADV decided that the packaging didn't need to include any hints as to what episode is on what disc because their customers have magical divination powers... or access to Google.
Il s'agit de 3 femmes aventurières (guerrière, prêtresse et voleuse) qui cherchent une magicienne pour les aider à découvrir des trésors dans des ruines. Malheureusement, ils tombent plutôt sur un magicien, qui par des circonstances hasardueuses, est accepté dans leur groupe.
Les personnages évoluent à peine. L'histoire est très faible, c.-à-d. que 4 à 5 épisodes/24 font avancer l'histoire. Les autres épisodes sont ce que j'appelle du "filling", quoiqu'ils nous permettent de mieux connaître les personnages, qui restent tout de même superficiels. Il y a beaucoup d'antagonisme dans le groupe, mais les personnages apprennent lentement à se respecter, c'est la seule évolution que j'aie remarqué.
C'est une série pour se divertir, car les traits particuliers des personnages sont leur marque de distinction. Avare un jour, avare toujours. Poing d'abord et réflexion ensuite? Vous voyez le portrait. Leurs défauts les mènent dans des situations cocasses font la force de la série. Toutefois, cela peut devenir ennuyant. Je pense par exemple à la phrase typique de Mélyssa: "It's sooooo against my will". C'est drôle au début, mais après 20 épisodes (et je n'exagère pas), c'est plus tannant qu'autre chose.
Si vous voulez une histoire de "donjon" avec un groupe classique, je vous suggère Lodoss War. J'espère que ma critique vous sera utile.
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I, of course, already started to have high expectations for Rune Soldier. It is awesome, it's pretty funny, and less serious than it's counterparts. The characters all have unique attitudes of their own, and while the story progression can be a little pointless, *find runes to find treasure* the ending is actually surprising, and makes this Anime an extremely wise purchase. I would recommend Rune Soldier to any Otaku.
To begin with and to get out of the way the most obvious matter, I bought the shows when they came out separately and had to pay much-much more than the amount that people will have to pay for the complete collection.
To the story, it is mainly about three women - one a mercenary, one a priest and sort of white magician and one is a thief - and of course the main character Louie and his female friend. The previous mentioned women are adventurers but in order to succeed they need a powerful magician by their side. Well, imagine who this one will be, exactly no other than Louie. Well, the problem with this magician is that a) instead of studying magic he prefers to drink beer, b) instead of using magic he prefers his fists and kicks -especially when they encounter monsters for the first time I was laughing so much that I had started to cry, c) When he opens his mouth he is full of s..., what will make the viewer crack laughing with what comes out of his mouth...
However, as clumsy as he may appear at the beginning - the main reason why the three other women will "hate" him (during the first episodes, something that changes later on); but are forced to stick with him for the above mentioned reason - proofs itself to be as if the creator of the shows wanted to mislead us. Why am I saying this: Because there will be occasions (especially in the first episodes) when Louie says from time to time something so mature, and his magic from time-to-time proofs to be seriously strong, that the viewer will ask himself/herself, is there something more behind his, in many times, ridiculous and funny behaviour? The answer is yes, as it happened with Vash of Trigun... And as the story evolves Louie becomes better and better all the time, in many aspects and ends up to ... the world...
(And are not fouled because, the story is not only about adventures but it deals with other aspects that become more clear later on, the adventures are basically something like the starting point of the story...)
To conclude, the story is funny, in other worlds people will crack laughing with what is Louie able to do or not to do, very enjoyable, has action, romance, and the storyline is not so bad (of course, please do not compare it with the philosophical meanings of Evangelion but for its genre as it is...)
Is it worth buying it? Yes, I can honestly recommend this show... Enjoy it...
The best thing about the show is its bright and vibrant animation and clever character designs. The colors are bold and vivid and every character has a unique look. The opening song is great too, but I find the closing song kind of annoying. This series is not really one continuous story like many animes; each episode stands on its own, and some of them--like the "Darling Jar" episode--are very amusing. I wasn't too thrilled with the first disc, but the shows improve as the series progresses. The final disc is by far the best, as things get a bit more serious and dramatic. However, the ending is sort of a letdown because many plot points are left unresolved. Since this collection is so affordably priced, it's worth considering, but there are many other shows available that are way better than Rune Soldier.
Man, am I ever glad I did. I was laughing out loud as some of the hijinx in this cartoon and it's rare I ever laugh at loud at anything.
Excellent voice acting, and the animation is very much in the vein of "Record of Lodoss War." A lot of the episodes are two parters, and there is just the right mix of drama and insane comedy. It was so enjoyable I ende dup tracking down the first 4 volumes of the manga.
Complete impulse purchase and I'm very glad I did. For the cost, you can't go wrong, especially when most anime DVD's are $20+ per DISC in this day and age