Riku Haruma enters high school without a future in sight. He sees people playing like monsters on the ground, jumping higher than anyone else, running fast, deciding to try their best. There, he sees Akira Kariya playing rugby, a sport he was once passionate about but gave up due to his physique. While Akira is running roughly, Riku gives him a piece of advice without thinking. From that, Riku feels his dying passion for the sport set ablaze, and his future starts to brighten up... (Source: MAL News)
Try Knights? More like try HARDER to represent a sport that the main show doesn’t know what to showcase. ESPECIALLY since (at the time of airing) this is the Japan Rugby World Cup, and it incorporates only one or a few types of play, and this show just went to whack every single type of Trys in rugby, as if to educate the viewer about the sport (like we know nothing DUH). Smarts.
At its core, this shitshow is an ultimate failure in all aspects: story/plot, characters, animation (the biggest sin) and sound. Need I say more?
There’s no story, just high school boys with no motivation, in the usual school club at the verge of disbanding, and needing an external person, such as a “Zhuge Liang-esque” strategist junior and some “Bakugo” aggressive people (cuz’ you need some brute force) to get things going, essentially forming a team and going straight for gold. Let the characterization begin…and I don’t really need to fill you in with the remainder. It’s as boring as watching soap opera shows of the past and I could spend time watching another show, but I chose to press onto this animosity.
Even worse is the animation. Dabbling in repeat shots, along with the 2D and 3DCG mix is Gonzo in partnership with the infamous hentai studio Seven (since the director affiliated with the show is from Seven), it’s insanely clear that there isn’t any dedication, much less motivation for the production staff to AT LEAST do their jobs well. And what we got was an astounding mishmash of GOD-TIER trash animation and art that honestly, one second of it can burn our bird’s eye views of horrible mediocrity. Gonzo, after their LEGIT trash anime (i.e. Conception), it’s a studio where 99% trash always comes out without fail, not safe for Seven either, falling into the same category (i.e. King’s Game the Animation).
Sound is alright, I’d say the average subpar of the series. While on all fronts every piece of music here is downright crap, there are only 1 or 2 decent ones in the flush of “pumping sports” music just to rile up the “experience” that is playing sports both casually and seriously.
Wrapping up the Spring season (where I should have stopped at Bem the 2019 reboot), this was such a colossal dereliction of people not taking their work seriously and just taking this project like a child’s play. For God’s sake, if this was a passion project, this could be anything BUT that.
What a reject of a show, and everyone SHOULD PASS. Don’t ever take one foot into this. Believe me, I’ve tried for 3 months, and all I need for a cure is to watch All Out!! and hope for a Season 2.