Shoukoku no Altair – Altair: A Record of Battles
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Shounen, Drama, Adventure
Producers: Aniplex, Lucent Pictures Entertainment, Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures, GYAO!, Kanetsu Co, Kodansha, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Lawson
I’ll be honest with you guys, I generally do not like anime that is not about Japan, Japanese culture, Japanese something other than language. Let me explain, I simply cannot watch Japanese anime that is about England; I can’t stand characters using swords that is not a Katana, girl characters with stupid curly blonde hair etc. You get the point, right? This is not because I’m crazy in love with Japan (well, I am actually, but that’s not the point here). The reason I watch let’s say Shounen anime, is because I expect to see something crazy like Zanpaktou, I watch comedy anime because I expect to see absurd like in Gintama. I watch action because I expect to see Shinobi and Samurai. Again, you get the point. So, usually I skip the anime the moment I see something from other cultures. But, there are exceptions to all rules, is Shoukoku no Altair by MAPPA one of those exceptions? Probably not, However…
Every once in a while, I can forget about classic Japanese anime, “Tsundere”, “Orega Mamoru” and all the cliché and just enjoy the good animation? I mean sure, why not, if you enjoy the historical drama in middle eastern setting with some action involved. I personally don’t. But that doesn’t mean I cannot appreciate it. If this is your thing, Shoukoku no Altair is the best of the genre.
Back to whining now… I mean, for the love of *!$~ Look at the bloody Ibrahim Sapka he looks ridiculous in moustache. Not the mention the character names, I mean this kind of stuff does not add up to Japanese drawings at all. Oh boy. I’m being condescending, aren’t I? Sorry about that. But these things are less trivial than we all think, for these are the factors that form impressions.
How to best describe Shoukoku no Altair… if you are willing to overlook the awkwardness (I mentioned earlier), the anime keeps in entertained, the story is actually quite good 7/10; characters and personalities are deep and intriguing, and everything in the series makes sense. Then again, it’s that I’m having trouble calling these series an “anime” as we know it. Just a cartoon I guess.