The story may seem even a tad bit interesting at first but it hardly takes any time to realize that it is horrible. The characters are very dull with many character cliches, deus ex machina moments, and overall bad writing. The animation/art definitely isn’t the worst out there, but it definitely isn’t very good. They outline the backstory of each character poorly and don’t give us any backstory at all for other characters. The only reason I watched this really is because I was around 4 episodes in and wanted to finish it for completionist sake, otherwise would have dropped it.
The immediate look at my incredible judging score SHOULD immediately tell you everything that happens within the series, it is a laughably non-embarrassing total misfire, a miscalculation and perfect wreck of a fairly popular TCG that's left in Japan (and I don't care).
Before I start getting the hate, let me give you the context of what the original Lord of Vermilion TCG is about: *Goes to Wikipedia to check out*
Now, the anime adaptation by Asread: *Read the entire MAL synopsis*
Hmm...seems a bit different eh? Whatever it is, the story doesn't make the series more interesting, and while it is true for most card game adapted anime out there (Yugioh at least tried and it as an amazing childhood show for me), this show just made the story exposition throw out the window almost apparently and went in its own incomprehensible direction. That is not the vexing part, not just yet.
The characters, be it of the faction they are part of the series, aren't very appealing at all, and that has been the constant ever since the opening of this show. Let's take the MC Kamina Chihiro for example. Voiced by the ever popular KajiKaji, this is another wasted talent of his part here, because this is one of the times of which his voice-acting doesn't really match well to the unimpressive cast of characters, whom are always at his throats. The list of character VAs are again impressive, but similar with KajiKaji's situation, they absolutely trolled this show to bits.
Speaking of the MC, his goal of alliance between good vs. evil becomes a stepping stone for him to transform to the Lord of Vermilion (which ends up killing people anyways). If you need a show that kills its characters faster than it should, this is the perfect trash for you.
The production quality is absolutely perfectly horrendous to the point of being watchable until your eyes close and burn at the insanely boredom-filled execution it does. I have never trusted in Asread to perform another quality show, and 2016's Big Order just is an experience that while similar to this, I'd much rather you watch Mirai Nikki (made by the same studio, only leaps and bounds better). Not to say that I'm a fan in the first place, but I'd question you: "Why the hell are you watching this?"
If there was anything to go by for this series, it's the music, and it's hopelessly the EXACT same circumstance to sell the show. The OST from May'n and JUNNA are good, but I'd question the same intent as the rest of the show. I thought that with Mahoutsukai no Yome's OP lineup, it was yet again another 100% perfect replication where May'n's songs are lost-substance average-sounding and JUNNA's the better of the two.
I'm glad that many of you heeded my advice, and right now I'm telling you: This is another bestest shovelware from the worst season of the year, and I'm officially done with this shitshow. Thank the Heavens this abomination is over...