Posted on 28 March 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews, Dragon Crisis




The past Winter Season was a dark season… for Studio Deen in any case. They came out with more series than any other series, and all of them were disappointing even despite my low expectations. I mean, I am a fan of them and all, but the reason for that is most definitely not their consistency!

I originally wanted to be a bit more generous with my rating for this series, but the more I thought about this show, the more I realized that it just doesn’t have anything redeemable. There’s no reason to watch this thing; everything it does has been done better a thousand times already. Dragon Crisis at heart is a boring cliche-fest that lacks any sort of ambition.

The structure of this series consists out of six two-episode arcs. This show somehow manages to do the impossible and become progressively worse with every successive arc. Seriously, just when you think that this show couldn’t get any worse, it manages to finds some way to prove you wrong until at the end, the creators just outright give up. Every arc is pretty much focused on adding someone to the lead guy’s harem. Yeah, that loses its charm really quickly.

Beyond that the writing is just outright stupid. This is the kind of show that was written by people who think that teenagers (its target audience) have the mental capacities of a lobotomized squirrel. Characters act solely on what’s convenient to the plot and make the most bizarre leaps in logic at times. Any attempts of this show to become genuine is overshadowed by their complete stupidity. Add that to a plot that is just chockful of plot evices, deus ex machinas and inconsequential techno-babble that too make no sense whatsoever. All of that really is not helped by a really annoying cast of cliches and stereotypes that are supposed to be characters in which hardly anyonee stands out.

One of the big eslling points of Dragon Crisis looked to be its animation, with Masashi Ishihama (the guy behind the gorgeously animated Read or Die and Welcome to the Space Show) as its animation director. But even factoring in the lower budget that this series received, the animation is surprisingly bland: it’s not used well, the characters are all carbon copies of each other with just different hairstyles and despite a relatively high framerate for Studio Deen’s standards, none of the visuals stand out as particularly impressive.

The reason why I still consider a series like Fractale to be good, despite the way in which it too has a lot of flaws, is because it still is a very enjoyable adventure. There is absolutely nothing enjoyable about Dragon Crisis. None of the drama works, its stories are completely void of any creativity, its characters are just there to get in the lead guy’s pants and it just had no intention of trying to do anything even remotely interesting.

Thats the big problem with Studio Deen: they’ve been losing their talent left and right and just aren’t trying hard enough most of the time. They need some incentive: something to really get them to produce the really good stuff again, because this… this just is a complete waste.

Storytelling: 4/10 – Completely unambitious, doesn’t know what it wants to do and therefore is full of deus ex machina and plot induced stupidity.
Characters: 5/10 – None stands out. It’s just one big harem with all the cliches in place.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Not as good as you’d expect, but doesn’t cause this show to get any worse than what it already is.
Setting: 5/10 – This show looks like it adctually has a complex background with its dragons and rare artifacts, but in the end it’s nothing but mere cliches and techno-babble.

Suggestions:
Dragonaut The Resonance (Yes, I’m actually recommending Dragonaut over this one. At least that one had some ambition!)
Fractale
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

19 Responses

  1. karry says:

    Whoa ! Something that is NOT rated 82,5/100 ?!
    Incredible ! Amazing ! Totally unheard of !

  2. DmonHiro says:

    Goddamn it DEEN…. just… GODDAMN IT.

  3. Firechick says:

    “This is the kind of show that was written by people who think that teenagers (its target audience) have the mental capacities of a lobotomized squirrel.”

    Sorry, but I couldn’t help but laugh at this. I love this comment you made, psgels! You almost sound a bit like the Nostalgia Critic (and I mean that as a compliment)!

  4. Nayrael says:

    @karry: psgels often gives low ratings… it is just that he is one of those who don’t bother with bad series so such ratings are rare :P

    BTW, what was the last good series that DEEN made… or should I say did not screw up? :S

  5. jzar says:

    LOL,the little girl had to be the most clingy loli ever, were they tring to go for the perv crowd? I don’t mind fan service but it just struck me as annoying not moe.

    The bottom line seemed to be they didn’t know what story they were telling.

    I hate to be so critical and all, but I really really tried to like the show and couldn’t.

    Klingon Moe

  6. Trudi says:

    @Nayrael

    What about Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?

  7. Solaris says:

    I am having a Deja Vu: I felt the same way with Ookami Kakushi. Despite how much I wanted to like it, the show was some pretty bad job. Same story here. This Dragon Crisis is not that bad as I really saw worse stuff, but there is anything that stands out of mediocrity. It’s not as bad as Korezombie to be called at least ‘peculiar’ and It didn’t turn to the right direction such as Fractale did not to be a complete disaster at the last moment. So what? Shrug I’m just going to forget this even existed pretty soon anyway…

  8. mds says:

    hmm…Giant Killing??

    and…Seitokai no Ichizon if you’re watching it…

  9. Frost says:

    I could tell how much of a steaming pile this would be right from the first episode

    And it will still be popular just because Rie is voicing the girl, sigh

  10. Jérémy says:

    I never finished the first episode xD I’m glad you’re reviewing this pile of shit :D Wasn’t Shion No Ou from studio DEEN, because I watched this one and love it :D

  11. Janette says:

    I feel like Deen is turning into the new Gonzo…

    Anywho, that is the lowest score I’ve seen you give to a series since I started reading you’re blog! I feel like this is a big moment for me!

  12. AidanAK47 says:

    Aren’t you glad that you changed to following Gosick instead of this?

    Anyway guys, easy on the Deen bashing. They honestly are not that bad. Hell, Shaft has a worse track record than Deen.

  13. maglor says:

    Wow! One of the lowest ratings I saw here. I do agree with the rating number.

  14. qwerty says:

    If there is anything positive to say about this show it’s that they somehow managed to make Rose cuter with each successive episode.

  15. Will says:

    Ouch, that is a bad score from your perspective.

  16. Tomtom says:

    5/10 form me because the opening theme, which i really like.

  17. Henrik says:

    man I totally agree what a take the mickey and waste of my time. Had all this possible richness but just stuck with cliches the opening is good and had some solid animation but was just so weak especially the ending. Wonder if the light novels are better they usually are.

  18. AKI says:

    55 IS ALREADY GENEROUS

  19. Denizen says:

    And yet it is, for some reason, strangely compelling…

    Then again, I dropped it the instant I saw “Blue Dragon” ticking a box on the ‘List of Magic Elements’ the show was fast running out of, alongside my patience. That Childhood Friend character was beyond annoying too – naturally we just end up seeing more of here ffs.

    It did have some potential, really. Even mass produced parts can be made into something exceptional, and Deen didn’t do this for whatever reason – and honestly, they could have done their own thing and I find it hard to believe anybody would care.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 12:29 PM)
    I just read the book. Never saw the films.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 11:18 AM)
    Lolita is one of my favourite films of all time.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 11:17 AM)
    It is easy to see however how people would wander to seeing lolita herself as a victim as people traditionally see the child as the victim in that situation.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 11:15 AM)
    @Aidan: My opinion of lolita matches yours. However I would like to ask of the film adaptations which one worked better for you, the one with James mason or the one with Jeremy Irons?
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:47 AM)
    I didn’t like how people tended to degrade the characters just to match their view and forcefully paint black and white over it. It ain’t that simple.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:47 AM)
    For example I read Lolita recently. In my opinion it was about two remarkable flawed indivuals. Horrible in there own ways. However when I looked at reviews of it I couldn’t help but notice that people tended to take sides. Either Humbert was the naive man taken in by a succubus or Lolita was the poor stupid girl abused by a monster.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:40 AM)
    One of the reason I feel we hear about world war 2 far more than world war 1 is that it can be so easily be portrayed as good vs evil. Hitler was a perfect supervillain. Maybe even birthed the supervillain in fiction. It wasn’t like world war 1 which was not just one countries fault and was mainly boring trench fights. Moral complexity isn’t really what the masses like. They have a tendency to paint things black and white.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:27 AM)
    @Friend, heard of it. No real interest in playing it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:27 AM)
    @Mikey, I know apocalypse now was based on heart of darkness. It’s just that the man who made spec ops said it was based on Heart of darkness but he took way more from apocalypse now than he did from Heart of darkness.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:25 AM)
    @Ninjarealist, I had a peak at the congo free state. Damn. You gotta wonder how someone pulls shit like this off and look in the mirrior and not think “Man, I am such an asshole.” Surprising that you hear bitching about 9/11 all the time and yet barely anything about this.
    It’s surprising the kind of unbelievable stuff that went down in history. For one I never knew Columbus was such a monster.

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