“All Heroes die of overwork.”
With the Katjvarna Empire at war with the Kioka Republic, our main character, Ikta Solork is thrusted into war which he hates. The whole premise of Nejimaki Seirei Senki – Tenkyou no Alderamin (Nejimaki) is one of that, that tells the story of a hero, but not your ordinary courageous one, a lazy but scientific one. With the war and other politic motives and reasoning underneath the war, it is up to Ikta and his friends to solve the problems they face in the situations they have been placed in.
With 2 countries fighting each other, it’s easy to show favor towards that of the side which tells the story. However, Ikta’s character is one that doesn’t provide a positive view on war, and thus he brings a different perspective to the overall picture. This personality allows for a greater understanding of everything, especially when he decides to take charge. War often comes with battles that are fought, and through Ikta we learn about the different tactics and understanding of strategy for certain “moves” on the battlefield. It provides a nice learning lesson towards not just straightforward combat but the crafty use of terrain and other factors which may turn the tide of battle. However, when it comes to the actual battles, the animation holds strong with fluidity in its scenes, as to when shots are fired or swords clash its a nice thing to see.
Driving all of this is a story about a country its politics and relations with factions both within and outside of it. With most wars being about 2 country’s it was a nice touch too see most of the time being dedicated to the actual internal strife that a country may face when going to war. Each of the characters contribute to this, from their varying backgrounds and personality’s creating added depth towards the possible conflicting views in the army, from ties to family blood to that of just learning to become confident on the battlefield, each piece of dialogue became something that added towards a character.
Yatori Best Girl!
OP/ED: The OP and ED matched well with the entire anime. The OP provided an energetic rock-based opening. With the animations matching most of the action and battles within the anime itself. The ED on the other hand was more simple merely focusing on the characters of Ikta and Yatori, and relating that to fire (possibly foreshadowing something).
Nejimaki Seirei Senki – Tenkyou no Alderamin Was it Good?
Nejimaki Seirei Senki – Tenkyou no Alderamin provided to be a great anime in terms of giving something different to the whole concept of war and reasoning behind political motives. The action scenes allow for that surface level of understanding for what happens during war, whilst the dialogue strengthens it with added depth and understanding towards why strategic and tactical maneuvers are made. Overall, it was an enjoyable watch.
Recommendations: There are many different types of anime which revolve around the concept of war. Nejimaki Seirei Senki – Tenkyou no Alderamin bring added depth to the whole thing but also provides good action as well, this can be found in many other anime and thus I recommend the following:
- Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
- Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen
- Arslan Senki
- Heavy Object