Posted by psgels on 28 December 2005 with categories: Anime Reviews

I’m watching more anime than just the ones I’m blogging. I will be trying to provide a small review once I finish them. I’ll probably do the same with the anime that I already finished before, although it will take a loooong time for me to do so…

Anyway, what we have here, is a typical fantasy story. It starts out with a decent above-average story, with a few special elements, but it still comes down to girl’s in trouble, main hero tries to save her, evil guy tries to stop them. Then, once the second half of the anime enters, one plot twist entirely changes your view of the entire story. From there on, the anime continues with a truly captivating story, that will surely make you feel along with the characters.

This anime mainly is an action/drama series, with a healthy dose of comedy thrown in. The comedy does really work, especially with the two nosy brothers who keep causing troubles. There is just the problem that this anime also tries to be cute at some moments (for example the blue dog-like creature who gets introduced in the show). This doesn’t work.

Most of the main characters have been developed excellently. You can exactly see why they did what they did, but still you can’t predict them. You’ll even feel with some of the less important characters of the show. I do, unfortunately, have to say that the two characters always travelling along with Orpen can get annoying at times. True, they do have their genious moments, but at some times they only seem like thrown in for comic relief that doesn’t work.

This story certainly has its creative moments. Mostly in the story and comedy department. Especially at the second half of the anime, the story is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Do also not miss the episodes devoted to comedy. I’ll assure you: you’ll have some good laughs.

Why you should watch this anime: if you like fantasy stories, you will definately like Orphen.

P.S. Yes, if you look at the score of this anime, you’ll see that my standards are really low. This is the table to which I’m holding myself:
0…10: A worthless piece of garbage.
10…20: Has no good points, you should never watch this.
20…30: Only watch this if you’re bored.
40…50: Has a lot of flaws, but maybe some good points.
50…60: Decent anime, but still very flawed.
60…70: Average to good anime. I’d recommend it.
70…80: Anime with some extremely good points. I really like these
80…90: These are so awesome, I’d keep on muttering about them.
90…100: These are the anime that make me go crazy. They are the best anime ever, and with very good reasons.
You may ask why I’m saving so much room for the good anime. Well, I want the good anime to have some extra attention they deserve. Some people all rate their favourite anime between 9.0 and 10.0. I’m finding this extremely subjective. When do you know what’s your favourite anime? Is it the one with the 10.0 rating, or the other ten ones with the 10.0 ratings, which may have been 9.0 as well?

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