Ulysses: Jeanne D’arc to Renkin no Kishi (First Impression)
“During France’s Hundred Years’ War with England, Montmorency, the son of a noble, immerses himself in the study of magic and alchemy at a school for knights. However, after France’s defeat at Agincourt, the school is disbanded and Montmorency is forced to flee. While on the run he meets a miraculous village girl named Jeanne.” Anime News Network
While I love the art and character design so far, the story itself felt like it wasn’t explained thoroughly enough. It was disorientating and most of the setting is implied through background conversations and little hints from our main characters. While I love the idea of alchemy playing a big part in the story, the mixture of alchemy and fantasy creatures like fairies felt weird and out of place. The first episode is mainly for Montmorency and establishing his character and position in the setting, but the way the entire episode was executed felt disjointed and unorganized.
From my experience with an anime, the first episode is very important in setting the pace for the rest of the show and Ulysses: Jeanne D’arc to Renkin no Kishi didn’t quite have it together like the other shows in this season. Hopefully the show can recollect itself and push out a really interesting story, but for now I’d say give it the 3-episode rule if you’re interested.