How to rescue a disappointing anime...
From the very first frame, gamers can notice that Dragon Knight
is based on an RPG of the same title. In the next ten minutes,
I quickly recognized some of the characters, Takeru and Luna,
Knight III (Knights of Xentar). I remember I enjoyed that
game immensely, so one can understand the anticipation I felt
when I added DK to my anime collection. Unfortunately, I was in
for disappointment. Takeru in the first volume looked like Keith
of Voltron, was thinking with his phallus, and was a generally
uninspiring person. The anime was a bore, with no trace of the
fun that I had experienced when I played DKIII. Everything was
fast. There was virtually no story line. The was no sense of action
because every monster was killed before you can even bat an eyelash.
Voila! Everything was over. Not even Luna's cute "other side"
to her persona can save this poorly done anime. Heck, even the
artwork here could not do justice to the beautiful 16-bit CG that
was presented in the DOS-based RPG!
Thank heavens they came up with a sequel that was totally
different from the first one. The second chapter was a phenomenal
improvement in terms of art, animation, and plot. It was as
if there was a whole century between the making of the former
and the latter. I couldn't believe Takeru of the previous
period could actually look handsome! What's more, he had developed
some brain cells. Sure, he was still the same lecher who had
problems getting lucky, but at least this time he was able
to develop some conscience and a modicum of restraint. It
basically has the same old story about a knight and his penchant
for rescuing people, but of course there were a lot of wit
and charm involved this time around. Now...if only they'd
be a little more detailed on the hentai scenes...
There was also one perceptible add-on to DKII that wasn't present
in the very tame DKtorture scenes. The high ranking bad
guys in DKII had a high ranking level of sadism. I couldn't bear
to watch! Even the evil minions, who wouldn't mind raping young
women, could not stand and watch either. Good thing it didn't
take forever to finish, and DKII was able to hold up to its promise