Thunderbolt Fantasy

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  • 3
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4.7
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  • 20 out of 20 people found this review helpful:
    I don't know what I just watched, but I do want more
    That was...a thing.

    Seriously though, despite the fact that the story is full on Bananas and Ham, the strength of the scripts, the voice cast, and the fights really carry this show. Urobuchi Gen has shown he's a fantastic writer, first in animation with his various projects(Psycho Pass, Madoka, etc.) and then in tokusatsu with his work on Kamen Rider Gaim. Now he's working on this show and I am ...
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  • 19 out of 20 people found this review helpful:
    beautiful settings and well crafted puppets
    . The characters in the show are beautifully crafted, and the fluid movements are stunning which isn't common in many puppet shows. Puppetry may seen unfamiliar to many, but I think it is exactly what brings a whole new perspective to showcase a story than traditional cartoons or anime.
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  • 12 out of 12 people found this review helpful:
    Original, Tacky, Fun.
    Anyone like me will immediately see puppetry and think, "no thanks, pass" but I urge you to try it as I did, it really is rather entertaining and relaxing. Maybe because it's different. If you've watched enough anime you've seen it all, and with this its definitely something different, which I welcome. Really, give it a try, its unorthodox for crunchyroll yes, but it's most certainly entertaining.
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  • 11 out of 11 people found this review helpful:
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon meets the Thunderbirds
    I've never seen anything quite like this series in terms of style.
    This series has the over the top 'wire-work' action of Hong Kong cinema combined with the CG flash of Final Fantasy all performed by Thunderbirds style marionette puppetry.
    If any of that sounds interesting, then give this series a try.
    Positives: the voice acting and action choreography. Also, cosplayers definitely need to ...
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  • 7 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    Puppets! A Puppet show I say!!!!
    Wow.

    I'm 28. I thought i was too old for puppet shows. Not the case here. Thunderbolt Fantasy is action packed. The story is good, the fights are good, the scenery is good. The fights can be a little shaky sometimes but this is amazing. It's like Ruroni Kenshin with Swod beams and power waves
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  • 6 out of 6 people found this review helpful:
    This Shouldn't Be This Good
    Underneath the questionable image of pretty boy puppets lies a show with well-choreographed action, simple but memorable characters, and some surprisingly detailed production design. Though the story appears to be more straightforward thus far than Gen Urobuchi's usual affair, it is bolstered by its presentation, invoking the style of ancient Asian literature. Keep an eye out on this one.
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  • 8 out of 10 people found this review helpful:
    Subtitle can be improved
    Please consider dropping those tonal mark in the subtitle for names for better understandablity and higher readability for those who are reading the sub. Or, since we are watching those JP dub, wouldn't it be even better if it use JP romanization for those proper names?
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  • 5 out of 5 people found this review helpful:
    Tradition is awesome
    The sack glove puppet shows have been around in Southern China since 17th century, and it's what I grew up watching in Taiwan. This particular show has been a Japanese - Taiwanese collaboration, and it's a lot of fun to watch. In Taiwan, 布袋戲 is given the same status as opera in the western world.
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  • 4 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    That was a surprise!
    This show is better than it has any right to be. The visuals are solid. I'm actually interested in the story and characters and the voice acting works fine. Who knows how long this will last, but so far, so good.

    I highly recommend this to anything that grew up as a fan of Jim Henson style creature features. Particularly The Dark Crystal. This will appeal to you aesthetically.
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  • 5 out of 6 people found this review helpful:
    Another thing I can't tell normal friends, I now love a puppet show.
    I just watched a 23 min puppet show, and it was glorious. There are more than a few things I've grown to be fascinated by since I started watching anime that I would never have expected; cooking, Go, Karuta, and ballet. Now I can add puppets to the list.
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