Title: Brave 10
Genre: Action, Comedy
Summary: The story reimagines the legendary adventures of the 10 brave warriors assembled by the warlord Sanada Yukimura in the year 1600, in the middle of Japan’s tumultuous Sengoku (Warring States) era.
Review: Brave 10 was definitely an anime I never expected to get into. The pretty boy fighters and the lack of a real story kind of pushed me away from picking it up. It seemed like the typical action anime with the hardcore protagonist and his trusty goofy heroine. Thankfully I brought myself to watching the first couple episodes because I ended up really liking the series. In fact it was probably one of the better ones of the entire season. Nearly every episode had me waiting for more. I did have some problems with the series that I will go into detail later. Overall though Brave 10 was a solid action/comedy series that did a great job coming from low expectations.
The artwork for Brave 10 is mostly impressive because of the action. Quite obvious considering the anime is basically all action. However, everything else wasn’t that great. I wont say that it is terrible because it met the basic anime requirements. That being said, it obviously isn’t that impressive either. The character designs were quite nice and there was a lot of variety. One thing I noticed though was that most of the character didn’t really match their element. It was my understand that most anime tend to design a character based on their personality or traits. Brave 10 seemed to have taken a slightly different direction and mostly made the character look cool. A gunpowder specialist was just a little kid. Not exactly sure how that correlates to explosions. Nevertheless the artwork isn’t exactly the reason you would watch this anime in the first place.
The story itself for Brave 10 wasn’t anything deep or meaningful. It offered a general direction and the anime rolled with it. I’m happy to say that I enjoyed this anime for its simplicity. It offered a solid backstory that played out to be quite important later on. The flow of the anime was pretty standard as well. The point of the series was to gather a group of individuals and create the “Brave 10”. I wont dive too deep into the story because you don’t find out till much later as to why this group needs to be gathered. I will say that it is nothing out of the ordinary. Going back to the flow the series introduced a new Brave nearly episode. It kept things moving and interesting so I wont complain too much about it, but it was a bit predictable. They meet a Brave, they fight the Brave, then the Brave joins their side. Apart from the basic story the anime also offers a good amount of action. One that isn’t slathered in blood and gore to seem interesting makes for a nice change in the usual you see as of late. The story ended on a rather anti-climactic note as well. The season ending wasn’t all that great, but it set up for another season. Do I think it will get another season? Doubt it. It doesn’t seem to be that good of an anime and probably doesn’t have a huge following.I would like a second season because it seems like it might turn into an all out war between two generals.
The soundtrack for Brave 10 wasn’t bad and it fit the genre. The rock served as a good tool to get the action going. The background music kept this interesting during heavy dialogue scenes. I wouldn’t put too much note but the opening was pretty fun to listen to. Other than that though nothing notable.
Final statements: For what the anime was meant for it did well. Pretty boys and action. I did enjoy the simplicity, but I’m afraid that the anime might have just done well because of its comparable series for the season. Everyone was very average and this is no exception. A low priority watch for anyone who wants an action anime with little story and pretty good art.Tags: Anime, Brave 10, Review, Winter 2012