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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 4/8/18
For prior conversation in anticipation of this show see /forumtopic-997263/sword-gai-anticipation


https://myanimelist.net/anime/27783/Sword_Gai__The_Animation

Plot


A woman died a suspicious death in the forest. Beside her, the sword-smith Amon finds a new-born boy with a tragic fate and takes him in. About 10 years later, this boy who is named Gai and who has become Amon's apprentice, loses his right arm in an accident while making a sword. Amon decides to take a sword called "Shiryuu," which is a sword with demonic powers that has been passed down for generations, and fashion it into an artificial arm for Gai. That was the beginning of it all...

The story of this boy, who has become one with a demonic weapon and is drawn into a cruel fate in which he must face countless battles, can be seen as either the story of "a beautiful weapon and an ugly person" or of "the cruelty of weapons and the beauty of humans." This is a completely new world of comic noir.


It's out on Netflix.
https://www.netflix.com/title/80175350
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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 3/23/18
"Amon decides to take a sword called "Shiryuu," which is a sword with demonic powers that has been passed down for generations, and fashion it into an artificial arm for Gai."

I have serious doubts about this Amon guy's parenting skills.
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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 3/23/18
Just watched the first episode. Looks like it will be a pretty interesting story here, but so far it's all just setup here as the MC hasn't appeared yet. So the show is all about swords that have a mind of their own as these evil blades are the reason why a pregnant woman became a killer, among other hellish things going on in the world. It certainly did its job in setting the table.

Anyway, I'll watch the rest later as now I need to go to bed.
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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 3/23/18
I'm not sure being a swordsmith for 40 years qualifies you to make complex prosthetics. >.>

I also like that no one has even asked how the fark it moves. That seems like a pertinent question.

Edit:

The opening of ep 8 is. Uh. Something.

Edit Edit:

Okay, the end of ep 8 is something too.

Also this show basically has nothing to do with the MC. It's more like a series of vignettes of which the MC is sort of part of every other episode.






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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 3/23/18
Just based off the first episode: this show is a hot mess. The dialogue is stiff but not quite grandiose enough to be hammy. The story bounces between two plot points to set up that demonic swords will be clashing with each other, but barely enough time is ever given to give much of a damn about any of the characters. And worst of all, it's a sword fighting show where the very first "serious" clash between demonic blades is nothing more than a lazy shoving match. There's not even enough effort put into making things work to be a fun kind of cheesy hamfest, this is just bad. I don't see any redeeming qualities to put in the time for a second episode.
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qwueri wrote:
Just based off the first episode: this show is a hot mess. The dialogue is stiff but not quite grandiose enough to be hammy. The story bounces between two plot points to set up that demonic swords will be clashing with each other, but barely enough time is ever given to give much of a damn about any of the characters. And worst of all, it's a sword fighting show where the very first "serious" clash between demonic blades is nothing more than a lazy shoving match. There's not even enough effort put into making things work to be a fun kind of cheesy hamfest, this is just bad. I don't see any redeeming qualities to put in the time for a second episode.


It doesn't get any better. The MC is completely non-existent as a character ( he's not even in some episodes ) and each episode is basically a new story that introduces a new sword / character / plot point that is forgotten by the next episode. Even the weird clunky ( and honestly pretty awful ) CGI is used erratically without any consistency.

The CGI seems like its just pulled out to cover production gaps where they didn't feel like animating a 2D fight. Rather than an actual plot point. Most the fights are 2d or 2d v awful 3d. The second time a 3d v 3d happens it also ends almost immediately. The worst part being the 2d fights are actually well done animation wise. So when the 3d appears it feels even more like they needed to half ass a scene because they had a time / budget gap.

Seriously though, the MC ( when he does show up ), barely speaks more than 3 words. Then before he can even get any character development out of even that much dialogue he "regresses to childhood" and literally becomes a baby for 2-3 episodes. That is not a joke. He goes from glowering teen angst to hiding in a barn sucking his thumb.

It's 7 episodes before the two "main characters" shown in the promo materials even get together. Then they and the plot they were following promptly disappear completely in ep 8. Which introduces us to yet another side plot and new cursed weapon character. After which we're introduced to two more side plots and cursed weapon characters. This is all right after the MC's just got finished fighting yet another side plot and new cursed weapon character that was introduced out of nowhere.

There's a big bad, I guess? I mean, ep 1 seems like it's setting up a big bad but don't worry that dude is totally forgotten. There's another ( laughable looking CGI ) big bad that shows up for about 3 minutes around like ep 6 to give dialogue indicating there's actually an evil plot going on. But then he to completely disappears and it's never mentioned again for 2-3 episodes.

I assume anyway. I'm on ep 9 and it hasn't come up again. Much like 95% of the plot points the show has introduced. >.>

I suppose I'll finish it since I'm almost at the end. But I don't expect anything given that in 9 episodes it still doesn't have a plot nor a main cast.
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runec wrote:

I suppose I'll finish it since I'm almost at the end. But I don't expect anything given that in 9 episodes it still doesn't have a plot nor a main cast.


Yeah, I have enough actually decent shows back-logged to not slog through that.
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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 3/23/18

qwueri wrote:
Yeah, I have enough actually decent shows back-logged to not slog through that.


I think the worst part is the underlying plot potential is actually pretty solid. But the show only realizes it in about 1 out of every 4 episodes.

If it was only 4 episodes long it would be decent. >.>
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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 3/24/18
So yea. Finished it. That last episode was the best one and it was only decent and it ends with the worst possible cliffhanger a part 1 can end on.

The show itself is a mess. It lacks any focus. It uses more then half of it's episode to introduce a bunch of sword user we see only a single episode and that we won't see until part 2. Bad CGI knights. Absolutely stupid and out of nowhere character moments. They are all crazy. A single decent fight.

I have a few positive tho.

Artstyle wise I find it pleasing.

The late intro of Shin Matoba actually salvage the ending of part 1 a little. He's actually a character with a pretty fun personality. One I liked.

Gai is hot. He's boring, but hot.

That's it.

I think it's not worth watching. Since keep in mind, you won't get any type of conclusion from part 1. It just stops. And it only gets decent in the like 2 last episodes. If I'm generous.

So yea. That was 4 hours.
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Posted 3/23/18 , edited 3/24/18

GoldCrusader wrote:
So yea. Finished it. That last episode was the best one and it was only decent and it ends with the worst possible cliffhanger a part 1 can end on.


Was just about to say, it literally ends just as something interesting is finally happening. The last ep feels like it should have been the first or second episode. Instead, it faffed about for 11 episodes of nothing like it was doing a series of character OAVs for a series they haven't actually made yet.




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Posted 3/25/18 , edited 3/25/18
Wow.. Just finished watching this anime on Netflix. What a pile of shit(forgive my language). The show is so incoherent and disjointed it's amazing that the editors let it be released. Loads of characters introduced most of which have no significant contribution to the show other then to kill time so Netflix could have its first 12 Episodes. Dialogue was gawd awful, CG was so poorly done it's laughable, and the MC is a self centered prick. Well I say MC but the show is such a jumble it's hard to say if he is the MC. The "MC's" sister seems to be the only semi-coherent character in the show. And we only see her when she is worrying/fawning over the MC. Quite possible one of the worst Anime I have ever seen.
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Posted 3/25/18 , edited 3/25/18
I just got through watching this show, and I just will never understand what the heck the directors were thinking. It essentially became a Busoma of the Week type of deal, and that just isn't going to cut it. Perhaps the show should have been called Sword Guys rather than Sword Gai seeing that they focused on way too many other characters. So yeah, here are my final thoughts on this show.

Final Thoughts

The show started off well with an interesting premise about swords with a mind of its own, all while the animation and action were solid and the characters are an interesting bunch. However, this show totally drops the ball by having a poor excuse for a story. Gai is never firmly established as the MC that he is supposed to be, all while it just goes off in all sorts of directions with the whole Busoma-of-the-week format that really made this show an absolute shitfest. At the very least, if it had focused on Gai from start to finish, then it would have had a chance to be a good show, but the severe lack of focus really ruined what could have been.

Score: D+ (5/10)
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Posted 4/1/18 , edited 4/1/18
http://swordgai-anime.com/news/2018/201803310000.html
Part 2 has been announced and is scheduled for Summer 2018.
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melina_putri wrote:

http://swordgai-anime.com/news/2018/201803310000.html
Part 2 has been announced and is scheduled for Summer 2018.


Per a June 30 news item, it should drop on July 30.

http://swordgai-anime.com/news/2018/201806300000.html

(stark, I'm going to keep this thread listed for Summer 2018 in the Show Discussion Index, since it kind of sort of counts as "continuing.")
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Posted 7/30/18 , edited 7/30/18
Season 2 is up on Netflix.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80175350
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