First Impressions: Chaos Dragon

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A Japanese media franchise based off of Makoto Sanda’s Red Dragon, and combining the creative character designs by Gen Urobuchi, Kinoko Nasu, Izuki Kogyoku, Simadoriru, and Ryougo Narita; it’s hard to really get a grasp of something solid from such a diverse and unfocused concept. Is Chaos Dragon a franchise, or a solid tale?

e1chaosdragon01Synopsis
A small island is the stage for an incredible struggle of power and blood shed after the country of Kouran suddenly invaded. They plundered and took over a third of the land from the people of Nil Kamui while their ally to the east, D’natia, defended their strongholds and kept silent. The people of Nil Kamui were left to be slaughtered.

If that wasn’t enough, the island’s guardian deity, Red Dragon, suddenly went mad and began burning villages and killing people. Becoming a threat for both the natives of the island and Kouran alike.

Even still, people attempt to live their lives, almost waiting for the day they will be e1chaosdragon05snuffed out. Even Ibuki, the heir to the throne of the now destroyed kingdom of Nil Kamui lives in a small orphanage, away from the eyes of those who would have him killed.

As Lady Kohretsu of the Kouran works to deliver a tool against the Red Dragon, rebels of the remaining Nil Kamui prepare an attack. The lead, Fugaku, attempts to persuade Ibuki into becoming the next king. However, Ibuki doesn’t wish to start more wars and declines. Even still, Fugaku purposely gets Ibuki involved in the attack.

In the end, Ibuki comes into contact with Lady Kohretsu’s cargo. The Dragon Eye which can allow its bearer to share thoughts with the Dragons. In this, Ibuki is e1chaosdragon08channelled thoughts with the Red Dragon who offers power in return for a sacrifice.

Thoughts
Another very conflicting show with some goods, but serious bads. For starter, I absolutely love the style throughout this show. So many talented character designers made for some really interesting characters with even equally as interesting talents about them. Eykha looks awesome and the “bound” thing is pretty interesting. Then there’s the man cursed to shattered weapons.

One of the more unfortunate aspects of this show, and it’s the cause for most of e1chaosdragon11my dislike with things so far, is the whole element behind Ibuki’s new power. The whole element of “Power For Sacrifice” that is openly and unabashedly advertised in this show. I get painful flashbacks of Akame Ga Kill where death becomes almost a joke and connections with characters become broken.

Sure, Ibuki’s sacrifices so far have been sad and tragic, however the moment the second one came around and they did their second “Death Chart” segment, I began to face palm as the show pretty much goes “WHOA!! Who will be next?!” It’s forced tragedy that feels disingenuous. Then there’s the whole “Kill me next!” idea of characters suddenly losing every ounce of self-preservation at the drop of a hat.

Even still, it’s an interesting world, I love the character designs and art, and I’m intrigued at what they can do with the show. I just can’t help but feel like this will turn into a “death per episode” ordeal.

This show is streaming on Funimation.com!

Episode 1: Kill One To Save Many
Episode 2: Antinomy

NOT BAD, BUT NOT GREAT..

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Very Mixed

Pros:

  • Awesome character art
  • Interest character designs
  • Some interesting plot elements

Cons:

  • Death per episode feels terribly forced
  • Dragon looks like Digimon CGI

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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