Juni Taisen Zodiac War: First Impressions

Holy cow, where to even start with this show? The premise is pretty interesting; 12 skilled warriors with special abilities gathered to fight each other all-out in a battle where the winner gets a single “wish” granted. Unlike most shows of a similar nature, however, Juni Taisen in set in modern times. Each warrior represents (and dresses) as one member of the Zodiac.

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The show is totally gorgeous to look at. The colors are bright and vivid, the animation is smooth, and the character designs are interesting. The music is all-right, it may be too early to make any judgements of the soundtrack just yet. As an adaptation of a work by Nisioisin, who i’m a huge fan of, the show is a bit thin, though. The plot and dialogue in this first episode are fine enough, but it spends nearly the whole episode on backstory for a character, as well as an info dump. The actual meat of the story itself doesn’t begin until the episode is nearly over.

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The show itself seems like it will be a pretty good, bloody action show to watch. My main concern is that with such a large cast, it may be hard to keep the action flowing, especially if we need to get backstory for every single one of them by the end of the show. I don’t know how many episodes are planed, but in a 12-episode cour, trying to flesh out every single character is going to be nigh-impossible.

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