ViVid Strike! [Review]
“Raised up in the same orphanage, Fuuka and Rinne were once close friends but parted company after a quarrel ended up with Rinne overwhelmed Fuuka with her martial art skills. Fuuka has a life in poverty after leaving the orphanage. An accidental encounter with renowned martial arts champion Einhald Stratos discovered Fuuka’s hidden talent in fighting; Einhald offered Fuuka a job and coaching, encouraging her to meet up with Rinne again — in a ring.” –myanimelist.net
I’m going to be honest here and say that I didn’t plan on watching Vivid Strike but somehow accidentally watched an entire episode and it’s one of my rules to never drop anime after watching an entire episode….so I finished all 12 episodes, and luckily it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be!
Just as I finished Vivid Strike I found out that it’s actually part of a magical girls series that I had somehow not seen before? So for a person who’s never seen the previous season and have no idea what this anime is all about I feel like I can’t quite review the story part just yet until I’ve watched everything before this.
Artwork & Animation:
The consistency on animation was on and off for Vivid Strike. Some fights, like Miura vs. Miura, had marvelous animation keeping me at the edge of my seat! But then there was some animation the were so plain, like the first half of the Vivio vs. Rinne fight. Aside from the animation, the character designs are bad but not my favorite either. I’m a fan of girls with Heterochromia (different colored eyes) but in proportion. Two in one anime seems a little excessive especially when I see them side by side all the time.
So going into the first episode we can tell that Fuuka will be the main character, but oddly enough we don’t get as much character development from her as we do from Rinne (the antagonist of the show!). Fuuka was sort of just pushed aside once Rinne came into the picture. Making her somewhat insignificant throughout the story. Rinne actually becomes an interesting character. I mean once you see what happened to her as a child and how she deals with it, you’ll know what I mean. There is one scene that comes to mind but I’m gonna let you figure that out for yourself.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
Voice acting wise, the voice actors did a good job, nothing extraordinary but it gets the job done. OP and ED were generic anime themes, so not too excited there.
I liked this one (surprisingly!), there was enough action and character development to keep me interested in the show and the cute character helped A LOT! I think I’d appreciate this a lot more had I seen the Lyrical Nanoha series before this! Well now I know what to watch next!
This was to be a 7 but after watching the entire things, there is more to it than meet the eye. The fights were pretty intense. And let’s not forget that scene when Rinne meets up with her bullies….that scene caught me so off guard, it automatically gained a +1 to the overall score!