By my count, I only have seven more spring shows that still need a first impressions post written after this one and I think this is the last fantasy hack-n-slash anime for the season. 🙂 Tears to Tiara is a visual novel adaptation with the source material created by the same people that did Utawarerumono (or Underwater Ray Romano as I remember it).
Rating: episode 1 – 6/12B
Rating: episode 2 – 7/12B
Anticipation Level: medium
The story follows Riannon, the tribe’s priestess and oracle, and her brother Arthur, the tribe’s top warrior. One day when Arthur and the guys are out hunting, a representative of the kingdom shows up in the village looking for Riannon. Turns out this guy wants to summon a super-powerful demon and needs a sacrifice in the person of Riannon for the summoning to work. The demon gets summoned but it doesn’t go according to plan and Riannon ends up making the demon her fiancé.
One of the things that I’ve noticed once I started blogging and watching a lot more anime is how anime that’s 12/13 episodes long is paced much quicker then shows that run 24/26 episodes long. Since the majority of anime seems to be at most 13 episodes long nowadays, when a longer series comes out, I find myself sometimes bored at the “slower” pacing. I mention this because Tears to Tiara is ~26 episodes long and I wasn’t particularly impressed with how much was accomplished in the first 2 episodes. The previous paragraph covers two whole episodes without leaving anything important out and I think even I could have combined the two episodes together and only take one episode to do it.
However, I’m not writing off the show yet. I liked the idea of the demon, once summoned, taking a human form and accepting Riannon’s offer to marry. It’s different and opens the way for interesting character development. For one, with Arthur being an overprotective older brother, he’s probably going to look for ways to stop Riannon’s marriage with the demon. Also, Riannon is a likeable main character, maybe not in the same league as Saki from East of Eden, but she’s miles better when compared to some of the other female characters in the various other shows this season. Another plus for this show is the above average animation, it never hurts a series to look nice.
So, while I’d’ve liked the show to paced a little quicker, the show hasn’t done anything wrong yet and has been fairly enjoyable so far.Judging from the opening, there’s still a ton of characters still to be introduced so at this point it’s really hard to exactly pin down how good Tears to Tiara will be in the future but I’m cautiously optimistic that when all is said and done, Tears to Tiara will have been a pretty decent series.