NAMUAMIDABUTSU! -UTENA- – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Shaka Nyorai’s bravery and enlightenment once saved humanity. But Mara forges a corrupt coalition with the devil to attack humanity. Now, Taishakuten and Bonten must join forces with the Thirteen Buddhas to save humankind in their darkest hour. (Official HIDIVE Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Utena is Spring’s next anime offering that exists solely to promote an upcoming mobile game. In fact, well-watched anime audiences should be able to pick up on this fairly early on, as the series contains oh so many of the typical gacha reverse-harem tropes that riddle gacha-game adaptations.
Linny: This first episode is basically a non stop parade of pretty boys, who are actually heavenly beings that battle and rid humanity of evil vices who manifests in the form of monsters. However once past the opening minutes briefly featuring a battle between our pretty boys and a horrible vice monster, the episode quickly turns into a slice of life as the two newest recruits to the group learn to navigate life at their new home and mingling in with the human world. In fact, one of the characters even makes a point of saying that beasts of such size and danger as the one in the opening are rare and far in between, further cementing the show’s desire to be a simple slice of life like showcase for its pretty boy cast.
Tom: Like so many gacha-mobile promotional anime, Utena is supposed to act as an introduction to these characters and the game’s concept yet everything feels dry. Unless you’re a viewer who absolutely drools over typical pretty boy design, there’s not really anything here to love. The comedy feels dull and painfully worn. The action is negligible, and the characterization typical and tropey. Even among Gacha-game promotional reels, this series sits pretty darn low.
Linny: Most of the humour in this episode comes in the form of the new recruits messing up in their attempts to blend in with humans or putting their foot in their mouth. It’s all rather common and worn as Tom has said. Ultimately, Namuamidabutsu -UTENA- feels like a series solely for those ready and eager to fall for the pretty boy designs, offering little of value otherwise. It’s certainly not bolstered by its position as yet another promotional piece of content made for yet another mobile game.
NAMUAMIDABUTSU! -UTENA- is available for streaming via HIDIVE.