Blade & Soul is a new anime that I have started watching. It first caught my interest because I have been following the creation of Blade & Soul Online. I have been waiting for the North American release of the game but I am not holding my breath since there has not been any news on the official US website for the game. This being said, I have not had the opportunity to play the game so I cannot speak as to comparing the game to the anime.
The anime definitely has an opening that captures your attention but then again who won’t keep watching when a badass chick kills multiple opponents with such effortless ease. A few seconds later you find out that the corpses left behind were mere lowbies and you get a taste of the more powerful antagonists. I became more fascinated with the mysterious protagonist during the inn scene where the Palam Empire representatives are looking for a mysterious person with a certain tattoo.
The protagonist named Alka is a skilled swordsman from a legendary clan. She is hired as a soldier to protect the village as different representatives of Palam Empire attempt to by the land. Of course the village refuses and Alka kills two of the three. The Palam Empire retaliates by annihilating the village without discretion for men, women, or child. Alka kills many foes including this bad guy on some kind of magical steroid or some much thing. This leaves me to wonder….Alka probably knew what would happen when she killed the Palam Empire representative therefore I am left to think that she waited there on purpose to kill more of the Empire’s members despite knowing what will happen to the village.
At the end of the first episode, Alka reveals that the Palam Empire killed her master and that she wants revenge…..
I just finished watching the complete series of Blade & Soul. I enjoyed the development of the series but as it finished I was disappointed with the last few. At first Alka, took on jobs that earned her money but as she experienced more of the world she began to experience feelings whereas before she was rather emotionless. Alka dismisses the feelings that surface because of her training as an assassin. Eventually, she can’t help but feel sorry for some unfortunate children who took care of her after she was injured. Alka manages to make friends along the way but they are not what you would call typical. One friend wants to kill her to collect a bounty, another wants to kill her for revenge, and the other just happens to hate Palam.
About half way through the 13 episodes I started to lose interest after Alka faced her nemesis and won. Alka began suffering because she could not deal that a fellow pupil sacrifice himself to save her. Alka was defenseless against the torrent of her emotions because she has never had the experience before. She became more like a zombie just walking around aimlessly. She let her emotion destroy her as she encountered people she hurt when she assassinated a loved one. Towards the end of the series, she band of misfit friends saved her self-implosion as her resurrected nemesis hunted her down. The series ended there for me but there was one more episode. The “eye candy” episode where the friends get stranded on an isle with creatures that worship them as Goddesses…. Although I liked the series, I must say I am happy it stopped there because it was just going down hill.