It’s been awhile since I’ve watched a good fantasy-action anime, with Funimation’s release of the Tower of Druaga series being the only recent one I’ve seen. So I was more than glad when they sent over one of their latest releases, Lord Marksman and Vanadis for review. Featuring some top heavy ladies in thirteen episodes to view on two Blu-ray and DVD discs along with some special features, there’s plenty of action here than you can swing a sword at.
Like most series that deal with fantasy kingdoms and the many houses that reside within them, it can be a little difficult to keep up with their names and positions at first. So for the sake of this review, I’ll simplify things as much as possible. Long story short, the plot follows a young man by the name of Tigrevurmud Vorn or Tigre for short, who happens to be a lord of a land in the kingdom of Brune named Alsace. As the high king’s health begins to wane, other lands start trying to take power from their neighboring cities, mainly by the evil Duke Felix Aaron Thenardier who wants to rule everything. One day during one of the battles going on, Tigre happens to spot a warmaiden named Eleonora Viltaria or Elen for short, that is heading for his kingdom. After losing to her, she takes him prisoner but allows him to explore her city and live there. It’s not long before the Duke sends his men to take over Alsace, and Tigre asks for Elen’s help to save his town, which she does. It nows falls on them to keep the peace of their lands along with any the Duke is after, which will lead to them making friends and enemies from all over Brune.
Past all of the fanservice of the busty ladies here, there’s actually a cool story here that I enjoyed watching unfold. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen quite a few animes like this one along with playing my fair share of JRPG’s, but I liked how humble yet powerful Tigre is and how he inspires others around him. Watching the Blu-ray discs of this was awesome, as the artwork and animation come through nicely, even when some of the animation is re-used quite a bit. The English and Japanese audio are both good, though some of the English cast sound better than others. When you’re finished going on this epic journey, there’s a few extras to check out. There’s a preview for the first episode, some promotional videos showcasing commercials for the Blu-ray/DVD, textless opening and closing songs, and some commentary on select episodes with the English cast.
If you don’t mind the innuendo and fanservice, and you’re looking for a fun, action packed fantasy anime to watch, Lord Marksman and Vanadis is one to check out. A well-rounded cast of characters with a story you’ll want to see through to the end, along with some cool extras serve to make this an adventure that hits the mark.