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I think I had shared in my 30 day anime challenge last year how much I love the Archery. I find them really intriguing and visually appealing, especially when they are about to shout the arrow. Uuugggghhhh….love it.
Few years ago, I watched Madan no Ou to Vanadis during its airing. I followed this one….hard. Seeing the main character being an archer was indeed a huge plus. He looked so cool with the bow and arrow.

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It sucked really bad when it never got a second season. Tsk.

Anyway, for a complete entry about my thoughts about this anime, here is my review:


MADAN NO OU TO VANADIS

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Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2014 to Dec 27, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2014
Studios: Satelight
Source: Light novel
Genres: Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Romance
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Synopsis: In a fantasy version of Europe, a war between enemy countries is brewing. One of these countries, Zhcted, has its seven regions ruled by War Maidens, known as Vanadis. Equipped with powerful dragon-carved weapons, Eleonora “Elen” Viltaria, one of the Vanadis, launches an invasion against their neighboring rival country of Brune. Eventually, Tigrevurmud “Tigre” Vorn, a young archer and an earl for Brune’s region of Alsace, has his entire army decimated at Elen’s hands. In a strange twist of events, Elen spares Tigre, and gives him the order, “Become mine!” What could be the meaning behind this new alliance?
Adapted from the light novel written by Tsukasa Kawaguchi, Madan no Ou to Vanadis is an epic adventure filled with complex war tactics and beautiful women. Trapped in a multinational conflict, Tigre and Elen are swept up in a war filled with dark secrets, conspiracies, and corruption.

My Thoughts:
I need a season two. I need more!
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When I first stumbled on this anime few years ago, I wasn’t really interested with it. The story didn’t wow me, but then I saw the cover photo….a guy holding a bow & arrow…YAS! I immediately started following this one weekly. I remember liking it and had fun watching it, but yeah, it was disappointing that it never got a sequel (I am going to repeat this disappointment again and again…you can’t stop me). The story has so much to give and there is so many possible arcs to explore, sigh. There were some issues with the pacing, sometimes it was slow and on the other times (especially the last few episodes) it was a bit fast. I didn’t mind them much though. I think they did pretty well in introducing their world to us, viewers. In every episode, we get to see and understand the people, the countries involved, and the politics. It wasn’t very detailed, but it was enough to make me and surely, the viewers, understand what’s going on.

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I especially love the strategies shown all through out the series. As this series is set in medieval times, war is quite common. Seeing and learning it in detail how they strategize their moves to outdo the enemy was really nice to watch. Each strategy was very believable and really good. Though I am abit disappointed with the lack of action. They could only show how it happen in chibi mode, not much in real lookin’ person mode. If they do though, its unfortunately in CG. The CG was….uuuhhhh….bearable I guess, at least it wasn’t too much.

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The art & animation of the series is really appealing in the eyes. The color scheme all through out the series were not that bland. The main and lead characters got alot of bright colors indicating them as important to the story, while the extras….well, they were kinda bland but its understandable.

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The characters were really likeable too. Each one of them left an impression to me. I also like how unique their special abilities are, though I am a bit skeptical with the Vorn’s abilities. It came out of nowhere, though I did understand the mechanics on how to use it…I guess. Like I said above, a sequel is needed so that we could understand and learn more about this ability of his. I also wanted to see more of the other Goddesses in their world.

Tsk, tsk, tsk. It seems I am forced to read the light novel yet again.

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Last year, I got a copy with an english dub, so I decided to rewatch it again. Infairness, all my feels about the series were relived and I enjoyed watching this one. The dubbing didn’t disappoint me at all. The voice actors did really well.

Overall, this series was enjoyable to watch. If I were to choose between watching it weekly or binge-watch, this anime is definitely more binge-watch worthy. I am a bit disappointed with the lack of fight scenes and the fact that it has no sequel ( I am very salty), its still all good.

I recommend this to people who likes to watch animes set in medieval times, and people who likes war stories. I also recommend this to people who are into archers….like me. Yeeeee.

Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “Madan no Ou to Vanadis: After Thoughts

  1. Same!!. Loved the series. The characters are enjoyable. Definitely needs a second season. Alas it won’t happen :(.

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