Sirius the Jaegar premiered at AX 2018 this year, and since I am actually covering the anime this season, I naturally had to go watch it. This will be P.A Work’s first action anime in a while now, and it is directed by the ever famous Masahiro Ando, director of Sword of the Stranger and Canaan. When I set foot into the room, I already liked the ambiance of the anime.
Because even though the episode had not started yet, the room was playing the soundtrack, and let me just say that the music is…GORGEOUS. Honestly, there is no other way to describe it. I could sit in that room for an entire hour just listening to the score of classical instruments of violins and cellos mixed in with the edginess of technological beats. There was something dark yet delicious about the music that crawled into people’s ears, attacking them from within. It matched the atmosphere of a vampire setting anime perfectly. Masaru Yokoyama and Keigo Koyanagi, who are in charge of the music and series composition respectively, really outdid themselves this time. I can safely say without a doubt that this anime will definitely hold up in its soundtrack if nothing else.
During the Q&A, it became evident that Masahiro Ando is a man of high expectations. Although he was ready to pass the torch forward to the younger generation for animation and anime as a whole, he is not an easy man. He is here to work and to produce the best that can be put out into the world.
Be proud, Masahiro Ando. For this premiere has taught me that these new animators put in the hours and the work to create a beautiful masterpiece in regards to art and animation. It has been a while since I had seen such beautiful fight sequences, and all I can say to the two episodes is Viola!
Coupled with a perfect score, I had not been at the edge of my seat in a fight sequence for a long time. My hands were literally gripping the sides of the chair as I leaned forward with wide eyes to watch fluid movements of weapons, martial arts, and of course the spurting of blood. So realistic, so stunning were the fight sequences, and so much to enjoy in just two episodes, that my heart was hammering against my chest like a woodpecker at the end of each one. In fact, my knuckles turned white at one point from how tightly I gripped the chair in anticipation of the fight.
The art is equally beautiful. I took particular notice to the architecture of the buildings depicted in Imperial Japan and in British-occupied China. I am also a big fan of the costumes that the artists designed for the characters. It really shows their origins, and even the hairstyle of the katana girl (likely love interest to Yuliy) was accurate to the era of 1930s Japan.
The premiere of the first two episodes really set up the plot. If I had to pick a flaw in the two episodes, aside from being utterly distracted by the music and the animation, I would say for now that the characters are pretty stereotypical. There is the sassy gorgeous woman, the uptight leader, the silly best friend, the fatherly man, a cute child, a scientist, and a thirsty girl for the angsty, tsundere protagonist. However, I am sure (or I hope) the characters will develop into more unique people with different personalities as the series goes on.
However, if I have to end this article, I do want to say this: the screenwriters are not here to play around. Within just two episodes, they pulled a fast plot twist that left the entire room gasping all at once. You could feel the sudden intake of air happening all around you as the last word was spoken and the screen went black. And yes, I gasped too.