Valkyria Chronicles ;; The Book of Bantorra

Senjou no Valkyria: Gallian Chronicles

When Imperial forces attack the small border town of Bruhl, Welkin Gunther, son of late General Belgen Gunther, is forced to fight for his life alongside Town Watch captain Alicia Melchiott. Along with Welkin's adopted sister Isara, the three escape to Gallia's capitol and subsequently join the country's militia forces. As members of the newly-formed Squad 7, they must work to repel the invading Imperial forces and discover the true purpose of the invasion itself.

The story revolves around Alicia Melchiott and Welkin Gunther. Alicia is an orphan who aimed to be a baker, but also volunteers to be town watch. Even though her past might seem sad, Alicia is a very optimistic girl and believes that she shouldn’t dwell on the past. The townspeople seem to really love her and depend on her a lot.

Welkin and Alicia first stumble upon each other when boys from the town watch mistook Welkin for a spy. At first Alicia wouldn’t believe that he was telling the truth when he told her he was Belgen Gunther’s son as Welkin is a person who would actually study bugs while the town was getting attack. Belgen Gunther is a town hero for gosh sake! She thought for sure he was using a fake name and really blew it by using the name of such a well known person.

She finds out soon enough that he really is the son of the celebrated war hero. In fact, he has an adopted sister too, but what surprised her was that his sister, Isara, is a Darcsen. The race that was supposedly responsible for almost ending the world if it wasn’t for the Valkyrians saving the day. The 3 of them ended up in the same squad after joining the militia to fend off the Imperial army with Welkin leading their squad.

The anime is actually based off of a game which doesn’t happen as often as they’re usually based off of manga. I looked through some sites that mentioned the anime kept the drawing style the same as the game, which people enjoy. I didn’t know what they were talking about at first but then I noticed how it has the look of someone colouring the images in with pencil crayons or something haha @.@..

Alicia ends up catching the eye of other men in the anime and we get to watch Welkin be dumb and not notice any of his own feelings, of course. Welkin doesn’t pay attention to much aside from wildlife so it was interesting to see how he does as a leader of a military group.

Despite it being a war drama it’s not too depressing. Might be because there’s a fantasy aspect to the anime that I didn’t expect. I don’t recall seeing that in the tags and the description of the anime doesn’t give anything away.

Again like most animes I’ve watched I feel like the ending seemed a bit dull. I suppose it should tie up everything sufficiently enough but it lacked something for me. Maybe it had to do with the supporting characters..it didn’t tie things up enough for them?

7/10


Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra

In a world where dead people turn into books and are stored in the Bantorra Library where anyone who reads a book can learn their past. Bantorra Library is maintained by Armed Librarians who wield psychic powers and their enemy is a religious society known as Sindeki Kyōdan.

This anime is one of the most confusing ones I’ve watched. Let me just give you a summary first. When people die their soul, I guess you can say, turns into a stone book. They are taken to the Bantorra Library to be stored, but you’re allowed to borrow it and ‘read’ it at the library. Although there’s also a black market for them. When a person touches the book, they get to actually see the person’s life story.

The Armed Librarians guard the books and travel around collecting them and bringing special ones back to the library. They all have powers and are trained to fight against any threats. For unknown reasons the Church of Drowning in God’s Grace (who are the direct enemies of Bantorra’s Armed Librarians) tries to steal them and try to kill off the librarians at the same time.

The anime starts off with some of the highest ranked librarians on a mission after getting intel about the location of some of the members of the enemy church. They board a ship to find it filled with “meats” (humans that are brainwashed into..non-humans). The meats are have bombs on their hearts in hopes of killing Hamyuts – the current assistant director of the Bantorra Library.

We’re taken on this journey where we get to see what the librarians do on their missions, the past of some of the librarians, and the lives of the people that have turned into books. Most importantly who Hamyuts is and why the opposing church wants to rid the world of the Bantorra Library so badly.

From the first episode I had expected the anime to follow a story more closely. However it ended up being almost like a slice of life thing. With the present and the past all mashing together constantly to make up an episode it gets confusing quite fast.

The problem started getting worse as the anime progressed. Sometimes I felt like I couldn’t tell where in the timeline I was. And any time you grew closer to a character they don’t let you. You’ll see what I mean if you watch it.

When the ‘truth’ gets revealed you’ll end up sitting there thinking.. What sort of mind eff is this?? What just happened?? …What?? LOL.

5/10

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