I sat silently for a while after watching the last installment of Kara no Kyoukai (空の境界: The Garden of Sinners). Sometimes, I gazed at the screen in utter disbelief, other times, I felt shocked and dismayed. But my appreciation grew and I began to wonder about a variety of story elements.
A number of us at Anime Diet are also creative writers of some sort. I’ve been doing it all my life, practically, and the recent National Novel Writing Month has rekindled my love of telling fantasy stories.
The Fiction Kitchen will eventually contain the writings of several Anime Diet staff. For now, however, it’s me and my Nanowrimo novel, The Sanctuary, which was partly inspired by various anime comedies like Zero no Tsukaima. (See a fuller introduction here.) It may even have illustrations one day. Since it’s a Nanowrimo novel, I make no guarantees of quality, consistency, or other hallmarks of polished writing–but I do intend on revising it thoroughly after the draft is done and possibly even getting light-novel style illustrations for it!
And don’t worry–I have a week’s worth of installments already scheduled, which will be posted once a day. I’m working steadily toward the end of the book this week as well.
So if you ever wanted to see some original work from us, here’s your chance. Visit us, and feel free to leave constructive feedback too! It’ll help in the revision process.
For those who want to know my impression of the novels this show is based on, it’s here. But for anyone who wants to dive into the show, here we go:
Did you know that Katana or any other legendary swords really CANNOT cut through other blades in a clean slice? Do you think I’m kidding?
In reality, a blade with a higher RC scale; let’s say 63, can definitely shave the metal off iron or steel blades with lower RC, let’s say 42. But slice another blade in half neatly like a heated knife through butter? Are you fucking serious?
All right, all right. Since this is a fantasy story, we’ll let it go. Now, onto the merit of the show itself.
There is enough realism in the fights (bear in mind that I have NEVER studied sword fighting techniques) and the animation is definitely up to standards. In addition, There is enough intrigue, not unlike classic Fantasy stories, that makes one ponder what happens next. However, because this is based on a light novel, I’d advice you not to expect too much background details or in depth cultural aspects and the rest, if you’re into that.
Perhaps I’m too harsh. Next, of course Fujimura Ayumu, the seiyuu behind Cecily Cambell, is really cute. Not to mention fresh and young. It was kind of funny seeing the old guy checking out her breast armor/plate/whatever-armorish-thing that perfectly conforms to the shape of her breasts, but other than that, it’s the same old “I’ll protect the city and even you!” Thingy. As in the novel, she has guts but no skills to match. That’ll change over time, but in the first episode, her efforts are cliched and laughable to an extend.
Luke is sullen like Squall Lionheart in FF8 (US version number) and acts not too different. Enough said.
Lisa is cheerful, innocent and a big mouth. Not unlikable but I’m neutral at the moment.
Overall, the first episode turned out like what I expected: Needs a stronger script, better seiyuu and more powerful something to spice everything up.
Again, my impression after reading three volumes of the novel is here.
Additional notes: the actual vocabulary for forging a traditional Japanese sword is used as the chant for making a magical sword. I found that kind of lame that the author doesn’t even try to make a real spell. Maybe it’s because I know too much about swords but sheesh. These aren’t magical chanting words; they’re just sword making steps!