Final Review: Busou Shinki TV

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Busou Shinki is a series based off a set of Konami action figures first released in Japan in 2006 and in the US in 2007. The franchise initially spawned an OVA last year and is followed by the TV series being reviewed here. Busou Shinki premiered during the Fall 2012 anime season and is licensed by Sentai Filmworks in the US.

Busou Shinki’s OVA (Busou Shinki Moon Angel) last year was quite an interesting spectacle. While it was neither an overly memorable title nor an outstanding plot, it had setup an interesting premise for a lengthy deep dive if needed. It was a rushed 10 episode, 50 minute OVA that required greater character development and better pacing. With this TV series, one could only hope it would stretch that 50 minute OVA. Unfortunately, this OVA did nothing of the sort. It was a fluff show featuring Shinkis effectively doing chores. Be it in society or at their master’s home, there wasn’t anything to really see here. Each episode was episodic and seeing a single episode basically summed up the “plot” of the 12 episode series.

Backgrounds are average and basic. Nothing particularly wrong about it. Character designs are all based off the actual Shinki figures. Joints are rather detailed but simplistic designs overall. Animation is mostly basic with obvious CGI when the Shinkis transform into their battle/assault mode. Considering the animation is done by 8bit, who has done a lot of work with Satelight (e.g. Macross Frontier, Aquarion EVOL) as well as produced Infinite Stratos (which I still haven’t seen) the animation seems pretty much average for them if not their current limit. Nothing eye-popping.

OP is by the four lead Shinki’s seiyuus while the ED is by azusa. Neither of them are really that memorable. Background sounds are below average along with weak sound effects. Seiyuus is a strong and interesting lineup but none really stood out in the show given how non-existent the “story” is.

Enjoyment? None, none, and none (except the random hamster). This show went from bad to worse as it progressed mostly due to less “hope” that it would become anything like its OVA predecessor. If you want something of the same “concept” but actually has meaning, Angelic Layer and Chobits are far better choices.

Overall, Busou Shinki is pretty much one of the worse titles this season. You can’t even consider it as a good time waster as the fluff in the show isn’t worth mentioning. If you’re strained on time go watch something better instead of watching this garbage.

 

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0/1): Uninteresting
  • Character Personalities (0/1): Nothing particularly striking
  • Character Development (0/2): Zero as far as I can remember.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (0.5/2): Same cast every episode.
  • Pacing: (1/1): Nothing wrong as it’s episodic.
  • Reasonable/Plausible (0.5/2): Nothing particularly wrong here in terms of “reason” overall but the story doesn’t give much background regarding the Shinki world to begin with.
  • Conclusion (0/1): A 2 part fluff finale that didn’t really flush anything out meaningful.
  • Total: 2/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1/2): Average and basic
  • Character Designs (1/2): Simplistic
  • Fluidity (1/2): Basic with little to none complexity
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (0.5/2): Not really colorful when all Shinkis look a like.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (1/2): Average for 8bit
  • Total: 4.5/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (1/3): Mostly forgettable. OP by Shinki seiyuus. ED by azusa.
  • Background Music (0.5/2): Below average
  • Sound Effects (0.5/2): Weak sound effects
  • Seiyuu (1/3): Monotone cast despite strong lineup.
  • Total: 3/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (0/2): None except the hamster, which doesn’t really count.
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (0/2): None
  • Presentation (1/2): Episodic, but boring. One episode sums up as to how the series will “progress.”
  • Re-watchable (0/1): None
  • Recommendation (0/2): Angelic Layer and Chobits have the same concept with an actual story, not to mention a good one at that. Go watch the Busou Shinki Moon Angel OVA instead
  • Value (0/1): And none.
  • Total: 1/10

Preliminary Score: 3/10

Final Score: 2/10

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