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Posted 2/18/15 , edited 3/10/15
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World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman is based on the light novel series of the same by Akamitsu Awamura and Refeia. World Break is another series in the contemporary fantasy genre, which seems to be gaining tremendous traction in anime as of late. This is, of course, good news as the genre tends to produce some of the most entertaining and visually impressive works in the anime medium. World Break's premise revolves around Moroha Haimura as he enters a specialist academy that focuses on the training of Saviors, magical warriors who have been reincarnated and possess the memories of their previous lives. Saviors exist to fight giant monstrous creatures called Metaphysicals who cause widespread chaos and destruction.

Saviors are able to utilize one of two Ancestral Powers; Shirogane or Kuroma (Dark Art). Series protagonist Moroha is an Ancient Dragon, a Savior able to use both Shirogane and Kuroma powers, as he is able to remember two of his past lives. This makes him an extremely powerful individual, and also allows for an interesting plot point. Deuteragonists Satsuki Ranjou and Shizuno Urushibara both love Moroha, but not so much for who he is now, but rather who he was in two separate pasts. It creates a unique dynamic that is far more complex and out of the ordinary than a simple love triangle.

World Break does tend to subvert expectations in general, as despite on the surface being another magical high school harem series, great care has been taken to make sure things actually make sense. Not every female instantly falls in love with the protagonist, nor do they all act insane around him. Of course, there is a lot of ecchi content, with lots of breasts bouncing, clothes tearing and female characters conveniently falling into sexualised positions. That sort of thing is expected in a series of this sort though, so you can't really act surprised when it happens. As with any ecchi anime, there is fetishism present, but it's handled in a way that doesn't alienate those who don't appreciate it. There's a incest plot, that contains no incest whatsoever due to the "past lives" concept. It's enough for people who enjoy that angle to get excited about, but for those who are disturbed to easily rationalize away. The loli type character is (thankfully) not over-sexualised, and her relationship with the main character is treated as an annoyance at most.

The characters themselves are all quite likeable, though due to their wide spectrum, there's as much chance you'll hate a character as love them. Moroha is a moralistic and friendly hero who struggles with his inability to completely remember his past lives. Satsuki is something of an archetypal jealous tsundere, but she also fails to live in her own time, devoting herself entirely to her past life. Shizuno is aloof but clearly cares greatly for Moroha for whom she tolerates Satsuki.

World Break looks great. The sheer intensity and diversity of colours make it a treat to watch. The battle scenes are crisp and possess a frenetic energy that helps make the battles exciting. There is quite a bit of blood, as the occasionally-horrific Metaphysicals are lacerated with reckless abandon. Characters appear different to one another, while not necessarily being tremendously distinct as a whole. World Break is not about breaking down boundaries with its art or plot; it uses them to entertain, which it does very well. Additionally, the score is terrific and compliments the series extremely well, ranging from light-hearted and humorous to grandiose and sweeping.

From the sexual/ecchi content to the violence, World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman is not a show for children, but for the 13+ anime fan looking for a fun fantasy action series, it is certainly worth a look. It is definitely going to appeal to fans of the harem and magical high school genres, but there's enough quirkiness, creative plotting and exciting battles to keep most anime fans happy. Catch the Simulcast on Mondays 5:05am EST on Crunchyroll!
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Posted 3/4/15 , edited 3/10/15
I totally agree,this is a great harem anime,maybe even the best harem of this season in my opinion.
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