Alderamin on the Sky [Anime Review]
Alderamin on the Sky is a Japanese light novel series which was adapted into an anime. The anime was produced by Madhouse and directed by Tetsuo Ichimura premiered on July 9, 2016. Shogo Yasukawa wrote the script for the anime with Kunio Katsuki providing character designs while Yoshikazu Iwanami serves as the series’ sound director.
A Stormy Encounter
Ikta Solork is the main protagonist of this anime. He is quite frank and has no trouble voicing his opinions and even though he is slothful, he has a good heart. Ikta abhors war and despises being assigned as a soldier even though he is an extremely intelligent strategist. He has a habit of ending battles in the most convenient way possible.
Ikta planned on not being in the army but due to certain circumstances along the way, he ends up being a decorated officer. He is joined by a couple of people he trusts and with them, he navigates through the shaky political landscape of the kingdom.
Two in One
The animation is good in this anime. The battles scenes are done well but they have certain points where they shift to a bird’s eye view and I feel it takes you out of the immersion. The 3d looks a little lackluster as well, not very fluid when done. The character designs are pretty standard but the costume designs for the casual look is interesting, very Mediterranian inspiration. The sound design is standard but it does the job right.
The story is standard, unmotivated protagonist with lots of potentials slowly finding his place in the world. While there isn’t going to be a lot of twists to get you to the end, the journey to get there is quite interesting. There’s a lot of worldbuilding in this anime for a 12 episode series but it doesn’t take you out of the story. The tactics that Ikta employs is unconventional but not well beyond the scope of reason.
He plays to win and he knows there is no restart button.
Lazy vs. Unsleeping
I’m interested in how the story develops. But with the light novel adaptations, you never know if you’ll get a 2nd season.
I will track the novels down to see where it goes because I cannot wait that long. Overall, you can’t go wrong with this anime but it will not blow you away. I’d rather see other light novel adaptations get a 2nd season before this one does (aka Gate).
I give this anime a light 3/5 stars, thanks for reading my review! Follow me on Instagram for daily anime stuff and Facebook as well!