Monday, January 30, 2012

Quick Look: Brave 10

Wanted to give you a Quick Look at a new anime this season called Brave 10.

I happen to be a fan of period anime with Samurai's. This is especially true when they have special powers that make them even more awesome. I have watched the first couple episodes and enjoyed it - somewhat.

No sense in repeating an existing plot description. With that said, here is the one I pulled from Anime News Network:

A year before the battle of Sekigahara that ended the Sengoku Period, the ninja Saizou Kirigakure meets the miko Nami Isa as she's attacked by assassins. Her shrine was destroyed by Tokugawa Ieyasu for siding with Yukimura Sanada. Meanwhile, Sanada has been gathering ten warriors known as Sanada's Brave 10, who have the power to change history. As they gather one by one, Nami's own mysterious power awakens.


I just enjoy Samurai's and (Edo?) period anime. With the addition of unique characters, cool weapons and over the top abilities, it is interesting. The Sasuke (Ninja Forest Kid) is a riot as he attitude just rocks. There was a part where he was fighting a Snake Woman who was in 'his' forest. HE more or less said - 'Show up in my forest and start shit, well, let me show you how I handle the trash in my woods'. Then you see all the red eyes of the animals - heehee.

The battle scenes ROCK (as they should) and you really get to see them in action. It is interesting seeing how each of them use their innate abilities in each situation. I hope that the same styles do not get repetitive though.


A SNAKE CHICK - a Medusa like character - seriously. She has snakes come from her cuts and boobs - noooo!

Then we have a male character that puts 2 throwing knifes in front of his mouth and SCREAMS! This causes his enemies to faint form audio overload. On top of it, this series seems to be pulling in some techniques from other shows. Now we know you can do much better than this.

What is up with the young priestess (naive as hell) and the crazy tiara? A simple small stone in the headband and once awakened can devastate anything it's power comes in contact with. On top of all this she, blacks out when this happens so she doesn't know she has this power. Everyone else sees the power and won't tell her - shhh, she doesn't need to know of be frightened - LOL.

Overall Rating: C - concept is not unique as it pulls from other established anime

Brave 10 to me is a mix between Samurai 7, Naruto and Bleach. You have an evil Lord that is trying to get the ultimate power while at the same time a rag-tag group of people are needed to stop him. You have strong men and sexy women with crazy powers and weapons. It is interesting to see the Substitution Jutsu (Naruto) as well as Flash Step (Bleach) is used in this series.

Keep or Throw: Keep, as I want to see all the characters and their powers.

Official Site - in Japanese, so break out the translator as needed.

Video Preview

Is this on your watch list this season?


  1. A bit of Basara & Naruto feel but I usually go for genre under knight fantasy apart from Mecha.

    1. HA -Basara is right for this period as well. Totally forgot that one too :)


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