“Okay, I’ll start with a break” Utawarerumono – Itsuwari no Kamen Review and Recommendations

“If they know I fixed it, they’ll make me do something else. Why would I want to do more work?”

Utawarerumono is the adaptation of the 2nd game within the series of Utawarerumono. We follow our main protagonist Haku, named by Kuon (who found him). Haku has no memories of anything and through his journey we learn more about the world and the other people around him.

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The story comes from a centralized point of view, being Haku’s, everything revolves around him. This style made it quite easy to understand the world and how he fits and may or may not affect it. Within the world there are a variety of different countries and it was great too see some of the other countries being explored through either war or invasions. Though, through Haku’s view, we see his questioning and challenging of certain issues, where his personality clashes with all the events that occur (he’s very lazy). In having this type of protagonist, it made it easier to relate to him and the reasons why he did questioned them.

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T are a variety of characters which we see develop over the course of the season, and their development reflect onto Haku. Behind all of this development there are a bunch of different factors such as dramatic family events, political power struggles and of course everyday life. The anime is very well balanced and paced for a 25 (2 cour) season. With slice of life episodes being very well mixed in with the more action based, dramatic ones. With this, it created a unique flow of character development within everyday events and then challenging that with certain events (mainly combat).

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Kuon Best Girl!

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OP/ED: With a 2 cour season comes a set of 2 very different OP and ED’s. This combination reflected the events of the show, in having a more energetic first OP and a brighter first ED. This is flipped around with a more solemn, darker 2nd OP and ED. Respectively this created a great balance in the whole show and its reflection of its tones was very well done.

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Utawarerumono – Itsuwari no Kamen Was it Good?

Utawarerumono – Itsuwari no Kamen came off as a mix of everything, it combines a variety of different genres and events together to create a stroy that molds well. The ending well invites for a 2nd season to be made with its continuation of the story. The choice of 25 episodes was well suited providing the right pacing and flow in order to flesh out the important and maybe not so important details.

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Recommendations: For a show that combines a variety of different elements, its main focus is the world around the characters, and how that world is portrayed through 1 of them, thus I recommend the following:

  • Utawarerumono
  • Spice and Wolf
  • Madan no Ou to Vanadis

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